This week, we have another two-part exam for Daily Wire readers.
Read part one here.
Biden’s Big Ol’ Gaffe In Wilkes-Barre
President Joe Biden visited Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to discuss crime policy and draw attention to the commonwealth’s Democratic candidates. Yet the commander-in-chief mistook Lt. Governor John Fetterman for Pennsylvania Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, leading to widespread mockery.
“Elect the attorney general to the Senate. Elect that big ol’ boy to be governor,” Biden fumbled. Fetterman is running to replace Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), while Shapiro is seeking to replace Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA).
The Bigotry Of Low Expectations
Over the past week, more revelations on Fetterman’s Left-wing policy positions have continued to surface. Among other issues, a December 2021 clip of Fetterman repeating the age-old Democratic trope that black people are incapable of getting IDs provoked criticism from conservatives.
“If you’re an adult in modern society, you must have some kind of photo ID because you can’t do anything without it,” Daily Wire commentator Matt Walsh said. “You can’t rent an apartment. You certainly can’t buy a house. You can’t get a credit card — you can’t do anything … I’m not sure I’ve met an adult who doesn’t have a photo ID. I would like to meet an adult like that just so I can talk to them. I have so many questions.”
New Hampshire’s Bolduc Soars, Hassan Triples Down On Abortion
With less than two weeks to go until the GOP primary for New Hampshire’s Senate seat, former brigadier general Don Bolduc has gained a formidable lead over his fellow Republican challengers. Bolduc leads with 43% support over state senator Chuck Morse’s 22%, according to this week’s poll by the University of New Hampshire. Every other primary candidate had 5% support or less, but 20% of Granite Staters say they’re still undecided. The Republicans are duking it out for the Senate seat held by vulnerable Democrat Senator Maggie Hassan.
Meanwhile, Hassan has been doubling down on some of her more extreme stances. Hassan is campaigning with pro-abortion group Emily’s List in a tour that kicked off Wednesday. Earlier this year, the group released an ad supporting Hassan. According to one poll, more than half of New Hampshire voters said they oppose the Women’s Health Protection Act, which Hassan co-sponsored and which would codify the right to an abortion after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Blake Masters Overhauls Campaign Approach?
Blake Masters, the Peter Thiel-backed GOP candidate to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate, has edited his campaign website after winning the GOP primary to remove verbiage accusing Democrats of attempting to “import a new electorate” through amnesty and changed tack on election issues to focus more on “election integrity” rather than on bolstering former President Donald Trump’s claims of a stolen 2020 election. He has also toned down his language on abortion, promoting a federal ban on late-term abortion rather than selling himself as 100% pro-life.
The changes to Masters’ campaign strategy come after the Senate Leadership Fund, a PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, pulled back funding for advertising in Arizona. The GOP establishment has also reportedly warned Masters that he needs to secure more funding on his own if he hopes to overcome Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in November. A poll released Monday by The Trafalgar Group showed Masters (44.3%) running three points behind Kelly (47.6%).
POLL: Kari Lake, Katie Hobbs Running Neck-And-Neck For AZ Governor
Republican Kari Lake is slightly leading Democrat Katie Hobbs in Arizona’s gubernatorial race. In a poll released Monday by The Trafalgar Group, Lake (46.5%) barely edged out Hobbs (45.8%).
GOP Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate Says Homelessness Reform Is About Compassion
Republican Oregon gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan appeared on Fox News this week, telling host Brian Kilmeade that “Oregonians are ready for change.”
“We have all lived through a decade of decline. We’ve had single-party control in Oregon for ten years,” she said, adding that her opponents “have linked arms with Kate Brown, the least popular governor in the nation, to make our streets less safe, to defund police, to harm our schools, and to make our state less affordable.”
On the decline of Portland, she said people are asking their leaders to “help people be more safe, and frankly, be more compassionate to the people that are living on our streets. Allowing them to live this way doesn’t show any compassion for them, either.”
Oregon Association of Realtors Endorses GOP Gubernatorial Candidate
Drazan has received an endorsement from the Oregon Association of Realtors.
“Christine Drazan has a strong track record of supporting the real estate industry and will focus on the most pressing issues impacting housing for all Oregonians: Lowering the overall cost of housing in Oregon, making sure we have real solutions for the homeless crisis that is impacting communities across the state, and making our state a more attractive destination for good-paying jobs in every community,” Jenny Pakula, CEO of the Oregon Realtors, said.
GOP Oregon Gubernatorial Candidate On Gun Violence, Gun Rights
The Salem Statesman Journal asked the Oregon gubernatorial candidates questions about gun rights. Specifically, it asked, “What actions should the state take to address the issue of gun violence? Would you be supportive of any additional gun control measures?”
Drazan answered, “Oregon already has among the most stringent gun control laws in the nation on the books. I will increase funding for law enforcement to put more police on the streets and support local interventions to prevent violence before it occurs. I will also expand on recent investments in mental health supports to provide better care to those who pose a threat to themselves or others.”
Michigan Officially Nominates Trump-Backed Candidates
The Michigan Republican Party confirmed the nominations of two Trump-backed candidates at the party’s nominating convention Saturday. Attorney Matthew DePerno got the nod for attorney general, and Kristina Karamo was approved for secretary of state. Both DePerno and Karamo, who gained Trump’s favor after challenging the results of the 2020 election, were first nominated in April. Delegates also approved of Tudor Dixon’s lieutenant governor pick Shane Hernandez at the convention, setting up the potential state administration should Republicans win in November.