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San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, temporarily appointed to the post after Gavin Newsom won the California lieutenant governor’s race, is making a run for a full term — and he’s getting some creative help:

Much of the Silicon Valley business, sports, and arts community seems to be behind him. But notice that this ad is not paid for by the candidate, but by San Franciscans For Jobs and Good Government, a local Super PAC funded by Silicon Valley “investor angel” Ron Conway and Napster creator Sean Parker. So even the fun ads are a reflection of the corrosive influence of money on our politics.

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Lt. Gov. Janice McEachin

The Republican Party’s radical right flank is making inroads among voters and winning key primaries east of the Mississippi. But out West, among the five states that held their 2022 primary elections on May 17, a string of GOP candidates for office who deny the 2020’s presidential election results and have embraced various conspiracies were rejected by Republicans who voted for more mainstream conservatives.

In Pennsylvania, Douglas Mastriano, an election denier and white nationalist, won the GOP’s nomination for governor. He received 568,000 votes, which was 44.1 percent of the vote in a low turnout primary. One-quarter of Pennsylvania’s nine million registered voters cast ballots.

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Rep. Ted Budd, left, and Cheri Beasley

On Tuesday, North Carolina Republicans selected Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), a far-right extremist who has pushed false claims about the 2020 election, to be their Senate nominee. He will face Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley, a former chief justice of the state's Supreme Court.

As of Wednesday morning, Budd had received more than 58 percent of the GOP primary vote. Former Gov. Pat McCrory received just below 25 percent of the vote, while former Rep. Mark Walker received about nine percent of the vote.

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