Underdog Republican Senate candidate Austin Petersen (left) warned President Trump on Tuesday against going all-in for primary rival Josh Hawley (right) in Missouri (AP) Underdog Republican Senate candidate Austin Petersen warned President Trump on Tuesday against going all-in for primary rival Josh Hawley in Missouri, as the president prepared to stump and fundraise for the front-running candidate. Trump visited Kansas City Tuesday to speak to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, and was attending a private fundraiser later for Hawley, the state attorney general. During the VFW speech, Trump declared “We need Josh badly.” Hawley is the favorite to win the nomination on Aug. 7 and go up against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, in one of the most closely watched races of the midterm season. But Petersen, a longtime libertarian, chafed at the Trump appearance, saying in a statement, “The last time POTUS played in a Senate race in a red state, … [Read more...] about Missouri Senate race: GOP primary rival fumes over Trump support for Josh Hawley
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez Arizona Republic Published 1:00 p.m. UTC Jul 24, 2018 The first time she was invited to the White House, she was in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump and a group of Republicans for a meeting about health care. Sitting in front of the president’s desk, she introduced herself as Martha McSally, the representative from Tucson and the only woman veteran among Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. The president wanted to hear more about her time in the Air Force, she told GOP voters during a recent campaign stop on the patio of a north Scottsdale hamburger joint. She abandoned decorum, she told the Palo Verde Republican Women club, where those listening to her ate sliders, french fries and yogurt parfaits. She told Trump all about the "big ass" fighter-jet she once flew as the first female fighter pilot. He asked if that jet, the A-10 Thunderbolt II — nicknamed the "Warthog" — was still … [Read more...] about In Arizona’s Senate race, Martha McSally cozies up to Donald Trump
Updated 8:46 am CDT, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal executive Don Blankenship says he intends to file paperwork to run in the West Virginia's U.S. Senate race as the Constitution Party's nominee. Blankenship's campaign announced he would file the paperwork Tuesday, but doesn't expect it to be certified and will "vigorously challenge" any denial. It's unclear if the bid violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law, which prohibits candidates affiliated with a major party who lose in a primary from changing their registration to a minor party. Blankenship finished a distant third in the Republican primary. He wants to join Republican Patrick Morrisey and incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on the November ballot. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing Police investigating NE side shooting that left 1 hospitalized San Antonio Express-News SAPD lieutenant fired after derogatory Facebook post San Antonio Express-News … [Read more...] about Blankenship to file paperwork to run in Senate race
Bracey Harris and Geoff Pender Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 7:23 p.m. UTC Jul 23, 2018 Appointed Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith out-raised her opponents for November's special election to replace Thad Cochran by well over $1 million from April 1 through June 30. Hyde-Smith raised nearly $1.6 million for the period. Democratic former U.S. Rep. Mike Espy raised more than $308,000 and Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel raised $272,000. This includes loans of $111,000 and $55,000, respectively, that Espy and McDaniel loaned their own campaigns. No report was available for a fourth, little known candidate, Democrat Tobey Bartee. More: Bryant appoints Hyde-Smith to vacant senate seat Millions of out-of-state dollars have so far been pumped into the race through PACs, super PACs and individual donations to candidates. Conservative Republican billionaire mega-donors Robert Mercer and Richard Uihlein and their families have contributed to McDaniel's campaign this cycle, … [Read more...] about Follow the money: How much have Mississippi special U.S. Senate race candidates raised?
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