A new Public Religion Research Institute poll find a 52% majority of Republican voters agreed with the statement that “God intended America to be a new promised land where European Christians could create a society that could be an example to the rest of the world.”
Only about two-in-ten Democrats and three-in-ten independents agreed.
Said PRRI president Robert Jones to CNN about Republicans: “I should say it straight here: it really is this view of a country that is a White Christian country. That’s the vision that is being put forward. In many ways that is the vision that holds this whole thing together.”
“Seventy-four days before the Iowa caucuses, the biggest donor set in America is still undecided on the Republican presidential field, leaving millions up for grabs in what is expected to be the most expensive election ever,” Semafor reports.
“While Democratic backers like George Soros have targeted their giving to the Biden Victory Fund, financiers on the other side of the aisle are still casting about for an alternative to Donald Trump, switching horses and hedging their bets, mostly with little real enthusiasm. Some have kept their millions on the sidelines entirely, waiting to see if anyone can mount a surprise showing in Iowa.”
MICHIGAN U.S. SENATOR. MI-Sen: It’s a bit of a game of telephone, but Politico reports that two anonymous sources who attended a lunch for Senate Republicans on Tuesday say that Indiana Rep. Todd Young told his caucus that he had “heard” (in the site’s phrasing) that former Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer would launch a Senate bid within two days. Both Young and Meijer wouldn’t comment when Politico reached out to them, but Meijer has been publicly contemplating a campaign for the upper chamber all year.
NEVADA GOP PRIMARY/CAUCUS. “Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) criticized the state GOP’s decision to hold a caucus separate from the state-run primary that has been used to decide delegates in years past,” The Messenger reports.
Said Lombardo: “I think that’s unacceptable for the voters and the understanding of how things should be done.”
Mark Barabak on why the West has turned blue: “Over the last several months, I’ve traveled through a half-dozen states — along the Pacific Coast, across the Southwest, into the Rockies — to explore the reasons for the change, which has drastically refashioned the national race for the White House.”
“There are commonalities throughout the region. Among them the defection of Republicans … who consider the GOP too extreme, and the relocation of Democrats who imported their political affinities from places like California.”
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR. New disclosures for the month of October show Democrat Brandon Presley far outpacing Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on the financial front, with the challenger outraising the incumbent $3.4 million to $1.1 million ahead of next week’s election.
For the entire campaign, Presley has brought in almost twice as much as Reeves, with a haul of $11.2 million versus the governor’s $6.2 million take. Reeves does have an edge in cash remaining, as he’s still sitting on $3 million, compared to $1.2 million for Presley. However, as Mississippi Today’s Taylor Vance notes, $2 million of Reeves’ stockpile comes from a “legacy” campaign account that’s no longer permitted under state law.
A recent analysis from AdImpact found that Reeves has enjoyed a roughly $1 million edge in ad spending, shelling out $8.3 million on the airwaves to $7.3 million for his opponent. Those figures include reservations made as of last Thursday.
MISSOURI REFERENDUM. A state appeals court ruled Tuesday that Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft crafted summaries that were “replete with politically partisan language” for six proposed abortion rights amendments. Ashcroft, who is running for governor, quickly said he’d appeal to the state Supreme Court.
INDIANA GOVERNOR. Sen. Mike Braun, who is one of several Republicans seeking Indiana’s open governorship, just received an endorsement from Donald Trump. Braun has long been an outspoken Trump supporter and embraced Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election had been stolen, but he abandoned his plans to vote against certifying the results following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The senator still pledged, however, that he would “continue to push for a thorough investigation into the election irregularities many Hoosiers are concerned with.”
CALIFORNIA U.S. SENATOR. A new UC Berkeley Institute poll in California finds Katie Porter (D) leading the Senate field with 17%, followed by Adam Schiff (D) at 16%, Steve Garvey (R) at 10% and Barbara Lee (D) at 9%.
“Rep. Barbara Lee is calling out two of her fellow Democratic California Senate hopefuls — Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter — over the House vote to expel embattled Rep. George Santos (R-NY),” The Hill reports.
Said Lee: “George Santos lied about everything—from 9/11 and the Holocaust to his own name. He defrauded voters, stole money, and faces criminal charges in two countries. I voted to expel him from Congress today.”
She added that Porter “voted to save him” and Schiff “wasn’t even there.”
UTAH U.S. SENATOR. Conservative activist Carolyn Phippen, who previously served as an aide to Sen. Mike Lee, has joined the increasingly crowded GOP primary to succeed retiring Sen. Mitt Romney. The Salt Lake Tribune notes that Phippen, a vocal election conspiracy theorist, beat out state Rep. Jeff Stenquist at last year’s Republican convention (per Ballotpedia, by a 63-37 margin) but lost to him 52-48 in the primary three months later. Romney himself experienced a journey similar to Stenquist’s when he ran for Senate in 2018: Convention delegates backed state Rep. Mike Kennedy 51-49, but Romney crushed him 71-29 when primary voters got to have their say.