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Ralph Nader Explains Why the Focus on RFK Jr. Is 'Stupid'

Don't worry about presidential race 'spoilers,' Nader says, insisting the concept is ridiculous

(Newser) - Ralph Nader has been saying it for decades: America needs a revolution. The lawyer, consumer advocate, and political activist famously—or, perhaps, infamously—ran for president as a third-party candidate in every election from 1992 until 2008. That includes, of course, his 2000 campaign, in which the 97,488 votes...

In Mexico's 'Macho' Culture, This Election Is Very Different

Leading polls are 2 women: Claudia Sheinbaum, with 59%, and Xochitl Galvez, with 36%

(Newser) - Campaigning formally starts on Friday for the biggest election in Mexico's history. Voters will choose the president, along with the winners of 628 seats in Congress and tens of thousands of local positions, per the AP . The country of 130 million people has often been marked by its "...

Marianne Williamson Is Back in the Race: 'We Must Respond'

Democratic presidential candidate returns to Election 2024 to take on Biden in primary

(Newser) - Three weeks after Marianne Williamson backed out of her long-shot bid to challenge President Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, she's back in it. The author has announced she's "unsuspending" her campaign for the Oval Office, the day after she drew 3% of the vote to Biden'...

Zelensky Slams Trump Claims on Russian War: 'Very Dangerous'

Ukraine leader is nervous of possible return to WH for Trump, who said he could stop war in 24 hours

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was worried by the prospect of Donald Trump returning to the White House, branding Trump's claim that he could stop Ukraine's war with Russia in 24 hours as "very dangerous." In an interview with the UK's Channel 4 News...

Virginia County Finds 4K Misreported Votes From 2020

Joe Biden was shorted during the last election, per officials in Prince William County

(Newser) - Former President Trump complains often about the results of the last presidential election, with no evidence to back up his claims, but in one part of Virginia, it's current President Biden who could have a valid beef. Per the Hill , officials in Prince William County have revealed that about...

China Won't Be Thrilled at Taiwan's New President

Lai Ching-te, member of pro-sovereignty Democratic Progressive Party, wins election

(Newser) - Ruling-party candidate Lai Ching-te emerged victorious in Taiwan's presidential election on Saturday and his opponents conceded, a result that will chart the trajectory of the self-ruled democracy's relations with China over the next four years. At stake is the peace and stability of the island, 100 miles off...

Taiwan's Election May Put China to the Test

Citizens will head to the polls Saturday to elect a new president, legislature

(Newser) - Taiwan is preparing to elect a president and legislature Saturday in what many see as a test of control with China, which claims the self-governing island republic as its own territory to be unified with force if necessary. The presidential race is tight, and both China and Taiwan's key...

Egypt's El-Sisi Nabs 3rd Term in Overwhelming Numbers

Even though economy is collapsing, voters hope president can offer security in war-torn Middle East

(Newser) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi easily won a third term in office this month, winning about 90% of the vote, according to a Monday announcement from election officials. But the Washington Post notes that emerging victorious in the election was the "easy part" for the 69-year-old leader, who's...

Vice President's Role Is Clear in Measure on Election Count

Congress nears approval of plan making objecting to results tougher

(Newser) - Congressional leaders have agreed on legislation designed to hinder any president and his supporters trying to overturn election results. The measure revises the Electoral Count Act of 1887, increasing the minimum for objecting to Electoral College results to one-fifth of the members in the House and Senate. It only took...

First Big GOP Name Makes a Decision on 2024

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton says it's a no for him on running for president the next time around

(Newser) - As the waiting game continues on whether Donald Trump will run for president again, and on who else may join that GOP candidate pool, one potential contender has taken his name out of the running. Sources tell Politico and CNN that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has, over the past few...

Accepting Election Loss Wasn't Heroic: Gore

Former Trump aide called 2000 decision a model for democracy in Jan. 6 hearing

(Newser) - Praised by a witness during a nationally televised House hearing last week for his democracy-preserving handling of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore said Sunday he did "nothing really extraordinary." The disputed results of the Florida vote that year led to recounts and a Supreme Court case. When...

Bipartisan Plan Clarifies 1887 Law to Prevent Another Jan. 6

It makes clear that VP's role in proceedings is symbolic

(Newser) - Defeated presidential candidates pressuring the vice president to reject the results will not become a regular feature of American elections under bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday. One of the two bills clarifies the 1887 law that Donald Trump tried to exploit to stay in power, the Washington Post reports. The Electoral...

Sources: 2024 Announcement From Trump May Come Soon

Whispers circulate that former president is mulling early candidacy on 3rd bid for White House

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump has been signaling for a while that he plans to make another run for the White House, and we may find out in the coming days if that is indeed the case. Sources tell both the New York Times and CNN that Trump, 76, may be...

Musk Hints Who Would Get His Vote in 2024

It's not clear if Ron DeSantis is running for POTUS, but Tesla CEO says he's leaning toward Fla. gov

(Newser) - It's not yet clear if Ron DeSantis or Donald Trump will be running for president in 2024, but if the Florida governor wades into the candidate pool, looks like he can count on a vote from at least one big name. Last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk...

Headscarves Become Sticking Point in French Election

Rivals Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron confronted by Muslims ahead of presidential runoff

(Newser) - Muslim headscarves took center stage in France's presidential campaign Friday amid far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's push to ban them in the country with Western Europe's largest Muslim population. Both she and rival Emmanuel Macron, facing a tightly contested April 24 runoff, were confronted by women in...

Top General: Military Won't Get Involved in Contested Election

Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Mark Milley says courts, Congress would have to settle any such dispute

(Newser) - Two weeks ago, what the National Review calls a "bizarre open letter" emerged regarding the upcoming election. The letter from the Defense One site offered a hypothetical in which President Trump refuses to leave office in January after losing the election, then reminded Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen....

This State Will Send Everyone a Mail-In Ballot for November

Gavin Newsom has issued executive order in California amid coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - In a US first, one state has committed to sending mail-in ballots to all voters for November's election. Per KGO , Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Friday announcing that ballots would be sent to eligible Californians as the state slowly starts to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic....

Dixville Notch Keeps Its Place at the Front of the Voting Line

New Hampshire town preserves midnight balloting by adding a resident

(Newser) - Every four years, the nation's attention shifts briefly to Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The town has opened the doors of its polling place at a tick after midnight for presidential primaries and general elections for almost 60 years. That tradition was at risk but has been spared, NECN reports....

GOP Voters Like More Trumps for 2024

Pence leads poll, but two of the president's children are right up there

(Newser) - You'd think we should settle the 2020 presidential election first, but a poll has jumped ahead to gauge support for possible GOP nominees in 2024. The SurveyMonkey poll, conducted for Axios , found a significant portion of voters who are Republicans or lean that way haven't gotten enough of...

'Don't Tell Anyone': Putin Jokingly Offers a Secret

The subject is election meddling

(Newser) - In June, President Trump jokingly told Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Putin apparently thinks the joke is still funny. In a panel appearance at Russian Energy Week on Wednesday, he was asked about the concerns that Russia might meddle. "I'll tell you a secret,...

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