2018 Presidential Election


Tuesday November 17th 2020

Haydn Straus rules out 2022 Presidential run but is "considering Ohio gubernatorial bid"

Former Ohio Senator Haydn Straus and the 2018 Green party nominee for President has told NBS today that he has ruled out running for President in two years time.
"I am not going to be seeking the presidency in 2022, but I am considering running for Ohio Governor as a Green". Straus said he had been "very pleased " with the Green parties performance in the mid-term elections in the state-wide races.

"I think we did very well, gaining over 10% in Rhode Island in the gubernatorial election was a great result, Anderson Gerald is a great green candidate and has a real future in the party". Susan Buckner who was Straus running-mate two years ago, had been seen by many as the front-runner for the Green party Presidential nomination in two years time, but it is well know that the two had a rather frosty relationship after their bitter nomination fight, and Straus mentioning Gerald could be regarded as a unofficial endorsement if the Rhode Island activist lawyer decides to run for the Green party Presidential nomination in 2022.

Straus said he was considering running for Ohio Governor in two years time instead of a Presidential run. Straus polled 12.39% in his own state in 2018, and was elected to the Senate (as a Democrat) in 2010, before declining to seek re-election in 2016. "I am considering running for Governor in Ohio, I liked Governor Tate (the Democratic Governor defeated by former Airforce General Art Scheider), but Governor Scheider has shown himself to be the worst of the Republican party, he is out of his depth, he is a bully and seems to think he is still a General issuing orders, rather than governing". It depends on who the Democrats run, but at the moment I am preparing to run for Governor".

Regarding President Seaborn's first two years in office, he said "Of course I would say he hasn't done everything in office I would have done as President, but he has done some good positive things, like the Civil Rights Act" but he added "he has made some positive steps regarding a green agenda, but he needs to do more".
Some more 2020 infoboxes. Here's four statewide races that we had casted all eight candidates in. Curiously enough, including the only two states whose Democratic affiliates have different names:

Cast (all previously established)
Alexandra Daddario as Jessica Gelsey
Billy Zane as Tom Riddle
Kelsey Grammer as Stephen Wilson
Dean Cain as Ben Tpearing
John Cusack as Jarrod Daniels
Scott Clifton as Kurt Scheiffer
Katie Holmes as Sandra Middleton
Bob Morrisey as Harry Conroy

In the gubernatorial elections, all the running mates (with the exception of Goetz in Minnesota) are new.

I based all the maps off of OTL election results (before this year's elections since none of these states have certified their results yet). It led to North Dakota unintentionally having a map where it's really, really easy to guess which counties have Indian reservations in them once you get a few counties west of Fargo and Grand Forks (on the eastern border of the state).
nbs.com, Friday November 20th

Mid Term fall out begins. Collins Leaves DNC Role; Frost & Delaney Leave Cabinet Positions

With disappointing mid-term results beginning to settle the fall out within the Democratic Party is well underway. In a major announcement Thursday, long standing DNC Chairman Stefan Collins announced that the intended to step down from the post at the end of the year. He confirmed that an election to replace him would be held at the DNC Winter Meeting in January, in Sarcamento, CA.

A number of names have begun to circulate. Outgoing Virginia Congressman Noah Gellman is believed to be interested, California's Guillermo Augusto is reportedly being encouraged to throw his hat into the ring and former Bartlet and Santos White House staffer Angela Blake is favored by Beltway Democrats.

The Collins announcement came hot on the heels of White House confirmation that there will be two Cabinet vacancies to fill early next year. Commerce Secretary Shannon Frost will leave her post in January to return to the private sector and Andrew Delaney will stand down from the position of Director of the Office of Management and Budget, he has faced criticism over the inability of the administration to present a budget to congress.

The statement thanked both Frost and Delaney for their service and confirmed that the President's nominations to replace them would follow over the next few days.
theedge.com, Friday November 20th

Michigan Congressman Confirms White House Run

Gus Edwards, the outgoing Congressman from Michigan's 4th District, released a video via social media announcing that he is launching a bid for the Republican nomination for President in 2022.

Edwards who will leave Congress in January is little known on a national level but said on the short clip that he hoped to push the debate towards sensible, practical Republican solutions and steer things away from what he described as the "extremes" of the debate. The four term Congressman is very much from the moderate side of his party and will be hoping that an early move will give him the edge over other potential centrists such as Pennsylvania Governor Morgan Mitchell or Ohio's Dylan Garrisons.

Congressman Edwards may have some challenges raising money due to difficult relationships with a number of his parties leading figures. He has clashed with Speaker designate Mitch Harris, is no friend of Senate Majority Leader Cody Riley and once described RNC Chairman Jeff Haffley as "the kind of lunatic zealot that normal Americans find totally repugnant."


Edwards during a Congressional hearing in 2019
capitolbeat.com, Friday November 20th

Layton Iowa Trip Drops Strong Hints at Presidential Run

North Carolina Senator Barbara Layton seemingly fired the starting gun on a run for President with a 3 day swing through Iowa, the first in the nation state that would be absolutely critical to her chances of securing the Republican nomination.

Layton, 60, will be signing her recently released book The American Family, in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines before making the keynote speech at the Iowa Family Policy Center's Celebrating the Family Banquet. Those close to the Senator are hoping to hoover up key socially conservative endorsements in the Hawkeye State.

Early polling suggests that Layton is a strong contender for the nomination, though even her most ardent supporters are anxious around the decisions made by South Carolina Governor Ethan Butler, who many see as the front runner for the Republican nomination should he decide to throw his hat into the ring.

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Friday, November 20th, 2020

White House staff changes as De Vost, Clements eye new jobs

The White House today announced the first shake-ups among senior staff since President Seaborn took office, with Deputy Chief of Staff Kevin De Vost and co-Deputy Communications Director Katy Clements departing. White House Press Secretary Cassie Tatum said that the president tapped De Vost, whose family left South Africa after protesting against the apartheid system, to become the new ambassador to that country after the resignation of ambassador Carter Bosman due what the State Department said were "health issues", while Clements has agreed to become the press secretary for governor-elect Malcolm Power (D) of Pennsylvania.

"We are going to miss both of them greatly," Tatum said, "but the president and entire White House staff knows that they will bring the same dedication and strong moral character they exhibited here in their new roles."

Clements' resignation is already in effect, and De Vost will take a leave of absence once his nomination is reported to the Senate on Monday. Clements, who served alongside former NBS contributor John Edwards in the role of deputy communications director, stayed out of the limelight during her White House tenure, while De Vost was a similarly low-profile deputy chief of staff, focusing more on his secondary role as senior advisor for policy.

Tatum reported that there are no plans to replace Clements, leaving Edwards as the sole deputy communications director, while the president has been "exploring" candidates to replace De Vost. Senate Republicans, who increased their majority earlier this month, have largely allowed President Seaborn to fill the ranks of the country's ambassadors, rejecting only nominees senator Kent Harris (R-WY), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said were "unsuitable, unethical or similarly defective."

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

House Democrats pick Maddox to lead caucus

The House Democratic Caucus selected outgoing Speaker Daniel Maddox (IL) as the leader of their caucus and the party's nominee for Speaker in the next Congress today. In spite of the party losing its majority in this month's midterms, reportedly only two unnamed members of the caucus declined to vote for Maddox, opting to abstain instead. The 48 year-old Speaker has largely placated rivals within the caucus, having learned from the misfortunes of his two predecessors--Mark Sellner and Carol Gelsey--who were successfully challenged for their leadership position by unhappy outsiders, and has reportedly worked hard to keep his caucus content with his leadership.

Current majority whip Eve Howard (D-CA) was unchallenged to become minority whip in the new Congress, moving up the party ladder with majority leader Noah Gellman (VA) being the highest-profile casualty of this month's Republican wave. Caucus chair Josie Bail (OH) and vice chair Cedric Williams (NJ) similarly were reelected unopposed for their positions. Bail has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential nominee for President Seaborn in 2022, and Williams is widely seen as a rising star with ambitions on becoming the nation's first African-American Speaker of the House.

House Democrats also named five new members to be the party's ranking members on various committees; four of the vacancies were due to retirement, while the party's leader on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Julius Schreibman (NC), was defeated in his bid for reelection.

Thursday November 26th 2020

James Ritchie "seriously considering" running for RNC Chairman

The outgoing Governor of Florida James Ritchie is said according sources close to him, to be "seriously considering" running for RNC Chairman instead of a Presidential run in 2022.

Ritchie is understood to have meet with closest friends and family including his father Robert, who lost the 2002 Presidential election to President Bartlet in a landslide. A source close to Ritchie told NBS "The Governor is torn, he does want to run in 2022, in part to restore the family name and gain revenge for the humiliation of his father caused by the Bartlet defeat, but he is aware of the cost of a Presidential run would bring on his family, and fears that the Democrats would bring up that defeat all the time if he where to become the nominee, and that running for RNC Chair, could be a better way to serve the party".

Rob Ritchie is understood to have told his son that he would "back 100% what ever decision he made, and that he shouldn't run for the Presidency out of a misplaced loyalty to him", whilst Janet Ritchie said that if he did "go for the RNC job, he would have to pledge publicly not to for the Presidency in 2022". No other candidates have yet to declare for RNC Chairman, although it is very likely that former North Carolina Governor Andrew Wu, would run, whilst former New Jersey Congressman Jack Fowler has declared his interest, but if James Ritchie did decide to throw his hat into the ring rather than a 2022 presidential bid than that would clearly change the whole dynamic of both races. Early polls for 2022 show Ritchie as the narrow front-runner, ahead of South Carolina Governor Ethan Butler and Texas Governor Adam De Haan.
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