2018 Elections

Record 100+ Women May Win US House Seats

NBC News reports: In November, Americans could elect more than 100 women to the House for the first time in history — and put more new women in the House than in any prior election, a new race-by-race analysis shows. But the impending surge is being driven entirely by Democrats: The number of Republican women in the House is actually ...

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Democrats +11 In Latest Generic US House Poll

USA Today reports: At the traditional Labor Day start of the campaign’s fall sprint, those surveyed said by 50 percent-39 percent that they were more likely to vote for the Democratic congressional candidate in their district, not the Republican one. That double-digit advantage, if it holds, would probably enable Democrats to win control of the House, giving them the power ...

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ActBlue Raises $100 Million For Democrats In August

Axios reports: The online fundraising platform ActBlue raised $100 million in August for Democratic candidates, marking their biggest fundraising month since they launched in 2004. Why it matters: Liberal activists and donors are showing no signs of slowing down before the 2018 midterm elections. Some of the candidates who benefit most from ActBlue’s fundraising include Beto O’Rourke running for U.S. ...

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FORECAST: Dems Have 75% Chance Of Taking House

The Hill reports: Democrats have about a 75 percent chance of retaking the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, according to the data crunchers at FiveThirtyEight. The website launched their new House forecast on Thursday, predicting an 80 percent chance that Democrats gain between 14 and 58 seats. The party needs to flip 23 seats to retake the House ...

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37 GOP House Seats Rated “Toss Up Or Worse”

From the nonpartisan Cook Political Report: For Republicans, the 2018 House playing field is a lot like a game of Whack-a-Mole: everywhere they turn, new problems keep popping up in surprising places. In January, we rated 20 GOP-held seats as Toss Ups or worse, including three leaning towards Democrats. With today’s changes, we now rate 37 GOP-held seats as Toss ...

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OHIO: House Special Election Still Too Close To Call

The Associated Press reports: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Troy Balderson has declared victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor in Tuesday’s 12th Congressional District special election. Balderson is ahead of O’Connor by roughly 1,700 votes or 0.8 percent. Though all precincts are reporting, there has not been an official winner declared. According to the Associated Press, there are at ...

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Tom Steyer To Spend At Least $110M On Midterms

Politico reports: Tom Steyer has set plans to spend at least $110 million in 2018, making the billionaire investor the largest single source of campaign cash on the left and placing him on a path to create a parallel party infrastructure with polling, analytics and staffing capabilities that stand to shape and define the issues the party runs on in ...

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POLL: Dems Hold Big Leads In Key Midwest Races

NBC News reports: New polls in three key Midwestern states show Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates trailing their Democratic counterparts in hypothetical matchups — particularly GOP Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin, where only a third of voters say he deserves to be re-elected and where he trails his leading Democratic challenger by more than 10 points. According to new polling ...

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Stonewall Democrats Back Cuomo Over Cynthia Nixon

The New York Daily News reports: Citing his record on gay rights issues, a landmark LGBTQ Democrat club Wednesday night endorsed Gov. Cuomo’s re-election bid. The Stonewall Democratic Club backed Cuomo over Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon, who is a lesbian. In choosing Cuomo, the Stonewall Democrats cited his successful push in 2011 to make New York the first large ...

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Democrats +12 In New Generic US House Poll

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: With almost 2-1 backing from women, Democrats take a 51 – 39 percent lead in hypothetical races for the U.S. House of Representatives this year, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Women back Democratic candidates 57 – 32 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Men are divided with 46 ...

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Michelle Obama Leads Get Out The Vote Drive [VIDEO]

Vox reports: Michelle Obama may not want to run for president, but she’s still dipping her toe into politics as the country approaches November’s midterm elections. Unlike her husband, though, who will be hitting the campaign trail in November, she’s not rallying voters specifically to Democrats. The initiative launched Thursday, July 19, with a public service announcement. According to people ...

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RNC Spox Flogs Obamacare Repeal After Midterms

From this morning’s The Rising: Republicans could still repeal and replace ObamaCare if they are able to keep the House majority and gain seats in the Senate, Republican National Committee (RNC) spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told “Rising” on Thursday. McEnany specifically noted legislation proposed by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.), which was defeated last fall. “We were ...

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Major Upset Rocks New York Dem House Primary

CNN reports: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina running her first campaign, ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday, in the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season. An activist and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez won over voters in the minority-majority district with a ruthlessly efficient grassroots bid, even ...

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Pompeo Vows To Thwart Russian Meddling In Midterms

The Associated Press reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections. Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the administration will take “appropriate countermeasures” to fight what he called “continued efforts” by Russia to meddle in November’s vote. He did not elaborate on the Russian ...

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ActBlue Raises Record $783M For Dem Midterms

Mediaite reports: As America gets closer and closer to the 2018 midterm elections, it appears Democrats will be going in with a substantial war chest if ActBlue’s fundraising numbers are any indication. The fundraising tech company announced that they have raised $783 million since January 2017 — the month of President Donald Trump‘s inauguration — to support pro-left causes and ...

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NEW YORK: Dem Flips Deep Red Assembly Seat

Vox reports: In a Tuesday night special election race on Long Island, Democrats flipped a long-Republican State Assembly district to mark their 40th Trump-era takeover of a GOP-held seat. The seat had been held by a Republican since 1978. The New York State Assembly is firmly in Democratic hands, and control of the New York state Senate is caught up ...

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ARIZONA: Republican Wins Special US House Race

Roll Call reports: Former Republican state Sen. Debbie Lesko won the special election in Arizona’s 8th District on Tuesday night, but her victory margin for a seat that President Donald Trump easily carried in 2016 appeared to be relatively slim. The Associated Press called the race with Lesko leading Democrat Hiral Tipirneni, 53 percent to 47 percent in early ballots, ...

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Record Number Of Female Democrats Have Filed US House Bids Thanks To Donald Trump And GOP Policies

The Associated Press reports: The number of women running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives set a record Thursday, the vast majority of them Democrats motivated by angst over President Donald Trump and policies of the Republican-controlled Congress. Their ranks will continue to grow in the weeks ahead, with filing deadlines still to come in more than half ...

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Literal Clown Runs For US House

South Carolina’s The State reports: This clown wants your vote for Congress. In this case, that isn’t a negative description. Steve Lough, a candidate for Congress in South Carolina’s 5th District, is a former professional clown for the Ringling Brothers circus. Lough is leaning into his unusual resume, appearing in clown makeup in a promotional photo and registering the domain ...

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Democrats Now +10 In 2018 Midterms Poll

NBC News reports: Democrats enjoy a 10-point advantage over Republicans in congressional preference for the 2018 midterm elections, even as President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has ticked up, the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds. Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, while 40 percent want a GOP-controlled one. That double-digit lead — ...

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