Election 2018

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Democrats Flip Another House Seat

McAdams beats Rep. Mia Love in Utah

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

Walmart Wants Donations Back After Senator's Joke

Mississippi's Cindy Hyde-Smith joked about attending a 'public hanging'

(Newser) - A week before a runoff election that will determine whether she remains a senator, Mississippi's Cindy Hyde-Smith continues to fend off bad publicity over a "public hanging" joke . The latest development is that Walmart has asked the Republican incumbent to return its campaign donations, reports CNBC . "Sen.... More »

Florida Election Official Quits Hours After Recount

Trump wanted Brenda Snipes to be fired

(Newser) - After recounts, Florida has a new governor and a new senator —and Broward County is going to get a new elections supervisor. Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes handed in her resignation Sunday, hours after a manual recount finished and Democrat Bill Nelson conceded the Senate election to Gov.... More »

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

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

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

A Single Vote Puts Candidate Into Office

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

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

Midterm Turnout Broke Record

It was highest since women got the vote in 1920

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

Trump: People Don Costumes to Cast Illegal Votes

Recount drama rages on in Florida

(Newser) - President Trump asserts that Republicans are losing elections because people are donning disguises to vote illegally. Trump made the claim while discussing the Florida recount with the Daily Caller , along with his belief that Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes should be fired (more on that here , here and here... More »

Arizona Has First Democratic Senator Since 1994

Republican Martha McSally concedes to Kyrsten Sinema

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

Trump: End Florida Recount

President asserts that ballots are 'massively infected'

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

Florida Governor Wants to Impound Voting Machines

He claims 'unethical liberals' want to steal election

(Newser) - With an unprecedented double recount underway in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott is fighting to get state police involved. The Republican governor—who is clinging to a slim lead in his Senate race with Democratic rival Bill Nelson—filed lawsuits Sunday calling for elections officials in Palm Beach and Broward counties... More »

Ariz. Democrat's Lead Is Now 'Insurmountable'

Kyrsten Sinema will be state's next senator, campaign says

(Newser) - With more than 210,000 votes still to be counted in Arizona's Senate race, anything could still happen—but it's not looking promising for Republican candidate Martha McSally. According to an update released Sunday evening, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is now 32,640 votes ahead of McSally, with 49.... More »

Florida's Gillum Un-Concedes

'Every vote will be counted,' says Democratic candidate for governor in Florida

(Newser) - Florida has begun an unprecedented recount —for both the governor and Senate races—and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is taking his previous concession to Ron DeSantis off the table, reports Politico . “I am replacing my words of concession in an unapologetic call that we count every vote,... More »

Controversial Rohrabacher Loses His House Seat

Long-serving Republican loses to Democrat Harley Rouda in California

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

Florida Makes 'Unprecedented' Decision in 2 Major Races

US Senate and governor elections will be recounted

(Newser) - The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the US Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major races in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election, the AP reports. Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial results in... More »

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

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

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

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

Trump weighs in, too

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

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

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

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

Major Update Delivered in Arizona Senate Race

Democrat Krysten Sinema has edged ahead

(Newser) - Democratic candidate Krysten Sinema has edged ahead of Republican rival Martha McSally in Arizona, one of three states where Senate races are still undecided. The state's first major update since election night said Sinema was leading with 49.10%, or 932,870 votes, while McSally was at 48.59%... More »

Recount Possible in Fla. Gov. Race

Republican Ron DeSantis has a less than 0.5% lead.

(Newser) - After more or less conceding the Florida gubernatorial race to his Republican opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum is now reportedly ready for a recount. On Wednesday, with tens of thousands of votes still uncounted, Gillum tweeted , “I’m looking forward to seeing every vote counted,” per the Tallahassee Democrat ... More »

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

Just Minnesota has one Democratic chamber, one Republican chamber

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

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