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Daily Election Report: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Genealogist Disputes Elizabeth Warren’s Alleged Native American Ancestry

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Presidential Election:

Elizabeth Warren: She continues to double down on her alleged Native American heritage, but Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes concluded that she found “no evidence” of Native American ancestry. Warren cited the friendship between Grant Herring, her paternal grandfather, and Carnall Wheeler. Barnes says that the documentation doesn’t add up. Cornell Law School Professor William A. Jacobson says that Barnes has credibility on the subject.

Donald Trump: The 2020 Trump campaign hired Katrina Pierson.

Senate Elections:

New Jersey: A new poll from Quinnipiac showed incumbent Senator Bob Menendez leading likely Republican nominee Bob Hugin, a multimillionaire businessman, by 17 points, 49%-32%. It doesn’t mean much because Hugin has almost no name recognition (83% never heard of him). The poll also found Trump’s approval rating at 32%, Senator Menendez’s approval rating at 46%, and Senator Cory Booker’s approval rating at 59%.

House Elections:

Colorado’s 2nd: Democrat Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen has dropped out. The Democratic primary will now feature two candidates: former University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse and former Boulder County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Williams. That’s not very impressive considering the fact that Hillary Clinton won the district 56%-35%.

Pennsylvania’s (New) 9th: Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage is running as a Republican for the open seat for GOP Congressman Lou Barletta. There are three other Republicans in the race: former state Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser, Berwick Borough Councilman Andrew Shecktor, and former CIA officer Scott Uehlinger. Trump won this district by a whopping 65%-31%, which means the GOP nominee will likely be the next congressman.

Pennsylvania’s (New) 11th: Local TV reporter/meteorologist Drew Anderson (R) is mounting a primary challenge to Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R). Bill Neff, a locksmith is also running in the Republican primary. Local nonprofit director Jess King is the likely Democratic nominee. 2016 nominee Christina Hartman, who lost to Smucker by 11 points had been planning a rematch but chose to run in the more favorable new PA-10 (old PA-4) after the new district lines were released. The new PA-11 was made much more Republican in the redistricting, going from a Republican leaning seat to a safe one.

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