THIRD-PARTY SENATE CANDIDATES might play key roles in a few of the fall’s closest contests—in some circumstances with the assistance of a serious celebration candidate. In South Carolina, the place Democrat Jaime Harrison has run near Sen. Lindsey Graham with the assistance of record-shattering fundraising, Harrison has paid for digital adverts that use reverse psychology to advertise Structure Occasion candidate Invoice Bledsoe, calling him “Too Conservative” for the Senate, a bid to get Graham voters to defect to Bledsoe. Graham’s marketing campaign appears to have acknowledged the chance—Bledsoe dropped out of the race and backed Graham earlier this month, and Graham rapidly promoted the endorsement. However Bledsoe’s title stays on the poll.
Harrison is using an oft-used tactic by Democrats in crimson states, mentioned nonpartisan election analyst Dave Wasserman: “Attempt to decrease your threshold for victory to ~48%.” An identical dynamic is at play in Maine, the place Sen. Susan Collins narrowly trails Democrat Sara Gideon in polling averages. Collins is predicted to be at an obstacle due to the state’s ranked-choice voting system, the place candidates exterior the highest two finishers have their votes reallocated to the highest two based mostly on voters’ second decisions. Impartial candidate Lisa Savage has urged her supporters to record Gideon as their second selection, whereas Max Linn, one other unbiased, requested his voters to rank Savage second, depriving Gideon and Collins of additional votes.
In Alaska, the place unbiased candidates traditionally have carried out notably properly, some Democrats are hopeful that unbiased John Wayne Howe—who advocates a voluntary system of taxation—might peel off votes from Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan, and ship victory to Democratic Occasion-backed unbiased Al Gross. However Howe might additionally present an outlet for voters to register discontent with incumbents, with out throwing their assist to a Democrat.
NATIONAL-SECURITY leaders from the Obama and Bush years hosted a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday, with some tickets going for $20,000. The blue-red group included Michele Flournoy, a former prime Pentagon official many see as protection secretary in a Biden administration; Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state below President George W. Bush; and retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the previous Afghanistan commander who has endorsed Biden regardless of their disagreements that led to his 2010 ouster.
Navy and foreign-policy leaders are more and more wading into blue political waters. Final month, almost 500 national-security specialists, together with senior retired army officers, signed a letter endorsing Biden. Moreover the national-security officers, the occasion additionally featured military-focused members of Congress, together with Armed Providers Committee rating member Sen. Jack Reed and Rep. Seth Moulton, an Iraq struggle Marine veteran. One individual with information of the fundraiser mentioned it raised round $1 million.