Political newcomer wins GOP primary in key Maine congressional district

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Political newcomer Ronald Russell was projected to win the Republican primary for Maine’s 1st congressional district as of late Tuesday.

Russell defeated fellow first-time candidate Andrew Piantidosi in the contest and will face longtime Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree in the general election. 

He made his military service a hallmark of his campaign, describing his father’s time serving as a World War II artilleryman who convinced a young Russell to apply to West Point military academy in New York State.

Russell went on to serve as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army beginning in 1976.

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While Russell’s state hugs the northern border, the candidate told local outlet WMTW that illegal immigration on the southern border will be an important issue for him if elected in November.

“The way to stop it is to stop the incentives for illegal immigration. The amount of money that we are providing housing, free housing for them until they get on their feet, which is a couple of years here in Maine, salaries, for all intents and purposes, money to help them subsist, those are all incentives to have them break the law and come across illegally. Those need to go away as well,” he told the outlet.

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After retiring from the military in 2006, Russell began working for a defense contractor before starting his own business that his campaign website said grew to 150 employees.

Maine’s 1st Congressional District, while much smaller than its counterpart, contains most of the state’s population centers. It largely hugs the seacoast and includes the cities of Portland and Brunswick, and meets New Hampshire not far from Portsmouth.

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Following 2021 census-related redistricting, the Cook Political Report placed the 1st District’s partisan voting index at D+9, indicating a substantial advantage for Pingree in the general election.

Pingree has been successful in her recent reelection bids, though she suffered a 2002 loss when she challenged popular centrist Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.

The last Republican to represent the seat, former Rep. Jim Longley, Jr., was ousted in the 1996 election.

 

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GREG GUTFELD: Hunter Biden conviction gives Trump a ‘golden opportunity’ to condemn it

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So prior to a jury finding Hunter Biden guilty in his gun trial, his defense found an unlikely ally, the Second Amendment. You know, the thing that Democrats hate more than they hate soap. 

Last week, in a last ditch effort, Hunter asked the charges be dropped because the questionnaire he filled out violated his Second Amendment rights. Hunter’s legal team argued that the question asking if he was a druggie was unconstitutional, and the state had no right to infringe on his Second Amendment rights just because he did a little dope and by a little dope, I don’t mean George Stephanopoulos. I mean, so much coke even Scarface would have recommended rehab.

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Still, the defense has a point. So why is it unconstitutional? Well, they argued that historical intoxication statutes cannot stretch far enough to justify disarming a sober citizen based exclusively on past drug use. And that, sorry, makes sense. Is it constitutional for the government to remove the Second Amendment rights of a person based on an interpretation of a subjective standard? An addict is subjective. 

Moreover, you don’t lose the First Amendment right because you do drugs, so why would you lose the second? It’s a preconditional right, a higher authority of law that displaces lower laws whenever they come into conflict. So let’s forget about Hunter, the same law would bar a wounded vet who uses cannabis for pain from exercising his right to self-defense. Imagine a person in recovery who now owns guns. Should he go to jail? Never mind that this ruling dissuades people from going to treatment or seeking mental health help. I need it. Just reading that. 

Now, did Hunter break the law? Sure, but it’s an unjust law. So you can disagree with me, but you’re really disagreeing with the Second Amendment. It shall not be infringed. Period. But if that sounds familiar to you, then you must be paying attention to our very own Kat Timpf. Roll the flashback, flashback dude.

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KAT TIMPF, JUNE 4: You can make the argument instead that this isn’t constitutional, because the Second Amendment doesn’t have an exception in it for if you’re addicted to something. So you could make the argument that his Second Amendment rights are being violated, which it would be funny to see Joe Biden essentially asking the court to make that argument.

Hmmm. Kat’s next book. The rules say, you only applaud for me during the monologue. But Kat’s next book should be called: How I Tried to Keep Hunter Out of Jail. But imagine that, the son of a Democrat president suddenly puts on an NRA hat. They say politics makes strange bedfellows. Well, for the Second Amendment’s sake, I hope Hunter wore a condom. I don’t want the Second Amendment getting genital warts.

So, while the verdict might be bad news for Hunter, it’s also bad news for the Second Amendment. He was found guilty of being in possession of a firearm as a drug user or addict. But there’s many, many Americans who fall into this amorphous category, but it offers Trump a golden opportunity to condemn it and put the Democrats in a box. If Trump calls this unconstitutional and the Dems agree, suddenly they’re on the side of the Second Amendment, but if they don’t, that forces them to applaud the guilty verdict of the president’s son. I’ll bet his dad would love that. 

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So, what of the commander in soiled briefs? He claimed he wouldn’t pardon Hunter, but the odds of Joe remembering, he said, that are slimmer than the odds of Michael Loftus wearing underwear. I’d say it’s just another. I’d say it’s just another headache for Joe, but that assumes he has feelings above the neckline. Here’s Joe at a Juneteenth event last night.

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Now was that Joe or a statue of Joe. If he was any more frozen, Hamas protesters would have spray-painted “intifada” on his face. At this point, the best they can do for him is unplug him, wait five minutes, then reboot before calling tech support. You want to hear some words? Here’s Joe, today at a gun summit. A gun control summit, he’s talking about you gun owners.

PRESIDENT BIDEN, JUNE 11: By the way, if they want to think they, is, to take on government, if we get out of line, which there’s talking on again about, well, guess what, they need F-15s, they don’t need a rifle.

What the **** did he just say? I kind of know what he said, but still. It’s not about what you need, dude. It’s your right to have a rifle and yet, this is the guy who believed January 6th was an insurrection. Apparently, we shouldn’t worry because he has F-16s or F-15s. He’s effed up. And so Joe’s approval ratings are dropping faster than Jerry Nadler’s boobs when his bra comes off.

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Even Liberal election forecaster Nate Silver is suggesting the unthinkable: Biden drop out, just like he did in 88′, when Dems went with a more marketable candidate, Michael Dukakis. Silver says “Biden just hit a [new] all-time low in approval (37.4%)… Dropping out would be a big risk, but there are some thresholds below which continuing to run is a bigger risk… Dems would have been better served if Biden had decided a year ago not to seek a second term… And give voters a say among the many popular Democrats across the country.” Yeah, the many popular Democrats, what? I hope Nate doesn’t fill out a gun application soon because apparently he’s high too. 

Who do they have? This guy? Oh, he looks like the tennis pro who gave the entire country club chlamydia. This chuckle monster? I’ve seen whoopee cushions with more depth. This guy? As transportation secretary, the only thing he transported was illegal immigrants on midnight flights. Talk about a shallow bench, they make “Fox & Friends” look like the Supreme Court. So what’s Joe thinking?

TOM SHILLUE AS BIDEN: No no no no. Look, look, no, no, nobody steps down. I’m not going anywhere. That’s not the way you do it. You. You’re going to beat me, you got to run against me. Nobody wants to do it right. Who they got? The California guy with the hair and the teeth. Come on. The only one who likes him is him. And, we got VP lady, laughfy Kathy, good luck with that. And, the mayor guy, judge booty Pete. He can’t be me. Nobody respects him and it’s not because he’s gay either, it’s because he’s not a real judge.

 

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Rep. Mark Amodei wins Republican primary for Nevada’s 2nd congressional

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Longtime Republican Congressman Mark Amodei has fended off a challenge from Former surgeon and real estate investor Dr. Fred Simon in Nevada’s 2nd congressional district. The Associated Press called the race.

The deep red 2nd congressional district covers most of northern Nevada. Amodei has held the seat since 2011. He won the general election in 2022 over his Democratic opponent 59.7% to 37.8%. Given the conservative leaning of voters in the district, winning the primary is effectively the same as winning the general election.

Before the election Amodei told the Reno Gazette Journal “If re-elected, I’ll use the seniority I’ve built up to magnify Nevada’s voice on all matters and make sure our issues are first priority and successfully dealt with. I want to see the lands bill pass, the post office not  move to Sacramento and the Nevada Air National Guard unit have new J Model C-130s”

Republicans currently hold a slim 218-213 majority in the House, but are aiming to grow that majority after losing a number of members to resignations, as well as one expulsion, over the past year.

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Incumbent Rep. Steven Horsford wins Dem nomination for key Nevada district

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Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., won his party’s nomination for a pivotal swing district in Tuesday’s primary election. 

The incumbent Democrat managed to fend off a primary challenge from young political newcomer Levy Schultz. 

Schultz challenged the Nevada representative because of what he described as the lack of affordable housing he encountered in Las Vegas. 

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“The American people should not have to rent the American dream. We should be able to buy it,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal earlier this year. 

The challenger’s candidacy was considered a long-shot against Horsford. 

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The Democrat incumbent was first elected to the House in 2012. However, Horsford lost his seat to a Republican competitor after one term in 2014. But, after running again in 2018, he regained his seat and has been serving in it since. 

Nevada’s fourth district is being eyed by Republicans as a prime pick-up opportunity alongside 36 other districts nationwide. 

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“Republicans are in the majority and on offense. We will grow our House majority by building strong campaigns around talented recruits in these districts who can communicate the dangers of Democrats’ extreme agenda,” National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Richard Hudson, R-N.C., said in a statement earlier this year. “These House Democrats should be shaking in their boots.” 

However, this could prove difficult, as non-partisan political handicapper, the Cook Political Report, has rated the race “Likely Democratic.”

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Horsford does still have to contend with a competitive election landscape in the battleground state. This is magnified by the fact that he has to share the ballot with President Biden, who has racked up historically low approval ratings. 

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Susie Lee hangs onto Dem nod in Nevada despite challenge from transgender opponent

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Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., defeated her primary opponent in Nevada’s Tuesday election.

Lee easily fended off a challenge from RockAthena Brittain, a biological man who identifies as a transgender woman. 

Her opponent did not receive any kind of backing or financial support from the Democratic Party, according to the Nevada Current

“I couldn’t even get the Human Rights Campaign to consider me for an endorsement,” Brittain told the outlet. 

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“They said they like Susie Lee because she asks for advice on issues. Wouldn’t it be better if they supported someone who actually knows the issues and doesn’t have to ask?” Brittain said. 

Brittain’s campaign against the three-term congresswoman was considered a longshot given Lee’s name identification, relationships and Democratic Party infrastructure support. 

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Nevada’s third district is notably on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) target list of districts it hopes to get Republicans elected to in the 2024 elections.

Lee’s district is alongside 36 others across the country that Republicans consider “prime pick-up opportunities.” 

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“Republicans are in the majority and on offense. We will grow our House majority by building strong campaigns around talented recruits in these districts who can communicate the dangers of Democrats’ extreme agenda,” said NRCC Chairman Richard Hudson, R-N.C., earlier this year. “These House Democrats should be shaking in their boots.” 

While Republicans hope to end Democrats’ hold on the pivotal district, non-partisan political handicapper the Cook Political Report rates the race as “Lean Democratic,” predicting Lee with an enduring edge. 

The November election is made more competitive in Nevada by the fact that President Biden is also on the ballot. Biden has received some historically low approval ratings during his tenure, and swing state Nevada is embroiled in a close race between him and former President Trump. 

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GameStop raises over $2bn after Roaring Kitty rally

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US video game retailer GameStop says it has raised more than $2bn (£1.57bn) in its second sale in a month after a rally led by the investment influencer Keith Gill, known as Roaring Kitty.

The announcement comes just days after Mr Gill’s first YouTube livestream in three years.

The company’s shares jumped by almost 23% on Tuesday and have doubled in the last six months.

GameStop’s popularity among retail investors during the pandemic helped coin the idea of meme stocks – those that gain popularity through sites like Reddit.

Stocks that often became popular were ones that had been heavily bet against by professional investors, such as hedge funds.

As a result some of these shares saw their prices rise and fall sharply in hugely volatile trade.

In an announcement to the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, external, the company said it had sold all 75 million shares it had offered to investors, raising $2.137bn.

Over the last month, the firm has raised a total of more than $3bn through share sales as its stock market value jumped.

That includes $933.4m GameStop raised by selling 45 million shares last month.

Shares in the firm earlier this month after a screenshot was shared on 2 June by a Reddit account tied to Mr Gill, claiming he owned 5 million GameStop shares – a holding worth more than $100m.

Mr Gill became famous in 2021 for inspiring an army of online investors to back GameStop.

It led to an unexpected surge in the struggling firm’s shares, creating a financial squeeze on professional Wall Street firms that had bet against the retailer.

A post from that year showed Mr Gill held about 200,000 shares, worth $30.9m.

Other so-called meme stocks, including cinema chain AMC and technology firm Blackberry, also saw their shares prices jump during the pandemic.

GameStop is currently trading at around $30 a share, well below the record high of $48 they reached earlier in June.

 

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Jacky Rosen swiftly scores Nevada Democratic Senate nod ahead of ‘toss up’ election

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Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., handily won Nevada’s Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday, setting her up for a difficult general election match come November in the swing state. 

The incumbent Democrat managed to easily defeat her opponents, Troy Walker and Mike Schaefer, in the election. 

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November will be Rosen’s first reelection battle as a senator, and her seat is not guaranteed, with Nevada’s Senate race being moved to a “toss up” earlier this year by non-partisan political handicapper the Cook Political Report

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Prior to running for Senate in 2017, she served as representative of Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in the House. According to Rosen, late former Senate Majority Leader and Democratic powerhouse Harry Reid encouraged her to run for the Senate seat. She managed to defeat incumbent Senator Dean Heller, who was considered incredibly vulnerable at the time. 

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“He told me to think about it and that’s what I did when I came home to talk to my husband,” she told the Nevada Independent in 2017. 

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However, Rosen now appears to be in a similar position to that of Heller, trying to hang onto her seat in an ever-fluid battleground state. She also faces the difficulty of running alongside President Biden, who has managed to receive historically low approval ratings and is at risk of losing Nevada in the general election. 

Rosen’s race is one of only three “toss-ups” in the Senate elections, alongside Ohio and Montana. Each race features a Democratic incumbent, putting the caucus at a significant disadvantage, given Republican incumbents are considered relatively safe. 

She will face off against the winner of the much more competitive Republican Senate primary, who is expected to be front-runner former U.S. Army Capt. Sam Brown. Brown was recruited and encouraged to run by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and received a late endorsement from former President Trump just two days before the election. Trump had withheld his seal of approval throughout the primary campaign as Brown competed against former Trump official Jeff Gunter. 

 

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War veteran Sam Brown wins GOP primary in top battleground Senate race

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Afghanistan war veteran Sam Brown has won Nevada’s Republican Senate primary and will now face off against a tough incumbent Democrat in the November general election.

Brown led former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeffrey Gunter by around 24 percentage points when The Associated Press called the race.

The campaign turned increasingly ugly in the months preceding the election, with Gunter and Brown battling over who was the true MAGA and America First candidate in the race. 

However, a late endorsement from former President Trump appears to have helped solidify Brown’s status as the frontrunner and boosted him over the finish line.

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Brown also has the backing of Nevada’s popular Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, a figure who largely stays out of the spotlight and rarely weighs in on such instances of increased national attention.

Brown will now face incumbent Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen in the November general election, where Democrats hope her well-financed operation will keep the Silver State firmly blue in a year Republicans are expected to perform well across the country.

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Little polling has been conducted on the race, but a New York Times poll released last month showed the two tied at 41% with a number still undecided.

Democrats hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, and the Nevada race is being viewed as a top flip opportunity for Republicans, along with races in West Virginia, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland and Arizona.

Republicans lost a bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto by less than a percentage point in 2022.

Elections analysts rate the race as either “tilt Democratic,” “lean Democratic,” or a “toss-up.”

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Trump-endorsed Sam Brown wins Nevada Senate GOP primary

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Retired Army Capt. Sam Brown, who clinched the last-minute backing of Donald Trump over the weekend, is projected to win the Nevada Senate GOP primary to take on Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) this fall, according to Decision Desk HQ. 

Brown defeated several challengers in the Republican contest, with his most formidable opponent being former U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Jeff Gunter, who served during the Trump administration.  

Brown had already been endorsed by the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm before he notched an endorsement from Trump just hours after the former president made weekend appearance in the Silver State. Gunter had attacked Brown over his allegiance to Trump, dubbing him “Scam Brown.”

Gunter alleged that Senate Republicans intervened to have Trump make a last-endorsement for Brown, but the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and Trump senior adviser Chris LaCivita pushed back against those accusations.  

“Proof Point as to why @DrJeffGunter didn’t earn the endorsement of @realDonaldTrump you have a habit of making up crap. President Trump makes his own decisions and this is another example of him choosing wisely,” LaCivita wrote on X

Still, Brown’s win in the GOP primary was largely expected even ahead of Trump’s endorsement. 

Brown now takes on first-term Rosen in November. Rosen won in 2018 against Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) by 5 percentage points. But Nevada races are historically close ones, including in 2022 when Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) won reelection against Republican Adam Laxalt by less than a point.  

“Congratulations to Captain Sam Brown on his resounding primary victory,” said NRSC Chair Steve Daines (R-Mont.) in a statement Tuesday night. “A graduate of West Point, Sam is an American hero who is once again answering the call to serve our country. Sam’s support for securing our border and getting inflation under control stands in strong contrast to his opponent’s record of rubber-stamping Joe Biden’s disastrous policies.”

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) released a one-minute ad targeting the retired Army captain after he won his primary. The ad, which the group says will air on YouTube and target independents, highlights his previous comments related to Yucca Mountain when he previously expressed openness to consider using it as a site to store nuclear waste.

Brown has since walked back those comments and said on X “it should not, and will not, be revived as a nuclear waste repository.”

The ad also targets Brown over abortion and Social Security and Medicare.

“Sam Brown is a MAGA extremist, with a self-serving political agenda that would hurt hard working Nevadans: banning abortion, phasing out Social Security and Medicare, and even re-opening Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository,” DSCC spokesperson Amanda Sherman Baity said in a statement. “He’s shown Nevadans that his plans are too extreme and too dangerous for him to be anywhere near the U.S. Senate.”

The nonpartisan election handicapper Cook Political Report rates the seat a “toss up.” 

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