Special election results give Democrats hope November won’t be so bad


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In today’s edition … Josh Dawsey, Carol D. Leonnig, Jacqueline Alemany, and Rosalind S. Helderman of The Post report that the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search followed months of resistance and delay by former President Donald Trump… what we watch: President Biden’s student loan announcement…but first…

Special election results give Democrats hope they won’t be bombarded in November

Maybe the Democrats aren’t headed for a November bombing after all.

Democrat pat ryan defeated republican Marc Molinaro in a special election in a swing seat in New York’s Hudson Valley, fueling hopes among Democrats that voter anger over the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade will help the party limit its losses in November’s midterm elections.

Ryan, the Ulster County executive, led Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, 52% to 48% early this morning. This is a margin slightly greater than that by which Joe Biden to beat donald trump in the district in 2020, although it may change slightly as outstanding votes are tallied.

Ryan will succeed the former Democratic congressman Antonio Delgadowho resigned in May to become lieutenant governor of New York.

Ryan has campaigned hard in defense of abortion rights, making the race a test case for how voters in the swing district react to such a message. “Every indicator we’ve had since the very beginning of the campaign is that this is the core issue and the energy around it is huge,” Ryan told The Early earlier this month.

Molinaro, meanwhile, said abortion should be left to the states and campaigned on crime and the economy instead.

Ryan’s victory follows special elections in Minnesota and Nebraska following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Republicans won but Democrats outpaced Biden’s margins in 2020.

The trend appears to have continued in another special election on Tuesday, this one to fill the seat vacated by the former representative. Tom Roseau (RN.Y.). Republican Joe Sempolinski defeated democrat Max Della Pia 53% to 47% in a district Trump has won by about 11 points in 2020, though the final margin may change.

Ryan, meanwhile, also won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday to run in a newly redesigned swing district that overlaps with the one he will represent for the next four months. (The special election to fill the Delgado seat was held under old district lines.) He will face Colin Schmitta Republican state assemblyman in November.

Lawmakers lose their seats

Two New York Democrats — one chairwoman of a committee who has served in Congress for nearly three decades, the other a freshman — lost their seats on Tuesday.

Representative Jerrold Nadlerthe chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, beat Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, in a surprisingly decisive way months after their districts were unexpectedly combined in the redistricting. Nadler led Maloney 55% to 24%, with a third Democrat, Suraj Pateltrailing with 19 percent.

And Rep. Mondary Joneswho moved to New York to run for an Open House seat after his own district was reshaped by redistricting, failed to win over enough Democrats in his new district. Dan Goldmana former federal prosecutor who was lead counsel for House Democrats during Trump’s first impeachment, beat state Assembly Yuh-Line Niou 26 percent to 24 percent. Jones took third place with 18%.

Republicans and Democrats dodged candidates who threatened to become congressional headaches if they won.

Representative Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) narrowly survived a primary challenge of Laura Loomera far-right activist whose anti-Muslim tweets in 2018 led Twitter to ban her. Cory Mills, an Army veteran, won the Republican primary to succeed Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Winning State Representative Anthony Sabatini, who had sworn to oppose House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) For president if Republicans win a majority in the House. (Republicans turned Murphy’s swing seat into a redder district in the redistricting.)

and old Representative Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), who called a reporter a defecating robot (using more colorful language) and compared the tea party to the Ku Klux Klan while in office, lost a bid back for the seat the Democrat Rep. Val Demings renounces to stand for senatorial elections. Maximum frosta 25-year-old activist, won the primary with 35% of the vote, with Grayson third.

Two Trump-backed candidates have won their primaries.

Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) defeated TW Shannona former state House speaker, in a primary runoff, virtually guaranteeing he will be elected in November to succeed the retired Republican Senator James M. Inhofe. (AJ Feratethe chairman of the Republican Party of Oklahoma, chastened Mullin and Shannon earlier this month for insisting on stealing the 2020 election.)

And Anna Paulina Lunaan Air Force veteran who challenged Representative Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) In 2020, won the Republican nomination to succeed him in a district Florida Republicans made much reder by redistricting, paving the way for Congress.

More notable race results:

  • Governor of Florida: Crist easily won the Democratic nomination to challenge the Republican Governor Ron DeSantisdefeat Fried NikkiFlorida commissioner of agriculture, 60 to 35 percent.
  • The 17th district of New York: Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloneythe Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee president, easily dispatched his main challenger, the state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, 67 percent to 33 percent. Biaggi has been endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.).
  • The 23rd district of New York: Nick Langworthythe chairman of the New York Republican State Committee, defeated Carl Paladin, the 2010 Republican candidate for governor with a knack for making inflammatory comments 52% to 48%. The loss of Paladino is a blow for Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), the No. 3 Republican in the House, who supported his candidacy despite his history of inflammatory and racist comments.

More coverage from The Post:

  • Democrats nominate established candidates; gain ground on abortion. By mail Colby Itkowitz and David Weigel.
  • Four takeaways from the New York and Florida primaries. By mail Amber Phillips.

FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search followed months of resistance and delay by Trump

“Mar-a-Lago is a big deal”: Our colleagues Josh Dawsey, Carol D. Leonnig, Jacqueline Alemany and Rosalind S.Helderman detail Trump’s reluctance to cooperate with the National Archives and FBI investigators who led to the Mar-a-Lago raid this month. Here is what happened :

  • In 2021: “After Trump’s term ended in January 2021, Archives officials identified various high-profile items that had not been sent to their collection and requested that they be located and turned over.”
  • January 17: Nearly a year later, “Trump returned 15 boxes of newspaper clippings, presidential briefing materials, handwritten notes and assorted memorabilia to the National Archives… The boxes arrived without any kind of journals or inventory. to describe their content… [and] instead, contained a hodgepodge of documents, some of which weren’t even from Trump’s time in the White House. But some of the White House files bore obvious markings indicating they were classified.
  • February to March: The Archives referred the case to the FBI in early February. The FBI interviewed “several records officials about the returned classified documents and their interactions with Trump’s team,” according to our colleagues.
  • April 12: The Archives sent an email to Trump’s lawyers, informing them that the FBI would begin reviewing the sensitive documents Trump turned over in January.
  • May 10: Acting Archivist Wall of Debra Steidel “described the weeks of resistance that followed the April 12 email,” in a letter to Trump’s attorney Evan Corcoran. “It has now been four weeks since we first informed you of our intention to provide the FBI with access to the boxes so that it and other members of the intelligence community could conduct their examinations,” Steidel Wall wrote.
  • “The May 10 letter said government lawyers had concluded that executive privilege was held by the current president, not a former one.and that President Biden had delegated to Steidel Wall the decision whether or not to authorize the FBI to consult the files. “I have therefore decided not to honor the former president’s request for ‘protection’ privilege,” she wrote, indicating that she would allow the FBI to begin viewing the records in two days.
  • “The May 10 letter said government lawyers had concluded that executive privilege was held by the current president, not a former one.and that President Biden had delegated to Steidel Wall the decision whether or not to authorize the FBI to consult the files. “I have therefore decided not to honor the former president’s request for ‘protection’ privilege,” she wrote, indicating that she would allow the FBI to begin viewing the records in two days.
  • May 11: “Trump’s attorney has accepted a grand jury subpoena seeking records with classified marks at Mar-a-Lago.”
  • June 3: Trump’s lawyer Christina Bob and “Corcoran met with a senior Justice Department official and three FBI agents, giving them the records they had gathered.”
  • June 22: The Justice Department has issued a new subpoena to the Trump Organization, owner of Mar-a-Lago, seeking “surveillance video to help show who may have come and gone from the storage area where Corcoran and Bobb had indicated boxes of files taken from the White House were stored in. Footage showed various people entering and leaving the room.
  • August 8: The FBI searched Mar-a-Lago.

President Biden returns from Rehoboth Beach, Del., this morning and is expected to announce his long-awaited decision on whether to forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt — a policy some Democrats have championed, some have rejected. as insufficiently bold and still others warned that they could exacerbate inflation.

Biden has repeatedly extended the pandemic-induced temporary moratorium on student loan repayments, which is set to expire on August 31.

Look forward: transport secretary Pete Buttigieg will speak next month at the launch of the Texas Tribune Festival.

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