Republicans fear Trump’s deluded efforts are eclipsing critical Georgia Senate races. Suckers

first_imgOn top of that, the high-profile recount Trump forced in Georgia may not even be legal, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The rules governing a Georgia election audit call for reviewing only a random sample of ballots rather than every single one. “The audit would have concluded when all ballots were counted and the odds that the full tabulation was incorrect was less than 10%, according to State Election Board rules. But instead of pulling a smaller sample of ballots, Raffensperger plans to audit every ballot,” writes AJC.Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has been under fire from his GOP colleagues for Trump’s failures in the state, has justified the full hand recount by insisting “the margin is just so close right now.”- Advertisement – Now, as the fate of the Senate rests on two Georgia runoffs, some GOP donors and lawmakers are realizing that loser Trump’s selfishly futile fundraising efforts are siphoning precious resources away from the battles that actually matter in Georgia, according to Politico. Senate Republicans have also made a joint fundraising page to collect money for Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — but it didn’t attract the widespread social media attention of Trump’s efforts.Sorry, suckers. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img For the record, 14,000 votes may be close, but it’s not recount close. No way. Recounts almost never change election results, particularly when the margin is anywhere over several hundred votes. The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.last_img read more

Dodgers complete sweep of Nationals, come home with four-game winning streak

first_imgSign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.When the Dodgers skipped town a week ago, they might have been trailed by angry villagers wielding pikes and torches. They had just been swept in a four-game series by the Cincinnati Reds and were in the throes of a six-game losing streak that would continue in Miami.They return on a four-game winning streak, matching their season-high, having swept a Nationals team that won 13 of 15 games before the Dodgers came to town.“A little bit of success kind of breeds confidence and takes that monkey off your back,” said Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who returned from his wrist injury at the start of this trip. “Get on a roll here, keep the momentum going. I think the confidence is back that they’re going to take a good at-bat every time. Bullpen did another outstanding job, covering a lot of innings this weekend.“I just think that little bit of swag, I guess, is back.”You want swag? Sunday’s starting pitcher Alex Wood even stole a base for the first time in his professional career. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was slow to the plate, no one was holding him at first base in the seventh inning so Wood told first-base coach George Lombard he was going. Lombard was “non-committal,” Wood said, probably trying to maintain plausible deniability.“I didn’t know he had the green light,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I was as surprised as anyone. He just went on his own.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousWashington Nationals’ Juan Soto looks from the dugout during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat as he hits into a double play during the eighth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. The Dodgers won 5-4. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig celebrates his two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWashington Nationals’ Bryce Harper looks out from the dugout before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe, left, is safe at second with a double against Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner, right, during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood delivers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto stands in the dugout during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto bats during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto looks from the dugout during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat as he hits into a double play during the eighth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. The Dodgers won 5-4. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat as he hits into a double play during the eighth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Washington. The Dodgers won 5-4. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)ExpandWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Dodgers returned home from their road trip Sunday night. You might not recognize them.They’re hitting home runs again. Moving runners and hitting with runners on base occasionally. The bullpen has even done its job.And – they’re winning again.Kike’ Hernandez and Yasiel Puig hit two-run home runs Sunday, lifting the Dodgers to a 7-2 victory and completing a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals.center_img Wood was safe at second but his left hamstring cramped up as he was warming up to pitch the bottom of the seventh and Roberts opted to pull him from the game. It’s probably a good reminder to the rest of the Dodgers not to get too far ahead of themselves with this four-game revival.“Any time you started the way we have it’s nice to come and play a quality team and get a sweep, especially the way we have with the doubleheader – three games in 48 hours,” said Wood, who held the Nationals to three hits in six innings. “It was a big series for us. You know you look for that marquee win or wins in a series against a team like the Nats, a playoff contender. Now you hope you go back home and hopefully turn the corner. I guess we’ll find out this week.”Hernandez was looking to turn a corner of his own. After striking out in his first at-bat against Strasburg Sunday, Hernandez was 5 for 37 (.135) with 14 strikeouts in May.“I think I’ve been the team’s worst hitter this month,” said Hernandez, who has been “working really hard in the cage” to make some changes in his approach that will simplify his swing.He kept it simple in his next at-bat, jumping on a first-pitch fastball from Strasburg in the fifth inning and driving it into the visitors’ bullpen for a two-run home run.“I was just trying to get a hit with a runner on base,” Hernandez said. “I feel like it’s been three months and I haven’t got one since spring training. I was trying to get a hit and used a very strong man’s bat and it went out.”Hernandez identified that very strong man as “my dad” – Chase Utley, who picked the bat for him Sunday.Strong as Puig is, he went without a home run in his first 108 plate appearances this season. His two-run shot in the eighth inning was his fourth homer in his next 25 plate appearances and it gave some breathing room to a bullpen that pitched 15 innings in about 28 hours at Nationals Park. The relief corps that had been a stack of Jenga blocks waiting to collapse on a nightly basis put up zeroes in 14 of those 15 innings.last_img read more