A candidate for the GOP congress ticket to Georgia may be QAnon̵7;s first supporter in Congress.
Connecticut voters will cast their ballots last Tuesday after a Democratic race narrowed by more than 20 candidates to now-nominated candidate Joe Biden. While the nominations of President Donald Trump and Biden are already certain, there are still some major dramas in store in other races.
The two biggest races to watch on Tuesday night? Battle of Rep. Ilhan Omar for re-election in Minnesota and QAnon to conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene attempt to join Congress despite a conspiracy of controversial comments she made on social media.
Here’s what to look for tonight.
Will Ilhan Omar be a one-term congressman?
Tuesday’s most popular election is Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s fight for a second term outside Minnesota. Omar became a controversial figure after her 2018 election and she attracted national attention when some of her comments criticizing Israel were condemned as anti-Semitic.
Omar was born in Somalia and came with her family to America as a refugee. She and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Were the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress. Omar and Tlaib, along with reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Were collectively known as the “Team” – the women of the first term congress, all women of color, who established themselves as perhaps the four most members progressives in the House.
Antone Melton-Meaux, a Black lawyer and mediator, has raised millions of dollars in his campaign to assassinate Omar. This has included donations from Democrats who prefer a more common candidate and from pro-Israel groups like NORPAC, Pro-Israel America and Americans for a Future of Tomorrow.
The 5th Congressional District in Minnesota is strongly Democratic and the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic Friday is likely to head toward victory in November.
Like Omar, Melton-Meaux identifies herself as a progressive, but he argues that Omar’s national profile has distracted him from surrendering to voters in the Minneapolis area she represents.
“She has been ineffective in Washington because she is divisive and focused on her celebrity,” Melton-Meaux said.
Umar argues that it is because she has been an effective advocate for her positions that major donors want to see her out.
“It has to do with how effective we have actually been and how people do not want that effectiveness to continue,” she said. “Organized people will always beat organized money.”
After their 2018 election, Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley quickly became targets for conservatives, including Trump who drew bipartisan reprimands after he suggested women “return” where they came from, though only Omar was not born in the US
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Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez have already survived the primary challenges this year.
On top of her controversial comments, Omar’s personal life has come under control.
She recently married her Washington political adviser, Tim Mynett, a few months after denying they were having an affair and divorcing her first husband. The Conservatives raised ethical questions and filed a federal complaint about Omar’s campaign by paying Mynett’s firm more than $ 1 million for advertising, fundraising and other services. The law does not prohibit such an agreement.
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Will another QAnon candidate win?
A Republican primary runoff election for the open seat to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District has attracted national attention because one of the candidates, businessman Marjorie Taylor Greene, has expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory in online videos.
She has also made Islamophobic comments and claimed that black people are not discriminated against.
Green’s opponent is neurosurgeon John Cowan, who received about 21% of the vote in the first round of primary school with 40% of Green. In Georgia, if no candidate gets a majority, the two finalists lead in the runoff. Like Greene, Cowan is a strong supporter of Trump, but Cowan warns that Green’s views could make him an “embarrassment.”
Following that June 9 vote, Politico revealed the controversial remarks Greene made in videos posted on her Facebook page from 2017 to 2019. In one, she suggested the 2018 midfield, in which Omar and Tlaib were selected, was part of “an Islamic invasion of our government.”
Greene also rejected the idea that Black Americans face discrimination. “Guess what? Slavery is over,” she said. “Black people have equal rights.”
“I know a ton of white people who are just as lazy and naughty and maybe worse than black people,” she said in a video. “And it all has to do with their bad choices and their personal responsibility. It’s not a matter of skin color.”
“The most abused group of people in the United States today are white men,” she said in another video, according to Politico.
Greene is one of several Republican candidates for 2020 embracing the conspiracy theory that an anonymous figure or group in the federal government is engaged in a fight to protect Trump from the “deep state” and an international network of elites engaged in trafficking. children.
She called QAnon – a move the FBI has warned could spark domestic terrorism – “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to oust this global booth of pedophiles who worship Satan,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Republican leaders of the chamber have denounced Green for her words. A spokesman for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Called Green’s comments “terrible.” Whip minority Steve Scalise, R-La, said they were “disgusting and do not reflect the values of equality and determination that make our country great.”
“I will support Dr Cowan,” Scalise said in a statement.
Despite those denunciations, Politico reported that few Republicans have actively campaigned on Cowan’s behalf.
Cowan has said Greene “will shame our state”. In a recent interview he said she “deserves her Youtube channel, not a seat in Congress.”
Tuesday’s runoff winner will be a heavyweight favorite against Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who did not seek re-election, last won the seat with over 76% of the vote in 2018. In 2017, the Cook Political Report ranked the district as the 10th most Republican in the US
Another trial for mail order voting
Both Minnesota and Georgia allow unjustified voting in absentia – meaning you can ask to vote by mail without having to give a reason. Connecticut normally requires an excuse (military service, travel, etc.) to request a ballot in absentia, but Govt. Ned Lamont issued an executive order allowing all residents to vote in absentia in the primary due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Many will look closely to see if the increased volume of ballots sent to the post causes any complications.
The pandemic has spurred a huge increase in voters casting their ballots by mail because of concerns about being in a crowded place. Democratic and Republican governors have issued similar orders to Lamont, extending absentee voting in response to the blast.
Trump has opposed the expansion of postal voting, particularly the practice of a small number of states sending ballots to all registered voters. He correctly states that this will lead to delayed results. The results at the start of June 23 in New York – where there were more than 10 times the usual number of missing ballots – were not confirmed until August 6, and many ballots are believed to have gone unnumbered, according to the New York Times.
Trump also claims, without evidence, that the mail vote will lead to massive fraud and a false election. Experts say that while fraud is more common with postal voting, it is statistically insignificant.
Contribution: Associated Press
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