The Top 3 Debate Moments from the Past Week
Political debates are some of the most pivotal and poignant moments during any campaign. In some cases, it’s two individuals and a moderator in a room, debating the issues. In other scenarios, there’s more than two candidates and an enthusiastic audience in the room. No matter the breakdown, there’s always excitement in the air when the individuals who have stated their visions to voters, come face to face with each other.
AR Intel tracked the three most interested debate moments from the past week and compiled them here for you to see. Let us know — was there a debate you watched this week that we missed?
AR Intel Week Ahead: 10-15-18
With just three weeks until Election Day, debate season is in full gear in House and Senate races. Senate debates for Arizona, Missouri, Nevada, and Wisconsin are all taking place this week, along with key House races in Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, and Nebraska, among many others.
Meanwhile, President Trump is hitting the road on behalf of candidates across the country. He’s in Florida Monday, surveying damage done to the panhandle coast by Hurricane Michael, and then handing out the medal of honor on Wednesday. He’ll hold rallies in Montana and Arizona later in the week.
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AR Intel’s 2018 Midterm Debate Look Ahead
It’s officially debate season! House and Senate candidates across the country are taking the debate stage, looking into television camera lenses, and telling voters what exactly it is they will do in office.
Given the sheer number of closely-watched races, let alone the number of debates for each race, AR Intel compiled a list of debates in some of the most critical races this fall. Take a look below of October’s “Must See TV” debates, and let us know in the comments section if we missed one important to you!
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Five GOP Women Running for Congress You Could Support in the Last Five Weeks
With less than five weeks to go until Election Day, we’re finally in the final stretch of the 2018 midterms. The House is in recess until mid-November, meaning incumbents and challengers alike are hitting the campaign trail in earnest.
And while Democratic women so often get the spotlight in the mainstream media, this cycle marks perhaps the strongest group of GOP women candidates to ever run for office. When AR Intel spoke to Winning for Women’s Rebecca Schuller back in June, the executive director of the center-right group said the media’s “Year of the Woman” narrative was largely viewed “through a liberal lens.”
But in states red and blue alike, Republican women came out in droves this year to run for Congress, and many of them will win. To learn more about GOP women candidates you can support, check out AR Intel’s list highlighting five strong candidates below:
Rep. Barbara Comstock – Virginia’s 10th Congressional District
Comstock is locked in a tough battle with liberal Democrat Jennifer Wexton. The pair faced off in a debate last month, and Comstock demonstrated her “mastery of local concerns,” as the Washington Post put it. On the other hand, The Post noted that Wexton often read from note cards during the debate and “occasionally stumbled” through answers.
Comstock has worked hard to close the gap with Wexton from a June poll that showed the Democrat 10 points up. A poll released Tuesday showed Wexton ahead by just 6 points. But that result is actually within the poll’s margin of error, which was reported as between 5.1 and 7.2 percentage points.
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Rep. Claudia Tenney – New York’s 22nd Congressional District
Tenney is a freshman congresswoman running for reelection in a toss-up district. While Trump won the district by 15 points in 2016, Gov. Mitt Romney defeated President Obama by less than a percentage point in 2012. The Cook Political Report gives the district an R+6 rating, and Tenney won her seat by a five-point margin last cycle.
Tenney has aligned herself with President Trump, who came to her district for a fundraiser in August.
Tenney is facing Democrat Anthony Brindisi, who did not face a challenger in the primary. Brindisi has been a strong fundraiser, but Tenney was able to pull in $1 million during the second quarter of 2018. Tenney argues she has been outspent in previous campaigns but prevails because she’s focused on grassroots efforts.
To help Tenney’s campaign with a donation, click here.
Maria Elvira Salazar – Florida’s 27th Congressional District
Salazar is running to replace long-time Miami congresswoman, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Many assumed when Ros-Lehtinen announced her retirement that the district would automatically go to Democrats, but Salazar has run an impressive campaign. Voters in the district are likely familiar with her, as she previously worked for a local TV station, MegaTV, as well as Telemundo and CNN En Español. About 57 percent of the district’s registered voters are Latino, and as the New York Times notes, “Most of them are Cuban-American, as is Ms. Salazar.”
Salazar is facing former HHS Secretary under President Clinton, Donna Shalala, who also served as president of the University of Miami. Shalala’s entrance into the Democratic primary scared away some strong candidates, but her lackluster campaign has not inspired confidence in her party’s leadership.
Salazar’s internal polling shows her leading Shalala. To support Salazar’s campaign visit her campaign website here.
Mimi Walters – California’s 45th Congressional District
Walters first won this Orange County seat in 2014 and is facing perhaps her toughest challenge yet in Democrat Katie Porter. The district is just narrowly Republican, according to the Cook Political Report, but Hillary Clinton won the district in 2016. Inside Elections rates the race as a toss-up.
Former President Obama attended a rally in support of Porter and other southern California Democrats last month.
A recent Democrat-sponsored poll showed Walters and Porter virtually tied, 47-48.
To contribute to Walters’ campaign, click here.
Diane Harkey – California’s 49th Congressional District
Harkey is facing off against Democrat Mike Levin in this San Diego-based district. The two are competing for the seat that will be vacated by retiring Rep. Darrell Issa. They also have competing endorsements – Harkey’s from President Trump and Levin’s from former President Obama.
During a recent debate, Levin was backed into a corner on the topic of impeachment when he was forced to say he’s not necessarily seeking impeachment, but “justice and the truth.” During that same debate, Harkey reiterated her support for Trump’s border wall, saying it’s “a necessity” to keep criminals and gang members out of the U.S.
To support Harkey’s campaign, click here.
America First Gives Spending Boost to Key Races in Minnesota, Michigan & More
America First Action PAC, the super PAC closely associated with President Trump and his reelection campaign, announced its first wave of campaign spending for the 2018 midterms on Tuesday.
Key races in Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are among those receiving added financial help from America First Action PAC.
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VIDEO: Ocasio-Cortez Continues Her Rage Against the Democratic Machine Tour
Socialist candidate for Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is traveling the country and spreading her message to audiences in Kansas, Delaware, Florida, and Michigan. In some cases, Ocasio-Cortez is doing interviews on behalf of candidates, but in others, she’s actually showing up.
The one thing that ties all of her endorsements together is she’s backing the most out-of-touch liberal candidate in every race. Many times that means backing a candidate who is challenging an incumbent Democrat. And that’s not sitting well with many Democrats.
At an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ocasio-Cortez ripped into a nameless, faceless Democratic establishment right from the start of her prepared remarks. To watch video of her speech, become an AR Intel Insider today and sign up for a 7-day free trial!
These Are the Democrats Who Want to Abolish ICE (So Far)
Following the shocking victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in last week’s New York House primary, and coupled with the furor of family separations at the Mexican border, some Democrats feel comfortable with the political calculus in calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
To her credit, Ocasio-Cortez was for abolishing ICE before it became “cool” to do so among Democrats. But now a steady stream of liberals have voiced their support to scrap ICE altogether and “start over.”
The list of Democrats who have come out in support of abolishing ICE include at least three women widely considered to be potential 2020 presidential candidates, as well as a slew of House members and candidates. To see that full list, as well as what many of these politicians specifically said about the topic, become an AR Intel Insider today!
Top Takeaways from a Wild Primary and Runoff Night in America
Rep. Joe Crowley’s (D-NY) shocking defeat to 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, is garnering a lot of the headlines the morning after a wild primary night in several states. But runoffs in South Carolina and Mississippi also made headlines, along with a slew of other key races.
Democrats have some soul searching to do after far-left candidates successfully outmaneuvered establishment Democrats in several primary contests Tuesday night. For more on those stories and many others, become an AR Intel inside by clicking here.
Primaries in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, & Utah – Here’s Who to Follow
Tuesday marks yet another busy primary day on the 2018 midterm calendar. This round of primaries includes critical gubernatorial contests in Colorado and Maryland, surprising congressional challenges from liberal candidates in New York, and the return of Mitt Romney in Utah.
To get a rundown of who to follow as the returns come rolling in Tuesday night, become an AR Intel Insider today and get full access to the post below!
3 Things to Watch for in the Colorado, Maryland & New York Primaries
Tuesday marks yet another big day of primary contests across the country. Voters in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah will all hit the polls to pick candidates for the November 6 general election, now just over four months away.
In Colorado, voters will decide just how liberal they want their state to be, as Republicans, Democrats, and undeclared voters, for the first time in a primary, select nominees for governor. Maryland Democrats are also choosing a gubernatorial nominee, and the results are more likely to be based on geography than ideology. And in New York, four young, upstart liberals are challenging long-term congressional incumbents from the left.
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