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    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian election authorities began counting ballots Wednesday after polls closed in a vote for two-thirds of the seats in the newly restored but powerless Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament. The Senate was restored as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year. Voters paid little attention since the 300-seat body — unlike the House of Representatives, the lower chamber — has no legislative powers and will have mainly an advisory role. It replaces the Shura Council, which was eliminated from the country’s 2014 constitution. The head the election commission vowed to enforce a law penalizing boycotters with a fine of around $32, according to the state-run MENA news agency. Similar warnings have been issued...
    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians started voting on Tuesday for the Senate, the upper chamber of parliament that was revived as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year — an election that comes as the country faces an uptick in daily numbers of new coronavirus cases. Authorities have said face masks would be handed out to voters for free and polling stations were disinfected ahead of the balloting to ease concerns amid the pandemic. The vote is mostly a symbolic exercise as the Senate — unlike the House of Representatives, the lower chamber — has no legislative powers and will have mainly in an advisory role. It replaces the Shura Council, which was dissolved in 2014. The balloting...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● AZ State Senate: Democrats are making a strong effort this fall to flip the Arizona state Senate, where Republicans hold a small 17-13 majority, and Tuesday's primary results gave Team Blue some potentially great news. Veteran Republican state Sen. Sylvia Allen lost renomination 59-41 to perennial candidate Wendy Rogers in Legislative District 6, a competitive seat located in the Flagstaff area in the northern part of the state, and GOP leaders are very much afraid that they'll now lose control...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. Near the end of the second hour, Carmichael discussed Joe Biden’s recent racist comments stating that Black people think alike and Hispanics have a thought process that “varies.” He added that this and the recent support of White Democratic candidates in three state Senate races where White people were running against Black people in states where the Democrats do think they have a chance to win a Senate seat were heavily...
    A record number of congressional races will be between two women candidates in November, according to data compiled by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.   The data lists 38 all-women congressional races, building on the record of 33 all-women races set in the 2018 midterms. Three of the 38 races are between senatorial candidates, including tight races in Maine and Iowa. Democrat Theresa Greenfield is facing Republican Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstIowa Senate candidate raises 2K after dog goes viral Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE in Iowa, and Sara Gideon is facing Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsUnemployment debate sparks GOP divisions Obama...
    At least every two years, candidates have the same ritual: gather over a muddy field to talk about agricultural policy and how they disagree with their opponents. This year, at Farmfest, there was no field: just two diametrically opposed candidates for Senate talking over Zoom. The candidates are Jason Lewis, the endorsed Republican candidate, who served one term in the U.S. House representing Minnesota’s Second District; and Sen. Tina Smith, Minnesota’s former lieutenant governor who was appointed to fill the Senate vacancy left after Al Franken’s resignation, was elected in her own right in 2018, and now must run for re-election just two years later. It was one of the first public meetings for Smith and Lewis, and their discussion...
    (CNN/KDKA) — Former President Barack Obama on Monday issued his first wave of 2020 down-ballot endorsements and backed more than 100 Democratic candidates with the goal of helping Democrats keep control of the House of Representatives, win a majority of the Senate and win at the state level ahead of redistricting. Obama endorsed 118 Democratic candidates from 17 states running for federal, statewide and state legislative offices. He endorsed 51 US House candidates, five US Senate candidates and more than 50 candidates for state legislative office. Among those endorsements in Pennsylvania are four for the House of Representatives, nine for the state House and five for the state Senate. He also endorsed Nina Ahmad for auditor general and Joe Torsella...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Barack Obama on Monday issued his first wave of 2020 down-ballot endorsements and backed more than 100 Democratic candidates with the goal of helping Democrats keep control of the House of Representatives, win a majority of the Senate and win at the state level ahead of redistricting. Obama endorsed 118 Democratic candidates from 17 states running for federal, statewide and state legislative offices. He endorsed 51 US House candidates, five US Senate candidates and more than 50 candidates for state legislative office."Our country's future hangs on this election, and it won't be easy. But pandemics have a way of cutting through a lot of noise and spin to remind us of what is real, and what is...
    Former U.S. President Barack ObamaSean Gallup | Getty Images WASHINGTON -- Former President Barack Obama released his first slate of 2020 candidate endorsements on Monday, putting his considerable political weight behind 118 candidates up and down the ballot in 17 states.  Obama endorsed five Democratic Senate challengers in some of the nation's most closely watched races, those in Colorado, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina and South Carolina. "Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country's promise by sticking up for working people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans—not just those at the top," Obama said in a statement.  The Democratic candidates in several high profile Senate races are notably absent from...
    (CNN)The last time an incumbent president fought for reelection, his party faced a second challenge: holding its narrow Senate majority.They managed both using an old political formula. In key states then-President Barack Obama couldn't win, fellow Democrats fielded Senate candidates better suited to local electorates who could.It won't be easy for President Donald Trump and Republicans this fall, and not merely because Trump faces a bigger deficit against Democratic rival Joe Biden than Obama ever faced against Mitt Romney in 2012. So far at least, Republican Senate candidates have shown little capacity to separate their fates from Trump.That means big trouble for the GOP attempt to hold seats in states where Biden leads such as Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North...
    With Donald Trump sinking ever lower in the polls and odds-makers increasingly favoring Democrats to flip the Senate in November, the polls on the first day of August show Democrats likely to emerge in the Fall with complete control of Capitol Hill. It’s enough to have Mitch McConnell sweating about his status as a future minority leader, if not future former senator. With that in mind, CNN reports that McConnell has given Republican Senate candidates permission to distance themselves from Trump, particularly on his mass-murder approach to the coronavirus and Trump’s continued claims that it’s safe for children to return to school. The problem for Republicans looking to separate themselves from Trump is … they can’t. By now, every single candidate...
    With Donald Trump sinking ever lower in the polls and odds-makers increasingly favoring Democrats to flip the Senate in November, the polls on the first day of August show Democrats likely to emerge in the Fall with complete control of Capitol Hill. It’s enough to have Mitch McConnell sweating about his status as a future minority leader, if not future former senator. With that in mind, CNN reports that McConnell has given Republican Senate candidates permission to distance themselves from Trump, particularly on his mass-murder approach to the coronavirus and Trump’s continued claims that it’s safe for children to return to school. The problem for Republicans looking to separate themselves from Trump is … they can’t. By now, every single candidate...
    With Republicans at risk of losing control of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly signaling to GOP candidates that they can distance themselves from President Trump. Unnamed senior Republican officials close to McConnell told CNN that the Kentucky Republican has made this clear to vulnerable candidates as Trump stirs controversy with his response to the coronavirus pandemic and handling of racial issues following the death of George Floyd. "These vulnerable senators can't afford to explicitly repudiate Trump," one senior Republican on Capitol Hill told CNN. "They just need to show they are independent on issues important in their states." Republicans currently hold 53 seats, and Democrats have 45 seats. There are also two independents who caucus with...
    RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A Republican U.S. Senate hopeful blasted on Friday New Mexico’s health orders, which ban public political fundraisers and door-to-door campaigning, and suggested they are designed to influence the election. Mark Ronchetti said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s restrictions are violating free and are “tilting the playing field” toward Democrats, including his opponent, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. The Democratic governor said Thursday the health orders aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 allows for peaceful protests but not public “political organizing” by candidates. “The governor’s words are a completely unacceptable attack on the right to free speech and political expression,” Ronchetti said in a statement. “While we must all perform safe health practices, banning safe door...
    Washington (CNN)Sen. Mitch McConnell is allowing Republican Senate candidates to do whatever it takes to salvage their campaigns ahead of what Republicans increasingly fear could be a devastating election for their party. In recent weeks, the Senate majority leader has become so concerned over Republicans losing control of the Senate that he has signaled to vulnerable GOP senators in tough races that they could distance themselves from the President if they feel it is necessary, according to multiple senior Republicans including a source close to McConnell. That could mean breaking with Trump on the administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the continued efforts by the President to paint an optimistic picture despite rising cases and deaths across parts of...
    In a highly unusual protest, University of California faculty leaders are collectively opposing a proposal to alter the search process for campus chancellors, which they believe will significantly reduce their role and potentially affect the quality of the UC system. Twenty past Academic Senate chairs, who have served since 1994, have signed a letter asking UC Board of Regents members to reject the proposal, which will be debated Wednesday at the board’s online meeting. The Academic Council of current leaders has expressed similar concerns, saying the search process has resulted in diverse and “stellar recent recruitments,” according to a letter by Chair Kum-Kum Bhavnani to outgoing UC President Janet Napolitano. The last four chancellors hired have been white women to...
    (CNN)In the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections, Republican David Perdue excoriated President Barack Obama over his handling of the Ebola outbreak -- contending that Obama had "failed to lead" and "took a serious threat far too lightly." Six years later, Perdue, a first-term senator, is on the ballot again in Georgia -- and now is running on the same ticket as a President struggling to get control of a virus far more deadly to the country. But Perdue has praised Donald Trump, even as the President has repeatedly downplayed the coronavirus, contended it would disappear, called on states to be "liberated" as they were trying to isolate from the virus, was late to embrace mask wearing and has falsely...
    By The Associated Press ATLANTA — Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff says he’s in isolation with his wife, who contracted COVID-19. The 33-year-old candidate said his wife, Dr. Alisha Kramer, has mild coronavirus symptoms and that he’s showing symptoms, too. He said he was tested Saturday and is awaiting results while self-quarantining. Ossoff’s campaign communications director, Miryam Lipper, said on Twitter that he “has not held or participated in an in-person campaign event in over a month and will remain in isolation until medical professionals clear both him and” his wife. Ossoff, a young media executive known for breaking fundraising records during a 2017 special election loss for a U.S. House seat, is in a competitive race against Republican...
    Election Day on Nov. 3 is now only 100 days away, and many Democrats feel confident that it will end with a great victory for former Vice President Joe Biden in the presidential race, a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, and a bigger Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. I’m not one of them. In politics, 100 days is a lifetime! The trajectory of the races for the White House and Congress can change several times. Trust me. I know. As the campaign manager for then-Vice President Al Gore’s presidential run in 2000, I am all too familiar with how elections can twist and turn … and turn again. It’s a dizzying roller coaster ride, with candidates rising...
    (CNN)As states struggle to contain the coronavirus and President Donald Trump's poll numbers tumble, some Republican donors are scrambling to protect their party's majority in the Senate as a backstop against Democrats taking the chamber.Two of the Republican Party's biggest contributors, Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his physician wife Miriam, recently made their largest donation of the 2020 election cycle, giving a combined $25 million last month to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC working to retain the GOP's majority in the chamber. "Our donors are very concerned about the political environment and are focused laser-like on making sure we hold the Senate," Steven Law, who oversees the Senate Leadership Fund, told CNN this week. Law is...
    Given the current political climate and less than 100 days until Election Day, Republicans are at risk of losing their Senate majority. A new analysis by the independent Cook Political Report showed on Thursday that President Trump's low polling numbers in comparison to his presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden may impact the performance of other GOP candidates even if they are trying to run independent campaigns. "As of now, Democrats are a slight favorite to win the Senate majority," the report said. In addition to factors such as Biden's polling surge and the coronavirus pandemic, the report also cited the recent unrest that followed the death of George Floyd in police custody and the cultural shift pushing for...
    Bob Brigham July 21, 2020 6:20AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story President Donald Trump's precarious standing among voters has resulted in Republicans wondering if they should assume Joe Biden will win the White House and focus on trying to save the GOP Senate majority. "President Trump's weak poll numbers and a surge of Democratic cash flooding key Senate races have jolted top Republicans and intensified talk among party donors and strategists about redirecting money to protect their narrow Senate Republican majority amid growing fear of complete Democratic control of Washington in 2021," the newspaper reported. : "Almost no one is talking openly about abandoning Mr. Trump at this point. A total collapse at the top of...
    (CNN)Small-dollar contributors gave $710 million to liberal causes and candidates through the online fundraising platform ActBlue between April 1 and June 30 -- a record sum that underscores growing Democratic donor energy just months before November's general election.Nearly half of the 5.7 million people who contributed during the second quarter were first-time ActBlue contributors, and the site processed more donations from more individual donors during the quarter than in any previous three-month period in its 16-year history, the group said.The blizzard of activity also includes donations to racial justice groups and other organizations that have been at the forefront of the national debate about racism and policing following the May death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis...
    The Senate Republican campaign arm posted record-breaking fundraising totals for both the second quarter as well as for June as the party pushes to retain its majority in the upper chamber amid plummeting poll numbers for President TrumpDonald John TrumpKanye West says Harriet Tubman 'never actually freed the slaves' at rally Trump-Afghan deal passes key deadline, but peace elusive GOP governors in hardest hit states split over COVID-19 response MORE and a cash infusion for Democratic Senate candidates. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) announced that it raised $35.6 million from in the three-month period spanning April 1 through June 30, including $14 million in June. The NRSC also has $30.5 million in the bank. The totals are the most...
    According to a Friday report from Newsweek, some operatives see the Democratic Party’s record-breaking fundraising numbers as a sign of a potential blue wave in November. In the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats won 40 seats in the House of Representatives, winning control of the chamber. This election cycle, the party is raking in even more cash than two years ago, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) alone raising $39 million in the second quarter of 2020. “It’s a whole new world with that kind of money,” fundraiser Michael Fraioli said. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised nearly $34 million in the second quarter of the year. To win control of the upper chamber, Democrats would have to flip...
    (CNN)Incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy posted nearly identical second quarter fundraising totals in the competitive Massachusetts Senate Democratic primary, signs of a close race with a month and a half to go before votes are cast.Markey, who first came to the Senate after winning a special election in 2013 and then was reelected in 2014, reported raising $1.96 million between the start of April and the end of June, and finished the quarter with about $4.8 million in cash on hand. Kennedy reported raising $1.91 million and also ended the quarter with about $4.8 million in cash on hand.Even excluding other sources of funds like transfers, offsets and loans, the candidates were neck-and-neck, with Markey reporting $1.84...
    Reuters July 15, 2020 0 Comments Alabama Republicans nominated political neophyte Tommy Tuberville, the choice of President Donald Trump, to run for the Senate in November as voters in three states picked candidates on Tuesday for races that will help decide control of the chamber. Maine Democrats chose Sara Gideon, the speaker of the state’s House of Representatives, to face off against moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, one of the Senate’s most at-risk Republicans. Texas Democrats narrowly voted for Air Force veteran MJ Hegar over Black state senator Royce West for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Senator John Cornyn in November, the New York Times said. Texas has long been dominated by Republicans but analysts say changing...
    President Trump will be visiting Georgia on Wednesday to talk about infrastructure, but like his recent trips to Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, this happens to be to a battleground state his reelection campaign is eager to keep in the "win" column in November.  The latest CBS News Battleground Tracker poll rates Georgia as a toss-up for the presidential election; currently, Biden leads Mr. Trump by two points. Georgia voters have not picked a Democrat to be president since 1992, but the gains Democrats have made in recent elections with key groups have turned it into a state to watch.  "Georgia looks like a toss-up because the president's support is strong among his current base, while Biden is performing better than...
    According to a Sunday report from The Washington Post, President Donald Trump is viewed as a “drag” on Republican candidates in a number of key Senate and House races. Both Democrats and Republicans reportedly believe that the president’s management of the coronavirus crisis has been so inadequate that the entire Republican Party will suffer in November. A polarizing figure, Trump has apparently lost ground in the suburbs, which could prove detrimental to the GOP’s electoral prospects. According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrats are “feeling very good” about winning the United States Senate in November. “It’s just in the air. You just feel it, the importance of taking back the Senate, the importance of getting the country moving again,...
    (CNN)Senate Democratic candidates from Montana to Maine are raising eye-popping amounts of money this year, per campaign officials. Montana's Steve Bullock took in $7.7 million, while Maine's Sara Gideon raked in more than $9 million -- and those are just a couple of the big hauls this past quarter. That's big news given that Democrats need just a net pickup of three to four seats for control of the Senate, depending on who wins the presidential race. Historically, candidates who raise more money increase their chances of winning significantly. This means the more money Democrats are raking in, the better chance they have at winning a Senate majority. Take a look at more than 100 Senate races for which there...
    Democrats are looking to tie Republicans to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE and Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosDeVos urges school districts to 'think creatively' about reopening amid coronavirus Jill Biden promises if Biden's elected 'no more Betsy DeVos' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump takes on CDC over schools MORE ahead of the election in November, as the administration's threat to cut funding to schools unless they resume in-person learning galvanizes teachers' unions and the left. The attacks by Democrats come as reopening schools has...
    SAN ANTONIO – On Tuesday, Texas voters will decide who will represent the Democratic and Republican parties in the general election in November. At the top of the ticket on the Democratic side is the race for U.S. Senate. Mary “MJ” Hegar and state Senator Royce West are both hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn in November. Hegar is an Air Force veteran who took 22% of the vote in the March primary. West, who has represented the Dallas-area for nearly three decades, earned 14.5% of the vote. So where do they stand on the issues? Both candidates sat down with KSAT to address some of them. See who all is on the runoff ballot here. On...
    Energized grassroots liberals flooded Democratic Senate challengers with campaign cash during the second quarter, shocking Republicans who now confront opponents armed with millions in small-dollar donations. In interviews Wednesday, veteran Republican strategists reacted with unusual astonishment. They described fundraising by Democratic Senate candidates in April, May, and June as “unprecedented” — collectively and race by race. Historically, incumbent senators of both parties harbored significant fundraising advantages over challengers. As recently as the previous election cycle, an incumbent who raised a few million dollars during a three-month period would have been considered incredibly successful, especially in a race in small states such as Iowa and Maine. In that context, what Democratic challengers accomplished in the second quarter of this year...
    Heading into the summer, Democratic presidential hopefuls are raising record amounts of cash in their bids to unseat Republican Senate incumbents. The massive fundraising hauls are pouring in despite the ongoing economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  According to Amy McGrath's campaign, the retired fighter pilot raised $17.4 million from April through June in her primary bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. The average donation was $39. This comes just after McGrath eked out a win in the June 23rd primary in a closer than expected race against Charles Booker.  Cook Political Report currently ranks the race as "likely Republican." While second-quarter numbers have not yet been filed, the Kentucky Senate race is already one...
    Lou Dobbs spoke with RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Wednesday and confronted her on why the party isn’t supporting candidates in primary races across the country. He specifically brought up the Senate races in Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas, remarking on how Jeff Sessions, Doug Collins, and Kris Kobach aren’t being supported by the RNC or Mitch McConnell. “What’s going on and why in the world aren’t you supporting winners,’ Dobbs asked. “That’s, I guess, the question. Why is there this confusion in the Republican party when you need to keep a majority?” McDaniel started to talk about the RNC not getting involved in primaries, but Dobbs jumped in to say, “For crying out loud, Ronna, McConnell’s spending $2 million against...
    Three Senate Democrat candidates have criticized the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) despite benefiting from it, according to a report released Wednesday. The Washington Examiner’s Emily Larsen reported Wednesday that three Senate Democrat candidates have benefitted from the PPP loan program. These include Cal Cunningham, the challenger to Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC); Mark Kelly, who faces Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ); and Sara Gideon, who hopes to unseat Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). Gideon, who is Maine’s state House speaker, attacked Collins for suggesting that campaign contributions pushed Collins to write a “loophole” into the legislation that established the PPP to benefit out-of-state hotels. The personal injury law firm for which Gideon’s husband works received a PPP loan between $1 and 2 million. Cunningham also...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Establishment Republicans who’d been coy for months about the GOP primary for Kansas’ open Senate seat are increasingly putting their thumbs on the scale, hoping to push Rep. Roger Marshall to victory over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. A new GOP super-PAC this week launched what it promised will be a $3 million advertising campaign against Kobach with a spot that says he has ties to white supremacists, raising anew an issue that the former Kansas secretary of state has long battled as he advocated tough immigration policies. The political action committee’s director previously worked for a Republican congressman and the state’s GOP attorney general, and the group shares a media company with U.S. Senate Majority...
    So far, Republicans have yet to release their fundraising numbers from the second quarter of 2020, which ran from April 1 through June 30. The deadline to release their numbers is July 15. According to HuffPost, Republicans believe Democratic candidates outraised them almost every single race. That could prove problematic for the GOP, as campaign finance laws give candidates better advertising rates than super PACs — which Republicans have historically relied on to make up for their fundraising disadvantage. That means even if GOP super PACs spend the same amount of money as a Democratic Senate candidate, the Democratic candidates' money goes further. Ultimately, the numbers from Democratic senate candidates are eye-popping. Jaime Harrison, the Democratic nominee taking on GOP...
    The following column is an opinion piece and reflects the views of only the author and not those of AllOnGeorgia. The 4th district Senate race to fill the vacancy left by the death of long-time Senator Jack Hill came unexpectedly, leaving candidates in a position to boost name recognition any way possible – expensive mailers, television ads, social media campaigns, and more. But even as we have moved into the runoff, the race has been devoid of policy discussions, with both candidates focusing on lengthy endorsement lists, screenshots of opponents’ campaign pages, and a t-shirt war to battle a sign war. Sadly, none of these things will help voters make informed decisions and the distractions have provided little insight into...
    Sen. Ted Cruz is cultivating relationships for a possible 2024 presidential bid with plans to raise more than $2.5 million for over two dozen Republican incumbents and challenger candidates running for Congress this November. The Texas Republican this week is launching “20 for 20,” a fundraising committee that will funnel at least $100,000, each, to 25 conservative House candidates — all personally vetted by Cruz. The senator is raising the money from a lucrative list of grassroots donors and network of wealthy contributors built over the course of his 2016 presidential campaign and is moving to supplement this financial backing with hands-on support from his political operation. In the Senate, Cruz is preparing to sign email fundraising appeals and...
    Democratic Senate candidates have again touted impressive fundraising numbers for the second quarter of 2020 showing that the coronavirus pandemic had little effect on the candidates' draw, report CBS News political unit associate producers Eleanor Watson and Sarah Ewall-Wice. In two of the top targeted seats for Democrats, the candidates each pulled in over $7 million. Sara Gideon in Maine raised $9 million from April through June, about $2 million more than she raised in the first quarter of 2020. Meanwhile, Cal Cunningham in North Carolina pulled in $7.4 million, about $3 million more than he raised in the first quarter. In Montana, a race that Politico recently shifted to a toss-up, Governor Steve Bullock's campaign said he raised $7.7 million in his...
    By ALAN FRAM WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive. By month’s end, he was downplaying a coronavirus pandemic upsurge that was forcing Western and Southern states to throttle back their partial reopening of businesses. And Republican strategists already straining to retain Senate control in November’s elections were conceding that Trump’s performance could make it harder to defend their majority. One said key Republicans were telling Trump they’re worried about his campaign and he should heed polls showing him in trouble. Another pointed to surveys showing diminished public optimism and many voters’ views that...
    By Alan Fram | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive. By month’s end, he was downplaying a coronavirus pandemic upsurge that was forcing Western and Southern states to throttle back their partial reopening of businesses. And Republican strategists already straining to retain Senate control in November’s elections were conceding that Trump’s performance could make it harder to defend their majority. One said key Republicans were telling Trump they’re worried about his campaign and he should heed polls showing him in trouble. Another pointed to surveys showing diminished public optimism and many voters’...
    Of the nine female Republicans who hold seats in the U.S. Senate, four could be looking for new jobs after November’s election as their allegiance to Donald Trump has dragged down their approval ratings and imperiled their re-election prospects. According to Politico, the Republican contingent in the Senate is in danger of becoming overwhelmingly male and white with female candidates up for election this year struggling to hold onto their seats due to a president who is not considered strong on women’s issues. With Politico’s Marianne Levine and James Arkin writing, “Both Republicans and Democrats note that the women GOP senators in competitive races are not endangered because of their gender, but because of the states they represent and the broader electoral...
    By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive. By the time it ended, he was downplaying a coronavirus pandemic upsurge that was forcing Western and Southern states to throttle back their partial reopening of businesses. And Republican strategists already straining to retain Senate control in November's elections were conceding that Trump's performance could make it harder to defend their majority. One said key Republicans were telling Trump they're worried about his campaign and he should heed polls showing him in trouble. Another pointed to surveys showing diminished public optimism and...
    The Republican Party will suffer a double whammy in November if it loses control of not only the White House, but also, the U.S. Senate. And according to New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Matt Stevens, recent polling indicates that President Donald Trump is hurting the GOP’s chances of maintaining its Senate majority. Martin and Stevens report that according to a recent New York Times/Siena College poll, “President Trump’s erratic performance in office and his deteriorating standing in the polls is posing a grave threat to his party’s Senate majority, imperiling incumbents in crucial swing states and undermining Republican prospects in one of the few states they had hoped to gain a seat (Michigan).” The battleground states where Republican...
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.    LEADING THE DAY:  The lead-up to next Tuesday’s primaries is emerging as somewhat of a make-or-break moment for progressives seeking to break into U.S. congressional office.  After spotty performances in Democratic nominating contests up to this point, the left flank of the party is in need of a win, and the June 23 primaries may be one of their last best chances to get it. In three races — Kentucky’s...
    According to an analysis by Politico’s Jeff Greenfield, recent voting trends combined with Donald Trump’s unpopularity with the electorate will likely see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lose his power following the November election. First proposing, “It’s a question as obvious as it is critical: How will the trio of crises—the pandemic, the economy, the demands for racial justice—affect the 2020 race for the White House,” the columnist said it will be a major factor this election cycle and that is not good news for Republicans. “History has some powerful answers to this question—and they leave Republican partisans with a strong case of agita,” he wrote. “As a general proposition, when the nation is in a state of crisis,...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democratic contenders for Congress including a renowned former CIA operative, a district attorney and a professional advocate for Native American communities were facing off Tuesday in a likely decisive congressional primary in northern New Mexico. The winner of the seven-way contest will compete in a district dominated by registered Democrats to take the place of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the presumptive Democratic nominee to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Udall. Republicans were picking their favorite contenders to win back a congressional swing district in southern New Mexico and trying to seize control of Udall’s Senate seat in the November general election. Valerie Plame, the U.S. intelligence operative whose secret identity was exposed shorty after her...