New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof appears to be getting more serious about a possible run for governor of Oregon, approaching “high-level Democrats” about who he could get to work on a campaign, Politico reports.
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Former President Donald Trump on Thursday gave Republican former football star Herschel Walker his “Complete and Total Endorsement” in Georgia’s US Senate race, praising him as “a friend, a Patriot and an outstanding American who is going to be a GREAT United States Senator,” CNN reports.
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio (D) “has begun calling allies about a prospective run for governor in the wide-open Democratic primary next June,” Politico reports.
Bill McCoshen (R), who is preparing to run for Wisconsin governor, was cited for disorderly conduct in 2008 “for urinating publicly inside a local tavern and then going outside to finish relieving himself in a planter in front of the establishment.” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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“The new Texas abortion ban is refocusing both parties’ attention on races for state office over the next year, setting the stage for a clash over abortion rights at the ballot box,” Politico reports.
“On Wednesday, outraged Democrats sought to drag the issue of abortion rights into elections across the country, particularly in two key, blue-state governor’s races this fall: California and Virginia.”
NBC News: Texas law could flip script on abortion politics, with Democrats eyeing gains.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Mr. Trump’s endorsement was seen as a potential game-changer among Republican insiders, as the former president continues to be popular among GOP voters. But some analysts had urged Republican candidates to be careful with how close they align with Mr. Trump if they want to win a general election in a state that Democrat Joe Biden carried in 2020.”
A new Saint Anselm poll in New Hampshire shows Gov. Chris Sununu (R) with a 49% to 41% lead over Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) in a potential 2022 matchup for Senate.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Joe Kent (R) in his primary challenge against Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, The Hill reports.
A new Alabama News Daily/Cygnal poll gives Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) a 41% to 18% lead over Katie Britt (R), former chief of staff to the retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) in the Republican U.S. Senate race.
Former congressional candidate Jessica Taylor (R) receives 3% and former U.S. Ambassador Lynda Blanchard (R) receives 2%.
Vicky Cayetano (D), wife of former two-term Democratic Gov. Ben Cayetano (D), announced that she will run for the Democratic nomination for governor even though she was once a Republican, the Honolulu Civil Beat reports.
“As Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) launched his campaign for a pivotal U.S. Senate seat earlier this year, the North Carolina Republican pitched himself as a staunch ally of farmers,” the Washington Post reports.
“But as Budd has told his narrative in a state where agriculture is the largest business, he omitted a key chapter. He made no mention of his role in his family’s calamitous involvement in a company called AgriBioTech, which ended in a bankruptcy case that cost farmers millions of dollars in losses.”
“A trustee for farmers and other creditors alleged that his father, Richard Budd, improperly transferred millions of dollars in assets to his family, including Ted Budd. That occurred before Richard Budd and a family company faced a $15 million judgment in the case. Moreover, the trustee alleged, Ted Budd ‘acted in concert’ with his father ‘in connection with the fraudulent transfers.’”
Politico: “Despite the mounting challenges, there’s a belief in Bidenworld that time is on their side. Midterm campaigns are still a year from heating up, giving the president room to accelerate a vaccination campaign, allay concerns about inflation and message legislative wins — should they come to fruition.”
“Some aides and allies have gone further, bristling at attempts by the media and pundits to divine the White House’s political calculus from seemingly every moment.”
“If Senate Republicans seem conservative now, just wait until next year. The 2022 midterms could usher in a wave of full-spectrum MAGA supporters who would turn the GOP conference an even deeper shade of red — and make the Senate a lot more like the fractious House,” Politico reports.
“In the five states where Republican senators are retiring, the primary election fields to succeed them are crowded with Donald Trump supporters who have made loyalty to the former president a cornerstone of their campaigns.”
Jeff Colyer (R) announced he was ending his campaign for Kansas governor and receiving treatment for prostate cancer, the Kansas Reflector reports.
Colyer’s departure from the race clears the way for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) to win the GOP nomination for governor in next year’s primary election.
“Vulnerable House and Senate Democrats are distancing themselves from President Biden over Afghanistan, with one calling the evacuation ‘egregiously mishandled,’” Axios reports.
“Biden’s poll numbers have fallen as the Delta variant spread and the Afghanistan exit proved harrowing. Now, some Democrats in swing states and districts are publicly distancing themselves.”
Washington Post: “Republicans have been laying a foundation for a midterm argument rooted in casting Biden as a weak leader who has lost control of a swirl of crises, from the surge in migrants at the southern border to a rise in violent crime and now the situation in Afghanistan.”
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