Midterm Elections 2014 Yahoo News Live Blog

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  • Welcome to the Midterm Mixer Liveblog!

    Inside the Yahoo News basement War Room—and yes, that is a lovely collection of MacBook Airs. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    by Kelli Grant

    Hello, and welcome to the Yahoo News 2014 Election Night blog! Live from our basement War Room at the Capitol Lounge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., we'll be delivering real time news and analysis on the races that will decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, governors' mansions, and the issues that matter. At 11pm Eastern, we'll flip the switch on this page to the Midterm Mixer upstairs—Katie Couric's live post-election (well, post most of them, anyway—Alaska polls don't close until 1am) after party and show. Stick around—this is going to be fun.

    Yahoo preps for #midtermmixer live event in Washington, D.C.

    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)
    Yahoo prepares for the 2014 #MidtermMixer live show with Katie Couric and guests at the Capitol Lounge in Washington, DC. November 4, 2014. (Kelli Grant/Yahoo News)

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    Bloggers tonight include those featured at right.
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  • Is Begich's big ground game big enough?

    A car carrying a voter pulls in to the Valley Bible Chalet polling location on Election Day in Indian, Alaska, south of Anchorage. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    by Kelli Grant

    Despite its physical enormity, Alaska is, in fact, a very small state — the fourth-least-populous in America — where little variations in who actually votes can make a big difference in the results. 

    That's why incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is still feeling optimistic about his chances, even though Republican challenger Dan Sullivan was leading in the polls heading into Election Day.  

    Over the last week, Team Begich claims to have knocked on 50,000 doors, which is roughly one-sixth of the expected Nov. 4 electorate. They also claim to have contacted "everyone in rural Alaska."

    These claims sounds somewhat preposterous—until you consider the size and scope of the unprecedented ground game that Begich and his Democratic allies have been building for the last year or so.

    Check out the stats. Sullivan has five field offices in the state's most populated areas; Begich has 16, many in far-flung communities. Sullivan and the GOP have 14 field staffers on the payroll. Begich and the Dems have 90 — and "nearly half of them are based in rural Alaska and are responsible for on-the-ground organizing in the state's 198 Native villages." All told, Democrats have spent 10 times more than Republicans on field operations in Alaska. Meanwhile, independent expenditures in the state recently hit the $36 million mark — an average of $120 per voter. That's insane. The next highest state on the list is New Hampshire at $34 per voter. By comparison, pro-Obama groups spent $16.73 per voter in 2012.

    As Andrew Halcro, president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, recently told the Washington Post, "I have never seen 20-somethings roaming my neighborhood with iPads with the data they have. There's never been this organized, concerted, backbone effort before."

    Whether these iPad-toting Millennials will be enough to push Begich past his Republican rival, however, remains to be seen. Sullivan had perhaps the soberest (if sarcastic) take on all the ground-game hubbub. "Who knows? Maybe their... ground game is really impressive or maybe it's kind of like [Begich's] record of getting bills passed," he told the Post. "I dunno, we'll see on November 4."

    Or Thanksgiving. The polls don't close in Alaska until after midnight EST—and the counting could go on for weeks

    by Andrew Romano edited by David Olivenbaum 11/4/2014 9:48:06 PM
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  • Lil Jon says Georgia never mailed him his absentee ballot

    Rapper Lil Jon posted on Instagram that he flew to Georgia this morning to vote in person, because the state never mailed him an absentee ballot. The U.S. Senate and governors races are both close there, and voter registration efforts have run into problems with what they say is a byzantine and inefficient process. Read more here on that.

    I’m angry that it’s this hard for Georgia citizens to exercise a constitutional right." - Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams

    It's your right to VOTE!! Don't let anyone take that away from you! #makechange #changetheworld #sicklecellmatters #changematters #liljon #music #rap #worldchangers @liljon
    by sicklecellmatters via Instagram

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  • Party! 

    Put your party hat on! Tonight iour Yahoo News Midterm Mixer and we've got a LOT to talk about. Along with our Yahoo News politics team, some special guests will be joining us to discuss the outcomes of the races and what it all means for you. The big question is - will the GOP gain the six seats it needs to take control of the senate? There may be some nail-biters tonight as Democrats rally to get out the vote. Plus, we'll talk about the future of Obama's presidency and the road to 2016. Also, a look at the youth vote and what issues matter most to millennials. Join the conversation and tweet us using the hashtag #MidtermMixer!
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  • Mitch McConnell gets photobombed in the voting booth

    Mitch McConnell is photobombed as he fills out his ballot (Getty Images)

    Kentucky Sen.
    Mitch McConnell cast his vote on Tuesday at Bellarmine University in Louisville — and was promptly photobombed in the voting booth.

    As the Senate minority leader was filling out his ballot, an unidentified voter could be seen giving McConnell the thumbs down.
    Recent polls showed the Republican incumbent pulling away from his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

    On Twitter, the Grimes campaign used the photo for a last-minute push to get out the vote.

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  • Why Do You Vote? 

    It's Election Day, and this year we partnered with OurTime.org,
     a nonprofit group led by millennials who want to help their generation learn more about politics and understand the issues. Immigration reform, LGBT rights, racial profiling, marijuana legalization and student debt are just some of the issues they discuss in a series of short videos featuring unique and diverse young voices. What motivated you to get out and vote? Tweet me @katiecouric with the hashtag #MidtermMixer and tell me the issues that are important to you this year! I want to hear from you!
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  • The Alaska news reporter who quit on air for marijuana legalization

    Reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air with style. (VIDEO)
    by Pete Lasow via YouTube

    Tonight could be big for the legal-marijuana movement, as voters in Oregon and Alaska weigh ballot initiatives that would legalize the drug’s sale and use.

    Anchorage news
    reporter Charlo Greene became the Alaska ballot proposition’s most high-profile supporter when she revealed on air in September that she was quitting her job to advocate for legal pot full-time. “And as for this job ... f--- it, I quit,” Greene said in the video, which quickly went viral.

    The pro-pot lobby has far outspent the anti-marijuana groups in both states, but polls show the Alaska and Oregon initiatives are too close to call. Florida, meanwhile, may become the 24th state to allow the medical use of marijuana, and Washington, D.C., voters will weigh decriminalizing the possession of marijuana, though not its sale. Washington state and Colorado legalized the drug in 2012.
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  • Hello and welcome! I'm going to be hosting this event from the basement of the Capitol Lounge, a bar just a short stagger away from where Congress meets and, you know, doesn't do that much. We'll be taking some of your questions and comments on this Election Night...don't be shy. We'll try to get to a bunch, but can't get to all of them. Fire away.
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  • Travels with Hillary (and Bill), 2014 edition

    The Correct the Record site, run by the Democratic American Bridge 21st Century group, has gathered up all of likely Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton's travels this past year, along with those of her husband. Note the big no-fly zone in the ruby-red middle of the country.

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  • Biden: Orman 'will be with us'

    Independent senate candidate Greg Orman talks to supporters during a campaign event Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    by Kelli Grant

    Independent Greg Orman has long refused to say which party he’d caucus with if he defeats GOP Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas. In a line that he’s repeated again and again, Orman has said that he’d choose a “party that really wants to solve the problems in the country.

    But Vice President Joe Biden may have stepped on that message.
    In an interview with Connecticut radio station WPLR, Biden predicted Orman would caucus with Senate Democrats. “We have a chance of picking up an independent who will be with us in the state of Kansas,” Biden said. It was a break from Kansas Democrats, who have kept Orman at arm’s length during the campaign.The clip was quickly blasted out by the Republican National Committee and Roberts’ campaign, who have argued “a vote for Orman is a vote for Obama.

    But Orman’s campaign
    distanced itself from Biden’s remarks, insisting in a statement that Orman has never spoken to Biden and that he is “not going to Washington to represent the Democrats or the Republicans.”
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  • Scenes from the 2014 campaign via Instagram

    On the campaign trail. Iowa city, Iowa. Johnson county republican campaign headquarters. Photo by: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post #forwp
    by washpostphoto via Instagram

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  • Does Mark Udall still have a shot in Colorado?

    Adams County, Colorado voter Joanne Law casts their mail in ballot Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Thornton, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
    by Kelli Grant

    The short answer is yes.
     Here's why. 

    On paper, the incumbent Democratic senator's chances don't look so hot. Udall's opponent, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, has finished first in every single poll released since the start of October; his average lead currently stands at 2.5 percentage points. Also troubling for Udall fans is the fact that more Republicans than Democrats have voted already—a lot more. Like, 100,000 more. (In Colorado, every registered voter gets a ballot in the mail, so early voting is very common.)

    But there's more to the story than the polls and early turnout suggest. 

    In 2010, Michael Bennet was trailing in the polls on Election Day—by 3 points, on average. That's more than Udall is trailing by now. Bennet also lost the registration battle by 5.9 points. But he still won the election by nearly 2 points. 

    Could the same thing happen today with Udall? 

    It's certainly possible. Gardner's registration advantage started out at 10 points last week. But then—because Republicans tend to vote early and Democrats tend to vote late—it slipped to 9.2 percent on Thursday, 9 percent Friday, 8.6 percent Saturday, and 7.9 percent on Sunday. It currently stands at 7.3 percent. 

    If Democrats show up and vote today at roughly the same rate as they showed up for Bennet in 2010, Udall could cut Gardner's registration advantage to less than 6 percent. In that case, he would have a chance to hold onto his seat. 

    Udall's people are hopeful. They believe—with good reason—that they have the best ground game in the country; they claim to have knocked on more than 500,000 doors over the last four days. They also believe the public polls are undercounting Latino voters, which has happened repeatedly in the past

    But ultimately the actual returns will tell the tale. If tonight's first data dump shows Gardner up by 8 to 10 percentage points, Udall is probably finished. But if the margin is more like 5 or 6 points, grab another snifter of Crooked Stave Surette—we'll be in for a long night. 
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  • People at the polls here in South Central Illinois tell me that the numbers voting are more like a Presidential Year than an off year election!!!!
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  • In answer to Mike White: We are hearing that same (anecdotal) information elsewhere regarding turnout being high. It would be fascinating if that were to hold true all night. Mid-term elections tend to bring out fewer voters, and specifically fewer Democratic voters, than presidential elections.
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  • We have a lot of interesting questions and comments -- and we're trying to get through some of them. Have a look at some of the pieces that we're posting below from our correspondents.
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  • Why doesn't the guy who photobombed or the person who posted or BOTH get into a little bit of electioneering trouble? They make people stand outside away from the polls, make a guy take off an NRA hat, make people discard flyers...so why is this apparently OK?
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  • The photo bomb was removed as it should have. TACKY and illegal action by this random guy. This is not the place to display political affiliation. Save it for the ballot, buddy! No voted should ever feel coerced or intimidated...even those running for office.
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  • Kentucky: State law bars people from using a "paper, telephone, personal telecommunications device, computer, or other information technology system to create a checkoff list or record the identity of voters." While the law doesn't specifically address using cell phones for other purposes, in 2008, then-Secretary of State Trey Grayson (D) said voters were not allowed to bring cameras and recording devices into polling places. Verdict: Ballot photography banned. Polling place photography banned.
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  • Regarding the photobomber behind Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (whose title might change come January): Several commenters have suggested that what he did was illegal. I'm fairly sure that you can get into trouble for using an electronic device at the polling place (no selfies with ballots in something like 35 states, if I recall correctly). But if the picture and video came from news media footage (which is common when high-profile candidates vote) that doesn't trigger the same issues. I'm not sure what trouble he'd get into for his display of disapproval. I bet local news outlets are trying to find out who the Thumbs-Down Guy is.
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  • Top 10 Senate races could buy 3.5 years of current Yankees roster

    The 2014 midterms will be the most costly nonpresidential election ever.

    he 10 most expensive Senate races alone will exceed $700 million. For context, Yahoo News asked, what could that money buy a person?

    Try three and a half years of the current New York Yankees roster or 58 and a third 2014-vintage Derek Jeters.

    A slew of legal decisions over the past four years that loosened restrictions on outside group campaign contributions has opened the spending floodgates.
    Through Nov. 1, outside groups had spent more than $498.7 million on Senate races and $283.1 million on House races, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.


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  • A Congress that looks like America? Keep looking

    Reports Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report:

    ...the demographic gap between the two parties in the House is likely to reach a new record high. By our estimate, the percentage of women and minorities in
    the Democratic caucus is likely to rise three points to 56 percent, while the share of women and minorities in the GOP conference may rise just two points
    to 13 percent.
    Consider that nearly two thirds of the American electorate is expected to be women and/or minorities in 2016.

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  • Will voter rules cause havoc in Kansas Senate and governor races?

    Voters at the Town and Country Christian Church wait to cast their ballots in Kansas' hotly contested Senate race as the polls open on Tuesday in Topeka. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
    by Kelli Grant

    Two of the most closely watched races in the country are happening in Kansas, where a pair of prominent Republicans are in a tough fight for their political survival. GOP Sen. Pat Roberts is locked in a dead heat with Greg Orman, a former Democrat who is running as an independent, and Gov. Sam Brownback is fending off a stronger-than-expected challenge from Democrat Paul Davis.

    But with both races expected to be tight, there’a a chance we might not know the outcome tonight because of a strict new voter-identification law that could force some Kansas residents to cast a provisional ballot that would be counted later. The law, which went into last year, requires voters to show photo identification at the polls — which prevented some senior citizens from voting in the state’s primary elections because their IDs were rejected.

    Meanwhile, more than 21,000 people may be blocked from voting at all because of a new provision that requires voters who registered after 2013 to provide proof of citizenship. The law was championed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican known for his work on anti-immigration measures, who argued that he wanted to prevent non-American citizens from canceling the votes of actual Kansas residents. But critics say it is suppressing voters. Of those who hadn’t yet proved their citizenship, 12,327 were independents, according to the Wichita Eagle; 4,787 were Republicans; and 3,948 were Democrats.

    by Holly Bailey edited by David Olivenbaum 11/4/2014 10:29:50 PM
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  • Meredith Shiner's post illustrates how the biggest winner's in this year's elections will be the advertisers.
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  • Meredith, which politician is the worst campaigner you saw up close this year? What about ever?
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  • @MarkSanford: Of all the campaigns I saw in 2014, I think Democrat Mark Udall in Colorado seems to be running the worst race. I witnessed a Denver Post debate where one of the moderators referred to him as "Mark Uterus" because of all of the abortion rights ads he has run since April. It's a catchy (and mildly icky moniker) but I think it underscores the frustration Colorado voters feel about the overwhelmingly negative, single-issue campaign he has run when Coloradans seem to want a larger discussion on a broader range of issues important to them.
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  • @MarkSanford: Oh and worst ever: Maybe Martha Coakley against Scott Brown in the 2010 special Senate election in Massachusetts. We'll see how she does tonight!
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  • Meredith: All of that cash...a shot in the arm of media in those states, right? Do you know what an individual ad goes for? Can we draw some conclusions about how many ads the people in, say, North Carolina endured?
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  • @OlivierKnox: so the Center for Public integrity does some incredible work tracking how many ads run in each state per week and how much they cost. For example, in the week of Oct. 14-20, more than 10,800 Senate race-specific ads aired in North Carolina. That's a lot of ads! The cost of those spots varies on what kind of programming is around the commercial breaks and if there are other competitive races in the state. For example, advertising buys during the World Series on network TV cost more than during Friends re-runs on cable. Operatives in Louisiana and Georgia are especially nervous about high ad costs for potential run-offs because of a competitive SEC football schedule. One of the ways parties and candidates can avoid higher costs is to reserve ad time early. For example, the campaign arms of Senate Democrats and Republicans already have reserved millions of dollars in air time for the Louisiana runoff, according to my sources.
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  • America Votes

    Sam, the dog of Sandy Greenfield, left, wears an "I voted" sticker after Greenfield cast her ballot during elections Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
    A car carrying a voter pulls in to the Valley Bible Chalet polling location, shortly after the polls opened on election day, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014, in Indian, Alaska, south of Anchorage. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    A voter leaves a polling station after casting his ballot during elections Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
    People vote in the midterm general elections at a polling station located in a fire station in Arlington, Virginia, November 4, 2014. (EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS)
    Ballots envelopes sit in a bin prepared to give voters inside a polling center at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's office, in Boulder, Colo., on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
    Will Solada, 3, checks out the voting machines as his mother, Megan Solada, votes with her other two sons, Zach, 7, and Nate, 6, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)
    A woman leaves a polling station after voting in the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Firefighter Cheyne Hansen takes a sign out of storage at a municipal garage while helping election officials scramble to set up a last-minute polling place, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Camden, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
    A volunteer tries to grab the attention of passing motorists as he holds campaign signs in front of a polling site, on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Donna, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    People line up to vote on election day New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    A voter has a lot of signage to read before entering this precinct in Jackson, Miss.,Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Voters fill out their ballots in a gym on election day at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
    Dominique Saks heads into Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, to drop off her ballot for the general election. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Mark Reis)
    An election worker lays out "I Voted" stickers for voters after they complete their ballots, inside a polling center at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder's office, in Boulder, Colo., on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
    A voter fills our a provisional ballot by hand for the midterm elections at a polling place in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Gunnar Nelson, 3, helps his dad cast his ballot for midterm elections Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Bradfordton, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
    Oliver Young, 3, reads while his mother waits in line to vote at Maplewood Elementary School on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/ Tamir Kalifa)
    A man casts his ballot for the general election at a polling station inside a fire station, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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  • Follow the (tangled) money trail

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    by Kelli Grant

    Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC—the No. 1 spending outside group in this election I wrote about earlier today  claims to be “transparent”: Like all the 1,236 super PACs registered with the FEC, it is required to its donors. 

    Only the word “transparent” needs an asterisk or two. It turns out some of its cash – $483,000 for “salaries and insurance”  comes from yet another outside group, something called “Patriot Majority USA. It's one of those nondisclosing “dark money” nonprofits that shield their donors, according to the Center for Public Integrity Report.

    Run by a former Reid communications director, Patriot Majority has pumped more than $10 million into anti-GOP attack ads in this year’s midterms. I wrote about this sort of money shuffle back in 2010 here: secret money goes into nonprofits that winds up in the coffers of Super-PAC.  
    It’s not exactly unique — and Republicans do it spades: Just look at the relationship between Rove’s American Crossroads (a disclosing Super PAC) and its “dark money” affiliate, Crossroads GPS. 
    But the Democratic dodge is notable since it would seem to undermine the party’s professed commitment to disclosure. 
    by Michael Isikoff edited by David Olivenbaum 11/4/2014 10:50:24 PM
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  • This gap needs to be closer to 6% for Udall to have a shot.

    The latest numbers from Colorado show that Republicans hold a 7.3-point registration advantage among votes cast—not good news for Democratic incumbent Mark Udall at this late stage.  

    For more on the GOP's early registration advantage—and how Udall could overcome it—click here
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  • Meredith: What do you think about the 3 states and DC that are voting for Marijuana legislation?

    Florida Amendment 2
    Oregon Measure 91
    Alaska Measure 2
    DC Initiative 71DFDBTBat 5:40 PM

    I am most familiar with the polling on the DC initiative, as I currently live here in Washington (don't hold it against me!) The most recent polling shows that Initiative 71 is likely to pass. As the Colorado test case demonstrates — and my colleague Andrew Romano who has reported on that governor's race can tell you — legalization comes with particular uncertainty, kinks and a lot of regulatory work to transition these cities and states from places where marijuana is illegal federally but legal locally. As these localities continue to adopt these ballot measures, how they implement their new laws, I think, will dictate whether groups in other states feel comfortable in pursuing similar measures.
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  • Georgia Secretary of State website crashed earlier today

    Voting machines in use as a steady stream of voters comes in to cast their ballots in Stone Mountain, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson)
    by Gordon Donovan

    Voting rights groups were up in arms this afternoon over reports that Georgia's Secretary of State website crashed and was down for several hours. The website was supposed to be a resource for voters to look up their polling location. The New York Times reported that one civic group focused on voting access had received 778 phone calls from frustrated voters before noon. And in the afternoon, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp asking him "to investigate and address these issues immediately to ensure that Georgians can exercise their legal right to vote."

    Kemp has already been the subject of controversy. The House Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams, mounted a voter registration drive earlier this year and now says that about half of the roughly 80,000 voters they signed up are nowhere to be found in the state's records. It's a fight that could take on incredible significance if Georgia's U.S. Senate race goes to a runoff, or is decided by a small margin. More on that "missing voters" story here
    by Jon Ward edited by Garance Franke-Ruta 11/4/2014 10:54:36 PM
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  • Hi Zach! This is a great question. I think that McConnell being ousted might have some effect on the lame-duck session — it's always a shock to the political system when a leader goes down — but, to me, the most significant X-factor on the productivity of a lame duck is the potential for dual Senate runoffs in Louisiana and Georgia. One of the reasons Congress has been so ... pardon my pun ... lame in regular session is that leaders are fearful of giving any legislative leverage to their opponents. The fewer votes there are, the less ammunition anyone has for political attack ads. If two Senate seats are still undecided, and more complicated yet, the majority is not decided, politicians in Washington will be especially cautious. They won't want to swing those two races one way or another. Also look for the White House to hold off on any controversial executive orders (think: immigration) until voters in those two states have picked their senators. The Louisiana runoff is Dec. 4. Georgia is Jan. 6.
    by Meredith Shiner edited by Garance Franke-Ruta 11/4/2014 11:03:29 PM
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  • Thanks for joining us in our midterm elections live blog. Keep those comments coming.

    Republicans popularity does not exist. Wall Street is afraid of Tea Politics effects. On energy it seems we import from non democratic countries under Republicans and now under Obama we turned it arround and export. Obama rescued auto industry and infrastructure which business loves and he made wall street and Banks accountable. Reality seems to show Democrats have the edge. What am I missing?wendyNov 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Waiting for the Republican landslideHeffyrodNov 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Dear Conservatives, if you win the Senate, you better do the following: Reform the Tax code, immigration reform and securing the borders, passing a budget, reducing the debt, reducing STUPID spending (studying the mating habits of Shrimp!), eliminating the Penny, slashing the EPA and the IRS! Failure is not acceptable!NairbNov 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Repubs will win. It's their time. No middle roaders. You cannot control or regulate the laws of demand and supply and at the same time retain the freedom of action which is the concept of the American system of private enterprise.BlueDogNov 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

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  • AP: Voters unhappy with Obama and GOP, say exit polls

    The mood of the nation is not good.

    Most of the Americans voting Tuesday were unhappy or even angry with the Obama administration, exit polls show. But most weren't pleased with Republican
    congressional leaders, either.

    by Garance Franke-Ruta edited by Lauren Johnston 11/4/2014 11:16:07 PM
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  • When will the election map start showing data? Polls are only open for two more hours on the east coast; I'm sure some early numbers are available by now.Tenaciousat 6:02 PM

    Hey there! Here is a handy @YahooNews guide to your midterm night from me and the delightful Andrew Romano. Thanks to the foresight of our editor, Garance Franke-Ruta, it includes poll closing times! Also: beware. Cable news outlets likely will start posting exit polls earlier in the evening and these are not the same as final vote tallies and have a history. Exit polling is notoriously shady, but sometimes it does provide a valuable snapshot of where any given electorate is over the course of the day.
    by Meredith Shiner edited by Lauren Johnston 11/4/2014 11:16:16 PM
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  • Do Alison Lundergan Grimes and Barack Obama have the same face?

    The answer to that question is no, but the Kentucky Republican Party would like you to think differently.

    A GOP mailer sent to hundreds of thousands of Kentucky voters featuring a holographic wiggle image of Obama's face that morphs into Grimes' is one of the most overt attempts by Republicans in 2014 to tie local Democrats to the president.

    Obama Grimes Direct Mail
    by Kentucky GOP via YouTube

    In a state and national environment where that connection — between down-ballot candidates and a deeply unpopular president — could boost Republicans to a Senate majority, Kentucky Republicans are not alone in the effort to link them.

    Yahoo News looked at the six most aggressive attempts from Republicans to make voters believe Democrats running in their states and Obama were one and the same.
    by Meredith Shiner edited by David Olivenbaum 11/4/2014 11:18:21 PM
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  • BREAKING: Rural voters flock to the polls in Alaska

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  • Republicans will more than likely win because the reality is that the path of the current administration is not effective and lacks real leadership. Republicans need to find their way back to the middle and both parties need to reach across the aisle to move our great country forward. It can be done but not with extreme left and extreme right in officeIndependent Patriotat 6:19 PM

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  • We're starting to see exit poll results...but what are the top issues (local, national, or international) that motivated those of you who voted to vote. If you did not vote in 2014, why?
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  • Empire State Building glows patriotic for Election Day

    by Holly Bailey edited by David Olivenbaum 11/4/2014 11:31:09 PM
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  • How the economy looks in 10 key states

    Since jobs and the economy are key issues in this year’s elections, here are the unemployment rates for 10 states with key Senate races.

    Higher than the national average of 5.9%:

    Georgia, 7.9%. No incumbent is running.

    Alaska, 6.8%. Incumbent Mark Begich (D) is defending his seat.

    Kentucky, 6.7%. Incumbent Mitch McConnell (R) is defending his seat.

    North Carolina, 6.7%. Incumbent Kay Hagan (D) is defending her seat.

    West Virginia, 6.6%. No incumbent is running.

    Lower than the national average:

    Virginia, 5.5%. Incumbent Mark Warner (D) is defending his seat.

    Kansas, 4.8%. Incumbent Pat Roberts (R) is defending his seat.

    Colorado, 4.7%. Incumbent Mark Udall (D) is defending his seat.

    Iowa, 4.6%. No incumbent is running.

    New Hampshire, 4.3%. Incumbent Jeanne Shaheen (D) is defending her seat.

    In theory, a lower unemployment rate helps the incumbent, because a stronger economy means fewer people are upset with the status quo. By that metric, low statewide unemployment ought to help one Republican incumbent (Kansas) and three Democratic incumbents (Virginia, Colorado and New Hampshire). High unemployment would hurt one Republican incumbent (Kentucky) and two Democrats (Alaska and North Carolina). Of course voters are swayed by other factors, too. 

    by Rick Newman edited by David Olivenbaum 11/4/2014 11:34:55 PM
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