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2022 Midterms

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    How Doug Mastriano’s Primary Victory Threatens the 2024 ElectionThe GOP gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania backed Trump’s failed election coup in 2020 and could be well positioned to help him succeed next time.
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    Progressives Win Some, Lose Some in House PrimariesAIPAC and a crypto billionaire’s PAC made waves in multiple House Democratic primaries on Tuesday.
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    Idaho Governor Brad Little Fends Off Trumpy UsurperIn Tuesday’s GOP primary, Little trounced Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, who’d tried repeatedly to cancel his COVID policies.
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    Trump Wants Dr. Oz to Copy Him and Declare Victory Before the Race Is CalledThe race between Mehmet Oz and David McCormick has not been called and will likely head toward an automatic recount.
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    2022 Midterms: A Guide to the Races Worth WatchingA cheat sheet to keep track of all the crucial races, primary upsets, and campaign drama — Trump-fueled and otherwise — from now through Election Day.
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    Trump Couldn’t Give Oz a Decisive Win Over McCormickThree MAGA-y candidates dominated Pennsylvania’s GOP Senate primary, but Trump’s official pick appears to be headed to an automatic recount.
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    Madison Cawthorn’s Self-destruction Is CompleteThe youngest Republican representative in history lost on Tuesday following a series of bizarre scandals.
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    Cargo Shorts Enthusiast John Fetterman Wins Democratic Senate RaceHe won days after suffering a stroke and may be Democrats’ best hope for flipping a Republican senate seat.
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    Generic Ballot Shows Republicans on Track to Retake HouseThe reliable indicator shows Republicans with a modest but steady lead. If 2022 is anything like recent midterms, the House will flip for sure.
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    Pennsylvania Senate Candidate Fetterman Recovering From StrokeThe lieutenant governor said he is feeling better and that doctors told him he will make a full recovery.
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    Trump’s Hold on the GOP Won’t Loosen Even If His Candidates FailHis cult of personality can withstand a few botched endorsements.
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    Trump Endorses Extremist Mastriano in Pennsylvania Governor’s RaceIt’s a bit awkward, since the gubernatorial candidate’s “running mate,” Kathy Barnette, is threatening Trump’s Senate candidate Dr. Oz.
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    Why Both Sides Are Making the Term MAGA Great AgainDemocrats are saying “MAGA” more because they badly want to identify the GOP with its unpopular leader. So, too, do many Republicans.
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    Mike Pence to Campaign for Fellow Trump Traitor Brian KempThe two MAGA heretics are, in their own ways, trying to show that Trumpism without Trump has a future.
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    Scott Pruitt Brags About Media Attacks on His Rampant CorruptionTrump’s EPA chief could barely draw a breath without doing something comically scandalous. Now he’s trying to ride his notoriety to the Senate.
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    Mo Brooks May Survive Trump’s Betrayal in Alabama Senate RaceThe representative sojourned on after Trump unendorsed him for alleged “wokeness.” Now he has a decent chance at making a GOP runoff.
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    What Does Chuck Schumer Think He’s Doing?There are some good reasons for Senate Democrats to dramatize doomed votes on abortion and other issues. Or maybe they’re just incompetent.
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    Trump-Endorsed Alleged Serial Groper Loses in NebraskaTrump’s support couldn’t overcome Charles Herbster’s sexual-assault scandal in Tuesday’s primaries. But his candidate prevailed in West Virginia.
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    Is Kathy Hochul Losing Her Party?Democrats are starting to open up about their problems with the governor, who promised to be the un-Cuomo.
  20. life after roe
    Senate Democrats Will Try to Save Abortion Rights. It Won’t Work.Democrats have vowed to take action before the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade. But they still don’t have a plan to beat the filibuster.
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    Trump Helped Save J.D. Vance in OhioThanks to the MAGA king and Peter Thiel’s money, the Hillbilly Elegy author and venture capitalist turned back two strong rivals.
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    Republicans Too Upset About Leak to Celebrate Abortion WinConservatives can’t talk about the Supreme Court ending reproductive rights right now, but please ask again after the midterms.
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    Is Trump Headed for a Nightmare in Ohio on Tuesday?It would be ironic if a Senate primary in which so many candidates sought the MAGA brand was won by the exception.
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    How to Gerrymander a FiascoNew York Democrats thought they could rig redistricting. They made the state’s democracy a national laughingstock again instead.
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    Trump Coaching Nebraska Candidate Accused of Serial Sexual AssaultsTrump is holding a rally for gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster and encouraging him to attack the eight women who say he groped them.
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    Republicans Can Still Fumble Away the SenateThe GOP is favored to retake the Senate in 2022, but they’ve screwed up similar situations through a combination of extremism, gaffes, and bad luck.
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    Utah Democrats Endorse Independent Evan McMullin in Challenge to Mike LeeDemocrats opted not to nominate their own candidate in order to help McMullin unseat the Republican senator.
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    Kemp and Perdue Get Nasty in Georgia Gubernatorial DebateTrailing in the race, Perdue is trying to make it a test of loyalty to Trump. Meanwhile, Kemp is trying out his own version of Trumpism Without Trump.
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    How Much Does Trump Still Matter to the GOP?In the eyes of his party, Trump may have already served his purpose.
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    Trump Turns Up the Rancor in the Ohio GOP Senate PrimaryThe former president reportedly told the leader of a PAC who ran ads condemning J.D. Vance to “go f- - - yourself.”
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    Kevin McCarthy Wanted Trump to Resign After January 6 and Then Lied About ItNow more than ever, Donald Trump holds McCarthy’s political future in his hands, especially if Republicans win back the House.
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    J.D. Vance Explains His Conversion to MAGATrump’s man in Ohio once called him “America’s Hitler,” but there’s an explanation.
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    2022 Is the Year of the Political CarpetbaggerThere are a lot of people moving around to run for office this year, some at the behest of the footloose Donald Trump.
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    Nevada Democrats Could Lose It All in 2022Democrats’ struggles with support among working-class Nevada voters may let Republicans sweep the state and pick up a crucial U.S. Senate seat.
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    J.D. Vance’s Rivals Scrambled to Stop Trump From Endorsing HimOther Republican candidates were looking for ways to sabotage what could be a decisive endorsement in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race. It didn’t work.
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    Rick Scott’s Ultra-MAGA Agenda Gives Democrats a Midterm LifelineDemocrats are eager to campaign against a party that, according to Scott, wants to raise taxes and sunset Medicare and Social Security.
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    Why Republicans Are Turning an Easy Election Into a Culture WarRepublicans are complicating an election they’re already likely to win because the base wants a fight and Trumpism tells them to never retreat.
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    As Speaker, Kevin McCarthy May Let GOP Extremists Run the HouseWhen Andrew Clyde tried to kill an honor for a pioneering Black judge, McCarthy went right along. It’s a bad sign for how he would run the House.
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    Dr. Oz Isn’t the Cure for Trump’s Endorsement WoesTrump’s support for the TV doctor in Pennsylvania’s Senate race has sparked a backlash in MAGA-land — adding to concerns about his 2022 endorsements.
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    Nicholas Kristof’s Botched Rescue MissionHow the lauded Times columnist lost the race for governor of Oregon before it even began.
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    The Decline and Fall of Iowa DemocratsHuman error has contributed to the rapidly declining position of Iowa in Democratic politics, but demographic fundamentals matter most.
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    Trump Endorses Oz in Pennsylvania’s Battle of the MAGA CarpetbaggersOz now has an advantage over another would-be MAGA champion, hedge-fund titan David McCormick. But the race could get ugly.
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    Ohio’s MAGA Senate Candidates Put On a Show for TrumpMike Gibbons, Josh Mandel, Jane Timken, and J. D. Vance are jostling for a pivotal Donald Trump endorsement — but Trump might leave them hanging.
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    Trump’s North Carolina Senate Candidate Is Surging Into the LeadSuddenly Ted Budd isn’t looking so bad in a key Senate race where the former president’s endorsement was raising eyebrows.
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    Trump Finally Remembered That He Owes Sarah Palin a FavorPalin didn’t get much in return for her early 2016 Trump endorsement. But now the former president has boosted her odds of winning a U.S. House seat.
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    Sarah Palin Is Running for Congress Against Santa Claus (and 49 Others)She and 50 other candidates are vying for Alaska’s open House seat, though she may also just be reminding people she hasn’t gone away.
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    Trump’s Brian Kemp Revenge Plot Has Hit a SnagDavid Perdue, Trump’s candidate for Georgia governor, is trailing the incumbent in the polls, and even other MAGA candidates have yet to endorse him.
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    Pence Unveils Less Unhinged, Equally Dangerous GOP AgendaRick Scott’s agenda for Republicans is Maximum MAGA, while Mike Pence’s is MAGA Lite. But both contain the same ideological core.
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    Youth-Vote Falloff Could Be Devastating for Democrats in 2022In the long run, Democrats should benefit enormously from their strength among millennial and Gen-Z voters. But young voters often skip the midterms.
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    Thanks to Trump, Republican Candidates Can Now Dodge DebatesNow that Trump has made it respectable to attack media debate sponsors, GOP candidates who don’t need debates aren’t bothering with them.
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