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2020 General Election - Senate and House

We don’t have a thread any longer for this, since the primary election thread is shut down and the other GE thread really focuses on Biden and Trump, so I am starting one here.

McConnell Refuses To Appear in Debates With Female Moderator

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to participate in debates that include women journalists as moderators, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

McConnell is refusing a debate on KET, the statewide public affairs channel that would be moderated by a black woman, Renee Shaw. And it appears after accepting a debate hosted by TV stations owned by Gray TV, McConnell’s campaign worked to get a woman proposed to co-moderate the debate — WAVE3’s Shannon Cogan — removed. The debate is now moderated only by a man.

It’s a trend that McConnell has carried for 25 years, the newspaper reported, noting that the last time McConnell participated in a debate with a female moderator was in 1996.

Furthermore, McConnell has explicitly refused to join any debate that has Liberatrian candidate Brad Barron, despite Barron qualifying for the KET debate.

In a statement, Kentucky Democratic Party spokesperson Marisa McNee said McConnell’s decision to avoid any debates with women as moderators is disgusting.

“It’s no surprise that the same person who is blocking renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, equal pay for women in the workplace and so much other legislation that would help Kentucky women is refusing to appear in a debate moderated by a woman,” McNee said. “Mitch McConnell has been in the Senate for 35 years. It’s time for him to step into the modern world where women are equal, and, stop forcing last minute changes to avoid accountability.”


Well we could have had him as a candidate for president :scream:

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A surge in ad spending and campaign dollars will hopefully make the difference for these
Democratic candidates in this Blue Wave. :ocean:

Democrats are trouncing Republicans on the airwaves in the battle for the Senate, outspending them in nine of the top 10 competitive Senate races.

Why it matters: Even before President Trump’s COVID diagnosis, Republicans were growing increasingly concerned that Democrats’ money advantage could flip control of the Senate.

  • While some outside super PAC money for the GOP is starting to even it up, Republican candidates have been outspent for the year, according to data provided to Axios by Advertising Analytics.
  • Democrats need to pick up four seats to win the majority — or effectively three if Joe Biden wins the presidency, because his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, would break a 50-50 tie as vice president.

The big picture: Traditionally, incumbent senators have a fundraising edge, but it’s different this cycle thanks to unlimited contributions from Democratic super PACs as well as highly-motivated small donors.

  • Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court helped feed that bump.

By the numbers: In North Carolina, the most expensive Senate race this year, Democratic groups have outspent Republicans $116 million to $78 million.

  • Democrat Cal Cunningham was leading incumbent Thom Tillis by 6 percentage points in the average of polls tracked by Real Clear Politics — though that data was compiled before reports of texts between Cunningham and a woman who’s not his wife.
  • In Iowa, incumbent Joni Ernst has been collectively outspent by groups supporting Democrat Theresa Greenfield, $87 million to $66 million, with polls giving the challenger a slight lead.

What they’re saying : “I’m getting overwhelmed,” South Carolina Republican and incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox News last week. “ Help me. They’re killing me, money-wise. Help me. You helped me last week — help me again.”

  • Tillis charged in a debate: “Within 48 hours of Justice Ginsburg’s death Cal Cunningham had $6 million channeled to his campaign from some of the most radical left organizations who expect him to use the rubber stamp to confirm activist judges."
  • Republicans acknowledge their fundraising deficit, but are criticizing Democrats for relying on super PACs like the Senate Majority PAC, which has spent some $127 million on TV ads this year, according to Advertising Analytics.
  • “All cycle Democrats have relied on dark money and special interest groups to attack Republican senators while candidates disingenuously bemoan their existence,” said Jesse Hunt, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Rep Harrison is giving Sen Graham a tougher run than expected…close race.

It’s a jump ball at this point,” said one South Carolina Republican strategist. “Jaime is peaking at exactly the right time and he’s got a deluge of money. [Harrison] is blocking every pass there is from Republicans.”

Even Democrats in and outside of the Palmetto State are surprised such a typically red state is truly in play. Many Republicans have privately voiced frustrations that Graham’s campaign didn’t take the challenge from Harrison — a charismatic 44-year-old African-American former state party chairman who tells a compelling story of growing up with a teen mother and being raised by his grandparents in impoverished Orangeburg — seriously enough from the get-go.

Harrison first went up on TV back in April with positive bio spots, and hasn’t gone dark since. That allowed Harrison to set the tenor of the race. And since then, he’s had a series of ads that are very clearly aimed at who they hope will be Graham’s Achilles Heel — white women. In several spots, middle age or senior women talk about how they were once longtime Graham voters but now see that he’s changed on health care and how Harrsion’s “values” now more closely reflect their values. Harrison has made this race about character and in other Democratic ads they turn the tables and paint Graham as part of the “swamp,” and that seems to be working.

Harrison started out the year by posting impressive fundraising totals each quarter — $7.37 million and $14 million respectively — and outraising Graham each quarter too. Democrats expect a historic third-quarter fundraising haul from Harrison too, who’s been raising money at a fast clip ($10.6 million in August alone) even before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last month where ActBlue donations poured into campaigns across the board.


Republican strategies 101 - Suppress the vote, Gerrymandering, and scare voters.

Here’s a supreme example of one of Kansas State’s Senate President discussing carving out Republican districts, aka Gerrymandering just to secure the Congressional Republican leaders.

WTFery in the making.


Cross Posting


South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham painted a grim picture for Republicans if they lose control of the White House and Senate next month.

Graham said he believes Democrats would extensively change the rules when it comes to nominating appointees to the Supreme Court and would also impose other changes to the makeup of the country that would help them stay in power.

If we lose the House, the Senate, and the White House, they’re going to change the rules of the Senate, Maria, so you only need a majority," Graham told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo. "Anything coming out of the House goes to the Senate. They’re going to expand the Court from nine to whatever number they need to make it liberal. They’re going to abolish the Electoral College, which means New York and California pick our president. They’re going to change America.

Several election forecasters suggest Republicans are not only at major risk of losing their Senate majority but that Democrats may even pick up more seats in the House, which they already control.


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Graham and McConnell both providing devastating sound bites against themselves.

Lindsey Graham: “… the good old days of segregation…”

McConnell: laughing at his COVID-19 response.

She’s calling BS…


Huge differences in fund raising for Dems in Senate races.

The Democrats’ advantage was even wider than former vice president Joe Biden’s edge over President Trump in just-released numbers for September, when Biden pulled in $383 million to Trump’s $248 million.

Twelve of the 15 Democratic candidates raised at least double their opponents’ haul, eight raised triple, and six raised at least quadruple.

Here are the most lopsided tallies:

  • Gideon’s $39.4 million more than quadrupled Republican Sen. Susan Collins’s $8.3 million.
  • Iowa Democrat Theresa Greenfield’s $28.7 million quadrupled Republican Sen. Joni Ernst’s $7.2 million.
  • North Carolina Democrat Cal Cunningham raised $28.3 million, compared with Republican Sen. Thom Tillis’s $6.6 million.
  • Democrat Barbara Bollier outraised Republican Rep. Roger Marshall $13.5 million to $2.9 million for Kansas’s open seat.
  • Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock raised $12.8 million compared with appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s $2 million. (Loeffler has spent an additional $5.5 million of her own money. She is also fighting for a place in a likely runoff with Republican Rep. Douglas A. Collins, who pulled in $2.3 million.)
  • Alaska independent Al Gross (who has said he would caucus with Democrats), outraised Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan $9.1 million to $1.7 million.

Well, there’s a good sign.


WSJ wraps up the story…


NPR’s statement on this:

Analysis: Questionable ‘N.Y. Post’ Scoop Driven By Ex-Hannity Producer And Giuliani

Also, those two stories you posted are not the same. The first is a hit job by Kimberly Strassel, a Trump partisan who came up with the whole Spygate conspiracy theory:

How Right-Wing Media Creates a Conspiracy Theory Out of Thin Air

The second is the actual news article that clears Joe Biden.

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