The nail-biter Republican primary for Senate race in Pennsylvania between the Donald Trump-endorsed Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick is to replace Republican Pat Toomey, who announced that after serving two terms, he would not be running again.
Toomey saw his state’s party do some interesting things last night, with Pennsylvania Republicans nominating Trump-endorsed Doug Mastriano for governor, an election denier who was outside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.
In the general election, Mastriano will be going against Josh Shapiro, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Whoever wins the Republican primary for Senate will be running against John Fetterman, the state lieutenant governor.
Pat Toomey told me he doesn’t know Doug Mastriano and didn’t vote for him in #pagov. But he said he would “suspend judgment” on Mastriano until he gets to know him.— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022
Asked about Mastriano’s false 2020 election claims: “I’m aware that he has said things that I would disagree with”
Toomey voted for Bill McSwain.— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022
Toomey also said he was confident that either McCormick or Oz could beat Fetterman in #pasen. And he said the two Republicans are “probably stronger” candidates than Barnette would have been as the nominee. He wouldn’t say who he backed.
Asked about the headwinds caused by Mastriano downticket, Toomey said: “I think they're separate races, really separate races. So I feel very good about our prospects of holding the Senate seat.”— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 18, 2022
Is this irony? The Daily Beast is pointing out one piece of the big lie that Donald Trump keeps putting forth about the 2020 presidential election has to do with mail-in ballots: Joe Biden won swing state Pennsylvania, largely in part through the 2m mail-in ballots, to which Trump objected.
Well, with the Republican primary for Senate looking closer than ever, whether or not Trump’s candidate – Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician better known as Dr Oz – triumphs over Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund boss, will likely come down to the mail-in votes.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Trump team object to mail-in ballots if Oz prevails.
Adam Kinzinger, the Republican congressman from Illinois who has repeatedly separated himself from the party line when it has come to issues of Donald Trump and the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, went on CNN to comment on Trump-endorsed candidate Madison Cawthorn losing his seat in in the House.
“It’s good for the country. It’s good for the party. It’s good for the 11th district of North Carolina,” Kinzinger said. “Look, DC has become kind of a growing ground for people who are more interested in fame than governing, who are more interested in becoming famous than in actually doing the really serious work in a time when we’ve got a lot challenges here at home and a lot of challenges overseas. It’s a good thing he lost.”
Whoever wins the Republican primary for Senate in Pennsylvania – Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician better known as Dr Oz, or Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund boss – will be going up against John Fetterman, lieutenant governor, who easily won the Democratic primary, despite a stroke taking him off the campaign trail in the final weekend before the election.
PA — THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING ME AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR U.S. SENATE IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!!!!! 😭😭— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) May 18, 2022
I’m *so* deeply honored. pic.twitter.com/6sa7bC5Vrw
Amid numerous scandals, first-term congressman Madison Cawthorn lost his seat in the House of Representatives last night after failing to beat back a challenge from state legislator Chuck Edwards in the North Carolina Republican primary.
Let’s run through a few of the scandals plaguing this 26-year-old who was once seen as a rising star of the Republican party:
- He called Volodymyr Zelenskiy a “thug” after Russia invaded Ukraine.
- He claimed without evidence that Washington figures he “looked up to” had invited him to orgies and used cocaine. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy rebuked Cawthorn publicly over the remark.
- Police stopped Cawthorn on driving citations three times since October.
- Authorities caught Cawthorn with guns at airport checkpoints twice since last year, including last month.
- Videos released in the campaign’s final weeks showed Cawthorn in sexually suggestive poses.
Even with all the scandal, staunch Trump-ally Cawthorn still had the endorsement of Donald Trump. Just before the primary, Trump posted on his social media site for voters to back Cawthorn: “Recently, he made some foolish mistakes, which I don’t believe he’ll make again … let’s give Madison a second chance!”
Primary results: Oz lock horns with McCormick in test of Trump’s power in Pennsylvania
Ahoy there, live blog readers. Happy Wednesday.
Yesterday was the biggest primary night of the year, with voters in five states – Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon, Idaho and Kentucky – picking the candidates at the center of some of this year’s most contentious battles for control of Congress, statehouses and governor’s offices.
At the moment, the race for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat in Pennsylvania is neck-and-neck between Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician better known as Dr Oz, and Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund boss. Oz, who is endorsed by Donald Trump, is currently trailing McCormick, but the race remains too close too call.
Many are watching the race to gauge Trump’s enduring grip on the Republican party – one of many tests of the night. While the Oz race is still too close too call, Pennsylvania Republicans handedly nominated Trump’s choice for governor – Doug Mastriano – an election denier who was outside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.
However, in North Carolina, Republicans ousted Trump’s candidate for Senate – Madison Cawthorn, the scandal-plagued first-term congressman. But in this same state, the Trump-backed congressman Ted Budd bested ex-governor Pat McCrory and a dozen other candidates to clinch the Republican nomination for Senate.
In Idaho, the sitting governor, Brad Little, defeated his far-right lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, a Trump-endorsed candidate who twice attempted a power grab to ban coronavirus mask and vaccine mandates when Little was out of state on business