Mark Harris says he won’t run in North Carolina election do-over

Mark Harris says he won’t run in North Carolina election do-over

By Lauren Barron-Lopez (Politico) – Republican Mark Harris announced on Tuesday that he will not run in the new election for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, citing his compromised health. A new election was called last week after Harris’ campaign was the subject of fraud allegations that tainted the midterm election. The state board of elections declined to certify the race between Harris and Democrat Dan McCready in 2018, instead voting last week to order a new election.  Read...
Graham: I ‘support’ Trump emergency declaration

Graham: I ‘support’ Trump emergency declaration

By Quint Forgey (Politico) – Sen. Lindsey Graham on Saturday expressed support for President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency, saying Trump’s admission that he “didn’t need to” invoke his emergency powers did not weaken the White House’s claim that there is a crisis at the southern border. “I really don’t think so,” Graham (R-S.C.) told host Margaret Brennan in an interview set to air Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I think the president’s been making a persuasive case that the border is broken, you know,” he said. “Drugs are flowing across the border killing Americans, human trafficking. We’ve got a dangerous situation along the border.” Read...
Warner, Kaine urge Northam to resign as presser fails to quell Dems’ fury

Warner, Kaine urge Northam to resign as presser fails to quell Dems’ fury

By Quint Forgey (Politico) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s public insistence Saturday that he was not pictured in a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page did little to placate members of his own party — with the commonwealth’s two Democratic U.S. Senators urging the governor to step down. “After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign,” Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said in a joint statement with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Read...
Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away

Beto O’Rourke says 2020 decision could be months away

By David Siders (Politico) – EL PASO, Texas — Beto O’Rourke said Friday that it could take him months to decide whether to run for president, adding that he does not want to “raise expectations” about a 2020 bid. O’Rourke told POLITICO after a speaking engagement here that he has no timetable for making a decision, which he said could “potentially” be months away. Read...