Conventional wisdom says it costs hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars to win a congressional primary election. But a handful of wanna-be House members are advancing to the November ballot having spent less than $5,000.
Poor funding, a big push for online responses and a potential question about citizenship could mean huge undercounts for rural Southerners in the 2020 Census. An inaccurate count would leave areas already hurting for federal assistance even worse off.
The early exit on Friday of Andrea Ramsey, a leading Democratic candidate in a key congressional race – a woman backed by the deep pockets of liberal Emily’s List – underscores both how unprepared these new candidates are for the unforgiving political scrutiny of a battleground campaign and the difficulty of fully vetting so many recruits.
Voters had a tough choice in North Thurston Public Schools, where two experienced school board members faced off for the same position. In early returns, Chuck Namit was holding a lead over Marcia Coppin for the District No. 2 seat. Coppin recently moved and wanted to stay on the board.
Democratic leaders say this week’s shock victories, headlined by gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam’s attention-grabbing nine-point win in Virginia, are making them reconsider the 2018 midterm elections, convinced the party should grow more ambitious amid a backlash to President Donald Trump.
For Republicans, Tuesday’s results across the country were a reminder that Democrats are capable of translating liberal anti-Trump energy into actual votes. It was evidence of the environmental perils that often await a president’s party in the midterm elections—especially when that president has historically low approval ratings.
A new front in the GOP’s intra-party war has opened as Trump-embracing Republican primary challengers are beginning to gear up, seeking to paint House incumbents as insufficiently supportive of the president’s agenda.
As the Supreme Court prepares for an October case on partisan gerrymandering, lawmakers from both parties are calling for independent citizen commissions to take over the thorny process of drawing political boundaries. Majority political parties in red and blue states, however, want no part of it.
A political group trying to drive big money out of politics is endorsing three House Democratic candidates — and declaring it an electoral necessity that the party adopt an aggressive message of campaign finance reform.