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Romney: Nearly Anybody Would Be 'an Upgrade' Over Trump

Former GOP nominee says he finds Biden charming but disagrees with him

(Newser) - Sen. Mitt Romney has made clear the breadth of his anti-Donald Trump sentiment, saying he'd cheerfully vote for several Democrats and nearly every Republican over the former president. Well, "maybe not Vivek," Romney said of entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. But the others. "I'd be happy to support...

Iowa Woman Convicted of Trying Too Hard to Get Husband Elected

Kim Taylor faces up to 5 years behind bars on each charge

(Newser) - The wife of an Iowa county supervisor was convicted Tuesday of a ballot-stuffing scheme meant to help her husband win a congressional race. Kim Taylor, who is from Vietnam and who filled out ballots on behalf of Iowa voters of Vietnamese heritage with limited English comprehension, was found guilty of...

Florida Republicans Boo Trump Criticism

'You fear the truth,' Christie tells crowd

(Newser) - Support for Donald Trump drowned out his Republican opponents at Florida's GOP gathering on Saturday. Asa Hutchinson was booed and jeered when he said in his speech that there's a good chance Trump will be convicted in the trials he's facing, and he called the former president'...

Second GOP Candidate Drops From the Race

Will Hurd joins Francis Suarez on sidelines after failing to qualify for first 2 debates

(Newser) - Former Texas congressman Will Hurd suspended his presidential bid on Monday and endorsed fellow GOP primary candidate Nikki Haley, officially abandoning a brief campaign built on criticizing Donald Trump at a time when his party seems even more determined to embrace the former president. "While I appreciate all the...

Kari Lake Preps for a New Fight
Kari Lake
Preps for a
New Fight

Kari Lake Preps for a New Fight

Republican to announce run for Arizona Senate seat next month, per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - While still appealing her loss in last year's Arizona gubernatorial race, Kari Lake will mount a new fight—to snag Kyrsten Sinema's Senate seat. The former TV news anchor tells the Wall Street Journal that she'll launch her campaign with a rally on Oct. 10, setting up...

Trump Rises in Polls After Mugshot Release

Recent surveys show former president increasing his lead over rivals for GOP nomination

(Newser) - A presidential candidate who skips debates and has had a mugshot released after one of several criminal indictments wouldn't normally be expected to stay in the race, let alone remain the frontrunner. But the latter is exactly what's happening for former President Trump, whose lead over rivals for...

Tim Scott Is Suddenly a Hot Topic in GOP Field
Tim Scott
Is Suddenly
a Hot Topic
in GOP Field
the rundown

Tim Scott Is Suddenly a Hot Topic in GOP Field

South Carolina senator is rising in the polls and drawing donors in the 2024 race

(Newser) - The two big narratives in the GOP race are that Donald Trump has cemented himself as the formidable frontrunner and Ron DeSantis is languishing . But now a third narrative is emerging, one that has South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on the upswing. If it's true that voters seem to...

8 Republican Candidates Roll In for Iowa Rally

All, minus Trump, speak at senator's yearly event

(Newser) - Amid plates of sliced pork, statement-making leather ensembles and piles of political T-shirts, eight Republican presidential hopefuls descended on Iowa on Saturday to pitch themselves to voters and—in Mike Pence's case—hop on a motorcycle. The former vice president and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were among the White...

In Campaign Kickoff, DeSantis Has Fighting Words for Trump

In Iowa speech, Florida governor says 'I'm going to fight back' against his main GOP presidential rival

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stepped into Iowa on Tuesday for the first time as a Republican presidential candidate and stepped up to former President Trump, vowing to "fight back" against Trump as the GOP's 2024 campaign enters a new phase. Until now, the 44-year-old Republican governor whose slogan...

Republican Who Lied About Military Record Drops 2024 Bid

JR Majewski exits race for Ohio's 9th Congressional District to be with ailing mom

(Newser) - A Republican congressional candidate accused of misrepresenting his military record has dropped out of the race for Ohio's 9th Congressional District. Pro-Trump Republican JR Majewski cited his mother's ailing health in a statement that also revealed his father died during the last election cycle, when Majewski lost the...

The 2024 GOP Race Just Got More Interesting
The 2024
GOP Race
Just Got More

The 2024 GOP Race Just Got More Interesting

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina officially files the paperwork to run in 2024

(Newser) - He's in. GOP Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina filed the paperwork Friday to run for president in 2024 with the Federal Election Commission, reports CNN . Scott, the only Black Republican senator, is expected to have a traditional campaign launch on Monday. The paperwork isn't the only Scott...

David Brooks: For GOP, the Choice Isn't 'Trump or DeSantis'

It's between them and what he sees as a saner branch of the party

(Newser) - Conventional wisdom at the moment says the GOP 2024 race will boil down to former President Trump vs. Ron DeSantis. Or as New York Times columnist David Brooks describes it, a race "between populist Tweedledum and populist Tweedledee." Brooks doesn't see much difference between them—both are...

Chris Sununu Sees a 2024 Path in GOP
Chris Sununu
Getting Buzz as
2024 Contender
the rundown

Chris Sununu Getting Buzz as 2024 Contender

New Hampshire's GOP governor positions himself as 'normal' alternative to Trump

(Newser) - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has been making noises about running for president in the 2024 election, though the Republican hasn't officially announced a campaign. He has, however, set up a political action committee, notes the Hill . The 48-year-old also is keeping a relatively high profile in the national...

GOP Senators Differ With Trump on DeSantis

Running for president wouldn't be disloyal, it would be politics, Republicans say

(Newser) - Several Republican senators say whether Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis runs for president is up to him, not Donald Trump. "I think we need some new blood," Sen. John Cornyn said when asked about a DeSantis candidacy, "and I think he'd probably qualify." The former president...

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

'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...

First Big GOP Name Makes a Decision on 2024

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton says it's a no for him on running for president the next time around

(Newser) - As the waiting game continues on whether Donald Trump will run for president again, and on who else may join that GOP candidate pool, one potential contender has taken his name out of the running. Sources tell Politico and CNN that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has, over the past few...

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...

McConnell Worried About 'Candidate Quality' in Senate Races

Minority leader thinks the race for control of the chamber is too close to call

(Newser) - Historically speaking, the party of the sitting US president loses ground in the midterms , ceding seats in the House or Senate, or both if it's a particularly brutal bloodbath. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is holding off on proclaiming any kind of premature victory in his own chamber...

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...

GOP Has 'Oh S---' Moment Over Pa. Senate Candidate

Kathy Barnette, surging in polls, makes some Republicans nervous with controversial history

(Newser) - The race between Pennsylvania Republicans for Pat Toomey's seat in the US Senate had seemed to narrow down to two men: TV doctor Mehmet Oz and Army vet David McCormick. But as these two candidates have been going after each other with vitriolic TV ads, another candidate has had...

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