Election 2018

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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 »

11 Big Lines From Trump's News Conference

Including a verbal tussle with CNN's Jim Acosta

(Newser) - In his news conference following the midterms, President Trump touted the history-making elements of his party's wins Tuesday night, spoke of bipartisanship, and got into it with a CNN reporter. Highlights:
  1. "It was a big day yesterday, an incredible day. And last night the Republican Party defied history
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Tester Re-Elected Despite Trump's 'Personal Interest'

President really wanted Democrat to be defeated

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

Stacey Abrams Not About to Concede in Georgia

She's hoping for a December runoff against Brian Kemp

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

South Carolina Paper's Headline Gets It Wrong

The 'State' was up against publication deadlines

(Newser) - Publication deadlines led a South Carolina newspaper to go to print showing the wrong winner for what turned out to be the state's most significant call in this year's midterm elections. The State newspaper in Columbia printed its Wednesday edition with the headline, "Arrington goes to Washington.... More »

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

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

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

What Beto's Loss Says About His Future

Pundits weigh in

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke lost to Ted Cruz, but the elegies for the 46-year-old are in many cases reading a lot more like a 2020 presidential pitch. What's being said about the Texas Democrat's loss and the future of both the candidate and the party in the state:
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Taylor Swift's Guy Loses Race, GOP Would Like a Word

Laura Ingraham et al pile on after Marsha Blackburn wins Tenn. Senate race

(Newser) - Taylor Swift came off the political bench last month to get behind the Democrat running for Senate in her home state of Tennessee, and with Phil Bredesen's loss Tuesday night to Marsha Blackburn there's no shortage of conservatives trolling Swift—and you'd be safe to cue a... More »

Trump Issues a Warning to Incoming House Democrats

Basically: Investigate us at your peril

(Newser) - Sarah Sanders announced Wednesday morning that President Trump would be holding an 11:30am press conference, with Trump himself following that up with a tweet specifying that he "will be discussing our success in the Midterms!" But the president isn't waiting until late morning to share his... More »

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