Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke takes the lead against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in fundraising, having made $ 1.5 million over the state’s favorite in just two months, CNN reported. While Texas is a traditionally red state - having elected its last Democratic senator, Lloyd Bentsen in 1988 - President Trump's low approval rating during 2017 (only 39% of Texans agreed with his management) could indicate a change of mind in the midterm elections.
2. Corker will not seek re-election in Tennessee
According to his chief of staff, Republican Senator Bob Corker would not seek re-election this year. As reported by Talking Points Memo, Corker's criticism of Trump and his estrangement from the more radical lines within the Republican Party could have affected his decision, which has left the way clear for his fierce opponent, Marsha Blackburn, who has been criticized for her support for economic pacts with the big pharmaceutical industries that undermine the fight against the opioid epidemic.
3. Bernie Sanders' son will follow in his father's footsteps
Levi Sanders, son of Independent Senator and former presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, announced his candidacy for the first congressional district in New Hampshire. With 48 years and having lived in the locality for the last 15 years, Sanders "Junior" has assured to support and endorse the proposal of "a Medicare system for all", tuition-free public colleges, an increase in the minimum wage and "sensitive gun legislation", as reported by the Huffington Post.
4. One of Clueless! girls threw her hat into the ring
Known for being one of the lead characters in the cult film Clueless! (1995), Stacey Dash, now 51 years old, intends to join President Trump’s ranks vying for a position in the 44th Congressional District in California. Having been a contributor with Fox News and with a strongly conservative stance, Dash said through social media that "it's time for me to put up or shut up," as Vulture reported.
5. A clash in Mississippi
State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) may announce his candidacy against Senator Roger Wicker at a rally on Wednesday, sources close to Talking Points Memo said. McDaniel has been recognized for pushing a "revolt" against Senator Thad Cochran four years ago, against whom he reluctantly lost the race, and for his controversial comments against the march of women during 2017.