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Primary election results – live: Trump rages as Dr Oz struggles and Madison Cawthorn crashes out



‘Great guy’: Trump endorses Dr Mehmet Oz in Republican primary for Senate race

With almost all the results now in from Tuesday’s key primary elections, strong performances by several Donald Trump-backed candidates underscore the former president’s ongoing clout within the party – but it was far from a perfect scorecard, with North Carolina Republicans throwing out Trump-backed congressman Madison Cawthorn in his primary.

The scandal-hit Mr Cawthorn’s defeat has met with celebration among the ex-president’s critics, including within the Republican Party – where even many in the establishment wanted to see the congressman removed from office because of his extreme statements and outlandish behaviour.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has taken to Truth Social to baselessly suggest mail-in ballots were fraudulent in Pennsylvania, where his chosen Senate candidate Dr Mehmet Oz is locked in a tight battle with former hedge fund executive David McCormick.

With only a small portion of the vote yet to be counted, the two men are just a tiny number of votes apart, putting them within the 0.5-point margin that triggers an automatic recount – and raising the possibility that mail-in votes could put Mr McCormick ahead.

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ICYMI: Here is why we don’t know the winner in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary

Dr Oz and Dave McCormick are just a few tenths of one percentage point apart in the Republican primary for a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania.

It may be several days or weeks to determine who won the race, with several thousand mail-in or absentee ballots left to be counted and processed.

Thousands of printing errors involving mail-in ballots from Lancaster County must also be manually remarked, with a team of 50 volunteers and county employees working with election administrators.

The errors impacted about 16,000 of 22,000 mail-in ballots that were returned.

Once all ballots counted, the race is likely headed to a recount, if the men can’t escape the .5 per cent threshold that separtes them. That threshold triggers an automatic recount, under state law. That process would have to start by 1 June and end no later than 7 June.

Then, of course, the winner in the GOP primary will face John Fetterman, who won every county in the state in the Democratic primary. That general election will put the GOP candidate against Fetterman on 8 November.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 04:00

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“The Pennsylvania primary showed a Republican party in disarray”

The midterms are still months away, but Tuesday night was proof that the GOP is getting very good at shooting itself in the foot, writes Nathan McDermott:

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 03:10

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Kinzinger: Cawthorn’s loss is ‘good for the country’

Illinois Republican congressman and Trump critic called the loss of the former president’s pick in North Carolina “good for the country.”

“It’s good for the party. It’s good for the 11th District of North Carolina,” he told CNN.

“DC has become kind of a growing ground for people that are just more interested in fame than governing, that are more interested in becoming famous than in actually doing the really serious work, at a time when we have a lot of challenges here at home and a lot of challenges overseas.”

Kinzinger is notably not running for re-election. He joins Liz Cheney as the only two Republican House members on the congressional committee investigating the Capitol attack. Both of them are routinely attacked by far-right members of their party.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 02:00

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“I was kicked out of Madison Cawthorn’s primary party. Here’s what I saw beforehand”

What was the vibe like at the auto detail shop/campaign party as Madison Cawthorn’s re-election bid came crashing down?

The Independent’s John Bowden was there. He got kicked out.

Alex Woodward19 May 2022 01:00

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Why we don’t know the results in Pennsylvania’s GOP senate primary just yet

Dr Oz and Dave McCormick are just a few tenths of one percentage point apart in the Republican primary for a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania.

It may be several days or weeks to determine who won the race, with several thousand mail-in or absentee ballots left to be counted and processed.

Thousands of printing errors involving mail-in ballots from Lancaster County must also be manually remarked, with a team of 50 volunteers and county employees working with election administrators.

The errors impacted about 16,000 of 22,000 mail-in ballots that were returned.

Once all ballots counted, the race is likely headed to a recount, if the men can’t escape the .5 per cent threshold that separtes them. That threshold triggers an automatic recount, under state law. That process would have to start by 1 June and end no later than 7 June.

Then, of course, the winner in the GOP primary will face John Fetterman, who won every county in the state in the Democratic primary. That general election will put the GOP candidate against Fetterman on 8 November.

Alex Woodward18 May 2022 23:37

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Who is Dr Oz, the Trump-backed celebrity doctor running for the GOP primary in Pennsylvania’s Senate race?

The daytime television personality who millions of Americans have turned to for wellness advice made a surprising turn into Pennsylvania politics last year.

Now he’s the possible Republican nominee in a Senate race in a midterm election that could determine the balance of power in Congress.

Alex Woodward18 May 2022 23:04

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Bill de Blasio considering entry into congressional race in newly drawn NY district

Bill de Blasio – the former New York City Mayor and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination – has announced that he is considering whether to jump into the race for a House seat in the state’s newly drawn 10th congressional district.

He is forming what’s called an “exploratory committee” to see whether he should formally file for entry, with primary elections coming up on 23 August.

The wide-open race with the new map – which has ping-ponged over legal challenges alleging that the district favours Democrats – has attracted several candidates across the state’s Democratic leadership, including current assemblymembers and city councilors.

US Rep Jerrold Nadler, who represents the 10th district in its current shape, is instead running for the redrawn 12th district – pitting himself against another big-name Democratic member of Congress: House Oversight Committee chair Carolyn Maloney.

“Our neighborhoods need help as we recover from Covid,” the former mayor said on Wednesday. “Our nation needs help as democracy is threatened and working people struggle. I am ready to serve to continue the fight against inequality. Today I am forming an Exploratory Committee for the new #NY10.”

Alex Woodward18 May 2022 22:24

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‘Too immature and uncultured’

But Cawthorn’s loss was also a victory for Senator Thom Tillis, who told the newspaper that the far-right freshman congressman’s concession is “a great first step” to get his foot back in the door of the GOP.

Why did the senator want revenge? The Independent’s Eric Garcia explains:

Alex Woodward18 May 2022 21:52

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Defeated GOP primary candidate blames Sean Hannity for her loss accusing him of ‘flat out lies’

Far-right candidate Kathy Barnette, who is trailing in third in the Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania, is blaming her finish on Fox News host Sean Hannity.

In a video posted to her Twitter account early on Wednesday morning, she thanked her supporters and attacked the Fox personality.

She said: “I do want to say: never forget what Sean Hannity did in this race. Almost single-handedly, Sean Hannity sowed seeds of disinformation, flat-out lies every night for the past five days. And that was just extremely hard to overcome, apparently”.

Alex Woodward18 May 2022 21:28

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Cawthorn closes down his leadership PAC after election loss

It doesn’t seen Congressman Madison Cawthorn has plans to get back into office after he finishes his current term following his GOP primary election loss on Tuesday night.

His Making A Difference In Service to Our Nation (or MADISON) leadership PAC has filed its termination with the Federal Election Commission, less than 24 hours after results rolled in, according to Business Insider.

The Trump-backed candidate and once-ascendent young Republican in Congress conceded his loss to Chuck Edwards for the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district race.

Alex Woodward18 May 2022 21:15



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