Election Day

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Why So Many Pollsters Were So Completely Wrong

Some theories as to where it went off the rails

(Newser) - The prevailing question the morning after Donald Trump's stunning victory is: How did so many get it so wrong? An "absolutely unreal" "Chance of Winning Presidency" graphic on the New York Times' forecasting page Tuesday evening showed Trump ascending from a 20% chance of winning the White... More »

Obama: 'Presidency Is Bigger Than Any of Us'

President speaks on the election, Clinton, Trump, and the nation's future

(Newser) - President Obama called Donald Trump in the early morning hours after the president-elect claimed victory in Election 2016, extending an invite to visit the White House on Thursday to talk about the power transition. After Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech Wednesday morning from Manhattan's New Yorker Hotel, Obama... More »

DC Votes for Statehood

Drafted constitution now goes before Congress for approval—but it's a tough road

(Newser) - A push to make Washington, DC, the nation's 51st state forged ahead Tuesday with voters in the district giving a thumbs-up to the initiative in an Election Day referendum, the Washington Post reports. Per NBC Washington , 86% of DC voters approved the referendum. "With massive turnout, District residents... More »

How the Night Went at Clinton's NYC Gathering

From excitement to cautious hope to despair

(Newser) - In 2008, after she lost her bid to become the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton assured female supporters they had still created "18 million cracks" in the "highest, hardest glass ceiling." That reference served as the backdrop for the NYC venue the Clinton camp hoped would... More »

GOP Keeps Control of the House

Notable: Liz Cheney grabs dad's old seat for Wyoming

(Newser) - An analyst declared days ago that "the race for the House is over," with "zero chance" of it going to the Dems, and it appears that prediction has now come to fruition. Both ABC News and NBC News have projected the GOP will keep control of the... More »

George W. Bush Reveals Vote (He Didn't Do What Dad Did)

It wasn't a vote for Clinton—but it wasn't a vote for Trump, either

(Newser) - Neither of the Bush presidents voted for the GOP nominee in Election 2016—but while No. 41 reportedly opted to cast his ballot for Hillary Clinton , No. 43 took a different route. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, "voted 'None of the Above' for president," spokesman... More »

Miami Herald's Endorsement, in Just 5 Words

Short and sweet

(Newser) - Herald for the endorsement win. In just five words, the Miami newspaper offered its take on how Election 2016 should play out, with smiling headshots of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, followed by the words: "Her. Not Him. Enough Said." It's hard to beat that... More »

Clinton Wins in First Town to Report Results

Romney, Johnson tied for 3rd in Dixville Notch, NH

(Newser) - The election is over in tiny Dixville Notch—and it did not go well for Donald Trump. With all eight votes counted in the New Hampshire town, traditionally the first in the US to report election results, Hillary Clinton has four votes to two for Donald Trump. Gary Johnson and,... More »

Grave of Susan B. Anthony Open Late for Voters

Gravesite hours extended on Tuesday so visitors can celebrate their vote

(Newser) - Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY, is extending its hours on Tuesday from its usual 5:30pm closing time to 9pm—not to let its permanent residents slip out and cast a ballot, but to allow voters to celebrate Election Day at the grave of Susan B. Anthony, the Democrat ... More »

'Nightmare' Election Scenario: 'Bush v. Gore With a Twist'

With 8-member Supreme Court, disputed results could be logistical disaster

(Newser) - What happens if America wakes up on Nov. 9 to another undecided, hotly disputed presidential election? We know what happened in 2000, when the Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote effectively settled the election in favor of George W. Bush. As controversial as that decision was, it was made by... More »

Why Election Day Is a Big Deal for Pot Legalization Efforts

Green light for recreational pot in Maine, Mass. could mean major changes nationwide

(Newser) - Having proven they can win in the West, advocates for recreational marijuana hope the Nov. 8 election brings their first significant electoral victories in the densely populated Northeast, where voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making pot legal for all adults. Supporters believe "yes" votes in New England... More »

Donald Trump: Sure, I'll Accept Election Results—'If I Win'

'We have to have fairness'

(Newser) - During Wednesday night's debate, Donald Trump refused to say he'd accept the outcome on Election Day, saying instead he preferred to keep us in suspense . In his first public comments since, the AP reports that Trump doubled down thusly while campaigning in Ohio on Thursday: "I would... More »

Cops: Man Absconds With Voting Equipment

Apparently, he'd rather spend the day as a hired driver than an election judge

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man was arrested Tuesday when he allegedly decided to skip out on his duties as an election judge and instead earn some extra cash by giving people rides, the AP reports. According to WTAE , 55-year-old Darrin Farmer was paid at least $125 to set up voting equipment and... More »

5 Key Election Contests to Watch Tuesday Night

Kentucky's governorship, pot in Ohio, and other major issues at the polls

(Newser) - Everyone's watercooler buzz has been focused on Election 2016 lately, but there's business to be taken care of at the polls Tuesday. Some notable races and ballot items to keep an eye on:
  • The GOP hopes to address the elephant in the room in Kentucky: that there has
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Dead Guy Cruising to Re-Election in Wash. State

Roger Freeman died last week from cancer, but it looks like he defeated opponent

(Newser) - Election results are still trickling in in Washington state (it's a vote-by-mail-only state, KOMO News reports), but it looks like voters are giving Democratic Rep. Roger Freeman of Federal Way a second term with about 53% of the vote, NBC News notes. There's just one problem: The 48-year-old... More »

GOP's Chances of Taking Senate: More Than 70%

McConnell says Obama rollback starts today

(Newser) - It's Election Day, and Democrats' chances of retaining control of the Senate look pretty slim, according to election models at the Washington Post , the New York Times , and FiveThirtyEight, which put the chances of a GOP victory at 96%, 73%, and 76%, respectively. The Post notes that all three... More »

Small Town Forgets About Election Day, Twice

Officials in Wallsburg, Utah, forgot about organizing one again

(Newser) - Let's see, there was something the residents of tiny Wallsburg, Utah, were supposed to do on Election Day earlier this month. What was it again ... ah, yes, they were supposed to vote and, in fact, elect a new mayor and council members. The problem—as the Salt Lake Tribune ... More »

6 Biggest Election Day Races

Governor's races in Virginia and NJ, and more

(Newser) - It's Election Day, and the media appear to agree that the biggest story is the Virginia governor's race. Democrat Terry McAuliffe is up against Republican Ken Cuccinelli; McAuliffe has been leading in the polls, but it's very close—we're talking a single digit margin, for the... More »

Oops: Broward County in Florida Finds 1K Ballots

Box was misplaced in a warehouse

(Newser) - Florida's making it a little too easy now for the voting jokes: WSVN reports that Broward County officials have turned up a box with nearly 1,000 uncounted paper ballots in a warehouse. But it's this line in particular that stands out in the report: "The supervisor... More »

Man Admits Burglarizing Pelosi's Home—Twice

Kevin Michael Hagan, 21, returned to the scene of the crime

(Newser) - A 21-year-old man has admitted to burglarizing Nancy Pelosi's California home on Monday ... and then again on Tuesday, reports NBC Bay Area . Police were tipped off to the first break-in by the House minority leader's alarm system, which was triggered on Monday after the glass doors to her... More »

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