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Anti-choice House Democrat and indicted GOP attorney general headed to runoffs

We’ll be recapping all of Tuesday’s results in the next Morning Digest, though if you don’t want to wait that long, join us on Wednesday at Daily Kos Elections and follow along as we provide updates in our Live Digest.

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OH-Sen: J.D. Vance’s allies at Protect Ohio Values have released a survey of the May Republican primary from Fabrizio Lee arguing that the group’s recent ad buys have helped stabilize Vance in the weeks since it found his campaign in a “precipitous decline.” The new numbers are below, with the January results in parentheses:

Businessman Mike Gibbons: 18 (14)

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance: 14 (9)

Former state Treasurer Josh Mandel: 14 (15)

Former state party chair Jane Timken: 12 (13)

State Sen. Matt Dolan: 8 (3)

Businessman Bernie Moreno, who took 11% in January, dropped out of the race in the time between the two surveys.

OK-Sen-B, OK-Sen-A: State Sen. Nathan Dahm has announced that he’s ending his longshot primary challenge to Republican Sen. James Lankford and will instead compete in the special election to replace outgoing Sen. Jim Inhofe. Lankford’s other intra-party foe, pastor Jackson Lahmeyer, has decided to keep campaigning against the incumbent, though like Dahm, he ended 2021 with little money. Meanwhile, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum says he will not seek the GOP nod for any office in 2022.

WI-Sen: Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry has released a poll from Normington Petts that shows him trailing Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes 35-27 in the August Democratic primary, while everyone else remains mired in the single digits. The memo includes numbers from unreleased surveys to argue that Lasry has dramatically shrunk what was a 43-4 deficit last August as he’s gotten his name out. The last poll we saw was a December Impact Research internal for Barnes that had him leading Lasry 40-11.

Governors

MI-Gov: MIRS has commissioned a survey of the August Republican primary by the GOP firm Mitchell Research that finds former Detroit Police Chief James Craig leading chiropractor Garrett Soldano 32-10. The poll was in the field Feb. 17-19 and sampled 539 likely GOP primary voters.

House

FL-15: While former state Rep. Adam Hattersley showed some interest last year in making a second run for Florida’s 15th Congressional District, the Democrat announced this week that he’d instead run to unseat state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, a Republican who has many of the duties that would belong to a treasurer or comptroller in other states. (The CFO is also the state fire marshal.)

FL-22: Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he plans to start his new job leading the American Jewish Committee on Oct. 1, which means he’ll be resigning sometime before then. Several fellow Democrats have already expressed interest in running to succeed him in what’s currently a 57-42 Biden seat, but state Sen. Tina Polsky says she’s not going to go for it.

However, while this will likely remain a solidly blue district after redistricting concludes, Republican state Rep. Chip LaMarca says he’s thinking about running here and says he’ll decide after the legislative session, which is set to conclude March 11.

MI-10: Sterling Heights City Councilman Henry Yanez announced Tuesday that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the open 10th District, a suburban Detroit seat that would have narrowly backed Donald Trump 50-49. Yanez joins attorney Huwaida Arraf and Warren Council member Angela Rogensues in the August primary, while former Macomb County Judge Carl Marlinga is also considering the race.

Yanez, who is a retired firefighter, previously ran for Congress in 2010 against then-Rep. Candice Miller in a safely red seat (which was also numbered the 10th District) and lost the general election 72-26, but he bounced back two years later by winning a competitive state House district. He convincingly held on during the 2014 GOP wave and won his final term 54-46 even as Donald Trump was carrying his constituency 52-43, but he went on to lose a contested race in 2018 for a GOP-leaning state Senate district. Yanez’s time out of office was short, though, as he was appointed to a vacant seat on the Sterling Heights City Council months later and subsequently held it at the ballot box.

MN-01: Democrat Dan Feehan, who lost close general elections in 2018 and 2020, says that he will not compete in the Aug. 9 special election. Feehan’s announcement came about two weeks ahead of the March 15 filing deadline.

NC-09: State Rep. John Szoka has ended his primary campaign against Republican Rep. Richard Hudson days ahead of Friday’s filing deadline.

NC-13: State House Speaker Tim Moore said over the weekend that he would seek another term leading the chamber, a move that once and for all takes the Republican out of contention for Congress this cycle.

RI-02: The Rhode Island AFL-CIO, which WPRI says is the Ocean State’s largest labor group, has endorsed Treasurer Seth Magaziner in the September Democratic primary for this open seat.

Grab Bag

Where Are They Now?: After losing two tight congressional races, former Rep. David Young has decided that the good meal is to be found in the Iowa state House. Young this week became the first Republican to announce a bid for the swingy 28th House District in the Des Moines suburbs, which, according to Dave’s Redistricting App, would have favored Joe Biden by a tight 49.0-48.8 margin. Two Democrats are currently campaigning here.



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27Feb
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Trump Puts Liz Cheney On Notice, Wins CPAC 2024 GOP Presidential Nomination Straw Poll

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23Feb
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GOP Flips Seat In Florida Special Election In District Joe Biden Won In Bad Sign For Dem Party

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22Feb
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GOP Snubs Joe Biden on Presidents’ Day: ‘Not You’

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17Feb
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GOP Boycotts Biden’s Federal Reserve Nominees, Fate Now Unclear

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15Feb
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Disney is the illuminati, baby! Epstein associate gives money to QAnon GOP

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12Feb
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Trump in the toilet; the GOP faces more Jan. 6 fallout; Republicans attack women

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05Feb
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GOP defends homegrown terrorist attack on homeland as ‘legitimate political discourse’

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05Feb
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Over 100 extremist candidates demonstrate how radical-right takeover of GOP is complete

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05Feb
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News Roundup: GOP says insurrection is 'legitimate political discourse,' Jim Jordan busted

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28Jan
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Report shows Sen. Joe Manchin’s getting billionaire GOP money for being a good little doggy

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26Jan
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Veteran moderate Democrat Jim Cooper will retire after Tennessee GOP gerrymanders his House seat

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26Jan
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Get-rich-quick schemes spread COVID-19 lies with help from the GOP and Sinema

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18Jan
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Ohio Court orders new House map after striking down gerrymandered GOP districts

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15Jan
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Democrats’ case against GOP extremism gains steam

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15Jan
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GOP officials use white supremacist rhetoric in pushing Arizona governor to attack asylum-seekers

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14Jan
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Graham sides with Trump, won’t support McConnell for GOP leader if he’s at odds with Trump

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13Jan
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GOP state Rep. Jake Hoffman skewered by reporter about signing one of the forged fake elector forms

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09Jan
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Major GOP donor sends mass email tying Jews to vaccine genocide conspiracy

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06Jan
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24Dec
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