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    L: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images R: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has surged past former President Donald Trump in one primary poll of their shared home state, with a 15-point swing since the last time the poll was taken. A new Suffolk University/USA TODAY Network poll of likely Florida voters found that “Former President Donald Trump’s support among Republican voters in Florida for another presidential bid has significantly eroded this year”: Former President Donald Trump’s support among Republican voters in Florida for another presidential bid has significantly eroded this year, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, as Gov. Ron DeSantis has scored gains in the home state they now share. In a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary in the Sunshine State, DeSantis now leads Trump 48%-40%. That’s a reversal from a USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll of Florida in January, when Trump led DeSantis 47%-40%. ‘This doesn’t necessarily mean DeSantis would lead in any other GOP primary state,’ said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. ‘But it is one data point suggesting a shift in preferences from GOP voters...
    Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has hinted Donald Trump running in 2024 could hand power to the Democrats during her first MSNBC appearance since joining the network. The ex-Joe Biden official, 43, appeared on last night's Alex Wagner Tonight in her first job since she was replaced by Karine Jean-Pierre in May, and said the former president would be an 'energizing factor' to voters. The West Wing veteran, who also served in Barack Obama's administration, is serving as a political analyst for MSNBC during the midterms and the 2024 election, and will host her own show next year. Her Democratic loyalties were immediately made clear on her debut show as she said Trump's campaign could be 'a reminder of what's at stake'.  She said: 'Nothing's more of a driving and excitement factor like Donald Trump for Democrats.  'They love to be opposed to him, because they are. Independents, many, don't want to see another reign of Trump, and the more he engages in the race, the more he puts himself out there, the more it's a reminder of what's...
    Joe Biden is heading to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on Monday for back-to-back Labor Day speeches celebrating the 'dignity of American workers'. His visit to the two key swing states, vital in the 2022 midterms, comes after his speech in Philadelphia on Thursday, which still has Republican roiling. The president's first stop is in Milwaukee at the Henry Maier Festival Park – from there, Biden will then travel to a United Steelworkers of America Local Union post in Pittsburgh. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will join Biden for the Monday swing. GOP lawmakers and voters are furious following Biden's Thursday 'soul of the nation' speech in Philadelphia, across the state of Pennsylvania from where the president will deliver follow-up remarks on Monday.  President Joe Biden will deliver back-to- back redemption speeches in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania after 'soul of the nation' remarks were labeled 'divisive'  Republicans claim that Biden labeled pro-MAGA Republicans a threat to democracy in remarks widely viewed by that demographic as divisive and an attack on far-right voters. Since then, Biden has walked back on his remarks, claiming that he...
    By JOHN HANNA and MARGARET STAFFORD TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas on Tuesday was holding the nation’s first test of voter feelings about the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, with people throughout the state deciding whether to allow their conservative Legislature to further restrict or ban abortion. The referendum on the proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution is being closely watched as a barometer of liberal and moderate voters’ anger over the June ruling overturning the nationwide right to abortion. But the outcome might not reflect broader sentiments about the issue in the country as a whole, given how conservative Kansas is and how twice as many Republicans as Democrats have voted in its August primaries over the past decade. Supporters of the measure wouldn’t say before the vote whether they intend to pursue a ban if it passes, but they’ve spent decades pushing for new restrictions on a nearly annual basis and many other states in the Midwest and South have banned abortion in recent weeks. By not stating their position, they were seeking to...
    In total, about $10 million dollars have poured into pro-abortion coffers, and The Wichita Eagle reports that most of this money comes from national and regional organizations. Meanwhile, pro-life groups have raised about $8 million, mostly from local organizations, including the Catholic Church. According to records, the Archdiocese of Kansas City has donated just under $3 million to the cause in the past two years. Other dioceses in the state have also made significant contributions. “What we want to do is ensure that pro-life Kansans turn out for this ballot incitive vote. Certainly, it’s the first since the Dobbs ruling, but it’s not going to be the last,” said Mallory Carroll of Susan B Anthony. In 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling which effectively declared abortion to be a constitutionally-protected right. The amendment before voters, which supporters have dubbed the "Value Them Both" Amendment, declares that there is no right to abortion, so the wording is a bit confusing. A "yes" vote says there is no right to an abortion, while a "no" vote would enshrine abortion as...
    President Joe Biden saw his approval rating slip among Democrats and people of color in the latest devastating poll from CNN and SSRS President Joe Biden's approval plummeted to 38 percent in a Monday poll that also suggested Americans have little confidence in the commander-in-chief's stewardship of the US economy.  A whopping 62 percent of respondents to the new CNN/SSRS survey said they disapprove of Biden's job in office so far - the highest so far since CNN began asking the question in March 2021.  Just a quarter of voters surveyed are happy with how the president has navigated inflation.  The poll was taken June 13 through July 13 and released on the heels of a devastating consumer price index report that showed the cost of goods increased 9.1 percent last month over the year prior. It was the biggest spike seen since 1981.  Americans' dissatisfaction appears to extend to the country as a whole - the CNN poll found that 79 percent of people believe things are going badly for the US, a level not seen since February 2009,...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. The parking lot at the Mt. Pleasant Church and Ministries in East Baltimore, one of 96 early voting centers that opened in the state on Thursday morning, was a beehive of activity early in the day. Problem was, there weren’t too many voters there. Inside, a training session for city election judge was underway, at the same time the church hosted a large funeral for a military veteran, which filled the parking lot with mourners. Confused campaign volunteers and candidates watched a flag-draped coffin go into the church in the early morning, then saw it come out closer to noon. There were lots of signs and campaign volunteers at the Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase on Thursday, but there weren’t many voters. (Courtesy Bruce DePuyt) Who were all the well-dressed people in the parking lot? “You don’t know whether they’re [voters] going to work or if they’re [mourners] going to the funeral,” said Del. Stephanie Smith (D-Baltimore City),...
    Just 15 percent of voters “strongly approve” of President Joe Biden’s job performance, a Wednesday Politico/Morning Consult poll revealed. Forty-two percent “strongly disapproved,” a negative 27-point difference. Biden’s approval numbers have declined over the course of his presidency. In January, 18 percent strongly approved, while 39 percent strongly disapproved. In October, 22 percent strongly approved, and 39 percent strongly disapproved. In February of 2021, 39 percent strongly approved of Biden. Only 25 percent strongly disapproved. From February 2021 to June 2022, those who strongly approved of Biden dropped 24 points. The number of those who strongly disapprove of the president has increased 17 points. Overall, Biden is underwater in his approval rating by 16 points. Only 40 percent of respondents gave Biden positive approval marks, while 56 percent disapproved. Americans have become increasingly pessimistic about the state of the country. Seventy-four percent of voters believe Biden’s America is on the wrong track, while just 26 percent say the nation is on the right track. Respondents’ view of the nation under Biden’s leadership has been steadily declining. In January, 32 percent said the nation was...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A decade ago, Pat McCrory was king in North Carolina’s Republican Party. The former Charlotte mayor became the first GOP governor in two decades when he won in 2012 by 11 percentage points. Today, the moderate has been tossed aside in state GOP politics, trounced by 34 percentage points in last week’s Senate primary by Rep. Ted Budd, who was a little-known congressman outside his district until former President Donald Trump endorsed him last June. The Trump shift within the Republican Party is making casualties nationally out of fiscal conservatives like McCrory, who says he supported many Trump policies but did not care for his style — a nuanced view that apparently did not help him in a state the former president won twice. Now McCrory’s long electoral career appears over at age 65. “I’ve played the game. I’ve been played by the game. I’ve won the game. But I’ve lost the game,” McCrory said in his concession speech on primary night, recalling his first Charlotte City Council victory in 1989. “Politics is a tough sport,...
    Lebanon, a nation of nearly 7 million, is home to 18 different religious communities.Ibrahim Chalhoub | Afp | Getty Images Lebanon has voted in the country's first parliamentary elections since its economic meltdown in 2019 and the Beirut port blast the following year. Dealing a major blow to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, preliminary results from Sunday show the party lost seats in areas long held by their allies in the south of the small Mediterranean nation. "People have spoken, and they said: 'We are against Hezbollah, against the establishment, and this is what we want'." Laury Haytayan, the leader of opposition party Taqaddom, told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Monday. "Today, we see that we have 11 MPs [members of Parliament] that are from civil society, or new established political parties, plus the traditional opposition, so we have a big bloc in the Parliament that is going to take action," Haytayan added. Lebanon, a nation of nearly 7 million, is home to 18 different religious communities. Because of this, its unique but widely criticized consensus government rests on a power-sharing structure whereby...
    Right-wing Supreme Court justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh attend President Joe Bidens inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Roughly half of Americans now distrust the Supreme Court while about a quarter express no confidence at all in it—an alarming development for the once-hallowed institution that corresponds with the court's rightward shift over the past year and a half. A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll conducted immediately after the leak of the draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade found that 50% of registered voters expressed little (24%) or no (26%) confidence in the Supreme Court. The numbers among all Americans were even worse, with 53% saying they had little-to-no confidence in the court. The polling stands in sharp contrast to a survey done by the same outfit in September 2020, several days after liberal icon and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. At that point, 70% or registered voters expressed confidence in the high court, with 50% having "some" confidence and 20% expressing "a lot" of...
    STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images The latest Yahoo/YouGov poll on Americans’ confidence in the Supreme Court shows a stunning deterioration in faith in the high court since it was last conducted 20 months ago – just days before Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s expedited confirmation. The poll last gauged Americans’ confidence in the court in September 2020, during the few days between liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and then-President Donald Trump nominating Coney Barrett. At that time, the poll found that 70 percent of registered voters had either “some” or “a lot” of confidence in the Supreme Court – 50 and 20 percent respectively. Only 23 percent said that had “a little” confidence in the court, while 7 percent said that had “none.” Skip ahead to today and voters’ attitudes have swung “by a colossal 40-point margin,” notes Yahoo’s Andrew Romano. The latest poll of 1,577 U.S. adults was conducted in the days after last Monday’s leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito signaling the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The new survey found Americans being evenly...
    With the Georgia General Assembly’s passage of the Election Integrity Act of 2021, otherwise known as SB202, the application of absentee ballot drop boxes looks significantly different in the first statewide elections since the January 5, 2021 federal runoff and special election for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats. The use of drop boxes in the November 2020 presidential and January 2021 elections were enabled by an emergency rule promulgated by the State Election Board in June of 2020. During the November 2020 election, more than 300 absentee ballot drop boxes were deployed throughout the state, funded with $45 million in “Zuckerbucks” that flowed through the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) into Georgia, according to analysis conducted by Capital Research Center. The General Assembly made a number of changes to Georgia’s code relative to the state’s election system to address a significant lack of confidence in Georgia election systems, with many electors being concerned about allegations of rampant voter fraud. A declaration in SB202 states that the changes reflect the General Assembly’s considered judgment to make it “easy to...
    The Republican Party has increased its voter registration lead in Arizona by 14,326 voters since President Joe Biden’s election, according to the latest numbers released by Arizona’s secretary of state. The GOP went into the 2020 presidential election with a voter registration advantage of more than 130,000. Ultimately, Biden defeated former President Donald Trump and carried Arizona by a margin of 10,457 votes. However, Republican voters increasingly outnumber Democrats after over a year of Biden’s presidency. With the additional 14,326 voters registered since Biden’s election, Republicans now have an advantage of 144,780 voters. JUST IN: Republicans led Democrats by 130,454 in Arizona on the eve of 2020 election That lead has been INCREASED to 144,780 +14,326* for AZ GOP *Thats 3,781 MORE than Bidens official Arizona 2020 margin (D+10,455) — InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) April 21, 2022 There are 1,478,781 registered Republican voters in Arizona, compared to the Democrats’ 1,334,001. The continued increase in Republican registration comes as Republicans have fought to secure the state’s elections and passed election integrity laws. Over the last year, the Arizona Senate conducted a forensic...
    Voters are deeply concerned about growing political divisions in the country, according to a new poll, and believe that things have got nastier since the pandemic began and since President Biden took office. The latest Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Civility Poll paints a bleak picture about the direction of politics. It found that 43 percent of voters believe political relations have become less civil since Biden was sworn in last year, while only 29 percent say they have become more civil.   Even more so, voters blame the COVID-19 crisis - with its rows about masking and mandates - and two-thirds said divisions had worsened since the start of the pandemic.    Voters are concerned about growing political divisions in the country, according to a new poll, and believe that things have got nastier since the pandemic began and since Biden took office 43 percent of voters believe political relations have become less civil since Biden was sworn in last year, while only 29 percent say they have become more civil 'Politics and the pandemic are driving polarization,...
    EXCLUSIVE — A majority of voters support keeping the Senate filibuster intact even as President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders push to do away with the Senate rule to pass election legislation, according to a poll commissioned by the conservative Senate Opportunity Fund 501(c)4 advocacy organization. The poll conducted by OnMessage, Inc. from Jan. 7 to 9 found that 53% of likely voters support the filibuster and 27% oppose it, while another 20% were unsure or had no opinion. That represents an increase of support for the filibuster since June 2021, when 47% said they support it, 30% said they oppose, and 23% did not know or had no opinion. Results are based on responses in an online survey from 800 likely voters, including an oversample of 408 likely voters states with competitive Senate races this year. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%. ‘TURNING POINT’: IN GEORGIA, BIDEN FULLY ENDORSES ‘GETTING RID OF THE FILIBUSTER’ TO PASS VOTING BILLS When only considering voters in states with competitive...
    A recent poll found that Hispanic voters favor a generic Republican over a generic Democrat by two points, a 42-point swing since the 2018 midterm exit polls, where Hispanic voters overwhelmingly supported the Democrat. The most recent poll conducted by RMG Research, Inc., showed Hispanic voters favor generic Republicans over the generic Democrats by two points. Forty-eight percent of the Hispanic voters would support a generic Republican on the ballot if the election were held today, compared to the 46 percent who support the generic Democrat. Four percent said they “would not vote,” while only two percent said they were “not sure.” However, this is a 42-point swing from 2018. The exit poll from the 2018 midterm election showed an estimated 69 percent of the Hispanic voters who voted for the Democrat in the congressional races nationwide, compared to the 29 percent who backed the Republican candidate, data compiled by Pew Research showed. This means more Democrats had an advantage of more than two to one in 2018, when the party won a net 41 seats and took control of the House. Scottrasmussen.com explained the decline in support for Democrats: The decline in support for Democrats likely has many causes....
    Americans are increasingly concerned over the economy and poor government leadership and are less concerned with the coronavirus, according to a poll released Monday. A new Gallup poll taken November 1-16 shows 10 per cent of respondents feel 'the economy in general' is the biggest issue facing the nation – another 7 per cent said they are most worried about 'inflation'. Those numbers are up from 6 per cent and 1 per cent, respectively. Unemployment concerns are at 5 per cent this month, which is up from 4 per cent in both the September and October polls. The new worries come as inflation spikes, worker shortages continue and supply chain delays persist going into the holiday season.  The poll also shows that Republicans are much more concerned with inflation than Democrats – by an 11 per cent to 1 per cent margin. A new poll shows that Americans' biggest concern is 'poor leadership' and the 'economy' and 'inflation', while worries over the coronavirus are slipping Survey results were released Monday after reports emerged this month of tensions and turmoil within...
    L: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images R: Drew Angerer/Getty Images   The number of Republicans who believe that former President Donald Trump will be “reinstated” to the presidency this year has actually gone up by a third since last month — even as the end of the year draws closer. It has been almost 6 months since the political media world was set abuzz after The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman first reported that Trump was telling confidants that he believed he’d be reinstated to the presidency in August, reporting that was later confirmed by other outlets — and fed by delusions floated by Trump allies like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and attorney Sidney Powell. And Trump himself appeared to confirm this in June when he told a crowd in North Carolina that “we’re gonna take back the White House, and sooner than you think.” According to Lindell, the date of Trump’s miraculous ascension was to be August 13. Even after that date came and went, 22 percent of Republicans still said it was either “very likely” (11%) or “somewhat likely” (11%) that Trump will be reinstated according to YouGov’s October poll. But according to a new poll from...
    Republicans are leading RealClearPolitics’ [RCP] general ballot for the first time since 2014, according to the analysis website, which averages notable political polls in an effort to forecast election outcomes. RCP has Republicans up by half a percentage point on its generic congressional vote, showing 43.3 percent support for Republicans and 42.8 percent support for Democrats and potentially foreshadowing a red wave in 2022. Democrats notably maintained the lead in 2020, 2018, and 2016, though RCP showed Republicans ahead by 2.4 percentage points in 2014, halfway through former President Barack Obama’s second term. Support for Democrats and President Joe Biden has been on the decline as the Biden administration grapples with the fallout from several failed policies at the same time. Republican Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s win last week has largely been heralded as a sneak preview for the 2022 midterms. Youngkin notably scored well with some demographics, like independent voters, white suburban women, and Hispanics, all groups which were key in securing Biden’s win in 2020. Voters arrive at Bryn Mawr Community School on Election Day on November 2,...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor’s race early Wednesday, tapping into culture war fights over schools and race to unite former President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters with enough suburban voters to become the first GOP candidate to win statewide office in a dozen years. The 54-year-old Youngkin’s defeat of Democrat Terry McAuliffe marked a sharp turnabout in a state that had shifted to the left over the past decade and which President Joe Biden captured by 10 points in 2020. And as the party felt the sting from that loss, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey was virtually deadlocked in his bid to win reelection in a state Biden won by 15 points. READ MORE: Baltimore Police Searching For Missing 58-Year-Old Vulnerable ManThe elections were the first major tests of voter sentiment since Biden took office and suggested growing frustration. They also underscored that, with Trump out of office, Democrats can’t center their messages on opposition to him. The results ultimately pointed to a potentially painful year ahead for Democrats as they try to maintain...
    More registered voters oppose the Black Life Matter (BLM) movement for the first time since May 2018, according to a CIVIQS rolling poll. Forty-four percent of the respondents said they oppose the BLM movement, compared to 43 percent who support it. Twelve percent said they “neither support nor oppose,” and one percent said, “unsure.” The registered voters who answered the poll were asked, “Do you support or oppose the Black Lives Matter movement?” A man holds a Black Lives Matter sign as a police car burns during a protest on May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. Demonstrations are being held across the U.S. after George Floyd died in police custody on May 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Broken down by age group, more of the 50 to 64 and 65-plus age groups said they oppose the movement, while more respondents in the 18 to 34 and 35 to 49 age groups said they support it. Additionally, 52 percent of male respondents oppose, while 50 percent of females support the movement. While a majority (85 percent) of the Democrat respondents support the movement,...
    A poll from Quinnipiac University released Tuesday showed that a generic Republican on the ballot is favored to take back the House of Representatives in the midterm elections next year. Forty-seven percent of the registered voters said they would rather see the Republican Party win control of the House, while only 44 percent of the registered voters said they would want the Democrats. There were also nine percent who did not give an opinion. However, in September, the results were almost the opposite; 43 percent of registered voters said the Republican Party, while 47 percent said the Democrat party. There were also 11 percent who did not give an opinion. The registered voters were asked, “If the election were today, would you want to see the Republican Party or the Democratic Party win control of the United States House of Representatives?” “Though the numbers are not overwhelming, they signal a potentially ominous trend for Democrats as a plurality of voters recommend tossing out the party that controls the House,” said Tim Malloy, a polling analyst at Quinnipiac University. The last time the Republicans led the Democrats in the...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisArizona governor allots M in federal funds for hospitals that use coronavirus antibody treatments As Biden falters, a two-man race for the 2024 GOP nomination begins to take shape Another Florida county approves mask mandate in defiance of DeSantis MORE (R) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) have slipped in popularity since July, according to a survey from Morning Consult. Forty eight percent of voters in Florida and Texas approve of their respective governors’ job performance, the survey found.  Fifty-four percent of Florida voters approved of DeSantis's job in office from June 22 to July 1. Fifty-one percent of Texas voters during that time approved of Abbott's performance.  The drops in support come as the Texas Republican made headlines for cracking down on mask and vaccine mandates amid a surge of the delta variant in the state. Both governors have signed executive orders banning school districts and governmental authorities blocking them from imposing mask mandates. The battle has been highly publicized in recent weeks with school districts and local governments taking on the governors...
    President Biden's approval plunged seven points to its lowest level so far in a poll published on Tuesday, as voters said his handling of the Afghan war was worse even than President George W. Bush. The Reuters/Ipsos poll was taken on Monday, when Biden faced growing anger at his decision to stay away from the White House through a weekend when the U.S. embassy in Kabul was evacuated and Taliban fighters closed on the Afghan capital. The national opinion poll found that 46 percent of American adults approved of his performance in office, marking his lowest level in the poll since he was inaugurated.  On Friday, the same poll put his approval rating at 53 percent. Biden has faced withering criticism from Democrats and Republicans for the way the crisis - triggered by his decision to bring home all U.S. troops - unfolded. 
    A Wednesday poll reveals registered independents are driving down President Joe Biden’s approval ratings with concerns over the president’s handling of inflation, immigration, and the Chinese coronavirus. The poll by Morning Consult/Politico warns “Biden’s general reputation among unaffiliated voters” is “exposing an early problem for his party to remedy with 14 months to go until the midterm elections.” Among registered independents, 44 percent of independent voters approve of Biden and 49 percent disapprove. His net approval “has dropped 18 percentage points among unaffiliated voters” since April. Since June, registered independents have increasingly disapproved of Biden’s “handling of the economy and the pandemic” by “9 and 13 points, respectively, to 51 percent and 43 percent.” The poll also suggests Biden is to blame for the “13-year high in inflation” and worsening immigration crisis, handing the President a 54 percent disapproval rating on the inflow of unvaccinated migrants on the southern border. Migrants heading to the border with Guatemala on their way to the United States, march in La Entrada, in the Honduran department of Copan, on January 15, 2021. – Hundreds of...
    Last November, a Republican president who oversaw 500,000 unnecessary American deaths and a resulting economic collapse lost his reelection bid. Rather than a begrudging admission that a seemingly delusional compulsive liar with no skills for the job and a record of scandal and chaos was a piss-poor candidate who lost because Americans had lost patience for his bellowing performance art, countless top members of the Republican Party immediately, and at Donald Trump's behest, declared that actually the only reason Republicanism lost at the polls was because the entire world conspired against them to secretly rig the election against Burping Authoritarianism. As an excuse for a poor performance by a singularly unimpressive buffoon, it would have been merely pathetic. The moment the Republican Party began to act on their own false propaganda, crafting law after law predicated on false "fraud" that all aimed squarely at throwing up new obstacles to voting in communities that voted against them the last time around, it became an attack on democracy itself. The Brennan Center for Justice now identifies one third of all American states...
    Republicans used false propaganda claims to both goad violence and promote new laws intended to strip voting rights. Both attacks on democracy must be rebuffed. Last November, a Republican president who oversaw 500,000 unnecessary American deaths and a resulting economic collapse lost his reelection bid. Rather than a begrudging admission that a seemingly delusional compulsive liar with no skills for the job and a record of scandal and chaos was a piss-poor candidate who lost because Americans had lost patience for his bellowing performance art, countless top members of the Republican Party immediately, and at Donald Trump's behest, declared that actually the only reason Republicanism lost at the polls was because the entire world conspired against them to secretly rig the election against Burping Authoritarianism. As an excuse for a poor performance by a singularly unimpressive buffoon, it would have been merely pathetic. The moment the Republican Party began to act on their own false propaganda, crafting law after law predicated on false "fraud" that all aimed squarely at throwing up new obstacles to voting in communities that voted against them...
    Brandon Bell/Getty Images, MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images The number of Republican voters who say a “fresh face” would be a stronger candidate than former President Donald Trump to defeat President Joe Biden in 2024 has surged since April — with a solid majority now saying that a different GOP candidate stands a better chance against Biden. In a new poll of Republican primary voters by former Amb. John Bolton’s Super PAC, respondents were asked “Since former President Trump’s popularity has dropped with voters since the 2020 election, would you agree or disagree that a new republican candidate – a fresh face – would be a stronger candidate to defeat Joe Biden in 2024?” Just over a third (36 percent) of GOP primary voters say Trump would be the stronger candidate, while 52 percent say a “fresh face” would be stronger. As the Bolton Super PAC press release notes, that’s a massive swing since their last poll in April: A new nationwide survey by John Bolton Super PAC of voters reveals that a majority of Republican primary voters now agree “that a new...
    Welcome back to the weekly Nuts & Bolts Guide to small campaigns. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about. With the help of other campaign workers and notes, we address how to improve and build better campaigns, or explain issues that impact our party. July 1 marked a major moment in United States history. The 26th Amendment gave citizens age 18 and over the right to vote in America. The amendment is simple: Sec. 1 The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age. Sec. 2 The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. As I read fights over voting rights, I often look back and think of the heart of the 26th amendment as what satisfies any claim by Congress to make sure people have the right to vote. Right there in Section 2 of the 26th Amendment, Congress is provided the power to enforce an amendment...
    Author and businessman J.D. Vance joined "Tucker Carlson Tonight" for his first interview since announcing a Republican bid for the U.S. Senate earlier Thursday.  Vance, author of critically-acclaimed "Hillbilly Elegy", told Carlson that his bid has already rankled leaders in his own party's establishment. He claims it because of his honesty and the fact he is untethered to traditional special interests and instead interested in the needs of the electorate. "I think so far a lot of them are frustrated, and a little upset with me because I actually say what's true—which is many of these people don't care about their own voters, they think they're either bigoted or they think they're stupid," Vance said. "They don't understand their job in this country is to protect their own voters to serve their best interests. So a lot of established Republicans, just like a lot of the mainstream press and corporate media, they're against me … and it's fine." VideoSen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is retiring in 2022, and the race has already garnered several candidates on both sides of the...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Joe Biden’s approval rating tumbled by six points among registered voters over the last two months, according to a new Monmouth survey. The number of voters who approve of his job performance fell from 54 percent in April to 48 percent in June, according to the study. However, not all of the voters in the group who switched converted to the president’s opposition. The number who said they disapproved increased just slightly, from 41 percent to 43 percent. The number of Democrats who said they approved of Biden’s performance fell by nine points, from 95 percent to 86 percent, and by 11 points among independents, from 47 percent to 36 percent. The number of Republicans who said they approved of his performance increased by eight points, from 11 percent to 19 percent. The April numbers came one month after Biden signed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package into law, which could have accounted for a portion of his high rating. It was also three months after he assumed office, while memories of former President Donald Trump were fresh...
    Thirty-nine percent of likely voters believe race relations have deteriorated since Joe Biden’s election, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released June 1. Respondents were asked two questions: Are race relations in the United States better or worse since the election of President Biden? Or are they about the same? Has life for young black Americans gotten better or worse since the election of President Biden? Or is it about the same? Twenty-eight percent said relations are the same, 28 percent said they have improved, and 39 percent believe race relations have gotten worse. The poll comes as Americans increasingly view Biden as more far more radical on policy now that he is actually in office, with polling demonstrating a 10 percent surge since late 2019. Forty-six percent of Americans perceive Biden as “too liberal” as of May. In December 2019, before Biden took office, only 36 percent said Biden was too liberal. 10% more Americans view Biden as more liberal than before assuming office. pic.twitter.com/Bz85Ug4eHy — Wendell Husebø (@WendellHusebo) May 27, 2021 Biden’s party has pushed a far-left agenda in his first 100 days, such as...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) marked an April approval rating of 55-40 percent in his state on Wednesday, a two percent increase from February. Seventy percent of voters surveyed gave “DeSantis good marks on his handling of vaccine distribution, while just 26% say he performed poorly there,” according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce poll. The governor also enjoys a “net 20-percentage-point approval rating with the critical independent voters. About 57% of those say he’s doing a good job, compared to 37% who disapprove of his performance.” The increase is up from a February poll by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, when DeSantis had a 53 percent approval rating with a 42 percent disapproval rating. The February poll also noted DeSantis “holds a wide advantage among independent voters, beating both potential Democratic challengers by approximately thirty points.” Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson said of the polling results, “As I’ve said for over a year, under the leadership of Gov. DeSantis, Florida continues moving in the right direction and serving as the national model for COVID-19 recovery while other states chose...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) Leading Off ● Georgia: On Thursday, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp swiftly signed into law a major new voting restriction bill that GOP legislators had passed along party lines earlier that day just hours after unveiling the final version of the legislation, which enacts sweeping new restrictions on voting access in response to the GOP's historic losses in the 2020 elections. Sparking widespread condemnation and numerous comparisons to Jim Crow by Democrats and voting advocates, the law's passage also prompted Black voting advocates to immediately file a federal lawsuit challenging many of its provisions. Further making clear that Republicans are leaving no stone unturned as they seek to prevent any future repeats of their 2020 losses by subverting fair elections, far-right conspiracy theory-spouting Rep. Jody Hice launched a Republican primary challenge with Donald Trump's endorsement against incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over how the latter refused Trump's entreaty to steal the 2020 election by "find[ing] 11,780 votes" to overturn Joe Biden's victory. Together with this new law's passage, a potential Hice victory next year would...
    Demonstrators chained together protest a House bill restricting voting rights outside of the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta on March 1.Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Following unexpected Democratic victories in Georgia in November and January, Republicans in the state Senate voted Monday to significantly curtail the right to vote.  On Monday afternoon, the legislators approved a bill repealing no-excuse absentee voting, which 1.3 million voters used to cast ballots by mail in 2020, including 450,000 Republicans. They were also set to consider a bill on Monday evening ending automatic voter registration, which 5 million of the state’s 7.6 million voters used to register since it was implemented in 2016. The Senate bills follow the passage of a sweeping House bill last week that cuts weekend voting days—including on Sundays, when Black churches hold “Souls to the Polls” get-out-the-vote drives—restricts the use of mail ballot drop boxes, prevents counties from accepting grants from nonprofits to improve their...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi On Wednesday, House Democrats voted 220-210 to pass H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which is the most important set of voting and election reforms since the historic Voting Rights Act was adopted in 1965. These reforms, which House Democrats previously passed in 2019, face a challenging path to in the Senate given Democrats’ narrow majority and uncertainty over whether they can overcome a GOP filibuster, but their adoption is critical for preserving American democracy amid unprecedented attack by Republican extremists both in and outside Congress. H.R. 1 would implement transformative changes to federal elections by (1) removing barriers to expanding access to voting and securing the integrity of the vote; (2) establishing public financing in House elections to level the playing field; and (3) banning congressional gerrymandering by requiring that every state create a nonpartisan redistricting commission subject to nonpartisan redistricting criteria. Using Congress’ power to regulate Senate and House elections under the Elections Clause and enforce anti-discrimination laws under the 14th Amendment, the bill would: Establish automatic voter registration at an array of state agencies; Establish same-day voter registration; Allow...
    ALMOST half of Republicans would join a new party if Donald Trump was its leader, a new poll has found. The survey found that despite his second impeachment, support for the former President is still high as he prepares to make his first speech since leaving office. 5Trump supporters greeting the former President as he heads to Mar-a-LagoCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Almost half of his supporters say they would back a party headed by himCredit: AP:Associated Press Trump is reportedly in talks to start a new 'Patriot Party' with top aides after saying it's only the "beginning" of the MAGA movement. According to the Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll, 46 per cent of Republicans would abandoned the GOP and join a new Trump party. Half of those polled say party should become "more loyal to Trump," even at the cost of losing support among establishment Republicans. Many such as Brandon Keidl have expressed disillusionment about the GOP leadership. "We feel like Republicans don't fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he...
    A new poll, commissioned by a PAC supporting former President Donald Trump, shows that Rep. Liz Cheney’s popularity has taken a hit since voting in favor of impeachment earlier this month. Almost 75% of Republican voters in Wyoming, and just over 60% of voters overall, expressed a negative opinion of Cheney in a poll carried out by pollster John McLaughlin between Jan. 25-26. "Liz Cheney’s decision to vote to impeach President Trump makes her extremely vulnerable," McLaughlin said about the results. "It is evident her ratings are in bad shape among general election voters and have collapsed among Republicans and Trump voters." The survey was paid for by Save America, a newly formed pro-Trump Super PAC with the goal of supporting primary challenges to Republican members of Congress who supported the second impeachment of Trump. Cheney joined nine other Republican members of the House in voting to impeach Trump on Jan. 13 for “incitement of insurrection” following a rally of Trump supporters that turned violent on Capitol Hill earlier this month. Cheney, the third highest-ranking Republican in the...
    SACRAMENTO —  Final election results show almost 17.8 million Californians cast ballots in the election that ended on Nov. 3, the highest percentage of eligible voters to participate in a statewide election since 1952 and the third-highest percentage since 1910. But this year’s participation by 70.8% of eligible voters may be even more historic due to the lower voting age. Since the passage of a constitutional amendment in 1971 to lower the voting age from 21 to 18, no California election has come close to turning out as many eligible voters. “This was an election unlike any other in modern American history,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a video posted online Friday afternoon. “And it would not have been possible without the contributions of elections officials and poll workers alike. Their work maintained the resiliency of our democracy during a global health crisis.” As a share of registered voters, only the presidential elections of the 1960s and ‘70s saw a higher turnout of Californians. And in raw numbers of votes in November, no state came close: More than...
    The share of black voters in Georgia’s 2020 election hit its lowest point since 2006 despite the overall number of black voters increasing in the state, per data analysis from the New York Times. Black voters represented 27.3 percent of this year’s Georgia electorate, a decrease from 27.7 percent in 2016, and a decrease from 30 percent in 2012, when President Barack Obama was running: Georgia is the first state where we have fully updated vote history data, and it shows the Black share of the electorate falling to its lowest level since 2006 pic.twitter.com/kcquppig1I — Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) November 17, 2020 In contrast, the share of Hispanic and Asian voters hit all-time highs, comprising 3.0 percent and 2.5 percent of the electorate respectively. “In an election marked by a big rise in turnout, Black turnout increased, too, but less than that of some other groups,” the New York Times reported. “The findings suggest that Mr. Biden’s win in Georgia may not yet herald a new progressive majority in what was a reliably red state, as Democrats still depend on the...
    NBC, CBS, ABC and . have declared the Democratic candidate the winner with a lead of more than 11,000 votes in this tight presidential election, which puts Joe Biden on 11 more major voters. Fox News and Associated Press had already given the winning Democratic candidate on the night following the November 3 poll, much to the chagrin of his Republican rival, President Donald Trump. This is the first time that the Democratic camp has won victory in this state since 1996. After this victory in Arizona, Joe Biden can now count on 290 voters, on the 270 necessary to win the presidential election and make his entry into the country. the White House on January 20. For his part, Donald Trump still refuses to recognize the victory of his Democratic rival, more than a week after the election. The result has yet to be proclaimed in two states: -> The North Carolina: Trump leads with 50% against 48.7% for Biden, 98% of ballots were counted. -> The Georgia: Biden is leading...
    No Republican nominee has done as well with Hispanic voters in 16 years as did President Trump in his contest with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. According to exit polls from the Associated Press, Trump received 35% of the Hispanic vote. That amounted to 7 percentage points better than his abysmal showing with Hispanics four years ago and just 5 points behind the 40% George W. Bush garnered in 2004. Trump’s improvement with Hispanic voters, a historically solid showing, helped him run competitively with Biden in key battleground states. Indeed, in Florida and Texas, swing states Trump could not afford to lose, his strong showing with Hispanic voters was integral to his victories in each. In Florida, Trump received 47% of the Hispanic vote, according to exit polling conducted by Edison Research and reported by the New York Times. In Texas, where Republicans typically garner 35% of the Hispanic vote, Trump received 40%. Trump wooed Hispanics throughout the campaign. He ran targeted, Spanish-language television and radio advertising, and his “Latinos for Trump” coalition hosted special events in states with a significant...
    An exit poll conducted by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and released Wednesday indicated that President Donald Trump won 30.5% of the Jewish vote, a six-point increase from his 24% total in 2016. The result was the best result for any Republican candidate since the 1988 presidential election. In a statement, the RJC said (original emphasis): The poll shows that President Donald Trump won 30.5% of the Jewish vote this year, up 6 points from his 24% share of the Jewish vote in 2016. OF NOTE: In Florida, where the RJC invested over $5 million targeting Jewish voters, the New York Times/AP poll shows that the Jewish vote outperformed the national numbers, with 41% of the Jewish vote going to President Trump, an historic record. Former Senator Norm Coleman, the RJC national chairman, told a Zoom press briefing Wednesday that “it made a difference for Donald Trump to be the best friend Israel ever had in the White House.” He also praised Trump’s performance on the economy and in fighting antisemitism. RJC executive director Matt Brooks, who predicted in March that...
    By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press Utah voters are choosing their first new governor in more than a decade Tuesday, bringing to a close the contest where the Republican lieutenant governor is heavily favored to take over. The coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow over the race, with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox defending the state's approach of encouraging but not requiring masks even during a fall surge in cases. Democratic law professor Chris Peterson, on the other hand, has called for a mask mandate. Despite those differences, the two men joined together in an ad last week calling for civility despite political differences. Cox is a moderate and onetime critic of President Donald Trump who beat out three competitors in a hard-fought GOP primary, including former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr. The winner will succeed Republican Gary Herbert, who first took office in 2009 and decided not to run again this year. He endorsed Cox, who became lieutenant governor in 2013, as his chosen successor. Cox has consistently polled well ahead in conservative Utah, which has not elected a Democratic governor...
    President Donald Trump is narrowly leading Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Monday’s Rasmussen Reports’ daily White House Watch poll. Trump, with 48%, snuck past Biden, who garnered 47%, in the latest poll among likely U.S. voters. Monday’s poll marks a difference from just last week, where Wednesday saw Biden ahead 49% to 46%, Rasmussen reported. Monday marks the first time Trump has notched a lead since mid-September, according to the report. The president has 84% support with Republicans and Biden has 77% of support from Democrats. The president is also ahead by seven points with voters who don’t identify as Republican or Democrat, according to the survey. White House Watch: @POTUS 48%, @JoeBiden 47%… https://t.co/zBZV0jSpRh #breakingpoll pic.twitter.com/YnNx8pcWia — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 26, 2020 Many other polls are seeing Biden maintain a substantial lead, although some have indicated that Trump is narrowing the playing field. (RELATED: National Polls Show That Biden Has Expanded His Lead Since The Debate) Monday’s poll also noted an increase in black voters for Trump compared to the 2016 election, the Washington Examiner reported. Twenty-seven...
    PHOTO VIA ORANGE COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICEFloridians might approach the highest voter-turnout rate for a general election in at least half a century, as more than 41 percent of eligible voters have already cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election. With the second week of early voting underway, the state Division of Elections reported Monday morning that 6,018,430 ballots had been cast at early voting sites and by mail. In all, Florida has 14,441,860 voters registered for the election. The 1992 presidential contest had the highest modern turnout rate at 83 percent. As of Monday morning, registered Democrats had submitted nearly 1.79 million votes by mail, while 766,794 had used in-person early voting, according to numbers posted online by the Division of Elections. About 1.02 million Republicans had used early voting, while nearly 1.18 million had voted by mail. People without party affiliation had cast 791,303 mail-in ballots, while 397,648 had gone to early voting sites. The remainder of the votes in the overall total were cast by third-party voters. The heavy voting has come as polls show Republican...
    More than 22 million Americans have already cast ballots in the 2020 election, a record-shattering avalanche of early votes driven both by Democratic enthusiasm and a pandemic that has transformed the way the nation votes. The 22.2 million ballots submitted as of Friday night represents 16 per cent of all the votes cast in the 2016 presidential election, even as eight states are not yet reporting their totals and voters still have more than two weeks to cast ballots. Americans' rush to vote is leading election experts to predict that a record 150 million votes may be cast and turnout rates could be higher than in any presidential election since 1908. 'It's crazy,' said Michael McDonald, a University of Florida political scientist who has long tracked voting for his site ElectProject.org. McDonald's analysis shows roughly 10 times as many people have voted compared with this point in 2016. 'We can be certain this will be a high-turnout election,' McDonald said. So far the turnout has been lopsided, with Democrats outvoting Republicans by a 2-1 ratio in the 42 states included...
    A poll found Republican challenger John James is in a dead heat with incumbent Sen. Gary Peters (D) in Michigan, with James closing a 10-point gap in just months. The New York Times reported James was down double digits in June, 41 percent to 31 percent. That gap has now narrowed to one point, 43 percent to 42 percent, according to the Times/Siena survey. Via the Times: The relatively high number of undecided voters reflects the relatively low profile of the two candidates. Around 20 percent of voters do not have an opinion on either of them. Mr. James’s favorability ratings have increased to 45 percent favorable versus 35 percent unfavorable, up from 36 percent favorable and 29 percent unfavorable in the June survey. Part of Mr. Peters’s weakness is that he has thus far failed to match Mr. Biden’s tallies among nonwhite voters, who disproportionately remain undecided. It remains to be seen whether Mr. James, who is Black, will ultimately make significant inroads among these voters. Breitbart News reported a group affiliated with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Senate...
    Analysis by Harry Enten | CNN Former Vice President Joe Biden is dominating President Donald Trump in the latest polls. No, the election is not over yet, and Trump still has a non-negligible chance of winning. But a look through history reveals that Biden is in a better position at this point than any challenger since 1936, when the first scientific polls were taken in a presidential race. The ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Sunday was the latest poll to indicate Biden’s strength. Biden led Trump by a 55% to 43% margin among likely voters. The poll was the third high quality national poll published this week that had Biden up by at least 10 points and above 50%. The other two being from CNN/SSRS and Fox News. Indeed, the average of polls has Biden at around 52% or 53% and up by somewhere between 10 and 11 points. This is an unprecedented position for a challenger with a mere 23 days to go until Election Day. In the 21 previous presidential elections since 1936, there have only been...
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