Mitt Romney has officially announced his campaign to replace retiring Senator Orrin Hatch. Due to Romney’s popularity in Utah---popularity stemming from his role with the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and his 2012 Presidential bid---this race may already be decided. There’s still 248 days until Election Day though, and Utah has been known to surprise shoe-in candidates before. Another familiar name throwing his hat into the midterms is Sanders. No, not Bernie Sanders, Levi Sanders. Levi, son of Bernie, is one of eight Democrats running to replace retiring representative Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire’s competitive 1st District. Sanders’ platform reflects that of his father’s quite a bit, an unsurprising fact since he served as a Senior Advisor to Bernie’s 2016 Presidential campaign. The younger Sanders will have to navigate some tense political dynamics overall, particularly because some of Bernie’s most prominent supporters have already pledged their support for another candidate. Déjà vu, huh? And Trump may not be running for reelection for another three years, but he’s already making moves. This week, it was announced Trump is hiring Brad Parscale as his reelection campaign manager. Parscale joined Trump’s 2016 campaign team as the digital director without prior experience, and received credit for elevating Trump’s social media presence in 2016. This historically early start to reelection grants Trump an opportunity to influence midterms, and to test the continued pull of the Trump brand. We know what you’re thinking: digital director to campaign manager is quite the leap. Just remember that most of Parscale’s competitors for the job have bowed out of politics, thanks to the innumerable White House scandals.

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