Glenn Youngkin hosts donor retreat amid presidential speculation

The "Red Vest Retreat” comes as major Republican donors search for alternatives to former president Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2024.

By Michael Scherer and Ashley ParkerSeptember 27, 2022

Sinema, McConnell engage in mutual admiration — and some Democrats seethe

Speaking at the McConnell Center in Kentucky, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Monday expressed support for restoring elements of the filibuster and suggested that Republicans might win control of the House or Senate in the midterm elections.

By Azi PaybarahSeptember 27, 2022

How Kevin McCarthy’s political machine worked to sway the GOP field

Allies spent millions in a sometimes secretive effort to weed out candidates who could cause the House leader trouble or jeopardize GOP victories in November.

By Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey, Isaac Arnsdorf and Marianna SotomayorSeptember 27, 2022

How a QAnon splinter group became a feature of Trump rallies

An offshoot of the extremist movement called Negative48 is thronging Trump political events, causing tensions with the former president’s team.

By Isaac ArnsdorfSeptember 26, 2022

GOP strategy elevates clashes over crime, race in midterm battlegrounds

Republicans are increasingly centering their midterms pitches on crime, prompting accusations of racism from Democrats but also fears the attacks may resonate.

By Annie Linskey and Colby ItkowitzSeptember 25, 2022

Voters divided amid intense fight for control of Congress, poll finds

The fight for control of Congress is an intense one, as Republicans hold significant advantages in the most competitive House seats. But the GOP edge is being tempered by energy among Democrats over abortion rights.

By Dan Balz, Emily Guskin and Scott ClementSeptember 25, 2022

How a Trump soundtrack became a QAnon phenomenon

A song’s journey from a Trump video to online forums and back to Trump rallies shows the melding of the MAGA and QAnon movements

By Isaac Arnsdorf, Josh Dawsey and Michael SchererSeptember 23, 2022

New Trump-backed super PAC formed ahead of midterms

The super PAC is a step toward former president Donald Trump's increased involvement in the midterm races, with an eye to his own presidential run in 2024.

By Isaac Stanley-BeckerSeptember 23, 2022

House passes bill to prevent efforts to subvert presidential election results

The Presidential Election Reform Act, written by Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), explicitly cites the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack as a reason to amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887.

By Amy B WangSeptember 21, 2022

Check the voter registration deadline in your state

About 20 states will allow same-day voter registration for the 2022 midterm elections. In the others, voters will need to register before the deadlines listed.

By Nick Mourtoupalas, Kati Perry and Eugene ScottSeptember 20, 2022

The House’s long-awaited electoral reform bill is ready. Can it pass?

The legislation would clearly reaffirm the vice president has no role in validating a presidential election beyond acting as a figurehead that oversees the counting process.

By Marianna Sotomayor and Leigh Ann CaldwellSeptember 19, 2022

Prominent pro-Trump couple to fundraise for Senate candidates

Along with Matt and Mercedes Schlapp, co-hosts for a Wednesday fundraiser for Blake Masters include Chad Wolf, Trump’s acting Homeland Security secretary.

By Isaac Stanley-BeckerSeptember 19, 2022

Republicans in key battleground races refuse to say they will accept results

Of the 19 GOP candidates questioned by The Washington Post, a dozen declined to answer or refused to commit. Democrats overwhelmingly said they would respect the results

By Amy Gardner, Hannah Knowles, Colby Itkowitz and Annie LinskeySeptember 18, 2022

In Ohio, Vance scrambles to ramp up campaign after mounting GOP criticism

Although party strategists voice confidence Vance will still prevail, they say they fear he wasted precious time, requiring a financial bailout that limited resources for GOP candidates in other states

By Annie LinskeySeptember 17, 2022

Arkansas GOP gubernatorial candidate Sarah Sanders undergoes surgery for thyroid cancer

Sarah Sanders, the Republican nominee for Arkansas governor, underwent surgery Friday to remove her thyroid gland after doctors discovered cancer earlier this month.

By Azi PaybarahSeptember 16, 2022

How Trump’s endorsements fared in the 2022 primaries

The races presented a real-time test of whether Trump’s influence on Republican voters is waning nearly two years after he lost the presidency.

By Youjin Shin, Courtney Beesch and Anu NarayanswamySeptember 16, 2022

Senate punts on same-sex marriage vote until after midterms

The Respect for Marriage Act would enshrine federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages and repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

By Leigh Ann CaldwellSeptember 15, 2022

DeSantis gave GOP donors a glimpse of plans for migrant flights

The Florida governor told applauding supporters that he might send immigrants "to Chicago, Hollywood, Martha’s Vineyard. Who knows?”

By Josh Dawsey, Michael Scherer and Isaac ArnsdorfSeptember 15, 2022

Calif. governor rents billboards in red states to tout abortion access

Facing re-election in November, California's Democratic governor is spending some campaign money on ads in states where abortion is banned or limited.

By David WeigelSeptember 15, 2022

After final primary losses, a wounded GOP establishment looks to November

Now comes the reckoning in New Hampshire — where all three congressional races feature vulnerable Democrats — and beyond for Republicans.

By David WeigelSeptember 14, 2022