Author: Tal Axelrod

Campaign Report — Democrats confront brutal atmosphere

Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, tracking all things related to the 2022 midterm elections. You can expect this newsletter in your inbox Tuesdays and Thursdays each week leading up to November’s election. Email us tips and feedback: Max Greenwood (mgreenwood@thehill.com), Julia Manchester (jmanchester@thehill.com), Tal Axelrod (taxelrod@thehill.com), Caroline Vakil (cvakil@thehill.com) and Monique Beals (mbeals@thehill.com). Democrats brace for historically…

Britt holds double-digit lead over Brooks in Alabama: poll

Katie Britt has a double-digit lead over Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) in Alabama’s GOP Senate runoff, according to an Emerson College/The Hill poll released Thursday.  Britt enjoys the support of just under 50 percent of very likely runoff voters in the poll, while Brooks has roughly 34 percent support. Another 17 percent of very likely…

Sarah Palin moves on in Alaska congressional election

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) is projected to progress to the next round in the state’s special election for its at-large congressional seat following the March death of Rep. Don Young (R). Palin was in the top four candidates in the primary race Saturday, which featured candidates of all parties. The top four vote-getters…

Republicans go scorched-earth in Arizona Senate primary

Arizona’s GOP Senate primary is turning increasingly bloody in a contest that could determine who wins control of the Senate in November. As the race to nominate Sen. Mark Kelly’s (D-Ariz.) GOP opponent hurtles toward its Aug. 2 conclusion, businessman Jim Lamon, former tech executive Blake Masters and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich are…

Young Kim advances in California House race

California GOP Rep. Young Kim advanced to the general election in a key House race, according to The Associated Press, handing Republicans a win in their effort to take back the House.  Kim, who will face Democrat Asif Mahmood in November, garnered Republican backlash over her repeated efforts at bipartisanship. However, she’s veered more to…

Hochul, Zeldin hold double-digit leads in NY governor primaries: poll

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) hold double-digit leads in their parties’ respective New York gubernatorial primaries, according to an Emerson College Polling-PIX11-The Hill poll released Monday.  Hochul, who replaced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last year after he resigned in disgrace, leads the field with 57 percent support among very likely…

Seven key primary races still to come before November

May contained a whirlwind of crucial primaries that offered several tea leaves about the directions of the U.S.’s two major parties and their chances in November. However, there are still scores of races left to go throughout the summer that will determine nominees in key contests. Here are seven important races that remain ahead of…

Both parties identify risks, rewards in Jan. 6 hearing

Republicans and Democrats alike are bracing for the upcoming House hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, seeking out tea leaves for what the proceedings could mean for two crucial election cycles. The House select committee’s hearings, set to start in prime time on Thursday, have Republicans both skeptical of and aligned with…

Bass, Caruso advance in Los Angeles mayor’s race

Rep. Karen Bass (D) and businessman Rick Caruso were projected to head to a runoff in Los Angeles’ mayoral race, according to The Associated Press. Bass, who was on President Biden’s vice presidential shortlist, was anticipated to run away with the race. But Caruso, a mall mogul who until recently was a Republican, dumped roughly…

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin recalled in blow to progressives

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was projected to be ousted in a recall Wednesday, marking a stunning setback for progressive advocates of criminal justice reform.  The Associated Press called the race around 12:04 a.m. ET. Boudin’s loss is the latest and loudest signal that voters’ appetites for reform is softening amid a nationwide spike…