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The New “Ultra-MAGA” Contender in Pennsylvania’s Senate Primary

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Surge, your politics newsletter that, despite inflationary pressures, will never increase its price from the current $4,999.99 per edition. [Business-side guy whispers in our ear.] We charge WHAT?

This week, we continue to look at the aftermath of the very likely looming Supreme Court decision eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. Congress is acting at its usual lightning-fast pace, rushing to conduct not just meaningless messaging votes, but the wrong meaningless messaging votes. A sitting congressman lost his primary by voting to secure infrastructure dollars for his state, Democrats are totally “not happy” (wink wink) that Elon Musk wants to give Trump his Twitter account back, and Susan Collins’ sidewalk is under relentless assault.

But first, one of the biggest Senate primaries of the cycle is coming up next week, and it has taken an unpleasant turn for Republicans interested in keeping the seat.

By Jim Newell

Big primary Tuesday in Pennsylvania, with an open-seat Senate race that is either party’s for the taking. So which rich guy who only moved to Pennsylvania when we started writing this sentence is going to win the Republican nomination—hedge fund CEO David McCormick or television doctor Mehmet Oz? The grave concern many national and state Republicans have right now is: Well, it may be neither. Another “ultra-MAGA” candidate who’s been toiling in the background, the relatively unknown conservative media personality Kathy Barnette, has made a last-minute lunge toward the top. The concern with her, aside from questions of whether her beliefs are too far to the right to make her electable, is that no one’s really dug deep on her yet. Cursory, early searches of her social media history are turning up some truly not great stuff! And her campaign is awfully shy when asked basic questions about her (inspirational) biography. Republicans shouldn’t lose a Pennsylvania Senate race in what’s shaping up to be a historically bad cycle for Democrats. That’s exactly what they fear a nominee like Kathy Barnette would........

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