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This is Election Countdown, The Hill’s weekly newsletter from Lisa Hagen (@LA_Hagen) and Max Greenwood (@KMaxGreenwood) that brings you the biggest stories on the campaign trail. We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to reach

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 6:35 pm

Cook moves status of 6 House races as general election sprint begins

The Cook Political Report on Wednesday changed the status of six House races. In the race for Florida’s 18th District, Rep. Brian Mast’s (R) chances of holding onto his seat are improving, according to the election handicapper, which moved…

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 6:22 pm

Indiana sisters with history of opposing Pence donate millions to Dems

A pair of Indiana sisters whose family controls the largest shopping mall operator in the country have poured millions into supporting Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections, Politico reported Wednesday.Deborah Simon and Cynthia Simon-Skjodt have…

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 4:23 pm

Indicted GOP lawmaker announces he'll continue campaigning

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) announced Wednesday plans to “actively campaign” despite previously announcing his campaign suspension. Collins was arrested and charged with federal securities fraud in August. Shortly after the indictment…

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 4:02 pm

DeSantis says doesn't 'think anything's changed' between him and Trump

Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis told reporters Wednesday that “nothing has changed” in terms of his relationship with President Trump after Politico reported this week that the president was accusing him of disloyalty…

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 1:43 pm

Poll: Beto O'Rourke leads Cruz by 2 points in Texas Senate race

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) holds a 2-point lead over incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in a new poll of their Texas Senate race.The Reuters–Ipsos–University of Virginia Center for Politics poll released on Wednesday found that 47 percent of

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 9:18 am

Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 6 points in Florida governor race

Democrat Andrew Gillum holds a six-point lead over Ron DeSantis (R) in the hotly contested gubernatorial campaign in Florida, according to a new poll.The Reuters, Ipsos and UVA Center for Politics poll found that 50 percent of…

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 9:03 am

Poll: Almost three-quarters of Democratic women ‘very motivated’ to vote

Seventy-one percent of Democratic women are very motivated to vote in November, more than any other group of voters, according to a survey released Tuesday.The Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that the majority of the electorate…

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 7:50 am

Green group targets California GOP House candidates in new ads

A major environmental group is targeting three Republican House candidates from southern California in a new six-figure advertising campaign that focuses on the state’s unusually active wildfire season.The League of Conservation Voters’ (LCV)…

Posted on 19 September 2018 | 5:00 am

GOP candidate scores upset win in Texas state Senate runoff

A Republican candidate won an upset victory Tuesday night in the runoff for a Texas state Senate seat that had been held by Democrats for more than a decade.Pete Flores (R), a conservative former leader of the state Parks and…

Posted on 18 September 2018 | 10:53 pm