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The GOP Debate Was Feisty. Who Won?
The GOP Debate
Was Feisty. Who Won?

The GOP Debate Was Feisty. Who Won?

Former President Trump is the 'clear winner,' per Vox

(Newser) - Without former President Trump on stage, the eight "underdogs" taking part in the first Republican presidential primary debate Wednesday in Milwaukee had the opportunity to "differentiate themselves in the field," reports the New York Times . Many seized on the chance and "at certain points, you could...

Iowa GOP Settles on King Day
Iowa GOP Settles on King Day

Iowa GOP Settles on King Day

State Republican leaders pick Jan. 15 for presidential caucuses

(Newser) - Democrats have moved on, but Republicans in Iowa picked a date for their 2024 presidential caucuses on Saturday, deciding to meet earlier than they have the past couple of cycles. The state's GOP central committee voted to hold the caucuses on Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Politico...

Trump Tells Georgia GOP This Is the 'Final Battle'

Former president makes first speech since indictment

(Newser) - In his first public appearance since his indictment this week, former President Donald Trump on Saturday cast his legal fight and election campaign in apocalyptic terms. "This is the final battle," Trump told Georgia Republicans. "With you at my side, we will demolish the Deep State, we...

State GOP Punishes Tillis Over Votes

North Carolina convention censures senior senator for bucking party line

(Newser) - At their state convention on Saturday, North Carolina Republicans voted to censure their senior US senator over votes delegates said didn't follow the party line. Sen. Thom Tillis' record on abortion issues was the biggest concern, the News & Observer reports. "We believe that you're—you have...

Hutchinson Mostly Ignores Trump in Formal Launch

Republican instead focuses on Biden's record

(Newser) - Asa Hutchinson, former governor of Arkansas, had already said he was seeking the Republican nomination for president. But saying that in interview s didn't give him a chance to lay out his policy goals or assess his competition. On Monday, Hutchinson delivered a formal announcement in Bentonville, his hometown,...

Santos Launches Reelection Bid
Santos Launches Reelection Bid

Santos Launches Reelection Bid

New York GOP says embattled incumbent is on his own

(Newser) - After lying to voters about his background the first time around, Rep. George Santos has decided—now that much of it is out in the open—to ask voters to again send him to Congress. The New York Republican didn't mention the investigations and accusations facing him in his...

Pompeo Says He'll Sit 2024 Out
Says He'll
Sit 2024 Out

Pompeo Says He'll Sit 2024 Out

Former Trump Cabinet member suggests he might not back the former president

(Newser) - After appearing to lay the groundwork for a 2024 presidential run, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that he won't be seeking the Republican nomination after all. "The time is not right for me and my family," Pompeo said in a statement, ABC News reports....

Effort to Prevent Voter Fraud Loses Several GOP States

Florida, Missouri, and West Virginia drop out of bipartisan initiative

(Newser) - Election officials in Florida, Missouri, and West Virginia said Monday they are withdrawing from a bipartisan, multistate effort aimed at ensuring the accuracy of voter rolls that has found itself embroiled in conspiracy theories fueled by Donald Trump's false claims about the 2020 presidential election. The system to thwart...

Few in GOP Differ With Trump on Constitution

McCarthy and McConnell say nothing publicly

(Newser) - A few Republicans joined Democrats in denouncing former President Donald Trump's call for the "termination" of the Constitution , but none of them run the party's congressional delegations. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had not said anything publicly about the scheme to...

In Battle for House, Democrats Keep Chipping Away
In Battle for House, Democrats
Keep Chipping Away
election 2022

In Battle for House, Democrats Keep Chipping Away

More seats in the West slip away from Republicans, though GOP is still favored

(Newser) - Republicans were in good shape Friday afternoon in their attempt to take control of the House once all votes are counted, but it's not a lock. Democrats are winning more races and gaining ground in others, a couple of analyses of the election show. Politico and the Washington Post...

Demonization of Nancy Pelosi Has Been Years in the Making

House speaker is a regular recipient of Republican rage in ads and on Capitol Hill

(Newser) - Before the 2010 election marked by the tea party's ascent, the Republican National Committee reworked its website, changing the display to a "Fire Pelosi" theme that depicted the speaker of the House engulfed in flames. Such attacks have been regular parts of GOP campaigns ever since, before the...

Democrats Fear Long-Term Effects of Kari Lake Winning
Kari Lake Has
Democrats Worried

Kari Lake Has Democrats Worried

If former TV anchor becomes Arizona's governor, her star power in the GOP could grow

(Newser) - Kari Lake, the Republican nominee for governor in Arizona, concerns Democrats for several reasons. One is that the 2020 election denier might very well win; polls show a close race now. Once in office, Lake could be a danger to the state's 2024 election process, Axios reports. And she'...

McCarthy Intros GOP's 'Commitment to America'
GOP Unveils
Its Midterm

GOP Unveils Its Midterm Agenda

McCarthy rolls out Republicans' 'Commitment to America,' focusing on economy, border security

(Newser) - House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday directly confronted President Biden and the party in power, choosing battleground Pennsylvania to unveil a midterm election agenda with sweeping Trump-like promises, despite the House GOP's sometimes spotty record of delivering and governing in Congress. McCarthy, who's poised to seize the...

State Lawmaker Jumps Ship, Joins Democrats
A State Lawmaker
Defects From GOP

A State Lawmaker Defects From GOP

Colorado's Kevin Priola cites GOP positions on climate change, claims of a stolen election

(Newser) - On Sunday, Democrats held a 20-15 edge in the Colorado state Senate. On Monday, their advantage rose to 21-14, but not because of a special election. Instead, longtime Republican Kevin Priola switched parties to become a Democrat, reports the Denver Post . In a public letter , he cited two main reasons:...

McConnell Worried About 'Candidate Quality' in Senate Races

Minority leader thinks the race for control of the chamber is too close to call

(Newser) - Historically speaking, the party of the sitting US president loses ground in the midterms , ceding seats in the House or Senate, or both if it's a particularly brutal bloodbath. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is holding off on proclaiming any kind of premature victory in his own chamber...

Michigan GOP Calls Off Primary Watch Party

Man threatened to shoot, burn party's Lansing headquarters

(Newser) - The Michigan Republican Party said it canceled a Tuesday evening primary watch party in Lansing after a man came to the party's headquarters and threatened to shoot up the building and burn it down. Lansing police said officers went to the building Tuesday morning in response to a complaint...

State Party Split Over Trump Ousts Leader

Chairman is voted out over complaints state party favored primary candidate

(Newser) - A divided Republican Party in Nebraska, unable to agree on the party's direction or former President Trump, will try to mend with new leadership. Delegates to the state convention voted to remove Chairman Dan Welch on Saturday, the Omaha World-Herald reports, and most of the party's other leaders,...

Cheney Calls Trump 'Domestic Threat' We've Never Dealt With

Former president's actions were 'more threatening than we could have imagined'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is "a domestic threat that we have never faced before," Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, said Wednesday, following damning testimony against the former president, who's reportedly eying a return to power. He's "gone...

Gun Group Demands Apology From Cornyn

Organization says it's not a mob, despite senator's post-speech comment

(Newser) - The boos at the Texas Republican convention weren't the end of it for Sen. John Cornyn. After jeering him as he defended his role in gun control negotiations in Washington in a speech Friday, a pro-gun access group said it felt disrespected, the Dallas Morning News reports. The senator...

Kinzinger Warns: 'There Is Violence in the Future'

GOP congressman on Jan. 6 select House panel speaks on political lies, says he got death threat

(Newser) - Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, fears that violence instigated by his own party is on the horizon, and he says he's already been threatened himself. The Illinois congressman sat down Sunday with George...

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