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« Reply #125 on: May 24, 2018, 12:51:56 pm »

Jesus Bob Casey...

Well, that's a really somber note to end a good period overall on.  On Manchin, I like how he went out, recognizing Coal is dying and moving towards the future.  I hope for the Rs Evan Jenkins wins, please god not Blankenship or stupid Morissey.
I'd be down for Goodwin v Blankenship
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« Reply #126 on: May 24, 2018, 02:08:54 pm »

RIP Bob Casey.
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« Reply #127 on: May 24, 2018, 02:41:23 pm »

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« Reply #129 on: May 24, 2018, 04:46:05 pm »


Dying is the most exciting moment of Casey's career
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« Reply #130 on: May 24, 2018, 05:05:45 pm »

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« Reply #131 on: May 26, 2018, 02:05:51 am »

Conor Lamb....for Senate?
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« Reply #132 on: May 31, 2018, 03:52:28 pm »
« Edited: June 01, 2018, 01:56:04 pm by Parrotguy »

February 14th, 2018

Mass shooting in Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida leaves fourteen students and three staff members dead



PARKLAND - Another tragic mass shooting occured today, when a shooter entered the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and begun a massacre that resulted in the deaths of fourteen students and three staff members, as well as wounding seventeen others, making it one of the deadliest school massacres in U.S. history. 19-year-old Nicolas Cruz, arrested after the massacre, confessed to being the shooter, though his motives are unknown yet. While politicians across the spectrum have obviously called the event "a great tragedy" and offered their prayers, many voices begun rising again to call for gun control, like after the recent Las Vegas shooting. Only that this time, the national mood seems to be even stronger, and according to sources inside the NRA, the gun loby is fearful of what it might cause in the coming weeks.

February 18th, 2018

Parkland survivors urge passage of gun control, promise future activism; President Obama says they are "brave and absolutely correct"



PARKLAND - Just a few days after surviving the mass shooting in their school, several Stoneman Douglas HS students have formed an activist group calling for more gun control. Emma Gonzales, one of the leaders of the student group, said that "enough is enough and we're going to fight for a change", with David Hogg, another student leader, adding that "we know what a horrible experience it is and we're in this fight to save the next bunch of teenagers from a shooting". President Obama himself addressed the issue, calling the students "brave and absolutely correct" and vowing that his administration will "encourage and actively fight for the passage of a comprehensive gun control measure through congress". Spekaer Nancy Pelosi echoed the sentiments, promising to "start working on a bill with my colleagues in the House and Senate very soon", and Senators Gwen Greaham and Bill Nelson (D-FL) issued a joint statement praising the teenagers for "getting involved and fighting for justive, making our state proud". But not everyone was so supportive- Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a known opponent of gun control, said that the survivors "went through a terrible experience and mean well, but they're advocating an ineffective measure that hurts decent Americans", while Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went even further, slamming them as "kids who just don't know what's best for the country". This, in turn, was condemned by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) who called Cruz "an extremist who'd disparage and attack anyone, even shooting survivors, for political purposes". It remains to be seen whether the group's activism will have any result, but they're already promising a march for gun control in several weeks, and begun planning the event.

February 21st, 2018

Gov. Tom Wolf appoints fmr. Gov. Edd Rendell to Casey Jr.'s seat, announces Senate run after urging from Democratic leaders; McGinty to run for Governor instead



PHILADELPHIA - The March 6th filing deadline for the Pennsylvania primaries didn't leave Democrats much time to mourn the tragic death of the late Senator Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) in a plane crash less than two weeks ago. After strong recruiting efforts from Senate Majority Leader Schumer, Vice President Tammy Baldwin and President Obama, who believe that he's the only one they can trust to safely keep the seat, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced that he'll be running for Senate in 2018 rather than a second term in the Governorship. Wolf said that he did not, initially, want to do it, but that "it's crucial that we uphold Bob's legacy and keep this seat". Additionally, the Governor made an appointment to the Senate seat for the remainder of the year, choosing the 74 year-old former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), who thanked Wolf for the choice and said that he'll treat the responsibility "very seriously" and vote "like I'd think Bob would until, hopefully, I'm replaced by Tom, our wonderful Governor". This opens up a gubernatorial race in the state, too, and the primary seems likely to be between Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, who had a falling-out with Governor Wolf and was considered likely to lose the primary for his own position to one of his challengers, and Katie McGinty, former Chief of Staff to Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Environmental Protection, who lost the Senate primary in 2016 to Joe Sestak and who Wolf is likely to endorse. A third candidate, fmr. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, is also likely to jump in.

February 22nd, 2018

CNN holds guncontrol townhall with Parkland survivors, Florida politicians and NRA spokeswoman



PARKLAND - CNN held a panel on gun control yesterday in Parkland, Florida, with the Parkland shooting survivors and their family in attendance. The participators were major Florida politicians, those representing the state in congress or rumoured to be vying for that job- Senators Bill Nelson (D) and Gwen Graham (D), U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch who represents Parkland in the House, and former Senator Marco Rubio (R), rumoured to be considering a bid for the Senate or for Governor this year, and basically confirming one of the options is true with his attendance. NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch also participated, receiving booes and criticisms of a "cold performance", and Governor Rick Scott (R), another rumoured Senate candidate, declined to attend. Senator Bill Nelson attacked Scott for "showing utter disregard for his constituents" during the event, praising Rubio for "at least showing up". However, Rubio's night wasn't great. The hightlight of the event was likely a moment reminding many of his disastrous New Hampshire debate- when Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky asked Rubio again and again whether he'll continue receiving NRA donations, the former Senator repeated a line about taking money from those "buying into [his] agenda", receiving booes from the audience. The bad performance will likely hurt Rubio's chances at a 2018 comeback, though sources close to the former Senator say that he will make his decision about which race to join soon. Gun control continues to remain the hottest issue in the national spotlight, and lawmakers from both parties are beginning to work on comprehensive legislation regarding it.

February 25th, 2018

Former Governor Ridge running for Senate in Pennsylvania, calling Republicans to reject Rick Santorum; two U.S. Reps. join the now-open gubernatorial race



PHILADELPHIA - The Republican primary in the Pennsylvania Senate race seems like it's going to be intensive- former Senator Rick Santorum, an ultra conservative, was already running against U.S. Rep. Lou Berletta and State Rep. Rick Sacone, but now former Governor Tom Ridge, a moderate who was wildly popular in the state as its chief executive, has also jumped into the race, citing the need to stop "a man like Santorum, who has no real solutions save for extremism and homophobia", from "spoiling our chances here". This will now become a closely-watched battle between the extreme and moderate wings of the Republican party, and the battle-lines are already being formed, with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) endorsing Santorum and former Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT) endorsing Ridge. On the gubernatorial side, State Senator Scott Wagner was considered the likely nominee, but now that it's an open seat, he's challenged by two candidates with a higher profile, moderate U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent and his more conservative colleague, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, jumping in. This makes the gubernatorial race another proxy war between these two wings, as Dent is considered even more moderate than Ridge, while Kelly is, like Santorum, an ally of the Christian Right. Polls are showing close Republican primaries and strong leads for the Democrats in the general, likely thanks to sympathy from the recent tragedy.

Pennsylvania Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Fmr. Senator Rick Santorum- 33%
Fmr. Governor Tom Ridge- 32%
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta- 15%
State Rep. Rick Saccone- 4%
Undecided/Other- 16%

Pennsylvania Senate Election (General)- Wolf vs Santorum Polling
Governor Tom Wolf- 51%
Fmr. Senator Rick Santorum- 36%
Undecided/Other- 13%

Pennsylvania Senate Election (General)- Wolf vs Ridge Polling
Governor Tom Wolf- 47%
Fmr. Governor Tom Ridge- 39%
Undecided/Other- 14%

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent- 25%
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly- 22%
State Sen. Scott Wagner- 18%
Businessman Paul Mango- 11%
State House Speaker Mike Turzai- 6%
Undecided/Other- 18%

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election (Democratic Primary)- Polling
Fmr. Chief of Staff Kathleen McGinty- 42%
Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack- 24%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz- 13%
Undecided/Other- 21%

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election (General)- Polling
Fmr. Chief of Staff Kathleen McGinty- 49%
Republican Candidate- 37%
Undecided/Other- 14%

February 30th, 2018

Mitt Romney passes on Utah Senate race; Huntsman officially enters race, will be challenged by Chaffetz



SALT LAKE CITY - Following Senator Orrin Hatch's announcement that he will finally retire from the Senate, the Utah Senate race received another shakeup- former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has officially announced that he will not run for the now-open seat. Instead, former Governor and 2016 independent candidate Jon Huntsman (R-UT) will run for the seat, hoping to use his popularity in the state, which he won by a landslide in 2016, to add his independent-minded voice to the Senate. He's challenged in the primary by conservative U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who, interestingly, is also Huntsman's former campaign manager who rose in power thanks to his former boss but fell out with him. Chaffetz endorsed Romney in the 2012 Republican primary, and Huntsman previously called him "power hungry and a self-promoter". According to inside sources, Romney polls showed him having a hard time to beat Huntsman, and many Utah politicians like Governor Gary Herbert, who served as Huntsman' Lieutenant Governor, indicated support for the former independent candidate, prompting Romney to decline another grueling political campaign. This is considered a huge victory for Huntsman in an ongoing Romney vs Huntsman feud in the Mormin political arena, since he's now considered an almost certain victor in Utah's Senate race.

Utah Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Fmr. Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.- 55%
U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz- 29%
Undecided/Other- 16%

Utah Senate Election (General)- Polling
Fmr. Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.- 59%
County Councillor Jenny Wilson- 28%
Undecided/Other- 13%
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« Reply #133 on: May 31, 2018, 04:12:22 pm »

FETTERMAN FOR GOVERNOR
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« Reply #134 on: May 31, 2018, 05:45:35 pm »

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« Reply #135 on: May 31, 2018, 06:03:47 pm »

Pennsylvania politics is getting crazy
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« Reply #136 on: May 31, 2018, 06:23:40 pm »

GO RIDGE, DENT, AND HUNTSMAN!!!!
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« Reply #137 on: June 02, 2018, 04:19:12 am »

March 4th, 2018

Brian Sandoval officially announces U.S. Senate bid; Heck declares surprise run for Governor



LAS VEGAS - The race for the Senate seat once held by Commerce Secretary Dean Heller, and now by his appointed replacement, Joe Heck, just got a high-profile candidate- after months of speculation, Nevada's popular Governor, Brian Sandoval (R), officially announced today that he will be running for the Senate. Sandoval, a moderate, pro-choice Republican, will be facing conservative businessman Danny Tarkanian in a potentially challenging primary, trying to win over an increasingly hardline voter base, but if he wins the primary, the Governor is expected to win the general election with his statewide popularity and the anti-Democratic national midterm environment. On the Democratic side, former gubernatorial nominee Rory Reid is running virtually unopposed in the primary after higher-profile potential candidate, U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, declined to run. Meanwhile, current Senator Joe Heck, who was likely appointed by Sandoval with the promise not to run for the seat, declared a bid for Governor, where he will be facing the more-conservative State Treasurer Dan Schwartz and the current, more-conservative frontrunner, Attorney General Adam Laxalt in what is promising to be a close Republican primary. Heck had been a very moderate Senator, moreso than when he served as U.S. Representative, likely because of his appointment by the moderate Nevada Governor, and will be facing an uphill battle against a popular Nevada politician from a conservative dynasty. On the Democratic side, Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak is facing his Vice Chair, Chris Giunchigliani.

Nevada Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Governor Brian Sandoval- 48%
Businessman Danny Tarkanian- 33%
Undecided/Other- 19%

Nevada Senate Election (General)- Reid vs Sandoval Polling
Governor Brian Sandoval- 51%
Fmr. County Commissioner Rory Reid- 37%
Undecided/Other- 12%

Nevada Senate Election (General)- Reid vs Tarkanian Polling
Fmr. County Commissioner Rory Reid- 45%
Businessman Danny Tarkanian- 38%
Undecided/Other- 17%

Nevada Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
State Attorney General Adam Laxalt- 37%
Senator Joe Heck- 29%
State Treasurer Dan Schwartz- 19%
Undecided/Other- 15%

Nevada Gubernatorial Election (Democratic Primary)- Polling
County Commissioner Steve Sisolak- 41%
County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani- 36%
Undecided/Other- 23%

Nevada Gubernatorial Election (General)- Polling
Republican Candidate- 44%
Democratic Candidate- 43%
Undecided/Other- 13%

March 6th, 2018

Lupe Valdez to face Ted Cruz in Texas Senate race; Andrew White will run against Gov. Abbott



AUSTIN - The first set of primaries leading up to the 2018 midterm elections was held today in Texas, where voters voted in the first rounds of Gubernatorial, Senate, House and local races. However, most races were decided in the first round, with only some House and local primaries going to the 2nd round in May 22nd. Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz (R) and Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) both easily won their party's nominations for their positions, with the controversial Cruz defeating a minor primary challenge. Meanwhile, Democratic former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic primary to face Cruz with little opposition, becoming the first Latina and first openly lgbt person to win a major party's nomination to such a position in Texas, while Andrew White, entrepreneur and son of former Governor Mark White, won the Democratic nomination for the Gubernatorial race. Both are considered mid-level recruits, bracing for a Gubernatorial primary race before Valdez decided to run for Senate, following the announcement of U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a rumoured candidate, that he won't run. The Republicans are very unlikely to lose any of these two races in November, but Valdez and White are hoping to pose a challenge and force national Republicans to spend money on Texas, a still-conservative state, but one President Obama won in his 2016 landslide.

Texas Senate Election (General)- Polling
Senator Ted Cruz*- 52%
Fmr. Sherriff Lupe Valdez- 34%
Undecided/Other- 14%

Texas Gubernatorial Election (General)- Polling
Governor Greg Abbott*- 57%
Entrepreneur Andrew White- 28%
Undecided/Other- 15%

Marth 13th, 2018

President Obama, Democratic leaders tell Parkland survivors gun control is "on top of the agenda"



WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a press conference held on Capitol Hill today, President Barack Obama, Vice President Tammy Baldwin, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directly addressed the Parkland shooting survivors, fiercely advocating for gun control, and told them that the issue is "on top of the agenda". President Obama called them "brave teenagers who are fighting for the right cause", Vice President Baldwin said that she admires their "resolve and will so soon after going through such a horrible event", while Pelosi claimed that "make no mistake, these teens will change America". Senator Schumer promised that legislators in both houses of Congress are working "very hard" on a "comprehensive gun control legislation". Vice President Baldwin also announced an interesting piece of news- she will be "heading a bipartisan negotiation on the issue" with"a group of like-minded Senators who "truly want to work for change on the issue", reminding of the successful Inconvenient Gang lead by EPA Administrator Al Gore that recently passed the biggest environmental reform in decades. This will finally allow Baldwin a spotlight and a leadership position in the Obama administration. But there are some critics within the party for the new efforts- Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) said that targeting gun control before the midterms will "cause headaches for many of us".

March 20th, 2018

Gov. Rauner crushes primary challenge in Illinois, will face J.B. Pritzket in general election



CHICAGO - Another set of primaries were held before the 2018 midterms tonight, this time in the state of Illinois. There, in addition to all the House seats and local races, a high profile gubernatorial race will be held. Democrats are hoping to unseat the moderate Governor Bruce Rauner (R) in President Obama's state, and it appears like one of their best chances at a gubernatorial gain this year. However, it won't be a cakewalk with a problematic national environment, and Rauner is poised to put up a fierce fight- today, he defeated a conservative primary challenge from State Representative Jeanne Ives, running on a pro-life, social conservative platform, by a wide margin. With this primary victory, Rauner will go to the general election with a mostly unified Republican base. On the Democratic side, billionaire venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker handily defeated opponents Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss, and many in the party worry that despite his ability to self-fund, he'll be a problematic candidate. Already, the Rauner campaign has released a bombshell recording where Pritzker appears to be discussing appointments to statewide offices with former Governor Rod Blagojevich, who's in jail for corruption, and the Governor's aides promise that there are more to come, including recordings involving the extrmeley unpopular long-time State House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Illinois Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary)- Results
Governor Bruce Rauner*- 73.8% ✓
State Rep. Jeanne Ives- 26.2%

Illinois Gubernatorial Election (Democratic Primary)- Results
Businessman J.B. Pritzker- 36.2% ✓
State Senator Daniel Biss- 31.4%
Businessman Christopher G. Kennedy- 27.6%
Others- 4.8%

IllinoisGubernatorial Election (General)- Polling
Businessman J.B. Pritzker- 44%
Governor Bruce Rauner*- 37%
Undecided/Other- 19%

March 24th, 2018

Gun control activists, lead by Parkland survivors, lead massive "March for Our Lives"



WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Parkland shooting, increasingly described by many as a tipping point for gun legislation in the United States, continues to hit waves. Demonstrations lead and organized by students, including the Parkland survivors and others, were held today in Washington D.C., other American cities and even in cities abroad, such as London, Paris, Berlin and Tel Aviv, where three Jewish Parkland survivors spoke near the U.S. embassy. It was considered a wild success, as tens of thousands attended the marches overall, and will continue to put strong pressure on lawmakers to act. Vice President Tammy Baldwin spoke at the D.C. march, and promised that she will "make the utmost efforts to pass a comprehensive reform soon, because kids and teens shouldn't ever be afraid to go to school". Tomorrow, Baldwin is scheduled to go to Capitol Hill and hold meetings with many legislators from both parties.
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« Reply #138 on: June 02, 2018, 08:49:18 am »

On an unrelated note, what would have the electoral map looked like without huntsman?
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« Reply #139 on: June 02, 2018, 03:10:31 pm »

Go Sandoval and Heck obviously, and LET'S GO RAUNER!
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« Reply #140 on: June 03, 2018, 08:50:21 am »
« Edited: June 03, 2018, 08:54:43 am by Parrotguy »

On an unrelated note, what would have the electoral map looked like without huntsman?

Likely something like that (I'm assuming someone like McMullin runs):



In the Senate, due to higher turnout from Republicans, the Democrats likely lose in Ohio, but otherwise it remains the same (Dems had strong recruits in 2016, like Vilsack in Iowa).
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« Reply #141 on: June 03, 2018, 08:51:05 am »

When's the next update?
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« Reply #142 on: June 07, 2018, 04:56:06 am »

March 30th, 2018

Baldwin begins work with lawmakers on gun control bill; Senators Collins, Graham and Nelson to co-sponsor



WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following a series of meetings and discussions from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, Vice President Tammy Baldwin begun work on the comprehensive gun control reform promised by the Obama administration. Baldwin aides said that the work will be "more flexible" than Gore's Inconvenient Gang, which had very particular Senators taking part- this time Baldwin and her allies will invite all lawmakers who wish to contribute to give their ideas. However, the co-sponsors of the bill were already decided- in the Senate, where the legislation is expected to be introduced first, it'll be Senators Gwen Graham (D-FL), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME). The Florida Senators have become strong champions for gun control following the shooting in their state, and Collins will bring bipartisanship and crucial Republican support to the efforts. This is a particular risk for Nelson, who's running for reelection in a potentially tough race this year. Meanwhile, in the House, U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) will be the co-sponsors of the bill, promising a bipartisan effort with probably support from most of the moderate Republican Tuesday Group. Gun control activist Cameron Kasky said that the work is "a good step forward", and fellow Parkland survivor Emma Gonzales agreed, and added that "we'll be waiting to see how well it actually goes, and will not remain silent".

April 4th, 2018

West Virginia Republican Senate primary in uncertain state; Republican leaders worry about Blankenship



CHARLESTON - One of the most exciting and confusing primaries of the midterm session is probably the one in West Virginia, where four Republicans are vying for their party's nomination to face former Senator Carte Goodwin (D) in what is considered a very likely Republican pickup. However, that may be in danger of being sabotaged, as former business executive and convicted felon Don Blankenship appears to be gaining steam. As U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey fight for establishment support and the Rand Paul-endorsed libertarian-Republican State Delegate Pat McGeehan chips away at them and gains strength too. If Blankenship, who was convicted of willfully violating mine safety standards following the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in which 29 miners were killed, somehow squeaks by his stronger opponents and win the Republican nomination, this could endaner Republicans' chances in this race. Thus, Republican leaders started pushing against him, and a PAC affilliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already released ads attacking the far-right businessman for his felonies. Blankenship is pushing against them, dubbing McConnell "Cocaine Mitch" and trying to claim the mantle of a local West Virginian fighting against the establishment. Whether he's successful remains to be seen.

West Virginia Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
State Att. Gen. Patrick Morrisey- 25%
U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins- 22%
Businessman Don Blankenship- 22%
State Delegate Pat McGeehan- 20%
Undecided/Other- 11%

West Virginia Senate Election (General)- Polling
Republican Candidate- 51%
Fmr. Senator Carte Goodwin- 39%
Undecided/Other- 10%

April 14th, 2018

U.S., Britain and France conduct joint attack on Syrian military bases; Stavridis says Russia, Iran must dramatically reduce forces "soon"



DAMASCUS - Following another chemical attack of the Assad regime on Syrian citizens, killing more than a hundred with Sarin gas, the Obama administration is ramping up its involvement in Syria. Last night, the American airforce, joined by those of France and Britain, conducted extensive airstrikes in Syria, destroying several military and airforce bases and reportedly destroying some chemical weapons sites. The strikes lead to confusion, since Israel had been conducting similar strikes just a day before against Iranian targets, but Defence Secretary Ash Carter confirmed that the U.S. and its allies conducted the strikes, as did French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. However, it looks like the West is losing patience with Assad and his allies- National Security Advisor James Stavridis said in a recent interview that Russia and Iran defending Assad is "complicit with his monstrous actions", and added an explicit threat, claiming that the U.S. will "not be afraid" to directly engage in Syria if Russia and Iran do not withdraw substantial forces "very soon". Asked whether that could involve boots on the ground, Stavridis said that it will "definitely not be a full-scale involvement", but confirmed that there are "many military options on the table". Stavridis further added that Russian-Iranian withdrawal from southern Syria, where Iranian involvement threatens American ally Israel, which causes "instability in the region" due to Israeli strikes in response, would be "a good start".

April 21st, 2018

Republicans land two key recruitments as fmr. Sen. Coleman, fmr. Gov. Pawlenty declare bids to return to their previous offices in Minnesota



MINNEAPOLIS - The 2018 midterms appear to be getting more and more difficult for President Obama's party. In Minnesota, where former Senator Al Franken's resignation due to sexual harrassment allegations triggered a 2018 special election, Democrats now have to defend both the Governor's Mansion and a Senate seat. Now, the Republicans have landed two strong recruits for the seats- former Governor Tim Pawlenty, a major figure of the Minnesota GOP who still has popularity in the state, declared a bid to return to his old job, claiming that it's time to change the "stagnation and taxation of the Democratic policies". However, he's facing a potentially strong opponent in the Republican primary- former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann who, like him, ran for President in 2012, is running as a firebrand conservative, and is supported by the more radical parts of the base, which makes her a strong candidate in the primary despite very controversial comments in the past. Additionally, former Senator Norm Coleman, a moderate defeated by Al Franken back in 2008, surprised everyone by announcing that he, too, will run for his old seat against appointed incumbent Tina Smith. Coleman, 68, touted his bipartisan record, claiming that Smith is a "puppet of the Democratic establishment that does not contribute Minnesota's unique, independent voice" and pledging to represent "Minnesota values" in the Senate. Asked about previous socially conservative positions, Coleman said that he "obviously evolved" on issues such as same-sex marriage, a clear attempt to keep himself at pace with the changing times. Polls are showing tight races in the general election, with Pawlenty favoured in the Republican gubernatorial primary and Coleman virtually unopposed in the Senate primary.

Minnesota Senate Election (General)- Polling
Senator Tina Smith*- 43%
Fmr. Senator Norm Coleman- 41%
Undecided/Other- 16%

Minnesota Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Fmr. Governor Tim Pawlenty- 35%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann- 31%
Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens- 11%
County Commissioner Jeff Johnson- 9%
Undecided/Other- 14%

Minnesota Gubernatorial Election (Democratic Primary)- Polling
Fmr. Mayor Chris Coleman- 22%
State Rep. Erin Murphy- 19%
State Auditor Rebecca Otto- 15%
Fmr. Mayor R. T. Rybak-  12%
State Rep. Paul Thissen- 6%
Undecided/Other- 26%

Minnesota Gubernatorial Election (General)- Pawlenty vs Democrat Polling
Democratic Candidate- 45%
Fmr. Governor Tim Pawlenty- 42%
Undecided/Other- 13%

Minnesota Gubernatorial Election (General)- Bachmann vs Democrat Polling
Democratic Candidate- 49%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann- 34%
Undecided/Other- 17%

April 27th, 2018

Following continuous pressure form U.S. and allies, Kim Jong Un crosses DMZ for historic meeting with Southern counterpart



SEOUL - History was made today in the Korean Peninsula. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un crossed the demilitarized zone, becoming the first leader of his country to do so, and met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The meeting of the two enemies is a surprising turnaround for Kim, consdiering the recent increase in ballistic missile tests by the North, and even more surprising is his reported willingness in the meeting to negotiate a de-nuclearization. Most pundits speculate that the heavy economic sanctions passed through the UN by U.S. Ambassador Olympia Snow, as well as the military threats should the North Koreans continue their tests, have pressured Kim into his newfound wish to compromise. However, U.S. officials didn't show much excitement- Secretary of State Joe Biden applauded the meeting as a "good step for peace", but added that "we will need more from the Kim Regime to show that they're actually willing to cease being a threat to U.S. allies and to change their horrible domestic behaviour and human rights abuses", and NSA James Stavridis said that America will "continue standing vigil".

May 2nd, 2018

Democrats reportedly worried about open elections in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and the Ohio race, where Brown prepares to face Gov. Kasich



COLUMBUS - In 2018, Democrats are bracing for a tough battle to defend several Senate seats in deeply Republican territory, such as West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri and Montana. However, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, headed by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), is worried that the party's losses could be expanded to other places such as swing states or even Democratic-leaning states. Their biggest worry, according to sources inside the DSCC, appears to be the Ohio Senate race, where incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown (D) was considered favoured for reelection until the state's popular governor, John Kasich, announced his own Senate run. A popular two-term Governor and former 2016 Republican Presidential candidate, Kasich is a powerful challenger to the popular Senator Brown, especially in an unfavourable environment for Democrats, and the DSCC sees it as one of the closest races in the country. Additionally, two unexpectedly open seats are causing stress amongst Democratic leaders. In Minnesota, incumbent Tina Smith, appointed after the resignation of scandal-ridden Seantor Al Franken, is little-known and facing a well-known, popular former Senator. Demcorats are hoping that painting Coleman as a conservative flip-flopper trying to appear moderate and a lobbyist, but they're still afraid that with a fairly weak incumbent, they could lose this crucial seat. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, the tragic death of Senator Bob Casey Jr. lead to widespread sympathy for state Democrats, and Governor Tom Wolf is a strong candidate for the seat, but the DSCC is afraid that, without the powerful incumbency of Casey Jr., this race could also get competitive. Democrats are especially afraid of Tom Ridge, a former moderate and popular Governor, beating the controversial, almost unelectable Rick Santorum for the nomination and becoming a real challenge to Wolf in November. they're also afraid that Wolf's depature to the Senate race could lead to a loss of the state's Governor's Mansion. Losing these three seats could prove very problematic for Democratic chances to keep the Senate, even with a currently strong 56-44 majority.

Ohio Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Governor John Kasich- 48%
State Treasurer Josh Mandel- 27%
Businesswoman Melissa Ackison- 5%
Undecided/Other- 20%

Ohio Senate Election (General)- Polling
Senator Sherrod Brown*- 46%
Governor John Kasich- 43%
Undecided/Other- 11%

Pennsylvania Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Fmr. Senator Rick Santorum- 36%
Fmr. Governor Tom Ridge- 35%
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta- 14%
State Rep. Rick Saccone- 2%
Undecided/Other- 13%

Pennsylvania Senate Election (General)- Wolf vs Santorum Polling
Governor Tom Wolf- 49%
Fmr. Senator Rick Santorum- 37%
Undecided/Other- 14%

Pennsylvania Senate Election (General)- Wolf vs Ridge Polling
Governor Tom Wolf- 46%
Fmr. Governor Tom Ridge- 41%
Undecided/Other- 13%
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May 3rd, 2018

Former Senator Rubio declares last-minute Senate bid, upending the race and challenging Governor Scott; Huckabee, Jolly to run for Governor



MIAMI - Florida's political scene is in turmoil after a last-minute Senate bid announced by Marco Rubio, a former Senator and Presidential candidate who lost reelection to Senator Gwen Graham (D) in 2016. Rubio, who was pondering whether to run for Governor instead, reportedly decided in favour of an attempt to return to the Senate because he wanted to "have a voice in the national stage" which a governor's mansion did not provide. He was also fueled by an increasingly frosty, and even hostile relationship with Governor Scott- when Rubio attended CNN's gun control townhall, Scott reportedly privately lashed out at him for "playing into the hands of the liberals and hurting us all", and the two seem to be sparring for political power in the state, so Rubio did not wish to give his rival a Senate seat. In his announcement, Rubio said that he wants to continue fighting for "conservative and Florida values in Washington" and warned that "the other candidates" will not be able to defeat popular incumbent Bill Nelson (D). The former Senator will be challenging Governor Rick Scott (R) in what is likely to be a close and high-spending primary race, in which the rich Governor will try to counter Rubio's name recognition and popularity in the state. This also puts Republican leaders, who hoped Rubio would run for Governor, in a tough spot. Scott did not give Rubio a warm welcome, instead saying that "Floridans will choose a proven reformer over a failed candidate". The move opened up the Governor's race for a new flock of Republican candidates to challenge Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who are already running. And indeed, two new candidates quickly entered the race- moderate former U.S. Rep. David Jolly dropped down from the Senate race to run for Governor, and he was joined by the conservative former Arkansas Governor and Presidential candidate in 2008 and 2016, Mike Huckabee, who moved to northern Florida years ago and is popular in the area. The race is expected to get even more crowded in the coming month. The gubernatorial race is expected to lean towards the Republican nominee, especially with renowned lawyer and marijuanna legalization advocate John Morgan running as an independent.

Florida Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Governor Rick Scott- 36%
Fmr. Senator Marco Rubio- 36%
State Att. Gen. Pam Bondy- 19%
Undecided/Other- 9%

Florida Senate Election (General)- Polling
Senator Bill Nelson*- 45%
Republican Candidate- 44%
Undecided/Other- 11%

Florida Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
AG Commissioner Adam Putnam- 27%
Fmr. AR Governor Mike Huckabee- 24%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. David Jolly- 18%
U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis- 16%
Undecided/Other- 15%

Florida Gubernatorial Election (Democratic Primary)- Polling
Mayor Philip Levine- 35%
Businessman Jeff Greene- 18%
Mayor Andrew Gillum- 16%
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle- 8%
Entrepreneur Chris King- 5%
Undecided/Other- 17%

Florida Gubernatorial Election (General)- Polling
Republican Candidate- 34%
Democratic Candidate- 31%
Lawyer John Morgan- 22%
Undecided/Other- 13%

May 8th, 2018

Don Blankenship scores shocking upset for West Virginia Republican Senate nomination, will face Goodwin in general election as first multi-state midterm primaries are held; Kasich, Young win Senate nominations in Ohio, Indiana



CHARLESTON - The first set of multi-state midterm primaries for this year's midterm election was held tonight in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia, deciding the nominees of the major parties for key Governor, Senate and House races. The biggest shock and most important story of the night was the West Virignia Republican primary for retiring Joe Manchin's Senate seat, considered a key pickup opportunity for Republicans- there, in a blow to Mitch McConnell and Republican leaders, far-right controversial businessman Don Blankenship scored a shocking upset, using the split in the "establishment" vote in order to win a narrow plurality. Meanwhile, young State Delegate Pat McGeehan, endorsed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) came a surprising strong third, beating establishment favourite U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and showing an increasing strength of the Republican Libertarian wing. Blankenship is very unpopular in West Virginia due to his death-causing felonies, and thus, his victory in the primary is considered a potential good news for Democrats. Their candidate, the young former Senator Carte Goodwin who was reportedly recruited by President Obama, is a failed gubernatorial candidate from 2016 whose family is popular in the state, and could put the seat back in play for them. Polls are showing a tight race for Goodwin against Blankenship, while the other Republican candidates would've easily won.

West Virginia Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Businessman Don Blankenship- 26.1% ✓
State Att. Gen. Patrick Morrisey- 23.6%
State Delegate Pat McGeehan- 22.7%
U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins- 21.2%
Others- 6.4%

West Virginia Senate Election (Democratic Primary)- Results
Fmr. Senator Carte Goodwin- 86.5% ✓
Activist Paula Jean Swearengin- 13.5%

West Virginia Senate Election (General)- Polling
Businessman Don Blankenship- 39%
Fmr. Senator Carte Goodwin- 36%
Undecided/Other- 25%

Meanwhile, in the other key races of the night, fmr. U.S. Rep. Todd Young, who lost the 2016 Senate race to Senator Evan Bayh (D), managed to get the support of Republican voters again, defeating a wide field to face incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in November. Young, a fairly moderate and popular figure who gave an admirable challenge to a popular Indiana politician less than two years ago, is favoured in the race against Donnelly, who's facing a tough national environment and criticism for his votes for Al Gore's Environmental Protection and Clean Energy Act. Right now, with Senators Bayh and Donnelly, as well as Governor Buttigieg, the conservative Indiana has a Democratic trifecta. In Ohio, following a surprising late entry to the race, Governor John Kasich (R), a wildly popular figure in the state, handily won the Republican Senate nomination to face another Ohio political titan, Senator Sherrod Brown (D). This race is likely to be one of the most closely-watched and tight Senate elections in the country. For the gubernatorial race, Ohio Attorney General and former Senator Mike Dewine won the Republican nomination and will be facing State Senator Joe Schiavoni, who won the Democratic nomination after CFPB Director Richard Cordray declined to run.

Indiana Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Results
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Todd Young- 33.8% ✓
Fmr. State Rep. Mike Braun- 27.5%
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita- 21.3%
U.S. Rep. Luke Messer- 17.4%

Indiana Senate Election (General)- Polling
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Todd Young- 48%
Senator Joe Donnelly*- 40%
Undecided/Other- 12%

Ohio Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Results
Governor John Kasich- 55.2% ✓
State Treasurer Josh Mandel- 31.8%
Businesswoman Melissa Ackison- 7.5%
Others- 5.5%

Ohio Senate Election (General)- Polling
Senator Sherrod Brown*- 46%
Governor John Kasich- 45%
Undecided/Other- 9%

Ohio Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary)- Results
State Attorney General Mike DeWine- 38.4% ✓
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor- 35.7%
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci- 25.9%

Ohio Gubernatorial Election (Democratic Primary)- Results
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni- 30.3% ✓
Mayor Nan Whaley- 23.8%
Fmr. State Rep. Connie Pillich- 22.6%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich- 19.8%
State Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill- 1.9%
Others- 1.6%

Ohio Gubernatorial Election (General)- Polling
State Attorney General Mike DeWine- 47%
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni- 42%
Undecided/Other- 11%

May 11th, 2018

Following homophobic remark, Vice President Baldwin joins Gov. Buttigieg, Rep. Polis in harsh condemnation of Santorum



PHILADELPHIA - The Pennsylvania Senate race for the open seat of late Senatoe Bob Casey Jr. and the retiring appointed incumbent, Ed Rendell (D), continues gaining national attention as Republican candidate Rick Santorum sparked controversy yesterday with homophobic comments. Santorum, a renowned social conservative, is a former Senator unseated by Casey Jr. in 2006 and was the runner-up of the Republican presidential primary in 2012, is running to reclaim his old seat and is currently the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Asked whether he changed his views from his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage, Santorum said that he "definitely" did not change his opinion and that "these people shouldn't be allowed to marry because it goes against god and marriage". He also called for a "national standard of marriage" which defines marriage as "a normal, natural union between a man and a woman". The comments sparked outrage across the political spectrum- Vice President Tammy Baldwin, a lesbian woman, said that they were "a frightening show of bigotry and homophobia" and urged the people of Pennsylvania to "reject these disgusting views". She was joined by the popular Indiana Governor Pete Buttigieg (D), who said that Santorum's comments were "repugnant and hateful", and called the former Senator "a sad man from a long-gone era who will not be able to stop people like me from marrying our beloved partners". U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), a candidate for Colorado Governor, who said that Santorum should "be ashamed of himself and withdraw from the race" and that "he should have no place on Capitol Hill". Santorum's main opponent in the Republican primary, former Governor Tom Ridge (R), condemned the comments too, saying that they were "very unfortunate, disrespectful and disqualifying".

May 15th, 2018

Ridge narrowly defeats Santorum in Pennsylvania Senate primary, will face Wolf in November; Rep. Denton wins plurality in Gubernatorial GOP primary to face Democrat McGinty



HARRISBURG - A major shakeup occured tonight in the Pennsylvania Senate race. Former Governor Tom Ridge, a moderate Republican, scored an upset in the Republican primary tonight, defeating the ultra-conservative former Senator Rick Santorum by a close but safe margin. Santorum conceded the race and reluctantly endorsed Ridge, but said that he only lost because "the conservative vote was split". He could be right, as Ridge won a plurality and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta appeared to gain some of Santorum's support following his homophobic comments. Ridge, who promised to bring "the independent, common-sense voice of Pennsylvania to Washington," will face the moderately popular Governor Tom Wolf in the general election, in a closely-watched race currently leaning towards Wolf. Meanwhile, in the state's gubernatorial primaries, moderate Republicans scored another victory as U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, a political centrist, won a narrow plurality over his more conservative opponents. Dent will face Kathy McGinty, a Wolf ally who served as his Chief of Staff and, before that, the Pennsylvania Environment Secretary, in what is considered a very close race. Primaries were also held tonight in Oregon and Nebraska, where there were little surprises, and in Idaho, where Lieutenant Governor Brad Little defeated the more hardline U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Pennsylvania Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Results
Fmr. Governor Tom Ridge- 38.2% ✓
Fmr. Senator Rick Santorum- 34.8%
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta- 24.5%
State Rep. Rick Saccone- 1.7%
Others- 0.8%

Pennsylvania Senate Election (Democratic Primary)- Results
Governor Tom Wolf- 58.1% ✓
Fmr. State Treasurer Barbara Hafer- 27.9%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel- 9.3%
Senator Ed Rendell (Write-in)- 3.7%
Others- 1.0%

Pennsylvania Senate Election (General)- Polling
Governor Tom Wolf*- 47%
Fmr. Governor Tom Ridge- 43%
Undecided/Other- 10%

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary)- Results
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent- 26.5% ✓
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly- 25.7%
Businessman Paul Mango- 18.7%
State Sen. Scott Wagner- 17.3%
State House Speaker Mike Turzai- 11.2%
Others- 0.6%

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election (Democratic Primary)- Results
Fmr. Chief of Staff Kathleen McGinty- 52.9% ✓
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz- 23.3%
Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack- 22.5%
Others- 1.3%

Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Election (General)- Polling
Fmr. Chief of Staff Kathleen McGinty- 45%
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent- 43%
Undecided/Other- 12%

May 22nd, 2018

Abrams Democratic nominee in Georgia Gubernatorial race, Cagle, Cain go to a runoff for Republican nomination



ATLANTA - The 2018 midterm race is gaining steam, as another bunch of state held primaries for Senate, Governor, House and local races. In Georgia, former State House Minority leader Stacey Abrams easily won the Democratic nomination for Governor, and is considered a strong candidate but very unlikely to win the general election, despite President Obama's victory in Georgia in 2016 and the state's continuing Democratic trend. On the Republican side it was much more messy as a crowded race, the winner of which is likely to be the next Governor, will go to a runoff between after two candidates narrowly prevailed over the crowded field filled with high-profile names- Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and controversial businessman Herman Cain, who ran a high-profile Presidential campaign in 2012 before he sunk due to sexual harrassment allegations. Now, despite the #Metoo movement, Cain is claiming innocence and trying to return to politics, and he already managed to upset high-profile U.S. Rep. Tom Price, who came third. Primary elections were also held in Arkanasas and Kentucky, as well as runoffs in Texas, without many surprises.

Georgia Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary)- Results
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle- 23.1% ✓
Businessman Herman Cain- 21.3% ✓
U.S. Rep. Tom Price- 20.8%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland- 17.6%
Fmr. State Sen. Hunter Hill- 13.5%
State Sen. Michael Williams- 2.9%
Others- 0.8%

Georgia Gubernatorial Election (Democratic Primary)- Results
Fmr. State Rep. Stacey Abrams- 68.4% ✓
Fmr. State Rep. Stacey Evans- 31.6%

Georgia Gubernatorial Election (Republican Primary Runoff)- Polling
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle- 46%
Businessman Herman Cain- 43%
Undecided- 11%

Georgia Gubernatorial Election (General)- Abrams vs Cagle Polling
Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle- 52%
Fmr. State Rep. Stacey Abrams- 39%
Undecided/Other- 9%

Georgia Gubernatorial Election (General)- Abrams vs Cain Polling
Businessman Herman Cain- 45%
Fmr. State Rep. Stacey Abrams- 41%
Undecided/Other- 14%

May 23rd, 2018

McCain gives announces resignation on Senate floor, to concentrate on combating cancer and writing memoir; seat to be filled with wife Cindy McCain until November election



PHOENIX - The political world was shook this week, when one of its giants, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), gave an emotional speech on the Senate floor, announcing his immediate resignation from his Senate seat to concentrate on fighting his cancer and writing his memoirs. In the speech, McCain called for "bipartisan work in this august chamber" and asked lawmakers to "stop this bitterness and hyper-partisanship plaguing our nation". McCain, the Republican Presidential nominee in 2008 and a war hero respected accross the political world for his maverick stands, received bipartisan applause from the entire Senate chamber, from progressive Senators like Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to far-right Senators like Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona announced that McCain's replacement will be his wife, Cindy McCain, who's considered a moderate Republican, even more-so than her husband. Ms. McCain already said that she will not run for reelection in this November, when a special election will be held for the seat, prompting the announcement of several Republican candidates- U.S. Rep. Martha McSally will be running for McCain's seat, as will former U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, former Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham and former Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio, a conservative immigration hawk and a convicted felon. On the Democratic side, the field seems to be clearing for U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, a young veteran who could definitely make the seat competitive, after another rumoured candidate, astronaut Mark Kelly who's known for his gun control activism, declined to run.

Arizona Senate Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Fmr. State Sen. Kelli Ward- 46%
Senator Jeff Flake*- 40%
Undecided/Other- 14%

Arizona Senate Election (General)- Sinema vs Flake Polling
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema- 45%
Senator Jeff Flake*- 43%
Undecided/Other- 12%

Arizona Senate Election (General)- Sinema vs Ward Polling
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema- 48%
Fmr. State Sen. Kelly Ward- 39%
Undecided/Other- 13%

Arizona Senate Special Election (Republican Primary)- Polling
Fmr. Sheriff Joe Arpaio- 26%
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally- 19%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle- 16%
Fmr. Chairman Robert Graham- 11%
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Matt Solomon- 7%
Undecided/Other- 21%
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« Reply #147 on: June 15, 2018, 02:06:14 pm »

Please, please, please let Herman Cain be the GOP nominee for Governor in Georgia. #999
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« Reply #148 on: June 15, 2018, 02:14:35 pm »

Hopefully Fake Moderate Sandoval goes down in flames.
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« Reply #149 on: June 16, 2018, 02:47:02 pm »

9 - 9 - 9 !!!!!!!!!
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