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Three things to watch for in today’s Trump-driven primary in South Carolina

WASHINGTON- If it’s Tuesday… It’s elementary day in South Carolina, Nevada, Maine and North Dakota. … It’s also Special Election Day in Texas-34. …Former AG William Barr testifies about Donald Trump’s 2020 election lies: “He has distanced himself from reality if he really believes these things.” … triumph releases 12-page statement in response to the January 6 committee. … The NRSC strikes again in the North Carolina Senate. … And President Biden is heading to the AFL-CIO convention in Philadelphia.

But first: Three things stand out about today’s Republican primary in South Carolina, where Donald Trump is working to defeat two Republican members of Congress: Representatives Tom Rice and Nancy Mace.

One, they will take place after the televised hearings on January 6 last week, where we heard members of the Trump team admit that the former president lost the 2020 election and was told that he lost; explain that his accusations of fraud were BS; and claiming that Trump has “detached himself from reality if he really believes these things.”

So the races are fascinating real-time experiments to gauge, in part, whether any of these revelations are trickling down to rank-and-file Republican primary voters.

Two, Rice, who was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, defended himself against Trump, which differs from how Mace has still tried to embrace the former president (as shooting a video outside Trump Tower).

“I have created jobs, higher wages and less poverty,” says Rice in one of his television commercials. “Let’s put progress over pettiness. Let’s put results above revenge.”

As Politico points out, the race between Rice and state Rep. Russell Fry (whom Trump has endorsed) is the first time this election season that a Republican House member who voted for impeachment has faced impeachment. a Trump-backed primary challenger.

And three, Mace’s primary contest, where he faces a challenge from defeated 2018 candidate Katie Arrington (who Trump supports), will test how Trump’s “Revenge Tour” works in states and districts where previous efforts they have failed. (Unlike Rice, Mace did not vote to impeach Trump, but criticized the former president’s conduct after the election and voted to certify the election results.)

Remember, in 2018, Trump endorsed Arrington over then-incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford, RS.C., and Arrington and the GOP ended up losing the seat. Until Mace got it back in 2020.

Oh, and keep this in mind, especially when it comes to the Rice race (where five other candidates are running besides the incumbent and Fry): There’s a runoff on June 28 if no candidate gets over 50 percent of the vote. .

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Data download: The number of the day is… 13

That’s the number of Republican candidates Trump has endorsed who are running in Tuesday’s primary.

In addition to those running against Rice and Mace, he also endorsed Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo in the Nevada gubernatorial race and former state attorney general Adam Laxalt for the US Senate. The rest of those endorsements are starters who are all heavily favored to win.

Other numbers to know:

108: The number of candidates for state office or Congress who have repeated Trump’s lies about the 2020 election and won their primary so far, according to a Washington Post analysis.

235 million: How many people in America are expected to experience temperatures of at least 90 degrees this week?

two: The number of times in a span of less than a month that Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has tested positive for covid, the last time on Monday.

3.9 percent: The amount the S&P 500 dropped on Monday, falling to its lowest level since March 2021.

0.75 percentage points: The potential interest rate hike could come as soon as this week, CNBC reports.

Midterm Recap: What’s Happening in Vegas

Nevada will also host a series of exciting primary elections tonight, including in each of the state’s four congressional districts. The state is also hosting three competitive GOP state contests:

Nevada Governor: Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak is one of the GOP’s top targets this cycle, with a packed field of Republicans vying to challenge him. Trump has endorsed Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, and the other top candidates include former US Senator Dean Heller, North Vegas Mayor John Lee, venture capitalist Guy Nohra, and attorney and former boxer Joey Gilbert, who it has been endorsed by the state Republican Party.

Nevada Senate: Trump’s endorsement will also be tested in the Senate Republican primary, where he endorsed former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt. Trump and his allies have made a final push to bolster Laxalt, who co-chaired Trump’s 2020 campaign in Nevada and led the effort to challenge the state’s election results. Laxalt faces a tougher-than-expected main challenge from retired Army Captain Sam Brown, who has portrayed himself as a political outsider.

Nevada Secretary of State: While limited-term Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske defended the state’s 2020 election (earning censure from the state party’s central committee), the leading candidate has spread lies about the 2020 results. The race appears to be on. largely between former Assemblyman Jim Marchant and former state senator and businessman Jesse Haw. Marchant is the president of the America First Secretary of State Coalition, a group of secretary candidates echoing lies about the 2020 election.

Elsewhere in the election campaign:

Colorado Senate: Colorado Democrats, the group trying to meddle in the state’s Republican primary, are booking more ad time, according to AdImpact, to the tune of about $1 million. Joe O’Dea, one of the leading Republican candidates, has a new biographical space in Spanish that promotes his work in business.

Pennsylvania Senate: Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has set aside $293,000 in airtime, according to AdImpact. Brendan McPhillips, who ran President Biden’s operation in Pennsylvania and ran Fetterman’s unsuccessful 2016 Senate campaign, will join Fetterman’s Senate campaign as campaign manager.

Washington Senate: Democratic Senator Patty Murray already has a new ad attacking Republican Tiffany Smiley, ahead of the state primary, throwing the kitchen sink at her would-be opponent, evoking the January 6 attack, warning that voting for her is “putting women’s reproductive health care at risk”. And she could make Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, the majority leader. A Democratic outside group, Future Majority PAC, is setting aside $860,000 in ad time through early July.

Governor of Florida: State Sen. Annette Taddeo endorses former Governor and current Rep. Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign, a week after she dropped out of the primary to run for Congress (Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC endorsed Taddeo’s congressional campaign on Monday).

California-40: GOP Rep. Young Kim advanced from last week’s Top 2 primary, fending off a challenge from her right.

New York-17: The Working Families Party is opposing Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and instead endorsing state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, Politico reports.

Ad Watch: The NRSC’s Latest Attack on the North Carolina Senate

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching another publicity crackdown on Democrat Cheri Beasley in North Carolina, once again highlighting her previous failures as a state Supreme Court justice.

The new ad, shared exclusively with NBC News, is part of a $1.7 million television buyout and is the third round of NRSC ads attacking Beasley, the first black woman to serve as chief justice of the state Supreme Court, as she faces the Republican representative. Ted Budd in the open Senate race.

“By stopping crime and holding criminals accountable, Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley has failed us,” says a narrator in the 30-second ad. The ad highlights three of the court’s previous rulings, reducing complex cases to seconds-long sound bites.

The announcement comes after several television stations pulled an NRSC ad off the air earlier this month for making false statements about some of Beasley’s past failings. Last week, a lawyer for the only TV station to do so wrote that the decision to pull the ad was “prematurely sent” to Democratic lawyers.

Read more about the announcement and the decisions referenced in the announcement on the Meet the Press blog.

ICYMI: What else is happening in the world?

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a new law reducing the training required for teachers to carry weapons in schools from 700 hours to less than 24, in response to concerns about school safety after a series of shootings. recent massive.

Senators are rushing to draft gun legislation with the goal of passing the bill next week.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed additional protections against abortion into law.

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