Today is Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Let’s get caught up.
These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Winners were decided in three key Senate primaries in Alabama, Maine and Texas on Tuesday night; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for an infection; and Tyra Banks will be the new host of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.
Tuberville defeats Sessions, wins Alabama Senate GOP primary
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat in Alabama to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday, likely ending a long political career with a bitter defeat egged on by President Donald Trump.
Tuberville, 65, beat Sessions in Tuesday’s Republican runoff as Sessions fell short in his attempted comeback for a seat he held for two decades before resigning to become Trump’s attorney general in 2017.
In other key Senate primaries:
- Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon beat two other Democrats on Tuesday for the right to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in a race that’s critical to the battle for control of the Senate.
- Texas’ MJ Hegar won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in a primary runoff Tuesday that was postponed months over fears of the coronavirus. She will be an underdog against Republican Sen. John Cornyn, and Democrats nationally do not view the race as competitive as their chances of flipping Senate seats in Arizona, Colorado and Maine.