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GA-SEN: Almost 200k Georgians voted in the first two days of early voting.


stephen fowler

At least 87,000 Georgians voted today, when fewer counties were open than Saturday, when more than 69,000 people voted.

We'll head into the five mandatory statewide early voting days with almost 200,000 early votes (adding in mail-in), an impressive total. #gapo

Key Trump 2024 Rivals Silent After His White Supremacist Meeting

Many of Donald Trump’s potential 2024 rivals and some top Republicans have fallen silent on the former president’s dinner with a notorious white supremacist, illustrating the party’s continuing struggle to escape his grasp.

Trump’s impromptu dinner with Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago last week has drawn condemnation from only a handful of Republicans, while most sidestepped the matter or said nothing. Those silent so far include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, the chamber’s likely next speaker.

Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor who is rumored to be weighing a 2024 bid, told the New York Times it showed an “awful lack of judgment” by Trump that, when combined with other transgressions, make him an “untenable general election candidate for the Republican Party in 2024.”

Fuentes, who repeatedly expresses white supremacist and anti-Semitic views, arrived at Mar-a-Lago as guest of Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, who has run afoul of sponsors and social media with anti-Semitic remarks of his own. Trump’s former ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, called Fuentes “human scum” and urged Trump to disavow both men.


Bonus Tweet of the Day


GA-SEN: At least 51,000 people have voted in Georgia today so far after 69,000 in-person yesterday.


stephen fowler

At least 51,000 people have voted in Georgia today so far after ~69,000 in-person yesterday.

GA-SEN: Tweet of the Day


GA-SEN: Herschel Walker said voters born after 1990 "haven't earned the right" to change the country


PatriotTakes 🇺🇸
Herschel Walker said voters born after 1990 “haven’t earned the right” to change the country, invited them to leave, and wanted them stripped of their citizenship.

Walker: “If you know a place better, you go there, but you’ll lose your citizenship here...”

Peltola Redraws the Map for Democrats in Alaska

Peltola is easily the best-performing Democratic candidate since former Sen. Mark Begich (D). Mark Begich was the last Democrat to win a statewide election when he defeated the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R) in 2008, winning 47.77% of the vote. During a tough year for Democrats nationwide, Mark Begich was defeated in 2014 by now-Sen. Dan Sullivan (R), earning 45.83%.

Prior to 2008, a Democrat had not won statewide in Alaska since Gov. Tony Knowles (D) was reelected with 51.27% of the vote — the best performance of an Alaska Democrat since the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay turned Alaska blood red.

Peltola is poised to become the most successful Alaska Democrat in 20 years once all the votes are counted. Plenty have speculated about the secret to Peltola’s success. Peltola ran a near 100% positive campaign, has rural Alaska cred, and in many ways followed in Don Young’s footsteps helped fuel her popularity. She is also dripping with authenticity, something that proved effective nationwide.

But electorally, Peltola is redrawing the map for Alaska progressives to win statewide. Major population changes in the last decade as well as national polarization changed what areas candidates need to win.


GA-SEN: Early Voters Turnout for Georgia Senate Runoff

Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Impressive lines were reported throughout the morning — and in some places, only grew from there. Wait times at the DeKalb County elections office eclipsed two hours. A huge line of voters was already gathered in Marietta when Cobb County opened polls at noon.”


Aaron Rouse will run for Virginia Senate seat held by Jen Kiggans

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Former pro football player and Virginia Beach Councilman Aaron Rouse announced he will run for a Virginia Senate seat in the 7th District, which is currently held by U.S. Rep.-elect Jen Kiggans.

He made the announcement at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach Monday morning with several other officials at his side, including Virginia Sen. Mamie Locke and U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria.

Rouse's announcement comes after Kiggans, who at the moment represents the 7th District, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She is expected to resign before taking office on Jan. 3, 2023.

“I’m not going anywhere. I’m still here in the City of Virginia Beach, I am still looking forward to having greater impact at the state level ensuring that we provide more resources here to the local level,” Rouse said.

“So much is at stake in this upcoming election, from a woman’s fundamental right to choose, which I will fiercely defend, to the efforts that will set us back on voting rights, to addressing climate change, protecting the Chesapeake Bay and waterways, to criminal justice reform.”

Rouse previously announced he would run for the Virginia Senate's newly-drawn 22nd District in the 2023 elections, but Kiggans' vacating of her seat will trigger a special election in the 7th District, under the pre-redistricting lines, much sooner.


Brazilian protests intensify; Bolsonaro stays silent

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The two men were sitting at a bar on Nov. 21, sipping drinks for relief from the scorching heat of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, when police officers barged in and arrested them for allegedly torching trucks and an ambulance with Molotov cocktails.

One man attempted to flee and ditch his illegal firearm. Inside their pickup truck, officers found jugs of gasoline, knives, a pistol, slingshots and hundreds of stones — as well as 9,999 reais (nearly $1,900) in cash.

A federal judge ordered their preventive detention, noting that their apparent motive for the violence was “dissatisfaction with the result of the last presidential election and pursuit of its undemocratic reversal,” according to court documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

For more than three weeks, supporters of incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro who refuse to accept his narrow defeat in October’s election have blocked roads and camped outside military buildings in Mato Grosso, Brazil’s soy-producing powerhouse. They also have protested in other states across the nation, while pleading for intervention from the armed forces or marching orders from their commander in chief.

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