The TAKE with Rick Klein
Former President Donald Trump’s advice was neither requested nor welcomed by Pennsylvania Republicans seeking to unite the party after a scorching primary.
But in reality, many of those seeking office this year have been asking for it almost literally.
Trump’s call for Mehmet Oz to “declare victory” to make it “much harder for them to cheat” cited no evidence and did not make clear who “they” might be. Thousands of legally cast votes, including those of members of the military serving overseas, have yet to be counted, and a recount is likely to be triggered under state law.
Oz has not followed Trump’s advice and neither candidate has questioned the validity of the votes that have not yet been counted. But during their campaigns, every major Republican candidate for statewide office in Pennsylvania landed somewhere on the spectrum between emphasizing “electoral integrity” and openly claiming the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, despite any evidence of fraud.
Another Senate candidate who emerged late in the race, Kathy Barnette, was at the January 6 rally before the US Capitol riots, and footage uncovered this week showed her marching on Capitol Hill that day, although he said he did not participate in the violence. Barnette is yet to concede defeat despite trailing far behind Oz and Dave McCormick; she said on the eve of the primary that she would not support Oz or McCormick if either won because she, in her words, “has no intention of supporting the globalists.”
No one disputes the fact that state Sen. Doug Mastriano cruised to the Republican nomination for governor, buoyed in part by Trump’s endorsement. Mastriano himself was also at the January 6 rally, but he also said that he did not join the insurrection. He led legal and state legislative efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and would be empowered to choose Pennsylvania’s next secretary of state if he wins the gubernatorial race.
Next week brings more elections, especially in Georgia and Texas, where pro-Trump candidates have endorsed lies and conspiracy theories about the 2020 race. Those issues are clearly relevant in 2022, and could be even more important in 2024.
The JOURNEY with find out harper
A draft of new maps of Congress in New York released this week is already shaking up midterm races and now former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a run for Congress.
“Our neighborhoods need help as we recover from Covid. Our nation needs help as democracy is threatened and workers struggle. I am ready to serve to continue the fight against inequality,” de Blasio wrote in a tweet announcing an exploratory committee for the new 10th congressional district that would now include his Brooklyn neighborhood.
That seat, currently held by Rep. Jerry Nadler, would have to be vacated by the veteran congressman, as his Upper East Side home would now be part of the 12th district. Some believe de Blasio would have a good chance of winning in the new NY. -10.
“You can run on two issues, which is ‘I will stop the guns and I will fight for choice,'” Hank Sheinkopf, a New York political consultant, told ABC News. “He has a large, large number of people who listen to him and voted for him in the past in that district today.”
Nadler could face Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a member vs. member matchup caused by the new map limits.
The move comes after de Blasio opted not to launch a gubernatorial bid following his two-term tenure as mayor of New York City.
the tip with alisa wiersema
While the results of one of Pennsylvania’s primary contests could take weeks to finalize, the outcome of the election in Texas, the first state to vote in 2022, will be determined in less than a week.
The national reckoning over the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade looms over the runoff for Texas’s 28th Congressional District, where moderate incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar is facing progressive Jessica Cisneros for the second time. While the race was already contentious before news of the draft hit the headlines, the abortion issue is taking center stage in the final days of the campaign given Cuellar’s voting record as the only anti-abortion Democrat in the House. .
In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s runoff, Cisneros, who has the backing of high-profile progressives like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, called on House Democratic leaders to revoke their support for Cuellar because of his opposition to abortion. position. The stakes are high: A primary loss for a longtime incumbent in one of the nation’s most conservative states would be a stunning setback and signal that abortion access is an important issue for voters.
Across the aisle, Republicans will once again test whether Trump’s endorsement is enough to carry a controversial candidate across the finish line in the Texas attorney general runoff. During a recent rally in Austin, Texas, Trump reaffirmed his support for incumbent Ken Paxton, calling him “a fighter like no other,” despite the fact that Paxton was the subject of a series of accusations linked to state and federal investigations.
His opponent, Land Commissioner George P. Bush, lost Trump’s endorsement, which he sought despite his family’s opposition to the former president’s policies. Despite his family’s deep ties to Texas politics, Bush faces an obstacle in trying to distance himself from being seen as too centrist for the current political climate within his party.
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fifty That’s the percentage of abortion patients who used contraception in the month they became pregnant, according to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports legal abortion. And as FiveThirtyEight’s Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux write, many women could be left with an unwanted pregnancy if the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to abortion, this term. Read more from Maggie and Amelia on why birth control hasn’t made abortion obsolete.
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