Trump announces John Kelly to depart White House by year’s end

John Kelly is expected to depart his role as White House Chief of Staff by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Saturday, ending a tenure marked by tensions with his boss and confrontations with other key administration figures. The president announced the news on the front lawn on the White House, following days of swirling speculation around the retired Marine Corps general’s exit for months amid disagreements with Trump. Nevertheless, in his brief remarks to reporters, Trump ca


John Kelly is expected to depart his role as White House Chief of Staff by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Saturday, ending a tenure marked by tensions with his boss and confrontations with other key administration figures. The president announced the news on the front lawn on the White House, following days of swirling speculation around the retired Marine Corps general’s exit for months amid disagreements with Trump. Nevertheless, in his brief remarks to reporters, Trump ca
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Trump announces John Kelly to depart White House by year's end

John Kelly is expected to depart his role as White House Chief of Staff by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Saturday, ending a tenure marked by tensions with his boss and confrontations with other key administration figures.

Kelly’s departure follows several months of controversy and turmoil, and comes at a time when the president’s agenda is imperiled by a midterm election in which Democrats recaptured the House of Representatives. The chief of staff vacancy is just the latest changing of the guard at the administration’s highest levels, which includes the U.S. Attorney General, United Nations ambassador and Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The president announced the news on the front lawn on the White House, following days of swirling speculation around the retired Marine Corps general’s exit for months amid disagreements with Trump. Nevertheless, in his brief remarks to reporters, Trump called Kelly “a great guy” and that he appreciated his service.

“We’ll be announcing who will be taking John’s place” over the next day or two, Trump said, en route to the annual Army-Navy football game. Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is reportedly among the candidates who could succeed Kelly, but Reuters reported that the parties were still thrashing out the details.

NBC News and The New York Times reported on Saturday that Ayers was only willing to commit to an interim term through the spring, as his family is expected return to Georgia, citing people familiar with the discussions. Yet the president, eager to tamp down on the storyline of his White House in chaos, wants Ayers to stay on full time.


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The White House’s muddled message on Trump’s China trade truce is another headache for markets

There also appeared to be confusion among Trump’s top advisers about exactly who would lead the negotiations. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is more of a protectionist, appeared to be set to play that role. But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC Monday, “it’s clear that President Trump is going to be the one who leads the negotiations, and the team will be an inclusive team.” That same day, Navarro told NPR that the auto tariffs were “just one of the many tariffs that


There also appeared to be confusion among Trump’s top advisers about exactly who would lead the negotiations. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is more of a protectionist, appeared to be set to play that role. But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC Monday, “it’s clear that President Trump is going to be the one who leads the negotiations, and the team will be an inclusive team.” That same day, Navarro told NPR that the auto tariffs were “just one of the many tariffs that
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The White House's muddled message on Trump's China trade truce is another headache for markets

On Monday, Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, told reporters in a briefing call that the 90 day truce on tariff increases would begin January 1, the same day that those proposed increases were set to go into effect. But six hours later, the White House said Kudlow was wrong; the clock had started ticking on December 1, the night of Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

There also appeared to be confusion among Trump’s top advisers about exactly who would lead the negotiations. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is more of a protectionist, appeared to be set to play that role. But Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC Monday, “it’s clear that President Trump is going to be the one who leads the negotiations, and the team will be an inclusive team.” Trump later confirmed that Lighthizer would lead the team.

China has more clarity in that regard. Vice Premier Liu He has headed negotiations for Beijing during the Trump administration.

As for Trump’s tweet about the auto tariff agreement, neither Kudlow nor Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin nor trade adviser Peter Navarro would confirm that Beijing had agreed to eliminate automobile tariffs on U.S. cars, as Trump had claimed.

“In my view, I think the president expects them to go to zero,” Kudlow said Monday on Fox News, when pressed about the auto tariffs. That same day, Navarro told NPR that the auto tariffs were “just one of the many tariffs that have to be reduced.”

Mnuchin told Fox Business on Tuesday that China had made “specific commitments in the near-term on agriculture, LNG, industrial products, autos…with specific targets that they think they can meet.”

U.S. officials like Mnuchin and Kudlow also emphasized that nothing had been put down on paper yet, and they gave no solid time frames for when investors could hope to see concrete agreements. Instead, they repeatedly used the word “immediately” to describe when they expected the next steps in the talks to take place.

But Navarro, who is one of the administration’s top China hawks, put it more starkly. “We’ve just given the Chinese 90 days to do what they should have been doing for the last 20 years.” he told NPR.


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Six White House officials violated the Hatch Act, agency finds

1 Hour Ago | 05:12Signed into law in 1939, the Hatch Act bars employees of the executive branch from using their official positions to actively support or oppose any candidate for federal office. When the OSC finds that employees have violated the Hatch Act, the consequences are typically minimal, and usually consist of a warning or sometimes a remedial briefing on the rules. The OSC found that Shah’s tweet “highlighted research done by a political party and provided a link to the party’s websit


1 Hour Ago | 05:12Signed into law in 1939, the Hatch Act bars employees of the executive branch from using their official positions to actively support or oppose any candidate for federal office. When the OSC finds that employees have violated the Hatch Act, the consequences are typically minimal, and usually consist of a warning or sometimes a remedial briefing on the rules. The OSC found that Shah’s tweet “highlighted research done by a political party and provided a link to the party’s websit
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Six White House officials violated the Hatch Act, agency finds

The G-20 summit is underway, but what does it mean for investors? 1 Hour Ago | 05:12

Signed into law in 1939, the Hatch Act bars employees of the executive branch from using their official positions to actively support or oppose any candidate for federal office. This can mean making political speeches for a candidate, sending letters or endorsements, or publicly promoting one party over another. The president and vice president, however, are exempt from the restrictions. When the OSC finds that employees have violated the Hatch Act, the consequences are typically minimal, and usually consist of a warning or sometimes a remedial briefing on the rules.

Friday’s rulings were issued in response to formal complaints filed by the Committee for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit public interest watchdog group.

Westerhout was cited for two tweets she posted this spring, both of which contained the acronym MAGA, which is short for Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Farah was also cited for a MAGA tweet in May that read, “This is what #MAGA looks like: Under @POTUS TRUMP, the unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 17 years.”

Wood and Aguirre Ferre were also both cited for posting tweets that had MAGA in them.

Shah’s violation consisted of a June 4 tweet in which he wrote, “Fantastic @RNCResearch release #Winning: 500 Days of American Greatness.” The OSC found that Shah’s tweet “highlighted research done by a political party and provided a link to the party’s website and its research,” which constituted a Hatch Act violation.

The final aide to be cited, Jessica Ditto, had committed a violation by retweeting Shah’s tweet with the RNC research link, OSC found.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC on Friday about the ruling.

CREW’s executive director, Noah Bookbinder, said in a statement that the group was “glad” to see the rulings, but he cautioned that official warnings have so far not been enough to stop the steady stream of Hatch Act violations being committed by aides in the Trump White House.


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Trump to visit California on Saturday to meet with wildfire victims

President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with victims of the massive wildfires currently burning in the state, the White House told NBC News on Thursday. It was unclear Thursday precisely which area of the state Trump planned to visit. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long visited California on Wednesday, where they met with victims, first responders and with California Gov. “There is no reason for these massive


President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with victims of the massive wildfires currently burning in the state, the White House told NBC News on Thursday. It was unclear Thursday precisely which area of the state Trump planned to visit. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long visited California on Wednesday, where they met with victims, first responders and with California Gov. “There is no reason for these massive
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Trump to visit California on Saturday to meet with wildfire victims

President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with victims of the massive wildfires currently burning in the state, the White House told NBC News on Thursday.

The state is currently fighting two fires, one outside of Los Angeles and another far more deadly fire north of Sacramento. As of Thursday afternoon, authorities had confirmed 56 deaths in the northern California fire known as the Camp Fire, and another three deaths in the southern fire, known as the Woolsey fire.

It was unclear Thursday precisely which area of the state Trump planned to visit. The White House said more information would be released in the coming days.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long visited California on Wednesday, where they met with victims, first responders and with California Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

Preventing and combating wildfires is “not a Republican or Democrat issue,” Zinke said at a press conference with Brown, “this is an American issue, and we should address it as such.”

Zinke’s comments came just days after Trump had publicly blame California’s Democratic state leadership for the fires and threatened to cut off federal aid to the state.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

It was unclear what, exactly, Trump was talking about, but the tweet was widely criticized. By Wednesday, the president had stopped criticizing California, and tweeted that he had spoken to Brown “to let him know that we are with him, and the people of California, all the way!”


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White House trade advisor Navarro says China trade deal will be on Trump’s terms, not Wall Street’s

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said Friday that any new trade agreement between the United States and China will be on President Donald Trump’s terms, not Wall Street’s. “If there is a deal — if and when there is a deal, it will be on President Donald J. Trump’s terms. Not Wall Street terms,” Navarro said from the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C.”If Wall Street is involved and continues to insinuate itself into these negotiations, there will be a stench a


White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said Friday that any new trade agreement between the United States and China will be on President Donald Trump’s terms, not Wall Street’s. “If there is a deal — if and when there is a deal, it will be on President Donald J. Trump’s terms. Not Wall Street terms,” Navarro said from the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C.”If Wall Street is involved and continues to insinuate itself into these negotiations, there will be a stench a
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White House trade advisor Navarro says China trade deal will be on Trump's terms, not Wall Street's

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said Friday that any new trade agreement between the United States and China will be on President Donald Trump’s terms, not Wall Street’s.

“If there is a deal — if and when there is a deal, it will be on President Donald J. Trump’s terms. Not Wall Street terms,” Navarro said from the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, D.C.

“If Wall Street is involved and continues to insinuate itself into these negotiations, there will be a stench around any deal that’s consummated because it will have the imprimatur of Goldman Sachs and Wall Street,” he added.

Navarro, known for his hawkish economic views toward China, has encouraged President Trump’s tough talk with Beijing throughout an escalating trade war between the two countries. Both economic powerhouses have imposed and threatened tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of each other’s goods.

Trump “has had the courage and wisdom to stand up to the globalist elites, to stand up to the countries of the world that are engaging in unfair trade practices,” the trade advisor added. “Donald J.Trump has done an amazing job of addressing that issue and he didn’t need the help of Wall Street. He didn’t need the help of Goldman Sachs. And he doesn’t need it now.”

Gary Cohn, the former top national economic adviser, argued against imposing tariffs on China. Cohn was formerly the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs.

Navarro also disparaged “unpaid foreign agents” and their “so-called diplomacy” in an apparent critique of those who have advised the president to settle with Beijing. “All they do is weaken this president and his negotiating position. No good can come of this,” he said


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Trump jumps into tight Senate races wielding conspiracy theories

President Donald Trump dove into tight Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida, Arizona and Georgia on Friday, tweeting a series of unfounded claims apparently aimed at sowing doubt about the election results if Democrats ultimately prevailed. In Florida, closely watched Senate and gubernatorial races seemed headed to recounts as slim leads held by Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis, respectively, tightened on Friday. Trump and Republicans in the state focused their ire on late returns fr


President Donald Trump dove into tight Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida, Arizona and Georgia on Friday, tweeting a series of unfounded claims apparently aimed at sowing doubt about the election results if Democrats ultimately prevailed. In Florida, closely watched Senate and gubernatorial races seemed headed to recounts as slim leads held by Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis, respectively, tightened on Friday. Trump and Republicans in the state focused their ire on late returns fr
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Trump jumps into tight Senate races wielding conspiracy theories

President Donald Trump dove into tight Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida, Arizona and Georgia on Friday, tweeting a series of unfounded claims apparently aimed at sowing doubt about the election results if Democrats ultimately prevailed.

In Florida, closely watched Senate and gubernatorial races seemed headed to recounts as slim leads held by Republicans Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis, respectively, tightened on Friday. Trump and Republicans in the state focused their ire on late returns from Democratic-leaning Broward County, Florida’s second most populous county.

In a series of tweets Friday, the president alleged without evidence that Democrats and election officials in the state were conspiring to steal the election and commit “fraud.” Speaking to reporters at the White House as he prepared to leave for Europe, Trump said Florida was “all of the sudden” finding “votes out of nowhere,” which Trump called a “disgrace.”

For Trump, the results of Tuesday’s elections could hardly have higher stakes. The two contested Senate races in Florida and Arizona will set the makeup of the only chamber of Congress left that is still under Republican control next year.


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Treasury Department announces new sanctions for Russian activities in Crimea

The Treasury Department on Thursday announced new sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian entities and several individuals, all connected to Russia’s continuing occupation of Crimea, which the United States considers to be illegal. The U.S. State Department in September condemned the elections, saying in a statement that “genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russias commitments” under international agreements.” The entities sanctioned Thursday include two Ukrainians, one Russia


The Treasury Department on Thursday announced new sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian entities and several individuals, all connected to Russia’s continuing occupation of Crimea, which the United States considers to be illegal. The U.S. State Department in September condemned the elections, saying in a statement that “genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russias commitments” under international agreements.” The entities sanctioned Thursday include two Ukrainians, one Russia
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Treasury Department announces new sanctions for Russian activities in Crimea

The Treasury Department on Thursday announced new sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian entities and several individuals, all connected to Russia’s continuing occupation of Crimea, which the United States considers to be illegal.

The announcement came just days before President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both scheduled to attend events in Paris, France on Sunday to commemorate the end of the First World War. It was unclear Thursday whether the two leaders would meet face to face, with the Kremlin saying they would, and the White House denying that any meeting had been scheduled.

“The United States is leveraging new authorities to target Russian actors for serious human rights abuses in parts of Ukraine that the United States government has determined are forcibly occupied or otherwise controlled by the Russian government, and other reprehensible acts in furtherance of the Kremlin’s malign agenda,” said Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Treasury Department in a statement.

Russia announced earlier this year that it would hold elections on Sunday in the two regions of Crimea in annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The U.S. State Department in September condemned the elections, saying in a statement that “genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russias commitments” under international agreements.”

The entities sanctioned Thursday include two Ukrainians, one Russian and nine entities in Ukraine and Russia, partly for actions related to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. One of the entities sanctioned – the Limited Liability Company Southern Project – was linked to Bank Rossiya and Russian businessman Yuri Kovulchuk.

The individuals sanctioned include Andriy Volodymyrovych Sushko, a Russian FSB officer suspected of kidnapping and torturing a Crimean independence activist; Aleksandr Basov, the Deputy Minister of State Security in the Crimean region that Russia has designated the “Luhansk People’s Republic;” and Vladimir Nikolaevich Zaritsky, a Russian former military commander who founded UKIP, a limited liability company that was involved in the Russian takeover of three private hotels in Crimea.

The entities sanctioned include several LLCs that the U.S. says were used to illegally nationalize, then privatize resorts and hotels in Crimea following the Russian annexation. Four resorts and hotels in the seaside city of Yalta, in Crimea, were also sanctioned: Sanatorium Miskhor; Sanatorium Dyulber; Sanatorium AY-Petri and the Mriya Resort and Spa. Also sanctioned on Thursday was the Ministry of State Security of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic.

In a statement Thursday, the State Department said the new sanctions “underscore the United States’ steadfast partnership with Ukraine and the European Union in unified opposition to Russia’s illegal purported annexation and occupation of Crimea and use of force to control parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Eastern Ukraine.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

WATCH:Former Defense Secretary warns U.S.-Russian relations could descend into nuclear war


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Women were elected to the House in record numbers

Democratic women flipped more than a dozen Republican seats, helping to seal the party’s incoming majority in the House. As of Wednesday morning, 98 women won seats in the House. What many of them had in common: suburban districts across red and blue states electing women newcomers. Here are a few more of the women who grabbed Republican seats:The trend didn’t hold in the Senate. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn held onto a Republican seat, beating Phil Bredesen.


Democratic women flipped more than a dozen Republican seats, helping to seal the party’s incoming majority in the House. As of Wednesday morning, 98 women won seats in the House. What many of them had in common: suburban districts across red and blue states electing women newcomers. Here are a few more of the women who grabbed Republican seats:The trend didn’t hold in the Senate. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn held onto a Republican seat, beating Phil Bredesen.
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Women were elected to the House in record numbers

Democratic women flipped more than a dozen Republican seats, helping to seal the party’s incoming majority in the House.

When the 116th Congress is sworn in early next year, it will include more female representatives than ever.

As of Wednesday morning, 98 women won seats in the House. That breaks the current session’s record of 84.

The female victories spanned the country, from Virginia to Iowa to Oklahoma. What many of them had in common: suburban districts across red and blue states electing women newcomers.

In Kansas’ 3rd District, Sharice Davids unseated GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder. She is a Cornell law graduate and former mixed martial arts fighter. She will be the first lesbian with Native American ancestry to serve in Congress.

Former service members also performed well, like Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey’s 11th District and Chrissy Houlahan in Pennsylvania’s 6th.

Here are a few more of the women who grabbed Republican seats:

The trend didn’t hold in the Senate. While Jacky Rosen did beat Dean Heller in Nevada, flipping the state blue, Josh Hawley unseated Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Kevin Cramer took a North Dakota seat from Heidi Heitkamp. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn held onto a Republican seat, beating Phil Bredesen.

The gubernatorial races looked more like the House. Of seven gubernatorial races that turned red to blue, four were won by women: Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico, Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, Janet Mills in Maine, and Laura Kelly in Kansas.


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Trump’s final campaign swing: Fox News stars and fired up crowds

At his final stop of the night in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Trump also brought on stage three conservative superstars, radio host Rush Limbaugh and Fox News personalities Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro. Later in the rally, Trump called Hannity up on stage, where the conservative talk show host wasted no time disparaging the journalists covering the rally as “fake news” and repeating Trump’s midterm campaign slogan. On Tuesday, Fox News publicly rebuked Hannity and Pirro for appearing with Trump.


At his final stop of the night in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Trump also brought on stage three conservative superstars, radio host Rush Limbaugh and Fox News personalities Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro. Later in the rally, Trump called Hannity up on stage, where the conservative talk show host wasted no time disparaging the journalists covering the rally as “fake news” and repeating Trump’s midterm campaign slogan. On Tuesday, Fox News publicly rebuked Hannity and Pirro for appearing with Trump.
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Trump's final campaign swing: Fox News stars and fired up crowds

It was the first time this fall that all four women had participated in a single campaign rally with Trump, and the optics seemed designed to show the president flanked by female supporters as his party struggles to overcome a deficit of support among female voters.

At his final stop of the night in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Trump also brought on stage three conservative superstars, radio host Rush Limbaugh and Fox News personalities Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro. Trump taped an exclusive interview with Hannity’s show on Fox News right before he went on stage, where Limbaugh, a Missouri native, introduced the president.

Later in the rally, Trump called Hannity up on stage, where the conservative talk show host wasted no time disparaging the journalists covering the rally as “fake news” and repeating Trump’s midterm campaign slogan. Pirro also came on stage, where she urged the crowd to “vote for Donald Trump” despite the fact that Trump is not on the ballot this year.

The appearance of the Fox News stars on stage was particularly unexpected given that it came only hours after Hannity issued a statement saying specifically that he would not be participating in the campaign rally, but merely broadcasting his show from the venue.

On Tuesday, Fox News publicly rebuked Hannity and Pirro for appearing with Trump. “FOX News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events,” the network said in a statement to CNBC. “We have an extraordinary team of journalists helming our coverage tonight and we are extremely proud of their work. This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.” Fox did not say, however, what actions it had taken to address the issue with two of its biggest prime time stars.

In addition to the statement from Fox, Hannity said Tuesday that when he pointed at the pool of reporters and called them “fake news” at the rally, he did not mean the Fox News reporters who were among them.

For much of the rest of the day, Trump kept up his recent focus on immigration, an issue he reportedly decided to zero in on during the election’s closing weeks, despite a consensus view among his political advisors that Trump should focus on the strong economy instead.


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Democrat Jennifer Wexton unseats GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia: NBC News

From the start of the campaign, Wexton has maintained a commanding lead over Comstock in polls, averaging about 7 percentage points ahead. Despite the prevailing political forces, Wexton mounted a hyper-local campaign, and focused on issues like health care and gun violence prevention. As a career prosecutor, Wexton was also well-positioned to defend herself against GOP attack ads portraying Democrats as weak on crime and national security. Wexton won the race despite being one of only a few Dem


From the start of the campaign, Wexton has maintained a commanding lead over Comstock in polls, averaging about 7 percentage points ahead. Despite the prevailing political forces, Wexton mounted a hyper-local campaign, and focused on issues like health care and gun violence prevention. As a career prosecutor, Wexton was also well-positioned to defend herself against GOP attack ads portraying Democrats as weak on crime and national security. Wexton won the race despite being one of only a few Dem
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Democrat Jennifer Wexton unseats GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia: NBC News

This year, however, shifting political winds across the state collided with President Donald Trump’s unpopularity, turning the district into a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats.

In a year which has proven difficult for many incumbent Republicans, Comstock’s odds looked especially bleak. From the start of the campaign, Wexton has maintained a commanding lead over Comstock in polls, averaging about 7 percentage points ahead.

Trump also likely contributed to Comstock’s weakened support among voters. In the 2016 presidential race, Trump lost the 10th District to Hillary Clinton by 10 points. A recent Monmouth poll found that the president’s approval rating in the district was underwater by 11 points.

Despite the prevailing political forces, Wexton mounted a hyper-local campaign, and focused on issues like health care and gun violence prevention. As a career prosecutor, Wexton was also well-positioned to defend herself against GOP attack ads portraying Democrats as weak on crime and national security.

By mid-October, Democrats were so confident that Comstock would lose that in mid-October the party’s campaign committee canceled nearly $1 million worth of advertising it had reserved earlier in the year for Wexton. Instead of spending the money to boost Wexton, the party decided to redirect it to Democrats in congressional districts where the race appeared closer than it did in the 10th.

Wexton won the race despite being one of only a few Democrats in tight races who raised less money than their Republican opponent. As of Sept. 30, Comstock’s campaign had raised $5 million, while Wexton reported having raised $4.6 million.


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