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“In what may prove to be Florida’s last stand as a battleground state, Democrats are launching a $15 million voter organizing effort ahead of this year’s elections,” Politico reports. “Democratic candidates up and down the ballot — even those running in contested primaries — have agreed to pour in money that will be used to hire at least 200 organizers and open as many as 80 offices as part of a coordinated effort to pump up turnout across the state.”
“What a surprise… right on schedule… here comes the ‘midterms variant.’”
— Fox News host Maria Bartiromo suggested that Democrats are trying to create a new Covid-19 variant to help them win the midterm elections.
47% to 44%
A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that 47% of voters said they are more likely to vote for the Republican in their district in this year’s midterm elections, as opposed to 44% who said they would pick a Democrat. It’s the first time in eight years that Marist’s survey has found Republicans with an advantage on the congressional ballot test.
“The Democrats’ largest problem is this: We are living in an age of fear, insecurity and disorder on an array of fronts. The Republicans have traditionally been known as the party of toughness and order. Democrats are going to have to find a posture that is tough on disorder, and tough on the causes of disorder.”
“House Republicans’ main super PAC is booking $125 million in TV ad reservations in roughly 50 media markets across the country — a massive down payment on the party’s bid to wrest back the majority this fall,” Politico reports.
“From an atmospheric point of view, it’s a perfect storm of problems for the Democrats. How could you screw this up? It’s actually possible. And we’ve had some experience with that in the past. … In the Senate, if you look at where we have to compete in order to get into a majority, there are places that are competitive in the general election. So you can’t nominate somebody who’s just sort of unacceptable to a broader group of people and win. We had that experience in 2010 and 2012.”
— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the political atmosphere is good for Republicans heading into the midterms but warned that the party could bungle its chances if “unacceptable” candidates win their primaries but go on to lose in November, The Hill reports.
“Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) is throwing his weight behind a primary opponent to freshman Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) — an extraordinary broadside against a fellow Republican from his home state, as internal frustration with the controversial MAGA firebrand reaches a boiling point,” CNN reports. “And Tillis may not be alone. Other GOP lawmakers who are at their wits’ end with Cawthorn are considering endorsing one of his primary foes.”
“America can’t afford a Senate leader who is a weak-kneed, debt junkie, open-border RINO Republican and who, worse yet, sells out America for special interest group cash.”
— Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) in a new ad “is calling for Mitch McConnell to be ousted as Senate GOP leader, making him the party’s third major Senate candidate to come out in favor of booting the Kentucky Republican,” Politico reports.
“I am deeply concerned that, absent an immediate course correction, the party is headed for a wipeout in November, up and down the ballot.”
— Michael Bloomberg offered an apocalyptic warning for Democrats
49% to 42%
A new Mason-Dixon survey in Florida finds Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) leading challenger Val Demings (D-FL) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 42%, with another 9% of voters undecided.