The final days of the Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff are pitting President Donald Trump against some of his big backers from 2016.
When Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday pitched the health care bill he crafted with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the South Carolina Republican presented it as a choice between a GOP measure that would provide block grants to states to administer their own programs or legislation backed by Democrats that he said would amount to “socialism.”
Democratic and Republican voters both say they are comfortable with the ideological positions of their parties, but both groups also want their 2020 presidential candidates to be more ideologically true to their definitions of “liberal” and “conservative” when compared to their preferred candidate in 2016.
Conservative lawmakers expressed uneasiness Thursday over President Donald Trump’s moves toward an agreement to protect undocumented immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but their reluctance contrasts with the position of most voters in a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), who placed third in a special primary election last month for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, said he’s holding off on making an endorsement in the GOP runoff between Sen. Luther Strange and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
For the second straight election cycle, Kelli Ward is challenging a prominent Arizona senator in a Republican primary. And while Ward came up short against Sen. John McCain in 2016, the possibility of someone giving Sen. Jeff Flake a run for his money next year is increasingly possible.
Despite concerns about the deal reached between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders to couple a hurricane relief package with a nearly three-month extension of the federal debt limit, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus said he saw a bright side to the news for Republicans hoping for a longer-term plan.
Sen. Luther Strange reversed course on Tuesday and said he supports President Donald Trump’s call to end the legislative filibuster – a nod to the president’s supporters as the Alabama Republican competes for votes ahead of a Sept. 26 run-off election.
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