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Morning Digest: Virginia GOP’s new nominee for governor earns ‘shock’ endorsement from Trump


Republicans are hoping that Youngkin, a rich first time-candidate, will enhance their prospects in Virginia, the place Staff Pink final received a statewide race again in 2009. Democrats, although, have wasted no time working to tie the newly minted nominee to Donald Trump, who misplaced the state 54-44 final 12 months.

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Youngkin himself spent the nomination battle refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory and running ads that featured Trump praising him as a “nice man.” But when Youngkin thought he’d be capable of depart Trump behind now that the conference’s concluded, he acquired a impolite awakening Tuesday when Trump issued a non-tweet endorsement―a growth that the Virginia Scope’s Brandon Jarvis says caught the marketing campaign abruptly, however little doubt delighted Democrats.


GA-Sen, GA-AG: As anticipated, Republican Lawyer Normal Chris Carr has introduced that he’ll seek re-election relatively than run for the Senate, although he’ll seemingly face a aggressive race for a second time period as Georgia’s prime legislation enforcement official. That is as a result of two notable Democrats have already launched bids of their very own: former prosecutor Charlie Bailey, who lost to Carr 51-49 in 2018, and state Sen. Jen Jordan, who flipped a traditionally Republican district within the Atlanta space in a 2017 particular election.


CA-Gov: A new poll from UC Berkeley for the Los Angeles Times finds simply 36% of California voters assist recalling Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom whereas 49% are opposed. In January, the varsity discovered the recall failing by an analogous 36-45 margin.

MD-Gov: Businessman Mike Rosenbaum announced a campaign for governor on Tuesday, becoming a member of an more and more crowded area of Democrats seeking to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Maryland Issues describes Rosenbaum as “a Baltimore tech entrepreneur who has been energetic within the metropolis’s civic and philanthropic scene for the previous twenty years.”

NJ-Gov: Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has launched his first TV advert forward of his re-election bid this fall. The spot, a part of a $5 million buy in the pricey New York and Philadelphia media markets, focuses on the difficulties the state has confronted throughout the coronavirus pandemic and lays out Murphy’s priorities for the future. Murphy has no main opponents, so this advert serves as a kickoff to his quest to turn into the primary Democratic governor to win re-election within the Backyard State in 44 years.  

It additionally permits the governor to maximise his marketing campaign spending, since he faces a cap after opting into the state’s public financing system. Underneath the legislation, candidates receive two-to-one matching funds based on their fundraising however are restricted to spending $7.3 million within the main and $15.6 million basically election. That cap would not roll over after the first, although, so Murphy’s taking the chance to place his title and face earlier than voters now regardless that he is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

The New Jersey Globe additionally notes that Murphy’s advert is available in response to the commercials former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli has run, which decry the governor’s handling of the pandemic and economy. Ciattarelli, who’s the GOP’s seemingly nominee, has spent $2 million on advertisements since March.

NY-Gov: Former Westchester County Govt Rob Astorino kicked off a second bid for governor on Tuesday, although he could not get an opportunity for a rematch with the person who defeated him seven years in the past. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo fended off Astorino 54-40 amid the 2014 GOP wave, however the incumbent, beset by an ever-growing collection of scandals and investigations, hasn’t confirmed his plans to hunt re-election. Astorino was most recently on the ballot final 12 months when he misplaced a closely contested state Senate election, and he had beforehand lost his re-election bid for a 3rd time period as county government by a large margin to Democrat George Latimer in 2017.


CA-21: Democrat Bryan Osorio, who was elected the mayor of Delano (pop. 54,000) final 12 months on the age of 25, has filed paperwork with the FEC forward of a attainable bid in opposition to Republican Rep. David Valadao in California’s twenty first Congressional District. Former Assemblywoman Nicole Parra is already working beneath the Democratic banner (although she has an extended historical past of backing Republicans), whereas former Rep. TJ Cox, whom Valadao ousted in a rematch final 12 months, says he’s awaiting the outcome of redistricting earlier than making a last choice.

FL-13: The Tampa Bay Times reports that state Rep. Michele Rayner, who final 12 months grew to become the primary LGBTQ Black girl elected to the Florida legislature, is “rumored to be contemplating a run” for the open thirteenth Congressional District. Two different Democrats lately launched bids for this seat, former Protection Division official Eric Lynn and state Rep. Ben Diamond.

OH-15: Democratic state Rep. Allison Russo kicked off a bid Tuesday to interchange outgoing Republican Rep. Steve Stivers in central Ohio’s fifteenth Congressional District. Russo flipped a longtime GOP seat in 2018, defeating Republican Erik Yassenoff 57-43 in a extremely educated district within the northern Columbus suburbs that had moved from 50-48 Romney to 53-42 Clinton.

Russo joins 2020 candidate Daniel Kilgore within the Democratic area, however the pair could quickly have firm, as Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano filed paperwork with the FEC for a possible bid. The Columbus Dispatch notes that Stinziano has not made a final decision on running however he’ll have to maneuver rapidly, as filing for the Nov. 2 special election closes on May 17.


Atlanta, GA Mayor: The Atlanta Journal-Structure is out with another look at the potential field to succeed Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms this 12 months. The paper writes that Metropolis Councilman Antonio Brown “is making ready to enter the race for mayor as quickly as Friday,” whereas Atlanta Hawks chief government Steve Koonin has informed folks he will not be competing. Former Metropolis Council President Cathy Woolard, who took third within the 2017 mayoral race, additionally said Tuesday that she wouldn’t run again.

The AJC additionally studies that two different politicos are contemplating getting in: 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jason Carter and Metropolis Councilman Andre Dickens. Mary Norwood, who’s a uncommon unbiased politician on this closely blue metropolis, can also be nonetheless fascinated about mounting a 3rd mayoral bid, however unnamed allies inform the paper that they anticipate she’ll as an alternative proceed along with her marketing campaign to return to the Metropolis Council.

New York Metropolis, NY Mayor: Former metropolis Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia on Tuesday earned the backing of the New York Times, which is arguably one of many few newspaper endorsements able to shifting voters in a Democratic main. 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, in the meantime, picked up the support of Rep. Grace Meng, who represents northeastern Queens in Congress.

The Occasions additionally studies that the American Federation of Lecturers and the United Federation of Lecturers will spend a total of $4 million on TV and digital ads in assist of metropolis Comptroller Scott Stringer forward of the June 22 instant-runoff main.

Stringer misplaced quite a few endorsements within the days after a lady named Jane Kim accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2001, however these two teams have remained in his nook. A.F.T. head Randi Weingarten mentioned Sunday, “Am I troubled by the allegations? In fact … I am additionally a unionist who has handled false allegations.”

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VA-LG: Del. Hala Ayala’s newest ad for the June 8 Democratic primary stars her most outstanding backer, Gov. Ralph Northam. The governor tells the viewers, “In 400 years, Virginia has by no means had a lady as lieutenant governor. America simply made historical past with the election of Kamala Harris. It is time to do the identical right here within the commonwealth by electing Hala Ayala.” Northam continues by praising the delegate as somebody who “helped me develop reasonably priced well being care, cross legal justice reform, and lift instructor pay.”


United Kingdom: Elections took place last week in Scotland, Wales, and England respectively for the Scottish Parliament, the Senedd (Welsh Parliament), and varied native workplaces throughout England. Incumbents largely fared nicely, with the pro-independence Scottish Nationwide Get together (SNP) and Welsh Labor each being re-elected to their respective our bodies with out important motion.

The Tories, nonetheless, did even higher than anticipated in England, profitable a Labour-held parliamentary seat in a by-election (particular election) by an unexpectedly giant margin and taking quite a few native workplaces throughout the north of England.

Contributing Editor David Beard takes a look at each the short-term and long-term issues going through the Labour Get together and the place they need to look to climb out of the present gap they discover themselves in.

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Podcast: Each day Kos Elections’ Jeff Singer appeared on Daily Kos’ The Brief Podcast with Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld on Tuesday. Singer mentioned the 2022 Senate map (and its eerie similarity to the 2020 presidential battlegrounds), why this upcoming midterm won’t spell doom for President Biden and downballot Democrats, and Donald Trump’s lingering affect over the Republican Get together and American politics total.  

You’ll find Singer’s musings on these topics and more here.