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