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Daily Election Report: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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New Candidate Of The Week:

Florida’s 17th: Two-term Republican state Rep. Julio Gonzalez is running for Tom Rooney’s seat. Gonzalez joins state Senator Greg Steube in the primary race. Gonzalez is a pretty strong candidate – Orthopaedic Surgeon, twice-deployed Navy veteran, Florida House Deputy Majority Whip, author of two books on health care policy, and Latino Republican. He was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban refugees. This should be an interesting primary race. Trump received 62% of the vote here, so whoever wins the primary will likely win the general election.

Election Day:

Today is Election Day in Texas. Please don’t forget to vote! There are several primary elections up and down the ballot. Don’t forget about the highly competitive congressional, state senate, and state house primaries. The Texas Tribune has a rundown on the 11 most competitive congressional races.

Senate Elections:

Mississippi: Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), 80, will be resigning on April 1 due to health issues. With a vacant Senate seat, it’s up to Republican Governor Phil Bryant to appoint a replacement within 10 days. The state will set the date of the primary race. The general election will be in November and the winner will serve out the rest of the term until January 2021.

Missouri: Senator McCaskill (D-MO) will likely bother the African American community for dressing up as a man who shielded a cop who committed a racist hate crime.

North Dakota: The NRSC put out an ad slamming Senator Heitkamp (D-ND) for high-fiving Chuck Schumer.

Virginia: A new poll shows incumbent Tim Kaine (D-VA) leading Republicans EW Jackson and Corey Stewart by 24-percentage points, 56%-32%. He also leads Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas 56%-33%. However, none of them have decent name recognition, which makes the poll meaningless. The poll also found Trump with 37% approval rating and 52% disapproval rating.

Wisconsin: A new poll shows incumbent Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) with a very low favorable-to-unfavorable rating of 37%-39%. Both Republicans in the 2018 race, Kevin Nicholson and state Senator Leah Vukmir have low name recognition, with a majority of voters have never heard of either one of them. Trump’s approval rating is 43%, with 50% disapproving.

House Elections:

Nevada’s 2nd: Sharron Angle (R-NV) has filed to run for Congress Republican Rep. Mark Amondei (R) in this R+7 district. Angle lost to Senator Harry Reid in 2010.

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