Nov 28, 2018

Cindy Hyde-Smith defeats Mike Espy in Mississippi Senate runoff

Democratic candidate Mike Espy and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.)

Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Democratic challenger Mike Espy in Tuesday’s election run-off, the final Senate race in the year’s midterm cycle, per the AP.

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: The race gained national attention after Hyde-Smith, who’s white, said at a campaign event earlier this month that she’d attend a “public hanging” if invited and “I’d be on the front row.” The remark triggered outrage due to Mississippi’s history of racially motivated lynchings and prompted several major organizations to request their donations to her campaign be refunded. Hyde-Smith had apologized for her remarks, which she said were an “exaggerated expression of regard."

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39 GOP senators sign brief asking Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade

Pro-life protetsors. Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

39 Republican senators and 168 representatives signed an amicus brief on Thursday asking the Supreme Court to revisit and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, which protects the right for women to seek an abortion.

The big picture: Roe v. Wade has, since the Supreme Court's landmark decision in 1973, served as a barrier against Republicans who have sought to restrict reproductive rights. But with the court's conservative majority and Trump in the Oval Office, right-leaning lawmakers have been testing the limits of the law.

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Scoop: Buttigieg fundraiser dangles influence for cash

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In a recent email exchange with a wealthy prospective donor, a top fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg made an offer that was unusually blunt — even by modern pay-to-play standards.

What they're saying: "If you want to get on the campaign's radar now before he is flooded with donations after winning Iowa and New Hampshire, you can use the link below for donations," the fundraiser, H.K. Park, wrote in an email to the donor, which was reviewed by Axios.

Go deeperArrowDec 22, 2019

Booker leads 2020 candidates in missed votes amid presidential bid

Data: Quorum; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has missed more votes than any other member of Congress running for president, according to data from Quorum.

The big picture: The New Jersey lawmaker's campaign has failed to gain traction, and he did not qualify for the December debate due to low polling. He has not yet qualified for the January debate either. Booker has previously warned that insufficient fundraising could cause him to drop out of the race.

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