Report: Record number of Republicans file to run for House, Senate seats

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Another surge of candidates are running for Congress in the 2020 elections, but this time it appears to be conservatives. According to reports, a record number of Republicans have filed to run for the House and Senate this election cycle.

The surge mirrors that of the 2018 midterms, where more Democrats were running for office compared to previous elections. The current surge in Republican candidates is an apparent response to the election of more radical progressive and socialist-leaning candidates whom Democrats pushed to victory last election.

“I’m a conservative wife, mother, and businesswoman who 100% stands with President Trump and against the left-wing socialists who want to wreck our country.”

— Marjorie Greene (R), congressional candidate – Ga.’s 14th District

Meanwhile, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she will be endorsing over a dozen female progressive congressional candidates through her political action committee.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., left, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listen as U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

On her Twitter Friday, Ocasio-Cortez confirmed the move is part of her greater push to elect a “progressive majority” to Congress. The congresswoman said the idea behind the move is to “open the door” for political newcomers and “reward political courage” in Congress.

Among her endorsements, AOC is backing several long-shot candidates who are running against Democrats endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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Record flood warnings issued in England as Storm Dennis hits

A general view of the aftermath of Storm Dennis in Acaster Malbis, England, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

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Authorities in England issued a record number of warnings as residents evacuated their homes in the face of Storm Dennis. According to reports Monday, police and firefighters worked to rescue people trapped in their cars after the storm brought 90 mile-per-hour winds and as much as six inches of rain to some areas.

The government issued nearly 600 warnings and alerts over the weekend, including five severe flood warnings Monday in at least three counties. Some rivers are still expected to peak later this week.

A general view of the aftermath of Storm Dennis, in Maidstone, England, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Michael Drummond/PA via AP)

“Well we have 1,000 environment agency staff out in the field, helping people prepare for the floods, helping people to evacuate where, sadly, that’s necessary,” stated George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment. “We’re monitoring things very closely, in particular the severn towns, such as Shrewsbury, Bewdley and Tewkesbury.”

Dyfed-Powys Police stated an older gentleman in his 60s was killed after falling into River Tawe in South Wales. No other major causalities have been reported.

Residents in Britain were still recovering from the effects of Storm Ciara two weeks prior to when Dennis hit. The storm also hit parts of France with around 20,000 people still without electricity.

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Joe Biden emphasizes his legislative record on gun control in new campaign ads.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop at Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The two commercials released Friday touted Biden’s career accomplishments on gun safety and described his gun control goals. The ads came out on the same day of the deadly Parkland shooting that occurred two years ago in Florida.

One of the ads featured Biden interacting with children saying protecting them from gun violence is protecting their future.

FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, students are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

The other ad attacked the NRA and touted Biden’s experience in dealing with the group. It said, “Joe Biden stood up to the NRA, got the Brady Bill background checks passed, wrote the law banning assault weapons, and limited the number of bullets in a magazine. As president, he will beat the NRA again.”

Biden campaign officials believe gun reform will be a significant factor in the swing state of Nevada as 2020 Democrat primaries continue.

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Republican Party sets fundraising record amid impeachment battle

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EXCLUSIVE: The Republican National Committee has announced record fundraising numbers amid the impeachment drive against President Trump, hauling in a whopping $20.6 million in November, according to Federal Election Commission data obtained by Fox News.

The RNC told Fox News that this is the best November on record in party history.

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The party currently has $63.2 million in cash — marking the most cash-on-hand it has had since before the 2012 presidential election.

“Democrats’ baseless impeachment charade has only served to bolster our base and attract more voters to our cause and the result is another record-breaking fundraising month,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News. “President Trump’s policies made historic progress this month as well, with USMCA clearing another legislative hurdle, paid-family leave secured for federal employees, and 266,000 jobs added to the economy — all while Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment sham droned on.”

She added: “Voters will make their voices heard by re-electing President Trump and voting for Republicans up and down the ballot in 2020.”

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The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach Trump, adopting two articles of impeachment alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The case now heads to the Senate for trial.

The GOP fundraising underscores how Republicans have sought to turn the impeachment fight to their advantage, tapping into an outraged base to fuel not only the president's 2020 re-election effort but also a political offensive against congressional Democrats. Republicans are specifically using their November success to bolster their “Stop the Madness” campaign, a national counter-impeachment push targeting House Democrats that was launched in September.

Earlier this month, the RNC spent an additional $350,000 for another paid push targeting 29 Democrats in Trump-won congressional districts. Since the campaign’s launch, the RNC has held more than 140 “Stop the Madness” events from Maine to California aimed at those Democrats — ranging from protests to trainings for volunteers. Those trainings have brought in nearly 100,000 new volunteers, the party says.

Fox News has also learned that the Trump re-election campaign and the RNC have spent nearly $11 million in ads as part of the nationwide push against vulnerable Democrats, many of whom campaigned in 2018 on reaching across the aisle to work with Trump.

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The new fundraising numbers come amid the heated impeachment battle in Washington.

At the center of the inquiry is Trump’s efforts to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch politically related investigations — regarding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, as well as issues related to the 2016 presidential election.

The president’s request came after millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats argue shows a “quid pro quo” arrangement. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

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Boris Johnson vows to resolve Brexit by Jan 31st, European markets hit record high after Conservative sweep

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to “get Brexit done” by Jan. 31, 2020 with “No ifs, no buts, no maybes” Friday morning following his Conservative Party’s landslide victory in the country’s general election.

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A sudden burst in London-listed companies brought European markets to record peaks early Friday following Johnson’s victory as investors celebrated the probable end of more than three and half years of political turmoil in Britain once the United Kingdom settles on a deal to leave the European Union, Reuters reported.

“This election means that getting Brexit done is now the irrefutable, irresistible unarguable decision of the British people. With this election, I think we put an end to all those miserable threats of a second referendum,” Johnson told supporters early Friday.

“In this election, your voices have been heard and it’s about time too because we politicians have squandered this three years in squabbles about Brexit,” he continued. “I will put an end to all of that nonsense and we will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January. No ifs, no buts, no maybes. Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people.”

Johnson also promised that it was his Conservative Party’s top priority is to massively increase investments in the National Health Service and “make this country the cleanest, greenest on Earth with our far-reaching environmental program.” “You voted to be carbon neutral by 2015 and you also voted to be Corbyn neutral by Christmas and we’ll do that too,” he said.

The prime minister is scheduled to meet with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she will formally ask him to form a new government in her name. President Trump also tweeted his support for Johnson after his victory, hinting that “Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT.”

Labour Party Chairman Ian Lavery told the BBC that he believes his party’s decision to support a second referendum on Brexit ultimately established distrust with voter, ultimately pushing them to put their faith in the Conservative Party at the ballot box in 2019.

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“The fact that we went for a second referendum is the real issue in the Labour party. People feel like there’s a lack of trust, people feel like they are let down,” Lavery said.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron also congratulated Johnson, saying that election result "gives us a very strong and decisive government."

The Conservatives Party won 43.6 percent of the popular vote compared to the Labour Party’s 32.2 percent following Thursday night’s election. The Tories won by an 11.3 margin, the largest for the Conservatives since 1987. This compares to 2017 when the Labour Party lost the popular vote by only 2.4 percent.

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