2018 midterms

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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 »

Democrats Flip Another House Seat

McAdams beats Rep. Mia Love in Utah

(Newser) - Democrat Ben McAdams has flipped a US House seat in deep-red Utah, defeating incumbent Republican US Rep. Mia Love by fewer than 700 votes in a race that took two weeks to settle, the AP reports. McAdams defeated Love by a margin barely over what would have been needed to... 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 »

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 »

Florida Senate Race Headed to Manual Recount

But the race for governor appears to be decided

(Newser) - Florida's secretary of state has ordered a manual recount in the state's hotly contested US Senate race, the AP reports. Department of State spokeswoman Sarah Revell said in a news release Thursday evening that unofficial returns from a machine recount had triggered a second recount in the Senate... 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 »

Controversial Rohrabacher Loses His House Seat

Long-serving Republican loses to Democrat Harley Rouda in California

(Newser) - A familiar name in Congress won't be returning. Republican Dana Rohrabacher has lost his seat in Orange County, California, to Democrat Harley Rouda after serving almost 30 years. The AP called the race Saturday, with Rouda at 52% and up by about 8,500 votes. The 71-year-old Rohrabacher is... More »

In Chaotic Fla. Election, 'Something Looks Weird' in One County

Gubernatorial, US Senate races may go to recounts in Sunshine State

(Newser) - Election Day has come and gone, but the drama continues in Florida, where the books have not yet been completely closed on both the race for governor and US Senate. The Sun Sentinel notes "fraud claims, angry protests. and courtroom skirmishes," specifically in Broward and Palm Beach counties.... More »

In Florida, Rick Scott Sues: 'Votes Coming Out of Nowhere'

Trump weighs in, too

(Newser) - President Trump says law enforcement is looking into a "big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud" in Florida's US Senate race, now poised for a recount. "Florida voted for Rick Scott!" Trump continued in a Thursday tweet shortly after Scott sat for an interview... 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 »

Tester Re-Elected Despite Trump's 'Personal Interest'

President really wanted Democrat to be defeated

(Newser) - Jon Tester has been re-elected to the Senate. The Montana Democrat beat Republican Matt Rosendale, the state auditor, to win his third term. President Trump had taken what the AP calls a "personal interest" in defeating Tester, visiting Montana to campaign against him at four rallies, plus sending his... More »

Stacey Abrams Not About to Concede in Georgia

She's hoping for a December runoff against Brian Kemp

(Newser) - The next governor of Georgia has yet to be decided, with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams declining to concede the race to Republican Brian Kemp. As of 11am ET, CNN reports Kemp led Abrams by almost 68,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting. That gives him 50.4% of the... 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 »

Dead Pimp Wins in Nevada Landslide

Republican will be chosen to fill Dennis Hof's seat

(Newser) - A dead pimp has been elected to Nevada's state legislature, and in a landslide, to boot. Dennis Hof—a brothel owner, former reality star, and Donald Trump-style Republican who hoped to combat a movement seeking to ban brothels in two of seven counties where they can legally operate—defeated... 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 »

Democrats Retake House for First Time Since 2010

Pelosi promises a 'new day in America'

(Newser) - It wasn't exactly a blue tsunami, but Democrats regained control of the House for the first time since 2010 in Tuesday's midterm elections after flipping at least 26 seats on their way to the 218 needed for a majority, dealing a massive blow to President Trump's hopes... 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 »

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