The prospect of new legislative victories may not be enough to overcome the heat the White House is facing as voters level the brunt of their economic dissatisfaction on President Joe Biden in the lead-up to the November elections. Emerging from coronavirus isolation this week, Biden cheered the Senate’s passage of a $280 billion legislation to boost the production of semiconductors in the United States, a top priority for his administration, and was greeted by a surprise reconciliation bill to address climate change, healthcare costs, and deficit reduction.
With three months until November's anticipated midterm elections, a new poll shows that U.S. Senate candidates Marco Rubio and Val Demings are neck and neck in their Florida race.
A copy of the poll results from progressive groups Florida Watch and Progress Florida, which was dated August 3 and shared online Monday by media platform Florida Politics, showed that Rubio and Demings were tied at 45 percent. The results showed that Demings, a Democrat who serves in the U.S. House representing Florida's 10th congressional district, is competitive with the incumbent Rubio despite roughly one-third of respondents, 34 percent, saying that they cannot rate her on a favorability scale. Another 36 percent rated her as favorable, while 30 percent rated her as unfavorable,
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The SurveyUSA poll showed Sen. Warnock with 48% support among likely voters in the Peach State, while Walker received 39% support.The survey showed Warnock with 48% support among likely voters in the Peach State, while Walker received 39% support; eight percent of respondents were undecided.
For Rubio, who is running for reelection for the U.S. Senate position he has held since 2011, 43 percent of respondents rated him as favorable, while 52 percent rated him as unfavorable. Overall, Democrats and Republicans were tied at 46 percent on the "statewide generic ballot," according to the poll.
November's midterm elections are critical for both political parties as Republicans look to take congressional majorities and Democrats look to widen their presence in both chambers. A Demings victory over Rubio would be a huge win for Senate Democrats frustrated by moderate party members Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, whose opposition to filibuster reform is in contrast to Demings' support for the measure.
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Analysts and historical precedent suggest the GOP is well-positioned to retake the House and possibly the Senate.Democrats wrestled back control of the House in the 2018 midterm election under former President Donald Trump. They then managed to regain control of the Senate in the 2020 election and the January 2021 Georgia runoff, although the liberal party also lost a substantial number of seats in the House. Democrats currently control both chambers of Congress with the slimmest of margins—meaning even a handful of losses will be enough to flip control of the legislative branch of government.
The poll was "weighted to reflect what would be the most pro-Republican electorate in recent history," and that the sample was 47 percent Republican and 44 percent Democrat by party identification.
"I'm tied with Marco Rubio 45-45. Floridians see him for who he is: a career politician and a weak leader," Demings said of the Florida Watch and Progress Florida poll findings on Monday. "When Florida needs him, he doesn't show up. We can win this race."
Voter registration data from the Florida Department of Elections showed that the number of active registered Republican voters in the state has risen since 2021. Of the 14,256,184 registered Florida voters in 2022, 5,157,343 were Republican and 4,955,022 were Democrats as of June 30.
The data shows that registered Democrats in Florida last outnumbered Republicans in 2020, with 5,315,954 compared to the GOP's 5,218,739. But the parties flipped the next year, when there were 5,080,697 registered Democrats and 5,123,799 registered Republicans.
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The Trump-backed Republican hopes to help the GOP regain control of the Senate.Walker has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a race that could also determine which party controls the Senate. Meanwhile, Walker hopes to maintain Democrats' momentum in Georgia.
A release shared with Newsweek by Demings' campaign noted the new polling while also highlighting what it said was a "coordinated ad buy" from the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) for Rubio's campaign. The release linked to a tweet from Florida Politics publisher Peter Schorsch on Monday that included a screenshot from ad tracking company Ad Impact of a spending alert referencing the NRSC and Rubio.
"As new polling shows that Chief Demings' momentum is only growing stronger, Marco Rubio is desperate to save his failing campaign, once again calling in his friends at the NRSC," Christian Slater, the communication director for Demings' campaign, said in a statement. "Floridians want a leader who will show up to fight for lower costs and safer communities, and it's clear that they're ready to send Chief Demings to the U.S. Senate in November."
Center Street PAC, which describes itself as a "nonpartisan political action committee focused on promoting rational governance and combating extremism," found in a poll released in July that Rubio was leading with 45 percent to 40 percent for Demings.
Judge: Wisconsin probe found 'absolutely no' election fraud
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge said Thursday that a Republican-ordered, taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election found “absolutely no evidence of election fraud," but did reveal contempt for the state's open records law by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and a former state Supreme Court justice he hired. Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn awarded about $98,000 in attorneys' fees to the liberal watchdog group American Oversight, bringing an end in circuit court to one of four lawsuits the group filed. Vos's attorney, Ron Stadler, said he was recommending that Vos appeal the ruling.
Newsweek reached out to Rubio's campaign for comment.
Update 8/8/22, 4:35 p.m. ET: This story was updated with a statement from Demings' campaign.
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Republicans have a nonsensical argument against the same-sex marriage bill .
They’re glossing over a very real threat these protections could face.By their reasoning, lawmakers don’t need to consider this legislation, which has already passed the House and is known as the Respect for Marriage Act, because the Supreme Court will treat the Obergefell v. Hodges decision that established this right as settled law.