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Trump has ‘confused’ his own voters about mail-in ballots — and GOP fears ‘turnout crisis’: report

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Supporter of President Donald Trump wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat at a rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina (screengrab).

President Donald Trump’s frequent attacks on mail-in voting have made his own voters far less likely to take advantage of filing absentee ballots — and the Washington Post reports that GOP operatives fear it could create a “turnout crisis.”

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill tells the Post that he recently met with a group of Republican voters who traditionally send their ballots through the mail, but were now reluctant to do so thanks to the president’s regular attacks on the system.

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“They were confused about two different kinds of mail-in balloting, where one is ‘good’ and one is not,” he explains.

A GOP strategist in North Carolina, meanwhile, concedes that Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting are “a problem” for the party.

“The president has oversimplified the issue to criticize the method of voting, rather than the way it’s done,” they say. “The details matter.”

According to the Post’s sources, RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, who in public has backed the president’s attacks on mail-in voting, has told him privately that he will do damage to the party unless he makes a more nuanced critique of the system.

“McDaniel has additionally urged him to stop his blanket attacks on mail voting and present a more nuanced message,” the Post reports.

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Jaime Harrison says ‘I am living rent free in Lindsey Graham’s head’ — and he might be right

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Jaime Harrison, the Democrat challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Monday said that his upstart campaign is panicking the incumbent.

Harrison was interviewed on MSNBC by "The Last Word" anchor Lawrence O'Donnell, who noted the most recent polling shows a tied race.

"Have you experienced any extra fund-raising surge over the weekend?" O'Donnell asked.

"Well, Lawrence, we have gotten tremendous support and we really appreciate it," Harrison replied.

"Do you believe you have the resources and the campaign team and the ground troops you need in South Carolina to actually pull this off?" O'Donnell asked later in the interview.

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Outrage against Dianne Feinstein as potential Judiciary chair comes out against Senate reform

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.

“I don't believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose," Feinstein argued.

"It is not often used, it's often less used now than when I first came, and I think it's part of the Senate that differentiates itself," Feinstein falsely claimed.

https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/1308169580658012160

Feinstein is in line to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee if Democrats regain the Senate, despite never attending law school or having ever tried a case.

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Lindsey Graham announces embattled Sen. Joni Ernst will vote for whomever Trump nominates to replace RBG

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The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday announced that GOP members of the body would be united in voting for whomever President Donald Trump nominates to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The nominee’s going to be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, as reported by The Washington Post's Aaron Blake.

https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/1308223330357518336

If Graham is correct, that would mean that Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) would be backing the nomination, despite trailing Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield.

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