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Republicans Tighten Hold on Senate, but Control Could Be Decided in Runoffs

first_imgDemocrats still remained hopeful about the races in Georgia. The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, was headed for a January runoff against Senator Kelly Loeffler, the appointed Republican, in a special election to replace Senator Johnny Isakson, who retired in late 2019 citing health problems. Jon Ossoff, 33, a documentary filmmaker, was in a tight race to unseat Mr. Perdue, which could also end up in a runoff if neither cleared the 50 percent threshold required under Georgia law to win outright.Both parties had other outstanding targets, but they were considered stretches. For Republicans, the best option was Michigan, where John James, a Black Iraq war veteran who ran for the Senate unsuccessfully in 2018, was trying to unseat Senator Gary Peters. Democrats still believed they had an outside shot of defeating Senator Dan Sullivan in Alaska.Catie Edmondson contributed reporting.- Advertisement – Among all the victories for Senate Republicans, Ms. Collins’s stood out as the most remarkable. Facing an onslaught of liberal outrage over her 2018 vote to confirm Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid accusations of sexual assault, she trailed the Democrat, Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, in the race’s closing weeks. She also faced a potential revolt by the state’s most conservative voters unhappy with her frequent criticism of Mr. Trump.In the end, she proved she was one of the only senators in the country still able to significantly outrun the top of the ticket, winning her fifth term even as Mr. Trump lost badly in Maine to Mr. Biden.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Still, already eying a 2022 Senate election on more difficult turf for Republicans, Mr. McConnell suggested there were reasons for the party to worry, as well.Speaking to reporters after his own commanding victory in Kentucky, he said Republicans had pressing work to do to win back the support of women and college-educated voters, as well as to bolster their fund-raising apparatus, which has trailed Democrats’ juggernaut, ActBlue.“I am disturbed by the loss of support in the suburbs nationwide,” Mr. McConnell said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Argo Volleyball Starts Season with Two Victories

first_img Share Argo Volleyball Starts Season with Two Victories Aug. 24, 2007Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The “Secret Weapon” helped the Argo volleyball squad win two matches in the Comfort Inn-vitational tournament at the UWF Fieldhouse this evening. Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) recorded 28 kills to lead West Florida to wins over Flagler College and Southern Indiana. Coach Melissa Wolter had said before the tournament that she has several weapons this season, but the `secret weapon’ might be Isabela, since she did not play last season, and not many of the UWF opponents have seen her play recently. Gualberto, along with Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) and Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) recorded 73 kills in the two matches.West Florida defeated Flagler College in the afternoon by a 3-0 score (30-21, 30-27, 30-20), and then avenged a lost to Southern Indiana from last year, by defeating the Screaming Eagles by a 3-0 score (30-26, 30-25, 30-27) in the evening match. Last year the Argos started the first day of their season 0-2, and this year are off to a 2-0 start after one day of play.West Florida appeared in mid-season form with some crisp passing, which helped the Argos out hit the opponents by a significant margin. The Argos recorded 115 kills in the two matches to just 79 combined from Flagler and Southern Indiana. The crisp passing came from Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico), Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil), and Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.), and really set up the big hitters well. Gonzalez, Rapach, Gualberto, and Clark were all playing their first matches as Argos, and are off to a great start. Meanwhile, returner Sarah Harrison (Sr. / Sinton, Texas) may have had the greatest efficiency with 14 kills in only 31 attack attempts.Teamwork was definitely the theme as the Argos keep everyone involved in the offense throughout the matches. Coach Wolter likes to be unpredictable, and it appeared that strategy was part of the game plan as attacks came from all over the court and from different players. The Argos had 7 different players record 3 or more kills against Flagler, while 6 different players had 4 or more kills against Southern Indiana.Setter Madeline Gonzalez recorded 93 Assists in the two matches combined, with only one ball-handling error. Gonzalez and Kimberly Clark both transferred from Hillsborough Community College, and it showed that they had worked together before, as they put together several quick hitters that were successful.Not much time for the Argos to rest, as they resume play tomorrow (Sat. Aug. 25) with a match vs. Wheeling Jesuit at 11:15 AM, and a match with Midwestern State at 3:45 PM in the UWF Fieldhouse. Results from the other matches played today in the Comfort Inn-vitational include the following:Midwestern State 3, West Georgia 2; Wheeling Jesuit 3, Flagler College 2; Southern Indiana 3, West Georgia 2; Midwestern State 3, Wheeling Jesuit 0 Print Friendly Versionlast_img