World Featured: Record Donations for US Senate Candidates

21:28  22 september  2020
21:28  22 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The race for the November 3 election in the United States is turned upside down by the death Friday September 18 of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And not just the presidential election. The Americans will also renew that day a third of the Senate. This vote has become even more important, because it is these same senators who will have to confirm the person chosen by Donald Trump to replace him.

The New York Times takes the example of Al Gross, a candidate for the post of senator in Alaska. His campaign so far has been rather quiet: he does not present himself "even technically as a Democrat, an affiliation that could doom him in this conservative state", but as independent. Except that "in the hours following the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, Al Gross's campaign received an influx of donations that could reshape the race: nearly $ 3 million was poured into its coffers, or about as much money as the campaign had collected in all until the end of July ”.

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The effort, which shares donations among Democratic Senate contenders, reported that within hours of Ginsburg’s death it more than doubled what it had Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii included a link to the fundraising effort in a tweet: “Don’t pick your favorite candidate or the one you’ve heard of.

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$ 160 million raised in one weekend

This is not an isolated case. From Alaska to Maine to North Carolina, this influx of donations to Democratic Senate candidates could give the party some financial advantage down the home stretch, especially where the race is tight. In all, more than $ 160 million has been raised by ActBlue, "the leading digital donation processing site" for the Democratic camp, which has broken all records since its inception 16 years ago.

For the paper, this phenomenon shows that voters see the value of "reconquering the Senate, where the heritage battle of confirmation of who will replace Judge Ginsburg will take place." “So far, Republicans have not reported a similar increase in donations,” the New York Times explained to , “but they expect that to change when Trump nominates his candidate in the during the week ”.

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In Phoenix, this affair also becomes a campaign issue. Beyond the president and senators, Americans also vote for a host of county-level administrative positions, including the post of Maricopa County District Attorney - who has decided to drop the charges. The current prosecutor is a Republican. His Democratic opponent accuses him of cowardice . According to the newspaper Arizona Republic , "between January 2011 and August 2020, of the 470 cases of shootings involving police officers, 90% were dismissed."

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