Politics

Schumer: Trump Is “Delusional” For Claiming Victory

Politico reports: Chuck Schumer charged Wednesday that President Donald Trump is “delusional” for claiming victory in the midterm elections, insisting that the Democratic Party is poised to compete for the Senate and presidency in 2020 despite losses in key Senate races. Trump cast the election as vindication for his campaign strategy, emphasizing the GOP’s gains in the Senate and claiming …

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Kemp Declares Victory, Abrams Not Yet Conceding

Time Magazine reports: Republican Brian Kemp’s campaign declared victory Wednesday in the Georgia governor’s race, though Democrat Stacey Abrams insists that enough ballots remain to leave open the possibility of a runoff. The Associated Press has not called the contest. Ryan Mahoney, a top Kemp campaign adviser, told reporters in a conference call that the numbers show Abrams can’t win …

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Marijuana Stocks Spike Upon News Of Sessions’ Firing

CNBC reports: Shares of major marijuana companies rallied after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday after months of public criticism from his boss, President Donald Trump. Canada-based Tilray closed up 30 percent while Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis rose 8.1 percent and 9 percent respectively. Cronos Group added 8.4 percent. “You’re happy if you’re long the cannabis stocks. He was …

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TEXAS: Former GOP Rep. Steve “Benghazi” Stockman Sentenced To 10 Years For Campaign Finance Scheme

The Houston Chronicle reports: Former Congressman Steve Stockman, a Tea Party stalwart who represented East Texas during two non-consecutive terms, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Wednesday for his role in a wide-ranging scheme that included a spy operation aimed a fellow Republican challenger and $1.25 million in campaign funds pilfered from conservative megadonors. Stockman, who was …

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MONTANA: Democrat Jon Tester Holds US Senate Seat After Glorious Leader Held Four Rallies Against Him

Politico reports: Democratic Sen. Jon Tester has won reelection narrowly in Montana, defeating Republican Matt Rosendale after a fiery campaign marked by Tester’s clashes with President Donald Trump. Tester had 49 percent of the vote to 48 percent for Rosendale, the Montana state auditor, when the Associated Press called the race on Wednesday afternoon with 92 percent of precincts reporting. …

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MICHIGAN: Democrat Elissa Slotkin Flips House Seat

Called this morning. Detroit’s ABC affiliate reports: Republican incumbent Mike Bishop has conceded the race for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District to Democrat Elissa Slotkin. Slotkin, from Holly, previously worked in both the George W. Bush and Obama presidential administrations and unseated the two-term Republican. Bishop, who is from Rochester, served in both the State House and State Senate before being …

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CONNECTICUT: Dems Hold Governorship In Squeaker

The Hartford Courant reports: Ned Lamont will be the next governor of Connecticut. Republican Bob Stefanowski conceded the race for governor Wednesday morning after late returns from the state’s cities pushed Lamont to victory. In conceding, Stefanowski said “the margin was big enough” to hand victory to Lamont. Problems with same-day voter registration are not significant enough to change the …

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MICHIGAN: Lesbian Lawyer Elected Attorney General

Just called. Click On Detroit reports: Democrat Dana Nessel beat Republican Tom Leonard in the race for Michigan Attorney General. Leonard conceded the race to Nessel on Wednesday morning. Dana Nessel is best known for successfully fighting to overturn Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. Nessel, 49, has been a Detroit-area prosecutor and defense attorney but made headlines as co-counsel in …

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NEVADA: Dead Pimp Elected To State Assembly

The Associated Press reports: A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate has won a heavily GOP state legislative district. Dennis Hof defeated Democratic educator Lesia Romanov on Tuesday in the race for Nevada’s 36th Assembly District, which includes rural communities and large stretches of desert in …

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IOWA: LGBT Ally Zach Wahls Elected To State Senate

The Daily Iowan reports: After Tuesday’s victory in the race for the District 37 state Senate seat, Democratic candidate Zach Wahls becomes one of the youngest faces in that body at 26. At his election night watch party at Big Grove Brewery, Wahls said he was pleased with voter turnout, particularly from young people. “We smashed voter turnout from 2014,” …

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KANSAS: Lesbian Native American Flips House Seat

The Kansas City Star reports: Kansas voters made history Tuesday when they selected Sharice Davids to be their next congresswoman. Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, will be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress — a distinction she shared with New Mexico’s Deb Haaland, who also won Tuesday — and the first openly LGBT person to …

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NEW YORK: Homocon Loses As Dems Flip State Senate

Homocon Pete Holmberg, who championed a Russian troll farm’s idiotic #walkaway campaign and defended the Proud Boys, lost his very long shot bid for the New York Senate by 64 points as Democrats seized control of the chamber for the first time in a decade. The New York Times reports: The Senate had been the Republican Party’s last foothold of …

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Indicted GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Wins Reelection

The Huffington Post reports: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) on Tuesday edged out Democratic challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar in the race for his California House seat despite charges against Hunter involving the misuse of campaign funds. The race in the Golden State’s 50th Congressional District — traditionally a Republican stronghold — was put into play after Hunter and his wife being were …

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NEW HAMPSHIRE: Gay Democrat Wins US House Seat

New Hampshire’s WBUR reports: Democrat Chris Pappas will become New Hampshire’s first openly gay member of Congress after defeating Republican Eddie Edwards in the 1st Congressional District. While both candidates said they want to bring integrity and decency to Washington, Pappas argued only he had the experience to back that up. In addition to running a family restaurant, he is …

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MINNESOTA: Lesbian Unseats Anti-LGBT US House Rep

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: A lesbian candidate running for a U.S. House seat in Minnesota has unseated an anti-LGBT lawmaker from the U.S. House, making her poised to become the first openly gay mother in Congress. At a around 8:15 local time, major media outlets declared Angie Craig, a business executive who’s also mother, the winner in …

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WISCONSIN: Dem Tony Evers Unseats Scott Walker

This wasn’t called when I finally crashed last night. CNN reports: Democrat Tony Evers will oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office, CNN can project, denying the Republican a third term and accomplishing something Democrats have long looked to achieve. Evers, like Democrats across the country, ran in clear opposition to the Republican health care plan, but he also seized …

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Trump Claims “Very Big Win” Despite Losing House

Roll Call reports: Even though his party lost control of the House, President Donald Trump declared a “big victory” on Wednesday morning as he focused on Republicans picking up seats in the Senate. The Associated Press projects the chamber will remain in Republican hands, with a Democratic takeover bid blocked after losses in Indiana and North Dakota. But Democrats, fueled …

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MINNESOTA: Keith Ellison Defeats Hate Group Lawyer

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: DFLer Keith Ellison was elected Minnesota attorney general, defeating Republican Doug Wardlow in a bitterly contested race that attracted national attention from both political parties. In a campaign marked by allegations of domestic abuse and an intense spotlight on their pasts, the candidates presented voters with starkly different visions for how they would lead the office …

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Nancy Pelosi: Tomorrow Will Be A New Day For America

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader who may soon be speaker, on Tuesday celebrated Democratic victories in that chamber, as the party inched toward reclaiming the majority. “Tomorrow will be a new day in America,” she declared at an election night party. “We have all had enough of division,” she said. “The American …

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MISSOURI: Republican Josh Hawley Flips Senate Seat

The Hill reports: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley won the closely watched Senate race in Missouri on Tuesday night, handing Republicans a significant victory as they look to expand their majority. Hawley defeated Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who was viewed as one of the most vulnerable incumbents up for reelection after President Trump won her state in 2016 by …

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