Election 2018

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GOP Rep Not Sunk by Former Criticism of Trump

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby disavowed 2016 criticism, had full support of White House

(Newser) - US Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama's Republican runoff Tuesday, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November ballot having defeated Bobby Bright,... More »

Russia Not Hacking Election on 'Scale and Scope' of '16: Nielsen

But DHS secretary says she's seeing 'persistent Russian efforts' to 'sow discord'

(Newser) - There are no signs Russia is targeting the 2018 midterm elections for cyberattacks with the "scale and scope" it used in 2016, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a conference of state secretaries of state and other high-ranking election officials on Saturday. She added, however, that US intelligence officials... More »

Trump: Crowley 'Got His Ass Kicked' in Dem Primary

'She had a lot of energy. I guess he didn't see it'

(Newser) - Rep. Joe Crowley, the No. 4 Democrat in the Senate, was defeated in his Democratic primary Tuesday—and President Trump couldn't resist crowing about it at a rally in North Dakota Wednesday. "A slovenly man named Joe Crowley got his ass kicked by a young woman who had... More »

What Crowley's 'Titanic' Loss Says About the Party's Future

It may be good news for women

(Newser) - "A seismic blow." "Titanic upset." Such are the phrases being used to describe Rep. Joe Crowley's Tuesday-night loss in New York. It ushers in the end of a 20-year House career for the man who occupied the No. 4 spot among the Democrats within... More »

Trump: If SC Gov. Loses, It's a 'Major Defeat' for Me

'So please, get your asses out tomorrow and vote'

(Newser) - President Trump campaigned Monday for South Carolina's GOP governor, who is in a tense runoff election—but made the vote all about himself, too. Speaking of Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump told an overflow rally crowd in West Columbia: "If a horrible thing happened and we weren't lucky... More »

Brock Turner Judge Is First Recalled in Decades

Tight California races still too close to call

(Newser) - Tuesday was a big day for primaries, with votes held in eight states, but one of the day's biggest results involved a judge, not a lawmaker. Voters in California have ousted Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced former Stanford student Brock Turner to six months for sexually assaulting an... More »

GOP Lawmaker: 'I Am a Good Man and I'm an Alcoholic'

Rep. Garrett will not seek re-election

(Newser) - Rep. Tom Garrett says he won't seek re-election to the House this year—not because of reports he mistreated his staffers, but because he is an alcoholic. "Any person—Republican, Democrat, or independent—who has known me for any period of time and has any integrity knows two... More »

Democratic Outsiders Score Big Primary Wins

Abrams is first black female nominee for governor

(Newser) - A historic win in Georgia has put Stacey Abrams on course to become the first black female governor in American history. Abrams—the former minority leader of the state House—defeated former state Rep. Stacey Evans by a large margin to secure the Democratic nomination, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Abrams,... More »

Hell or High Water, Blankenship Says He'll Be on Ballot

Intends to run for US Senate in November as Constitution Party candidate

(Newser) - Don Blankenship's political career isn't going gently into that good night. Though Politico reports he finished "a distant" third in West Virginia's Republican primary for US Senate—state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey secured the nomination—he still plans to vie for the seat and says he... More »

2 Trump Picks Win Key Races

Women win big in redistricted Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Recent elections haven't always been kind to President Trump's preferred candidates, but two of them scored big wins on Tuesday night. Rep. Lou Barletta cruised to victory in Pennsylvania and will seek to unseat Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in November, the AP reports. "The media said that... More »

'Trumpier Than Trump' Candidate Loses in W.Va

Don Blankenship finished 3rd in GOP primary

(Newser) - He claimed be "Trumpier than Trump"—but he couldn't overcome President Trump's opposition to his candidacy . Retired coal baron and ex-federal convict Don Blankenship finished in third place in West Virginia's hard-fought Senate primary on Tuesday. State Attorney General Patrick Morrissey won and will face... More »

Court Boots 6-Term GOP Congressman Off Ballot

Rep. Doug Lamborn plans to appeal

(Newser) - Republican US Rep. Doug Lamborn has fought off some tough primary challenges in his conservative Colorado district before. But this time, he might not even be on the ballot. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday to kick the six-term congressman off the ballot because at least one of his petition... More »

RNC Makes a Big Bet on 2018

GOP is dropping $250M on strategy to hold House majority at all costs

(Newser) - The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all: Preserve the House majority for the rest of President Trump's first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave, the White House's political arm is devoting unprecedented resources to... More »

The No. 1 Senate Race to Watch: Florida

Rick Scott will go after the seat Democrat Bill Nelson has held since 2001

(Newser) - President Trump has been pushing Rick Scott to run for Senate, and on Monday he got his wish. The Florida governor will challenge Sen. Bill Nelson for the seat the Democrat has held since 2001, one that's considered particularly vulnerable. The AP reports Nelson is Florida's only statewide-elected... More »

Neo-Nazi Set to Win GOP Nomination in lllinois Race

Arthur Jones is running unopposed in primary

(Newser) - "I hate Illinois Nazis," declared John Belushi's character in The Blues Brothers. He would not have liked Arthur Jones. Jones, a neo-Nazi who describes the Holocaust as an "extortion racket," is set to win the Republican nomination for the state's 3rd Congressional District, which... More »

Elizabeth Warren Is Sitting on a Whole Lot of Money

Politico sees 2020 implications

(Newser) - During her first five years in the Senate, Elizabeth Warren had a heads-down attitude, Democrats close to her tell Politico in a piece about the "conscious break" that has followed. It reports on what it characterizes as "under-the-radar" moves that could be greasing the wheels for 2020. Chief... More »

Ghost of Election 2018 Looms Ominously for Republicans

Departing GOP lawmakers have warnings for own party to move to avoid 2018 losses

(Newser) - Departing Republican lawmakers are playing the Ghost of Christmas Future, and they're warning their own party of grim results come Election Day 2018, reports the Washington Post . "When you look at some of the audiences cheering for Republicans ... you say, ‘Those are the spasms of a dying... More »

Amid 2017 Election Wave, Big Implications for 2018

Two House Republicans announced retirement Tuesday, as Dems eye grabbing power in House

(Newser) - Axios calls it "a big story that could get lost in the blizzard" of Tuesday's elections : Two longtime GOP lawmakers announced their retirements Tuesday from the House of Representatives, adding to the growing list of Republicans electing to leave Capitol Hill under the Trump administration rather than... More »

Pence Makes Unusual Move to Advance Trump's Agenda

'Great America Committee' PAC will allow VP to support GOP candidates across US

(Newser) - Borrowing from his boss's now-famous slogan , Vice President Mike Pence has launched the "Great America Committee" PAC in advance of the 2018 and 2020 elections, NBC News reports. Pence will use money raised through the PAC to travel the country on Air Force Two and help stump for... More »

Chaffetz: 'No Ulterior Motives' in Backing Out of 2018 Race

Utah Republican, Oversight chair says he's going back to private sector—for now

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee, will not run for reelection in Utah in 2018, Politico reports. Chaffetz made the announcement on Facebook Wednesday morning, noting that after "long consultation with my family and prayerful consideration," he'd decided to follow his own advice... More »

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