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    MIAMI (CBBSMiami/CNN) – Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is launching a listening tour on issues like the pandemic and “managing misinformation” as she seriously considers challenging Senator Marco Rubio in 2022. Murphy, co-chair of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, hopes that by emphasizing a bipartisan background she can appeal to a state that has elected Republicans to the Senate in 2016 and 2018 and twice supported former President Donald Trump. READ MORE: Court Backs Miami-Dade School Board In Stormwater Fees Murphy has hired Lauren Calmet, the former political director of the Florida Democratic Party, to organize her new initiative, called “Cast Forward,” and has talked with Georgia’s Stacey Abrams about how to rebuild Florida’s party’s infrastructure. “I firmly believe that Florida is not a red state; it’s a hard state,” Murphy told CNN in an interview. “You have to have the right money, message, and machine...
    (CNN)Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy is seriously considering a run against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022, launching a listening tour on issues including the pandemic, "managing misinformation," fighting climate change and for social justice.Murphy, co-chair of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats, hopes that by emphasizing a bipartisan background she can appeal to a state that has elected Republicans to the Senate in 2016 and 2018 and twice supported former President Donald Trump. Murphy has hired Lauren Calmet, the former political director of the Florida Democratic Party, to organize her new initiative, called "Cast Forward," and has talked with Georgia's Stacey Abrams about how to rebuild Florida's party's infrastructure."I firmly believe that Florida is not a red state; it's a hard state," Murphy told CNN in an interview. "You have to have the right money, message, and machine to compete and after a few disappointing election cycles,...
    New York Democrats on Capitol Hill say facts about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s actions related to COVID-19 nursing home deaths in their state need to be investigated and released. Cuomo is under scrutiny by the FBI and the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York after his top aide revealed state officials hid the degree of the coronavirus death toll on nursing home facilities when the administration was previously under investigation by the Justice Department for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. “People want to know what's taken place, “ New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks told the Washington Examiner. “Let the process work itself out. Folks are looking to see what was what, and then we can make a determination what should or should not happen thereafter.” In New York's state legislature, Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim and Republican lawmakers want an impeachment commission to begin its own...
    New York City, NY mayoral candidate Maya Wiley (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● 2021 Elections: 2021 may be an off year, but there are numerous important elections taking place nationwide, ranging from gubernatorial elections to mayoral races in some of the country's largest cities. Daily Kos Elections has compiled a 2021 election calendar with all the key dates for this year's major local contests, and we have a lot to watch. At the top are the gubernatorial and legislative elections in New Jersey and Virginia, and, in Virginia's case, elections for other statewide offices as well. Democrats will look to maintain the majorities they won in both chambers of the Virginia legislature in 2019,...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 House seats nationwide concludes, appropriately enough, with Pennsylvania, the state whose electoral votes sealed Joe Biden's victory four days after Election Day. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all districts here. You can also find a traditional geographic map version here of the cartogram at the top of this post that shows the presidential election result margin in every district nationally. With figures from the Keystone State in hand, we now know that Biden carried 224 congressional districts while Donald Trump prevailed in 211....
    Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 House seats nationwide concludes, appropriately enough, with Pennsylvania, the state whose electoral votes sealed Joe Biden’s victory four days after Election Day. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all districts here. With figures from the Keystone State in hand, we now know that Biden carried 224 congressional districts while Donald Trump prevailed in 211. That’s very close to the 222-213 split between House Democrats and Republicans that emerged from the November elections, which is due to the fact that both parties occupy a similar number of so-called “crossover” districts: Seven Democrats hold seats that Trump won while nine Republicans represent districts that went for Biden. The number of crossover districts—16 in total—is extremely low by historical standards but continues a downward trend reflecting our nation’s increased...
              Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed newly appointed sr. advisor to Governor Bill Lee and former Tennessee State Democratic Representative John DeBerry to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, DeBerry discussed his new role as an advisor to Governor Bill Lee and how he was unfairly dismissed by the Democratic Party for being a pro-life and pro-school choice advocate. He later discussed his history, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, and how the Democratic Party has now turned far-left from the party it was in the 60s. Leahy: We are joined now on our newsmaker line by former state representative John DeBerry from Memphis who’s now a senior advisor to Governor Bill Lee. Welcome,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The race for Pat Toomey’s seat in the U.S. Senate in 2022 is heating up. Democratic Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, of Philadelphia, announced his candidacy Thursday. It’s official: I am a Democrat running to be a voice for working families in the US Senate. Help us build this movement from the ground up: https://t.co/S4UAhtPfkU pic.twitter.com/8amZkdaKac READ MORE: Recreational Marijuana In New Jersey: Deadline For Gov. Phil Murphy To Act On Cannabis Bill Delayed Again — Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (@malcolmkenyatta) February 19, 2021 Kenyatta announced his candidacy on Twitter, saying he is “running to be a voice for working families.” If elected, Kenyatta would be the first openly LGBTQ+ person of color to ever serve in the U.S. Senate, according to the Pennsylvania Working Families Party, which endorsed him. READ MORE: Bucks County Weather: More Than 10 Inches Of Snow Leads To Whiteout Conditions “Our nation...
    Colorado State Rep. Donald Valdez (D) on Thursday announced that he will challenge Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for her seat in 2022, calling freshman congresswoman a “threat to Democracy” and blaming her for helping incite the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. “What happened on January 6th wasn’t just an attack on the Capitol, it was an outright assault on our democracy. They threatened to hang members of Congress. Murdered a police officer,” Valdez said in an announcement video. “And Lauren Boebert? She egged them on. That’s why I’m running against her.” As a Coloradan, I was horrified to see Lauren Boebert fan the flames of insurrection. Now, I'm running for CO-3 to fight for truth and restore dignity to our district.— Donald Valdez for Colorado (@DonaldValdezCO) February 18, 2021 Boebert, who has also expressed support for the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, has been sharply criticized for tweeting details of lawmakers’ locations during...
    Wisconsin Democrat Jill Underly The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● WI Schools Superintendent: Wisconsin held primaries for a variety of state and local offices on Tuesday, with the job of superintendent of public instruction topping the ticket. Jill Underly led Deborah Kerr 27-26 for this nonpartisan office, meaning the two will advance to an April 6 runoff for this open seat. Both candidates are school administrators and identify as Democrats, but there's a sharp difference between the two: Underly had the support of several teachers unions, including the state's largest, while Kerr was backed by Republicans. On Wednesday, Underly won the endorsement of the Wisconsin Democratic Party while Kerr found herself issuing a no-pology and deleting...
    Alabama's 4th Congressional District Rep. Robert Aderholt (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 House seats nationwide heads down to Alabama, which is home to the Trumpiest congressional district in America. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. The constituency that gave Donald Trump both his highest percentage of the vote and widest margin of victory in the nation is Alabama's 4th Congressional District, which has been represented by Republican Rep. Robert Aderholt since 1997. Trump defeated Joe Biden in this seat, which is located in the...
    GOP state Sen. Jim Carlin has launched a bid for Iowa's U.S. Senate seat The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● IA-Sen: While Sen. Chuck Grassley has yet to make a decision about seeking an eighth term, one fellow Republican has already announced a bid for his seat: state Sen. Jim Carlin, a pro-Trump die-hard who has baselessly claimed the 2020 election was stolen and spouted antisemitic conspiracy theories blaming wealthy Jews like Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros for the outcome. Carlin didn't appear to address the incumbent in recent remarks discussing his run, though earlier this month, Grassley said he'd finalize his plans within "several weeks." Carlin may be hoping to push Grassley to the exits,...
    Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik says bipartisan opposition to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is growing amid the ongoing nursing home scandal. “Less than a month ago Democrat state senators blocked subpoenas; they also blocked state senate Republicans who wanted to rein in those emergency powers. Now the dam is breaking.” Cuomo has been under a barrage of criticism after a report revealed he hid the number of people who died of coronavirus in nursing homes to avoid discovery by the federal government. Stefanik has called for Cuomo to be prosecuted for his role in the coverup. (RELATED: ‘Such Arrogance’: Democratic NYC Councillor Says Gov. Cuomo Has Done Nothing ‘Except Lie To People’) “You’re seeing overwhelming bipartisan outcry,” Stefanik continued. “And a little bit about the politics in New York state: everyone knows Gov. Cuomo is a bully. That they bully people within their own party. But...
    Former Rep. Anthony Brindisi, one of two New York Democrats who were ousted by Republicans in 2020. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Start spreading the news: Daily Kos Elections has released the 2020 presidential results for each of New York's 27 House districts! You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Before we start, please note that there are a few issues with New York's vote tallies, including the results in the 22nd Congressional District, which were the subject of an extended legal dispute. These issues are small enough that they won't impact the presidential toplines for any...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Tuesday approved legislation requiring cities, towns and schools to get permission from the Legislature to change the historic names of streets and parks or remove monuments or memorials. The House voted 51-19 to send to the Senate the measure backers say is needed to prevent the altering of history through obliterating historic though imperfect figures. Republican Rep. Doug Okuniewicz said such decisions as renaming streets, parks and landmarks and the removal of monuments or memorials shouldn't be left to local leaders. "The decision whether or not to permanently remove a historically important monument or memorial is important to everyone in our state, not just the people who happen to live next to it,” he said. Some of the impetus for the bill appears to come from actions around the country, including the toppling and removal of Confederate statues...
    Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide hits North Carolina, where Donald Trump pulled off a narrow win last year. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Trump’s margin in the Tarheel State shrunk from 50-47 in 2016 to 50-49 in 2020, but it was still just enough to allow him to capture the state’s 15 electoral votes again. In between those two presidential cycles, the boundaries of North Carolina's congressional districts changed due to court-ordered redistricting (the map was also redrawn for the same reason earlier in the decade in 2016), so the numbers we're presenting to you—for both the 2016 and 2020 elections—have been calculated based on the boundaries used last year. Trump won the same eight GOP-controlled seats in both contests, while the remaining five Democratic-held constituencies supported...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's Republican House Speaker Brad Wilson said he would support three police reform bills that have been proposed in the state legislature. Wilson said Wednesday he would back three separate laws that would dedicate more training time to de-escalation tactics and methods on how to interact with those experiencing a mental health crisis, impose criminal penalties for law enforcement employees that misuse evidence, particularly by sharing intimate images, and require law enforcement agencies to collect and submit data on use-of-force incidents to a database. Wilson invited the two Democratic state lawmakers that are sponsoring the bills — Democratic state Rep. Angela Romero and Democratic state Rep. Andrew Stoddard — to join him in answering questions from reporters about police reform bills on Wednesday. The three bills represent a fraction of the dozens of police reform bills that have been filed by state lawmakers since the...
    Colorado state Sen. Kerry Donovan (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● CO-03: On Thursday, state Sen. Kerry Donovan became the most notable Democrat to announce a bid against Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert, a QAnon defender who is one of the most notorious freshmen in the 117th Congress. Donovan, who promoted her background as a rancher in her launch video, alluded to Boebert's extremism by saying, "The last thing we need are people in Congress who talk tough and stoke division and fear." A few other Democrats have expressed interest in running, so Donovan may face a competitive nomination fight before she can take on Boebert. One of them, state Rep. Dylan Roberts, told the Colorado...
    Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., may be looking to vacate his congressional seat in favor of a job at the state level, according to a new report. Schiff is allegedly working behind the scenes to lobby California Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint him as the Golden State’s next attorney general, Axios reported Tuesday night, citing sources familiar with the situation. The seat will soon open up if its current occupant and President Biden’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, is confirmed. It was once held by Vice President Kamala Harris, before her election to the U.S. Senate. FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schiff said Tuesday, Sept. 29, that he will subpoena the Department of Homeland Security after a department whistleblower wasn’t allowed access to documents and clearance...
    Rep. Tim Ryan is reportedly planning a run for Ohio’s open Senate seat in 2022 and could announce his candidacy at the beginning of next month. Ryan, an Ohio Democratic congressman since 2003, has been open about being “very interested” in a bid after Ohio's Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced last week that he will not seek reelection for another term in the Senate. The announcement of his retirement was a surprise to many Republicans. "Very soon, I will say, there will be a decision that will be made," Ryan said last week. Following a report of Ryan planning a bid on Monday, Ryan’s congressional campaign made no secret of his higher office aspirations. “The New York Times reported on our potential campaign for U.S. Senate,” said a Tuesday morning fundraising email from Ryan’s campaign manager. “Do you want to see Democrats win back the Senate?...
    Freshman North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide hits North Carolina, where Donald Trump pulled off a narrow win last year. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Trump's margin in the Tarheel State shrunk from 50-47 in 2016 to 50-49 in 2020, but it was still just enough to allow him to capture the state's 15 electoral votes again. In between those two presidential cycles, the boundaries of North Carolina's congressional districts changed due to court-ordered redistricting (the map...
    New Jersey's 11th Congressional District Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide takes the turnpike through New Jersey, which is home to a number of competitive House seats. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Joe Biden's 57-41 victory in the Garden State was only slightly larger than Hillary Clinton's 55-41 performance in 2016, an improvement due in part to the decline in third-party voting, but there were plenty of big changes below the surface. Biden captured nine of the state's...
    A food bank worker distributing census information alongside food during the pandemic. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● 2020 Census, Redistricting: On Wednesday, the Census Bureau revealed that the state-level population data from the 2020 census that is needed to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state receives is not expected to be released until April 30, four months after the original deadline. This delay is the result of pandemic-related disruption to census operations last year and Donald Trump's so far unsuccessful attempt to manipulate census data for his own partisan ends. Additionally, the census also announced that the more granular population data needed for states to actually draw new districts won't...
    Ohio's 4th Congressional District Rep. Jim Jordan (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● OH-Sen: Several Ohio Republicans publicly expressed interest on Monday in running to succeed GOP Sen. Rob Portman in the hours following his surprise retirement announcement, and a few more are now making noises about getting in. The most prominent among them is the far-right extremist Rep. Jim Jordan, who infamously delivered a speech on the floor of the House just before the Jan. 6 terrorist riot where he repeated Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 presidential race and questioned how "somehow the guy who never left his house wins the election?" Jordan did not rule out the idea of a Senate bid...
    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ●  OH-Sen: In a big surprise, Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced Monday that he would not seek a third term next year in Ohio. Portman, who is 65, had not shown any obvious interest in retirement, and he had a large $4.6 million war chest at the end of September of 2020. The senator, though, explained his decision by saying, "I don't think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision." Portman's departure will likely give...
    California's 21st Congressional District Rep. David Valadao (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Impeachment: Following the House's recent move to impeach Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection, the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of holding Trump accountable for his actions are now almost all facing intense intra-party anger—including, in many cases, talk of potential primary challenges. Here's the latest on each: CA-21: Republican leaders in Fresno County are enraged with Rep. David Valadao, with the local party's chair saying his organization wouldn't support the congressman "if the election were held today." But Valadao is at least somewhat insulated thanks to California's top-two primary system, which makes it exceedingly hard for partisans to oust incumbents...
    With Democrats officially regaining control of the Senate on Wednesday, Daily Kos Elections is pleased to release the results of Georgia’s Jan. 5 regular and special Senate runoffs, as well as the contest that same day for state Public Service Commission for each of the state's 14 congressional districts. To help you follow along, we’ve put together a sheet with the results of each of these contests, as well as the 2020 presidential race. Raphael Warnock defeated appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler 51.0-49.0 in a special election for the final two years of former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson's term, while fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff beat Republican Sen. David Perdue by a slightly narrower 50.6-49.4 in the contest for a regular six-year term. At the same time, though, Republican incumbent Bubba McDonald won re-election to the Public Service Commission by fending off Democrat Daniel Blackman 50.4-49.6. Warnock, Ossoff, and McDonald each won...
    Former Democratic Florida Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (right) and Donna Shalala The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide ventures down to Florida, where Republicans flipped two House seats and again captured the state's 29 electoral votes. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Democrats hoped that an improved political climate would allow Joe Biden to take Florida four years after Donald Trump edged out Hillary Clinton 49-48, but Trump instead prevailed by a stronger 51-48 margin. Trump carried the same 14 House districts he'd carried in...
    Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide ventures down to Florida, where Republicans flipped two House seats and again captured the state’s 29 electoral votes. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Democrats hoped that an improved political climate would allow Joe Biden to take Florida four years after Donald Trump edged out Hillary Clinton 49-48, but Trump instead prevailed by a stronger 51-48 margin. Trump carried the same 14 House districts he’d carried in 2016 as well as the 26th District, while Biden won the remaining 12 Clinton seats. Biden actually performed better than Clinton in 14 of the state’s 27 congressional districts, but Trump benefited from massive shifts in South Florida, especially in a trio of heavily Latino constituencies with large Cuban American populations....
    Texas Democrat Candace Valenzuela, who very narrowly failed to flip a longtime GOP suburban House seat The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide goes to Texas, where the GOP gerrymander helped the party hold on to 23 of the state's 36 U.S. House seats despite several Republican retirements. You can find our detailed calculations here, a large-size map of the results here, and our permanent, bookmarkable link for all 435 districts here. Donald Trump defeated Joe Biden in Texas 52-46 four years after he beat Hillary Clinton 52-43 in the Lone Star State, a shift due in part to a decline in...
    Oregon's 5th Congressional District Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● OR-05: Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader prompted a massive outcry—and may have opened himself up to a primary challenge—when he opposed impeaching Donald Trump and compared the idea to a "lynching" on a call with fellow House Democrats on Friday. Just hours after his remarks were first reported, Schrader issued an apology, and the following day he came out in favor of impeachment, but the damage may have already been done. In response to Schrader's comments, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, who represents a neighboring district, took the unusual step of publicly upbraiding her colleague. "Comparing a lynching to holding the President accountable is hurtful...
    Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Matt Booker, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: The next stop in our 50-state tour to calculate the results of the 2020 presidential election by congressional district is Kansas, which saw Donald Trump turn in the weakest performance by a Republican since 1992. While his 56% share of the vote was the same as it was four years ago, the toplines mask what is by now a familiar story: Suburbs that had once reliably voted for the GOP continued to march to the left, while a weaker showing by third-party candidates helped boost Joe Biden's take. As always, we've brought you county-by-county data, as well as a a large-scale map of the results. The...
    My name is Vernon Jones, I am an outgoing State Representative in Georgia, a lifelong Democrat and newest member of the Republican Party. I am no longer a Democrat. I cannot stand for the defunding of the police, higher taxes on working families and job-killing socialist policies that will devastate Americans of all walks of life. Now, let me make one thing clear—I haven’t changed. The Democratic Party has changed. It's become a toxic combination of radical leftists and liberal elites in San Francisco and Hollywood have taken over my former Party. Many of these folks aren’t interested in traditional American ideals and doing what’s right for the honest working man and woman. A lot of politicians, both Democrats and some Republicans, are interested in going to Washington, D.C. to be a part of the permanent D.C. political class that thumbs its nose at the rest of the country. GEORGIA STATE...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – State Representative Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) is once again making his displeasure with Attorney General Ken Paxton abundantly clear. Rep. Turner said on Thursday, Jan. 7, as the legislative session approaches, lawmakers need to consider holding Paxton accountable for actions since Joe Biden became President-elect. Democratic State Rep. Chris Turner Of Grand Prairie (credit: Texas Legislature) He mentioned censure and impeachment as possible options to “hold this out-of-control Attorney General accountable.” Rep. Turner holds Paxton partially responsible for the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday involving Trump supporters trying to keep Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. He is also upset about the “fraudulent lawsuit” Paxton filed to try to throw out the votes in four battleground states President Trump lost last November. Democratic State Rep. Chris Turner ‘Pressing For Answers’ On AG Ken Paxton’s Lawsuit Against 4 Swing States Biden Won Rep....
    Republican Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter lamented the influx of blue-state residents that has gradually turned Georgia from a solid GOP stronghold into a purple state during a Tuesday morning appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” After decades of reliably voting for Republican presidential candidates, Georgia narrowly selected President-elect Joe Biden in 2020. As the state decides which party controls the U.S. Senate in a pair of hotly contested runoff elections, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer pointed to counties which, reliably red in the past, have had an “uptick of Democratic turnout,” then asked Carter to explain what he thought was happening in the state. WATCH: “It is easy to understand,” Carter responded. “We’ve had decades of Republican leadership and therefore we have a great state. We have a state with a high quality of life. We have a state that is creating jobs. We have a state that people...
    As Georgians choose their two U.S. Senators in the January 5th runoff elections, the stakes could not be greater.  If Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeat incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the result will be 50-50 deadlock between the parties.  If Congress certifies Joe Biden’s Electoral College advantage on January 6, a day after the runoff, it will deliver the Senate into Democratic hands.   Because the vice president serves as the Senate’s president and can vote to break any deadlock, a Biden presidency means that Vice President Kamala Harris could cast the tie-breaking vote on any Senate matter. SEN. DAVID PERDUE: GEORGIANS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME & SEN. LOEFFLER TO STOP DEMS’ RADICAL SOCIALIST AGENDA Given that the Democrats continue to control the U.S. House of Representatives, a GOP loss of the Senate would put them in charge of Congress.    That would not only...
    A Democratic Florida state representative has called for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort to be fined and shut down after the Palm Beach club hosted a maskless ‘superspreader’ event on New Year’s Eve. While Donald Trump was not in attendance for the $1,000-per-head party on Thursday, his children Don Jr., Eric and Tiffany were, alongside a number of the president’s allies, including Rudy Giuliani. Footage from the New Year’s Eve gala later emerged on social media, showing dozens of maskless guests packed in closely together on a dancefloor, singing and dancing along to performances from the likes of Vanilla Ice and Berlin's Terri Nunn. An outraged Rep. Omari Hardy, a Democrat from Palm Beach, posted a series of tweets over the weekend, insisting the Mar-a-Lago event violated a local mask mandate and called for the resort to be sanctioned.  ‘Mar-a-Lago is a club. A club is a business. Businesses must comply with Palm...
    Michigan Republican Candice Miller The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Matt Booker, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MI-Gov: Macomb County Public Works Director Candice Miller was was reportedly the top choice of several influential Republicans to challenge Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2022, but the former congresswoman disappointed those backers when she announced Monday that she wouldn't run. Before Miller took her name out of contention, the Detroit News' Craig Mauger mentioned a few other possible candidates. State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey was unenthusiastic, saying, "I have no interest and no plans for running for governor in 2022 or beyond." That may not be quite a no, though, because when Shirkey was asked if he meant he was ruling out a bid, he responded,...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Rep. Joanna McClinton is the first African American woman elected to lead her party in the Pennsylvania Legislature. When Pa. Rep. Frank Dermody of Oakmont lost his reelection bid, that created an opening for a new Democratic leader in the state House. The Democrats broke new ground with a young 38-year-old legislator from Philadelphia. “I’ve been in the House for five years, and I am so excited and humbled to be the first woman to lead the Democrats in the Pennsylvania House,” Rep. McClinton told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: KDKA) McClinton, an attorney, is both the first woman and the first African American woman in this position. How did she move up so quickly in the boys club of Harrisburg? “It could not have happened, quite honestly, without partners in western Pennsylvania. The first folks who talked to me about...
    Your support allows us to keep making great maps like this one The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.   Programming Note: This is the last Digest of the year! We'll see you again in January. Happy holidays! Leading Off ● With 2020 coming to a close, the Daily Kos Elections team wants to thank you, our loyal readers, for your steadfast support during an incredibly trying year like no other. We remained as devoted as ever to covering the ins and outs of every campaign, but the coronavirus pandemic handed us several new assignments: keeping tabs on the ever-shifting election calendar, tracking the states' many changes to voting procedures, and following the still-ongoing legal battles over safe and accessible voting. We hope our coverage and...
    The Beaver State backed Joe Biden 57-41, which was a bit larger than Hillary Clinton’s still convincing 52-41 showing from four years ago, and he improved on Clinton’s margin in all five congressional districts. Biden, who likely benefited from a decline in third party voting, also took the same four congressional districts Clinton won, and he made important gains in the competitive 4th District. (You can find a larger version of our map here.) This seat, which includes the southern Willamette Valley and Oregon’s coast, was the closest of any of the nation’s 435 congressional districts four years ago, having supported Clinton 46.1-46.0—a margin of 554 votes. Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio, who was first elected in 1986, had never failed to win re-election by double digits, but he faced his first well-funded challenge in decades this year from former Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos. Democrats spent heavily late in the game to protect DeFazio, who won...
    New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Note: Monday’s Digest will be our last of the year. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Daily Kos Elections' project to calculate the results of the 2020 presidential election for all 435 congressional districts makes its next stop in New Mexico, which was the site of one hotly contested House race this year and could soon host a special election in a different district. As always, we're providing detailed county-by-county breakdowns, and we also have an extra-large map of the results you can explore. With the benefit of hindsight, it's no surprise that southern New Mexico's conservative 2nd District returned to form in 2020 and ousted freshman Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, given Donald Trump's...
    Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran won re-election as his 1st District was swinging from Trump to Biden The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide hits Arizona and Connecticut. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in Arizona by a close 49.4-49.1 four years after it backed Trump 49-45, a result that made Biden the first Democrat to take its electoral votes since Bill Clinton in 1996. Before that, the last Democrat to carry the state was Harry Truman in 1948. Biden managed to win five of the...
            by Andrew Trusnky  Former state representative and Sen. Bernie Sanders ally Nina Turner officially announced her bid to succeed Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge Tuesday. Turner, a native Ohioan who has held multiple elected offices in her home state, developed a national profile after backing Sanders during his first presidential bid. Fudge was recently nominated to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, and if confirmed by the Senate she will vacate her Cleveland-based congressional seat. “I grew up here. I raised my family here. I have a history of serving here. The time is right,” Turner said during her announcement, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I certainly congratulate Congresswoman Marcia Fudge for being picked by President-elect Biden and I certainly want the opportunity to build on a very strong legacy of the 11th Congressional District.” Disappointed to see...
    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas State Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) sent a letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Office on Thursday, Dec. 10 with requests for information regarding his lawsuit against four swing states (Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) that went for President-elect Joe Biden in the November election. The lawsuit asks the court to order the “defendant states” legislatures to displace “tainted” election results in those states and choose their own slate of electors. The letter from Rep. Turner requests Paxton disclose certain details about his lawsuit — including the cost of state employees’ time to the taxpayer and all correspondence related to the suit between the Attorney General’s Office and other parties. Democratic State Rep. Chris Turner Of Grand Prairie (credit: Texas Legislature) The letter states, “The people of Texas have the right to know how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent in your...
    Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide continues with a trio of new states: Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Utah. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as we crunch new numbers. Just below is our analysis of the Badger State, while our look at the other two states can be found in our "Data" section further on down. Four years after Wisconsin backed Donald Trump 47.2-46.5, the Badger State swung just enough to the left to deliver a 49.6-48.8 win for Joe Biden. In both victory and defeat, though, Trump won six of the state's eight congressional districts, while both...
    Democratic Michigan State Rep. Cynthia Johnson was stripped of her committee assignments Wednesday after she threatened supporters of President Donald Trump in a Facebook live video. The Speaker of the Michigan House Lee Chatfield released a statement, explaining that Johnson had been removed from her committees and that there is an active investigation going on to determine if further action is necessary. “Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. CA Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation,” Chatfield said in the statement. Threats to Democrats or Republicans are unacceptable and un-American. They’re even more unbecoming of an elected official. Rep. CA Johnson has been stripped of her committees and we’re looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their investigation. pic.twitter.com/Y5lTqqmEVI — Lee...
    Michigan Democratic State Rep. Cynthia Johnson threatened President Donald Trump’s supporters in a Facebook live video Tuesday, saying it is a warning message to those who support the president. In the Facebook live video, Johnson said Trump supporters better be careful, calling on “soldiers” to “make them (Trump supporters) pay.” The video was over three minutes long. Johnson took office on January 1, 2019. Her current term ends on December 31, 2020. “So this is just a warning to you Trumpers. Be careful, walk lightly, we ain’t playing with you. Enough of the shenanigans. Enough is enough. And for those of you who are soldiers, you know how to do it. Do it right, be in order, make them pay,” Johnson says in the video WATCH:  https://cdn01.dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Trim.mp4 THE FULL FACEBOOK LIVE: “I wish I could be talking to y’all in a private room, because, uh, I just wish I could, but...
    Democratic Rep. Jared Golden The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide goes to Maine, where Democratic Rep. Jared Golden won a second term even as Donald Trump once again carried his 2nd Congressional District. We'll also be taking a look at the seven states that are home to only one U.S. House seat. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. Joe Biden carried Maine, which has backed every Democratic presidential nominee since 1992, by a 53-44 margin, which was a notable improvement on Hillary Clinton's 48-45 performance there in...
    A lot is at stake in the crucial Georgia Senate runoff races, and state Rep. Vernon Jones, D-Ga., warned on “Fox & Friends Weekend” that a Democratic win would be nothing short of a disaster. “I want to see… Georgia hold the line,” he said. “Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, they must be reelected. If that doesn’t happen, it’s going to be chaos, it’s going to be communism. Black Lives Matter, Antifa are going to run over Joe Biden.” Jones, a lifelong Democrat, has given his support to President Trump and spoke at the Republican National Convention. LIVE UPDATES: TRUMP URGES GEORGIA REPUBLICANS TO REELECT PERDUE, LOEFFLER “They have really taken our country in the wrong direction,” he said of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “They want socialism, they want Marxism. We can’t tolerate that.” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to...
    Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide hits Iowa, where Republicans had a strong year. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. Despite preelection polls showing a close race, Donald Trump won Iowa 53-45 over Joe Biden, which was only a small improvement for Democrats from Trump's 52-42 victory in 2016 in what was once an extremely competitive state. Trump also once again carried all four of the Hawkeye State’s congressional districts (you can find a larger version of our map here), though there was one notable shift. Trump captured the 3rd District in the Des Moines area only 49.1-49.0, which was decidedly weaker than his 49-45 showing in 2016. That move to the left may also have made all the difference for freshman Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne, who beat former Republican Rep....
    Keva Landrum, one of two Democrats in Saturday's runoff to serve as New Orleans' district attorney. The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● Orleans Parish, LA District Attorney: Voters in New Orleans go to the polls Saturday in the all-Democratic runoff to choose a replacement for retiring District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, who leaves office with a reputation as one of the most punitive prosecutors in the entire country. Whoever wins will likely push policies that represent an improvement over the status quo—the question is just how much. Former Judge Keva Landrum, who served as interim district attorney in 2007 and 2008, took first place in the Nov. 3 all-party primary with 35%, while New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams took...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide moves forward with numbers from five very different states: Arkansas, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and West Virginia. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. Just below is our analysis of the Buckeye State, while our look at the other four states can be found in our "Data" section further on down. Despite Democratic hopes, Donald Trump's 53-45 win in Ohio virtually matched his 52-44 performance four years ago in this one-time swing state. Trump also carried the same 12 congressional districts that he...
    Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide hits West Virginia, a once solidly blue state that has become one of the most Republican areas in the country. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. Donald Trump carried West Virginia 69-30, which was slightly narrower than his 69-26 victory in 2016, but he nevertheless scored more than 65% of the vote in all three congressional districts. Republicans have also controlled the state's trio of House seats since the 2014 elections. You can find a larger version of our map here. Rep. David McKinley’s 1st District in northern West Virginia backed Trump 68-30, which was likewise just a small shift from his 68-26 win four years ago. Rep. Alex Mooney’s 2nd District in the center of the state, meanwhile, supported Trump...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Garcia narrowly defeated Democratic rival Christy Smith in a swing district north of Los Angeles, capping an election in which Republicans picked off three other House districts in the heavily Democratic state. The race was called Tuesday by The Associated Press after Los Angeles and Ventura counties certified the Nov. 3 vote. Garcia, a former Navy fighter pilot and defense industry executive, held on to his seat by a 333-vote margin, making it the closest House race in the state this year. Smith, a state legislator, conceded Monday night, saying “it’s clear we will not be able to close" the gap. The congressman had claimed victory more than a week ago, and said in a statement he would push for federal relief for people and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Garcia won the vacant seat in a May special election,...
    Former Republican Rep. David Valadao reclaimed his seat in California's 21st District on Friday, narrowly defeating Democratic incumbent Rep. T.J. Cox.  Valadao won in 2012 by focusing on local issues like agriculture, but Democrats -- including Cox -- came out swinging during the 2018 midterm elections and claimed seven GOP-held House seats in the Golden State. GOP'S HOUSE WINS SHOW SOME DEM VOTERS 'CONNECTING THE DOTS' ON LIBERAL LEFT, LAWMAKER SAYS The Hanford, Calif., native had previously withheld his endorsement of President Trump. This year, he changed strategies in a risky move that ultimately paid off in the Farm Belt.  But Valadao also highlighted his independence during the race, criticizing the president over family separations at the nation's southern border. He beat Cox by 862 votes. As The Associated Press reported Friday, much of California's agricultural centers have been known for their Republican leanings, at variance with a largely blue state. ...
    Democratic Virginia Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria (right) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide arrives in Virginia, a state whose politics have shifted dramatically in a very short span. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. You can also click here to learn more about why this data is so difficult to come by. While Virginia began the 21st century as a reliably red state in presidential elections, the commonwealth has swung sharply to the left since then. Joe Biden carried the Old Dominion 54-44,...
    Ohio's 4th Congressional District Rep. Jim Jordan (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● OH-Gov: Cleveland.com's Andrew Tobias takes a look at which Ohio Republicans might be interested in challenging Gov. Mike DeWine, who infuriated Donald Trump by recognizing Joe Biden's victory, in the 2022 primary, and he reports the far-right Rep. Jim Jordan is thinking about it. Jordan, who co-founded the nihilist House Freedom Caucus and has been one of Trump's most ardent allies, has publicly shown no interest in leaving behind his D.C. power base. Unnamed Buckeye State Republicans, though, tell Tobias that the congressman has been talking about a campaign against DeWine. Indeed, hours after Trump fired off a shot at the governor on Monday,...
    Coronavirus case spikes across the country put Democrats on the defensive about further COVID-19 restrictions now that President-elect Joe Biden finds himself in a similar situation as President Trump at the beginning of the pandemic. “I’m not going to shut down the economy, period,” Biden said during a press conference Thursday. He added he did not think a national lockdown was necessary because “every region, every area, every community can be different." At a March 20 White House briefing, Trump was asked why he had not considered a national lockdown and responded, “I don’t think so. Essentially, you’ve done that in California, you’ve done that in New York. Those are really two hotbeds.” He added, “Those are probably the two hottest of them all, in terms of hot spots. I don’t think so because you go out to the Midwest, you go out to other locations, and they’re watching...
    Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond. Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond announced Tuesday that he would resign from Louisiana’s reliably blue 2nd District sometime before Jan. 20 to lead the Biden White House’s Office of Public Engagement. Richmond’s departure will set off a special election to fill his seat, which stretches from the New Orleans area west to Baton Rouge. All the candidates will face off in the all-party primary, and if no one takes a majority, a runoff would take place between the top two vote-getters. This district, which Republicans drew to take in as many Black voters as possible, backed Hillary Clinton 75-22 and almost certainly supported Joe Biden by a similar margin, so there’s a very good chance that two Democrats would advance to a runoff. Richmond himself won a previous version of the 2nd District, which at the time only included portions of the city of New Orleans...
    By Michael R. Blood | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Republican Young Kim defeated U.S. Rep. Gil Cisneros on Friday in a Southern California district, the second GOP candidate to snatch a Democratic-held seat in the state this year. The contest in the 39th Congressional District anchored in Orange County was a rematch from 2018, when Cisneros was one of seven Democrats who claimed GOP-held California districts that year. Kim overcame President Donald Trump’s poor performance in heavily Democratic California, where he got only one-third of the votes. Kim, a former state lawmaker, was born in South Korea and grew up in Guam. She joins Washington state’s Marilyn Strickland and California’s Michelle Steel as the first Korean American women elected to Congress. Strickland, a Democrat, last week won the open 10th Congressional District southwest of Seattle. Steel, a Republican, claimed the 48th District in Orange County on Tuesday from Democratic...
    South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Rep.-elect Nancy Mace (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Our project to calculate the 2020 presidential results for all 435 congressional districts nationwide makes its second stop in South Carolina, where Team Red enjoyed a stronger-than-expected year. You can find our complete data set here, which we're updating continuously as the precinct-level election returns we need for our calculations become available. You can also click here to learn more about why this data is so difficult to come by. Campaign Action While most Palmetto State polls showed Donald Trump running well behind his 55-41 2016 margin of victory, Trump ended up taking South Carolina by only a slightly smaller...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Rep. Frank Dermody of Oakmont, the Democratic leader in the state House of Representatives, has conceded the election to Republican Carrie Lewis DelRosso, an Oakmont councilwoman. With almost all the votes counted, DelRosso defeated Dermody by about 900 votes. DelRosso joins a half dozen newcomers from this region going to Harrisburg. “I’m feeling great. I know that it’s over now, a week after the Election Day,” DelRosso told KDKA political editor Jon Delano on Wednesday. DelRosso defeated a 30-year Democratic incumbent, marking a generational change. “People who are involved in their communities and they see the need for change, and they throw their hat in, and I applaud them – whether they be a Democrat or a Republican,” said DelRosso. Six new House members from here are going to Harrisburg for the first time. DelRosso joins fellow Republican newcomers Rob Mercuri, who succeeds retired House...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican Michelle Steel defeated first-term Rep. Harley Rouda on Tuesday in a Southern California district, only the second time in more than two decades that a GOP candidate in the state has defeated an incumbent Democrat. Rouda captured Orange County’s 48th District in 2018 from longtime Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, part of a Democratic sweep of seven House seats in California that year. Steel said the vote this year showed the American dream “is alive and well in Orange County.” She vowed to fight for lower taxes, small businesses and their workers, and to defeat the coronavirus. “I stand ready to work with both parties,” she said in a statement. Steel joins Washington state’s Marilyn Strickland as the first Korean American women elected to Congress. Strickland, a Democrat, last week won the open 10th Congressional District southwest of Seattle. Steel won about 51% of the votes...
    By Michael R. Blood | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Republican Michelle Steel defeated first-term Rep. Harley Rouda on Tuesday in a Southern California district, only the second time in more than two decades that a GOP candidate in the state has defeated an incumbent Democrat. Rouda captured Orange County’s 48th District in 2018 from longtime Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, part of a Democratic sweep of seven House seats in California. Steel joins Washington state’s Marilyn Strickland as the first Korean American women elected to Congress. Strickland, a Democrat, last week won the open 10th Congressional District southwest of Seattle. Steel won about 51% of the votes in a year when Joe Biden trounced President Donald Trump in the state. Trump was backed by about 33% of California voters. Steel, who heads the Orange County Board of Supervisors, benefited from the district’s Republican registration edge and also surmounted...
    A rare open Senate seat in California is giving a large batch of ambitious Democratic politicians the chance to argue their best case to the state's governor for succeeding Kamala Harris in her current Washington job. Many news outlets, including the Associated Press and Fox News, announced Saturday that Democratic candidate Joe Biden would become the next president of the United States. His running mate, Harris, a California senator since 2017 and previously the state's attorney general for six years, is set to become the nation's first female vice president. That will give an opening to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint a replacement for the final two years of Harris's term. In the overwhelmingly Democratic state — Biden is beating President Trump there 65% to 33%, with ballots still being counted — the governor will have no shortage of possibilities for the Senate seat. One oft-mentioned...
    Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux has eked out a victory in her northeast Atlanta suburbs district, House Democrats' only pickup of the 2020 cycle. Bourdeaux, a college professor who lost her first campaign for Georgia's 7th Congressional District in 2018, beat Republican Rich McCormick, a physician and former Marine helicopter pilot, 51% to 49%, or just more than 8,600 votes. Retiring GOP Rep. Rob Woodall, an ex-Capitol Hill staffer turned lawmaker, defeated Bourdeaux two years ago by about 400 votes, the smallest margin for a congressional race that year. House Democrats have retained their majority, 212 seats to 194, as of Friday afternoon. But many members of the caucus faced tougher-than-expected results, and House Republicans flipped seven districts. Bourdeaux's success builds on other Democratic wins in Georgia as the state's population diversifies and its suburbs expand. The close White House contest between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is...
    By SCOTT SONNER and SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford was reelected in one of two southern Nevada congressional districts where Republicans mounted well-financed campaigns to flip U.S. House seats in the battleground state. The other hotly contested race was too early to call as Democratic Rep. Susie Lee tried to fend off GOP challenger Dan Rodimer, a former professional wrestler, in a district that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 despite losing the state to Hillary Clinton by 2.4 percentage points. Democrat Joe Biden has a narrow lead over Trump in Nevada but it's too early to call the race, with votes left to be counted. Two veteran incumbents, Democratic Rep. Dina Titus in Las Vegas and Republican Rep. Mark Amodei in northern Nevada, easily won reelection as expected Tuesday. Amodei defeated Democratic challenger Patricia Ackerman to claim a sixth term...
    By The Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Counting of Pennsylvania ballots continued Thursday, with results still unclear for the presidential contest as well as a host of downballot races, including for some congressional seats and three statewide offices. Election officials are tabulating ballots in a state that held its first general election in which voters did not need an excuse to vote by mail. More than 3 million applied to do so. ___ PRESIDENT President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are hotly contesting Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes, with both campaigns seeing a victory in the state as crucial to their chances of winning the White House. While county officials tally votes from what is shaping up as massive turnout, the Trump campaign, state election officials, Republican candidates and others have gone to court in recent weeks to settle fights over aspects of state election law, particularly...
    Michigan Supreme Court Justice-elect Elizabeth Welch The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MI Supreme Court: Democrats flipped the Michigan Supreme Court by winning both seats on the ballot. Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack was re-elected with 32%, while fellow Democrat Elizabeth Welch secured the second spot by edging out Republican Mary Kelly 20-17. Each party nominates two candidates for what is nominally a nonpartisan general election, and Democrats will now hold a 4-3 majority. The result comes after Republicans used their 1-seat majority to thwart Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's attempts to protect Michiganders during the pandemic: Infamously, it struck down a 75-year-old law in early October because Whitmer had used it to declare a state of...
    Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio admitted that liberal cries to “defund the police” may have hurt his party’s chances at a blue wave in Tuesday’s election.  “I think the defund the police issue hurt a lot of our candidates,” he told the Wall Street Journal, adding that Democrats in his state lost after facing attacks on the topic.  Ryan was one of four House Democrats in Ohio who won reelection -- 12 Republicans maintained their seats in the state.  Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer, who chairs the National Republican Committee, said that the GOP attack over defunding the police was effective in hurting Democrats “everywhere that it was used.” CLICK HERE TO INTERACT WITH FOX NEWS VOTER ANALYSIS “You can’t equivocate. You either support the men and women of law enforcement or you don’t,” he said.  Though not every race has been decided, Republicans retained a number of their seats in...
    Maine Rep. Jared Golden will hold a second term in the House after defeating his Republican challenger, former state Rep. Dale Crafts. The Associated Press called the race in Golden's favor on Wednesday afternoon around 1:30 p.m. EST. Golden, 38, was first elected to the House in 2018 after narrowly winning through Maine's ranked-choice voting law. Prior to his congressional bid, Golden was a state representative for four years. A Marine Corps veteran, he served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Golden drew national attention in late 2019 when he split his impeachment votes against President Trump. Golden voted to impeach the president for abuse of power but not the obstruction of Congress article. Both articles of impeachment were passed by the Democratic-controlled House, but Trump was later acquitted by the GOP-led Senate in early 2020. News Maine House Democrats Congress Donald Trump 2020 Elections Campaign 2020
    Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland won reelection Tuesday. New Mexico will become the first state in the country in January to be entirely represented in the House of Representatives by women of color. The state is sending Rep. Deb Haaland back to the House after she became one of the first Native American women elected to Congress in 2018. Haaland will be joined by Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez, who triumphed in the state's 3rd Congressional District. Fernandez won an open seat left behind by Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who is the projected winner of the state's open U.S. Senate seat, according to the AP. Republican Yvette Herrell, a member of the Cherokee Nation, unseated Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in the 2nd Congressional District.
    Republican challenger Ashley Hinson upset Democrat incumbent Rep. Abby Finkenauer to win Iowa's 1st Congressional district on Election Day. Hinson, previously a Republican state representative, was able to boot the single-term congresswoman only two years after she was a part of the historic 2018 class that helped bring Democrats back into the majority. BREAKING: Republican Ashley Hinson wins election to U.S. House in Iowa's 1st Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Abby Finkenauer. #APracecall at 9:37 a.m. CST. #Election2020 #IAelection https://t.co/lGfinjTqT4— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 4, 2020 Iowans rode a blue wave in 2018, electing Finkenauer and Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa's 3rd District, upsetting two Republican incumbents at the time. Both faced difficult battles to retain their seats, and both parties closely watched what would happen with the pair of first-term congresswomen. In the presidential election, AP declared President Trump the winner of the state’s six Electoral College votes. In...
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Republican state Rep. Ashley Hinson defeated Democratic incumbent Abby Finkenauer on Tuesday to win a northeastern Iowa congressional seat. Hinson, a former television news anchor, won the House seat after an election in which she stressed the need for lower taxes, smaller government and border security. Hinson had been endorsed by President Donald Trump in the Republican primary and since the beginning of her campaign enjoyed broad support among state and national Republicans. Finkenauer lost in her first bid for reelection following her victory in 2018 over Republican Rod Blum. During her freshman term, Finkenauer devoted much of her time to ensuring disaster relief to her district after a damaging wind storm this year. She also supported legislation designed to help small businesses, aid governments amid the coronavirus pandemic and expand the Affordable Care Act. Finkenauer was 29 when elected in 2018, making her the...
    Minnesota Republican congressional candidate Michelle Fischbach on Tuesday evening won the state's 7th District, ousting longtime Democratic Rep. Colin Peterson. Fischbach received 53.5% of the vote compared to Peterson's nearly 40% with 1,328 out of 1,329 precincts reported. CLICK HERE TO SEE FOX NEWS’ LIVE PROBABILITY DIALS "I am honored to have the outpouring of support from Minnesota families across #mn07," Fischbach tweeted Tuesday. "I am grateful for the backing and am excited to hit the ground running in Washington to work on behalf of MN." President Trump endorsed Fischbach in March and asked Minnesotans to vote for her in the state's primary election in August. An October FiveThirtyEight report named Peterson the most vulnerable incumbent in the House of Representatives ahead of this year's general election. CLICK HERE TO INTERACT WITH FOX NEWS VOTER ANALYSIS Peterson has been in office since 1991 representing Minnesota's 7th Congressional District -- the largest in the state...
    Samuel Corum/Getty Images Republicans defeated at least four Democrats in the United States House in the 2020 election — including two in Florida, one in New York, and a 30-year incumbent in Minnesota. In Florida, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez, who represents part of Miami in addition to the Florida Keys, defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, while Republican and former journalist Maria Elvira Salazar defeated Rep. Donna Shalala, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, to represent a city that mostly includes the city of Miami. In New York, Republican Nicole Malliotakis announced her victory over incumbent Democratic Rep. Max Rose. Results from New York’s secretary of state showed Malliotakis leading with 57.9 percent of the vote to 42.1 percent for Rose just after 3 a.m. Wednesday. Minnesota’s secretary of state similarly reported the state’s former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach leading Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson with 53.8 percent of the vote to 39.7 percent...
    By GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry won a ninth term in Congress on Tuesday, overcoming a challenge from a Democratic state lawmaker from Lincoln. Fortenberry defeated state Sen. Kate Bolz in the 1st Congressional District, which includes Lincoln and a large, conservative swath of eastern Nebraska. The race was especially competitive, and Fortenberry attacked Bolz in a series of television ads. “It has been a tough one, but we also ran a good and spirited and strong campaign," he said. Bolz also raised enough money to run television ads throughout the district, pointing to her upbringing on a family farm and her work in the Legislature. Her legislative district has traditionally been represented by Republicans. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse easily defeated two Democratic challengers in the GOP-dominated state. Sasse beat scandal-plagued Democratic nominee Chris Janicek, who refused to leave the race even...
    Rep. Tom Malinowski won reelection in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District against Republican state Sen. Thomas Kean, winning 55.3% to 44.7%. The call was made by the Associated Press with 37% of precincts reporting. The Cook Political Report rated the 7th District as an R+3 “lean Democratic” district, and Trump lost the district by just 1 point in 2016. Malinowski won his seat in 2018 after defeating five-term Republican incumbent Rep. Lance Leonard by a 5-point margin. The district was a safe Republican enclave for 38 years, with then-Republican Rep. Mike Ferguson beating his 2004 Democratic opponent. The district became competitive just two years later when Ferguson barely eked out a win amid the Democratic wave, and he retired after that term, succeeded by Lance. New Jersey Republicans aimed to return the seat to the GOP through state Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., the son of...
    SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS SF) — Joe Biden won California and its 55 electoral votes Tuesday, tightening the Democrats’ grip on the nation’s most populous state. California has voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in every election since 1992. Four years ago, Hillary Clinton trounced Donald Trump by more than 4 million votes. The president’s trips to California during the campaign mainly were fundraising efforts. “If we continue under this administration, America will be a lost cause. We will lose hope,” said Harry Rochester, 40, a home care nurse from San Francisco who voted for Biden. The election came under the pall of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 17,600 people in the state so far, including Alameda County sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Rocha in July. His widow, Maureen Ennor-Rocha, cast her ballot for Trump on Tuesday. “This is my first voting day without him, so I think that might be part...
    Loading the player... FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump won Kentucky in his bid for reelection Tuesday, and his chief ally on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was reelected to a seventh term in Kentucky on Election Day. Other races include all six Kentucky House seats, a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court and two constitutional amendments. In the House, Republican incumbents Hal Rogers of the 5th District, James Comer of the 1st District, Brett Guthrie in the 2nd District and Thomas Massie of the 4th District all won reelection. PRESIDENT Republican President Donald Trump defeated Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden to carry Kentucky, a state where the GOP has dominated federal elections for more than 20 years. That includes the last presidential election, when Trump carried Kentucky by 30 percentage points. The last Democrat to carry Kentucky was Bill Clinton in 1996. Neither candidate campaigned...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in Illinois and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin won reelection on Tuesday, continuing a pattern of Democratic dominance in the state. More than 3.5 million people cast their ballots ahead of Election Day. Voters also weighed in on competitive U.S. House races, legislative contests, a proposed constitutional amendment on income taxes and more. Here’s a look at the election: ILLINOIS VOTERS Votes cast before Election Day hit record levels. Roughly half were by mail, which could slow down when some results are available. Mail ballots have to be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and must arrive by Nov. 17 to be tallied. This year, new legislation required mail applications be sent to anyone who recently voted in elections. Roughly 6.5 million applications were sent. TAX QUESTION At the top of the ballot was a proposed Illinois constitutional amendment changing the state’s flat...
    By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Voters in Minnesota are deciding whether to make President Donald Trump the first Republican to carry the state since Richard Nixon in 1972 — or to hold to their usual line and back former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. Other top races on Tuesday's ballot include a U.S. Senate race, all eight congressional seats and a struggle for control of the Minnesota Legislature. A record number of Minnesotans voted early to avoid potential long lines on Election Day and the threat of the coronavirus. The state told voters it would count absentee ballots that came in up to one week beyond Election Day as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. But a court ruling last week requiring that those ballots be segregated cast doubt on whether late-arriving votes would count. The ruling further raised the possibility that some race outcomes won't...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Voters in Minnesota are deciding whether to make President Donald Trump the first Republican to carry the state since Richard Nixon in 1972 — or to hold to their usual line and back former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. Other top races on Tuesday’s ballot include a U.S. Senate race, all eight congressional seats and a struggle for control of the Minnesota Legislature. A record number of Minnesotans voted early to avoid potential long lines on Election Day and the threat of the coronavirus. The state told voters it would count absentee ballots that came in up to one week beyond Election Day as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. But a court ruling last week requiring that those ballots be segregated cast doubt on whether late-arriving votes would count. The ruling further raised the possibility that some race outcomes won’t be known for days. Secretary...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A statewide referendum that would transform the way ballots are cast and tallied in Massachusetts, and a bid by incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey for another six-year term, are dominating Tuesday’s election in the Bay State. Check: Track My Ballot A glance at the races and issues Massachusetts voters are deciding: PRESIDENT In 1972, Massachusetts famously was the only state to back Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern over Republican incumbent Richard Nixon. Since then, the only Republican presidential candidate in the modern era to carry the state has been Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984. Hillary Clinton handily defeated Donald Trump in 2016, capturing nearly 61 percent of the vote. Massachusetts has 11 electoral votes. U.S. SENATE Markey is hoping to fend off a challenge from Republican Kevin O’Connor, a lawyer from Dover who’s pitched himself as a candidate who can help clean house in Washington....
    By WILSON RING, Associated Press As polls open on election day Tuesday, more than three-quarters of the number of Vermonters who voted in the 2016 presidential election have already cast their ballots for president, governor, the U.S. House representative and other statewide and local races. Voters still have the option of going to the polls Tuesday. The large number of early voters is due, in part, to a change in voting procedures designed to make it safer to cast ballots during the pandemic. The first Vermont polling places open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. All polls in Vermont close at 7 p.m. It's unclear how the wintry weather forecast for much of the state on Tuesday will affect the voting. The race between Republican President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate, is helping to drive what is expected to be high voter turnout this year. In...
    By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — A statewide referendum that would transform the way ballots are cast and tallied in Massachusetts, and a bid by incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey for another six-year term, are dominating Tuesday’s election in the Bay State. A glance at the races and issues Massachusetts voters are deciding: PRESIDENT In 1972, Massachusetts famously was the only state to back Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern over Republican incumbent Richard Nixon. Since then, the only Republican presidential candidate in the modern era to carry the state has been Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984. Hillary Clinton handily defeated Donald Trump in 2016, capturing nearly 61 percent of the vote. Massachusetts has 11 electoral votes. ___ U.S. SENATE Markey is hoping to fend off a challenge from Republican Kevin O’Connor, a lawyer from Dover who's pitched himself as a candidate who can help clean house in...
    By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters face a lot of choices, and not just for president: They're filling an open U.S. House seat, weighing two hotly contested statewide ballot questions and deciding whether to reelect some longtime incumbents to Congress. A record number of voters already cast ballots early or by mail, changing the complexion of Tuesday's election. Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is vying for another six-year term Tuesday, hoping to fend off a challenge from Republican Kevin O’Connor. Markey, who rebuffed a high-profile primary challenge from Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III in September, is taking on O’Connor in a state that leans heavily Democratic. In the state’s 4th Congressional District, Democratic Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss is hoping to become the newest member of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation by defeating Republican Julie Hall. The open seat is currently held by Kennedy, who...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — As the polls opened Tuesday, in a surge driven by the coronavirus pandemic, 3.5 million Illinois residents had already cast their ballots. Voters are weighing in on president, competitive U.S. House races, legislative contests, a proposed constitutional amendment on income taxes and more. Here's a look at the election: ILLINOIS VOTERS Votes cast before Election Day have hit record levels. Roughly half have been by mail, which could slow down when the results are available. Mail ballots have to be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and must arrive by Nov. 17 to be tallied. This year, new legislation required mail applications be sent to anyone who recently voted in elections. Roughly 6.5 million applications were sent. TAX QUESTION At the top of the ballot is a proposed Illinois constitutional amendment changing the state's flat income tax to a graduated income tax...
    By KAREN MATTHEWS and MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — An unprecedented election reaches its climax Tuesday, and while all eyes are on the polarizing presidential race, pandemic-scarred New Yorkers will also finish casting their votes in battles for control of Congress and the state Legislature. No matter who wins, history will be made in an election where in-person campaigning was limited, volunteers couldn't go door-to-door to get out the vote and Zoom calls replaced head-to-head debates.. New York state Republicans will try to seize back seats in the congressional delegation that the party lost two years ago. Democrats, meanwhile, have hopes of winning a two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate, which could move the state further to the left. In many contests, results are unlikely to come on election night. A record number of votes have been cast by mail and the state’s rules for counting those...
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Races featuring reelection bids by President Donald Trump and his chief ally on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, top the ballot in Kentucky on Election Day. Other races to watch include all six Kentucky House seats, a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court and two constitutional amendments. PRESIDENT Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden headline the ballot in a state where the GOP has dominated federal elections for more than 20 years. That includes the last presidential election, when Trump carried Kentucky by 30 percentage points. The last Democrat to carry Kentucky was Bill Clinton in 1996. Neither candidate campaigned in Kentucky, instead focusing on swing states elsewhere. SENATE Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine combat pilot, are capping a bruising, mega-spending campaign in Kentucky. McConnell has touted his leadership post and...
    By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — With significantly more ballots already in hand at elections offices around the state compared to four years ago, Washington state is expected to have more robust election results to report Tuesday night. As of Monday night, nearly 73% of the state’s more than 4.8 million registered voters had already returned their ballot, compared to four years ago, when about 52% of voters had returned their ballots by the day before the election. But voters still have time to return their ballots: by mail, with an Election Day postmark, or dropped at one of more than 500 ballot drop boxes or voting centers around the state by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Elections officials with King County — the state’s most populous — have said that it’s unlikely that ballots returned on Monday or Tuesday will be reflected in the first batch of...
    The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee's attempt to win a third term and an effort to repeal a statewide sex-education requirement for public school students top Washington state's general election ballot. Here is a summary of major races on the ballot. GOVERNOR Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking a third term, something the state hasn’t seen an incumbent governor do in more than 40 years. He faces Republican Loren Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, in the Nov. 3 election. The last three-term governor in Washington was Republican Gov. Dan Evans, who served from 1965 until 1977. U.S. HOUSE There are several high-profile races among Washington's 10 U.S. House contests. In the 10th District, which includes the south Puget Sound, the next representative district will be a Democratic woman. Former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland would be the first Black member of the state’s congressional delegation, and the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Voters in Minnesota are deciding whether to make President Donald Trump the first Republican to carry the state since Richard Nixon in 1972 — or to hold to their usual line and back former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. Other top races on Tuesday’s ballot include a U.S. Senate race, all eight congressional seats and a struggle for control of the Minnesota Legislature. A record number of Minnesotans voted early to avoid potential long lines on Election Day and the threat of the coronavirus. The state told voters it would count absentee ballots that came in up to one week beyond Election Day as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. But a court ruling last week requiring that those ballots be segregated cast doubt on whether late-arriving votes would count. The ruling further raised the possibility that some race outcomes won’t be known for days....
    Election night is almost here—Tuesday!—and we have a lot of exciting races in store. As Democrats fight to reclaim the White House, they're also engaged in a cross-country battle to win back the Senate. In addition, Team Blue is looking to pad its House majority, as well as hold some important governorships. What follows is an hour-by-hour guide to this year's key House, Senate, and gubernatorial races. With the coronavirus pandemic fueling a surge in mail voting, however, election watchers everywhere should expect that we might not learn the winners in every race for some time—perhaps days or even weeks. At the top of this post is our map showing poll closing times across the country. All times are Eastern, though we also have versions for each of the other five U.S. timezones. And for a quick reference for every competitive contest in the nation, check out our race ratings...
    By RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots in an election where they’ll weigh in on scores of federal and state races ranging from president to governor to local legislative districts. Nearly 65 % of the state’s more than 4.8 million registered voters had already cast their ballot by Friday night, and voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to drop their ballots off at almost 500 drop-off boxes around the state. Four years ago, just over 41% of voters had returned their ballots by the weekend before the election. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking to become the first incumbent elected to a third term in the state in more than 40 years, is facing Republican Loren Culp, the police chief of the small city of Republic who has campaigned against Inslee’s coronavirus restrictions....
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