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US Senate high stakes spur astronomical spending in Montana

 Political groups fighting for control of the U.S. Senate have poured more than $118 million into the contest between Montana's Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican incumbent Steve Daines, a record shattering figure for the sparsely-populated state that dwarfs spending on a per-voter basis in all other Senate battleground states.

Trump’s task: Resetting campaign that GOP fears is slipping

President Donald Trump is running out of time to recover from a series of self-inflicted setbacks that have rattled his base of support and triggered alarm among Republicans who fear the White House is on the verge of being lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

Racist videos bring attention to US House race in Georgia

A Republican criticized for promoting racist videos and adamantly supporting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory faces a neurosurgeon who campaigned on his experience to improve the health care system in Tuesday's GOP primary runoff for an open U.S. House seat representing northwest Georgia.

Conservatives lash out at Liz Cheney over Trump criticism

House Republicans facing electoral uncertainty in November turned on one another in a private meeting on Tuesday, as a small group of conservative lawmakers confronted House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney over what they said was disloyalty to President Donald Trump.

White House, GOP resist state, housing aid in virus package

Despite disarray in the Republican ranks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was pushing Wednesday to unveil a draft COVID-19 aid package as the White House resists Democratic demands for more virus testing, state funding and housing eviction protections.

Indiana GOP ousts attorney general after groping allegations

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s bid for reelection was scuttled Friday as he lost the Republican nomination following a monthlong suspension of his law license over allegations that he groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party.

Trump looks elsewhere after GOP convention spat with NC gov

President Donald Trump said he is seeking a new state to host this summer’s Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without public health restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

NC governor: GOP must prepare for scaled-back convention

North Carolina’s governor said in a letter Tuesday that the GOP must prepare for a scaled-back convention in Charlotte because of the coronavirus pandemic despite demands from President Donald Trump for a full-scale, in-person event.

With Pompeo out, GOP looks to Rep. Marshall in Kansas race

The passing of Monday’s deadline to file to run for Kansas’ open Senate seat confirmed that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo won’t be a candidate, and a major anti-abortion group threw its support behind Rep. Roger Marshall to keep immigration hardliner Kris Kobach from the GOP nomination.

GOP fronts ‘pro-Trump’ doctors to prescribe rapid reopening

Republican political operatives are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

‘A résumé for future office’: Virus tests a GOP governor

Kristi Noem had been South Dakota’s governor for less than six months when she made clear she wasn’t going to let her job in the sleepy capital of Pierre keep her out of national politics – or off President Donald Trump’s radar. Then came the pandemic.