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House Democrats Speak Following A Meeting With President Biden
Rep. Sharice Davids listens as Rep. Suzan DelBene, the chairwoman of the New Democrat Coalition, speaks to reporters outside of the West Wing of the White House on March 30.Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images, file

Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 5.19.22

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.


Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Kansas’ Republican-led legislature created a gerrymandered map designed to defeat the state’s only Democratic member of Congress: Rep. Sharice Davids. Yesterday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the partisan map, delivering the outcome the GOP was counting on.

* Last month, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found Republicans with three-point advantage over Democrats in the generic congressional ballot. This morning, however, the same poll found a rebound for the incumbent majority: Democrats now lead Republicans, 47 percent to 42 percent.

* In Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, two of the top three contenders — including Mehmet Oz, who’s currently ahead — pointed to Fox News’ Sean Hannity as a key figure who helped shape the race.

* On a related note, no one can say for sure who’ll finish on top in the GOP race in the Keystone State, but Republican insiders were reportedly “breathing a sigh of relief“ after seeing right-wing commentator Kathy Barnette finish a distant third.

* With less than a week remaining in Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial primary, the race appears to be on track to be a blowout: The latest Fox News poll found Gov. Brian Kemp leading former Sen. David Perdue, 60 percent to 28 percent. Two months ago, the incumbent governor led by a far more modest 11 points.

* There was some chatter on Capitol Hill that Rep. Jim Jordan might challenge House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the House Speaker’s gavel next year — in the event of a GOP majority, of course — but the Ohio Republican said this week that he would support McCarthy’s bid.

* In the wake of North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, Pat McCrory has not seemed especially eager to let bygones by bygones: After an ugly contest, the former governor balked when asked about endorsing Rep. Ted Budd, who easily won the GOP nomination.

* Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio still has ambitions, though they’ve been difficult to keep track of. He wanted, for example, to run for president. He also considered a gubernatorial campaign. He also considered a congressional campaign in New York’s 10th district. Yesterday, de Blasio launched a congressional exploratory committee in New York’s newly redrawn 11th district.