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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...

Confirmation Hearings May Be 'Last Stand' for Graham

South Carolina senator is in the spotlight as chairman amid his tight reelection race

(Newser) - Much is at stake in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, now underway in DC, and not just in court-related matters. The AP sees the hearings as a possible "last stand" for Lindsey Graham. The 65-year-old South Carolina Republican is locked in a tight race...

Dem Senate Candidate Admits to Sexts, Won't Drop Out

Cal Cunningham, challenging NC GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, was sexting woman who was not his wife

(Newser) - North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis announced Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Now, bad news for his Democratic challenger, though for something completely unrelated to the virus. Cal Cunningham is apologizing after his campaign confirmed Friday that the married father of two teens had been sexting with a...

Players on Senator's WNBA Team Back Her Opponent

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler does not support BLM

(Newser) - With t-shirts reading "Vote Warnock," players across the WNBA came out against Atlanta Dream co-owner and GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler before their games on Tuesday—including members of Loeffler's own team. It was the latest show of opposition to Loeffler, who faces Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock...

Alabama Senate Runoff Could Be Anyone's Game

Tommy Tuberville, backed by Trump, takes on ex-AG Jeff Sessions to see who'll face Doug Jones

(Newser) - The Alabama runoff election for US Senate was supposed to have been at the end of March, but the pandemic pushed it off for more than three months. Now, Tuesday is the big day for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 73, and ex-Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville, 65, facing off...

Nebraska Democrats Want to Dump Their Senate Pick

Female Chris Janicek staffer filed sexual harassment complain

(Newser) - The Nebraska Democratic Party called on its US Senate nominee to drop out of the race Tuesday after he made sexually repugnant comments about a campaign staffer in a group text with her and other staffers. The party said its state executive committee voted unanimously on Monday evening to withdraw...

A Deadline Passes: Pompeo Is Staying Put

Secretary of state will not run for vacant Senate seat in Kansas

(Newser) - The passing of Monday's deadline to file to run for Kansas' open Senate seat confirmed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won't be a candidate, per the AP . Republican leaders had not expected Pompeo to give up his post as the nation's top diplomat to seek the...

Jeff Sessions Pushes Back at New Fiery Trump Tweet

'Your personal feelings don't dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do'

(Newser) - They're at it again. The longtime battle between President Trump and his former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, continues this week as the latter keeps up his run for a US Senate seat out of Alabama, while the former carries on his attack. Trump has already thrown his support behind...

In Graham's Re-Election Bid, a Fundraising Surprise

Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraises the South Carolina incumbent

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham raised an impressive $5.6 million for his re-election campaign in the first three months of the year, behind only fellow Sens. Mitch McConnell and Martha McSally. But in a surprise, Graham's Democratic challenger in South Carolina raised even more—$7.3 million, reports the Post and ...

Sessions, Tuberville Head to Runoff in Alabama Race
Sessions, Tuberville
Head to Runoff
in Alabama Race

Sessions, Tuberville Head to Runoff in Alabama Race

Roy Moore was a distant 4th in GOP primary

(Newser) - Former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face ex-college football coach Tommy Tuberville in a Republican runoff March 31 as the former Alabama senator seeks to regain the longtime seat he held. Sessions and Tuberville won the most votes in the primary Tuesday to advance from a crowded primary field...

Liz Cheney Won't Be Running for Senate

Republican will stay put in Wyoming seat, amid speculation she could be House speaker

(Newser) - Liz Cheney is staying put in the House. The Wyoming congresswoman said Thursday she won't run for the Senate seat being vacated this year by fellow Republican Mike Enzi, reports Politico . Instead, Cheney will seek reelection to the House, where she serves as chair of the House Republican Conference....

Lewandowski Not Running for Senate After All

But he's 'certain' he would have won in New Hampshire

(Newser) - Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Tuesday he is forgoing a run for US Senate in New Hampshire, the AP reports. Lewandowski, a Republican, said on Twitter that his “priorities remain my family and ensuring that @realDonaldTrump is re-elected POTUS.” “While taking on a career politician...

Jeff Sessions Confirms Senate Run, Praises Trump

He says he's still president's 'strongest advocate'

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions confirmed Thursday that he is running to reclaim the Senate seat he held for 20 years—and while President Trump has called naming Sessions as attorney general the "biggest mistake" of his presidency, Sessions wants to let bygones be bygones. The Alabama Republican described himself as Trump'...

Report: Trump Warned Sessions Against Senate Comeback Bid

But Alabaman still plans to announce run

(Newser) - Jeff Sessions is going to take a shot at resuming the Senate career he abandoned for an ill-fated stint in the Trump administration, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times and NPR that the Republican, who served in the Senate for 20 years before becoming President Trump's attorney...

Pressed Again on Senate Run, Beto Gives an Answer

It's a no, because 'I'm taking this fight directly to Donald Trump'

(Newser) - Last weekend, the Houston Chronicle editorial board made an impassioned plea to Beto O'Rourke: "Beto, come home. Texas needs you." The opinion piece implored the 2020 presidential candidate to drop out of his current race and make a Senate run in his home state, as he did...

He Once Set His Sights on Stars. Now, the Senate

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly to run for US Senate out of Arizona

(Newser) - Retired astronaut Mark Kelly has announced his "next mission"—and it's an ambitious, albeit earthbound, one. "I care about people. I care about the state of Arizona. I care about this nation. So because of that, I've decided I'm launching a campaign for the...

Hyde-Smith Wins Runoff in Mississippi

She personally thanks Trump at victory party

(Newser) - Mississippi failed to deliver the Democrats an Alabama-style upset in the last race of the 2018 midterms . Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy and will serve the remaining two years of Sen. Thad Cochran's term. She is the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi, the Clarion-Ledger...

All Eyes on Mississippi and Last Election of 2018

Can Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith hold off Democrat Mike Espy?

(Newser) - Will it be 53-47 or 52-48? The last election of 2018 will determine the Republican advantage in the Senate next year. GOP incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith is trying to fend off Democratic challenger Mike Espy in Mississippi in Tuesday's special election. As Politico reports, Hyde-Pierce has never trailed in the...

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