Tag: Midterm Elections (2018)

In Florida Recount, Sloppy Signatures May Disqualify Thousands of Votes

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — The nuns at Zina Rodriguez’s Catholic school in the Bronx thwacked her knuckles to punish sloppy handwriting, so she was shocked when her mail-in ballot in Florida was rejected because her signature did not match the one on record with elections officials. Ms. Rodriguez, a registered […]

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N.J. Democrat Defeats Trump Ally, Leaving the State With Just 1 Republican in Congress

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Andy Kim, a New Jersey Democrat who had been locked in a neck-and-neck race for Congress, has defeated his Republican opponent, a two-term incumbent and staunch ally of President Trump, according to a final […]

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In Florida Recount Fight, Democratic Lawyer Draws Plaudits and Fire

WASHINGTON — He has been accused of rigging the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries to thwart Bernie Sanders and facilitating a deluge of big money into politics. He helped arrange financing for the dossier of sometimes salacious and unverified claims about President Trump’s ties to Russia and now is under direct […]

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Marco Rubio, Trumpified

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. Senator Marco Rubio wasn’t very pleased with yesterday’s edition of this newsletter. “Left wing commentators have no shame just making things up,” he tweeted, along with a link to the […]

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What’s an Election Loss When He’s ‘My Kevin’? McCarthy Appears Set to Lead House G.O.P.

WASHINGTON — As the death toll rose in devastating fires raging across California on Monday, Representative Kevin McCarthy got on the telephone with President Trump to explain how bad it was. In a call from his Capitol office on Veterans Day, Mr. McCarthy, who represents California’s Central Valley, laid out […]

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Arizona Election Results: 6 Key Takeaways on Sinema Victory

Representative Kyrsten Sinema’s upset victory in Arizona on Monday night marked the first time a Democrat has been elected to the Senate from that state since 1988. Here are six takeaways about the race and the changing nature of Arizona politics. [Catch up on Ms. Sinema’s victory remarks and the […]

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A Week After the Election, Democratic Gains Grow Stronger

The 2018 midterm election looked last Tuesday like a serious but not crippling setback for Republicans, with Democrats making significant gains in congressional races but failing to deliver a comprehensive defeat to President Trump and his party. The picture for Republicans has gotten grimmer since then, as a more complete […]

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Federal Judge Delays Certification of Georgia Election Results

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Monday ordered a delay in the certification of Georgia’s election results, citing concerns about the state’s voter registration system and the handling of provisional ballots. The decision effectively deepened the turmoil in Georgia’s campaign for governor, a still unsettled contest that has been among […]

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Kyrsten Sinema Declared Winner in Arizona Senate Race

PHOENIX — Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and former social worker, scored a groundbreaking victory in the race for a Senate seat in Arizona on Monday, defeating her Republican opponent after waging a campaign in which she embraced solidly centrist positions, according to The Associated Press. Ms. Sinema’s victory over […]

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News Analysis: Inside the Republican Strategy to Discredit the Florida Recount

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The concerted effort by Republicans in Washington and Florida to discredit the state’s recount as illegitimate and potentially rife with fraud reflects a cold political calculation: Treat the recount as the next phase of a campaign to secure the party’s majority and agenda in the Senate. That […]

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Mississippi Senator’s ‘Public Hanging’ Remark Draws Backlash Before Runoff

With her arm around a cattle rancher, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Republican of Mississippi, drew laughter and applause at a recent campaign event when she gushed about how highly she thought of him: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” But beyond the small […]

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Judge Urges Parties in Florida Election to ‘Ramp Down the Rhetoric’

MIAMI — The chief state judge in Broward County, Fla., urged the lawyers involved in the battle over the state vote recount on Monday to “ramp down the rhetoric” and take any accusations of electoral fraud where they belong: to the police. Chief Circuit Judge Jack Tuter refused a request […]

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Meet the New House Democrats: They Could Be a Management Headache

WASHINGTON — There is a former N.F.L. linebacker, a climate scientist, and a rapper with a Harvard Law degree. There is one immigrant from Somalia and another from Ecuador. There are two former C.I.A. officials, an Air Force veteran, a former Navy helicopter pilot, and a retired Marine commander — […]

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Democrats Can’t Play It Safe. They Need Inspiring Candidates.

Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams, progressive African-American Democratic candidates, may not have won their races for governor in Florida and Georgia (both are still too close to call). But the strategy they followed is still the best strategy for Democrats to win: inspiring, mobilizing and turning out voters of color […]

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Uncounted Ballots, Overvoted Ballots: Why Is the Governor Claiming Fraud in Florida’s Election?

LAUDERHILL, Fla. — In the chaos that has swirled over the vote count in Florida following Tuesday’s midterm elections, one headline made its way ominously around the state: A teacher in Broward County had discovered a box labeled “provisional ballots,” left behind at the polling place at her school. Mishandled […]

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Let the People Vote

ImageVoters waiting in a long line to vote in the 2018 midterm general election, outside a polling station located at Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia. CreditMichael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock The United States finally has the pro-democracy movement that it needs. Last week, ballot initiatives to improve the functioning of democracy […]

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‘S.N.L.’: Stressing Unity, Rep.-Elect Dan Crenshaw Accepts Pete Davidson Apology

Pete Davidson apologized on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend to Dan Crenshaw, the former Navy SEAL and newly elected Representative he mocked last week in a widely criticized “Weekend Update” segment. In a surprise cameo, Crenshaw appeared alongside Davidson to take a few humorous potshots of his own and then, […]

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Dana Rohrabacher Loses, Eroding Republican Foothold in California

Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican fixture in California who represented Orange County for 15 terms, lost his bid for re-election. His defeat underlines the party’s setbacks in a part of the state that was long a symbol of its political dominance. The Associated Press called the race on Saturday, with […]

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Democrats Have Two Paths for 2020: Daring or Defensive. Can They Settle on Either?

WASHINGTON — For Democrats, the victories, near wins and stinging losses on Tuesday have intensified a debate in the party about how to retake the White House, with moderates arguing they must find a candidate who can appeal to President Trump’s supporters and historically Republican suburbanites, and progressives claiming they […]

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A Blue Wave in Kansas? Don’t Be So Surprised

WICHITA, Kan. — At an open-air debate at the Kansas State Fair in September, a raucous crowd roared, cheered and booed with such vigor that the candidates often were forced to pause before they could speak. The Republican candidate for governor, Kris Kobach, and the independent, Greg Orman, had strong support […]

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