The G.O.P.’s politicians, activists and voters are still figuring out what that means.
Elaina Plott“Win or Lose, It’s Donald Trump’s Republican Party.” My cover story for @NYTmag
Elaina PlottThe GOP is now controlled by a man who has never offered a clear vision for his political program beyond his immediate aggrandizement. Whether Trump wins or loses in November, no one else in the party’s official ranks seems to have one, either.
Led by a firebrand loyalist, the state party has lurched to the right under President Trump. That has turned off some Republicans, and Arizona suddenly appears in play for Democrats.
Elaina PlottIn Arizona, Cindy McCain serves as an avatar of sorts for many GOP women. But Kelli Ward, a Trump loyalist who dabbles in the occasional conspiracy theory, more closely resembles the kind of voter the party has been devoting its resources to instead.
In the Senate primary race to replace Lamar Alexander, two candidates are fighting to see who can better emulate the president. It isn’t pretty.
Elaina PlottThe GOP in 2020: Mitt Romney’s PAC maxed out to the campaign of an old friend of his running in TN’s Senate GOP primary. The candidate - who is endorsed by Trump - quietly returned the donation in full.
The former attorney general, running for his old Senate seat in Alabama, struggled to persuade voters to see past the president’s anger after he recused himself from the Russia investigation.
Elaina PlottBREAKING: "For Sessions, No Amount of Campaigning Could Overcome Trump in Alabama." Tommy Tuberville wins the Alabama Senate GOP nomination
Elaina Plott“People in Alabama voted against Sessions because Trump told them to,” said Angi Stalnaker, a GOP strategist in Alabama. “If it had been Donald Trump saying, ‘Go write in Mickey Mouse,’ 50 percent of them would have gone to write in Mickey Mouse.”
Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general, is making a last appeal to Alabama voters in an attempt to win back his old Senate seat. A new poll in Texas shows Joe Biden leading President Trump.
Elaina PlottJeff Sessions tells me that after his Tues. interview with Tucker Carlson, where the host lauded him as “one of the very few politicians I do respect,” his campaign saw $30k in small-dollar contributions overnight. Follow along for more live updates here
Elaina PlottJeff Sessions would not answer my q about whether he would support Tommy Tuberville in the general election in event he does not win tomorrow
The former attorney general is fighting for his political life in Alabama’s Senate race, in the shadow of a president who still despises him.
Elaina PlottThe Fall of Jeff Sessions, and What Came After: My profile of the former attorney general, who is fighting for his political life in Alabama as Trump’s hatred rages on — and @NYTmag debut
Former Biden staffer Tara Reade says the Democratic presidential nominee sexually assaulted her in 1993. Reade's former neighbor tells Insider that Reade confided in her about the allegations at the time.
Elaina Plott"LaCasse is the first person to independently corroborate, in detail and on the record, that Reade had told others about her assault allegations contemporaneously."