Mar 29, 2017

Democrat Beto O'Rourke will launch bid to take Ted Cruz's job

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In 2012, Beto O'Rourke sprung an upset to make it into Congress, and now he has his eyes on Ted Cruz's Senate seat. The ex- punk rocker and staunch border wall opponent will announce his candidacy for the 2018 race Friday, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Working against him: Dems will be working to defend 25 Senate seats and there will be limited capacity to funnel money to the longshot Texas race. That, and Texas hasn't had a Democratic senator since 1993.

That said... Cruz's approval ratings in Texas have taken a nosedive, and O'Rourke is considered a charismatic campaigner.

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Coronavirus death toll tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Some economists warn the stock market has been too "complacent" without factoring in the novel coronavirus as a valid risk, although the major averages were broadly lower midday Monday. Apple and Nvidia have issued earnings warnings and multiple conferences and sports events are being canceled or limited in size.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,009 people and infected more than 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China. 328 American evacuees from the Diamond Princess are in quarantine at U.S. military bases after arriving from Japan, including 14 people who tested positive — making the total number of confirmed cases in the U.S. 29.

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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