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Morning Digest: The next stop on our tour of 2020’s presidential results by district: South Carolina

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first_imgCampaign ActionWhile most Palmetto State polls showed Donald Trump running well behind his 55-41 2016 margin of victory, Trump ended up taking South Carolina by only a slightly smaller 55-43 last week. Trump once again carried six of the state’s seven congressional districts, with Joe Biden winning House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s heavily Democratic 6th District.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The closest constituency, not surprisingly, was the 1st District along the coast, where Trump moved downward from 53-40 to only 52-46. This shift to the left, though, wasn’t quite enough for freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham, who lost re-election 51-49 against Republican Nancy Mace.Trump carried his other five seats by double digits. The closest was the 2nd District in the Augusta and Columbia suburbs, which supported him 56-39 in 2016 but by a smaller 55-44 in 2020. Democrats hoped before Election Day that veteran Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican who infamously screamed “You lie!” at Barack Obama during a congressional address in 2009, could be vulnerable there against well-funded Democrat Adair Ford Boroughs, but Wilson won by a comparable 56-43. The 6th District, meanwhile, moved from 67-30 Clinton to 67-32 Biden.Georgia Runoffs● GA-Sen-A, GA-Sen-B: Though the Georgia runoffs are little more than a week old, Advertising Analytics reports that $45 million has already been spent on the airwaves in both races, with $31 million coming from the campaigns themselves.- Advertisement – It gets predictably worse from there. Among other things, the ad claims Warnock “hosted a rally for communist dictator Fidel Castro” while showing some grainy footage from 1995. Warnock doesn’t appear in the clip, though: His campaign says he was only a junior member of the staff at the church where Castro spoke and wasn’t involved in the decision to invite the late Cuban leader.The second ad resurfaces Jeremiah Wright, the former Chicago pastor whose incendiary sermons attracted great scrutiny during Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008. It features footage of Wright angrily orating from the pulpit, interspersed with clips of Warnock defending Wright. The spot concludes with the narrator spitting, “Raphael Warnock: a radical’s radical.”Warnock was one of several Black clergyman who spoke out on Wright’s behalf at the time, saying his most inflammatory remarks had been divorced from the full context of the sermons from which they were drawn. Earlier this year, he stood by his past statements, saying, “Any fair-thinking person would recognize that everything a government does, even the American government, is not consistent with God’s dream for the world.”Uncalled RacesQuite a few contests remain uncalled, but we’re tracking all of them on our continually updated cheat-sheet, and of course we’ll cover each of them in the Digest once they’re resolved.● IA-02: Democrat Rita Hart announced Thursday that she’d seek a recount in this open seat contest; Hart trailed Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks by 47 votes as of Thursday afternoon. Miller-Meeks, for her part, has declared victory while refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden’s win.● NJ-07: While the Associated Press called this contest for freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski just after Election Day, the race has dramatically tightened over the following week and plenty more ballots remain to be counted.Malinowski went from holding a 28,400 vote lead over Republican Tom Kean Jr. on Nov. 4 to an edge of 6,275 as of Thursday afternoon. The New Jersey Globe’s David Wildstein projects that there are close to 38,800 ballots left to count at the very minimum, and “that number could be as high as around 60,000.” The AP, though, has not retracted its call.Called Races● IL-14: On Thursday, the Associated Press called the race for this seat in Chicago’s western exurbs for freshman Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood. The congresswoman’s victory also means that Republican Jim Oberweis has yet another high-profile defeat in his ledger.  ● NY-11: Republican Nicole Malliotakis reclaimed this Staten Island-based seat for her party, and freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose conceded on Thursday.● CA Ballot: The Associated Press has called a victory for Proposition 19, known as the Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment. CBS San Francisco describes Prop. 19, which passed 51-49, as a measure that “gives exemptions to older homeowners, the disabled and wildfire victims and strips breaks from people who inherit homes but don’t live in them.”● Maricopa County, AZ Recorder: Republican Stephen Richer reclaimed this post for his party by unseating Democratic incumbent Adrian Fontes 50.1-49.9, and Fontes conceded on Thursday. The recorder is tasked with administering elections in Maricopa County, which is home to more than 60% of the state’s population and whose 4.5 million residents make it the fourth-largest county nationally. However, Republican county Board of Supervisors members took control of key powers from Fontes’ office following his 2016 victory.● NC Auditor: The AP has called this race for Democratic incumbent Beth Wood, who turned back Republican Anthony Street 51-49.Gubernatorial● AR-Gov: Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson is termed-out in 2022, and the GOP primary to succeed him has been underway for well over a year now. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, who previously represented central Arkansas in the U.S. House from 2011 to 2015, announced that he was running all the way back in August of 2019. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, whose 2014 victory made her the first woman and the first Republican to ever hold this post, also entered the contest in July of this year.There may also be more takers for Team Red before too long. The potential candidate who has generated the most chatter for years is former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee: When Sanders was asked about her interest in this post in a September appearance on “Good Morning America,” she only replied, “We’ll see.”Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren was more direct this month, and he acknowledged he was considering a gubernatorial bid on election night. Political columnist Steve Brawner recently wrote that Hendren could be a hard sell for GOP primary voters, though, saying he “made the career-killing mistake of trying to craft workable bipartisan solutions to challenging problems.”● AZ-Gov: Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is ineligible to run for a third term in 2022, and this swing state is very likely to be a major battleground. One Democrat who has gotten plenty of attention as a possible candidate is Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, and she expressed interest in running at the end of 2019. Hobbs also predicted at the time she’d decide “probably in early ’21.”On the Republican side, the Arizona Republic’s Laurie Roberts wrote last month that state Treasurer Kimberly Yee seemed to be positioning herself for a bid. Yee, Roberts noted, appeared in commercials this year opposing Proposition 208, a ballot measure to create a new tax on high earners to fund schools.Prop. 208 ultimately passed 52-48, but Yee’s campaign against it may have boosted her name recognition. Indeed, Roberts notes that then-state Treasurer Doug Ducey himself increased his profile in 2012 by chairing the successful campaign against a referendum to fund education, a campaign that took place two years before Ducey was elected governor. Republican politicos also speculated last month that Ducey was behind Yee’s anti-Prop. 208 campaign, with one consultant saying, “It’s Ducey’s attempt to anoint somebody in the next cycle because we know he’s not happy with other elected officials in this state.”Roberts added that the Republican that Ducey seems to want to block is state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, whom she says is “expected to make a run” for governor in 2022. Brnovich, who will be termed-out of his current post that year, has repeatedly clashed with Ducey; in September, Brnovich notably challenged Ducey’s order closing bars in order to stop the spread of the pandemic.  ● MN-Gov: Republicans have struggled statewide in recent years in Minnesota, which Joe Biden took 52-45 last week, but they’re hoping that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz will be vulnerable in two years. Retiring state Sen. Scott Jensen recently told the Star Tribune’s Patrick Condon that he was thinking about running, and Condon adds that state Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka is “seen as a likely candidate.”A few other Republicans aren’t closing the door. Rep. Pete Stauber responded to speculation by saying he was flattered but focused on his current job, which is not a no. State Sen. Carla Nelson, who lost the 2018 GOP primary for Congress to now-Rep. Jim Hagedorn, also said when asked if she was interested in running for a statewide post, “I never closed any doors.” Last week, Minnesota Morning Take also relayed, “Other names from solid sources on the 2022 Republican short list for Governor” include state Rep. Barb Haley and NBC sportscaster Michele Tafoya as possibilities, though there’s no word if either are actually thinking about it.Finally, it seems we’re in for another cycle of trying to decipher My Pillow founder Mike Lindell’s political intentions. A reporter tweeted last month that Lindell had told the crowd at a Trump event that he’d run, but KTTC quoted him at the time as saying, “Absolutely, if the president wins I’m gonna run.” (Emphasis ours.)Later on Nov. 4, Lindell told the Minnesota Reformer he had planned to run if Trump carried Minnesota, something that the far-right pillow salesman acknowledged at the time didn’t end up happening. Lindell added, “But now I’ve gotta debate and I’ve gotta pray about it and see what happens with the presidential election. (They) might need me now more than ever.” Days later, Lindell baselessly accused Joe Biden of only winning Minnesota through fraud.● NE-Gov: There will be a wide-open race to succeed GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts in 2022, and there are plenty of Republicans who could campaign in this very red state. The only one we’ve heard publicly express interest so far is state Sen. Brett Lindstrom, who acknowledged he was considering in November of last year.On the Democratic side, 2018 nominee Bob Krist announced in April of 2019 that he was running again, a move that came months after he lost to Ricketts 59-41. Krist went on to endorse Republican Rep. Don Bacon in his successful re-election campaign this year.● PA-Gov: While there are plenty of Democrats who could run to succeed termed-out Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey said this week that he’d stay out of the 2022 contest.● SC-Gov: Republican Gov. Henry McMaster’s campaign chief said in May of 2019 that the incumbent would seek a second full term in 2022. McMaster was elevated from lieutenant governor to governor in 2017 when Nikki Haley resigned to become Donald Trump’s first ambassador to the United Nations, and he was elected in his own right the following year. Republicans so far make up most of that spending: David Perdue has shelled out $19 million and Kelly Loeffler $6 million, while Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have spent $4 million and $2 million, respectively. Meanwhile, two super PACs aligned with Mitch McConnell, the Senate Leadership Fund and American Crossroads, are each reportedly putting in $4.5 million.Loeffler, unsurprisingly, is using her airtime to launch attacks against Warnock, who largely avoided getting targeted with negative ads during the first round of voting since Loeffler was pre-occupied with staving off fellow Republican Doug Collins. Now she’s amping the usual GOP playbook to 11.The first of her two new spots starts with a shot of young school kids (all but one of whom are white) with hands on hearts, presumably reciting the pledge of allegiance. A scary-sounding narrator declares, “This is America—but will it still be if the radical left controls the Senate?”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Belgian port city decrees curfew as virus cases surge

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first_imgBelgium’s second city Antwerp announced a nighttime curfew on Monday as the country toughened social-distancing and mask wearing rules to stem a flare-up in coronavirus cases.In the city, a major business hub and sea port, bars and restaurants will close at 11:00 pm and citizens will be obliged to get home by 11:30 pm and to stay there until 6:00 am.Everyone over 12 years old will have to wear a face mask in public places and crowded areas, contact and adult team sports will be banned and teleworking will be compulsory for anyone whose employment allows it. Antwerp governor Cathy Berx said in a statement that the situation in her city was such that she had decided to supplement the measures already taken on a national level.”Stay at home as much as possible,” she said, urging outsiders not to make non-essential visits to Antwerp and young people to stay indoors. “Do not go out to party, do not endanger yourself and others.” Earlier, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes ordered that, from Wednesday, Belgians would be allowed to see a maximum of five people outside of their families, reducing their “social bubble” from 15.Working from home will be “strongly recommended”. Topics : Wilmes’s declaration came as fears grew in some European countries of a damaging second wave of the pandemic, with Britain reimposing quarantine requirements on holidaymakers returning from Spain.Belgian health officials said there had been a rapid rise in coronavirus cases, with 1,952 new infections over the past week, up more than 70 percent on the previous week.”The epidemiological data are worrying and we are very worried, that’s why we are acting today,” Wilmes told reporters, after a meeting of the country’s national security council.In addition, face masks are to become compulsory whenever people are unable to maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, and the government is “strongly recommending” that people work from home.Belgium had begun to ease anti-virus measures, but Wilmes said the new rules were needed “to avoid a new complete lockdown and to avoid putting the return of schools in September in jeopardy”. ‘Rapid growth’ Frederique Jacobs, professor of infectious diseases and a spokeswoman for Belgium’s federal COVID-19 taskforce, told reporters: “The rapid growth in the number of cases is worrying.” She said the situation was particularly serious in the province of Antwerp, in northern Belgium, which recorded 47 percent of new infections in the last week. Special local measures have been taken to try to contain the spike.But Jacobs warned that “the number of infections is also rising considerably in the rest of the country”.An average of 279 people a day contracted COVID-19 in the last week, compared with 163 a day the week before.”Most infections are still coming among the active population, that is to say people aged between 20 and 59,” Jacobs said.Since the start of the pandemic Belgium has recorded 66,026 cases and 9,821 deaths, according to the latest data published on Monday, among the highest per capita rates of infection of any country.A three-year-old girl with severe pre-existing health problems became Belgium’s youngest known coronavirus victim last week.Tougher rules on wearing masks came into force on Saturday with face coverings made obligatory in markets, hotels and busy shopping streets.last_img read more

Suspended midfielder Kelly Cross allowed to practice with Syracuse

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Syracuse midfielder Kelly Cross is allowed to practice with the team while she is indefinitely suspended, head coach Gary Gait said on Friday. Cross cannot play in games or travel with the team during her suspension, he added.“Kids may make mistakes, but we still stick behind them and we don’t isolate them and throw them to the curb,” Gait said.Cross was indefinitely suspended last Friday due to a violation of team rules. Gait would not say what team rules were violated.She was the driver of the car that crashed into the Mount Olympus stairwell on March 23, the Department of Public Safety confirmed four days later.Cross missed Saturday’s loss to Duke because of her suspension. She had started every other game and is fifth on the team in points (20), goals (14) and assists (6).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe scored eight goals in the four games prior to her suspension and scored three against Northwestern on March 22, the day before the crash.No. 7 Syracuse (8-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts Virginia Tech (6-7, 0-4 ACC) at 10 a.m. in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Commentslast_img read more