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Dems have a ‘Southern strategy’ to take out Lindsey Graham and other Republicans that could flip the South

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Jaime Harrison — Sen. Lindsey Graham’s likely Democratic challenger in the fall’s election — believes he has the strategy to flip the Senate seat in a slightly bluer South Carolina.

The 44-year-old Democratic operative and current Democratic National Committee associate chair helped Doug Jones win the Alabama Senate seat once filled by Jeff Sessions, and he believes he’s got the recipe to win over voters in the conservative Southern state, reported Mother Jones.

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“I think [the Democratic spirit] is alive and well all across the South,” Harrison said. “The real question is getting people to believe that it’s possible here. People have a little sliver of hope, and now it’s important for me to take that sliver and turn it into a roaring flame.”

Harrison makes little mention of his opponent — a three-term senator and staunch defender of President Donald Trump — while out on the campaign trail, and instead tries to show would-be voters how what happens in Washington matters in their own lives.

“There’s nobody who can out-progressive me in terms of understanding the hardships of poverty,” Harrison told Mother Jones. “I’ve known it, I’ve seen it, I’ve touched it, I’ve tasted it, I’ve eaten it my entire life, and when I go into communities, poor black folks look at me and say, ‘Jaime, I would be so blessed if I can raise my kids and they grow up to do the things you’ve been able to do.’”

Harrison was tasked with developing the party’s Southern strategy by DNC chair Tom Perez in Jones’ Senate race against Roy Moore, and he developed a plan for turning out a diverse black voter bloc that he had previously tested during a House special election in South Carolina.

“He emphasized how important it was to work alongside local folks who really understood that black voters aren’t a monolith,” said Doug Turner, a senior adviser for Jones’ campaign.

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It worked, and Jones narrowly won after turning out a staggering 30 percent of black voters — and Harrison thinks it can be repeated in other states.

“The votes are here,” Harrison said. “The question is, can we change the mentality?”

Harrison’s campaign says it raised a South Carolina record $3.5 million in the last months of 2019, and a December poll showed him only 2 points behind Graham, but his campaign remains a long shot in the Trump-loving state.

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“You can win in the South, but in order to win, you have to invest,” Harrison said. “You have such large pockets of African American voters, and the big thing is you have to persuade them that an election is important enough for them to come out and vote.”


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‘Angry’ Trump Michigan voters admit they want ‘this nightmare to end’ in November

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President Donald Trump's Michigan supporters are abandoning their 2016 pick for Vice President Joe Biden as the election comes closer.

In a series of interviews on MSNBC Sunday, revisited voters they'd met earlier in the election cycle in Kent County.

Katey Morse and her husband were both working full time, and their kids were in school back in March, but things quickly changed as the coronavirus spread throughout the country. Luckily, she and her husband didn't lose their jobs, but they, like many parents, are struggling to do virtual school for their kids.

"I'm turning into more of an angry person than I've ever been in my life," she said about how she feels politically, noting that it makes her sad. "I've just got a countdown to November now, and I'm hoping we'll wake up from this nightmare we're in."

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Trump abusing the intelligence community in an attempt to keep them quiet about Russia election hacks: Conservative

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The New York Times Magazine piece outlining President Donald Trump's battles with the U.S. intelligence community revealed that Russia is continuing to wage its own cyberwar against the world. According to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot, the devastating report explained the extent to which the president is ignoring the threats to the 2020 election.

“The options faced by the intelligence community during Trump’s presidency have been stark: avoid infuriating the president but compromise the agencies’ ostensible independence, or assert that independence and find yourself replaced with a more sycophantic alternative," wrote Robert Draper in his lengthy investigation into Trump's efforts to politicize international intelligence. According to Boot, the most shocking part of the investigation was that the experts in the intelligence community have been banned from speaking honestly about the Russian attacks.

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‘Incompetent moron’ Chuck Todd ripped for letting Trump official claim Democrats want more COVID-19 deaths

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"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd is under fire -- once again -- after letting Donald Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro claim on NBC that Democrats want more Americans to die during the coronavirus pandemic to boost their chances at the polls in November.

Instead of pushing back the NBC host known for his lack of follow-up questions let the comment slide by responding, "I take your point."

Todd's failure to call out the Trump aide for what one Twitter commenter called a "disgusting" comment led to an avalanche of criticism for the MBC political director who recently saw his weekday show cut back to make room for more commentary by colleague Nicolle Wallace.

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