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Sen.James Lankford speaks about his opposition to the "For The People Act" on June 17. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

The chair of Oklahoma's Republican Party is backing a primary challenger against Sen. James Lankford (R), at least in part because Lankford did not object to the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to Tulsa World.

The big picture: After a June 26 rally, Oklahoma GOP chair John Bennett told reporters that Lankford’s decision not to object to the results of the 2020 presidential election was proof that the senator couldn’t keep promises made to constituents, per The Oklahoman.

Driving the news: Bennett, who was elected as party chair on April 10, spoke at a rally organized by Lankford's GOP challenger, Jackson Lahmeyer, a Trump ally and pastor in Tulsa.

  • Lahmeyer has promoted the false notion that the 2020 election was rigged, writing on Twitter yesterday: "What happened on January 6, 2021 doesn’t change what happened on November 3, 2020. Period."
  • Bennett said that being a Republican doesn't make someone "the right pick" in explaining his reasoning for supporting Lahmeyer.
  • Bennett has said that he is supporting Lahmeyer as an individual, not in his capacity as GOP chair.

What he's saying: "It’s more unheard of than it is rare," Lankford said of Bennett supporting Lahmeyer. "I’d say it’s highly unusual for a state party chair in any state in America to come out and say, ‘I’m not going to at least be neutral.'"

  • "Obviously the state party makes their own decisions on what they want to be able to do. But every state party chairman I’ve ever talked to has … at a minimum — it’s always just remain neutral," Lankford said.

Go deeper: At least a third of GOP midterm candidates have pushed Trump's election lie

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Sep 13, 2021 - World

Leaders of Egypt and Israel hold rare public meeting

Bennett (L) with Sisi. Photo: Israeli govenrment press office

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett became the first Israeli prime minister in 11 years to pay an official visit to an Egyptian president on Monday, meeting Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the coastal resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Why it matters: This was an effort by Sisi to establish good relations with the new Israeli government, and the Egyptians made every effort to give Bennett an unusually warm and public welcome.

Ina Fried, author of Login
57 mins ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

Updated 1 hour ago - World

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.