Trump rages as Dr. Oz struggles and Madison Cawthorn crumbles – Elections Live


‘Super guy’: Trump backs Dr. Mehmet Oz in Republican primary for Senate race

With nearly all of Tuesday’s key primary election results, Donald Trump took to Truth Social to baselessly suggest that mail-in ballots were fraudulent in Pennsylvania, where his Senate nominee Dr Mehmet Oz is locked up. in a close battle with the former hedge fund. executive David McCormick.

With only a small fraction of the votes yet to be counted, the two men are only separated by a small number of votes, which puts them within the 0.5 point margin that triggers an automatic recount – and raises the possibility that mail-in votes could put Mr. McCormick ahead.

Elsewhere, strong showings from several Trump-backed candidates indicate the former president still has plenty of clout within the party, but it was far from a perfect scorecard. North Carolina Republicans expelled far-right congresswoman Madison Cawthorn in her primary.

That result was celebrated even within the Republican Party, whose establishment increasingly wanted to see the congressman removed from office because of his extreme statements and outlandish behavior.

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Focus on Idaho as the far right advances at the state level

Solidly Republican, Idaho has long been a bastion of hard-right politics, but the recent far-right drift among state Republicans is increasingly drawing attention beyond state lines.

While several of the incumbents’ hardline opponents lost their races on Tuesday, a very different dynamic played out in the state Senate, where several incumbents were ousted by candidates with extreme views.

Boise State Public Radio has a detailed report on the situation here.

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 12:59 p.m.

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Oz-McCormick: the state of play

As things stand this morning, only a tiny proportion of votes remain in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary, and the gap between first-place Dr. Mehmet Oz and fighter Dave McCormick has widened. reduced to just 1,240 votes out of more than 1.3 million. already counted.

It’s unclear exactly how many votes remain outstanding, but Mr McCormick appears to have an advantage in mail-in ballots (much to Donald Trump’s chagrin). Counties across the state have until next Tuesday to certify their results. And if the result ends with a margin of less than 0.5 points, as currently seems likely, an automatic recount will be triggered.

In the meantime, find out why the mail-in voting process has slowed the count down so much below.

EXPLAINER: How mail-in ballots are slowing results in Pennsylvania

The counting of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania is under renewed scrutiny amid a U.S. Senate primary too close to call between Republicans David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Former President Donald Trump blasted the state’s election procedures on social media, even though there’s no indication of wrongdoing with those ballots other than a printing error that slowed the process. count in a county.

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 12:15 p.m.

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Hannity complains about the failure of a far-right candidate

Kathy Barnette’s supposed last-minute boost in the Pennsylvania Senate primary turned out to be an illusion, as she polled several points behind nearly tied Mehmet Oz and David McCormick. But she’s earned herself a right-wing audience with her exuberant and extreme personality, and she’s now using her newly-earned platform to complain about Fox News’ Sean Hannity and his efforts to tarnish her as dangerous in her efforts to boost Dr Oz.

Here’s what Mr. Hannity had to say about it last night:

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 11:30 am

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Catch-up: who really won this week’s primaries?

Eric Garcia took the measure of this week’s first results – those that are final, anyway – and he has this analysis of what they tell us about the state of the two parties, and about Donald Trump’s inconsistent power to shape the preferences of the electorate:



Clearly, while Trump’s endorsement helps, it’s not a guarantee. On Wednesday, it is still too early to determine whether Dr. Mehmet Oz, the former television host whom Trump endorsed, won or lost Pennsylvania’s Senate primary. But the fact that the ex-president’s backing has failed to propel him far ahead of the pack shows that an endorsement from Trump won’t outweigh the reservations conservatives have about a nominee – as many have with Dr. Oz, fearing that his beliefs about abortion, guns, and fracking have put him beyond reach.

Andrew NaughtyMay 19, 2022 10:45 a.m.

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Madeleine Dean supports John Fetterman

Democrat Madeleine Dean, who represents Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district and has so far refrained from endorsing a candidate, backed Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman in the race.

“I am thrilled to support John Fetterman,” Ms. Dean said Wednesday, adding that she ran against him for lieutenant governor for some time in 2018 and saw “an authenticity – ready to be her. -even, ready to think outside the box”. ”.

Stuti Mishra19 May 2022 10:00

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How Mastriano’s win in Pennsylvania could turn election lies into action

Doug Mastriano was deeply involved in Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the last election. He was in the United States Capitol during the January 6 insurrection.

If elected in November, Mr. Mastriano has pledged to end no-apology voting by mail, a process used by hundreds of thousands of people in this week’s primary. He also wants to force millions of registered voters to re-register.

Here’s what his victory would mean for the state with its far-right policies:

Stuti MishraMay 19, 2022 09:00

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How mail-in ballots are slowing results in Pennsylvania

Former President Donald Trump blasted Pennsylvania’s election procedures on social media on Wednesday, even though there are no indications of wrongdoing with those ballots other than a printing error that slowed the count in a county.

He has been a relentless critic of the state’s voting procedures since his defeat in Pennsylvania two years ago, when it took several days to tally the results of all mail-in ballots.

Here’s an explainer on how the state’s mail-in ballot system works and what caused the delay:

EXPLAINER: How mail-in ballots are slowing results in Pennsylvania

The counting of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania is under renewed scrutiny amid a U.S. Senate primary too close to call between Republicans David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Former President Donald Trump blasted the state’s election procedures on social media, even though there’s no indication of wrongdoing with those ballots other than a printing error that slowed the process. count in a county.

Stuti MishraMay 19, 2022 08:00

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Do Republicans like Big Lie supporter Doug Mastriano suddenly believe in the legitimacy of elections?

Doug Mastriano spent the months following the 2020 presidential election demanding an audit of the results and amplifying Trump’s lie that his loss was due to fraudulent results.

Mastriano declared victory last night almost immediately after news networks predicted his victory in the GOP primaries for the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, relying on the same electoral process that saw Trump lose he two years ago.

Why do Mastriano and all the other previous Holocaust deniers who won their races now think the election process is fair?

The Governor of Pennsylvania appoints the Secretary of State, an extremely powerful position that directs state elections and approves voters.

Alex WoodwardMay 19, 2022 07:00

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Trump says ally Dr. Oz should declare victory in Pennsylvania primary

The former president baselessly suggested that his favorite candidate, Dr. Oz, simply declares himself the winner of the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary, and falsely claims that election officials are ‘incapable’ of counting ballots – continuing his false narrative that the election, if it doesn’t go his way, is rigged against him, throwing a spanner in the democratic process.

Alex WoodwardMay 19, 2022 06:00

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Defeated GOP primary candidate blames Sean Hannity for her loss, accusing him of ‘brazen lies’

Far-right candidate Kathy Barnette, who is third in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary, blames her end on Fox News host Sean Hannity.

In a video posted to her Twitter account early Wednesday morning, she thanked her followers and attacked the Fox personality.

She said: “I mean never forget what Sean Hannity did in that race. Almost single-handedly, Sean Hannity has sown seeds of misinformation, outright lies every night for the past five days. And it was just extremely difficult to overcome, apparently.

Alex WoodwardMay 19, 2022 05:00


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