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Haley Said She'd Never Run Against Trump. 'A Lot Has Changed'

Sources say ex-SC governor Nikki Haley is set to launch a presidential run for 2024

(Newser) - Looks like the GOP roster of presidential candidates for the 2024 election is about to get a new entry. The Post and Courier reports that former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is poised to run, with an expected Feb. 15 announcement of her candidacy. A source tells the AP that...

'The Biggest Loser Tonight Is Donald Trump'
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'The Biggest Loser Tonight Is Donald Trump'

Former president's endorsements didn't go as well as he'd hoped during midterms

(Newser) - Former President Trump has teased a "very big announcement" for next Tuesday, but that reveal—which many expect to be his official reveal that he's running for president in 2024—may now be tempered by the results of the midterms, which didn't produce the so-called red wave...

Here We Go Again With the 'Furries in Schools' Rumors

Heidi Ganahl, GOP candidate for governor in Colo., is spreading the largely debunked claim

(Newser) - Heidi Ganahl really doesn't like furries, explained by KRDO as a "subculture that often involves people dressing up as anthropomorphic animal characters and attending conventions." So much so that the GOP candidate for governor in Colorado says she moved her kids out of one district and into...

It's Been a Wild 24 Hours for Herschel Walker
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It's Been a Wild 24 Hours for Herschel Walker

First a media accusation on a purported abortion, then a string of accusations from his son

(Newser) - Since announcing his run for Senate in Georgia, Republican candidate Herschel Walker has been dogged by claims that he threatened an ex-wife , lied about his credentials, and criticized absentee fathers while being one himself . Now, in a new allegation of hypocrisy, the former football star who backs a total ban...

NRA's Congressional Report Card Is Out. One Party Got Mostly F's

For first time in 25 years, not a single Dem candidate received an A from gun rights group

(Newser) - It's not terribly surprising that Democrats running for Congress this year received a dismal report card from the National Rifle Association, as they tend to be much more critical of the gun rights advocacy organization than their Republican counterparts. What makes this year's candidate ratings from the NRA'...

Trump's Pick for Pa. Governor Is an Eyebrow-Raising One

Doug Mastriano has pushed lie of 2020 stolen election, said he'd make voters 'reregister' to vote

(Newser) - Donald Trump on Saturday endorsed Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania's Republican primary for governor, siding with a far-right candidate who was outside the US Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection and has worked with determination to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Mastriano was already leading a crowded...

Man Accused of Killing Wife Wins His Primary in Indiana

Andrew Wilhoite is jailed on murder charges following wife's death in March

(Newser) - Andrew Wilhoite won his primary this week for one of three open seats on the Clinton Township Board in Indiana. But as the Indianapolis Star reports, Wilhoite did so while jailed on charges that he murdered his wife in March. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old confessed to killing Nikki Wilhoite, 41,...

Cheney's Anti-Trump Vote Isn't Hurting Her Fundraising

She and other GOP lawmakers who voted for impeachment did well in first quarter

(Newser) - Republicans who voted to impeach former President Trump seem to be having no trouble raising campaign funds. Second-quarter donations to the 10 House members who bucked their party after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have them all outpacing their challengers and "flush with cash," per the Hill reports....

In Secret Recording, One GOP Candidate Threatened Another

Fla.'s William Braddock warned of possible 'hit squad' for Anna Paulina Luna, per Politico

(Newser) - Days after a Republican congressional candidate in Florida accused a rival of plotting to kill her , the tape is out. "I really don't want to have to end anybody's life for the good of the people of the United States of America ... but if it needs to...

Candidate: No Way Female Journalist Is Following Me

Robert Foster is following the 'Billy Graham Rule'

(Newser) - A Republican candidate for Mississippi governor says he would not let a woman journalist follow him while campaigning unless she was accompanied by a male colleague—and now he's trying to raise campaign money based on that because he says the "liberal media" are attacking him, the AP...

GOP Operative Handled Ballots Illegally: NC Elections Chief

Congressional contest between Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready hangs in the balance

(Newser) - A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday. The director's testimony came on the first day of a hearing into whether mail-in ballots were tampered with in...

She Vowed to Stay in the Race. Her 'Diploma' Did Her In

Melissa Howard says she's dropping out of state House of Representatives race

(Newser) - She had vowed to keep fighting for a House seat in Florida, but Melissa Howard says she's now out. "I have come to the realization that the right thing to do for my community is to withdraw from the race," she texted the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Tuesday....

GOP Candidate Vows to Stay in Race After Fake Diploma

Florida's Melissa Howard says the whole thing was a 'mistake'

(Newser) - It wasn't fake news , but a fake diploma: A Florida GOP candidate has admitted she lied about having a degree from Ohio's Miami University, though she says she didn't mean to dupe the public. "It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made...

GOP Candidate's Diploma Looks All Wrong: School

Melissa Howard may be in hot water

(Newser) - A Florida GOP candidate appears to be in trouble after producing a university diploma that doesn't look quite right, the Herald-Tribune reports. Melissa Howard, running in the state House District 73 primary, showed reporters a bachelor's diploma from Miami University in Ohio after Florida News Online claimed she...

Congressional Candidate Claim: I've Ridden an Alien Spaceship

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's kept in touch with alien abductors since incident at age 7

(Newser) - ET, phone … Miami? The Miami Herald reports on a GOP congressional candidate out of the South Florida city who once said she's remained in contact with aliens (though telepathically, not by phone) ever since she was abducted at age 7 by "three blond, big-bodied beings" who took...

NJ GOP Candidate Reportedly Calls for Journalist's Rape

Mike Krawitz claims his account was hacked

(Newser) - A Republican running for office in New Jersey allegedly told a Daily Beast journalist he hoped she'd be raped. After she shared a story about Donald Trump's ex-wife, Marla Maples, reporter Olivia Nuzzi says Mike Krawitz sent her threatening messages reading , "I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today....

Priebus' Bungling May Destroy the GOP

'Over his head,' writes Washington Post pundit

(Newser) - The last time a major US political party broke apart was 160 years ago. The issue: slavery. Dana Milbank predicts the GOP might follow in the Whigs' footsteps over a matter far less serious: Donald Trump. Republicans are split over "whether to embrace as their nominee a man who...

Cruz Learns Fate in NJ Birther Debate Tuesday

Judge could remove him from the ballot

(Newser) - Ted Cruz's fate in New Jersey might come down to a single vote—or rather, a single ruling. A judge will rule Tuesday on whether the Canadian-born senator is eligible to appear on the June 7 Republican primary ballot in the state, per the Star-Ledger . On Monday, three residents...

Scott Walker: I'm 'Proud' to Back Ted Cruz

Wisconsin governor says Cruz is 'best-positioned candidate' to take on Hillary

(Newser) - In a move that USA Today calls "not surprising," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered up his "proud" endorsement for Ted Cruz on Tuesday, and he swears it's a real show of support he's throwing behind the Texas senator, not a protest vote against Donald Trump,...

Ben Carson Backs 'Cerebral' Trump

Ex-presidential candidate calls Trump a 'leader with an outsider's perspective'

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have once called out Ben Carson's "pathological temper" and likened him to a child molester , but in the world of campaign politics, rivals often have short memories—or extremely forgiving ones. Proof positive: Ben Carson's official endorsement of the GOP front-runner, which he announced...

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