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Democrats just got a massive opening in Oklahoma while no one was watching

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In the midst of the colossal upset that saw progressive African-American Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum win the Democratic nomination for the Florida governor race, another lesser-known but huge development unfolded in Oklahoma, giving Democrats a clear chance to win the governor’s mansion there.

In the runoff elections on Tuesday night, pro-Trump Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt defeated Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett to win the GOP nomination. He will now face off against former Democratic state attorney general Drew Edmondson, who already won the nomination in June — which is shaping up to be a truly competitive race.

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Republicans blew a huge potential advantage by not nominating Cornett, who has campaign experience and is known for bringing the NBA to his state. Stitt, by contrast, has never held elected office, faces questions about his mortgage company’s business practices, and said he opposes the badly-needed recent pay increases that ended the state’s teacher walkouts.

Edmondson, by contrast, is the Democrats’ dream candidate — a Vietnam veteran who has already won statewide office multiple times and has decent name recognition. One poll released in July showed Edmondson leading the race by one point with Stitt as the nominee.

Oklahoma is one of the reddest states in America. It is one of only two stateswhere President Donald Trump carried every single county. But Democrats have held the governor’s mansion as recently as 2011.

Republicans in Oklahoma are also reeling from voter resentment amid the massive unpopularity of retiring Gov. Mary Fallin, who oversaw reckless tax cuts that collapsed the state’s finances and crippled state agencies. The teacher strikes only scratch the surface — under Fallin’s tenure, rural hospitals have shuttered, waiting lists for community help for the elderly and disabled have stretched to 10 years, and there is even a driving limit on state troopers to ration fuel.

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In an ominous sign for Republicans, Tuesday night’s runoffs also saw the defeat of half a dozen GOP state lawmakers who voted against the tax increase to fund teacher pay — which cannot inspire confidence for a gubernatorial nominee who claimed he would not have signed it.

The upshot is that Democrats now have a real chance to win in a heavily red state, and punch deep into Trump territory. They should heed the anger of voters hurt by GOP misrule, and fight for them.

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Mississippi sheriff busted for complaining Hispanic lawmaker is ‘worse than a black person’

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On Friday, the Atlanta Black Star reported that Jim Johnson, the sheriff of Lee County, Mississippi, made a racist comment about Hispanic GOP state Rep. Shane Aguirre while complaining about his opposition to the construction of a new county jail outside Tupelo.

Aguirre, Johnson told white Lee County Supervisor Phil Morgan in a 2017 text message first released Tuesday by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, was "worse than a black person."

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Another blue wave? This expert says is just might happen

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In July 2018, the most widely respected analysts were decidedly uncertain whether the Democrats could retake the House.  On July 6, Cook Political Report, for example, listed 180 seats as "solid" for Democrats, with 12 likely/lean and 3 "toss-up or worse." If the Democrats won all of those and the 22 GOP-held seats described as "toss-ups" — they'd still be one seat short of a majority, at 217.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Ex-GOPer wallops ‘spineless’ Kevin McCarthy for giving Trump a free pass while condemning Steve King’s racism

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" with fill-in host Ayman Mohyeldin, former Rep. Dave Jolly (R-FL) had nothing but contempt for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for harshly criticizing Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his racist comments -- among other things he has said -- but ignoring similar sentiments from Donald Trump.

With King under major fire from many in his own party over recent comments where he seemed to approve of rape and incest, Jolly called out McCarthy in particular for being selective about who he is willing to criticize.

"Is he simply defending the president to the hilt because he doesn't believe the president's comments are as racist as others have criticized them to be?" host Mohyeldin asked.

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