Four years ago, Hidalgo made history at age 27 when he unseated Republican County Judge Ed Emmett in a 50-48 squeaker. (In Texas, county judges are executive rather than judicial positions). Hidalgo, who was born in Colombia and came to Texas as a teenager, became the first woman and Latina to hold the office, as well as the first Democrat to do so since 1974 — a time when the Texas Democratic Party looked very different. It does today.
However, Hidalgo has had a particularly difficult few months. District Attorney Kim Ogg, a fellow Democrat with whom Hidalgo has clashed repeatedly, in April allegedly awarded three of the judge’s top aides an $11 million contract for a Covid vaccine outreach project to a favored political consultant. Convicted for directing. In turn, Hidalgo’s legal team has claimed that Ogg’s actions are politically and personally motivated, arguing, “Despite claiming to be a Democrat, Ogg positioned himself as his former self in retaliation against Judge Hidalgo. have joined with Republican colleagues.”
The judge himself said in May that he “saw nothing to suggest that my team did anything other than protect the people of Harris County.” Hidalgo has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but he Predicted on Twitter Og will follow him in that month. “I expect this political exercise to continue until Election Day,” Hidalgo wrote, adding, “She will blame me. Or name a ‘special prosecutor’ — an illusion of independence because she still sees the DA.” have been.”
Republicans are hoping Hidalgo’s troubles and the national political climate will give a lift to Miller, a first-time candidate who has focused his campaign largely on concerns about crime and corruption. Miller could also benefit from the end of straight-ticket voting in Texas, which legislative Republicans voted to end in 2017, starting with the 2020 cycle. Emmett, who was counting on crossover support, himself blamed the delay for his surprise defeat. Tweeted a day after the 2018 election“Keeping the straight ticket option for 1 more election cycle proved to be a disaster for all Republicans. With the long ballot, over 75% of voters chose to vote straight ticket, and Democrats outvoted Republicans by over 100K. .”
Hidalgo’s camp, meanwhile, is pointing to his record during four sometimes tumultuous years in office to make his case for re-election. “Lena Hidalgo has successfully led Harris County through chemical fires, floods, winter freezes and a global pandemic,” her campaign said, “all while reviewing how the county deals with flooding and crime. making record-breaking investments in fighting and tackling homelessness.”
● oh-sen: Democratic group Future Forward PAC has doubled its spending against Republican JD Vance by throwing an additional $710,000 at an ad campaign. Attacking opposition to abortion rights. Other major outsider groups have so far largely bypassed general elections in this conservative-leaning state.
The attack began just before Vance reported raising just over $1 million from April to June and ending the second quarter with $630,000; In contrast, Democratic challenger Tim Ryan raised $9.1 million during the period and had $3.6 million to spend. (Vance’s two joint-fundraising committees A total of 2.3 million dollars was taken (And he had a similar amount, but that still puts them far behind Ryan.) Vance, however, can count on billionaire Peter Thiel, whose super PAC to win the GOP nod in May. had spent $15 million to save him in case he ran into any trouble.
● MD-Gov: Writer Wes Moore Ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Rep. has received the endorsement of Dutch Ruppersberger, a longtime elected official in Baltimore County. Ruppersberger joins his hometown colleagues, Majority Leaders Steny Hoyer and Kwesi Mfume, in Moore’s corner.
● MI-Gov: Wealthy businessman Kevin Rinke is airing the first negative ad of the Aug. 2 Republican primary, a spot that accuses conservative radio host Tudor Dixon of being “the frontrunner of the Reno establishment never endorsed by Trumpers” and ” Lakhs” have been taken. From the billionaires who tried to illegally remove Trump from office. The spot features images of Mitt Romney, Adam Kinzinger, Liz Cheney, and Betsy DeVos to prove that Dixon is part of the anti-Trump wing of the party, though the former education secretary is the only one associated with it. have something to do His campaign.
DeVos was a distant outsider in Trumpworld until she resigned from her cabinet a day after the Jan. 6 attack. Her husband, billionaire Dick DeVos, endorsed Dixon in May, however Detroit News Notes that there is no indication yet that the family has contributed “millions” to support the candidate.
● NY-03: DNC member Robert Zimmerman ahead of the Aug. 23 primary, representing neighboring 6th District Rep. has received support from Grace Meng. Meng is arguably the most prominent Asian American elected official in the state, and her support could be an asset for Zimmerman in a constituency where nearly a quarter of residents are also Asian American.
● NY-17: Nita Lowe, who represented much of the Lower Hudson Valley from 1989 until her retirement in 2021, will face her former colleague, Rep. Sean Patrick has endorsed Maloney. About three-quarters of the residents of the new 17th live within the boundaries of the seat Lowe held until last year, while Maloney currently represents most of the balance.
● WA-04: GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse is going negative ahead of the Aug. 2 top-two primary with a commercial that outs his Trump-backed cross-party opponent, 2020 gubernatorial nominee Lorraine Culp, as a “failed politician” who is “just politics.” in” is Make money.” The narrator continues, “Clapp paid himself $33,000 from campaign funds, and personally put in enough mileage to drive his campaign around the world and then some.”
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● AZ-SoS: On Wednesday, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey endorsed advertising executive Beau Lane, the only candidate in the four-way primary to concede Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. A recent survey by GOP firm OH Predictive Insights found a wide-open Aug. 2 race with 72% uncertainty: State Rep. Mark Fincham, who has Trump’s endorsement, defeated state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita 14-6, with Lane and state Rep. Shauna Bolick taking 5% and 3%, respectively.
● Baltimore County, MD State’s Attorney: Four-term incumbent Scott Shellenberger is on the receiving end of a big spending spree ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary battle against Robbie Leonard, an attorney who is both positioning himself as a criminal justice reformer and is also arguing that Shellenberger did a poor job. Tackling Baltimore County’s Murder Rate. (Baltimore County is a separate jurisdiction from Baltimore City, where State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby faces her own competitive redistricting battle.)
The Baltimore Sun Reports that the Maryland Justice and Public Safety PAC, a national organization run by philanthropist George Soros, $740,000 spent as of Wednesday Against Shellenberger. By contrast, the state’s attorney’s campaign outspent Leonard only $68,000 to $46,000 from mid-January to July 3.
Leonard has said of Shellenberger, “I always thought, like, how is this state’s attorney a Democrat? … He always opposes legislation made by Democrats.” To make his case, Leonard faulted the incumbent for opposing police reform legislation while only supporting a weakly amended version. The Challenger has also focused on an ongoing federal lawsuit alleging that Shellenberger and his office failed to file rape charges after the state’s attorney decided not to pursue her case. By trying to violate a woman’s rights.
Shellenberger, meanwhile, is arguing that Leonard lacks the experience to serve as the county’s top prosecutor. The incumbent has also tried to make Leonard’s outside endorsements an issue, saying of Soros, “I think a billionaire who has no ties to Baltimore County shouldn’t be telling who the state’s attorney is in Baltimore County. is … this guy has a reputation. of supporting progressive lawyers across the country, and I don’t think we need or want that here in Baltimore County.” The winner will be favored in the November general election in a county that favors Biden 62-35.