‘Super guy’: Trump backs Dr. Mehmet Oz in Republican primary for Senate race

With nearly all of Tuesday’s key primary election results, Donald Trump took to Truth Social to baselessly suggest that mail-in ballots were fraudulent in Pennsylvania, where his Senate nominee Dr Mehmet Oz is locked up. in a close battle with the former hedge fund. executive David McCormick.

With only a small fraction of the votes yet to be counted, the two men are only separated by a small number of votes, which puts them within the 0.5 point margin that triggers an automatic recount – and raises the possibility that mail-in votes could put Mr. McCormick ahead.

Elsewhere, strong showings from several Trump-backed candidates indicate the former president still has plenty of clout within the party, but it was far from a perfect scorecard. North Carolina Republicans expelled far-right congresswoman Madison Cawthorn in her primary.

That result was celebrated even within the Republican Party, whose establishment increasingly wanted to see the congressman removed from office because of his extreme statements and outlandish behavior.


‘Election subversion’ bills – and the candidates counting on them – are all the rage

Candidates who have denied the result of the 2020 presidential election are running in contests across the United States. One of them, Doug Mastriano, won the GOP nomination for Pennsylvania’s next governor, a position that appoints the secretary of state, who can confirm the state’s voters list and certify the results.

Meanwhile, Republican state lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills to change election administration rules and undermine the workers who run national elections.

At least 33 states are considering at least 229 such bills, according to a new report from United Democracy Center, Protect Democracy and Law Forward.

Since 2021, a total of 50 bills have been enacted or passed.

“This report should be a wake-up call for anyone who cares about free and fair elections,” said Victoria Bassetti, Senior Advisor, United States United Democracy Center. “It shows that state legislatures are becoming bolder and more creative in their attempts to interfere with the trusted officials who administer our elections. These bills are responses to a crisis that does not exist. We know the 2020 elections were free, fair and accurate. »

Alex WoodwardMay 19, 2022 8:55 p.m.


17,000 ballots remain uncounted in Pennsylvania Republican primary

The Pennsylvania Secretary of State reports that 17,000 ballots remain uncounted in the state’s Republican primary election Thursday morning, with all eyes on the outcome of the GOP Senate race, Dr. Oz, backed by Trump, being only slightly ahead of David McCormick based on current returns.

The race is almost guaranteed to head to a recount under state law.

Alex WoodwardMay 19, 2022 8:11 p.m.


Is Cawthorn done with politics?

Though he hints he’s not done yet, with some time left in his congressional term, it doesn’t appear Congressman Madison Cawthorn has the financial fuel to stay in office after his loss. in the GOP primary election Tuesday night.

According to Business Insider, his “Making A Difference In Service to Our Nation” (or MADISON) leadership PAC filed its termination with the Federal Election Commission, less than 24 hours after the results were announced.

The Trump-backed candidate and once-incumbent young Republican in Congress has conceded defeat to Chuck Edwards for the Republican nomination in the race for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district.

Alex WoodwardMay 19, 2022 5:24 p.m.


What (if anything) is Madison Cawthorn planning?

Defeated in her primary earlier this week, scandal-prone extremist congresswoman Madison Cawthorn was left to pick up the pieces. So far, with no formal concession speech in sight, all he’s offered is a gnomic tweet hinting that his career isn’t over yet…

In case you missed it, here it is John Bowdenthe dispatch of what was to be Cawthorn’s victory party.

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 4:45 p.m.


State of Play: Oz vs. McCormick

A day and a half after their primary, Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick have still not decided who will be the GOP candidate for the Senate in Pennsylvania. As it stands, Dr. Oz is ahead by 1,241 votes to 1,334,374, giving him a 0.1 point margin.

If the two remain within half a point of each other when all votes are counted, a recount will be triggered. As it stands, it all hinges on pending postal and overseas votes. Donald Trump called on Dr Oz to declare victory prematurely.

Alex WoodwardMay 19, 2022 4:03 p.m.


Opinion: The Democratic Party has a bad loser problem

As progressive and centrist Democrats review their various successes and failures in this week’s primaries, Andrew Feinberg writes that the party as a whole has a serious problem: the number of candidates who can’t help but make a fuss when they lose a race.

For there to be a counter-revolution, there must first be a revolution. And there were none.

Sanders lost, twice. First to Hillary Clinton, then to Joe Biden, in 2016 and 2020.

Nina Turner lost. Twice. In a year, to the same person.

To the extent that voters have elected progressives in the Sanders mold, it is in the House district where longtime incumbents have become lazy and complacent and thus vulnerable to a primary challenger, as in the cases of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio -Cortez, Jamaal Bowman or Cori Buisson.

Progressives have learned the wrong lessons from these home races. They believed the Squad’s rise in Congress heralded a bold new era that would end the Clintonian centrism and triangulation that characterized the way Democrats used power for a generation, even if the most benign statements of those representatives have been used to demonize the entire Democratic Party by enthusiastic Republicans and their conservative media allies.

Read the full article below.

Alex WoodwardMay 19, 2022 3:10 p.m.


PA Republicans rally around extreme Mastriano in the face of Democratic attacks

As the Republican Party rallies around its nominee for Pennsylvania governor, Doug Mastriano, a die-hard theocratic conservative who visited Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021, even some supporters of more moderate candidates are trying to pitch him. as the beneficiary of “black money” spent by Democrats. to try to nominate an ineligible GOP candidate.

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 2:40 p.m.


Report: Being kicked out of Madison Cawthorn’s election night

The Independentit is John Bowden traveled to North Carolina this week to witness what turned out to be the downfall of Madison Cawthorn, the far-right young congresswoman who lost her primary this week after a long string of stunning scandals.

Ultimately, Mr. Cawthorn’s campaign finale reflected his entire House career: contempt for reporters, who were barred from entering the building for the duration of his watch party on Tuesday evening and ushered in the exit at the end, amidst a startling and sudden desertion from his closest supporters and allies.

Failing to even limit Mr. Edwards to a runoff in June, the first-term congressman will now serve the next six and a half months of his two-year term in the House as a lame duck, while a state-level lawmaker previously completely unknown outside of North Carolina has just proven to the nation that defeating a Trump-anointed champion is possible, albeit under very specific circumstances.

Read his full dispatch below.

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 2:04 p.m.


Focus on Idaho as the far right advances at the state level

Solidly Republican, Idaho has long been a bastion of hard-right politics, but the recent far-right drift among state Republicans is increasingly drawing attention beyond state lines.

While several of the incumbents’ hardline opponents lost their races on Tuesday, a very different dynamic played out in the state Senate, where several incumbents were ousted by candidates with extreme views.

Boise State Public Radio has a detailed report on the situation here.

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 12:59 p.m.


Oz-McCormick: the state of play

As things stand this morning, only a tiny proportion of votes remain in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary, and the gap between first-place Dr. Mehmet Oz and fighter Dave McCormick has widened. reduced to just 1,240 votes out of more than 1.3 million. already counted.

It’s unclear exactly how many votes remain outstanding, but Mr McCormick appears to have an advantage in mail-in ballots (much to Donald Trump’s annoyance). Counties across the state have until next Tuesday to certify their results. And if the result ends with a margin of less than 0.5 points, as currently seems likely, an automatic recount will be triggered.

In the meantime, find out why the mail-in voting process has slowed the count down so much below.

EXPLAINER: How mail-in ballots are slowing results in Pennsylvania

The counting of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania is under renewed scrutiny amid a U.S. Senate primary too close to call between Republicans David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Former President Donald Trump blasted the state’s election procedures on social media, even though there’s no indication of wrongdoing with those ballots other than a printing error that slowed the process. count in a county.

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 12:15 p.m.