2018 Elections

FLORIDA: Broward County Elections Official Resigns

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: The supervisor of elections for Broward County, Florida — Brenda Snipes — who has faced national scrutiny in recent days for her county’s chaotic performance during the recount in the Florida Senate and gubernatorial races, resigned on Sunday. Her county’s performance during the most recent recount — which was delayed by faulty machines and missing …

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Democrats Could Finish With 40 Flipped House Seats

Axios reports: Democrats have won at least 33 seats, but they look poised to win closer to 40 — there are 13 races that are either not called or too close to call, and Democrats have a solid chance of winning seven of those. Why it matters: We’re officially in “blue wave” territory. Even if Democrats didn’t win any additional …

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Elections 2018: Early Voting Returns Open Thread

Polls will begin to close in a few minutes in a couple of East Coast states although most won’t close until 7PM or later, in some cases due to long lines caused by various snafus. Use this post to weigh in on exit polls, turnout reports, and called races. As the night goes on I’ll devote individual posts to the …

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“Dónde Votar” Tops Google’s Trending Search Terms

The Hill reports: Google’s top trending search term in the U.S. on the morning of Election Day was the Spanish translation of “where to vote,” which could suggest a number of Hispanic-Americans were looking to get out the vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections. The company’s GoogleTrends Twitter account wrote Tuesday morning that “Dónde votar” had surged to the top of …

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Midterms Open Thread: Share Your Voting Experience

New York state unfortunately is one of only 13 states without early voting so I arrived at my polling place at 6:30AM today to find the longest line I’ve seen since 2008. For a midterms election. Use this post today to let us know your own voting experience and alert us to any issues you may have encountered. It’s going …

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Trump Warns: Dems Will Erase “Fragile” GOP Victories

The Associated Press reports: In his final pitch to voters, President Donald Trump implored Republicans on Monday to help preserve “fragile” GOP victories that could be erased by Democrats as he closes out a midterm campaign that has been defined by his racially charged rhetoric, hard-line immigration moves and scattershot policy proposals. “It’s all fragile. Everything I told you about, …

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Randy Rainbow: Don’t Forget To Vote, Bitch [VIDEO]

Viral YouTube star Randy Rainbow is back today with his own take on a “get out the vote” message, this time riffing on What Is This Feeling? from Wicked. Special appearances by Hair Furor and Sarah Huckleberry Sanders. As always, no spoilers, just watch and enjoy.

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Gay Porn Stars Urge You To Get Out And Vote [VIDEO]

Adult film star Bruce Beckham has rounded up some fellow gay porn pals for a “get out the vote” clip featuring Austin Wolfe, Chi Chi LaRue, Marc MacNamara, Alex Mecum, Adam Ramzi, Jason Vario, and others. Beckham recently starred in Titan Media’s Cauke For Free, which was the sequel to Cauke For President, in which JMG makes an appearance. So …

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Solid Jobs Report Lands Days Ahead Of Midterms

USA Today reports: The economy added a healthy 250,000 jobs in October, the Labor Department said Friday in the last employment report before midterm elections that President Trump has cast as a critical referendum on his stewardship of the economy. The unemployment rate was unchanged at a near 50-year low of 3.7 percent. Annual wage growth topped 3 percent for …

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49% Of College Students Say They’ll “Definitely” Vote

Axios reports: Nearly half of college students say they’ll “definitely” vote this year, according to a survey by College Reaction, a group that measures public opinion among college students. If true, that kind of turnout could help Democrats, since Republican students are more lukewarm about whether they’ll vote. But in reality, young voters aren’t exactly known for rushing to the …

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Sing Out, Louise: LGBTQ Resisters Say Vote! [VIDEO]

This is great! Via press release: Sing Out, Louise! an LGBTQ+ singing collective made up of activists from Gays Against Guns, the Women’s March, Rise and Resist, and Moms Demand Action, is pleased to release its first music video, Vote, in the run-up to the fall midterm elections. Instead of Hollywood stars, Sing Out, Louise! raps about its favorite progressive …

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Facebook Removes Nearly 800 “Inauthentic” Pages

CNBC reports: Facebook on Thursday announced the removal of 559 Pages and 251 accounts that it says broke the company’s rules against spam and “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The company said it chose to disclose the removal of these accounts and pages due to the “timing ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.” Facebook said many of the Pages in question were …

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NEW HIGH: Democrats +12 In Generic 2018 Poll

NBC News reports: Six weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats hold a 12-point lead in congressional preference among registered voters, with nearly six-in-ten saying they’d like to see significant change in the direction President Donald Trump has been leading the country, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  The results suggest a political environment where Democrats …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Six Siblings Of Far-Right Arizona GOP House Rep Denounce Him In Opponent’s Campaign Ad

Talking Points Memo reports: It starts out like any other campaign ad. A rural physician named Grace blames Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) for failing to do “anything to help rural America.” A lawyer named David claims Gosar is “absolutely not working for his district.’ Jennifer, a medical interpreter, laments Gosar’s failure to secure healthcare access for his constituents. Then comes …

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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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