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Arpaio on Senate Run: 'The President Needs Me'

Controversial ex-sheriff of Maricopa County announces his bid for seat to be vacated by Flake

(Newser) - Arizona's most high-profile former sheriff had said he was mulling a Senate run , and it now looks like he's made up his mind. "I think Washington needs me, the president needs me," Joe Arpaio told Talking Points Memo on Tuesday, confirming he'll enter the race.... More »

Trump to Roy Moore: Time to Concede

President has already had 'very pleasant phone call' with Alabama victor Doug Jones

(Newser) - Roy Moore isn't giving up hope that he could still be the next senator from Alabama, proclaiming Wednesday night that "the battle rages on," but President Trump is now telling him to retreat. When asked by reporters in front of the White House Friday whether Moore should... More »

Trump's Take on Alabama: I Knew It

Tweets that he knew Roy Moore couldn't win

(Newser) - President Trump ended his night by congratulating Doug Jones, and began his morning by tweeting that he essentially knew Jones would be the victor. "The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win... More »

Trump Congratulates Jones; Moore Won't Concede

Moore says they need to 'wait on God and let this whole process play out'

(Newser) - President Trump congratulated Democrat Doug Jones on winning the Senate election in Alabama Tuesday night—but that wasn't a step Roy Moore was willing to take. After the race was called for Jones, the Republican refused to concede, saying he believed the margin of victory could fall below the... More »

In Stunner, Democrat Doug Jones Wins in Alabama

He defeats Roy Moore in Senate race

(Newser) - It's Doug Jones. The Democrat won election to the Senate from Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Trump, reports the AP . Jones narrowly defeated Republican Roy Moore, a one-time GOP pariah who was embraced by the Republican Party and the president even after facing allegations of... More »

As State GOP Rallies Around Roy Moore, a Notable Exception

His would-be colleague in the US Senate, Richard Shelby, wrote in another Republican

(Newser) - Roy Moore's electoral test comes Tuesday, and he looks to be doing well among Alabama's GOP elite despite allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers. "I have stated both publicly and privately over the last month that unless these allegations were proven to be true I would ... vote... More »

Woman Has New Proof of Relationship With Roy Moore

She is furious that he called her a liar

(Newser) - Debbie Wesson Gibson used to have fond memories of the relationship she says she had with Roy Moore when she was 17 and he was 34. Not anymore. The Alabama woman says that in recent comments, Moore effectively called her a liar which made her decide to share a recent... More »

McConnell Will 'Let the People of Alabama' Decide

The Senate leader changes his tune on Roy Moore

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is now saying voters in Alabama should decide if they want Republican candidate Roy Moore to be their new senator, Politico reports. Appearing on ABC's This Week, the Republican Senate majority leader said, "I'm going to let the people of Alabama make the call" when... More »

White House Speaks Out on Moore Allegations

'Very troubling'

(Newser) - The White House has made its first remarks on the Roy Moore sexual misconduct allegations since President Trump got back from Asia—and they stopped a long way short of calling for Moore to step aside, as many senior Republicans have done. Trump believes allegations against the Senate candidate are... More »

'Anti-Semitic' Robocall Notes Roy Moore, Washington Post

'WaPo' denies involvement in bizarre scheme

(Newser) - An apparent robocall claiming to seek dirt on embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore might actually be an attack against the newspaper that aired his dirty laundry. WKRG reports a pastor in Alabama received a voicemail Tuesday from a man claiming to be a Washington Post reporter looking for women... More »

Alabama Race Has Makings of a Republican 'Civil War'

President and McConnell back Luther Strange, while Bannon backs Roy Moore

(Newser) - Political eyes are on Alabama on Tuesday, where a Republican primary for the Senate has turned into a proxy war. The race pits Luther Strange, who was appointed to temporarily fill Jeff Sessions' seat, against former State Supreme Court justice Roy Moore. Strange is backed by President Trump and the... More »

Alabama Senate Race a Tough One for Trump's Favorite

Luther Strange trails candidate Roy Moore

(Newser) - The fight for the Alabama Senate seat previously vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks poised to go to a Sept. 26 runoff election. But the path there officially kicks off Tuesday with a special election primary in which three candidates will be weeded down to two. President Trump and... More »

In Tight Race, Ill. Senate Debate Takes an Ugly Turn

Mark Kirk questions Tammy Duckworth's US heritage

(Newser) - Illinois Republican Mark Kirk's chances of keeping his US Senate seat took a hit Thursday night when he made an ugly—and inaccurate—remark about his opponent's heritage during a televised debate. After Democratic US Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who was born in Bangkok to a Thai mother and... More »

Cruz Didn't Disclose Up to $1M in Campaign Loans

He says he'll amend the 'filing error' as necessary

(Newser) - Banks loaned Ted Cruz as much as $1 million during his first Senate campaign in Texas back in 2012, but you wouldn't know it from campaign finance reports. While Cruz eventually disclosed the loans from Citibank and Goldman Sachs—each valued at $250,000 to $500,000—to Senate... More »

Battle Over Senate May Not End on Election Day

Louisiana and Georgia likely face runoff elections

(Newser) - Think the Nov. 4 election will determine which party controls the US Senate? Not necessarily: Louisiana and Georgia are facing possible run-offs, while Kansas and South Dakota have strong independent candidates who could become king-makers if either party needs one more to control the 100-member legislative body, Reuters reports. No... More »

McConnell Pays Expenses if You Show Up, Cheer

GOP covers meals and lodging in exchange for enthusiasm

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is in what the Courier-Journal of Louisville calls the "fight of his political life" against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, with the newspaper's latest poll showing them in a statistical dead heat. No surprise, then, that the Senate minority leader hopes to have his... More »

Outcome of Governors' Races Could Be Historic

It's been 30 years since more than 6 incumbents were booted

(Newser) - It's been 30 years since more than six governors were ousted in one fell swoop, but this year could prove a revolutionary election. Eleven incumbents are in trouble in the polls (and two other open-seat races could see a party switch), the Washington Post reports. And with just two... More »

This Could Be Priciest Senate Race Ever

Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis face off in $103M campaign

(Newser) - When you're seeing three Senate campaign ads every five minutes, you might guess there's a fair bit of money going into the race—and you'd be right. The race between North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis could be the priciest Senate campaign... More »

Multistate Senator? Scott Brown Wins NH Primary

Republican will face Jeanne Shaheen this fall

(Newser) - Scott Brown is on the road to becoming the first person since the 19th century to have represented more than one state in the Senate. The former Massachusetts senator comfortably won the Republican primary in New Hampshire yesterday, the AP reports, and will face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen this fall... More »

Kansas Senate Race Is Big —and Now Very Confusing

Democrat wants to drop out to help independent, but state won't let him

(Newser) - This much is clear: Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas hopes to keep his Senate seat in the midterm elections this year. After that, things get fuzzy. Heading into this week, Roberts faced a strong challenge from independent candidate Greg Orman and a lesser one from Democratic candidate Chad Taylor. Yesterday,... More »

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