Tag: Elections, Governors

How Paul LePage, Running to Lead Maine, Benefited From Florida Tax Breaks

As governor of Maine for two terms until 2019, Paul LePage, a Republican, gained a reputation as one of the pre-Trump era’s most unfiltered politicians. He said he wanted to tell President Barack Obama to “go to hell,” and told the N.A.A.C.P. to “kiss my butt.” He made racist comments about drug dealers who supposedly […]

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Zeldin Has a Path to Becoming Governor. It Runs Through Brooklyn.

A curious thing happened last weekend when Representative Lee Zeldin brought his Republican campaign for governor of New York into Hasidic Brooklyn. Mr. Zeldin, a pronounced underdog, was greeted like a rock star. Crowds chanted in approval. Yiddish-language campaign posters littered the streets. “Mister Lee Zeldin, you got my vote,” a paramedic yelled out of […]

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No Party for Old Moderates

Republican Party leaders fueled the shift to the right by promising results to their conservative base that they could not deliver: banning abortion, eliminating the deficit, slashing federal regulations, cracking down on L.G.B.T.Q. rights and greatly cutting taxes. Mr. Gingrich’s “Contract With America” — and the government shutdown it caused — set the stage for […]

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These Trump-Backed Candidates Won’t Promise to Accept Election Results

WASHINGTON — Nearly two years after President Donald J. Trump refused to accept his defeat in the 2020 election, some of his most loyal Republican acolytes might follow in his footsteps. When asked, six Trump-backed Republican nominees for governor and the Senate in midterm battlegrounds would not commit to accepting this year’s election results, and […]

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Zeldin Uses Adams as a Surprising Weapon in N.Y. Governor’s Race

In his uphill battle to become New York’s next governor, Representative Lee M. Zeldin, the Trump-supporting conservative Republican from Long Island, has turned to an unlikely weapon: Eric Adams, the mayor of New York City. In recent weeks, and despite Mr. Adams’s protestations, Mr. Zeldin has repeatedly aligned himself with Mr. Adams, a first-term Democrat, […]

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Democrats Fret as Stacey Abrams Struggles in Georgia Governor’s Race

NEWNAN, Ga. — Georgia Democrats have grown increasingly pessimistic about Stacey Abrams’s chances of ousting Gov. Brian Kemp from office, pointing to her struggles to rally key parts of her party’s coalition and her inability to appeal to a slice of moderate Republican voters who can decide the state’s elections. Public and private polls have […]

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How Michigan Resisted Far Right Extremism

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A brutal plot to abduct the governor. An armed protest in the galleries of the State Capitol. A candidate for governor who stormed the halls of Congress — only to see his popularity rise. In Michigan, you can feel extremism creeping into civic life. Michigan is far from the only state […]

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What to Watch For in the Massachusetts Primaries

The 2022 primaries are almost, but not quite, over: Voters in Massachusetts go to the polls on Tuesday, the second-to-last election night of the primary season. With the exception of the governor’s race, the most competitive statewide contests are on the Democratic side. Here’s what to watch for. Maura Healey is poised to be governor. […]

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With Voters From Both Parties Energized, Campaigns Begin Fall Sprint

For two decades, midterm elections have served as a vehicle for voter discontent, a chance for Americans to punish the president, shake up a statehouse and express their anger with the party in power by costing them congressional seats and governor’s mansions. This year, though, the dissatisfaction has intensified and become something like a national […]

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Trump Lashes Out in First Rally Since F.B.I. Search

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — In his first rally since his home was searched by the F.B.I. on Aug. 8, former President Donald J. Trump on Saturday lashed out at President Biden and federal agents, calling his Democratic rival “an enemy of the state” and the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice “vicious monsters.” In an […]

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Doug Mastriano’s Extremely Online Rise to Republicans’ Governor Nominee in Pa.

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Diane Fisher, a nurse from Weatherly, Pa., was surfing through videos on Facebook when she came across a livestream from Doug Mastriano, a Pennsylvania state senator. Starting in late March 2020, Mr. Mastriano had beamed regularly into Facebook from his living room, offering his […]

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Brian Kemp Must Testify in Trump Inquiry After Election

ATLANTA — A judge ruled on Monday that Gov. Brian P. Kemp of Georgia must appear before a special grand jury investigating election interference by former President Donald J. Trump, but will not be compelled to do so until after the Nov. 8 election. Mr. Kemp, who is running for a second term this year, […]

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Charlie Crist to Face Gov. DeSantis in Florida This Fall

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida Democrats chose Representative Charlie Crist as their nominee for governor on Tuesday, betting that the former Republican governor who campaigned on a return to political decency was their best bet to try to defeat Gov. Ron DeSantis, the polarizing Republican incumbent. Mr. Crist’s blowout victory sets up the general election […]

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When Will We Know Who Won in New York and Florida Elections?

Florida and New York are on the clock: A series of primaries on Tuesday, some fiercely competitive, are posing the latest test of each state’s efficiency at counting votes and reporting timely results. New York is holding its first primaries since it streamlined its process for counting mail-in ballots, which election experts say should reduce […]

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What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries in Florida and New York

A race to take on Ron DeSantis. A battle of House committee chairs. A special election that will test the political power of abortion rights. A series of high-profile races will unfold on Tuesday in New York and Florida as the 2022 midterm primaries arrive in two of the nation’s most populous states. Late-August elections […]

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Stacey Abrams’ Personal Evolution on Abortion Rights

“I was wrong when I dismissed her question. I was wrong when I assumed I knew enough of her truth to tell her what she could or could not do, what she should or should not seek, what medical advice should be given and what support should be offered,” Ms. Abrams said. Still, Ms. Abrams […]

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Ron DeSantis Rallies With Doug Mastriano and J.D. Vance

PITTSBURGH — Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, widely seen as the Republican who poses the biggest threat to Donald J. Trump if they both run for president in 2024, blitzed through Pennsylvania and Ohio on Friday during a national tour with hard-right candidates that was clearly intended to elevate his standing and earn political capital […]

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In Deep Red Texas, Beto O’Rourke Takes on Guns and Abortion

“The reason I came is because he was a premature baby, and I am now considered a high-risk pregnancy,” said Azucena Salinas, 20, a pregnant substitute teacher who stood at the back of Mr. O’Rourke’s event in Pittsburg with her 8-month-old son, Malakai. “I want to have the choice and the right for the doctors […]

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Doug Mastriano Gets Pennsylvania Republicans to Close Ranks Behind Him

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Before Pennsylvania’s primary, much of the state’s Republican establishment agreed that Doug Mastriano would be a disaster as the nominee for governor. Andy Reilly, the state’s Republican national committeeman, had joined a stop-Mastriano effort by rival candidates, who feared that the far-right state senator and prolific spreader of election conspiracy theories […]

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In Wisconsin, 2 Huge Races Stand Between G.O.P. and Near-Total Power

KAUKAUNA, Wis. — Nowhere in the country have Republican lawmakers been more aggressive in their attempts to seize a partisan edge than in Wisconsin. Having gerrymandered the Legislature past the point that it can be flipped, they are now pushing intensely to take greater control over the state’s voting infrastructure ahead of the 2024 presidential […]

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How a New Class of Republicans Could Push America to the Right

Much of the attention paid to Donald Trump’s favorite candidates running in the midterms has focused — rightly! — on their support for relitigating the 2020 election. (Which, for those still unsure, was not stolen.) But across a range of policy issues, including abortion, climate change, same-sex marriage and education, Trump’s MAGA warriors have taken […]

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Arizonans Trusted Kari Lake to Tell It Straight on TV. Will They Trust Her as Governor?

PHOENIX — Kari Lake worked her way through television interviews at her election night party, fielding a barrage of questions about her bid to be Arizona’s next governor. Votes were still being counted, and she’d been up all night. But Ms. Lake, a first-time candidate, didn’t flinch. Instead, she grabbed a reporter’s microphone, locked eyes […]

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Wisconsin Republicans Embrace Trump in a Race Defined by 2020 Grievances

Republican primary voters upended their party’s establishment in Wisconsin on Tuesday, choosing a Trump-backed candidate for governor who has entertained overturning the 2020 election results to take on Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, in one of the country’s most consequential November contests. Tim Michels, a wealthy construction magnate endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump, […]

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Tim Michels Is Wisconsin Republicans’ Choice for Governor

KAUKAUNA, Wis. — Tim Michels, a millionaire construction magnate endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump, won Wisconsin’s Republican primary for governor, according to The Associated Press. He beat former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Ramthun, a state assemblyman, in a campaign often dominated by voting issues and the 2020 election. Mr. Michels entertained […]

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What to Watch for in Tuesday’s Primary Elections

All of his would-be Democratic opponents say Mr. Van Orden is singularly dangerous, but they are taking different tacks. Brad Pfaff, a Wisconsin state senator, is emphasizing his accumulated experience in politics and claiming the mantle of Mr. Kind’s style of centrism. His main rival, Deb McGrath, a former C.I.A. officer and Army captain, is […]

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Kari Lake Will Face Katie Hobbs in Arizona Governor’s Race

Kari Lake, who in the span of two years transformed herself from a veteran local television news anchor into a tribune of the far-right political movement, won Arizona’s Republican primary for governor, according to The Associated Press. Ms. Lake prevailed over a field that included Karrin Taylor Robson — an ally of Gov. Doug Ducey, […]

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Former Puerto Rico Governor Arrested on Corruption Charges

A former governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, was arrested by the F.B.I. on Thursday and accused of accepting bribes while in office from a campaign donor, and naming a regulatory official of his choosing in exchange for donations. Ms. Vázquez was arrested at her home after a grand jury indicted her. The donor, Julio […]

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How Democrats See Abortion Politics After Kansas: ‘Your Bedroom Is on the Ballot’

“The court practically dared women in this country to go to the ballot box to restore the right to choose,” President Biden said by video Wednesday, as he signed an executive order aimed at helping Americans cross state lines for abortions. “They don’t have a clue about the power of American women.” In interviews, Senator […]

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Gov. Hochul Defends Bail Reform as Mayor Adams Presses for Changes

Hours before Mayor Eric Adams held a news conference on Wednesday to argue that an “insane, broken system” allowed repeat offenders to keep getting arrested and then released without bail in New York City, Gov. Kathy Hochul issued something of a pre-emptive strike. Four months ago, the governor and the State Legislature tightened New York’s […]

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A Cynical Low for the Democratic Party

On the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 attacks at the U.S. Capitol, Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, took to Twitter not just to condemn that day’s violence but also to warn that the dark forces behind it were still very much alive and still a threat to the future of American democracy. […]

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Could the G.O.P. Beat Whitmer in Michigan? Party Chaos Has Hurt Its Chances.

PONTIAC, Mich. — “Dear Mr. President,” the letter began. Donald J. Trump’s estranged former education secretary, Betsy DeVos — last seen trying to remove him from office using the 25th Amendment after the Capitol riot — took pen in hand the other day to plead with him to look past Michigan’s no-holds-barred Republican infighting and […]

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