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Trump Privately Admits GOP Senators Are In Jeopardy (But He Doesn’t Care)

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump on Thursday admitted to donors it will be "very tough" for Republicans to maintain their Senate majority during a private closed-door gathering at the Nashville Marriott, the Washington Post reports.

According to an anonymous attendee who spoke with the Post, Trump claimed "there are a couple senators" who are struggling with races he "can't really get involved in."

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Senate Candidate Known For Anti-Semitic Outbursts Compares ‘Leftists' To Nazis

Jason Lewis, the Republican contender for Tina Smith's (D-MN) Senate seat who has a history of making anti-Semitic remarks, has stooped to a new low with a campaign ad comparing "leftists" to Nazis.

In the ad, a leather-jacket-clad Lewis — wielding a handgun — intones that "first the radical left came for the Republicans like me."

His spouse, a retired St. Paul, Minnesota, police officer, chimes in.

"Then the radical left came after police officers like me," Leigh Lewis said.

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Sen. Collins Relying On Trump Advisers Gingrich And Rove

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has been trying to publicly distance herself from President Donald Trump while she runs a difficult reelection campaign. But on her email list, Collins and her campaign have frequently turned to Fox News contributors and Trump advisers Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove for fundraising help.

Collins is running for reelection in Maine, where Trump is badly trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in polling. She has received scrutiny over her support for major Trump policies, including her vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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Sen. Graham Urges Probe Of Harrison’s (Perfectly Legal) Donors

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) demanded an investigation on Wednesday into how Democrats are raising so much money against him. Graham has been badly outraised by his Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison, $57 million to $28 million.

"Where's all this money coming from ActBlue coming from? How easy would it be to just have a bunch of pre-paid credit cards?" he said in an interview with the Hill. "Where is all this money coming from? You don't have to report it if it's below $200. When this election is over with, I hope there will be a sitting down and finding out, 'OK, how do we control this?' It just seems to be an endless spiral."

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Sen. Perdue's Racist Insult To Kamala Raises $2 Million --  For His Opponent

At a rally for Donald Trump on Friday, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) mocked Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for her name. By Sunday, Perdue's Democratic opponent had raised nearly $2 million off of the racist comments.

Perdue intentionally mispronounced Harris' name at the Trump rally in Macon, Georgia.

"The most insidious thing that Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden are trying to perpetuate, and Bernie [Sanders] and Elizabeth [Warren] and Kamala — Kah-ma-la, or Kah-mah-la, or Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know, whatever," he said, drawing laughter from the rally's attendees.

"Well that is incredibly racist," Sabrina Singh, Harris' press secretary, responded in a tweet.

On Friday evening, Jon Ossoff — Perdue's Democratic opponent — tweeted the video clip of Perdue mispronouncing Harris' name, adding, "We are so much better than this."

Perdue's viral moment backfired in a major way. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ossoff raised more than $1.8 million from 42,000 donors between Friday and Sunday.

This fundraising haul came just days after Ossoff announced raising a record-breaking $21.3 million in the third quarter of 2020. Perdue raised roughly $5.6 million over the same period.

Harris and Perdue have served in the Senate together for four years. Perdue has even cosponsored two of Harris' bills.

Rather than quickly apologize for the racist slur of Harris, Perdue's campaign pretended it was an inadvertent error. "Sen. Perdue simply mispronounced Sen. Harris' name. He didn't mean anything by it," Perdue's spokesperson, Casey Black, tweeted on Friday.

Perdue's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This isn't the first time Perdue has made a bigoted attack against a political opponent. In July, the Perdue campaign made a Facebook ad featuring a distorted photo of Ossoff, who is Jewish, with his nose enlarged — a common anti-Semitic trope.

The moment was reminiscent of another Senate race 14 years ago. Then, Sen. George Allen (R-VA) was recorded harassing a 20-year-old Democratic tracker named S.R Sidarth — a Virginia native whose parents immigrated from India.

"This fella here over here with the yellow shirt. Macaca or whatever his name is," Allen said, using a racist term comparing Sidarth to a monkey. "Let's give a welcome to Macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia."

Allen, who had been favored in the race, lost to Democrat Jim Webb after the story broke.

Ossoff is not alone among Democratic candidates in his massive 2020 fundraising advantage. Across the country, Democrats running for Senate have broken records and raised far more than Republicans in competitive races. In Maine and Iowa, Democratic challengers have outraised GOP incumbents by about a four-to-one margin over the past three months.

Polls show the race between Ossoff and Perdue to be close. RealClear Politics' average puts Perdue up by just one point, though two recent polls gave Ossoff the lead.

If no candidate receives an outright majority in November's election, the top two finishers will face off in a January runoff election.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Watch Lindsey Graham Freak Out: ’They Hate My Guts’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

As deep red as South Carolina is — President Donald Trump carried the state by 14 percent in 2016 — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is fighting a surprisingly tough reelection battle this year. His Democratic challenger in South Carolina's U.S. Senate race, Jaime Harrison, is trailing him by only one percent in a Morning Consult poll released this week — while a recent Quinnipiac University poll found Graham and Harrison tied at 48 percent each. And during a Fox News appearance on Thursday, Graham complained about how robust Harrison's fundraising has turned out to be.

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QAnon Cultist Tied To White Nationalists Wins GOP Senate Nod In Delaware

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

The Republican Party's descent into the quagmire of far-right conspiracism deepened Tuesday night in Delaware when Lauren Witzke, a onetime QAnon cult promoter with ties to white nationalists, notably through her former campaign manager, won the Delaware GOP primary for a U.S. Senate seat.

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McConnell Gives GOP Senators Permission To Dump Trump

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

With Donald Trump sinking ever lower in the polls and odds-makers increasingly favoring Democrats to flip the Senate in November, the polls on the first day of August showed Democrats likely to emerge in the fall with complete control of Capitol Hill. It's enough to have Mitch McConnell sweating about his status as a future minority leader, if not future former senator. With that in mind, CNN reports that McConnell has given Republican Senate candidates permission to distance themselves from Trump, particularly on his mass-murder approach to the coronavirus and Trump's continued claims that it's safe for children to return to school.

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