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 By Robin Opsahl, Iowa Capital Dispatch

As the campaign season progresses, some Republican supporters are predicting a shake-up in candidates leading the 2024 presidential race. 

  • Some analysts say U.S. Sen. Tim Scott could gain momentum in the race, potentially catching up to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to CNN.
  • Meanwhile, DeSantis' campaign is hoping to "reboot" in the coming weeks to make a bigger splash in the 2024 campaign field per the New York Times.
  • As candidates vie to gain ground, former President Donald Trump remains the clear frontrunner — giving so-called "Never Trumpers" a "brutal wake-up call," the Guardian reports.

TOP IMPACT What to read this week

Amid push for hand-counting ballots, Republican senators emphasize legality, not practicality

(Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy/Arizona Mirror)

As they tour the state to try to convince county decision-makers to hand-count ballots in the upcoming presidential election, Republican lawmakers in Arizona are emphasizing one point: They believe it’s legal here.

A trial studying the resources hand-counting ballots would take in Arizona's Mohave County is the latest in a series of attempts from GOP activists to use a lack of specificity in state law to challenge time-tested procedures and create doubts about the accuracy of elections. But the debate over legality is pulling attention from the well-known problems that crop up when trying to hand-count ballots, an especially challenging task in a presidential election with dozens of contests on each ballot and high turnout. | Read more


Trump claims election investigations are themselves ‘election interference’

(Photo by Jared Strong/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Former President Donald Trump — who might face criminal charges for attempting to interfere with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election — claimed Tuesday afternoon in Iowa that he is the victim of election interference by federal prosecutors.

Trump announced earlier Tuesday he has received a letter from Special Counsel Jack Smith saying he is a target of the federal investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Typically, such a notice precedes an indictment. | Read more


BIG PICTURE Election coverage across the country

(Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

  • National bill on voting standards pushed anew by Democrats in Congress | News from the States

  • Statehouse leaders to exert executive privilege in redistricting lawsuit | Source New Mexico

  • Whitmer signs bill she says will make it easier to vote in Michigan | Michigan Advance


  • Fox Business Poll: Trump leads in Iowa, as DeSantis and Scott round out the top 3 | Fox Business

  • Suffolk University Ohio poll shows Sherrod Brown and Trump with narrow leads in 2024 | Ohio Capital Journal

  • In new state polling, Ron DeSantis falls back into the 2024 pack | Washington Post


  • Reynolds invites GOP presidential candidates to event at Iowa State Fair | Iowa Capital Dispatch

  • DeSantis isn't the only presidential contender traveling the country while doing a government job | Florida Phoenix

  • Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley Are Leading In Early State Visits So Far | FiveThirtyEight

  • Jill Biden touts 'Bidenomics' in Pittsburgh stop | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

  • 2024 GOP candidates forced to grapple with Iowa's 6-week abortion ban | NBC News


  • Voting rights group files lawsuit against DeSantis on felon voting eligibility | Florida Phoenix

  • New Alabama congressional map headed to final votes in Alabama Legislature | Alabama Reflector

  • Recall petition bill meets final end after author waives override attempt | Louisiana Illuminator

  • ‘Mama bears’ may be the 2024 race’s soccer moms. But where the GOP seeks votes, some see extremism | Associated Press



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Follow state-level coverage of Election 2024 anytime at News From The States. Send tips and thoughts to ropsahl@iowacapitaldispatch.com, and follow them on Twitter @robinlopsahl.

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