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Trump Favorite Doug Collins to Announce Senate Run Against Hand-Picked Establishment RINO in Georgia

Collins will hope to unseat Kelly Loeffler.

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Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the man who President Trump wanted to be appointed for the recently vacated U.S. Senate seat, will be running for that same seat in this year’s general election.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ignored the President’s advice and appointed WNBA team owner and establishment megadonor Kelly Loeffler to the open Senate seat instead. Loeffler is now a U.S. Senator despite never being elected and having a history of supporting abortion-related causes.

Collins is already recruiting his campaign staff and calling politicians and supporters to inform them of his decision, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He hopes to receive support from key members of the President’s inner circle, and perhaps even the Commander-in-Chief himself.

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Loeffler is desperately trying to pander to President Trump to fend off Collins’ challenge. She even threw Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who she once raised funds for during his failed presidential run in 2012, under the bus for playing footsie with Democrats during Trump’s impeachment trial.

Because of the strange circumstances of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s sudden retirement with three years left in his term, a special election is expected to take place in November with multiple Republicans on the ballot competing with Democrats. It could result in a runoff election in Jan. 2021 if no candidate reaches more than 50 percent of the vote on the first go-around.

Collins likely has the edge over his competitors considering his status as one of the President’s top defenders in the House. Donald Trump Jr. has helped raise funds for Collins, referring to him as the type of “fighter” that the GOP needs in the Senate. Collins is also close with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is perhaps the most influential adviser within the Trump administration.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and other organs of the establishment GOP are expected to back Loeffler, as she hopes her money and connections are enough to defeat the grassroots champion.

There is still a possibility that the special election could be scrapped and replaced with a more traditional Republican primary that would happen in May. The Elections Subcommittee of the House Governmental Affairs Committee voted 8-2 on Monday to alter the rules and allow a head-to-head contest between Loeffler and Collins to determine the GOP nominee for the general election in November against the Democrat.

“It benefits the party process, which is an integral part of our elections process,” said Rep. Shaw Blackmon of Bonaire, who chairs the Governmental Affairs Committee.

“It stands to reason that the electoral process for this special election can mirror that of other offices,” said House Speaker David Ralston of Blue Ridge.

“The underlying principle of this legislation is a fair, comparable playing field for all those seeking elected office. Surely, that is something we can all agree on,” he added.

Gov. Kemp would be expected to veto the legislation if it ended up on his desk, as he is desperate to protect his pick Loeffler. The U.S. Senate special election in Georgia will likely be another tense showdown of the grassroots against the establishment within the GOP.

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Mitt Romney Admits: Trump Likely to Be Re-Elected

Just weeks ago, Romney was voting to impeach Trump.

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Mitt Romney admitted during a Munich Security Conference panel in Germany that President Donald Trump is “likely” to be re-elected on Friday.

Romney’s admission could be interpreted as a tacit admission that the Utah Republican was seeking to overturn the likely will of the American voter in the 2020 election. Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump on Democratic impeachment charges, claiming he warranted removal from office for temporarily suspending foreign aid to Ukraine.

I can tell you I think it’s likely he will get reelected, not because he’s highly popular, but because I think the Democrats are not going to nominate someone who’ll be a very effective competitor.

Romney’s answer when asked about Trump’s re-election chances seems to suggest he believes Democrats are going to nominate Bernie Sanders. Establishment conservatives such as Romney often tend to underestimate populist political figures such as Sanders in a similar manner that they did Trump in the 2016 election. (Romney did admit that he “did not predict that President Trump would become President Trump.”)

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Romney was lauded for his impeachment vote by the crowd at the annual event, a mainstay institution for the western political elite. A moderator for the panel claimed he “probably the most courageous lawmaker we have in the United States.”

The failed 2012 presidential candidate may have alienated himself even further from the Republican party with remarks that seemed dismissive of his Senate colleagues, describing them as beholden to the President.

In what may have been his most self-reflective remarks of the night, Romney admitted there was little to no desire among the American public for the outdated liberal conservative principles he’s known for.

Right now, the nature of American politics is highly populist… I’m perhaps a throwback. I jokingly say I have about 2% of the population that’s with me.”

I think that might be a bit on the high side, Mitt.

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