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Wondering who will emerge to challenge Trump in 2020? Many California Democrats expect Kamala Harris to run, with former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicting that before long the freshman senator will be “knocking on doors in Iowa.”

That scenario recalls the meteoric rise of a certain freshman senator from Illinois — and one prominent right-wing commentator says that if she runs, Harris will prevail (at least in the primary).

Speaking at a county Republican dinner in Florida, Ann Coulter made a firm prediction: “I say if Kamala Harris runs, she will be the Democratic nominee.”

Given Harris’ role spearheading DACA, this isn’t a development that nativist Coulter — a bigot who considers Trump squishy — would welcome. But it indicates how quickly Harris is rising to the top of the list.

 

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Pat McCrory

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If former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is any indication, the GOP primary wounds wrought in the last several months stand a good chance of bleeding into the general election this fall.

McCrory, who lost his bid Tuesday to become the Republican nominee for the Tar Heel State's open Senate seat, declined to endorse his GOP rival, Rep. Ted Budd, the Trump endorsee.

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Dr. Mehmet Oz

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Senate candidate Mehmet Oz thanked Fox News host Sean Hannity for advising him “behind the scenes,” helping to bring him to the cusp of a potential victory in Tuesday night’s primary in Pennsylvania — a revelation that further illustrates Hannity’s position as a Republican operative who leverages his media presence for political influence.

The Republican primary race could potentially go to a recount, with Oz currently ahead of former hedge fund manager Dave McCormick by a slender margin. The winner will face Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who won his primary by a landslide. During a speech on Tuesday night, Oz first thanked his wife, his children, and his campaign staff and then called out two key political figures who endorsed him and advised him throughout the campaign: former President Donald Trump and Hannity.

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