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Hillbilly Elegy Author Now Regrets Bashing Trump

JD Vance, now a Senate candidate, says he was wrong about the 'good president'

(Newser) - JD Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, has announced his bid to replace retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio's 2022 Senate election, and is now walking back past criticism of former President Trump. "Like a lot of people, I criticized Trump back in 2016," the Republican venture...

Man Who Pulled Gun on Protesters Has Big News

St. Louis' Mark McCloskey is running for Senate, decrying 'cancel culture' and 'lie of systemic racism'

(Newser) - One half of the couple who brandished guns at racial injustice protesters outside their St. Louis mansion last year is now running for Senate. Personal injury lawyer Mark McCloskey, a Republican, announced his candidacy Tuesday during an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson. "God came knocking on my door...

Governor Bid or Senate Run? Val Demings Has Made Her Choice

Democratic congresswoman from Florida will take on Marco Rubio for a Senate seat

(Newser) - Joe Biden may not have picked Val Demings to be his running mate, but the Florida congresswoman still looks to have high political aspirations. Democratic sources tell Politico and Axios that the Florida congresswoman will take on GOP Sen. Marco Rubio for his seat in the US Senate, after months...

Georgia's David Perdue Makes His 2022 Decision

Former senator says he won't run against Sen. Raphael Warnock

(Newser) - Former Georgia Sen. David Perdue said Tuesday that he will not run in 2022 to reclaim a seat in the US Senate, eight days after the defeated Republican filed campaign paperwork that could have opened the way for him to run against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. "I am confident...

Political Buzz Finds Another Trump
Political Buzz
Finds Another Trump
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Political Buzz Finds Another Trump

Daughter-in-law Lara's prospects get a boost from Lindsey Graham

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham put Lara Trump in the political spotlight over the weekend by declaring her the "biggest winner" of her father-in-law's second impeachment trial. The reason? Graham thinks she's now the GOP frontrunner in the North Carolina race to replace the retiring Sen. Richard Burr, after the...

A Hot Senate Race Gets a Bold New Contender

Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor John Fetterman is now officially running in competitive 2022 race

(Newser) - He's 6 foot 8, sports tattoos on both forearms, boasts a master's from Harvard, and has been "portrayed as the face of the Rust Belt" since he served as the mayor of Braddock, Pa., per Politico . Now John Fetterman has a new announcement. "I'm running...

Perdue Concedes, Won't Fight Democrat's Win

Neither Georgia winner faces any challenges before taking office

(Newser) - Georgia's two new senators will be able to take the oath of office without the possibility of challenges from their Republican opponents hanging over their heads. Sen. David Perdue conceded Friday, a day after Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Perdue congratulated "the Democratic Party and my...

Trump and Allies Start Up With the Fraud Claims in Georgia
Warnock Wins in
Georgia Senate Runoff
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Warnock Wins in Georgia Senate Runoff

As Trump and his allies fume over what they say is more fraud

(Newser) - The AP and other outlets have called one of two Senate runoff races in Georgia: Democrat Raphael Warnock beat incumbent Kelly Loeffler, becoming the first Black senator Georgia has ever elected. Democrats must also win the other race, which remains too close to call at the time of this posting,...

Days Before Election, Perdue Enters Quarantine

Georgia senator was exposed to a campaign worker with the coronavirus

(Newser) - Republican Sen. David Perdue was forced into quarantine Thursday in the home stretch of Georgia's Senate runoffs, disclosing just five days before the election that he had been exposed to a campaign worker infected with the coronavirus. Perdue's campaign did not say how long he plans to stay...

Quarter of Georgia Voters Already Have Cast Ballots

USPS will treat the ballots as express mail

(Newser) - The US Postal Service has agreed to take aggressive measures to make sure mail ballots get counted in Georgia's runoff elections. In a deal struck with civil rights groups, the USPS said it would treat any ballots that remain in processing centers within three days of the Jan. 5...

Trump's Move Stumps Georgia's Senators

Democrats back $2K stimulus checks, but Republicans haven't committed

(Newser) - President Trump's insistence on increasing stimulus payments to $2,000 per person was swiftly endorsed by the Democratic candidates in Georgia's Senate runoffs. But it's put the Republicans in a quandary. Asked if she supported the idea, Sen. Kelly Loeffler said she'll think about it. "...

New Voters Could Decide Senate Runoffs

Thousands, mostly young, have registered in time to affect Georgia's January election

(Newser) - There's a wild card in the Georgia Senate runoffs. The state has signed up almost 76,000 new voters who are eligible to vote Jan. 5 in the election that will pick two winners, deciding which party will control the Senate. No one knows how they might tip the...

Polls Show Georgia Races Are Tight
Polls Show Georgia
Races Are Tight

Polls Show Georgia Races Are Tight

Control of the Senate hinges on 2 runoff elections next month

(Newser) - With about a month to go before Georgia's crucial runoff races for the Senate, a new poll suggests tight finishes loom in both contests. In a SurveyUSA poll commissioned for 11Alive , Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff (50%) is essentially deadlocked with GOP incumbent Sen. David Perdue (48%), while in the...

Georgia Republicans Worried About Trump's Message
Georgia Republicans Worried
About Trump's Message
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Georgia Republicans Worried About Trump's Message

They fear his claims of election fraud will depress GOP turnout in Senate runoffs

(Newser) - President Trump's insistence that the election was rigged appears to be having an unintended effect in Georgia: Republicans are voicing concerns that his angry supporters won't turn out to vote in next month's two runoff races for the Senate because they see it as futile. Coverage:
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Georgia Is Temporarily the 'Center of the Political Universe'

Control of the US Senate will come down to the Peach State

(Newser) - "For the next eight weeks, Georgia will be the center of the political universe." So writes FiveThirtyEight in explaining that control of the Senate will come down to the fewer than 5 million voters who live in Georgia. With the North Carolina Senate race decided in GOP Sen....

GOP Keeps NC Senate Seat
NC Senate Race Is Decided

NC Senate Race Is Decided

Party control remains unclear, pending Georgia's decisions in January

(Newser) - Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded to Republican US Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina on Tuesday, saying that "the voters have spoken" and that it was clear Tillis had won. With Cunningham's concession, the AP reports, all eyes turned to Georgia, where two US Senate runoff races in January...

Control of Senate May Come Down to 2 Races Here

Ga. Dem Jon Ossoff/GOP's David Perdue, Dem Raphael Warnock/GOP's Kelly Loeffler to face off

(Newser) - Republican US Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off in a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia for Perdue's Senate seat, one of two high-profile contests in the state that could determine which party controls the upper chamber. Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel was able to get enough...

Trump: 'I Can't Help' Some GOP Senators

Keeping the Senate in the election is 'very tough,' he tells donors

(Newser) - Behind closed doors, President Trump has told GOP donors that Republicans will have a hard time holding onto their Senate majority in the election, and that he won't do all he can to help. "The Senate is very tough,” Trump said. "There are a couple senators...

Lindsey Graham's Been Pleading for Cash. It's Paid Off

GOP senator from SC raised $1M or so a day for first 2 weeks in October

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham has continued to rake in campaign cash in the closing days of his bid for a fourth term, raising about $1 million a day for the first two weeks of October. Early Friday, Graham's campaign said it had raised nearly $15 million in the first half of...

Biden, Trump in Dead Heat in One Battleground State

North Carolina is essentially tied

(Newser) - North Carolina's 15 electors could go either way in the presidential race, a new poll shows, with people who think the economy is the main issue leaning toward President Trump, and people who consider it to be the coronavirus pandemic backing Joe Biden. A Washington Post-ABC News poll found...

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