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    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke with DailyMail.com by phone to discuss his thoughts on the midterm elections and the future of his political fundraising group - which has raised some questions about whether the term-limited Republican could have his sights on the White House in 2024 The Republican governor of Arkansas is warning GOP lawmakers to not get caught up in political 'retribution' if they retake one or both chambers of Congress next year. Speaking to DailyMail.com by phone on Wednesday afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson also said he 'applauds' House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for backing off threats to impeach members of the Biden administration. Such calls are widely seen as payback for Democrats' two impeachments of Donald Trump. 'I applaud that clarity. Republicans take control - should be about addressing urgent issues that face Americans and not getting retribution or looking to the past,' Hutchinson said. 'Anytime you're dwelling upon the past, it's not good for your party.' The outgoing governor has not shied away from trying to forge a post-Trump future for the GOP built on fundamental conservative...
    In this article SGFY ONEM AMZN In this photo illustration, the Amazon Basic Care logo is displayed on a smartphone with an Amazon logo in the background.Thiago Prudêncio | SOPA Images | Lightrocket | Getty ImagesChalk up another failure in health care for Amazon, one of the ultimate market disruptors. First, its much-hyped effort with JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway to reform health care, Haven, ended its short life. Now, Amazon Care, its effort to tackle telemedicine and primary care for the employer market on a national basis – which Amazon itself trumpeted as gaining more and more clients – is being shut down.Is that all the proof we needed of what many people have said over the years: health care is just harder to disrupt than most industries?VIDEO1:3401:34Amazon pulls the plug on Amazon CareNews VideosMaybe not, though maybe it is a signal of a change in the approach to how Amazon will attempt to gobble up more health industry market share. The shutdown of Amazon Care may come back to a simple choice that companies, especially those with a...
    (CNN)The surprising story out of Tuesday's Republican House primary in Wyoming wasn't that Rep. Liz Cheney lost. The pre-election polls all showed her losing handily to eventual winner Harriet Hageman. The big news from the Cowboy State was her margin of defeat. Cheney's loss is one of the biggest on record for a House incumbent and is part of a pattern this primary season pointing to former President Donald Trump's strength within the Republican Party. Cheney's defeat appears to be the second worst for a House incumbent in the last 60 years, when you look at races featuring only one incumbent. As of Wednesday afternoon, she trailed Hageman by 37.4 points, which is just worse than California Rep. Marty Martinez's loss by 37.2 points to fellow Democrat Hilda Solis in a 2000 blanket primary. After Wyoming defeat, Cheney prepares for the longer-term fight against Trump -- and her own political futureAssuming the Wyoming result margin stands, South Carolina Republican Bob Inglis would then be the only House incumbent in the last 60 years to lose by a wider margin...
    (CNN)Most monkeypox cases in the current outbreak have been linked to sexual activity, but research published Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers new insight into other ways it may be spreading.A man noticed his first lesion and subsequently developed a rash about two weeks after attending a "large, crowded outdoor event at which he had close contact with others, including close dancing, for a few hours," according to researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine. He tested positive for monkeypox after seeking care at an emergency department about a week later.The patient's "primary risk factor was close, nonsexual contact with numerous unknown persons at a crowded outdoor event," the researchers wrote, and the case "highlights the potential for spread at such gatherings, which may have implications for epidemic control." Why calling monkeypox an STD is about more than just a labelThe event he attended in the UK was not a rave and was not attended specifically or mostly by persons identifying as gay or bisexual, according to the researchers. While many attendees wore tank tops...
    Fresh off his razor-thin primary victory, Wisconsin's longtime Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, did not mince words about his disdain for special counsel Michael Gableman. Vos ripped into Gableman as "an embarrassment" to the Badger State for his conduct during his heavily scrutinized 2020 election review and asserted that the state Republican caucus will meet soon to determine whether Gableman will continue the 2020 inquiry that has cost taxpayers over $1 million. WISCONSIN ASSEMBLY SPEAKER ROBIN VOS SURVIVES TRUMP PURGE EFFORT IN GOP PRIMARY "He's an embarrassment to the state. I hired him on recommendations thinking we were going to hire somebody who was a good, articulate independent voice," Vos said, the Center Square reported. Said that the caucus will be meeting soon to take up whether Gableman will continue with his investigation into 2020— Laura Schulte (@SchulteLaura) August 10, 2022 During the aftermath of the 2020 election, grumblings about the election in Wisconsin from former President Donald Trump and his allies put pressure on top Republicans in the state to investigate whether...
    The Federal Election Commission threatened outgoing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) with potential legal enforcement action for failing to report his campaign's finances during the weeks before and after his May 17 primary defeat. Cawthorn was due to file a report to the FEC on July 15 detailing what his campaign raised and spent between late April and the end of June, but the Cawthorn campaign has kept the FEC in the dark as of Wednesday afternoon. "The failure to timely file a complete report may result in civil money penalties, an audit or legal enforcement action," the FEC warned Cawthorn in a letter on Monday. The FEC noted that Cawthorn is unlikely to escape fines in the matter, as the civil penalty calculation does not include a grace period and begins the day following the due date of the report. MADISON CAWTHORN IMPLICATED IN POTENTIAL INSIDER TRADING SCHEME, EXPERTS SAY Cawthorn filed a statement of organization with the FEC on July 15, identifying himself as the treasurer and custodian of records for his campaign,...
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The two Republican members of Congress from Washington who drew interparty challenges due to their vote to impeach former President Donald Trump were leading other Republicans in the state’s top two primary Wednesday. Under Washington’s primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, and the top two vote getters in each of Tuesday’s races advance to the November election, regardless of party — a system observers say may have helped the GOP incumbents in Washington who had been targeted by Trump. In early returns, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse looked as they may advance to the general election with a Democratic candidate in each of their races. Trump-endorsed candidates in both races were in third place. Because Washington is a vote-by-mail state and ballots just need to be in by Election Day, it can take days to learn final results as ballots arrive at county election offices throughout the week. Of the 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, four opted not...
    (CNN)Abortion rights activists won a huge victory in the red state of Kansas on Tuesday. Kansans voted overwhelmingly (59% to 41%) to reject an amendment that said there was no constitutional right to an abortion in the state.People were fired up by the ballot measure, as turnout was way up. In fact, it looked a lot more like recent general elections than a typical primary. But it wasn't just that turnout was up, it's who turned out. Thunderclap ballot box victory on abortion rights in Kansas gives Democrats a potent midterm issueA look at the results shows that Democrats, unlike in pretty much every other primary this year, came out in stronger numbers than Republicans, and it suggests that the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade may help narrow what has been a fairly large enthusiasm gap in favor of the Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterms. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 900,000 votes had been counted on the amendment. Under 750,000 votes had been counted in the race for governor, combining both the Democratic and...
    Former Trump official John Gibbs successfully defeated Rep. Peter Meijer on Tuesday night, putting an end to the freshman lawmaker’s brief stint in Washington that began with a vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. Gibbs was hand-picked by Trump to challenge Meijer because of that decision and to certify the election, both made after the former president incited a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol in an ill-fated scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Gibbs, who worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Trump administration, made the idea that the election was stolen from Trump the cornerstone of his campaign and even indicated he may not accept the results of his own race if he was not successful. “That remains to be seen,” he said, when asked about his acceptance of the vote count by a local news station, in the waning weeks of the primary campaign. Gibbs is no stranger to misinformation. When he was nominated to be the director of the Office of Personnel Management while serving at HUD, he...
    This Tuesday, August 2, Arizona’s Republican and Democratic primary elections will be held, and residents of the Grand Canyon State will be voting for everything from governor to secretary of state. On the GOP side, it remains to be seen whether the nominees will be far-right MAGA conspiracy theorists or more traditional conservatives — and the Donald Trump-backed MAGA candidates include gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and secretary of state hopeful Mark Finchem, both of whom have been campaigning on the Big Lie and making the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. Finchem, who serves in the Arizona House of Representatives, is way beyond conservative; he’s a supporter of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers who, in 2013, said that President Barack Obama was trying to establish a “totalitarian dictatorship.” And if Finchem wins the primary on August 2 and goes on to win the general election in November, Arizona’s top elections official will be someone who attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 and falsely claims that President...
    As Los Angeles residents decide who will be their mayor, Rep. Karen Bass is trying to build on her seven-point advantage in the primary over billionaire developer Rick Caruso. But in precincts with large Latino populations, the primary results were different — Caruso generally came out ahead of Bass, according to a Times analysis. While Latino voters in L.A. have historically leaned progressive, they can have a conservative streak on some issues, including policing. Party affiliation is relatively weak among Latinos, with some identifying as Democrats but willing to cross over for candidates who speak to them on issues, experts said. With homelessness, crime and affordable housing on voters’ minds this year, Caruso’s pitch that he is an outsider who can fix these problems appealed to Latino voters in the primary and could do so head-to-head with the more liberal Bass. But turnout is expected to be much higher in the November general election. City Councilman Kevin de León, the only major Latino candidate, had strong support among Latinos in the primary, and it is unclear where those...
    Outgoing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) has illegally spent campaign funds and now cannot afford to repay supporters, according to a report. During the waning days of his reelection campaign, the beleaguered Cawthorn was apparently struggling with low cash on hands and, out of desperation, tapped into a precarious source of funding. His campaign used donations marked for a general election race in a last-ditch attempt to help him prevail from his heated primary race, but now the bill has come due, and he has to pay the piper with little means of doing so, the Daily Beast reported. KINZINGER SAYS HE 'MADE THE DIFFERENCE' IN CAWTHORN'S PRIMARY DEFEAT “There was just no money,” a source told the outlet. “It was dollar-in, dollar-out. So if he loses, it’s a really bad thing, and the only way to cover it is getting money straight from the candidate or treasurer.” Under federal law, candidates are permitted to raise money for primary and general election races simultaneously, but the funding must be used for the race for which it...
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Three weeks before the most significant election of her political career, Liz Cheney was nowhere to be seen as thousands of voters gathered for a massive midsummer rodeo and cowboy festival in Wyoming’s largest city. Instead, the three-term Republican congresswoman was 1,600 miles away in Washington presiding over a U.S. House committee comprised largely of Democrats intent on exposing former President Donald Trump’s attack on democracy during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. As the cowboy fest roared back home, Cheney railed against Trump’s failures. “Donald Trump made a purposeful choice to violate his oath of office,” she said during Thursday’s hearing. Dean Finnerty, a rancher from Wheatland competing in the steer wrestling competition, was not moved. “I tell you what: I voted for Cheney when she ran last time and I won’t vote for her ever again,” Finnerty said. “I don’t know if she’s representing the conservative Americans that voted her in.” Cheney’s unrelenting criticism of Trump from a Capitol Hill committee room represents the centerpiece of an unconventional campaign strategy that may well lead to...
    (CNN)It may take a few days, or even longer, to determine who will win Maryland's various primaries on Tuesday -- and that's because of how the state counts mail-in ballots. On election night, counties will report Election Day votes and early-in person votes. But election officials cannot begin canvassing mail ballots until Thursday. The canvassing process is when election officials open, verify and count ballots.With more voters opting to vote by mail in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the longstanding law is now more likely to impact when winners are projected in the state. Interactive: Maryland redistricting 2022 — Congressional maps by district Nearly 500,000 Marylanders requested a mail ballot for this year's primary -- a record for a midterm primary in the state, according to the board of elections. As of Sunday, more than 190,000 had been returned, according to data from the board. For comparison, in the 2018 primary election, just about 30,000 ballots were cast by mail. In 2020, during the first year of the pandemic, GOP Gov. Larry Hogan allowed election officials to count mail...
    Baltimore, MD State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Daniel Donner, and Cara Zelaya, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Subscribe to The Downballot, our weekly podcast x Embedded Content Leading Off ● Baltimore, MD State's Attorney: New campaign finance reports show that incumbent Marilyn Mosby, who was indicted in January for allegedly filing false mortgage applications and lying to federal prosecutors, is getting badly outspent by both of her opponents ahead of Tuesday's Democratic primary. However, there's been no reliable polling in the race for Baltimore state's attorney in months, so it remains anyone's guess whether the high-profile Mosby is in real danger of failing to take the plurality she needs to win renomination in this loyally blue town against two very familiar opponents. Mosby, who rose to national prominence in 2015 just months into her first term when she charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, won her primary in 2018 by beating...
    It may be weeks before Maryland’s July 19 primary election results are tabulated and certified. The issue: the growing popularity of voting by mail coupled with Maryland’s singular law on when and how mail-in ballots are handled. Maryland State Sen. Cheryl Kagan said mail-in ballots “cannot be touched until Thursday after Election Day.” Amanda Zoch, who works on issues tied to elections and redistricting at the National Conference of State Legislatures said, “Maryland is unique in that it’s the only state that does not allow the processing of ballots until after the polls close on Election Day.” Zoch explains that there’s a difference between the processing and counting of ballots. “Processing involves checking the signature, checking identification that’s been provided, maybe taking the ballot out of the envelope, separating it, folding it and flattening it — everything up to actually counting and tallying votes,” she said. Because the processing of the ballots isn’t allowed until after Election Day, the time it takes to tally the votes and reach certification takes longer. More Local News More Maryland News More Local...
    Former President Donald J. Trump’s endorsement record for Republican candidates in 2022 is perfect in 22 states thus far in the midterm election cycle, while there are just five states where a Trump-backed candidate has come up short. Trump’s impressive endorsement record, which currently sits at 146-10, began with a perfect night in Texas on March 1, where all 33 candidates who earned his nod either won their primaries or forced runoff races. On May 24, five Trump-backed candidates took home wins in runoff races. The winning in March carried over into the May 3 primaries in Indiana and Ohio, where Trump Republicans were undefeated in both states, going 6-0 and 16-0, respectively. Among those who prevailed was Republican Senate nominee J.D. Vance in Ohio, who rode a later Trump endorsement — less than three weeks before the primary — to victory. The following are the 22 states where Trump-endorsed candidates went undefeated in primaries: Texas:  33-0 Indiana: 6-0  Ohio: 16-0 West Virginia: 2-0  Kentucky: 6-0  Pennsylvania: 8-0  Alabama:...
    (CNN)It had become the stuff of legend in Washington. David Axelrod In 2012, first-term Sen. Claire McCaskill had become an endangered political species -- a Democrat in the increasingly Republican state of Missouri. And she knew the odds of winning re-election that year were against her.As McCaskill recalled in detail years later, she took the calculated risk of meddling in the Republican senate primary by engaging in a brazen bit of political jiu jitsu. Read MoreMcCaskill's campaign unleashed a fusillade of negative ads against the most extreme, right-wing candidate, a state senator named Todd Akin, deliberately attacking him for the very positions and controversial comments they knew from polling would endear him to the Republican base. McCaskill and her strategists deemed Akin her most beatable general election opponent and set out to get him there. Investing $1.7 million of her own campaign funds, the Democratic senator helped lift Akin from a distant second place to Republican nominee -- and then soundly trounced him by more than 15 points in the general election. It became a fabled Washington parlor trick. McCaskill...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois voters head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election, and will make decisions that will set up the race for governor in the Nov. 8 general election.The Republican candidates for Illinois crisscrossed the state Monday, doing all they could to win over last minute voters on the eve of the primary election.This weekend's endorsement from former President Donald Trump may have sealed the deal for frontrunner Darren Bailey.MEET THE CANDIDATES: See Illinois candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, Congress and moreJesse Sullivan hosted a rally at Noon Whistle Brewing, hoping to tap into any voters he can. Bailey hosted his own rally in Des Plaines at 7 p.m., at a moment when it looks like it's his race to lose.Bailey jetted around the state Monday, meeting supporters at airports, including the Vermilion regional airport outside Danville.EMBED More News Videos Downstate State Senator Darren Bailey may have sealed the GOP nomination for Illinois governor with Trump's endorsement, but his opponents are still hoping to catch him. A last minute endorsement from Trump at a downstate rally this...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s primary election is just a week away, and a Republican U.S. Senate candidate is not saying if he will accept the results of it. It’s one of the headlines to emerge from a debate hosted by CBS4 and the Colorado Sun. It was the first and only Senate Primary debate by a nonpartisan media outlets. It revealed deep policy divides between the candidates on a number of key issues, including the outcome of the 2020 election. Ron Hanks is a first term State Representative and military veteran from Fremont County. Joe O’Dea is a first-time candidate and construction company owner from Greenwood Village.  They’re vying for the chance to take-on Democratic Incumbent Michael Bennet in November. O’Dea says Joe Biden is the legitimate winner of the 2020 Presidential Election. (credit: CBS) Hanks attended former President Trump’s “stop the steal” rally on Jan. 6. When asked if he would accept the results of the primary election, Hanks responded, “We’ll have to see what we’ll see here.” Hanks called for changes in election procedures. “I think we ought scrub...
    Virginians will go to the polls to pick major party candidates in several races for the U.S. House and a D.C.-area local race. Here’s what you need to know. In-person voting Primary day is June 21. Polls that day will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are in line at 7 p.m., you will get to vote. In-person voting started May 6 and runs through June 18 at 5 p.m. You can vote at your registrar’s office — you can find them on the state website. — and at other locations that you can check below. You can drop your ballot off at a drop box; they’re at virtually all polling places. Some of the boxes in the D.C. area are 24/7; check below, or with your city or county. Voters heading to the polls are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, although it’s not required. Where to vote in person You can find your polling place on the state site. You need an ID to vote in person. You can find out which ones will work...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's efforts to play kingmaker have had, up to this point, a mixed record of success in high-profile Republican primaries this year. But one area where he has proved influential is helping elevate former officials from his administration who are running for office. The latest example came this week. CNN projected late Thursday that Ryan Zinke, a former congressman who served as Interior secretary under Trump, won the GOP primary that took place Tuesday in Montana's 1st Congressional District.Read More It was not an easy victory for Zinke, who resigned from his post at the Interior Department in 2018 following a series of ethics-related controversies. As Zinke ran against four other Republicans in the primary, he also faced questions about his residency. Ultimately, Zinke eked out a 2-point victory. Trump's involvement, then, may have made the difference. Several other former Trump officials have advanced to the general election recently. All the way back in February 2021, Trump endorsed his former aide Max Miller in his primary challenge to Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, one of the...
    The FBI arrested Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley during a raid on his house. The bureau confirmed to multiple Michigan news outlets that Kelley was taken into custody on Thursday while the FBI was executing a search and arrest warrant at Kelley’s home near Grand Falls. Criminal charges reportedly expected to be filed in connection with Kelley’s arrest, though the FBI has declined to say why they arrested him. While it remains unclear why the FBI arrested Kelley, the development comes as the House Jan. 6th investigative committee is preparing to hold its first televised hearing with everything they know about the storming of the U.S. Capitol and the events leading up to it. Kelley was confirmed to have been in the crowd of Donald Trump’s riotous supporters, and he was reportedly caught on video as he climbed the Capitol’s scaffolding while egging the crowd on. The Michigan primary elections are scheduled for August 2. Kelley has been leading the polls among the Republican competitors, drawing 19% support in a Target Insyght/Michigan RIS poll conducted on May 26...
    The Democrats’ Senate nominee in Pennsylvania, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, may not be able to return to the campaign trail until July, according to his wife Gisele Fetterman, after he suffered a stroke days before his primary win. 'I think he deserves a month break to come back as strong as ever,' Gisele Fetterman said in an interview with CNN published Tuesday. 'This is going to be a tough race and a really important race. I want him to be fully ready for it.'  When asked if her husband would return to the campaign trail in July, she responded, 'I think so.'  The candidate admitted Friday that he 'almost died' after suffering a stroke just days before the commonwealth’s primary. 'The stroke I suffered on May 13 didn't come out of nowhere,' Fetterman said in a statement. 'Like so many others, and so many men in particular, I avoided going to the doctor, even though I knew I didn't feel well. As a result, I almost died.'  Gisele Fetterman (left) told CNN Tuesday that her husband Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John...
    The television personality endorsed by Donald Trump won the GOP primary to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. Pennsylvania Republicans nominated Television personality and longtime New Jerseyan Mehmet Oz has been declared the winner of the Pennsylvania Republican primary to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey after fellow candidate Dave McCormick conceded the race late on June 3. Oz will face Democratic candidate and current Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the general election in November. The primary was held May 17, but, due to the closeness of the race, remained in limbo until McCormick's concession. With most of the recount complete, Oz had a lead of less than 1,000 votes (0.1%) over the Connecticut-based hedge fund CEO and just 31.2% of the vote overall. Oz promoted medically questionable health advice for more than a decade on his "Dr. Oz Show" before moving to Pennsylvania and announcing his 2022 Senate candidacy. His narrow primary victory came after former President Donald Trump alienated many of his own strongest supporters by endorsing Oz. Trump argued that the celebrity doctor was qualified to be...
    Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt (R) is holding a double-digit lead just ten days out from the Republican primary election, a new poll found.  When survey respondents were asked: “Which Republican candidate for U.S. Senate do you plan on voting for in June’s primary election?” 57 percent chose former Nevada Attorney General Laxalt and 31 percent chose Sam Brown. No other candidate received more than seven percent of the vote.  2022 #NVSen Republican Primary Poll: Adam Laxalt 57%Sam Brown 31%Sharelle Mendenhall 7%Bill Hockstedler 5% University of Nevada ~ 368 LV ~ 5/17-5/27https://t.co/EuMZ2f3nQA — PollTracker (@PollTrackerUSA) June 3, 2022 The Nevada Election Survey Project (NESP) poll was funded by the University of Nevada and Reno’s College of Liberal Arts and was conducted throughout the month of May with adults and Nevada voters. The margin of error for the larger subgroup of 1,048 responses is three and a half percentage points. The NESP poll yielded results similar to several other April and May polls: a May 2 Emerson College poll showed Laxalt 23 points ahead of Brown, and an April 28...
    (CNN)John Fetterman's cardiologist said Friday that the Democratic Senate candidate suffers from both atrial fibrillation and cardiomyopathy, issuing a statement that provides more insight into what caused the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor's stroke in May.Dr. Ramesh Chandra said he first saw Fetterman in 2017, when he reported having swollen feet. He said he diagnosed him with "atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm, along with a decreased heart pump." Although he advised him to follow up in the coming months, the doctor said Fetterman did not and "did not go to any doctor for 5 years and did not continue to take his medications."Chandra said Fetterman is "well compensated and stable" after receiving a defibrillator that he said "is working perfectly." The doctor added that it was the cardiomyopathy, a condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body, that was the reason the device needed to be implanted."The prognosis I can give for John's heart is this: If he takes his medications, eats healthy and exercises, he'll be fine," Chandra wrote. "If he...
    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito agreed Tuesday to temporarily block a lower court decision that allows the counting of undated ballots in Pennsylvania in a case that could directly tip a judicial race and also impact the commonwealth’s Republican US Senate primary. Alito, who has jurisdiction over the lower court involved in the case, issued an administrative stay in the case to give the justices more time to consider the issue. READ MORE: Mental Health Awareness Month: Philadelphia Initiative Providing Information, Resources For PublicThe case comes as the Supreme Court wades back into electoral politics. At issue is a federal appeals court decision ordering the state to count undated mail-in ballots that were initially set aside. David Ritter, a Republican state judicial candidate in Lehigh County, wants the Supreme Court to block the appeals court decision, arguing that if the ballots were counted, he would lose his election to Democratic rival Zachary Cohen. How the justices decide the case in the under-the-radar-race could also impact more high-profile contests including the Republican Senate primary between David McCormick and...
    (CNN)Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito agreed Tuesday to temporarily block a lower court decision that allows the counting of undated ballots in Pennsylvania in a case that could directly tip a judicial race and also impact the commonwealth's Republican US Senate primary.Alito, who has jurisdiction over the lower court involved in the case, issued an administrative stay in the case to give the justices more time to consider the issue.The case comes as the Supreme Court wades back into electoral politics. At issue is a federal appeals court decision ordering the state to count undated mail-in ballots that were initially set aside.David Ritter, a Republican state judicial candidate in Lehigh County, wants the Supreme Court to block the appeals court decision, arguing that if the ballots were counted, he would lose his election to Democratic rival Zachary Cohen. Exclusive: Supreme Court leak investigation heats up as clerks are asked for phone records in unprecedented moveHow the justices decide the case in the under-the-radar-race could also impact more high-profile contests including the Republican Senate primary between David McCormick and Mehmet Oz,...
    Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images. Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz claimed a “presumptive” victory over Dave McCormick on Friday, despite their razor-thin race going to a recount. “I am blessed to have earned the presumptive Republican nomination for the United States Senate,” Oz said in an upbeat video he released on social media. “This was a tough campaign, I traveled everywhere. You guys were pretty honest sharing with me thoughts, worries you had, you don’t feel like you’re being heard,” he added. It’s time to unite. I want to hear your ideas and make this country’s future as bright as it has ever been. With more freedom, less big government, and by empowering our people, America’s light will shine brighter than ever. pic.twitter.com/yWK5VhCk8P — Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) May 27, 2022 Former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Oz in the primary, took to his Truth Social and urged Oz to declare victory the day after the contentious election. “Dr. Oz should declare victory,” Trump wrote on May 18th. “It makes it much harder for them to cheat...
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has sunk 30 points behind Donald Trump-endorsed Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming GOP primary, a Club for Growth poll found Thursday. Hageman garnered 56 percent support, while Cheney only earned 26 percent, a 30 percent difference. The poll was conducted with 400 likely Republican primary voters in Wyoming from May 24-25. The margin of error is +4.9 percent. A January straw poll revealed Hageman held a commanding lead over Cheney. The poll, conducted by the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee via secret ballot, showed Hageman won 59 votes and Cheney six, a 53-point victory by Hageman. The new polling data comes after Donald Trump announced he would hold a rally for Hageman on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Casper, Wyoming. Trump and Hageman will be joined at the rally by Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Lauren Boebert (R-CO). House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) will also make video appearances. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Wednesday tested positive for the coronavirus. https://t.co/qCcDiRpcb4 — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 25, 2022 Trump’s...
    (AP) – Two leading contenders for the GOP nomination for Michigan governor could be ruled ineligible for the primary ballot on Thursday, after the state’s elections bureau said they didn’t file enough valid petition signatures to qualify for the August contest. In a recommendation that immediately shook up the governor’s race, board staff on Monday said former Detroit Police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson, along with three other lesser-known candidates, should be declared ineligible. A four-person, bipartisan Board of State Canvassers will vote on the recommendations Thursday, though candidates that don’t make the ballot could challenge the decision in court. READ MORE: Oxford Schools Superintendent Issues Statement After Tragedy In TexasThe candidates were among a 10-person field vying to take on Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for control of the battleground state in November. Democrats challenged the GOP candidates’ petitions, alleging mass forgery and other issues. Another Republican candidate, Tudor Dixon, had also contested Craig’s voter signatures as fake. The bureau, however, said it discovered the fraud on its own review and didn’t process the challenges filed by the...
    Former President Donald Trump and the MAGA movement suffered some major disappointments in Georgia on Tuesday, May 24 when two conservative Republicans Trump rivals — Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — not only survived primary challenges from Trump-backed candidates, but also, enjoyed double-digit victories. And Raffensperger’s victory is being hailed as a defeat for authoritarianism. Trump has been slamming Kemp and Raffensperger as RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) for refusing to go along with the Big Lie and acknowledging that President Joe Biden won Georgia fairly in the 2020 presidential election. Former Sen. David Perdue (who challenged Kemp) and Rep. Jody Hice (who challenged Raffensperger) both campaigned on the Big Lie, but it didn’t work. Perdue’s loss is especially embarrassing for Trump; Kemp defeated Perdue by a brutal 52% and is now going up against Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams in the general election. Hice’s loss to Raffensperger wasn’t as painful as what Perdue suffered, but it was still a landslide defeat. Raffensperger defeated the U.S. congressman by 19%. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger...
    Three Southern states are holding primaries Tuesday, while Texas is hosting runoffs for races where no candidate earned a majority of the vote in the March 1 primary. Minnesota is also conducting primaries for an Aug. 9 special election to fill the vacant 1st Congressional District. We’ll be liveblogging the results here and also covering the returns closely on Twitter. Key races: Previews | Cheat-sheet ●●● Results: AL | AR | GA | TX | MN-01 Wednesday, May 25, 2022 · 3:14:21 AM +00:00 · David Jarman We’re in the home stretch on tonight’s primary election results, but let’s have another recap: • The Democratic runoff in Texas’s 28th district remains extremely close after seeing multiple lead changes tonight. Currently, conservative incumbent Henry Cuellar leads progressive challenger 52-48, though there remains some confusion on what exactly Crucial Starr County has reported. • The big November matchups in Georgia are set: Stacey Abrams will face off against Republican incumbent Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race, and Herschel Walker will go against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock in the Senate race. • In the...
    Democrat Stacey Abrams officially won Georgia’s Democrat gubernatorial primary race, bringing a long-awaited rematch against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who also won his race on Tuesday. The former Georgia state representative officially secured her nomination Tuesday night: Stacey Abrams has won the Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia. Her first run, against Brian Kemp in 2018, propelled her to political stardom. https://t.co/5oX0cgk4VB — The New York Times (@nytimes) May 24, 2022 The 2022 race for Georgia’s governor is all set to be a rematch of 2018. Democrat Stacey Abrams and incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp both won their parties’ respective primaries on May 24. pic.twitter.com/BQOwRoo58s — NowThis (@nowthisnews) May 25, 2022 JUST IN: CBS News projects Stacey Abrams wins the Democratic nomination for Governor in Georgia. https://t.co/hkTMDsc6PC pic.twitter.com/0cBSDkVzAl — CBS News (@CBSNews) May 24, 2022 Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wins GOP primary despite Trump crusade against him, AP projects; he’ll face Stacey Abrams (D) in November https://t.co/URzzXz0IUE — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 25, 2022 Abrams long maintained that she defeated Kemp in the last governor’s race, ultimately deeming...
    (CNN)As election deniers backed by Donald Trump vie for key posts in the Peach State, Tuesday's primary results will offer clues about the willingness of Republican voters to spurn the former President's vanity campaigns and move on from his lies about the 2020 election.Georgia is just one of five states holding contests on Tuesday, but few races have fostered as much political intrigue as Gov. Brian Kemp's primary against former Sen. David Perdue, whom Trump recruited to run. Kemp is facing down the former President's relentless vendetta to punish him for refusing to overturn the 2020 presidential election results -- a power Kemp did not hold. Voters will also decide whether to replace GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who, like Kemp rebuffed Trump's election entreaties, with a Trump-backed candidate in Rep. Jody Hice, who continues to falsely claim that Trump would have won Georgia if the election had been "fair." 7 things to watch in Georgia, Alabama and other primaries TuesdayCandidates must receive more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. Kemp, who looks poised to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s trial on charges that include perjury is still on track for Sept. 19, according to an amended scheduling order filed in U.S. District Court on Monday. Under the current timeline, federal prosecutors will have to file motions by July 15, and the defense will have two weeks to respond. A final pre-trial status conference and hearing on motions is scheduled for Sept. 14. READ MORE: 3 Men Receive Life Sentences In Trio Of Baltimore ShootingsSome of the deadlines in the amended schedule are later than the federal government wanted and come after the primary election on July 19. New scheduling order just filed in Marilyn Mosby case. It’s later than the federal government wanted and some deadlines are after the primary. The trial remains set for September 19th. @wjz pic.twitter.com/I2stPj0oGs — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) May 23, 2022 Previously, Mosby and her attorney, A. Scott Bolden, had called for the trial to happen as quickly as possible so the “political witch hunt” could end before the primary. But in April, federal...
    Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) is the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation less than two weeks after defeating a fellow House Republican in the primary. The Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday released a 54-page report saying that Mooney may have used campaign funds for personal use. The report said the lawmaker may have accepted “a free or below-market-value trip to Aruba, as well as free lodging and event space from a company that provides services to his campaign committee.” ALEX MOONEY BEATS HOUSE GOP COLLEAGUE DAVID MCKINLEY IN WEST VIRGINIA PRIMARY The report said there is “substantial reason to believe” Mooney accepted such gifts, which “may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law.” The report also said Mooney “routinely diverted official resources and staff time away from his constituents and official duties in favor of his and his family’s personal needs and sometimes for campaign activities,” in part by using staff for “personal needs.” The report was referred to the House Ethics Committee for investigation. Mooney’s office did not respond...
    Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, one of the most popular candidates in the state's Senate primary races, is leaving the hospital. Fetterman was released from the hospital more than a week after he suffered a stroke. "I am feeling great, but per my doctor's orders, and Gisele's orders, I am going to continue to rest and recover. Later this week I will have a follow-up visit with my doctors at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital," Fetterman said in a statement. "I am going to take the time I need now to rest and get to 100% so I can go full speed soon and flip this seat blue." MUSK SUGGESTS NEW TWITTER PURCHASE PRICE BE BASED ON NUMBER OF REAL ACCOUNTS See yinz soon ???? https://t.co/gWOcwjXCEr— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 22, 2022 Fetterman, who has maintained a 30-point lead over his primary opponents, according to a RealClearPolitics average, revealed his sudden medical troubles in a statement on May 15, saying that he had gone to the hospital for a check-up after he began feeling ill. The...
    Still, fringe candidates are luring GOP voters and winning key races. The Republican Party’s radical right flank is making inroads among voters and winning key primaries east of the Mississippi. But out West, among the five states that held their 2022 primary elections on May 17, a string of GOP candidates for office who deny the 2020’s presidential election results and have embraced various conspiracies were rejected by Republicans who voted for more mainstream conservatives. This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. In Pennsylvania, Douglas Mastriano, an election denier and white nationalist, won the GOP’s nomination for governor. He received 587,772 votes, which was 43.96 percent of the vote in a low turnout primary. One-quarter of Pennsylvania’s 9 million registered voters cast ballots. In Idaho, by contrast, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who also claimed Joe Biden’s election was illegitimate and has campaigned at white supremacist rallies, according to the Western States Center, an Oregon-based group that monitors the far right, lost her bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination to incumbent Gov. Brad Little....
    (CNN)Republican candidates in upcoming primaries may have a tougher time scoring a coveted endorsement from Donald Trump, according to the former President's allies, who say he is feeling more risk-averse amid the deadlocked Senate GOP contest in Pennsylvania. One of those allies described Trump as "agitated" by the uncertain outcome in the Keystone State primary, where his endorsement of celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz failed to translate into a decisive win against former hedge fund manager David McCormick. As of Thursday morning, the race remains tight and appears likely to head to an automatic recount as required by Pennsylvania law when the vote margin falls below 0.5%. "This is not how he expected this to go," said one of the advisers. "If Oz loses, it puts him in an awkward spot because he absolutely trashed David McCormick at his rally and pissed off quite a few allies who never thought he should have endorsed Oz." Trump taints Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary with fresh fraud liesOn Wednesday, Trump urged Oz to simply "declare victory" in a series of comments on his...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Doug Mastriano is not the only candidate who won a Republican primary on Tuesday after embracing Donald Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen. But no GOP contender did more to subvert that presidential election — and no one may be better positioned to subvert the next one — than Mastriano if he’s elected Pennsylvania’s governor. In one of the most politically competitive states in the U.S., the newly minted Republican nominee for governor was deeply involved in the former president’s efforts to overturn the last election. He was at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. If he’s elected in November, Mastriano has pledged to end no-excuse vote by mail, a process that hundreds of thousands used in this week’s primary. He also wants to force millions of registered voters to register again. While he would have to contend with a Legislature that may not go along with his plans, he would still have significant authority over elections because Pennsylvania is one of the few states where governors have the power...
    The results of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania depend largely on about 30,000 mail-in ballots that have not yet been counted as of Wednesday at noon. Dr. Mehmet Oz currently holds a 2,463-vote lead over McCormick with more than 95 percent of votes reported, according to the New York Times. MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki shared a breakdown of the outstanding mail-in ballots by county: Breakdown by county of estimated uncounted GOP mail-in ballots, updated for what was received yesterday: pic.twitter.com/HlAUd28YGz — Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) May 18, 2022 Several analysts observed that McCormick has carried about a nine percent lead over Oz on mail-in ballots so far counted. For McCormick to recover from his current 2,463-vote deficit, he would need to maintain or at least come near that mail-in vote advantage. An election worker continues the process of counting ballots for the Pennsylvania primary election, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the Mercer County Elections Board in Mercer, Pennsylvania. (Keith Srakocic/AP) Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jonathan Tamari observed the quantity of mail-in ballots outstanding is “potentially helpful” to McCormick. McCormick allies...
    In Pennsylvania’s 2022 GOP gubernatorial primary, Republican voters in the Keystone State went with their most extreme option: Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Christian nationalist and far-right conspiracy theorist who has promoted the Big Lie and falsely claimed that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump in his state. The primary election, held on Tuesday, May 17, wasn’t even close: Mastriano defeated fellow Republican Lou Barletta by 24% and will be going up against Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the general election. Mastriano’s primary victory is being described as a troubling development by a variety of his critics, ranging from liberal Washington Post opinion columnist Greg Sargent to Never Trump conservative Amanda Carpenter. Sargent, in his May 18 column, stresses that Pennsylvania Republicans went with a flat-out “insurrectionist” when they chose Mastriano. Sargent has been complaining that mainstream media coverage of Mastriano fails to capture just how dangerously authoritarian his views are. And now that Mastriano is officially Pennsylvania’s 2022 gubernatorial nominee, Sargent is sounding the alarm even more. Stop calling Doug...
    Share this:PENNSYLVANIA — Primary election: Polling place worker Donna Appleby held her dog, Daisy Mae, as she waited for voters during the Pennsylvania primary election at the LSL Sportsman’s club in Orrstown, on Tuesday.Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP   COLORADO — Score: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson (42) was congratulated by Samuel Girard (49), Artturi Lehkonen (62), and Gabriel Landeskog (92) after scoring in overtime against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series on Tuesday, in Denver. The Avalanche won 3-2.Photo: Jack Dempsey/AP   KENTUCKY — Winner: Craig Greenberg acknowledged the crowd after winning the Democratic primary for Louisville mayor in Louisville, on Tuesday.Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal via AP BRAZIL — Right to vote: A graffiti artist painted the face of an Indigenous youth after being asked to express on canvas the constitutional right to vote, outside the Supreme Court in Brasilia, on Tuesday. Several artists were asked to interpret a different constitutional right through a painting outside the court.Photo: Eraldo Peres/AP  
    North Carolina State Sen. Chuck Edwards (R) unseated Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) in the state’s 11th congressional district primary. Dave Wasserman, the House editor of the Cook Political Report, reported that Cawthorn lost his renomination to state Sen. Edwards. Ive seen enough: Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R) has lost renomination to state Sen. Chuck Edwards (R) in the #NC11 GOP primary. — Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) May 18, 2022 Cawthorn faced increasing attacks from the left and establishment media outlets over many issues, including: That’s in part because of a striking pattern of unusual behavior: speeding without a valid driver’s license; taking a firearm through security at an airport; wearing lingerie in photos; appearing in a video in which a staffer pantomimes a grab for his groin; gyrating naked on top of another man in bed; accusing unnamed lawmakers of inhaling cocaine and inviting him to an orgy; promoting a cryptocurrency in ways that prompted critics to claim he engaged in insider trading; and calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “a thug.” “I’ve really never seen the swamp launch such a coordinated attack against any individual in politics except for Donald Trump,” Cawthorn said in reaction...
    Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is now the projected winner in the state’s Democrat primary for the U.S. Senate seat. “John Fetterman wins Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania primary election,” the Associated Press declared on Tuesday. BREAKING: John Fetterman wins Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania primary election. #APRaceCall at 8:54 p.m. EDT. https://t.co/2nlgpji7ac — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) May 18, 2022 Ive seen enough: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) defeats Rep. Conor Lamb (D) in the #PASEN Dem primary. — Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) May 18, 2022 PA — THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING ME AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR U.S. SENATE IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!!!!! ???????? I’m *so* deeply honored. pic.twitter.com/6sa7bC5Vrw — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 18, 2022 Fetterman’s victory in the primary comes after he suffered a stroke and underwent treatment at Lancaster hospital well into election day. “I hadn’t been feeling well, but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and just kept going. On Friday it finally caught up with me,” Fetterman said on Sunday. “I had a stroke that was caused by a clot...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman voted Tuesday morning by emergency absentee ballot. Fetterman, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for Senate, suffered a stroke on Friday. VOTER GUIDE: Pennsylvania Primary Election 2022 Just cast my Primary Election Vote from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital using an emergency absentee ballot. ✅ pic.twitter.com/HftIKtZG2V — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 17, 2022 He remains hospitalized in Lancaster. READ MORE: Poll Workers At Kimmel Center Say Pa. Primary Election Turnout Down Considerably From 2020 Presidential CampaignHe was forced to cancel all campaign events over the weekend. On Friday, I wasn’t feeling well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out. I didn’t want to go – I didn’t think I had to – but @giselefetterman insisted, and as usual, she was right. The good news is I’m feeling much better + I’m well on my way to a full recovery. pic.twitter.com/WQ5X6QgQen — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 15, 2022 READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Man Shot 6 Times, Killed In East Frankford; 2 Suspects In CustodyFetterman’s wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman,...
    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Nearly 40,000 early votes have already been cast in Bucks County, but election officials still warn that primary results may be delayed. Voters in Bucks County will cast their ballots to decide who will run come November for several highly-anticipated state, federal and local races, and while primary turnout typically lags behind the general election, Commissioner Bob Harvie says Tuesday could trend up. READ MORE: Public Works Crews Across Delaware Valley Prepare For Arrival Of Anticipated Severe WeatherVOTER GUIDE: Pennsylvania Primary Election 2022 “People are motivated to vote,” Harvie said. “A lot of issues going on are motivating people so it’s going to be tough to tell. I can’t really predict.” As of Monday, more than 64% of the county’s 60,000 early votes have already been returned, but officials warn results likely will still be slow to come. “We are not allowed, according to the law, to do any opening before 7 a.m, tomorrow,” Harvie said. “Pretty much every other state in the country that has mail-in voting, which is almost all the states,...