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An analysis of debate schedules by NBC News confirms what many political observers have speculated: The number of debates in competitive 2022 Senate races has hit a new low since 2008.
Before 2022, each election saw an average of about 20 debates among the most competitive Senate candidates surveyed.
The audience awaits a debate between Ohio Senate candidates, Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat, and J.D.
He pointed to the recent Pennsylvania Senate debate in which John Fetterman’s stroke-affected performance was widely panned.
For instance, far more people likely saw a picture of Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker holding an honorary sheriffs badge on stage than listened to a single minute of his debate with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
For many voters, a vicious spiral of violence and fear is creating angst, paranoia and an overwhelming sense of dread that the nation is on the eve of destruction, according to a growing body of public opinion research.
Polls show a large portion of Republicans fear democracy is in peril because they believe that elections are rigged against them.
Frustrated by the fear that democracy no longer serves them, some Americans are becoming convinced that violence is the answer.
Steele, the former head of the national GOP, said the public and political leaders both bear responsibility for protecting the republic.
“But it also gives space for people who want a safer country to plan ahead, too.
WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Republicans announced Wednesday plans to impeach and potentially remove from office Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a national leader among progressive prosecutors who was overwhelmingly re-elected last year.
It also comes as progressive prosecutors and recent criminal justice reforms have faced blowback due to rising crime.
Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, but White is the only GOP member from Philadelphia, which is on pace to break last year’s record-setting homicide rate.
Pennsylvania’s Constitution gives the Legislature broad power to impeach “all civil officers” for “any misbehavior in office,” though it has almost never exercised that authority.
As with the federal impeachment process, a simple majority vote of the state House is needed to impeach.
WASHINGTON — At stake in this year’s key Senate races is not just the balance of power between the parties, but within them.
Now this year's Senate races represent one of the toughest electoral challenges yet for the modern progressive movement.
These groups will back progressives in open Senate races, but have yet to recruit someone to run against an incumbent Democrat.
But both Fetterman and Barnes then went on to be elected lieutenant governor, statewide victories that helped them convince party insiders they could win U.S. Senate races.
John Fetterman, the Democratic Senate nominee in Pennsylvania, greets supporters at Nether Providence Elementary School, in Wallingford on Oct. 15.
“What is our message about why inflation is going to be worse if Republicans win?” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., told NBC News in an interview.
Even as President Joe Biden and some candidates sharpen their focus on inflation, many Democrats are worried it may be coming too late.
“Ads for both parties discussed inflation during the early summer, but since then, pro-Democratic ads have avoided mentions of inflation while pro-Republican ads have increased their discussion of inflation,” the researchers wrote.
Economic issues are hitting voters particularly hard in states where Democrats’ control of the Senate hangs in the balance, including Arizona, Georgia and Nevada.
In campaign appearances and ads, she’s frequently attempted to explain to voters that the Inflation Reduction Act will lower costs for voters.
WASHINGTON — The country’s largest gun safety group is turning its attention down ballot by pumping money into local sheriff races this election.
Everytown for Gun Safety, the massive gun control group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told NBC News on Friday it's “leaving no stone unturned in the fight to end gun violence” and will spend $300,000 on digital ads in two sheriff races this year.
County sheriffs, unlike most law enforcement officers, are directly elected by voters in most parts of the country.
“Sheriffs are elected to enforce the law, not make them,” said John Feinblatt, head of Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund.
The Bernalillo County race in New Mexico race falls along more familiar partisan lines.
“If, especially, Democratic campaigns had staff at all levels that looked more like the people they are trying to reach, they would be more effective in reaching those people.
White staffers hold more than two-thirds of management roles on Democratic campaigns, Laurison said.
Meanwhile, about 80% of communications operatives on Democratic campaigns are white.
“There’s real sorting within campaigns by race,” Laurison said.
But Laurison noted that the world of political campaigns is both unstable and insular, while it offers little pay for staffers.