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In this problem: Republican Governors Association airs pro-Kemp ad in Georgia, Arrington challenges Mace in SC-01

Republican Governors Association releases pro-Kemp ad in Georgia

RGA Georgia 2022 PAC, an affiliate of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), spent $500,000 on an ad supporting Governor Brian Kemp. The hills Max Greenwood wrote, “While the RGA generally supports incumbent GOP governors, Kemp’s place marks the first time the group has funded a television ad in a primary to support an incumbent facing a Republican challenger.”

Kemp faces former Sen. David Perdue and at least two other candidates in the May 24 GOP primary. Perdue has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump and released an ad featuring Trump last week. The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionby Greg Bluestein wrote that the RGA ad “underscores a growing proxy war between major GOP groups and Trump allies.”

The RGA ad criticizes President Joe Biden on spending, inflation and illegal immigration and states, “Georgia has a proven conservative leader who is fighting back. … Kemp cut taxes, creating one of America’s fastest growing economies and well-paying jobs. And Governor Kemp sent the National Guard to the border to help stop the flow of illegal drugs into our communities.

In the Perdue commercial, Trump says to the camera, “The Democrats marched all over Brian Kemp. He was afraid of Stacey ‘The Hoax’ Abrams. Brian Kemp let us down.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser wrote that Trump appeared to be referring to legislation passed by the GOP-controlled legislature and signed by Kemp in 2019: “Some of the provisions, which were supported by Democrats, addressed concerns raised during the Kemp’s 2018 victory over Abrams regarding how non-white voters were treated.” Steinhauser said the law changed the process for rejecting mail-in ballots and deleting voter lists and “also increased security by adding Georgia to a 25-state electronic registration information center that is used for the purpose of tracking voters entering and leaving the state to keep voter rolls clear.

Trump and Kemp clashed over the legitimacy of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results, which Kemp certified.

Perdue lost his Senate re-election bid to Jon Ossoff by 49.4% to 50.6% in the January 2021 runoff election.

Abrams is the Democratic primary candidate for governor. Kemp beat Abrams 50.2% to 48.8% in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Texas roundup: Polls and endorsements in two weeks

The first midterm primaries take place on March 1. Runoffs in Texas are scheduled for May 24 for races in which no candidate receives more than 50% of the primary vote. The Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle editorial boards recently released endorsements, and the University of Texas released a poll on Feb. 14. Here’s a roundup of the polls and endorsements in the big-name state executive and legislative races.

Vote

A University of Texas/Texas Politics Project poll polled 375 likely GOP primary voters between Jan. 28 and Feb. 7. The poll’s margin of error was +/- 5 percentage points.

  • Governor’s Primary: Incumbent Governor Greg Abbott leads with 60%. Former state GOP chairman Allen West and former state senator Don Huffines were tied at 15% and 14%. No other candidate obtained 10%.
  • Primary Attorney General: Outgoing Attorney General Ken Paxton leads with 47%. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush had 21%, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman had 16%, and U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert had 15%.

Amendments

  • Governor’s Primary: the Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News Abbott approved.
    • Other notable mentions in this primary include Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for Abbott, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for Huffines and former national security adviser Michael Flynn for Allen West. .
  • Primary Attorney General: the Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News endorsed Guzman during the GOP attorney general primary, citing Paxton’s 2015 indictment for charges related to securities fraud violations and claiming Paxton used the office to benefit a political donor, which led to an FBI investigation. Paxton denied wrongdoing in both cases.
    • Trump endorsed Paxton. U.S. Representative Kay Granger (R-Texas) endorsed Bush.
  • Senate District 11 Primary: the Houston Chronicle endorsed Bob Mitchell in the state Senate District 11 GOP primary. Mitchell is one of four candidates in the open race, including Mayes Middleton, who, according to Transparency USA data, raised more than any other Texas state legislative candidate during the 1st reporting period. July to December 31. Middleton raised $1.9 million for Mitchell’s $55,000 (on top of the $50,000 in loans). The Dallas Morning News did not endorse in this race.
    • Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R) and Trump endorsed Middleton.

Arrington challenges Mace in SC-01 with Trump’s approval

On Feb. 8, Katie Arrington announced she would challenge incumbent Nancy Mace (R) in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. The next day, Trump endorsed Arrington.

Arrington was the GOP nominee in the 1st District in 2018 after defeating incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford in the Republican primary. Joe Cunningham (D) beat Arrington in the general election 50.6% to 49.2%. In 2020, Mace beat Cunningham 50.6% to 49.3%.

Arrington said Mace “sold out the Lowcountry. She sold out President Trump. She’s more interested in becoming a mainstream media celebrity than fighting for the people she’s supposed to represent.

Trump said: ‘Arrington is running against an absolutely terrible candidate, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, whose remarks and attitude have been devastating to her community, and not at all representative of the Republican Party to whom she has been very disloyal . Katie Arrington, on the other hand, is loved and respected and a true Republican.

Mace criticized Trump after the Capitol breach on Jan. 6, 2021, though she voted against impeachment later that month.

February 10, Mace noted“I remember in 2015 when President Trump announced his race, I was one of his earliest supporters. … I backed him again in 2020 because of policies I believed in. Mace has said of Arrington’s candidacy: “I won this seat for the Republicans in 2020. … If you want to lose this seat again in the midterm election cycle to the Democrats, then my opponent is more than qualified to do just that.”

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (right) endorsed Mace on February 7. Haley, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump administration, called Mace “the conservative voice the Lowcountry needs in Washington.”

The primary is scheduled for June 14.

Trump endorses Loren Culp in pro-impeachment House Republican challenge

On February 9, Trump endorsed Loren Culp in Washington’s 4th congressional district primary. Incumbent Rep. Dan Newhouse was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January 2021.

Newhouse was first elected in 2014 and has yet to announce whether he will run again. Culp, a former Republic city police chief, ran for governor of Washington in 2020, losing to incumbent Jay Inslee (D) 57% to 43%.

Trump has endorsed more than 40 U.S. House candidates this year, including five challengers running against incumbents who voted to impeach him in January 2021. Of the 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment , three (Anthony Gonzalez, John Katko, and Adam Kinzinger) did not run for office.

Washington holds the first two primaries for Congress, meaning each candidate for a particular office appears on the same primary ballot. The top two, regardless of party affiliation, qualify for the general election. So far, five Republicans and one Democrat are running in the primary.

The primary is set for August 2.

U.S. Representatives Not Seeking Re-Election

At the end of January, nine months before the general election, 42 members of the United States House of Representatives had announced that they would not run again. At the same time in the 2020 election cycle, 34 representatives had announced that they would not run again. This number was 45 in 2018.

Rep. Kathleen Rice (DN.Y.) announced her retirement on Tuesday, bringing the total to 43 incumbents who are not seeking re-election this year.

Senator Josh Hawley endorses Vicky Hartzler for Missouri’s other Senate seat

U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) endorsed U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Senator Roy Blunt (R) is not seeking re-election.

On Feb. 12, ahead of the Republican Lincoln Days forum that included four GOP primary candidates, Hawley said Hartzler “is not afraid to stand up for conservative values, and she’s exactly what Missouri needs in the U.S. Senate.” .

Lawyer Mark McCloskey said after the forum: “It illustrates why I’m in the running. The fact that Josh Hawley endorses Vicky Hartzler is just more evidence of machine politics… politics as usual. U.S. Representative Billy Long, who also attended the forum, criticized Hartzler at the end of the event. According to Missouri Time‘ Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Long “questioned Hartzler’s conservative voting record, comparing him to Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.”

Nine candidates are currently in the running.

On Feb. 16, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) endorsed Attorney General Eric Schmitt in the Senate primary.

According to the latest documents filed by the Federal Election Commission, five Republican candidates from Missouri for the United States Senate had raised more than $500,000 as of December 31: Schmitt ($2.4 million), Hartzler ($1.9 million), former Gov. Eric Greitens ($1.5 million), State Sen. Dave Schatz ($1.2 million) and McCloskey ($940,000).

The deadline for submitting applications is March 31 and the primary is set for August 2.

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