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With 15 Days to Go, Retired Marine Joins Ala. Senate Race

Lee Busby used to work for WH Chief of Staff John Kelly

(Newser) - He didn't have a functioning website as of Monday morning, but a retired Marine colonel thinks things are such a mess in the Alabama Senate race he has a shot. With just 15 days before voters go to the polls (his now-working website has a giant countdown), Lee Busby... More »

Bannon: Moore Win Is Start of 'Revolution'

Alabama result shakes up GOP

(Newser) - President Trump has deleted some of his tweets about Alabama's Republican US Senate primary—but it's not an election the GOP will be able to move on from quickly. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, a conservative Christian who was supported by anti-establishment forces including Steve... 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 »

Trump Boasts About Being Perfect in Special Elections

Calls wins in Georgia, South Carolina defeats against 'FAKE NEWS'

(Newser) - President Trump's critics had turned Georgia's congressional runoff into a referendum on him, and the president was happy to do a little gloating in the wake of victory . "Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O!... More »

Republican Wins Most Expensive House Race

Ossoff fails to pull off upset win in Georgia

(Newser) - The most expensive House race in US history became an expensive loss for the Democrats Tuesday as Republican candidate Karen Handel prevailed in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. The former Georgia secretary of state won with around 52% of the vote to 48% for Democrat Jon... More »

Republican Wins Montana Election After Assault Charge

Gianforte hung on with 51% of the vote

(Newser) - Republican candidate Greg Gianforte has prevailed in the race for Montana's only US House seat despite having been charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the special election. Gianforte had 51% of the vote when the race was called for him, with Democratic folk singer Rob Quist... More »

Montana's Big House Race Takes a Crazy Turn

But it's possible most ballots were cast before candidate's altercation

(Newser) - We'll know as early as Thursday night whether Montana Republican Greg Gianforte's disastrous campaign appearance Wednesday will cost him a House seat and thus give Democrats a rare victory in a red state. Gianforte faces misdemeanor assault charges after he allegedly body-slammed a reporter asking him about health... More »

Dem Falls Short of 50%, Georgia's 6th Heads to Runoff

'Glad to be of help!' Trump tweets as Jon Ossoff fails to secure outright win

(Newser) - Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly failed to shock the GOP Tuesday with an outright victory in Georgia's special election —but he will get a second chance on June 20 when he faces Republican Karen Handel. CNN projects that Ossoff, a 30-year-old who was little-known before the 6th congressional district... More »

What It Means If a 30-Year-Old Democrat Wins in Georgia

Vote seen as measure of Trump's support

(Newser) - Is President Trump leaking support among GOP stalwarts? And do the Democrats have a chance of retaking the House next year? Analysts say answers to these questions might emerge in Georgia's special election Tuesday, where Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, has taken the lead among... More »

GOP Wins Kansas Race, but Dems See Silver Lining

Ron Estes' victory for congressional seat was by much slimmer margin than hoped

(Newser) - "We've sent a message that no Republican district is safe." Strong words from Democrat James Thompson, who ceded the congressional seat for Kansas' 4th District on Tuesday night to opponent Ron Estes after a fierce push by the GOP to win Estes the seat, Politico reports. Although... More »

GOP Pulls Out All Stops to Win Kansas Special Election

President Trump even sent out tweet promoting Ron Estes for congressional seat

(Newser) - There's no place like home when you're from Kansas, though Republicans vying to take hold of a congressional seat left empty by Rep. Mike Pompeo when he left to head President Trump's CIA hope they'll still feel that way after Tuesday's special election. The GOP... More »

Virginia Lawmaker Spends Nights in Jail

Joseph Morrissey is serving 6-month sentence

(Newser) - Better the crook you know? Virginia Del. Joseph Morrissey won re-election in a special election this week despite the fact that he's in jail. The former Democrat stepped down from his 74th District seat after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but he ran as... More »

Scandal-Weary San Diego Gets a New Mayor

Republican Kevin Faulconer to take charge after Bob Filner scandal

(Newser) - More than five months after Bob Filner resigned as mayor, San Diego has chosen a new one: Republican Kevin Faulconer, a city councilman. Yesterday's special election saw a clear win for Faulconer, who beat fellow councilman David Alvarez 54.5% to 45.5%, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Faulconer... More »

Christie Calls Special Election, Takes Flak From Both Sides

Voters will pick Lautenberg replacement in October

(Newser) - Chris Christie was bound to take criticism no matter what he decided on how to fill the seat of late New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. And, sure enough, now that he's filled in most of the details, both Republicans and Democrats are angry, reports Politico . Christie today declared that... More »

Mark Sanford Defeats Colbert Busch

He wins special election in South Carolina for congressional seat

(Newser) - He's back: Mark Sanford defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch tonight in the special election for a congressional seat in South Carolina. The AP called the race with 71% of precincts reporting and Sanford drawing 54% of the vote. It's a huge comeback for the former governor and congressman—in... More »

Who Gets John Kerry's Senate Seat?

Scott Brown is a good bet, but Kennedys are dropping hints

(Newser) - John Kerry's confirmation hearings for secretary of State haven't yet started, but that's not stopping quite a crowd from measuring the drapes for his Senate office. According to Massachusetts state law, Gov. Deval Patrick would appoint Kerry's successor—likely a placeholder—then a special election would... More »

Ex-Giffords Aide Barber Wins Special Election

Hefty victory for former staffer hurt in Tucson shooting

(Newser) - Former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber has won the special election for her seat in Congress, AP reports. With 100% of precincts reporting, the Democrat has 52% of the vote to Republican Jesse Kelly's 45%, according to Politico . Giffords resigned a year after she was shot in the head... More »

Poll: Dem Ahead 12 Points in Giffords Special Election

PPP puts Barber way ahead of Kelly; party predicts tighter race

(Newser) - Democrat Ron Barber is heading into today's special election in Arizona to replace Gabrielle Giffords with a healthy lead, according to Public Policy Polling. The Democratic-leaning pollsters say that Barber, a senior Giffords aide who was critically injured in the mass shooting last year that killed six people and... More »

Mark Kelly: Gabby Should Find Closure Tomorrow

Ron Barber battles Jesse Kelly for Giffords' old seat

(Newser) - Arizona voters head to the polls tomorrow to determine who will replace Gabrielle Giffords in Congress; yesterday, Giffords herself weighed in on the matter. The former congresswoman made a campaign appearance on behalf of former aide Ron Barber, who faces Republican Jesse Kelly in what's expected to be a... More »

Giffords' Old Nemesis Wins GOP Primary for Her Seat

Jesse Kelly almost unseated former congresswoman in 2010

(Newser) - Voters in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District last night chose Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman. Barber and Kelly will face off in June, but the two opponents have already started the war of words,... More »

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