State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA 13) easily beat three opponents, including former Rep. Marjorie Margolies (D), to win the nomination to replace Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the House. Former Army Ranger and CIA analyst Kevin Strouse (D-PA 08) will challenge Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) after narrowly beating scientist and businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton (D). And Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA 09) held off tea party challenger Art Halvorson (R).
Kevin Strouse: 18,428 (51 percent)
Shaughnessy Naughton: 17,610 (49 percent)
The primary pitted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which endorsed Strouse, against EMILY’s List, which endorsed Naughton. Naughton offered her support for Strouse’s race against Fitzpatrick. “It’s never easy to unseat an incumbent,” she said. “But he’s clearly shown he’s willing to put time and effort into it.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Bill Shuster: 24,106 (53 percent)
Art Halvorson: 15,761 (35 percent)
Travis Schooley: 5,802 (13 percent)
Shuster’s campaign was “fueled by an infusion of cash from stakeholders in the transportation industry, where he wields power as a committee chairman.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Brendan Boyle: 24,476 (41 percent)
Marjorie Margolies: 16,506 (27 percent)
Daylin Leach: 10,066 (17 percent)
Val Arkoosh: 9,299 (15 percent)
Margolies received national attention early in the race because of her connections to the Clintons. She is Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, and Bill Clinton campaigned for her and appeared in a TV ad. Boyle raised the least amount of money in the race. “They say money always wins,” Boyle said before the election. “If we win, we show that’s not true.” (ABC News)
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."