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Bernie Sanders projected to win, decline Vermont Democratic nomination for third Senate term

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is a heavy favorite to win re-election to a third term this November.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was projected to easily win the Democratic nomination for a third term Tuesday – though Sanders was expected to decline the nomination and run as an independent in November’s general election. With 52 percent of precincts reporting, the democratic socialist Sanders had received 95 percent of the vote compared to five percent for self-described Democratic activist Folasade Adeluola. Sanders, who received 65 percent and 71 percent of the vote in his first two Senate election victories, is a heavy favorite to win re-election. Under Vermont law, Sanders cannot appear on the November ballot as both a Democrat and an independent. In his ...

Democratic socialists suffer another loss in Hawaii primary, as Dems notch gains elsewhere

A fiscally conservative Democrat soundly defeated five other high-profile opponents to represent Honolulu in Congress on Saturday, including the architect of the state’s legal challenge to President Trump’s travel ban and a follower of Democrat socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The results were yet another blow to Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who have increasingly tried to take their message mainstream ahead of the November midterm elections, only to see their preferred candidates come up short. Former Congressman Ed Case, a 65-year-old fiscal conservative, overcame Lt. Gov. Doug Chin, who as attorney general took the Trump administration to court over a ban on travel to the United States from several countries in the Middle East. The measure, which has sinc...

Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s staffer resigns after old inflammatory tweets surface

A campaign staffer for David Garcia, the Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate seen here, has resigned after old tweets surfaced.  (AP Photo/Bob Christie) The leading Democratic candidate for governor in Arizona has accepted the resignation of a campaign staffer after a conservative blog uncovered some inflammatory tweets. Xenia Orona was the digital director for gubernatorial hopeful David Garcia. However, after her past tweets surfaced – some from several years ago – the campaign accepted her resignation, Fox News confirmed on Friday afternoon. “The language and the message of the tweets are not in line with the values and message of our campaign. The staff person involved offered her resignation and the campaign accepted it,” a spokesperson for the candidate told Fox Ne...

Socialist torchbearers flame out in key races, despite blitz by Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez

Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had hoped for a big night for socialism and far-left candidates on Tuesday, and were disappointed.  (AP) Across the country, far-left progressives and democratic socialists suffered decisive electoral defeats in Tuesday’s primaries, despite high-profile barnstorming efforts by left-leaning leaders like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The routs were a sign not only that Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders may lack the star power necessary to bolster candidates, but also that national enthusiasm for socialism is generally weak as the U.S. economy posts strong unemployment numbers and sustained growth.  Earlier this month, former President Barack Obama pointedly declined to endorse Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist candidate in New York...

Trump-backed Troy Balderson takes narrow lead against insurgent Dem challenger in Ohio House special election, claims victory

Buoyed by a dramatic last-minute rally by President Trump, Republican State Senator Troy Balderson appeared to be inching closer to beating back a challenge by insurgent Democrat Danny O’Connor in Ohio’s special election for a vacant House seat Tuesday. A victory in the race for the Ohio’s historically conservative 12th Congressional District would deny Democrats the major upset they had sought ahead of the November midterm elections. The winner takes the seat previously held by Republican Pat Tiberi, who resigned in January to take another job. Speaking to cheering supporters Tuesday night, Balderson said O’Connor ran a “hard race” and claimed victory. And in a tweet Tuesday night, Trump wrote that Balderson had won a “great victory during a very tough ...

McCaskill, Hawley easily win Missouri primaries to set up key Senate showdown

Sen. Claire McCaskill, left, and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley will face off in November.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley were projected to easily defeat their primary opponents Tuesday night to set up a key race in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate this November. McCaskill, who is seeking a third term, received 82 percent of the vote in defeating six other little-known Democrats. Hawley garnered 58 percent of the vote in defeating 10 other Republicans, including one-time Libertarian Party presidential candidate Austin Petersen. After McCaskill won the primary, she promptly challenged Hawley to four town-hall style debates. “It’s on,” McCaskill tweeted Tuesday in...

Kansas GOP gubernatorial race too close to call as Schuette wins Michigan GOP primary

Michigan State Attorney General Bill Schuette won the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday night, defeating three other candidates working to fill the seat to be vacated by conservative Gov. Rick Snyder.  (AP Photo/David Eggert) Hours after the polls closed in Kansas Tuesday night, the state is still awaiting the results of the GOP primary nomination in the heated race between Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer. Polls showed Colyer and Kobach were in a neck and neck battle for the nomination, and also showed Colyer lacked name recognition, with 39 perfect of respondents having no opinion of him.  The tight race comes as President Trump on Monday endorsed Kobach for the position, calling him a “fantastic guy” who would “be a GREAT...

As upstart Ocasio-Cortez hits campaign trail with Bernie Sanders, high profile spurs fears of Dem rift

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hitting the national campaign trail this week with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to stump for other left-wing candidates, even as the upstart 28-year-old democratic socialist’s rising profile continues to rankle top Democrats. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez are expected to campaign on July 20 for two congressional candidates seeking to unseat Republican incumbents in Kansas: James Thompson in Wichita, and former Sanders delegate Brent Welder in the suburbs of Kansas City. But Ocasio-Cortez is also set to support several progressives seeking to supplant Democratic incumbents elsewhere — alarming Democratic leaders and pundits who worry that her rising national profile and far-left politics might fracture the party ahead of critical midterm elections. DEFEATE...

Lieberman slams Ocasio-Cortez, urges voters to pick Joe Crowley

January 31, 2012: Sen. Joe Lieberman at a news conference on Capitol Hill. He recently came out swinging against New York Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, urging voters to elect defeated top Democrat Joe Crowley who will appear on the ballot of the Working Families Party in November.  (AP) Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic senator, appealed to voters in New York’s 14th Congressional District on Tuesday to vote in November for top Democrat Joe Crowley and not the Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In a scorching article for the Wall Street Journal, Lieberman, who’s now an Independent, criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s agenda as “more Socialist than Democratic” and said her presence in Congress will “make it harder for Congress to stop fighting and start fixing pr...

Divorcing Trump: Why some conservatives are now pushing Democrats (!)

The conservative commentators who absolutely despise President Trump are in a box. During the campaign, many loudly proclaimed that they could never vote for Trump. But they said they didn’t want Hillary Clinton to win either. So some opted for fringe candidates or third-party candidates or write-in candidates or told people to make up their own minds. This was something of a charade. Either Trump or Clinton was going to be the next president. So by refusing to back Trump, they were increasing the chances that Hillary would win. Now, with the midterms approaching, some of those on the right are taking the step that they refused to take in 2016: They are openly rooting for the Democrats. This is how topsy-turvy our politics have become. Here’s the debate: Are these onetime Repub...

Bid to split California into 3 states gains traction – could it really happen?

Cal 3: The effort to split California into three Venture capitalist Tim Draper introduced an initiative called Cal 3. It’s a push for California to be split into three separate states; Northern California, California and Southern California. Here’s a look how his plan can become a reality. In a midterm season marked by primary upsets and the prospect of Democrats claiming a congressional check on President Trump’s power, another sensational development has been the momentum behind a ballot measure to split up the unwieldy, high-tax state of California. The California secretary of state last month verified almost a half-million signatures collected by Cal3 initiative backer Tim Draper, qualifying it for the November ballot. But could the seemingly quixotic bid to split Californi...

Trump, at ND rally, says keeping Senate in GOP hands ‘the most important thing’ after Kennedy retirement

President Trump praised retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy as “a very special guy” and “a great man” at a rally in North Dakota Wednesday evening before imploring GOP voters to keep the Senate in Republican hands this coming November. Trump told the crowd of approximately 6,000 people at Fargo’s Scheels Arena that he was “very honored” Kennedy chose to retire while Trump was in office because “he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy.” Trump did not indicate whom he would nominate to replace the 82-year-old Kennedy, but said he hoped his pick would serve on the Supreme Court for “40 years, 45 years.” Trump was in Fargo to endorse U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, who is running against...

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