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    Democrats in California have already begun pouncing on Sen. Kamala Harris’ Senate seat — less than two days after she was tapped as Joe Biden’s running mate, according to the state’s governor. Gov. Gavin Newsom is being pitched by numerous people who want to fill Harris’ (D-Calif.) vacated Senate seat if she and Biden clinch the presidency in November, he admitted Wednesday. Speaking to reporters at a press conference, the California governor made the admission after being asked if he had been approached by anyone suggesting themselves as a replacement. “Well, you may be the only one who hasn’t, unless you just did,” Newsom quipped, “And that is only a slight exaggeration.” “I can’t be more pointed privately than I...
    A South Carolina Democrat has flipped a state house seat in a special election, stirring excitement in the party as they approach the general election in November.  Spencer Wetmore handily defeated Republican candidate Josh Stokes by 20 points in Tuesday's election, according to The State. The seat was long held by Republicans and became a target for Democrats after former state Rep. Peter McCoy resigned earlier this year to become South Carolina’s U.S. attorney.  With Wetmore's win, Democrats now have 45 seats in South Carolina's 124-person lower chamber.  “By flipping this seat from red to blue, Spencer is giving Democrats more power in the chamber’s policymaking process,” Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post said in a statement. “Her win sends a...
    Meaghan Ellis August 13, 2020 0 Comments California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) revealed pitches are already being submitted for Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) Senate seat in the event she is elected Vice President of the United States in November. During a press conference on Wednesday, a reporter asked Newsom if anyone had put their name in the hat in the event Harris vacates her Senate seat in California’s upper chamber. The Democratic governor suggested that he had already received multiple pitches. “You may be the only one that hasn’t, unless you just did, and that is only slight exaggeration,” Newsom told the reporter. However, he made it clear that he would not focus on the possible future of the...
    California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom warns of 'massive' budget cuts if California implements Trump unemployment plan Governors air frustrations with Trump on unemployment plans Overnight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly MORE (D) on Wednesday said he has already received a number of pitches from people who are seeking to fill Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE’s (D) Senate seat if she and...
    A longtime Republican-held seat that could decide who holds a Senate majority after the November election currently tilts towards the GOP, according to a new poll. Voters in Kansas currently favor the Republican nominee, Rep. Roger Marshall, over Democrat Barbara Bollier by two points, with 46% and 44% support respectively. Despite that slim lead, Marshall is currently underperforming President Trump, whom 48% of voters in the state plan on voting for compared to 41% saying the same for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. The survey was commissioned by a cadre of online political enthusiasts known as "Election Twitter," who crowdfunded the poll after complaining about unreliable polling of the state. The margin of error of the poll...
    Jim Watson/Getty Images President Donald Trump is within striking distance of winning deep-blue Minnesota in the 2020 election, according to a new survey by Emerson Polling. The survey found 50 percent of likely Minnesota voters planned to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, compared to 47 percent who plan to vote for Trump. The numbers are similar to the outcome in 2016, when Hillary Clinton took 46.44 percent of the vote next to 44.92 percent for Trump. They are also part of a trend that has seen the state become more Republican under Trump. Former President Barack Obama won the state by 52 percent in 2012 — nearly 8 points more than Republican Mitt Romney — and 54 percent in 2008,...
    California Sen. Kamala Harris 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. Connecticut, Georgia, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin concluded primaries and runoffs on Tuesday, and you can find the results here. We’ll have a comprehensive rundown in our next Digest. Leading Off ● CA-Sen: On Tuesday, Joe Biden announced that he had chosen California Sen. Kamala Harris, who would be the first woman to serve as vice president, as his running mate. Harris' 2016 win made her the first Black person to represent California in the Senate, as well as the...
    A Biden-Harris victory in November would shake up California politics, starting with a race to fill a vacant Senate seat. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE’s selection of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE (D-Calif.) as his running mate on Tuesday means that a number of current and former members of California’s congressional delegation could be in line...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Sen. Kamala Harris was announced Tuesday as former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate. Here's a look back at her performance during the only televised debate for California's open Senate seat in 2016.The article below was published on Oct. 5, 2016. The debate aired exclusively on ABC7 and was sponsored by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, KABC-TV and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund.The candidates for California's open Senate seat clashed in a televised debate Wednesday night, exchanging criticism on issues that included voting records, crime and terrorism.California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez are both Democrats seeking the seat being vacated by retiring Sen....
    Arizona Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyCoronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Hillicon Valley: Facebook bans ads from pro-Trump PAC | Uber reports big drop in revenue | US offers M reward for election interference info MORE (R) claimed Tuesday that Senate Democrats would move to pass statehood bills for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico should they retake control of the chamber in November. In an interview with NBC News, the Republican senator speculated that Democrats would seek to make the nation's capital and Puerto Rico full U.S. states with Senate and House representation, a move she further said would permanently prevent Republican...
    California Sen. Kamala Harris On Tuesday, Joe Biden announced that he had chosen California Sen. Kamala Harris, who would be the first woman to serve as vice president, as his running mate. Harris’ 2016 win made her the first Black person to represent California in the Senate, as well as the first Indian American to serve in the chamber. If she's elected to the vice presidency, she'd achieve another historic milestone as the first person of color to hold the post. And if the Biden-Harris ticket is successful this fall, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom would be tasked with appointing Harris’ successor in the Senate. That person would serve through 2022, when Harris’ term expires. Under California law, all candidates—which would likely include whomever Newsom might...
    Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyCoronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Hillicon Valley: Facebook bans ads from pro-Trump PAC | Uber reports big drop in revenue | US offers M reward for election interference info MORE (R-Ariz.) is closing in on her Democratic challenger, former astronaut Mark Kelly, in Arizona’s hotly contested Senate race, according to a new Arizona Public Opinion Pulse survey released on Tuesday. The poll, conducted by Phoenix-based firm OH Predictive Insights, shows Kelly garnering 48 percent of the vote to McSally’s 43 percent. For Kelly, that represents a 4-point dropoff in support among likely voters since last month. McSally’s support, meanwhile,...
    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...
    Wendy Rogers, the Arizona GOP's nominee for a crucial state Senate seat 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 of the district in November. This seat backed Donald Trump 52-42, but Republican Martha McSally defeated Democrat Kyrsten Sinema just 49-48 here two years later; Allen also won re-election in 2018...
    Texas State Sen. Pat Fallon won the Republican nomination for the state's 4th congressional district after the seat was vacated by now-Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHillicon Valley: Google extending remote work policy through July 2021 | Intel community returns final Russia report to Senate committee after declassification | Study finds election officials vulnerable to cyberattacks Intel community returns final Russia report volume to Senate after declassification review Hillicon Valley: Feds warn hackers targeting critical infrastructure | Twitter exploring subscription service | Bill would give DHS cyber agency subpoena power MORE.  Local GOP leaders voted to nominate Fallon over former Ratcliffe staffer Jason Ross, 82 to 34. Fallon’s name will replace Ratcliffe’s on the November ballot in the...
    (CNN)Republican Party leaders are breathing a sigh of relief and Democratic operatives are licking their wounds after their ill-fated political gamesmanship failed them in Tuesday night's primary election in Kansas. It seems they didn't know who the real Trump candidate was in this race and in this state -- which Trump won by more than 20 points in 2016. Now they know. Alice StewartRepublican US Rep. Roger Marshall beat out the top challenger, former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, in the race to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Pat Roberts. Marshall will face Democrat state Sen. Barbara Bollier in the general election in November. A Democrat hasn't won a US Senate seat in Kansas since 1932, the longest...
    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could be a difficult year for the GOP. Marshall prevailed comfortably in a crowded primary field with the backing of major farm, business and anti-abortion groups but without a pre-election endorsement from President Donald Trump sought by Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and others for the two-term congressman for western and central Kansas. Marshall overcame Kobach’s reputation as a conservative firebrand and informal adviser to Trump. Marshall will face Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a former lifelong moderate Republican who received national...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Sen. Martha McSally and Democratic astronaut Mark Kelly secured their parties’ nominations Tuesday in the Arizona race to finish the late John McCain’s U.S. Senate term. It sets up a heated contest between two former combat pilots in one of the most expensive and spirited Senate races of 2020. The race will test Democrats’ growing strength in sprawling Sun Belt suburbs and Republican efforts to blame China for the coronavirus outbreak. In early returns, a conservative challenger to McSally, businessman Daniel McCarthy, garnered about 20% of the vote with his anti-establishment message and an appeal to voters who feel the government is overreacting to the pandemic. McCarthy spent only about $500,000 and was not well...
    Rep. Roger Marshall defeated controversial former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach Tuesday evening to win the Republican nomination for a Senate seat being vacated by longtime Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS. The win in the GOP primary means that Republican voters in the Sunflower State heeded their party’s advice by choosing the more moderate Marshall over the conservative firebrand Kobach. Republican leadership was concerned that a Kobach win would could ultimately flip the generally safe Senate seat to the Democrats in November’s general election. "Kansas Republicans knew what was at stake in this primary, and tonight's results prove voters will reject any Democrat efforts to buy this seat,” National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said in...
    Kansas Republican primary voters doused the comeback hopes of Kris Kobach, an Ivy League-educated anti-immigration activist and favorite of President Trump, denying Democrats a new avenue to win a majority in the Senate. Kobach, 54, lost his Kansas Republican Senate primary against Kansas U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, wealthy plumbing executive Bob Hamilton, and others for the right to contest retiring Sen. Pat Roberts' seat. The Aug. 4 race became a flash point for the GOP after fears Kobach's victory could mean spending more resources defending him against party-switching Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier. General election polling suggested Bollier had better odds against Kobach than his rivals, with Democrats only needing a net gain of three or four seats to...
    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — Delegate Neil Parrott said Tuesday he will not seek to replace State Sen. Andrew Serafini, focusing instead on his run for Congress. In a statement Tuesday, Parrott (R-Washington County) removed himself from the running to fill Serafini’s senate seat. Serafini, also a Republican, resigned effective August 1, citing his desire to spend more time with his family. Delegate Neil Parrott. Credit: Maryland Manual On-line “I am very thankful for all of the people who urged me to apply for the vacancy, but my decision is to not put myself forward as a replacement for the Maryland State Senate District 2 Seat. Instead, my focus is on the campaign to represent Maryland’s 6th Congressional District in the...
    Kansas Senate candidate Kris Kobach We have a big night on Tuesday with primaries taking place in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington, with more contests to watch than on any other primary night before the November general election. However, we may not know all the winners at the end of Tuesday. With the coronavirus pandemic fueling a surge in mail voting, election watchers everywhere should expect that we might not learn the results in every race for some time—perhaps days or even weeks. Our live coverage will begin at 8 PM ET Tuesday night at Daily Kos Elections when the polls close in Missouri and most of Kansas and Michigan. You can also follow us on Twitter for blow-by-blow...
    We have a big night on Tuesday with primaries taking place in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington, with more contests to watch than on any other primary night before the November general election. However, we may not know all the winners at the end of Tuesday. With the coronavirus pandemic fueling a surge in mail voting, election watchers everywhere should expect that we might not learn the results in every race for some time—perhaps days or even weeks. Our live coverage will begin at 8 PM ET Tuesday night at Daily Kos Elections when the polls close in Missouri and most of Kansas and Michigan. You can also follow us on Twitter for blow-by-blow updates. And you’ll want to bookmark our primary calendar, which includes the...
    Tom Boggioni August 3, 2020 12:09AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story According to a report at Politico, Kansas Republicans are beside themselves that their nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat will be a controversial conservative once appointed by Donald Trump to investigate voter fraud. With a Senate seat open in the normally reliable Republican state, local leaders would normally be sitting back and looking to coast to victory but 2020 is proving to be more difficult than usual.  : At issue, the possibility that Kris Kobach may win Tuesday primary over a more mainstream Republican candidate, making holding onto the seat difficult because a sizeable number of Republican voters have told pollsters they would vote for a...
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An outside group focused on defeating President Donald Trump in November and “Trumpism” is running an ad in Alaska in support of independent Al Gross in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. Gross is seeking to challenge first-term Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan. The ad, sponsored by The Lincoln Project and shared on its website, doesn’t mention Sullivan but an accompanying press release does. The release refers to Sullivan as “no longer a Republican nor a conservative” but a “Trumpist.” Trump carried Alaska with 51% of the vote in 2016. Sullivan campaign manager Matt Shuckerow said the campaign expects outside groups will spend millions of dollars to try to make an impact on the race. He said...
    As candidate qualifying ended Friday, more than a dozen candidates had signed up to challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy in November. Cassidy, a Republican with President Donald Trump’s backing and $6 million in campaign cash, will be a heavy favorite to win re-election. Cassidy is a medical doctor from Baton Rouge who has served in the Louisiana Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives. He knocked off Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in 2014. Though Louisiana does not hold party primaries, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins is the Democrats most likely standard-bearer in the U.S. Senate race. Perkins is a West Point and Harvard Law School graduate who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning the rank of captain...
    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sulking in the Oval Office with Donald Trump. Cook Political Report changed its Senate rating Thursday, now favoring Democrats to take back the upper chamber this November. "At this point, a net gain of five to seven seats for Democrats looks far more probable than the one to three seat gain that would leave them shy of a majority," wrote Cook's Jessica Taylor.  That net gain calculation includes the probability that Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama will lose his reelection bid. But perhaps the most telling stat of the entire article was the amount of money Senate Republicans and their allies are spending on defense. Let’s make Senate Republicans short-timers. Give $2 right now to kick...
    The first poll out of Texas since Air Force veteran MJ Hegar won last week’s Democratic runoff finds Republican Sen. John Cornyn leading their matchup 47-38, but it nonetheless contains plenty of good news for Democrats, who are hoping to win their first Senate race in the Lone Star state since 1988. For starters, Quinnipiac’s survey has Joe Biden edging out Donald Trump 45-44, a slight uptick from last month’s poll when Trump led 44-43. That suggests that undecided voters in the Senate race, contrary to what you’d usually find in a red state like Texas, lean toward Democrats, a conclusion buttressed by the crosstabs: While self-identified Republicans support Trump 89-6 and Cornyn 88-5—almost identical shares—Democrats back Biden 94-3 but Hegar just 82-6. If she...
    Democrats are suddenly more bullish about their chances of flipping the Republican-held Senate seat representing Kansas. There are just two weeks until the highly anticipated Aug. 4 GOP primary between former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Rep. Roger Marshall, and plumbing executive Bob Hamilton for the right to contest retiring Sen. Pat Roberts's seat. The winner will likely face party-switching Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier in the fall as Republicans aggressively fight to hold onto their Senate majority. Both the Cook Political Report and RealClearPolitics predict the Kansas Senate seat will remain in the GOP's ledger after the general election. National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Joanna Rodriguez was similarly confident the state would reelect a conservative. "Kansans will never...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday 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 Jeff Hartline to the studio. At the top of the second hour, Hartline weighed in on his recent commentary where he has endorsed Manny Sethi. He explained the third and fourth paragraphs of the piece which cited the candidate’s differences of connectivity and substance. Leahy: We are joined in studio by our good friend for over 30 years now Jeff Hartline. Good morning Jeff. Hartline: Good morning Michael. Good to be here. Leahy: You called in on Thursday when Carol...
    By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Retiring Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts declared his support Tuesday for Rep. Roger Marshall as his replacement. Roberts' endorsement came in a string of tweets in which he praised Marshall without mentioning polarizing conservative Kris Kobach. Roberts, the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, touted Marshall's service on its House counterpart and said Marshall's experience as a doctor will be helpful during the coronavirus pandemic. Marshall, an obstetrician, represents the same sprawling western and central Kansas district that Roberts did before being elected to the Senate in 1996. Marshall won the seat in 2016. Roberts' backing is another sign of the Republican establishment's increasing solidarity behind Marshall ahead of the state's...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A banking executive was appointed on Friday to the North Carolina Senate, succeeding the retired Sen. Jerry Tillman. Gov. Roy Cooper formally named Dave Craven to fill out the seat that Tillman vacated on June 30. He'll serve out the remainder of Tillman's term through Dec. 31. State law obligated Cooper to appoint Craven, since he was the choice of Republican activists in Tillman's 26th Senate District, covering all of Randolph County and part of Guilford County. Craven is a senior vice president at Fidelity Bank and previously served on the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Senate leader Phil Berger said in a news release. The legislature is currently scheduled to return to work in...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic challenger Amy McGrath continued her blistering fundraising pace in the spring, outdistancing Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for another quarter in their bruising, free-spending campaign in Kentucky. Despite her prodigious pace, McGrath ended the quarter with slightly less money in the bank after spending heavily at the end of her bumpier-than-expected primary battle against state Rep. Charles Booker. McGrath, who is trying to pull off an upset against the top-ranking Republican in Congress, raised $17.4 million in the April-through-June period. The former Marine combat pilot has raised a whopping $47 million since entering the race about a year ago. The bonanza partly reflects McConnell's close ties to President Donald...
    1 of 2U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addresses the media at Deaconess Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Ky., Tuesday afternoon, July 14, 2020. McConnell was expressing his gratitude to healthcare workers for their sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic as well as discussing the Economic Security Act and coronavirus aid. (Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)1 of 2U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) addresses the media at Deaconess Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Ky., Tuesday afternoon, July 14, 2020. McConnell was expressing his gratitude to healthcare workers for their sacrifices during the coronavirus pandemic as well as discussing the Economic Security Act and coronavirus aid. (Denny Simmons/Evansville Courier & Press via AP) LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic challenger Amy McGrath continued her blistering...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday 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. During the second hour, Carmichael weighed in on Jeff Sessions’ Senate loss in Alabama and The New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss’ resignation. Leahy: We are joined this morning as we often are on Wednesdays by our good friend, the original all-star panelist, and who’s been on the airwaves here in Nashville, Tennessee although not consecutively but for a least 35 years I think it is Crom. Carmichael: Long time....
    Alabama Democrats are buckling their chin straps as they prepare to defend Sen. Doug Jones against Republican opponent Tommy Tuberville in the fall. Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach, trounced ex-Trump administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions by more than 20 percentage points Tuesday night in their Republican primary runoff. His decisive victory, effectively ending Sessions's quarter of a century in public life, sets up a Nov. 3 general election showdown against Jones. Jones will appear on the ballot at the same time as President Trump, who in 2016, defeated Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Alabama 62%-34%. No Democrat has won a Senate election in Alabama since 1992. Jones is the most vulnerable senator up for reelection this 2020...
    Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost his bid to run for the Senate after a candidate backed by President Donald Trump defeated him in Alabama. Tommy Tuberville, a former football coach, will face incumbent, Democrat Doug Jones, in November's election. Mr Sessions was the first senator to back Mr Trump as president, but their relationship soured and he was forced out as attorney general in 2018. Conceding defeat, he said he had no regrets over the decisions he had made. He told his supporters he "did the right thing" in recusing himself from investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election - a move his boss never forgave him for. Primaries were also held in Maine and...
    Jeff Sessions has lost the primary runoff to get the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat, the Associated Press reported. Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, who had President Trump's support, defeated Sessions on Tuesday night.  Tuberville will take on Democrat Doug Jones in November. The seat is considered the Democrats' most vulnerable Senate seat, since it is in deep-red Alabama.    Mr. Trump tweeted about the race shortly after it was called, writing that Tuberville "WON big" and predicted he will be a "GREAT Senator." Wow, just called! @TTuberville - Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – President Donald Trump’s former White House physician won the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in Texas on Tuesday in a primary runoff election that unfolded amid an alarming spread of the coronavirus across the state. Ronny Jackson, a retired Navy rear admiral, defeated Josh Winegarner in a primary runoff in the deeply red Texas Panhandle. Jackson was also the White House physician to presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Trump’s endorsement for his former doctor carried Jackson to victory in his first run for office. Dr. Ronny Jackson – White House physician (CBS11) Voters in Texas were also picking Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate to go up against Republican incumbent John Cornyn....
    While it appeared former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions might have had a late surge in his Republican primary runoff contest against former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, it was not nearly enough. Sessions was defeated by a wide margin on Tuesday and has officially been eliminated from regaining the seat he held for two decades in the U.S. Senate. With more than 70% reporting, Tuberville had a 24-point lead over Sessions and will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (R-AL) on November 3 in the general election. During a speech given to his supporters at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Tuberville congratulated Sessions for a hard-fought race. Tuberville revealed that Sessions had called him to concede and acknowledged...
    Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville has beaten former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the Republican primary runoff to challenge Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the November general election. What are the details? Business Insider reported that the race was officially called for Tuberville citing Decision Desk HQ, and RealClearPolitics indicated that the former head coach was ahead with 62.5% of the vote compared to Sessions' 36.5% with 60% of the precincts reporting. The defeat means Sessions has lost the opportunity to take back the U.S. Senate seat he held for 20 years before giving it up in 2017 to serve as attorney general for President Donald Trump. Tuberville will face...
    Former head coach and Alabama Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville.John Minchillo | AP Tommy Tuberville defeated Jeff Sessions in Tuesday's Republican Senate runoff election in Alabama, denying the ex-senator a chance to reclaim his seat, the Associated Press and other news outlets projected. NBC News has not projected the race result. The former college football coach will try to unseat Sen. Doug Jones, the most vulnerable Senate Democrat, this fall. Tuberville coasted to victory in the runoff with the support of President Donald Trump, who openly lobbied against Sessions, his former attorney general and an early supporter of his 2016 presidential bid. Tuberville, a 65-year-old who coached in the state at Auburn University, not only cast himself as an ally of...
    Republican Sen. Susan Collins has her Democratic challenger for one of the marquee Senate races of the 2020 election cycle. Democratic Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, 48, easily won her party's nomination for the right to take on the fourth-term incumbent, 67, in November. Gideon, running on centrist healthcare and the environment policies, was the three-way contest's overwhelming favorite, and was endorsed by the Senate Democrat's campaign aim last June. Her opponents Betsy Sweet, a lobbyist, and Bre Kidman, an attorney, had more liberal platforms, including supporting "Medicare for all" and a "Green New Deal." Despite approaching the primary like it was the general election, Gideon will embark on the fall fight with the added boost of $3.7 million crowdsourced...
    Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville won Alabama’s Senate runoff Tuesday, beating former senator and Attorney General Jeff Sessions 63% to 37%, The New York Times reported. His win marks the end to a long and bitter primary election between Tuberville, who received President Donald Trump’s endorsement despite having never held elected office, and Sessions, one of Alabama’s most well-known politicians who was devoted to Trump’s agenda, even as the president campaigned against him. The runoff, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, came after no candidate reached 50% in the state’s primary on March 3. Even though it was before Trump’s endorsement, Tuberville beat Sessions 33% to 31%. (RELATED: All Eyes On Alabama Primary Runoff) Sessions’s unsuccessful attempt to...
    Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We have a big night on Tuesday with primaries and runoffs taking place in Alabama, Maine, and Texas. Alabama and Texas are holding runoffs in primaries where no candidate earned a majority of the vote during the first round back in early March, including a pair of major races for the Senate. Maine, meanwhile, has the distinction of being the only state in the nation where voters nominate candidates using instant-runoff voting, which comes into play if no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes. With the coronavirus pandemic fueling a surge in mail voting, election watchers everywhere should expect that we might not learn the results in every race for some time—perhaps days...
    (CNN)Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is fighting to reclaim his US Senate seat in Alabama in a GOP primary runoff against former Auburn University coach Tommy Tuberville, who has a major advantage with an endorsement from President Donald Trump.Sessions was the first US senator to endorse Trump in the 2016 presidential race and was once a prominent figure in the Trump administration as the top official leading the Justice Department. But he fell out of favor with the President and became a target of Trump's attacks after he recused himself while serving as attorney general from the FBI probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.Sessions is trying to make a political comeback but is now an underdog in the...
    An election worker wearing a mask for protection against COVID-19 adjust signs for an early polling site located at a grocery store, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas struggles to contain a raging coronavirus outbreak, voters on Tuesday were heading out to polls for runoff elections that include choosing a Democratic nominee in a U.S. Senate race that offers the party another chance to break through in America’s biggest red state. Texas has become one of the world’s virus hot zones and is in far worse shape now than when the runoff was postponed in March. Last week was the deadliest of the pandemic for Texas, and Republican Gov....
    PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Mark Kelly says he raised nearly $12.8 million during the second quarter for his bid to unseat Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally. Kelly's campaign said Tuesday he'll report having nearly $24 million in the bank at the end of June. The retired astronaut has consistently outraised McSally in one of the most closely watched 2020 Senate contests. He's reported the strongest fundraising of all Senate candidates this year, including incumbents. McSally has not yet disclosed her fundraising haul for the second quarter. McSally took office last year after she was appointed to the seat left empty when Sen. John McCain died. Democrats see the seat as a prime pickup opportunity after McSally lost a 2018 race...
    Incumbent Martha McSally put a dent in Mark Kelly's lead, but the Republican still trails her Democratic challenger by a hefty 9 percentage points in the race to retain her Senate seat representing Arizona, according to a new poll. The survey from OH Predictive Insights, unveiled Tuesday, showed Kelly leading McSally 52% to 43% on the strength of voter support in Arizona's two dominant suburban counties — Maricopa, which includes metropolitan Phoenix, and Pima, home to greater Tucson. Kelly's support among Democrats is bigger than McSally's support among Republicans, and the former astronaut leads the senator among voters unaffiliated with either party 59% to 32%. The slice of good news for McSally in this poll, conducted July 6-7? She trailed...
    The election will settle primary battles that include Donald Trump's former doctor, Ronny Jackson, trying to win the Republican nomination for a rural congressional seat. But the biggest race is for who Democrats will pick as their Senate nominee to face Republican incumbent John Cornyn, who isn't as threatened as several GOP senators in battleground states, but is confronting new signs of vulnerability in rapidly changing Texas. The Senate runoff is between Air Force veteran MJ Hegar, who narrowly lost a race for a House seat in 2018, and state Sen. Royce West, who if he wins would become Texas' first Black U.S. senator. That leaves for Democrats a choice over whether their best bet for an upset is the...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — As Texas struggles to contain a raging coronavirus outbreak, voters on Tuesday were set to head out to polls for runoff elections that include choosing a Democratic nominee in a U.S. Senate race that offers the party another chance to break through in America’s biggest red state. Texas has become one of the world’s virus hot zones and is in far worse shape now than when the runoff was postponed in March. Last week was the deadliest of the pandemic for Texas, and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has warned that the infection numbers will likely get even worse. Abbott did not include polling places in his recent statewide mask order, and unlike many states, Texas has fought...
    By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas struggles to contain a raging coronavirus outbreak, voters on Tuesday were set to head out to polls for runoff elections that include choosing a Democratic nominee in a U.S. Senate race that offers the party another chance to break through in America's biggest red state. Texas has become one of the world's virus hot zones and is in far worse shape now than when the runoff was postponed in March. Last week was the deadliest of the pandemic for Texas, and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has warned that the infection numbers will likely get even worse. Abbott did not include polling places in his recent statewide mask order,...
    Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's son Cooper is stepping out of his mogul father's footsteps and setting his sights on a seat in the California Senate.   Cooper Hefner, 28, announced on Monday that he's launching an exploratory campaign to run as a Democrat representing nearly one million people in Southern California's 30th District, which includes Los Angeles County.  'I am deeply concerned about my community and our government and believe that right now it's essential for new individuals to step forward and propose new ideas,' Hefner told CNN.  'I would not be on this road if I did not feel strongly that there was an opportunity to win and as a result, make a difference.'  Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's son Cooper...
    Cooper Hefner, the son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, announced an exploratory campaign for his candidacy for the California Senate on Monday. Hefner, a 28-year-old Democrat, said on Monday that he is analyzing a potential bid to be the state senator for California's 30th District, which represents roughly 1 million people in a portion of Los Angeles. "I am deeply concerned about my community and our government and believe that right now it's essential for new individuals to step forward and propose new ideas. I would not be on this road if I did not feel strongly that there was an opportunity to win and as a result, make a difference," he told CNN. The seat Hefner may be...
    Roy MooreAugust will mark the fifth anniversary of when Jeff Sessions first publicly donned a "Make America Great Again" hat and became the first Republican senator to endorse Donald Trump for the presidency in a rally in his home state of Alabama. Sessions was rewarded for his loyalty by being nominated and confirmed as attorney general for the Trump administration. But the relationship quickly soured in early 2017, when Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, culminating with Mr. Trump unceremoniously firing Sessions after the 2018 midterm elections. Now, Sessions is vying for his old Senate seat back, even though the president he served attacks him repeatedly and endorsed his opponent. Sessions will face...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Seeking a political comeback, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to beat out ex-college football coach Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff and reclaim the Alabama Senate seat he held for decades. To do that, Sessions also has to go through President Donald Trump. Trump has endorsed Tuberville, whose name recognition comes from his time on the sidelines at Auburn University, and turned decisively against his former Cabinet member, making direct appeals for Alabama voters to reject Sessions’s candidacy. “Do not trust Jeff Sessions,” Trump tweeted this spring. “He let our Country down.” And he weighed in again Saturday on Twitter, calling Tuberville “a winner who will never let you down” and castigating...
    (CNN)Jeff Sessions has never lost a race in his life. For two decades, he served as an Alabama senator, pushing a populist agenda from the far right with a deep Southern drawl. But after he became the first senator to endorse Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, and his political acumen was rewarded with the job leading the Justice Department, he made a move that ended his relationship with the President and imperiled his chances of holding elected office ever again. Sessions now finds himself locked in a heated runoff with former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for his old seat, fighting to reclaim his reputation as a renegade outsider who can upset...
    By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Seeking a political comeback, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to beat out ex-college football coach Tommy Tuberville in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff and reclaim the Alabama Senate seat he held for decades. To do that, Sessions also has to go through President Donald Trump. Trump has endorsed Tuberville, whose name recognition comes from his time on the sidelines at Auburn University, and turned decisively against his former Cabinet member, making direct appeals for Alabama voters to reject Sessions's candidacy. “Do not trust Jeff Sessions,” Trump tweeted this spring. “He let our Country down.” Sessions safely held the Senate seat for 20 years before resigning to lead Trump's Justice...
    Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R) 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 ● GA-Sen-A: Fox News reports that two major Republican outside groups, One Nation and the Senate Leadership Fund, are making huge TV reservations to help Georgia Sen. David Perdue fend off Democrat Jon Ossoff. One Nation has booked $8.65 million in ads that will start Aug. 4, while the SLF reportedly will reserve $13.5 million for commercials that will begin in mid-September. The NRSC also will launch a $2.1 million TV campaign next week, though it's...
    South Carolina, which hasn't elected a Democratic senator since 1998, is getting renewed attention as Sen. Lindsey Graham's challenger's eye-popping fundraising provides hope to Democrats that 2020 may represent a sea change for Southern politics. On Tuesday, Democrat Jaime Harrison announced that he raised over $13.9 million from April to June, nearly double the amount he raised in the first quarter of this year. Harrison's fundraising in 2020 sits at over $20 million. Harrison, the former Democratic Party chairman of South Carolina and a senior official in the Democratic National Committee, is challenging Graham, an incumbent Republican, for his Senate seat in November. “After 25 years in Washington, Lindsey Graham has lost all idea of the most...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Sen. Cory Gardner is preparing to take on former Gov. John Hickenlooper for the Senate seat this November. Colorado’s Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the nation as Republicans work to keep the seat so as not to lose the majority. (credit: CBS) Gardner, the incumbent and Republican, said he wanted to highlight his record of success and everything he’s done for the people of Colorado. He appeared on CBS4 This Morning with CBS4’s Alan Gionet to talk about the primary election results and what that means for the general election in the fall. “Becoming the third most bipartisan member of the Senate, bringing home to Colorado the Space Command to Colorado, the Bureau...
    Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert 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. Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utah held their downballot primaries on Tuesday, and you can find the results at the links for each state. We’ll have a comprehensive rundown in our next Digest. Leading Off ● CO-03: Businesswoman Lauren Boebert, who runs a gun-themed restaurant where servers openly carry firearms, has defeated Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton in a stunning upset in Tuesday's Republican primary. With most votes counted late on Tuesday evening, Boebert led 54-46, prompting Tipton to concede. There was...
    A familiar face is coming back to chase a seat in the New York Senate. Republican Rob Astorino, the longtime Westchester County Executive, announced he is planning to run for the 40th state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Peter Harckham. New York's 40th District includes:  The towns of Beekman, Pawling and the village of Pawling in Dutchess County;  The towns of Carmel, Patterson, and Southeast, and the village of Brewster in Putnam County, and;  The city of Peekskill, the towns of Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mount Pleasant, New Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers and Yorktown, the town/village of Mount Kisco, and the villages of Briarcliff Manor, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County.   Astorino currently works...
    President Trump predicted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would win in a major election towards Chuck Schumer for his long-standing New York Senate seat. The president made the feedback on Twitter in response to a current story printed by the Washington Occasions about liberals elevating the prospect of a possible Ocasio-Cortez-Schumer showdown in 2022. “Really, that will be a giant enchancment – and he or she would win!” the president quote tweeted together with the story. The Washington Occasions story from Sunday cited a current tweet from David Sirota, a senior adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential marketing campaign, that broached the thought of the race. “Simply going to say one thing out loud that needs to be apparent: The quickest...
    President Trump predicted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would win in a primary election against Chuck Schumer for his long-standing New York Senate seat. The president made the comments on Twitter in response to a recent story published by the Washington Times about liberals raising the prospect of a potential Ocasio-Cortez-Schumer showdown in 2022. “Actually, that would be a big improvement – and she would win!” the president quote tweeted along with the story. The Washington Times story from Sunday cited a recent tweet from David Sirota, a senior adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, that broached the idea of the race. “Just going to say something out loud that should be obvious: The fastest way to speed up the...
    President Trump predicted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would win in a primary election against Chuck Schumer for his long-standing New York Senate seat. The president made the comments on Twitter in response to a recent story published by the Washington Times about liberals raising the prospect of a potential Ocasio-Cortez-Schumer showdown in 2022. “Actually, that would be a big improvement – and she would win!” the president quote tweeted along with the story. The Washington Times story from Sunday cited a recent tweet from David Sirota, a senior adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, that broached the idea of the race. “Just going to say something out loud that should be obvious: The fastest way to speed up the process...
    McSally's dismissal — claiming that pollsters surveyed a lopsided amount of one party — is a common refrain among Republicans when candidates are trailing, but it has been debunked by political polling experts. It's akin to Trump's practice of calling polls that shows him losing "fake." Fox News' poll, which showed McSally losing to Kelly 37% to 50%, was the second in a month to show McSally trailing Kelly by double digits. A survey from OH Predictive Insights in May showed McSally trailing Kelly, 38% to 51%. McSally — who was appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain in 2019 after losing Arizona's other Senate seat just months before — is a top Democratic target in...
    The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party announced Tuesday it has endorsed U.S. Sen. Tina Smith for re-election. Smith won the DFL’s backing in electronic balloting conducted over the past week after the party’s convention scheduled for last weekend was postponed following the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent civil unrest that swept the Twin Cities. Smith, 62, of Minneapolis was lieutenant governor of Minnesota from 2015 to 2018, when then-Gov. Mark Dayton appointed her to the Senate seat vacated by Al Franken. She won the 2018 election to fill the remainder of Franken’s term. Republicans last weekend endorsed former congressman and radio talk show host Jason Lewis to challenge Smith. But before they face off, Lewis must win the Aug. 11...