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House Democrats Threaten Rare Move Over NC Seat

Unless allegations about absentee voting are resolved, they won't seat GOP's Mark Harris

(Newser) - Election 2018 is not quite over yet: A House race in North Carolina remains uncalled amid some fishy business regarding absentee ballots. In the race, Republican Mark Harris is leading Democrat Dan McReady by just 905 votes, but the bipartisan state board of elections has declined to certify the results... More »

Looks Like the Florida Senate Race Is Over

Rick Scott says Bill Nelson has 'graciously conceded'

(Newser) - Sen. Bill Nelson conceded a bitterly fought Florida Senate race Sunday after a recount showed him trailing Gov. Rick Scott by more than 10,000 votes, CNN reports. "I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of service," says... More »

With a 6th Seat Flipped, Calif. Dems Cement a Rout in House

Gil Cisneros defeats Republican in Orange County, Richard Nixon's birthplace

(Newser) - Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held US House seat in Southern California, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state. In what had been the last undecided House contest in California, Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim for the state's 39th District... More »

Florida's Gillum Decides on Race for Governor

The Democrat re-concedes gubernatorial race

(Newser) - Andrew Gillum has ended his race for Florida governor, Time reports. In a Facebook video, the Democrat conceded the race Saturday after finding himself 30,000 votes behind Republican Ron DeSantis in a legally mandated machine recount. DeSantis' margin was above the 0.25 percentage points required for a manual... More »

A Single Vote Puts Candidate Into Office

'I've had 25 people tell me they are the one person': Winner of Kentucky state House race

(Newser) - Mary Beverly Goetz is 76, uses a walker, and recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Worried her health issues would prevent her from voting for Democrat Jim Glenn in her western Kentucky state House district, she requested an absentee ballot by mail and sent it in weeks ahead... More »

Midterm Turnout Broke Record

It was highest since women got the vote in 1920

(Newser) - Americans were definitely fired up for this year's midterm elections: Turnout was almost 50%, the highest for a midterm since 1914—which the BBC points out was so long ago it was six years prior to women gaining the right to vote. The 49.2% turnout rivaled that of... More »

Arizona Has First Democratic Senator Since 1994

Republican Martha McSally concedes to Kyrsten Sinema

(Newser) - Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona's open US Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The three-term House lawmaker won after a slow vote count that dragged... More »

Trump: End Florida Recount

President asserts that ballots are 'massively infected'

(Newser) - President Trump on Monday stepped up his criticism of the Florida recount now underway in two big national races: In fact, he called for the recount to be scrapped. In a morning tweet , Trump said that Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott should be declared the winners of the gubernatorial... More »

Palm Beach County: No Way We Can Do This

Florida's 'unprecedented' recount is underway

(Newser) - After some early bumps, more than half of Florida's 67 counties began recounting votes Sunday in the razor-thin Senate and gubernatorial races, bringing back memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco, the AP reports. In Democratic-leaning Broward County, the scheduled start of the recount was delayed Sunday because of a... More »

What Hit Texas' Court System Tuesday: 'Black Girl Magic'

19 African-American women ran for judge positions in Harris County; all 19 won

(Newser) - The most populous county in Texas got hit with some "black girl magic" on Tuesday—which is why you'll now see a whole bunch of proud female African-American judges on the bench going forward. While much of the nation was hyperfocused on another race in Texas—that of... More »

49 of 50 State Legislatures Will Be Under Single-Party Control

Just Minnesota has one Democratic chamber, one Republican chamber

(Newser) - It hasn't happened in more than a century, but next year, just one state in the US will have a divided legislature. That state is Minnesota, where Republicans retained control of the state Senate in Tuesday's elections while Democrats flipped the House; all the other state legislatures will... More »

Fla. Senator Calls for Recount, Opponent Calls Move 'Sad'

Democrat Bill Nelson is pressing for a new vote tally against the GOP's Rick Scott

(Newser) - Republican Rick Scott declared himself the victor in Tuesday's Florida race for a US Senate seat, but it looks like people may have to bite their nails on this one a little longer. Politico reports that the team of his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, sent out an... More »

Trump Hails 'Tremendous Success,' Self as 'Magic Man'

After Senate win and House loss, he quotes 'magic man' praise from Fox commentator

(Newser) - President Trump appears to be taking a glass-half-full approach to the midterm election results. "Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" he tweeted Tuesday night after continued Republican control of the Senate was assured , though the Democrats had regained control of the House . The GOP Senate victories included... More »

The Blue Wave 'Hit a Red Wall'

Democrats prepare to take on Trump

(Newser) - Tuesday's midterm elections gave Democrats control of the House and Republicans control of the Senate, a result more than one analyst has likened to a blue wave hitting a red wall. Politico predicts that with the Democrats controlling one house of Congress and the GOP "stranglehold" on power... More »

2 Native American Women Score a Major First

Democrats will be first Native American women in Congress

(Newser) - After 229 years with no Native American women in Congress, next year there will be two. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, both Democrats, won House races Tuesday and will become the first Native American congresswomen, CNN reports. Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, defeated GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder in... More »

Women Elected to House in Record Numbers

At least 84 elected across US

(Newser) - The current record of 84 women serving at the same time in the US House of Representatives will be broken in the next Congress. With ballots still being counted across the country, women have won 75 seats and are assured of victory in nine districts where women are the only... More »

Michigan Says Yes, ND Says No to Recreational Pot

Florida measure will restore voting rights to felons

(Newser) - Michigan is going to have the first legal recreational marijuana in the Midwest. The Detroit Free Press projects a comfortable victory for the ballot proposal to make the state the 10th to legalize recreational pot. A similar measure in North Dakota, however, appears destined for defeat, though Legalize ND campaigners... More »

Here Are Some of Election Day's Biggest Referendums

Marijuana, abortion, Medicare among the ballot initiatives

(Newser) - It's not just lawmakers on the ballot in Tuesday's midterm elections. Some of the biggest issues on ballots across the US, per Bloomberg , Quartz , and Paste :
  • Legalizing weed: Michigan and North Dakota are voting whether to legalize recreational use of cannabis, while Missouri, Ohio, and Utah are deciding
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First Polls of the Night Close

Most polls in Indiana, Kentucky are closed, launching the start of midterm vote-counting

(Newser) - The first polls have closed in Tuesday's midterm elections. Polls in most of Indiana and Kentucky closed at 6pm Eastern time, CNN reports, but parts of both states are in the Central time zone, so it will be a while before full results are in. Here are some key... More »

Thousands of Calls Pouring In to Voter Help Hotline

Hotline had gotten about 10K calls as of Election Day morning

(Newser) - Amid widespread reports of problems at polling places , the Election Protection headquarters of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law tell ABC News that as of 11:30am Eastern time Tuesday, their voter help hotline had received about 10,000 calls in recent weeks. The organization has 20 call... More »

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