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Warnock Wins in Georgia Senate Runoff

As Trump and his allies fume over what they say is more fraud

(Newser) - The AP and other outlets have called one of two Senate runoff races in Georgia: Democrat Raphael Warnock beat incumbent Kelly Loeffler, becoming the first Black senator Georgia has ever elected. Democrats must also win the other race, which remains too close to call at the time of this posting,...

As Georgia Votes, Both Races Look Like Toss-Ups

Republicans count on big turnout in Senate runoffs

(Newser) - Republicans will probably need a large Election Day turnout to win the Senate runoffs in Georgia, according to the University of Virginia's Center for Politics . The site still considers both races toss-ups. Election Day turnout over 4 million would bode well for Republicans, allowing them to erase any deficit...

Trump Calls Georgia Races 'Invalid' Amid Record Voting

President says state's runoff elections are 'illegal'

(Newser) - Nearly 40% of all Georgia's registered voters have already cast their ballots in the US Senate runoff race. More than 3 million early votes were cast, a record in the state, Reuters reports. Early voting ended Thursday, but the votes will not be tallied until Election Day Tuesday. Per...

Quarter of Georgia Voters Already Have Cast Ballots

USPS will treat the ballots as express mail

(Newser) - The US Postal Service has agreed to take aggressive measures to make sure mail ballots get counted in Georgia's runoff elections. In a deal struck with civil rights groups, the USPS said it would treat any ballots that remain in processing centers within three days of the Jan. 5...

Man Attacked While Campaigning for Democrats

'The supporter suffered wounds to his face and head'

(Newser) - Another rally, another act of violence. On Saturday—the same day four stabbings were reported at a pro-Trump rally in Washington, DC—a man carrying campaign signs for Democratic candidates in Georgia was bloodied by a passerby, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Police say the victim was carrying signs for US...

Trump Rants About Election at Rally for Georgia Senators

Trump claims election fraud but tells Georgia voters to hit the polls on Jan. 5

(Newser) - Weeks after losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden, President Trump told a crowd in Georgia that "We will still win it," CNN reports. Ostensibly appearing at the Valdosta rally to boost two GOP senators in runoff elections, Trump delivered what CBS News called a "rambling,...

Polls Show Georgia Races Are Tight

Control of the Senate hinges on 2 runoff elections next month

(Newser) - With about a month to go before Georgia's crucial runoff races for the Senate, a new poll suggests tight finishes loom in both contests. In a SurveyUSA poll commissioned for 11Alive , Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff (50%) is essentially deadlocked with GOP incumbent Sen. David Perdue (48%), while in the...

Georgia Republicans Worried About Trump's Message

They fear his claims of election fraud will depress GOP turnout in Senate runoffs

(Newser) - President Trump's insistence that the election was rigged appears to be having an unintended effect in Georgia: Republicans are voicing concerns that his angry supporters won't turn out to vote in next month's two runoff races for the Senate because they see it as futile. Coverage:
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Georgia Is Temporarily the 'Center of the Political Universe'

Control of the US Senate will come down to the Peach State

(Newser) - "For the next eight weeks, Georgia will be the center of the political universe." So writes FiveThirtyEight in explaining that control of the Senate will come down to the fewer than 5 million voters who live in Georgia. With the North Carolina Senate race decided in GOP Sen....

Abrams: We've Got the Money to Win Races in Georgia

Fate of the Senate may come down to state's 2 runoff elections in January

(Newser) - Stacey Abrams has been winning widespread praise among Democrats after the race in Georgia was called in Joe Biden's favor, even if victory won't be certain until a recount takes place . Now the former gubernatorial candidate is in the spotlight again as she leads Democratic fundraising efforts for...

Trump Has One More Insult for Jeff Sessions

President endorses Tommy Tuberville, Sessions' Alabama opponent for US Senate seat

(Newser) - President Trump has said one of his biggest mistakes was appointing Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, but the latter seemed determined to get back into the commander in chief's good graces, recently declaring himself Trump's "strongest advocate" as he gets ready to make a new run...

Political Strategist Has House, Cars Blown Up

Strategist for pro-solar candidate loses all of his belongings

(Newser) - A political strategist in Louisiana saw his possessions go up in smoke this week when two firebombs blew up his cars and spread far enough to burn down his home, WWL reports via Fusion . Mario Zervigon, his family, and fellow tenants escaped their New Orleans apartment building on Thursday, leaving...

Battle Over Senate May Not End on Election Day

Louisiana and Georgia likely face runoff elections

(Newser) - Think the Nov. 4 election will determine which party controls the US Senate? Not necessarily: Louisiana and Georgia are facing possible run-offs, while Kansas and South Dakota have strong independent candidates who could become king-makers if either party needs one more to control the 100-member legislative body, Reuters reports. No...

Shock Result Sends Brazil Election to Runoff

Dilma Rousseff to face unexpected challenger

(Newser) - Brazil's unpredictable election took another twist yesterday, with left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff being forced into a runoff race as expected—but against a center-right challenger who only surged in the final week of the campaign. Rousseff will face Aecio Neves in the October 26 runoff vote, required as no...

Tea Partier Forces Runoff for Texas Senate Seat

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's 45% of the vote not enough to slay Ted Cruz

(Newser) - It looks like the Tea Party insurgency isn't over yet. Movement darling Raphael "Ted" Cruz didn't win yesterday's Republican Senate primary, but he kept things close enough to force a runoff with his favored opponent, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the Wall Street Journal reports. Dewhurst had...

Sarkozy, Hollande Clash in Fiesty Debate

No clear winner emerges from bad-tempered debate

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy and challenger Francoise Hollande traded insults in a televised debate French media called the "Last Duel" and the "Final Confrontation." The event—the pair's only debate of the election season—ran to more than three hours long and while neither presidential candidate emerged as...

Nikki Haley Easily Wins GOP Runoff

She's poised to become S. Carolina's first female governor

(Newser) - Nikki Haley handily won the Republican nomination for governor last night in South Carolina. The runoff victory moves her an important step closer to becoming the first female governor in the conservative-leaning state. She brushed aside allegations of marital infidelity and an ethnic slur to come within a percentage point...

Blanche Lincoln Will Face Runoff in Arkansas

She and Bill Halter fail to win majority in Senate primary

(Newser) - Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln has failed to win the majority of votes in the Democratic primary and now faces a 3-week fight with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for her party's nomination. Lincoln—already one of the most vulnerable incumbents seeking re-election this year— is headed toward a June 8 runoff...

Gay Vote May Settle Atlanta Mayoral Race

Norwood, Reed neck-and-neck ahead of today's vote

(Newser) - Mary Norwood will become Atlanta's first white mayor since the '70s if she defeats Kasim Reed in today's runoff election—but the contest hasn't been as racially charged as some expected. A fifth of black voters favor Norwood and roughly the same proportion of whites favor Reed. The city's large...

Jarrett: Abdullah Quitting Isn't a Complication

Says election up to Afghan gov't; Obama decision may be delayed

(Newser) - Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says Abdullah Abdullah's withdrawal from next weekend's runoff election in Afghanistan won't complicate the White House's decision-making process on a war strategy. But Jarrett tells George Stephanopoulos that the president's decision could slide back to late November. “The President will make a decision...

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