Tag: Elections, Senate

Senate Democrats Face Their Own Risks Over Impeachment

WASHINGTON — For Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat seeking a third term next year in a traditional swing state, a vote on whether to oust President Trump months before they both face voters would be difficult under any circumstances. It is all the more daunting for Ms. Shaheen because she might have to […]

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Jeff Sessions, Praising Trump, Formally Announces Senate Campaign

Jeff Sessions formally announced on Thursday that he was entering the Senate race in Alabama, a decision that will likely put him on a collision course with President Trump, who still harbors resentment toward the former attorney general a year after forcing him from office. In a statement issued just after 8 p.m., Mr. Sessions […]

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Jeff Sessions Will Run to Reclaim Alabama Senate Seat

WASHINGTON — Jeff Sessions, the former senator from Alabama whose tumultuous tenure as President Trump’s attorney general lasted less than two years, will enter the race to reclaim his old seat in 2020, a Republican official said. Mr. Sessions plans to announce his candidacy on Thursday. Mr. Sessions has remained largely out of the public […]

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The Presidency Is Not Enough

There are still more than a dozen candidates jockeying for the Democratic presidential nomination. Some are running on big, ambitious platforms for change, like the Medicare-for-All plans pushed by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Others are selling “pragmatism,” with more modest ideas meant to win consensus — and which are often quite liberal by historical […]

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The End of Betomania

DES MOINES — Maybe Beto O’Rourke knew, on some level, that this was never quite right. Most politicians look in the mirror and see a president. It is possible — not certain, but possible — that Mr. O’Rourke was not among these until less than a year ago, long before the punk-rock-congressman-turned-Democratic-savior became a White […]

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Beto O’Rourke Is Dropping Out of the Presidential Race

Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas is dropping out of the presidential race, ending a campaign in which he struggled for months to recapture the energy of his insurgent 2018 Senate candidacy on a national stage full of other big personalities and liberal champions. Mr. O’Rourke made the decision to quit the race in the […]

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Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls

A coming purge of Georgia’s voter rolls has raised alarms among advocacy groups in the state and nationwide, many of whom see the issue of who gets to cast a ballot as re-emerging, particularly in battleground states in next year’s election. This week, Georgia state officials said they would be removing about 300,000 names from […]

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Jeff Sessions Considers Run for His Old Alabama Senate Seat

Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general whom President Trump came to loathe for his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, is considering running for his former Senate seat from Alabama, people familiar with his thinking said. Mr. Sessions, who served in the Senate for 20 years before becoming attorney general […]

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As Inquiry Widens, McConnell Is Said to See Impeachment Trial as Inevitable

WASHINGTON — It was only a few weeks ago that the top Senate Republican was hinting that his chamber would make short work of impeachment. But this week, Senator Mitch McConnell sat his colleagues down over lunch in the Capitol and warned them to prepare for an extended impeachment trial of President Trump. According to […]

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On Impeachment, the Real Political Action Is in the Senate

Now that we’ve worked our way through the dramatic first phase of the impeachment drama, it’s time to start thinking hard about what the ultimate political fallout of all this might be. Of course it’s impossible to predict the twists and turns that await us, especially with so unstable a protagonist. But I’m going to […]

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Impeachment Rules Say Senate Must Act, but Its Act Might Be a Swift Dismissal

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell’s comment this week that the Senate would be forced to “take up” articles of impeachment from the House had the capital in a swirl, bracing for a full-blown Senate trial of President Trump. But as things now stand, any trial would likely be swift, ending in dismissal of the accusations. […]

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Elizabeth Warren Lost Her Dream Job but Gained a Path to 2020

Elizabeth Warren did not want a goodbye party. She told her aides there would be no grand send-off, no celebration of a mission accomplished. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had been her idea from the start: a new arm of the government, uniquely empowered to police the kinds of loans and financial schemes that led […]

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Arizona G.O.P. Leader Said Party Would Stop Mark Kelly ‘Dead in His Tracks’

The chairwoman of the Republican Party of Arizona defended an email on Friday in which she had said the party would stop Mark Kelly, a Democrat running for United States Senate, “dead in his tracks.” Mr. Kelly is the husband of the former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, whom a gunman shot in the head in 2011 […]

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Are Democrats Throwing Away the Senate?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Could Democrats actually retake the Senate next year? Or are they already blowing their best chance? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk the state of the other 2020 race(s) worth paying attention […]

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Manchin Won’t Run for West Virginia Governor; Will Stay in Senate

WASHINGTON — Senator Joe Manchin III announced Tuesday that he will not run for governor in his home state of West Virginia, ending speculation about the future of one of the Senate’s few moderate Democrats. “Those who know me know how much I loved being the governor of West Virginia,” Mr. Manchin said in a […]

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Will Trumpism Take Deeper Root in New Hampshire?

WINDHAM, N.H. — As he called into Joe Piscopo’s radio show from a diner last week, and then trash-talked both political parties over a bacon-and-egg-white omelet, Corey Lewandowski demonstrated why he’d be a fitting Republican Senate nominee on the 2020 ticket with President Trump — and why that prospect appalls New Hampshire’s more traditional G.O.P. […]

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Both Parties See Control of the Senate as Pivotal. Here Are the Key Races They’re Watching.

WASHINGTON — The battle for the White House may be the marquee political event of 2020, but it is the rapidly intensifying struggle for control of the Senate that will determine how power is truly wielded in Washington come 2021. As Republicans assess President Trump’s uncertain re-election chances, they see maintaining control of the Senate […]

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A Kennedy-Markey Primary? Massachusetts Is Jolted

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Sitting on a plastic chair in a high school music room, far from the marble corridors of Washington he has prowled for nearly 43 years as a congressman and senator, Edward J. Markey was clearly not looking to pick a fight with the Kennedy family. At least not yet. Mr. Markey praised […]

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John Hickenlooper Will Run for Senate in Colorado, a Key Target for Democrats

John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor who ended his ill-fated presidential campaign last week, announced Thursday that he would run for a United States Senate seat in his home state, instantly making him one of the Democrats’ best hopes in their quest to retake the chamber next year. Mr. Hickenlooper was said to be resistant […]

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