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Poll: Beto Leads in Dem White House Hunt

In the latest MoveOn.org poll of its hard-left members, failed U.S. Senate candidate Robert O’Rourke is coming out ahead of former Obama Vice President Joe Biden for White House favorites. In his support for gun regulation and increased federal largesse, O’Rourke clocked in at 15.6 percent ahead of Biden’s 14.9 percent and self-described socialist Bernie Sanders’ 13.1 percent, but it’s an eternity until actual votes are cast, and at least 29 percent of those polled indicated they’re undecided. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Tuesday, NBC News reported that a straw poll of MoveOn.org members – grassroots far-Leftists – favored failed Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke over Joe Biden. Some 29 percent of respondents said they didn’t know who they wanted or wanted candidates not listed, but Rourke seized a narrow lead with 15.6 percent of respondents, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 14.9 percent and Senator Bernie Sanders at 13.1 percent.

That’s certainly a troubling sign for Sanders, who wants to recapitulate his 2016 run by recapturing the hearts of the so-called Bernie Bros. But it now looks like the Bernie Bros may have been wooed by the charismatic Texas representative, and may be turning away from the crotchety old Vermont socialist. What’s more, O’Rourke has crossover power with the two other segments of the Democratic base: the intersectional coalition that Barack Obama captured so easily in 2008, and the mainstream base that Sanders could never consolidate against Hillary Clinton.

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NYT Admits Warren’s DNA Test Was a Misstep

It’s not often that mainstream media admits when liberal Democrats have gone off the rails. So when they do, it’s a pretty big deal. To wit, the New York Times lamented this week that “she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science – and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.” Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) DNA test was such a fiasco, her advisers and even the far-left New York Times are worried this “lingering cloud over [her] likely presidential campaign has only darkened.”

“More worrisome to supporters of Ms. Warren’s presidential ambitions,” the Times writes, is that “she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science — and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.”

“Advisers close to Ms. Warren say she has privately expressed concern that she may have damaged her relationships to Native American groups and her own standing with progressive activists, particularly those who are racial minorities.”

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Nancy Pelosi Picks One Off

According to a report by the Washington Examiner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has secured another voter for her speakership bid in the upcoming Congress in New York Rep. Brian Higgins. Higgins has traded his vote purportedly for Pelosi’s promise to prioritize an infrastructure package as well as letting him put his face on a bill lowering the age of Medicare eligibility to 50. “I will vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives,” Higgins said in a statement released Wednesday. “Power has been too consolidated atop the Caucus and it was my hope that along with like-minded members, we would forge a new leadership structure.” Apparently, the price for treason wasn’t all that low after all.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

In a show of political strength, Nancy Pelosi picked off another defector Wednesday — this time it was a Democrat who had signed his name to a letter just two days prior vowing to vote against the California Democrat on the House floor.

New York Democrat Brian Higgins decided to buck his fellow dissidents in exchange for a commitment from Pelosi that she would prioritize and infrastructure package and let him take a lead role in passing legislation that would lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 50.

“I will vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House of Representatives,” Higgins said in a statement released Wednesday. “Power has been too consolidated atop the Caucus and it was my hope that along with like-minded members, we would forge a new leadership structure…”

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Loser Stacey Abrams May Use Legal System to Trigger New Election

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is refusing to accept defeat fair and square and is prepared to derail Republican Brian Kemp from his win by filing a legal challenge that would trigger an entirely new election – an unprecedented move. According to the AP – which is refusing to call the race despite Kemp’s position of 18,000 votes above the recount threshold – the state statute has never been used for a governor’s race in the state of Georgia. State law allows the challenge if the results were based on “misconduct, fraud, irregularities … sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.” The lesson is clear: if at first you don’t succeed, sue and sue again.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and her campaign, claiming that her loss to GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp was caused by voting irregularities, are preparing to take a drastic step in order to derail Kemp taking office if state officials declare Kemp the winner: a legal challenge that would call for an entirely new election.

As the Associated Press (AP) reports, Adams and her team may rely on a state statute that has never been used for a race as important as a governor’s race in Georgia. Even before the election, Abrams ripped Kemp, saying on MSNBC, “Brian Kemp has been an exquisite architect of voter suppression for the last decade, and the outside agitators he so blithely dismisses include Asian American groups based in the state of Georgia, Latino groups based in the state of Georgia, African American community organizations based in the state of Georgia who have been doing this work for decades.”

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Schumer Urging Florida to Run Out the Recount Clock?

Speaking at a joint press conference with incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged Florida election officials to ignore deadlines for vote tallies. “The more time that passes since election day, the better things keep looking for Democrats. Supervisors of the elections should have all the time they need to count Floridians’ ballots to make sure that the candidate with the most votes is actually seated in January even if the vote count has to go beyond Sunday.” Republican Sen. Rick Scott holds a slim margin over Nelson, but that advantage continues to diminish as election officials keep “finding” more ballots to tally ahead of Saturday’s cutoff.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered his typically partisan perspective, this time urging Florida election officials to disregard deadlines for submitting vote tallies in the Senate race in which Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott holds a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Nelson in Washington, D.C., Schumer boasted, “The more time that passes since election day, the better things keep looking for Democrats. Supervisors of the elections should have all the time they need to count Floridians’ ballots to make sure that the candidate with the most votes is actually seated in January. Even if the vote count has to go beyond Sunday.”

Schumer sounded ebullient about Nelson’s chances, saying, “Republicans know that if this recount is conducted fairly and thoroughly that Sen. Nelson has an excellent chance of being reelected. If this is done fair and square, we believe Sen. Nelson has an excellent chance, a much greater than half chance of being reelected.”

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No One Really Cares What Celebrities Think

On a rather reassuring note in the wake of losing the U.S. House of Representatives to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that by and large voters couldn’t care less what Hollywood and elite athletes have to say about politics. “Last night the American voters — once again — told Hollywood that they simply don’t care what they think. All across the country Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News. For example, Taylor Swift could not help defeat Senator Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee nor were LeBron James or Beyonce able to fuel a Blue Wave big enough to propel Beto O’Rourke to victory over Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hollywood heartthrobs, pop stars and athletes went all in on the 2018 midterm elections, using their platform to advocate for their candidates of choice – but when ballots were counted it became clear that celebrity endorsements don’t seem to matter to voters.

“Last night, the American voters — once again — told Hollywood that they simply don’t care what they think. All across the country, Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.

Barron previously told Fox News that “Hillary Clinton would be president” if celebrities had a net positive impact on elections. Tuesday’s results echo that theory:

Taylor Swift made headlines by endorsing former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in Tennessee’s Senate race, but he lost to incumbent Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
Dave Chappelle campaigned for his longtime friend Ben Jealous, who lost a bid to be the governor of Maryland.

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MSM Midterms Closer: Trump is Hitler

Looks like all the media talking heads on CNN and MSNBC got the memo with the left’s closing argument: Trump is Hitler, and Republican counterarguments are “Neo-Nazi propaganda.” Such figures as Chris Cuomo, Steve Schmidt, Mika Brzezinski, and Ana Navarro all participated in the high-profile hyperbole in an attempt to dehumanize the President of the United States.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Trump is the same thing as Hitler and the Nazis, say Democrats like CNN’s Chris Cuomo, MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, CNN’s Ana Navarro… oh hey wait, are those all media people on cable news? Weird.

One thing Democrats/journalists want you to believe is…

It’s time to cool down the rhetoric, they say. Trump may murder 6 million people, they also say.

But while they are busy decrying the mean and divisive rhetoric of literally the Hitler party, the media is also very concerned about fear-mongering. Over the last few weeks, CNN and MSNBC, not to mention a slew of Democrats and journalists on Twitter — and newspapers and magazines and activist groups — have been uber concerned about the politics of fear, and fear-mongering, in Republican campaign ads.

Grabien’s Tom Elliott noticed that, too.

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Midterms Eve Poll Reveals Republican Leading House Race in Montana

The odds are increasingly a toss-up for Democrats to take back the U.S. House of Representatives, with a new poll putting Republican Matt Rosendale ahead of incumbent Democratic Rep. Jon Tester in Montana. More significant is that Democrats are doing the polling at Harris Interactive/Scott Rasmussen. Their previous polls put Tester ahead by 6-7 points over the past few days and last month ahead by as much as 9-10 points. This could be a sign of a very big surprise at the end of Election Day.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

If you can believe it, this is only the second poll all year in which Matt Rosendale has led Tester by any margin. (A Republican pollster had him up by two points in late August.) Not only that, some of Tester’s leads lately have been gory. The Harris Interactive/Scott Rasmussen poll has put ahead consistently by 6-7 points over the last few days and two other polls taken in mid-October had him ahead by 9-10(!).

Which means Change Research, the pollster responsible for this new data, will either be embarrassed tomorrow night or have bragging rights over other Montana pollsters for years to come.

If their name sounds familiar, by the way, it’s because they’re the same firm that proclaimed a dead heat between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke in Texas yesterday. Change Research is out on a lot of limbs right now.

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“Beto” Campaign Bankrolling the Caravan Migrants?

A new Project Veritas undercover video reveals what appears to be campaign staffers for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke “illegally using campaign resources to buy supplies and help transport Honduran aliens.” Video highlights include staffers discussing where they can buy food for asylum seekers with unmarked receipts so that it can be accounted for as a campaign event “like the Halloween events” and using prepaid cards to do it because “all that s**t can be totally masked.” According to Project Veritas’ lawyers, such efforts would violate the FEC’s rules against personal use and misreporting, particularly Section 1001, which penalizes making false statements to the federal government. Fines and jail time range from $10,000 or 200 percent of the funds involved and imprisonment of up to five years.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released an undercover sting video on Thursday night that appears to show campaign staffers for Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke “illegally using campaign resources to buy supplies and help transport Honduran aliens,” according to Project Veritas.

The video, which comes just a few days before the midterm elections, poses potential legal problems for the O’Rourke campaign. A Project Veritas Action attorney who reviewed the footage released the following statement:

The material Project Veritas Action Fund captured shows campaign workers covering up the true nature of spending of campaign funds and intentionally misreporting them. This violates the FEC’s rules against personal use and misreporting. It also violates Section 1001, making a false statement to the federal government. The FEC violations impose civil penalties, including fines of up to $10,000 or 200 percent of the funds involved. Violations of Section 1001 are criminal and include imprisonment of up to five years.

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Heitkamp’s Attempt to Cover Up Her Political Exploitation of Sexual Assault Victims

After she outed victims of sexual assault without their consent, Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota admitted in a local news interview that her campaign was “pretty much” suspended as it went into damage control. As part of an open letter to her GOP opponent, Representative Kevin Cramer, Heitkamp listed 120 names of victims of sexual assault, some of whom had no desire to go public. After the days-long self-imposed “lay low,” however, Heitkamp’s campaign resumed filming for Showtime’s The Circus and launched attacks targeting Cramer for his record on women’s issues.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

In a recent interview, Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota claimed she “pretty much” suspended her campaign after outing victims of sexual assault without their consent.
When Heitkamp was asked by anchor Chris Berg of KX4 and West Dakota Fox if she considered suspending her campaign for a couple of days to get to the bottom of the issue, Heitkamp responded, “I think I pretty much did. We pretty much went into full-on let’s deal with this.”

“So a number of campaign activities were canceled as a result of this,” Heitkamp added.

“Nearly one week after Heidi Heitkamp outed victims of sexual assault without their consent, she is still not being truthful,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “Many victims said this horrible tragedy ruined their lives, yet Heidi Heitkamp is dead set on continuing to lie to them and to the people of North Dakota.”

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