An elections chief inspector at a polling location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7. Photo: Derek R. Henkle/AFP via Getty Images

Tom Tiffany, a Republican state senator backed by President Trump, won a special congressional election on Tuesday to replace former Rep. Sean Duffy (R) in a rural Wisconsin district, per AP.

The big picture: Wisconsin is a key battleground that Trump "won by less than a point, but carried the district by 20 points, in 2016," AP notes. Democrats told the New York Times the fact Tiffany's margin was about six percentage points less than that shows "Trump’s base is cracking." But AP reports Tiffany said, "Any time you lose by 14 points, I don’t think that’s a moral victory. This is a decisive victory."

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Far-right activist Laura Loomer wins Florida GOP House primary

Laura Loomer in New York City in 2019. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

Far-right activist Laura Loomer won Tuesday night's GOP House primary in Florida’s 21st Congressional District, according to AP.

Why it matters: Loomer pulled ahead in a crowded field of Republican candidates to win the nomination in the left-leaning southeast Florida district. She was banned from Facebook last year and later from Twitter after criticizing Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar and making anti-Muslim comments. She is not expected to win come November against Democratic incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel, who won in 2016 with more than 60% of the vote.

Deadly Hurricane Zeta pummels Alabama after Louisiana landfall

A satellite image of Hurricane Zeta. Photo: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," it began lashing Alabama late Wednesday, per the National Hurricane Center.

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Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

Go deeper: As Taiwan's profile rises, so does risk of conflict with China