WASHINGTON – In her first year as a congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib has garnered national attention as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and member of the “Squad,” a group of progressive congresswomen elected in 2018.

But now Tlaib, who narrowly won the primary race to represent Michigan’s 13th congressional district, is locked into a tight primary race against Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president. 

Tlaib during the 2018 midterms won the six-way primary race by less than 1,000 votes, with Jones finishing a close second. 

Now the two are going up against each other once more after Jones entered the primary race in late March. Jones, however, has trailed in fundraising. She also announced in early April that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

But she’s remained competitive due to her name recognition from her time on the city council as well as receiving endorsements from key local leaders, such as Rev. Wendell Anthony, the president of the NAACP’s Detroit chapter.

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Although Tlaib, who was one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, is facing a challenger, several progressive candidates have seen success throughout this primary season, including Jamaal Bowman, a progressive candidate for New York’s 16th Congressional District, defeated Rep. Eliot Engel, a 16-term incumbent. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is also a member of the “Squad,” warded off her own primary challenger last month.

Tlaib also has the support of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who endorsed her last week.

Rep. William Lacy Clay being primaried by progressive candidate Cori Bush

Rep. William Lacy Clay, the 10-term Democratic incumbent for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, is facing a primary challenge from Cori Bush, a registered nurse and Black Lives Matter activist.

Bush, who became a political activist following the police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, has been endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and is backed by Justice Democrats, who helped elect progressive candidates like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

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The race has received renewed attention after Bowman’s win. He has also endorsed Bush.

Unlike in 2018, Bush has a better-funded campaign. As of mid-July, she’s raised nearly $570,000, according to the Federal Election Commission. Clay has raised nearly $744,000. However, Bush has outspent Clay on TV and radio ads in recent weeks, according to Huffpost.

This is not the first time Clay is facing Bush. The two went head-to-head in 2018, with Clay beating Bush in the Democratic primary. 

Clay, who was first elected in 2000, replaced his father Rep. Bill Clay Sr., who served that district from 1969 to 2001 and helped create the Congressional Black Caucus. Clay Jr. received endorsements from Sen. Kamala Harris as well as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Will Kris Kobach win in Kansas?

Conservative Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state, is not the candidate Republicans want to win the GOP nomination to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts.

But Kobach is locked in a tight race with establishment Republican’s preferred candidate Rep. Roger Marshall, who has been endorsed by Roberts and has the support by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Kobach in 2018 was the GOP nominee for Kansas governor and lost to Democrat Laura Kelly. When Kobach first announced his candidacy, NRSC spokeswoman Joanna Rodriguez said in a statement that Kobach will put “President Trump’s presidency and Senate Majority at risk,” pointing to his loss to Kelly.

Internal polling showed Marshall leading the race earlier this summer, according to reports from Fox News and Politico. However, a super PAC with links to Democrats spent $5 million boosting Kobach and slamming Marshall. Since then, polling has showed the two candidates neck-to-neck.

A Democrat hasn’t won a Senate race in Kansas in 88 years. Republicans fear that if Kobach wins, it could leave room for the Democrats’ candidate to win in November.

Democrats have backed Barbara Bollier, a state senator who left the Republican Party in 2018. Bollier has outraised all her GOP opponents. 

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What’s happening for Thursday’s Tennessee primary

Republican Bill Hagerty, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan under the Trump Administration, is the president’s preferred candidate to replace retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Hagerty’s main opponent for the GOP primary is Manny Sethi, who has billed himself as a political outsider and criticized Hagerty as a part of the Republican establishment. Throughout the primary season, Hagerty has led in polling.

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Sethi, however, has been endorsed by Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. 

Another race to look out for is the state’s 5th Congressional District Democratic primary race, where incumbent Jim Cooper main primary opponent is Keeda Haynes, a public defender. 

Haynes has billed herself as a more progressive candidate over Cooper, who has represented that district since 2003. Haynes, a Black woman, told the Tennessean that she is running because African-Americans like herself have felt “locked out, abandoned and silenced” by a government that was designed to represent everyone’s interests.

Joshua Rawlings, a 27-year-old former Republican, is also running in the Democratic primary.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Aug. 4 primary: Rashida Tlaib primary; Kris Kobach Kansas Senate race



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