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GOP dread over possible Kobach nomination in Kansas

GOP dread over possible Kobach nomination in Kansas

Republicans fear that Democratic meddling has helped to erase Roger Marshall's lead in this week's primary, potentially costing the party another Senate seat and perhaps its majority.Kris Kobach is vying to succeed retiring Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. | Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty ImagesOn Thursday, the top operative for Senate Republicans' campaign arm appeared on a private Zoom call organized by GOP operatives to discuss the party's efforts to stave off a Democratic takeover.During the presentation, National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Kevin McLaughlin warned that...

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Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins charged with voter fraud

Kansas Republican Rep. Steve Watkins charged with voter fraud

Watkins' father is under investigation by Federal Election Commission probe as well.Rep. Steve Watkins called the charges "very suspicious" and "hyper political."Kansas GOP Rep. Steve Watkins was charged Tuesday with three felony counts of voter fraud related to the 2019 municipal elections, according to court records.But the freshman lawmaker dismissed the charges as politically motivated, claiming the prosecutor bringing the case has ties to a GOP primary opponent.AdvertisementWatkins was charged by Shawnee County District Attorney Michael Kagay with “Interference with a law enforcement...

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‘We just need a win’: The left unites to take down Eliot Engel

‘We just need a win’: The left unites to take down Eliot Engel

Progressives are channeling their grief, volunteer muscle and small-dollar donations into the effort to oust the longtime Democratic incumbent.Rep. Eliot Engel talks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Oct. 17, 2019. | Susan Walsh/AP PhotoDesperate for victory after watching the presidential nomination slip through their fingers, progressives have found a new cause to rally around.Across the country, they’re channeling their grief, volunteer muscle and small-dollar donations into Jamaal Bowman, a left-wing candidate in New York trying to oust decades-long incumbent Congressman Eliot...

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Prominent Kentucky Dem backs Booker over McGrath in bid to oust McConnell

Prominent Kentucky Dem backs Booker over McGrath in bid to oust McConnell

The endorsement represents another boost for the Democratic state representative’s insurgent primary campaign.Former Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. | Timothy D. Easley/AP PhotoFormer Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday endorsed Senate candidate Charles Booker in the Democratic primary to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.“Proud to endorse my friend @Booker4KY for U.S. Senate in the Kentucky Democratic Primary! Together, let’s elect a new generation of leadership in KY! #Booker4KY,” Lundergan Grimes...

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Democrats leave Doug Jones hanging as Senate map takes shape

Democrats leave Doug Jones hanging as Senate map takes shape

Democrats haven't yet fully committed to defending the vulnerable Alabama incumbent.Alabama Sen. Doug Jones faces perhaps the most difficult Senate re-election fight in the country. | Butch Dill/AP PhotoThere's a glaring omission as Democrats lay down millions of dollars to try and win control of the Senate: Democratic Alabama Sen. Doug Jones.The two leading Senate Democratic campaign groups reserved nearly $100 million for the fall in half a dozen states with Republican incumbents. But so far they have put down nothing to protect their most vulnerable incumbent and aren’t yet formally...

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