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Kathy Barnette soars in PA election polls, grabs major outside support in GOP Senate primary

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EXCLUSIVE: Kathy Barnette says the reason for her surge in the latest polls in the crowded, combative and extremely expensive Republican Senate primary in battleground Pennsylvania is simple.”We have simply ran a much better race than my opponents,” the veteran and conservative political commentator said in an interview Wednesday morning with Fox News Digital.WHAT A BRAND NEW FOX NEWS POLL IN PENNSYLVANIA’S GOP SENATE BATTLE SHOWSA Fox News poll conducted May 3-7 and released on Tuesday is the latest public opinion survey to indicate that Barnette’s support among likely GOP primary voters in Pennsylvania has jumped in recent weeks, putting her into a virtual tie with front-runners Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick in the contest to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. The Keystone state race is one of a handful across the country that will likely determine if the GOP wins back the Senate majority in November’s midterm elections.

(Fox News)”I earnestly believe if the people of Pennsylvania knew they had a better option, they would take it and the polls are showing just that,” Barnette emphasized.Oz, the cardiac surgeon, author and well-known celebrity physician who until the launch of his Senate campaign late last year was host of TV’s popular “Dr. Oz Show,” stands at 22% in the Fox News poll. McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, West Point graduate, Gulf War combat veteran and Treasury Department official in former President George W. Bush’s administration, registers at 20% in the survey, with Barnette at 19%. Nineteen percent are supporting other candidates, and 18% are undecided ahead of next Tuesday’s primary in Pennsylvania.The Oz and McCormick campaigns and outside super PACs backing the two contenders have spent tens of millions of dollars to run TV, digital and radio ads attacking each other over their conservative credentials and over key issues since the beginning of the year.FIRST ON FOX: CRUZ HEADED TO PENNSYLVANIA TO CAMPAIGN WITH MCCORMICK DAYS AFTER TRUMP RALLY FOR OZMcCormick has slammed Oz as a “RINO,” and in his latest ad spotlights comments Oz made in 2019 where he said he had concerns over an Alabama measure that would have led to a near total ban on abortion. The spot charges that Oz is “pro-abortion.” A new ad by Oz attacks McCormick for investments in China made by the hedge fund behemoth he steered until stepping down to run for the Senate. The commercial uses a clip of Trump from last week’s rally charging McCormick as a “liberal Wall Street Republican” and “a candidate of special interests and the Washington establishment.”Without the resources available to Oz and McCormick, Barnette by comparison has spent a miniscule amount to run ads.She touted, “I’ve been driving over 1,500 miles a week, going all across the commonwealth. I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time with the voters here. People really feel unnerved.”And she said her message is getting out, as witnessed by the latest polls. Barnette emphasized that voters “now know that they have a better option. They don’t have to hold their noses and settle this time.”The major candidates in the race – which also includes Jeff Bartos, a real estate developer, philanthropist and 2018 Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, and Carla Sands, a real estate executive and major Republican donor who served as ambassador to Denmark during the Trump administration – made pitches to land the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, who, nearly 16 months removed from the White House, remains the most popular and influential politician in the GOP.
Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, accompanied by former President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Friday, May 6, 2022.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Trump weighed in on the race last month, endorsing Oz and holding a rally last Friday in western Pennsylvania.ABORTION’S CENTER STAGE IN PENNSYLVANIA’S SENATE GOP FACEOFF Both Oz and McCormick, who have close ties to the former president and who have plenty of Trump White House and campaign veterans working or supporting their campaigns, made in-person pitches to the former president for his support. But Barnette told Fox News Digital she didn’t get a chance to meet with Trump before his endorsement in the race.
Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick campaigns in Danville, Pennsylvania, on April 20, 2022.

Manchin to vote no on Dems' Roe v. Wade bill, saying it goes too far

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be opposing a Democratic abortion bill when it is up for a procedural vote Wednesday afternoon, stating that it is too broad for his liking.Manchin said that while he would vote for a bill that would legalize abortion on the federal level, the bill before the Senate now “is not what I was hoping for and what I expected” because it goes too far.AMERICANS SAY ECONOMY, ROE V. WADE DECISION TOP VOTING MOTIVATIONS AS MIDTERMS APPROACH”I was hopeful that the Democratic Party having control of the agenda would put a piece of legislation forward that would codify Roe v. Wade,” Manchin said, stating that 70% of the American people want this.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., questions HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra during the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies hearing on the FY2023 Funding Request and Budget Justification for the Department of Health and Human Services, in Dirksen Building on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 
(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)”To me, that would be the reasonable, rational thing to do. The bill we have today to vote on, Women’s Health Protection Act … make no mistake, it is not Roe v. Wade codification, it is an expansion. It wipes 500–500 state laws off the books. It expands abortion.”3 TEXAS CHURCHES VANDALIZED WITH PRO-CHOICE MESSAGESManchin lamented that the bill that he and his colleagues will be voting on goes too far on an issue that is “extremely political” and divisive.”We should not be dividing this country further than we’re already divided,” he said. “And it’s really the politics of Congress that’s dividing the country. It’s not the people. They’re telling us what they want. And it’s just disappointing that we’re going to be voting on a piece of legislation which I will not vote for today. But I would vote for Roe v. Wade codification if it was today, I was hopeful for that. But I found out yesterday in caucus that wasn’t going to be.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhen asked why he will not change his position on the matter, Manchin said, “I’ve been pro-life all my life. I believe strongly in my religion,” while adding that he does believe in exceptions for cases such as rape and incest, and supports abortion rights consistent with Roe v. Wade because it’s been “the law of this land.””Maybe my pro-life might not be someone else’s pro-life, but I know how I feel,” he said. “Life is – it’s a gift.”

All Republican PA Senate candidates sign anti-critical race theory pledge Youngkin backed before Virginia win

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FIRST ON FOX: All five major Republican candidates in the Pennsylvania Senate primary signed an anti-critical race theory (CRT) pledge, as the GOP looks to hold onto a Senate seat in a state former President Donald Trump lost in 2020. Candidates David McCormick, Kathy Barnette, Mehmet Oz, Jeff Bartos and Carla Sands all tell Fox News Digital they signed the pledge. Created by the group 1776 Action, it’s the same document signed by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin during his 2021 Virginia campaign, which focused heavily on schools and CRT issues. 
Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate David McCormick speaks at a luncheon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 24, 2022.
(Fox News )Many Republicans at the time lauded Youngkin as laying out a blueprint for GOP victory in 2022, especially in states that went for President Biden in 2020. The candidates’ support of the pledge could be a sign Republicans will wage a similar campaign during the Pennsylvania Senate general election, which begins in a week after the state’s May 17 primary. “I believe our children should grow up learning the exceptionalism of America,” McCormick told Fox News. “I am proud to take the 1776 pledge and commit to restoring honest, patriotic education in our schools that brings us together rather than tears us apart, and stand up to the liberal wokeness infiltrating all aspects of our society.”
Kathy Barnette, Republican U.S. Senate candidate, speaks at a Moms for Liberty rally at the Pennsylvania state Capitol.
(Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)FOX NEWS POLL: MAJORITY FAVORS BAN ON SEX, GENDER DISCUSSIONS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS”The overwhelming majority of parents… send their babies to school because they believe they’re going to learn reading, writing, arithmetic, throw in some science, social studies and then the teachers will send their babies back to them,” Barnette said. “But in addition… they’re also teaching their children to believe that because of the color of their skin they are evil.””Parents feel unnerved,” Barnette added. Among other things, the 1776 Action Pledge says the founders should be celebrated, children should not view each other according to race and civics education shouldn’t “coerce” students to support “contemporary policy positions.” 
Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, accompanied by former President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, May 6, 2022.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)It also says it’s “immoral and deeply harmful to our society” to teach children to hate the United States.Democrats argued last year that the GOP focus on critical race theory by Youngkin and others was nothing more than race-baiting. But Republicans continue to say it’s a threat to both schools and U.S. politics more broadly. “When Dr. Oz is elected to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, he will work to ensure education policy returns to the state and local levels where parents’ voices and choices have the greatest impact,” Doctor Oz for Senate communications director Brittany Yanick told Fox News Digital. FOX NEWS POLL: THREE-WAY RACE IN PENNSYLVANIA GOP SENATE PRIMARY ELECTION”[H]e will continue to stand up against the far-left activists who persist in pushing for critical race theory and transgender politics in our classrooms,” Yanick added. “These woke ideologies are harmful to the development of our children, and there is absolutely no place for them in our schools.”
Kathy Barnette, Mehmet Oz, moderator Greta Van Susteren, Carla Sands, David McCormick and Jeff Bartos pose for a photo before a debate among Republican U.S. Senate candidates, May 4, 2022, in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
(AP )”We must reject teaching our children to hate each other and our great country, just as we must end the sexual grooming of students by their teachers – and I will fight to ban both in Washington,” Sands added. “I will advocate for curriculum transparency, so moms and dads can see what their children are learning. I will champion educational freedom, so all children have the opportunity to get an outstanding education.”Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016, as did Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., whose seat the GOP primary candidates are aiming to fill when he retires at the end of the year. But since then Republicans have struggled to win major statewide elections. Between 2018 and 2020, Democrats took the races for president, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and the state’s other Senate seat. Republicans only won the races for state treasurer and state auditor.  CLICK HERE TO GET FOX NEWS APPThe state isn’t as blue as Youngkin’s Virginia was for about a decade before he took office. But education and parents’ issues – in addition to inflation and President Biden’s poor approval ratings – still appear to be salient issues. A recent Fox News Poll showed that 74% of voters are either “extremely” or “very” concerned about “What’s taught in public schools,” including 71% of suburban women and 80% of moms.

George Soros throws $1M behind Stacey Abrams' second gubernatorial run

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Liberal billionaire George Soros has pushed $1 million into Georgia to back Stacey Abrams’ second attempt at landing in the governor’s office, filings show.Soros’ Democracy PAC II, a federal committee bankrolled by $125 million from the financier for the 2022 elections, made a $1 million donation to One Georgia Inc. on March 11, Federal Election Commission records show. One Georgia Inc. is a leadership committee launched to aid Abrams’ candidacy, and Abrams nor the group appear to have publicly announced its existence.STACEY ABRAMS NOW A MILLIONAIRE AS SHE AIMS TO TAKE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE 
Stacey Abrams speaks onstage during the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on Dec. 9, 2021, in New York City.
(Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)In April, however, a federal judge ruled that it had to suspend activities until she locks up the Democratic nomination at the end of May, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. One Georgia does not appear in state records due to its suspension. Soros’ federal disclosures show that the group shares an Atlanta address with Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign committee.The committee has also received a cash infusion from Democratic Governors Association-Georgia and another Abrams’-connected entity. DGA-Georgia made a $1 million donation to One Georgia on March 11, the same day as the Soros donation, and The Fair Fight PAC transferred $1.5 million to One Georgia three days later, federal records show, meaning it has at least $3.5 million sitting in its coffers for its reactivation.STACEY ABRAMS GOT SPECIAL TREATMENT IN OFFICE AND EVEN GOT WEALTHY ON THE TAXPAYER DIME
Liberal billionaire George Soros has pushed at least $1 million into Georgia to back Stacey Abrams’ second attempt at landing in the governor’s office.
(REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo)One Georgia also quietly established a nonprofit arm in Delaware on February 28, corporation filings in that state show. The nonprofit also does not appear in Georgia state records.In addition to the $1 million donation to Abrams’ leadership committee, George Soros and multiple relatives donated nearly $60,000 directly to Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign earlier this year, according to a campaign filing. Soros and two of his children, Alexander and Andrea, each made three donations on Jan. 11. Each set of donations from the three Soros family members added up to $19,700.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Soros family donated another $1.3 million to the Democratic Party of Georgia in 2018 when Abrams ran unsuccessfully for governor.Michael Vachon, Soros’ spokesperson and the treasurer of Democracy PAC II, did not respond to a Fox News Digital inquiry on the donation.

Immigration hawks, ex-Trump officials urge GOP leaders to unite behind ‘flagship’ bill to end border crisis

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FIRST ON FOX: A broad coalition of hawkish immigration groups and former Trump-era officials are urging Congressional Republican leaders to unite their members behind a robust “flagship” border security bill for the next Congress – saying the sweeping legislation would end the border crisis and act as an initial step for further immigration reforms.In a letter, obtained first by Fox News Digital, 16 groups and a dozen former senior Trump officials urge the leaders to unite behind “flagship introductory legislation” in the upcoming Congress next year when they believe Republicans will have taken control of the House and Senate.HOUSE REPUBLICANS ‘BUILDING A CASE’ AGAINST MAYORKAS AS PRESSURE BUILDS OVER SPIRALING BORDER CRISIS “When the 118th Congress opens with new majorities in both chambers, it will be in large part because Americans have rejected the Biden administration’s purposeful dismantling of our nation’s borders and our immigration enforcement infrastructure,” they write.”Congress should be emboldened with the mandate to immediately legislate unflinchingly, ensuring that neither this nor any future administration is again able to weaponize loopholes in the immigration system—and defiantly refuse to follow plain law—to purposefully drive mass illegal immigration to the United States,” they say.The signers warn that “the opportunity to legislate has been missed in several previous Congresses, but the stakes are too high for it to be missed again.” They say that just increasing resources or restarting border wall construction will not be enough to solve the crisis, and instead it must target long-standing loopholes in the immigration and asylum system.  “While those are important measures required to secure the borders, without closing the loopholes and other changes, the Biden Administration’s policies will continue to act as a powerful magnet, attracting millions of illegal aliens into our country,” they say. “To retake control of our border and properly address what is sure to be an electoral mandate, we urge you to unite behind flagship introductory legislation for the upcoming Congress.”The letter calls on leaders to “exclude amnesty of any type,” to create an immediate expulsion authority, clarify that migrants are ineligible for asylum if they came through a safe third country, restrict prosecutorial discretional and reform the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) which has been blamed by many officials for encouraging the surge in unaccompanied children in recent years.TOP HOUSE REPUBLICANS QUESTION MAYORKAS ‘SUITABILITY FOR OFFICE’ AMID BORDER CRISISThe list of legislative proposals includes the completion of the border wall, the raising of the “credible fear” standard for asylum, increased resources for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – specifically for deportation officers and detention beds. They also include a full implementation of the Trump-era “Remain-in-Mexico” policy, to clarify that gang violence and domestic violence are not grounds for asylum, and for states to be allowed to have the authority to participate in immigration enforcement.Groups on the letter include the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Heritage Foundation, Numbers USA, America First Policy Institute, Center for Renewing America, Judicial Watch, and the National Border Patrol Council.Former officials who have put their name to the letter include former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, former acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former acting ICE Director Tom Homan, former acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, former Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought and former Ambassador to Mexico Chris Landau.The letter comes amid continued concern about the flood of illegal migration at the southern border, which has hit historic highs and is expected to continue to surge in the coming months when the Biden administration ends the Title 42 public health order, which has been used to quickly expel migrants at the border. There were more than 221,000 migrant encounters in March alone and that is expected to have risen in April.
May 5 2022:  A migrant family sits after being processed in Roma, Texas.  (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Americans say economy, Roe v. Wade decision top voting motivations as midterms approach

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BOSTON – Voters in Harvard Square told Fox News the economy and abortion access are among their top priorities ahead of November’s midterm elections.”I think if something like Roe v. Wade were to be overturned” and “what was the leaked memo becomes the final decision, I think that should probably be top of mind for people,” one man, Nick, told Fox News. “It feels like there are few issues that are as important as that.”A draft decision that leaked last week indicated that the Supreme Court appeared ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, returning control to the states on abortion laws. The high court released a statement acknowledging the draft’s authenticity and clarified that it does not represent a final decision on the issue. 
Demonstrators protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, May 5, 2022 in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare breach of the court’s secretive deliberation process, and on a case of surpassing importance. 
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)VOTERS SHARE HOW SCOTUS LEAK, POSSIBLE ROE V. WADE REVERSAL WILL INFLUENCE THEIR MIDTERM DECISIONSCassandra, a Massachusetts voter, said she will “continue to support the politicians who support women’s rights” as she considers her voting decisions for the midterm elections.If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the decision won’t have a significant impact on the midterm elections, according to an RMG Research Group survey published Monday. Yet a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted prior to the draft leak found that a majority of Americans support upholding the original ruling.One man, Nick, told Fox News the economy was another top priority. He cited inflation and the “cost of living going up.”Inflation slightly eased to 8.3% in April, but remained near 40-year highs, the Department of Labor reported Wednesday.
Nick says Roe v. Wade and the economy are top priorities for the midterm elections (Fox News Digital)

2022/2024 Watch: Pompeo heading to Nevada to campaign with GOP Senate front-runner Adam Laxalt

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FIRST ON FOX: Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Nevada to team up with the state’s former attorney general, Adam Laxalt, who’s the front-runner for the GOP Senate nomination in the key battleground state.Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas who served as CIA director and later America’s top diplomat during former President Donald Trump’s administration, will join Laxalt on Friday at a roundtable event with supporters in Las Vegas. Word of Pompeo’s trip to Nevada was shared first with Fox News on Wednesday.REPUBLICANS TARGET NEVADA IN MIDTERM ELECTIONSLaxalt, an Iraq war veteran and grandson of the late Nevada governor and senator Paul Laxalt, is the polling and fundraising leader for the GOP Senate nomination in a race that also includes retired Army officer and Afghanistan War veteran Sam Brown. Nevada’s primary is on June 14.
Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt campaigns for the 2022 GOP Senate nomination in the key western battleground state.
(Adam Laxalt Senate campaign)Republicans need a net gain of just one seat in November’s midterms to recapture the Senate majority they lost in the 2020 election cycle. The GOP is playing plenty of defense – they’re defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022, including five open seats, with two of them in the key battlegrounds of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. But they also see strong pickup potentials in the swing states of Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire and Nevada, where Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is running for a second six-year term.DO POMPEO’S 2022 TRIPS SET HIM UP FOR A POTENTIAL 2024 RUN?Pompeo, through his Champion American Values PAC, or CAVPAC, has crisscrossed the country since early last year, campaigning and helping to raise funds for fellow Republicans running in the midterm elections.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo keynotes the Hillsborough County GOP’s annual Lincoln-Reagan fundraising dinner, in Manchester, New Hampshire, on April 7, 2022.
(Fox News )”Secretary Pompeo is excited to join Adam Laxalt and support him to be the next United States senator from Nevada. He endorsed Adam because he believes that he will best represent conservative values in the United States Senate,” a Pompeo adviser told Fox News Digital.FIRST ON FOX: DESANTIS SETS NEW MONTHLY FUNDRAISING RECORD IN REELECTION RUNLaxalt is also backed by Trump – who remains the most popular and influential politician in the GOP nearly 16 months removed from the White House – as well as other top Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mike Lee of Utah, and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida. 
Sen. Ted Cruz joined Adam Laxalt at a rally on April 22, 2022, in Las Vegas.
(Ashley Soriano/Fox News)Pompeo becomes the third potential 2024 GOP White House contender in recent weeks to travel to Nevada to campaign with Laxalt, following Cruz and DeSantis. And it’s possible Trump may visit Nevada to headline a rally with Laxalt ahead of next month’s primary. The Silver State holds the fourth contest in the Republican Party’s presidential nominating calendar.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPompeo, a Fox News contributor, has also made numerous stops since early last year in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, which hold the first three contests in the GOP’s caucus and primary schedule.