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Report: Veterans Flooding Onto Ballots for 2018 Midterms

Iraq War veteran John James is running for Senate in Michigan.
Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James is a Detroit-area businessman and Iraq War veteran. (Paul Sancya/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:29 PM

Some 400 recent-era military veterans entered races for the House in 2018 — and 200 of them will be on the ballot in this November's midterm election, The Atlantic reported Wednesday.

According to Rye Barcott, a Marine Corps veteran who heads the PAC "With Honor," the number of politically minded vets who ran in primaries might be twice as many as in recent cycles, The Atlantic reported.

The PAC has raised $20 million to spend on this cycle's elections, the news outlet reported — with the biggest boost a $10 million gift from Amazon chief and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie.

The trend, according to Axios, could change the face of Congress, where less than 20 percent of lawmakers have served in the military, and less than 20 percent of House members are women.

"With Honor" has endorsed 34 vets running this election cycle: 18 Democrats and 16 Republicans; all the women endorsed by the group are Democrats.

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The Atlantic reported Wednesday some 400 recent-era military veterans entered races for the House in 2018, and 200 of them will be on the ballot in this November's midterm election.
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