ELECTION 2018-THE LATEST
The Latest: White House says Dem wave may just be a ‘ripple’
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says a Democratic wave may look more like a “ripple.”
Sanders spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday night, as election returns were still coming in. She says, “Maybe you get a ripple but I certainly don’t think that there’s a blue wave.”
She says there is still a “long way to go,” but the White House feels “good about where we are right now.”
Should Republicans lose the House, Sanders says the president’s agenda is not going to change.
Speaking on Fox News, Sanders said the candidates that Trump campaigned for are doing well. She also said that if Republicans should lose the House, Democrats should try to work across the aisle.
ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-THE LATEST
The Latest: GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo defeated in Florida
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has defeated Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida, the second GOP incumbent House member to fall. Curbelo, a moderate and critic of President Donald Trump, was trying to defy the political winds against Trump in the South Florida district.
Mucarsel-Powell is an immigrant from Ecuador who has worked for several nonprofit organizations in Miami-Dade County. She ran on preventing gun violence and protecting the environment, but her main focus was on health care and the Affordable Care Act, which Curbelo voted to repeal.
Mucarsel-Powell painted Curbelo as a politician who talks like a moderate but tends to vote with conservatives.
Curbelo is a leader of the bipartisan Climate Caucus and bucked GOP leadership this summer by supporting a tax on emissions of carbon dioxide, a contributor to global warming.
ELECTION 2018-VOTING PROBLEMS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Voting hours extended at more Ga. locations
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has extended voting hours at more polling locations in Georgia, where some voters have complained of waiting for hours in long lines.
An order issued Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court says one polling place in the county, home to much of Atlanta, must allow voters to keep casting ballots until 9 p.m., a full two hours after polls closed statewide. Two additional polling locations must remain open even longer, until 10 p.m.
A court in neighboring Gwinnett County also extended hours Tuesday at three polling places.
Some Georgia voters have reported waiting as long as three hours to vote Tuesday because of a shortage of voting machines and other problems at poll locations.
History, Trump and partisan bitterness collide in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — The bitter campaign for Georgia governor reaches its climax Tuesday as voters choose between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams in a contest both rivals frame as a battle for the soul of the state.
Abrams would become the first black woman in U.S. history to be elected governor. Kemp is trying to maintain Republican control in a state Democrats believe is nearing presidential battleground status.
There’s a possibility of a December runoff since Georgia law requires a majority to win.
The contest has turned bitter as Abrams and Kemp traded charges of shenanigans.
Abrams says Kemp abuses his current secretary of state post to make it harder for certain citizens to vote.
Kemp counters that Abrams and her backers want to help noncitizens cast ballots illegally.
ELECTION 2018-SENATE-THE LATEST
The Latest: Manchin wins re-election in West Virginia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has turned back a challenge by Republican Patrick Morrisey to win his second full-term in a state carried by President Donald Trump.
Manchin survived the most difficult re-election campaign of his career against the comparative newcomer Morrisey. Manchin is a former governor who has held elected office in West Virginia for the better part of three decades.
Manchin heavily outspent Morrisey and portrayed himself as loyal to his home state rather than party ideology. Manchin was the only Senate Democrat to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Manchin was critical of Morrisey’s New Jersey roots and his past lobbying ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
Morrisey is a two-term state attorney general and a staunch Trump supporter.
Trump closes out furious campaign effort with Missouri rally
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump closed out his midterm election rallies with one in Missouri that featured conservative stars, Republican hopefuls, favorite Democratic targets, and a little drama.
Joining Trump on stage in the Mississippi River town of Cape Girardeau was native son and radio host Rush Limbaugh plus Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro.
Trump’s stump speech was interrupted for several minutes Monday night when a woman in the crowd required medical attention. People sang the hymn “Amazing Grace” as she was taken outside.
Trump’s Missouri rally was his third of the day and his 11th in a spate of campaigning during which he accused Democrats of planning to ruin the country if they succeed in gaining power in Congress after Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Apologizing for cover-up, diocese vows to ID accused priests
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese is apologizing for covering up an Iowa priest’s sexual abuse of boys for decades and is promising to identify all priests who have faced credible allegations.
The actions by the Diocese of Sioux City come in response to an investigation by The Associated Press that broke the church’s 32-year silence on serial abuse by the Rev. Jerome Coyle.
In a statement Tuesday, the diocese said more disclosures of misconduct may be forthcoming. It urged victims to come forward, vowing to use the information to publish a list of credibly accused priests — a step the diocese had resisted.
Coyle admitted in 1986 to having sexually abused 50 boys over a 20-year period. The diocese now says it should have notified parishes and asked victims to come forward back then.
The diocese says it also should have notified the public this summer when Coyle was placed at a retirement home near a school.
ELECTION 2018-STATE GOVERNMENT-THE LATEST
The Latest: Democrat Whitmer wins Michigan governor’s race
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer has won the Michigan governor’s race to break a Republican power bloc that had been a top target for Democrats.
Whitmer is a former state legislative leader and defeated Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO’-tee) in Tuesday’s election. She will succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Republicans had controlled the governor’s office and both chambers of the Michigan Legislature since racking up big victories in the 2010 midterm elections during Democratic President Barack Obama’s tenure. The GOP used that trifecta of power to enact congressional and state legislative maps that favored Republicans.
That made Michigan a top target for national Democrats.
Whitmer’s victory continues a trend of party changes in Michigan. Voters have not elected back-to-back governors of the same party since the 1960s.
ELECTION 2018-BALLOT MEASURES
States to decide marijuana, Medicaid, redistricting measures
NEW YORK (AP) — An array of initiatives is on the ballot in dozens of states, including whether to legalize marijuana, boost the minimum wage and expand Medicaid.
In all, voters in 37 states will decide the fate of 155 statewide initiatives on Tuesday. Most were drafted by legislatures, but 64 resulted from citizen-initiated campaigns.
In North Dakota and Michigan, voters have a chance to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, a step already taken by nine other states. The ballots in Missouri and Utah included proposals to legalize the medical use of pot.
Proposals to change the redistricting process so it’s potentially less partisan were on the ballot in four states — Missouri, Michigan, Utah and Colorado.
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