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The Political Report – August 23, 2022

Washington Examiner: “Rasmussen Reports, the sole pollster still conducting daily presidential approval ratings, said today that Biden’s average has moved up to 47% approval, the best the president has seen since September of last year. Some 52% said they disapprove of Biden.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board sides with Sen. Mitch McConnell over Donald Trump in calling out Trump-backed Senate candidates now desperately in need of McConnell’s cash.

“Early data show the Mar-a-Lago search may have bolstered former President Trump’s strength in a potential 2024 GOP primary, even though his fight with the FBI could mean vast new legal jeopardy,” Axios reports.  “An NBC News poll out Sunday shows Trump tightening his hold on Republicans. Several polls show him rising against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had been surging in key states.”

“A decisive statewide vote in favor of abortion rights in traditionally conservative Kansas was confirmed with a partial hand recount, with fewer than 100 votes changing after the last county reported results Sunday,” Bloomberg reports.

Associated Press: “It speaks to the careful dance that potential presidential candidates are attempting as Democrats remain uncertain about President Joe Biden’s political future and many Republicans avoid taking on former President Donald Trump.”

“Several would-be GOP candidates have quietly made political inroads in the first-in-the-nation nominating state, but they’ve done so by campaigning with Iowa candidates, not by being so obvious as to stand on straw bales at a perennial stop for White House hopefuls.”

Washington Post: “All across the country, potential GOP 2024 presidential candidates are fanning out and stepping up their involvement in the midterms, boosting Republican candidates as they pitch themselves. They are seeking to sharpen their political brand and reach new audiences by helping like-minded candidates — who are also potential future endorsers — and visiting early primary states where advisers know their words will garner extra attention.”

“Their presence on the trail — together with pitches to donors, expanding staffs and plans to release memoirs — underscores the widespread interest in the party running for president, or at least in keeping the option open. Even at a moment when many Republicans say Trump has secured his grip on the GOP and would begin as a heavy favorite for the nomination if he runs, the uncertainty surrounding his legal and political challenges, combined with the full slate of ambitious Republicans, has effectively set off a preliminary campaign for 2024.”

Georgia U.S. Senate nominee Herschel Walker (R) is criticizing the sweeping climate, health-care and deficit-reduction bill signed into law by President Biden arguing that it includes wasteful spending to combat global warming, the Washington Post reports.

Sid Walker: “They continue to try to fool you that they are helping you out. But they’re not. Because a lot of money, it’s going to trees. Don’t we have enough trees around here?”

Washington Post: “All across the country, potential GOP 2024 presidential candidates are fanning out and stepping up their involvement in the midterms, boosting Republican candidates as they pitch themselves. They are seeking to sharpen their political brand and reach new audiences by helping like-minded candidates — who are also potential future endorsers — and visiting early primary states where advisers know their words will garner extra attention.”

“Their presence on the trail — together with pitches to donors, expanding staffs and plans to release memoirs — underscores the widespread interest in the party running for president, or at least in keeping the option open. Even at a moment when many Republicans say Trump has secured his grip on the GOP and would begin as a heavy favorite for the nomination if he runs, the uncertainty surrounding his legal and political challenges, combined with the full slate of ambitious Republicans, has effectively set off a preliminary campaign for 2024.”

Washington Post: “After closer-than-expected special elections for U.S. House in right-leaning districts in Nebraska and Minnesota, and after the drubbing of an antiabortion ballot measure in conservative Kansas, Democrats across the country are increasingly campaigning on protecting and expanding abortion rights and some Republican have grown nervous about the potential effects in November.”

“Covering all or part of 11 counties in Upstate New York, the 19th district is of considerable interest to party strategists, since it went for President Biden by just 1.5 points in 2020 after voting for former president Donald Trump in 2016 and former president Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.”

A $650,000 “charitable contribution” former President Donald Trump’s political committee made to the Smithsonian Institution will help fund portraits of Donald and Melania Trump for the National Portrait Gallery, Insider reports.

A new Reno Gazette-Journal/Suffolk poll in Nevada finds Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) leads her opponent, Adam Laxalt (R), by seven percentage points, 45% to 38%.

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson (R) “is dropping more hints about a potential run for governor in 2024.” WRAL reports.

“And, if elected, he says he’d work to keep science and history out of some elementary school classrooms.”

Robinson writes in his memoir: “In those grades, we don’t need to be teaching social studies. We don’t need to be teaching science. We surely don’t need to be talking about equity and social justice.”

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