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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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Aug 19, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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.

Democrats drubbing Trumpless GOP on social media

Data: Twitter/CrowdTangle (Feb 24, 2021); Chart: Will Chase/Axios

In a swift reversal from 90 days ago, Democrats are now the ones with overpowering social media muscle and the ability to drive news.

The big picture: Former President Donald Trump’s digital exile and the reversal of national power has turned the tables on which party can keep a stranglehold on online conversation.

Here come Earmarks 2.0

DeLauro at a hearing in May 2020. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Appropriations Committee is preparing to announce details of a plan to restore a limited version of earmarks, which give lawmakers power to direct spending to their districts to pay for special projects.

Why it matters: A series of scandals involving members in both parties prompted a moratorium on earmarks in 2011. But Democrats argue it's worth the risk to bring them back because earmarks would increase their leverage to pass critical legislation with a narrow majority, especially infrastructure and spending bills.