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Battle lines drawn for Loeffler’s seat as GOP primary race becomes increasingly hostile

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According to a report from Politico, the primary battle for the U.S. Senate seat held by Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is getting uglier as GOP lawmakers choose sides between the embattled senator and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) who is a favorite of Donald Trump.

At one time Loeffler’s path to holding onto to the seat — after being appointed by Gov. Brain Kemp (R) — seemed clear until she was accused of insider trading based upon the information presented in closed-door hearings on the coronavirus pandemic.

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Those charges, and a subsequent investigation, have scrambled the race with Loeffler saying she won’t step aside which would calm the waters and pave the way for Collins.

“Not only am I not dropping out, but I’m gonna win,” Loeffler said in an interview. “And no one’s going to intimidate me into thinking that that’s the right course for our party, for our state, for our country. I’m working hard to help reelect the president. I’m working hard to win my seat and keep the Senate in Republican hands.”

As Politico notes, “She’s facing attacks from the left and right for selling millions of dollars in stocks after receiving a private briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. What’s more, she’s fighting off a serious challenge from Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) — a strong ally of President Donald Trump — who is ahead in most recent public polling.”

Loeffler, who has blamed the accusations on “the liberal media attacking someone who supports free enterprise,” does not have the full confidence of Republican colleagues in the Senate with Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) admitting, “She’s going to have to answer it. And I mean she’s been trying to. It’s an issue, there’s no question.”

On the other side, Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SC) backed her by telling reporters, “We think she’s a very strong candidate.”

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In the middle is Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), who is up for re-election in up in November and wants to focus on his own race and stay out of Loeffler’s problems.

“Perdue declined to comment on the status of the Loeffler-Collins race and didn’t indicate whether he’d campaign with Loeffler, citing a campaigning hiatus because of coronavirus,” Politico reports, quoting Perdue repeating, “I’m not commenting on that race.”

That hasn’t stopped Loeffler and Collins from taking shots at each other.

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“I knew I’d be attacked for my success, and I knew it would come from the left. What’s been surprising is it’s come from the right, as well. And I think that’s shameful,” she told reporters.

“Loeffler has indicated she’s ready to go on the offensive, describing Collins in the interview as a ‘do-nothing, career politician who has tax and spend as a strategy.’ Collins retorted: ‘It’s amazing she can read a cue card from her consultants,'” Politico reports.

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Collins added, “Instead of working for the people of Georgia for the past five months in D.C., she seems to have been working for herself. Because all she’s been able to do is have to explain her stock scandal and left her doing nothing else more than that.”

“Privately, some Republican senators and aides have more dour assessments. They understand the NRSC needs to back incumbents to guard against primary challenges, which have dogged Republicans in the past, but several said she’s in a dangerous situation and might need to drop out of the race. No sitting GOP senator has publicly said, however, that she should quit,” the Politico report added.

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Trump attacks ‘mad woman’ Kamala Harris, ‘crazy’ Pelosi and ‘not smart’ AOC

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President Donald Trump kicked off Thursday morning racist and misogynistic attacks against powerful Democratic women. His targets: presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, and U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In an early morning interview with Fox News Business's Maria Bartiromo the president called U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) "condescending" and a "Mad Woman."

"Now you have sort of a Mad Woman," Trump said, "I call her, because she was so angry and such hatred with Justice Kavanaugh. I mean, I've never seen anything like it. She was the angriest of the group and they were all angry. They're all radical left angry people."

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Trump openly admits to sabotaging Post Office to boost his re-election chances

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President Donald Trump told Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo on Thursday that he is blocking needed funds to the United States Postal Service as a way to thwart Democrats' efforts to have mail-in voting during the 2020 presidential election.

When asked a question about giving the Post Office the resources needed to handle millions of mail-in ballots this fall, the president said he was not interested in providing the funds.

"Now they need that money in order to make the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots," Trump said, according to CNN's Abby Philip. "But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting."

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‘Months to prepare’: Trump’s ‘disarray’ after Kamala Harris joins Biden mocked on Morning Joe

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MSNBC's John Heilemann marveled at the "total disarray" in President Donald Trump's response to Sen. Kamala Harris joining the Democratic ticket.

The president has seemed even more off than usual since Joe Biden named the California Democrat his running mate, the "Morning Joe" contributor said, although Trump and the Republican Party should have been prepared for that likely scenario.

"If you think about the metrics by which we judge in politics, a VP rollout, they controlled the timing, didn't have a leak that came out, got out ahead of them," Heilemann said. "All the electronic means they used on Tuesday to get the word out, 24 hours later you had a unified Democratic Party. No faction of the party taking potshots at the pick. Not just unified but enthused, donors writing checks. Small donors on the web giving the campaign its biggest fund-raising campaign in history. Everything you could want on the Democratic side and rave reviews from the press. A candidate who cleared the bar ready to be commander in chief. No one questioning their qualifications, and on the Republican side, total disarray in terms of what the message is supposed to be."

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