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Scott Walker Warns 'Blue Wave' Coming as Dem Wins Big Race

Rebecca Dallet elected to Wis. Supreme Court, possible precursor to how the midterms will go

(Newser) - Across the US, elections are being closely watched to see if clues can be gleaned as to how the 2018 midterms will go and Wisconsin gave Democrats another notch Tuesday. Rebecca Dallet, a liberal Milwaukee County judge, was elected over conservative Judge Michael Screnock of Sauk County to the state'... More »

Voters in Italy Just Ousted the Establishment

Populist and far-right parties deal a strong blow to the euro zone

(Newser) - Italian voters went to the polls over the weekend and upended the political establishment. The big winners were populist and far-right parties, which received about 55% of the vote in total, though it could take weeks to figure out exactly what kind of coalition will be governing the country. The... More »

Virginia's Contested Election Is Decided by Lot

Incumbent David Yancey's name is pulled from bowl

(Newser) - Shelly Simonds and David Yancey's names were written on slips of paper and put inside old film canisters Thursday morning, and one was fished from a bowl on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, reports the Washington Post . It was Yancey's, and the draw decided a... More »

Judge Quashes Moore Suit, Jones Officially Given the Win

Doug Jones certified as winner of Dec. 12 special election, despite Moore complaint of voter fraud

(Newser) - Despite an 11th-hour effort by Roy Moore to keep Doug Jones from officially being declared the winner of a seat on the US Senate, Alabama's election officials did just that Thursday, with Jones calling it a "new chapter" for the Yellowhammer State. Per USA Today , the Alabama State... More »

'Anti-Trump Wave' Results in Big Gains for Democrats

Murdered reporter's boyfriend was among Virginia winners

(Newser) - Almost a year to the day after President Trump was elected, Democrats scored big victories in races across the country—especially in Virginia, where Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Trump-endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race . Democrats made major statewide gains in Virginia as well as recapturing the governor'... More »

In Tuesday's Biggest Race, Trump Looms Large

Virginia governor's race is neck and neck

(Newser) - America votes on Tuesday, and the biggest race on the ballot is in Virginia. Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie are in a razor-tight race for governor that has turned into a referendum on President Trump. Gillespie has closed the gap in the polls with a series of ads... More »

Running in Packs Now Banned in Sierra Leone

Authorities say groups are running 'with a hint of menace'

(Newser) - For decades, young people have taken to the streets in cities across Sierra Leone to jog and exercise socially—some groups in silent focus, others singing and clapping along the way. But the cultural pastime is now banned, with authorities citing "with dismay" that these groups are joined by... More »

Obama Issues Rare Statement Ahead of Kenya Vote

Former president asks leaders to 'reject violence and incitement'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has mostly steered clear of politics—at least publicly—since leaving office. There was an alteration Monday, however, on the eve of an election in Kenya. The former president, whose father was born in the country, urged Kenyans to "work for an election—and aftermath—that is... More »

India's New President Is an 'Untouchable'

Ram Nath Kovind is a member of lower-caste Dalit community

(Newser) - Members of the low-caste Dalit community in India were once known as "untouchables." How times have changed: Two just competed against each other for the largely ceremonial office of president, and 71-year-old Ram Nath Kovind came out on top, reports CNN . In India, the real power is with... More »

Macron Has 'All the Power' After Vote

French president's new party predicted to have solid majority

(Newser) - Voters gave President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party a solid victory in parliamentary elections Sunday, handing the upstart centrist a strong mandate to overhaul the country's labor laws, among the most sensitive issues for the French. Polling agency projections suggest Macron's Republic on the Move! party could take... More »

Banksy's Latest Stunt Could Bring Election Legal Woes

Artist says he'll send free print to anyone who proves they didn't vote Tory in UK election

(Newser) - The UK's general election is set for June 8 , and the conservative Tories continue to lead in the polls , to varying degrees. One Bristol native, however, is hoping voters cast a ballot for anyone but, and his name is making headlines for how he's making that desire known.... More »

Liberal Headed for a Win in S. Korea Presidential Election

Exit polls show Moon Jae-in will likely take over for disgraced Park Geun-hye

(Newser) - Exit polls in South Korea forecast that liberal candidate Moon Jae-in will win an election Tuesday to succeed ousted President Park Geun-hye, arrested in March for alleged corruption. A Moon win would end a decade of conservative rule in the South and could result in sharp departures from recent policy... More »

Only One Way to 'Stave Off Disaster' in French Election

Country votes on Sunday

(Newser) - France votes Sunday in a presidential election further roiled by the fatal shooting of a police officer in an attack claimed by ISIS. On Friday, President Trump tweeted that the shooting would "have a big effect" on the vote, without offering specifics. But the Washington Post points out that... More »

GOP Wins Kansas Race, but Dems See Silver Lining

Ron Estes' victory for congressional seat was by much slimmer margin than hoped

(Newser) - "We've sent a message that no Republican district is safe." Strong words from Democrat James Thompson, who ceded the congressional seat for Kansas' 4th District on Tuesday night to opponent Ron Estes after a fierce push by the GOP to win Estes the seat, Politico reports. Although... More »

GOP Pulls Out All Stops to Win Kansas Special Election

President Trump even sent out tweet promoting Ron Estes for congressional seat

(Newser) - There's no place like home when you're from Kansas, though Republicans vying to take hold of a congressional seat left empty by Rep. Mike Pompeo when he left to head President Trump's CIA hope they'll still feel that way after Tuesday's special election. The GOP... More »

Somalia Capital Locked Down for Historic Election

Votes allegedly being sold for $30K each

(Newser) - Somalia holds a groundbreaking presidential election Wednesday amid a security lockdown that has closed the capital's international airport and cleared major streets. Fears of attacks by Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have limited the election to the country's legislators, who will vote at the airport, a heavily guarded former... More »

Not So Fast on That 'Stolen Election' Report

Vox analysis thinks evidence is weak

(Newser) - A post at the Daily Intelligencer on Tuesday gave fresh hope to depressed Democrats who are hoping for some way, any way, to prevent a Donald Trump presidency. The article noted that a group of "prominent computer scientists and election lawyers" (including J. Alex Halderman, director of the University... More »

Trump-Endorsed Lawmaker Calls Ex-Supporter Fat, Loses Election

'She has become a mean girl on steroids'

(Newser) - North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, who was Donald Trump's first official congressional endorsement, lost her primary contest Tuesday after calling a former supporter fat, USA Today reports. According to WNCN , Ellmers was caught on video telling a woman at a polling place that she had "gained some weight.... More »

Reformists Make Big Gains in Iran Elections

But no political camp is expected to win a majority

(Newser) - Partial results released Sunday indicate that Iranian reformists will win all 30 parliamentary seats contested in the capital, Tehran, handing hard-liners an embarrassing defeat in the first elections held since last year's nuclear deal, which appears to be propelling moderates to their best nationwide electoral showing in more than... More »

France's Le Pen Sues Madonna Ex Over Selfie

'Do you find it normal to be photographed while asleep on a plane?'

(Newser) - A far-right French politician is suing one of Madonna's ex-boyfriends for nearly $55,000—all because of an unflattering selfie taken on an airplane. Jean-Marie Le Pen—whom the Telegraph labels a "veteran xenophobic firebrand"—is miffed that the now-viral photo of him snoozing away in his... More »

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