MIDTERM EXAM: All The Latest On The 2022 Elections (Part One)
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Welcome to this week’s Midterm Exam —  complete with tidbits and stories from races around the country. Extensive midterm coverage, and more detailed reports, can be found here.

In part one this week, we’ll focus on what’s happening on the coasts and in Colorado. Part two will highlight stories from Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

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Who Will Trump Choose In The Granite State?

With his poll numbers healthy, Republican Don Bolduc appears to be softening his stance on the 2020 election. The retired Army general, who is running for Democrat Maggie Hassan’s (D-NH) Senate seat, has said for months that he believes former President Donald Trump won the race, but he seemed to take that back in an interview last week.

“Did I say it was stolen? I didn’t say it was stolen. I said that Granite Staters have issues and that’s who’s important. I just want to be clear on what I’m saying. That’s all,” Bolduc told NHPR.

In a debate last month, Bolduc said, “I signed a letter with 120 other generals and admirals saying that Trump won the election, and damn it, I stand by [it]. I’m not switching horses, baby.”

Trump has yet to endorse any Republicans running for Senate in New Hampshire. He was rumored to be considering state Sen. Chuck Morse (R-Salem), who is polling well behind Bolduc, but some insiders say that possibility is dead.

Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) Senate Majority PAC spent $3 million on an ad attacking Morse.

Sarah Palin Calls On GOP Opponent To Drop Out Of Ranked-Choice Race

House candidate and former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) is demanding that her GOP opponent, Nick Begich III, drop out of the race for Congress so that the Republicans can have a better chance of reclaiming the seat.

Due to ranked-choice voting, Democratic candidate Mary Peltola beat both Palin and Begich in the special election for the late Don Young’s (R-AK) old seat.

Peltola will now serve the remainder of his term but has to vie for re-election in November. Under Alaskan rules, both Palin and Begich can remain on the ballot.

“It is time for the GOP to unite, we need to unite behind my candidacy and starting today with Nick Begich withdrawing from this race,” Palin said at a press conference on Monday.

For now, Begich has rejected that idea.

The two Republicans could split the party vote, allowing a Democrat to remain in office.

Poll Shows A Tight Colorado Senate Race

A Republican Attorney General’s Association survey carried out by GOP strategist Dave Sackett and released last week reveals that in Colorado, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) is leading Republican candidate Joe O’Dea by only one point — 48% over 47%, with 5% of respondents saying they are undecided.

“Working Americans are tired of being forgotten or ignored. Joe’s story — struggle and success — is the perfect contrast to Bennet’s entitlement,” Kyle Kohli, communications director for O’Dea’s campaign, told The Daily Wire. “This election is simple- Coloradans will choose Joe because he has shared their struggle and is laser-focused on the issues that matter to them.”

FiveThirtyEight’s forecast shows the Colorado senate race at “likely Democrat,” with Bennet projected at 52.3% and O’Dea at 42.8%.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Hits The Campaign Trail For Republican Gubernatorial Oregon Candidate Christine Drazan

Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) is attending campaign events this week with Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan.

He recently held a roundtable with Drazan and heads of the community in Portland to discuss crime and homelessness issues in Oregon. Hogan also wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal promoting Drazan.

“She would fully fund state police and increase the number of officers across Oregon, work to make sure violent criminals are held accountable, and crack down on the supply of deadly drugs such as fentanyl and the gangs that bring them into communities,” he wrote.

FiveThirtyEight’s forecast has the Oregon gubernatorial race at “lean Democrat,” with Drazan projected at 43.3% and Democratic candidate Tina Kotek at 46.6%. “All others” are at 10.1%; the unaffiliated candidate is former Democratic state Sen. Betsy Johnson. She also got the Republican and independent nominations in 2018 due to write-ins, according to her campaign website.

North Carolina Senate Race Effectively Tied

FiveThirtyEight average shows the North Carolina Senate race as even, with Democratic candidate Cheri Beasley at 43.4% and Republican candidate Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) at 43.6%, as of the end of August. However, the site’s forecast has Budd at 49.1% and Beasley at 47%. Beasley recently said she does “not support defund the police.”

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