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James Varney

James Varney

James Varney is a national correspondent for The Washington Times. A graduate of Wesleyan and the Columbia Journalism School, he spent decades with The Times-Picayune, including a 5-year stint as the paper's Latin America correspondent and two embedded tours with the Army and the Marines in Iraq in 2003. He was a member of the New Orleans-based reporting team that won two Pulitzer Prizes for Hurricane Katrina coverage in 2006. In sports, he covered both LSU's national championship in 2007 and the Saints victory in Super Bowl XLIV. He can be reached at

Articles by James Varney

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ** FILE **

Even when losing, Beto O’Rourke wins

Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke's failed Senate bid has only heightened expectations among his adoring liberal fans, who made clear their love affair isn't over. Published November 8, 2018

Florida Gubernatorial Democratic candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum gives his concession speech along side his wife First Lady R. Jai Gillum, running mate Chris King and his wife Kristen King on the campus Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Octavio Jones/The Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Andrew Gillum waffles on concession in Florida governor’s race

Democratic legal teams kicked into action Thursday, demanding a recount of the Florida Senate race that they say will declare Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson the winner as defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum hedging his concession. Published November 8, 2018

In this Sept. 18, 2018, file photo Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, speaks at a campaign rally in Orlando, Fla. Scott is challenging three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida will vote for governor, U.S. Senate, Cabinet seats, Congress and decide 12 ballot questions. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Rick Scott claims victory over Bill Nelson in Florida Senate race

As expected, the Florida senate race went down to the wire Tuesday night, a nail-biter with a margin that stayed below 100,000 votes throughout and left open the possibility an automatic recount will be triggered. Republican Gov. Rick Scott claimed victory just before midnight over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Published November 7, 2018

Voters packed the Vigo County Annex in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, during the final day of early voting. (Austen Leake/Tribune-Star via AP) ** FILE **

Early voting turnout seen benefiting Republicans

Early voting has been heavy this year, the political parties and experts agree -- in many cases blowing past records states set in the last midterm elections in 2014. Published November 5, 2018

Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, greets supporters following a rally at the Pan American Neighborhood Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Beto O’Rourke bid for Ted Cruz Texas Senate seat stalls

Rep. Beto O'Rourke has mounted the most serious effort by a Democrat to win a Senate seat in Texas in decades, becoming the darling of leftist wallets and a liberal media eager to see Sen. Ted Cruz lose. Published November 4, 2018

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat running for re-election, has been receiving campaign contributions since 2008 from the Cow Creek Tribe, which has a virtual monopoly on gambling on the heavily traveled Interstate 5 corridor and runs a North Bend casino. (Associated Press)

Kate Brown, Oregon governor, changes mind on Indian gambling

When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown opposed the idea of a small Indian casino for the Coquille Tribe in 2016, she told the Bureau of Indian Affairs that she believed it "essential that the state 'hold the line' in the number of casinos within her border." Published October 28, 2018

Florida gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ron DeSantis, left, and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist bump after a debate, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at Broward College in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, Pool)

Andrew Gillum-Ron DeSantis Florida governor debate gets heated

Former GOP Congressman Ron DeSantis, facing a hostile crowd and an energized opponent, shouted at times Wednesday night as he and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum held their second debate in Broward County. Published October 24, 2018