Election 2018

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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 »

2 Numbers Should Scare Trump, Republicans

Cook report: Approval ratings among GOP, independents suggest midterm trouble

(Newser) - The non-partisan Cook Political Report has a sober warning for President Trump and Republicans: If things stay on their current track, the midterm elections in 2018 could be "disastrous" for them. The forecast has two numbers to watch: Trump's approval ratings among Republicans (currently 85% at Gallup) and... More »

Since Inauguration, 2.2K Progressives Decided to Run for Office

1K did so in the days after immigration order

(Newser) - A group determined to turn opposition to President Trump's policies into real change has signed up more than 1,000 young people to run for state or local office in the space of a few days. The Run for Something group, which is seeking people under 35 with progressive... More »

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