Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Republicans Poised to Win Final Uncalled House Races; Meet the 'Freedom Squad': The Republican Answer to AOC's Left-Wing 'Squad', and related stories

Provided by Washington Examiner
Republicans poised to win final uncalled House races:
Nearly three weeks after election night, four House races have yet to be called. But in each case, the Republican candidate is favored to win.
Republicans hope to cap off their unexpected successful House campaign efforts in the next few days, with several more wins after already taking back nine seats that Democrats won in 2018. However, four of those races are mired in razor-thin absentee ballot counts or stuck in court.
Two of the races are in California. Former Republican Rep. David Valadao, who previously represented the Central Valley-based 21st District before being ousted by the current seat holder in 2018, Democratic Rep. TJ Cox, led Cox by over 1,618 votes on Friday.
Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties continued canvassing ballots, raising Valado’s lead by 178 votes. Nevertheless, Dave Wasserman, the House editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said the numbers were a substantial-enough lead to call the race for the California Republican on Friday. The Associated Press, though, has not called the race, and Cox has not conceded. Cox, instead, invited supporters to help cure ballots Monday. --->READ MORE HERE
Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP
Meet the 'Freedom Squad': The Republican answer to AOC's left-wing 'Squad':
Two Florida Republicans set to arrive on Capitol Hill in January already have a goal in mind: start a rival group to counter the "Squad" of liberal freshman lawmakers who took Washington, D.C., by storm two years ago.
Carlos Gimenez, the former Miami-Dade County mayor, and Maria Elvira Salazar, an ex-TV journalist, who both won their House races earlier this month, explained to the Miami Herald that they want to start a "Freedom Squad" to fight the far-left wing of the Democratic Party.
"I’m not here to battle every Democrat. I am here to battle [the Squad]. I will do that with my last breath," Gimenez said, citing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as one of his motivations to first run for office. Rounding out the original squad are Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
The Freedom Squad will consist of Republicans who managed to flip seats held by Democratic incumbents or held on to their own competitive seats in the general election. --->READ MORE HERE
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