John Hanna, Ap Political Writer Updated 9:09 pm PDT, Thursday, September 5, 2019 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves the crowd before speaking at the 101st National Convention of The American Legion in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves the crowd before speaking at the 101st National Convention of The American Legion in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Photo: Michael Conroy, AP Photo: Michael Conroy, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves the crowd before speaking at the 101st National Convention of The American Legion in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves the crowd before speaking at the 101st National Convention of The American Legion in … [Read more...] about Kansas’ Pompeo could swing Senate race, but will he run?
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Former City Councilman Ray Lopez won a runoff Tuesday to become San Antonio’s newest representative in the Texas House, breaking Democrats’ recent streak of losing special elections in districts they typically control. With all precincts reporting, Lopez secured 58 percent of the vote to prevail over Republican Fred Rangel and keep the historically blue district in Democratic hands. “Most of us don’t really like the politics. What we like is the governance. What we like is making a difference in people’s lives,” Lopez told supporters at his Bandera Road headquarters after formally declaring victory at 9 p.m. “And when we have the confidence of the people that elect us, it emboldens us to go and do the right thing.” The mood was decidedly more jubilant there than it has been at the last few watch parties for San Antonio Democrats in special elections. The party had fumbled away the last three races of that kind, including an important … [Read more...] about Democrat Lopez wins San Antonio runoff, now heads to the Capitol where Legislature is in full swing
The race is heating up for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat held by Cory Gardner, considered one of the nation’s most vulnerable Republican incumbents on the ballot next year.Including candidates who have launched campaigns and a handful facing pressure from party leaders to run, as many as a dozen Democrats are putting together campaigns to challenge Gardner’s bid for a second six-year term.Political consultants and potential candidates say it could be months before the Democratic field takes shape, while perhaps the most formidable candidate might not get in the race until later in the year.Democrats who have announced a bid or are said to be considering one include two members of Congress, a former state senator fresh off an unsuccessful run for governor, and two former speakers of the Colorado House. Colorado Springs News It's official: Andrew Romanoff's in the race for U.S. Senate Colorado Politics There’s a state lawmaker from rural Colorado with a … [Read more...] about Colorado Democrats lining up to take on Cory Gardner in 2020 U.S. Senate race
The complicated choice facing Democratic presidential primary voters, desperate to pick the right candidate to beat President Donald Trump in 2020, was encapsulated this past weekend. Elizabeth Warren, who on Saturday delivered populist fire in her formal announcement speech, represented the view that fierce ideological conviction can carry the day in the general election. The next day, Amy Klobuchar touted her Midwestern roots as she personified the belief that a candidate from the middle—both politically and geographically—would be the most electable nominee. And both candidates had their rollouts somewhat clouded by scandalous accusations—Warren’s past identification as an “American Indian” and allegations that Klobuchar is an abusive boss—that raised questions about their “electability.”Story Continued Below Democrats say they care more about winning in 2020 than anything else. In a Monmouth University poll, when asked to choose … [Read more...] about How to Choose the Most Electable Democrat in 2020
Democrats think they’re in position to win back the Senate in 2020. But some of the party’s biggest potential candidates are aiming for the White House instead. The wide open Democratic presidential primary looks set to draw in more than a dozen candidates who think they could be the ones to beat President Donald Trump in 2020 — including the highest-profile Democrats in at least three key Senate states. The collection of experienced governors and newer rising stars would be at the top of any Senate recruiter’s list in another year, but the thought of running against Trump has pulled them in another direction.Story Continued Below In Colorado, former Gov. John Hickenlooper has been building out a possible national campaign, though he would be an A-list opponent for Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, Senate Democrats’ top target in 2020. In Texas, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Obama administration official Julian Castro are both eyeing the White … [Read more...] about Presidential dreams pull Democrats away from key Senate races