Midterm Elections 2014 Yahoo News Live Blog

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  • Scenes from the 2014 campaign via Instagram

    The Obamas are authorized poll watchers at a polling place in Washington, D.C. #obama #potus #election #midterms #vote #pollingplace #dc
    by saulloeb via Instagram

    by Holly Bailey edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 3:37:26 AM
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  • BREAKING: GOP Doug Ducey wins election as governor of Arizona. @AP race call at 10:41 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • The congratulations are coming in over Twitter -- as fast and furious as Chuck Norris' sidekick

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  • Gardner wins in Colorado

    Rep. Cory Gardner waves as he arrives at GOP campaign headquarters in Greenwood Village, Colo., on Monday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
    by Kelli Grant

    GOP Rep. Cory Gardner has defeated Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in a win for the GOP that seemed unimaginable only months ago.

    Udall's loss in Colorado — the home state of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet — is likely to raise serious questions for national Democrats about the kind of campaign the incumbent waged.

    Udall had run a campaign so negative and so singularly focused on abortion issues that in an October debate, a Denver Post moderator dubbed the Democrat "Mark Uterus."
    A recent USA Today poll showed that Centennial State voters overwhelmingly blamed Udall for the negative tone of the race, 46 to 29 percent.
    As Yahoo News previously reported, the Udall campaign's barrage of ads against Gardner was decidedly retro 2012, an election year when Democrats gained from damaging Republican candidates' statements on rape and women's rights.

    Gardner, a former trade-association communications director and U.S. Senate staffer, was never likely to make such errors. His campaign was positive in tone, which reached moderate and independent voters, even though his voting record has ranked among the most conservative in Congress. In 2012, National Journal ranked him among the 10 most conservative members of the House of Representatives.

    Yahoo News profiled Gardner — the Republicans' hand-picked candidate for the race — in October. Ken Buck, a tea party conservative who previously lost a statewide election, had been the primary winner before party officials orchestrated a switch that had him run for Gardner's House seat and Gardner for the Senate. Republican sources who spoke to Yahoo News for the story then suggested that if Udall had run the kind of campaign he did in 2008 —when he touted the notion that not every Democratic idea is good nor Republican badGardner would not have been able to defeat him.
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  • Pot legalizers on a roll in D.C.

    Pot legalization is winning big in Washington, D.C.: An initiative permitting possession (but not sale) of up to two ounces and the growing of up to three (mature) plants is ahead, 61-29 percent, with 41 out of 143 precincts reporting. It's a sign that "Americans are fed up with marijuana prohibition," gloated Robert Capecchi of the Marijuana Policy Project. "The symbolism is fantastic."  

    But it's also not quite reality yet — Congress could still nullify the measure.
    by Michael Isikoff edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 3:49:08 AM
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  • JUST IN: @ABC News projects Republican Perdue will win Senate race in Georgia. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1piYgEIIAAUWL5.jpg

  • Florida's Joe Garcia bows out, and laments the end of governing

    Congressman Joe Garcia speaks at a private house on Sept. 21 in Miami, where local volunteers were making calls on his behalf. (Photograph by Charles Ommanney / Reportage by Getty Images for Yahoo News)
    by Kelli Grant

    By Reid Cherlin

    It’s a funny element of this year’s midterm election that
    for all the obsession over the different Senate races, almost no one paid much attention to the House. Republicans already have the majority, after all, and control of the chamber was never at issue. This gave the few genuinely competitive congressional races a sad and almost lonely quality, as I discovered when I arrived in Florida's 26th district to write about the race there. Democrat Joe Garcia, a one-term incumbent, was in the battle of his political life — beaten down by millions in TV-ad spending from shadowy outside groups, while also dogged by federal investigations into staff-level improprieties in earlier campaigns. Meanwhile, the challenger, the 30-something Carlos Curbelo, had positioned himself as the fresh-faced reformer, a remarkably easy campaign approach when it’s genuine. A few precincts are still out, but Curbelo is running ahead by about 5,000 votes, and Garcia has just conceded the race.

    When I asked Garcia, back in September, whether he thought he was going to pull it out in the end, he said yes, but it seemed like in his heart he might not think so. His own fate aside, Garcia said the House was bound for even greater partisan dysfunction: “I say to people, ‘I’m thinking of becoming a tea partyer,’ because you can complain all the time but you don’t actually have to do anything,” he said. “The problem is, government is about governing—and what the tea party has proven is that they’re not going to govern.” From the way tonight looks, we’re all about to find out whether they can step up, and whether Boehner and McConnell’s more mainstream faction can accommodate them. Garcia, though, will be watching from home, like the rest of us.
    by Dan Klaidman edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 3:56:05 AM
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  • BREAKING: Dem Mark Dayton wins re-election as governor of Minnesota. @AP race call at 10:54 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott wins re-election

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) 

    In a hotly contested, often contentious race, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican incumbent, narrowly defeated former governor Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat challenger, to win re-election. The Associated Press called the race for Scott at 10:20 p.m., more than three hours after the polls closed.

    Shortly before 7 p.m., the Crist campaign filed an emergency injunction to keep precincts in Broward County — a Democratic stronghold — open until at least 9 p.m. amid reports of "individual and systemic breakdowns" at polling stations.

    “We have reports in many cases that voters who were confused about their proper polling location were provided conflicting information, and in many cases simply gave up attempting to cast a regular ballot,” Crist's campaign said in a statement.
    A Broward County judge denied the request.

    Scott's victory comes after a nasty gubernatorial campaign that included a bizarre debate that gained instant infamy (and the hashtag #fangate) when Scott refused to take the stage because Crist was using a small fan under his lectern — an apparent violation of the debate's rules.
    “Are we really going to debate a fan?” Crist asked onstage.

    Crist's defeat is a blow to the Democratic Party, which had enlisted Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton in recent days to stump for him.

    "We've got two huge problems in America — political dysfunction and educational and health care inequality," Clinton said at Crist's final "get out the vote" rally Monday night at the University of Central Florida. "We need your youth, we need your energy.
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  • BREAKING: Dem Brian Schatz wins re-election to the U.S. Senate in Hawaii. @AP race call at 11 p.m. EST poll close. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • 2014 Midterm Elections: The Winners

    U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Republican U.S. senator-elect speaks to supporters during an Election Night gathering on Nov. 4, 2014 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Cotton defeated two-term incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AK). (Justin Sullivan/Getty
    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) waves to supporters with his wife, former United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, at his midterm election night rally in Louisville, Kentucky, November 4, 2014.  (REUTERS/John Sommers II)
    Virginia Republican Congressional candidate Barbara Comstock, right, celebrates with her husband, Chip Comstock, at her election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Ashburn, Va. Comstock ran against democrat John Foust for the 10th Congressional District of Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., acknowledges supporters in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, after winning re-election. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
    Pennsylvania Democratic Governor-elect Tom Wolf speaks in York, Pa. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 after defeating Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Wolf’s victory came in a $73 million-plus race that broke Pennsylvania’s campaign spending record, and it sent Corbett to a historic defeat as the first governor in modern Pennsylvania political history to lose a re-election bid. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    Alice Butler-Short, a supporter of Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie, displays her American flag shoes while she waits for poll results at the election night party at Embassy Suites hotel in Springfield, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    Supporters cheer as U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is called the projected winner at the Puritan Conference Center November 4, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Shaheen ran a tough race against former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
    Newly-elected U.S. Sen. Tim Scott addresses the crowd at his victory party at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Kim Foster-Tobin/The State/MCT)
    Surrounded by supporters, Republican 7th District congressman-elect, Dave Brat, center, is congratulated by Patrick Henry impersonator Johnny Wallmeyer of Glen Allen during his election party in Richmond, Va., Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. Brat who defeated Congressman Eric Cantor in the Republican primary, defeated Democrat Jack Trammell in the general election.  (AP Photo/Skip Rowland)
    Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and his wife, Dr. Susan Blumenthal celebrate his re-election over Republican Brian Herr, Tuesday,Nov. 4, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
    Republican Gov. Robert Bentley addresses his supporters after the announcement of his re-election as Alabama governor, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Montgomery, Ala. Bentley defeated his opponent  Democrat Parker Griffith. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine takes a congratulatory phone call from President Barack Obama after her re-election victory over Democrat Shenna Bellows, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
    Democratic candidate for Congress Seth Moulton is pictured at his election night victory party at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites in Salem, Mass. on November 4, 2014. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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    by Gordon Donovan edited by Kelli Grant 11/5/2014 4:05:47 AM
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  • Our live blog is going on hour six. Thanks for sticking with us — more of your Election night observations.
    For me, voting is a right, but also a responsibility. I served eight years in the Marines and fourteen in the Air National Guard, so we can vote. If someone chooses not to vote, which is there right, then they have no right to speak about anything that goes on.Mike Vestutoat 10:58 PM
    GO GOPGO GOPat 10:49 PM
    @rnewman The same cycles continues as the same politicians run this country into the ground. How does the US Congress have a 9 percent approval rating while the majority of incumbents get reelected?Benat 10:40 PM
    Republicans win. Next time the Democrats. Then R and then D and nothing ever really changes for working people.Socialistat 10:45 PM
    tough night for Democrats....while minimum wage increase wins in conservative states, Dems lose....need to do better on economic arguments, especially for womenNeera Tandenat 11:02 PM

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  • JUST IN: @ABC News projects Republican Roberts will win Senate race in Kansas. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1plfHOIYAAcdvr.jpg

  • BREAKING: GOP Rick Snyder wins election as governor of Michigan. @AP race call at 11:12 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • Michael Grimm Defeats Domenic Recchia in New York’s 11th Congressional District nyti.ms/1AeQSfx
  • Scott Brown not yet conceding as local media hold off calling race

    .@senscottbrown stopped my #UNH today. Crowd so big we decided to take some to the polls! #GOPVictoryBus #scottbrown #NHsen
    by bullockwl via Instagram

    Scott Brown has lost the New Hampshire Senate race, according to AP and ABC News projections, but the former Massachusetts senator is not ready to concede. Several local news outlets have refused to call the close race.

    With 73 percent of precincts in, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, led Brown by fewer than 2,000 votes.
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  • Grover Norquist on Scott Walker win: 'We just won 2016'

    Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, was standing next to me in the basement of the Capitol Lounge on Capitol Hill, before he went on air with Yahoo's Katie Couric for our live webcast. 

    On the TV, the results from Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker won re-election, flashed across the screen.

    "Half my day is over," Norquist said. "We just won 2016."

    "[Republicans] just won 2016." - Grover Norquist

    You just won 2016? I said.

    He repeated himself, and claimed that because Walker survived both a recall and a strong challenge for re-election from Democrat Mary Burke, the changes he made to state law — depriving public-sector unions of automatic dues from state employees — will lead to similar moves by Republican governors in numerous other states. He put the number of states at 15. When I asked him to name which ones, he ticked off a few: Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee. 

    The point, he said, is that if this happens, it will deprive public-sector unions of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in automatic dues from state employees who previously had no choice in whether they wanted to be union members, and who choose not to join. Norquist estimated it to amount to between $200 million and $500 million a year. 

    He went into some of the details on how he got those numbers. Each public-sector employee represents $1,000 a year in union dues. He said about 40,000 to 60,000 state employees in Wisconsin have already declined membership, representing $40 million to $60 million. 

    The numbers bear more scrutiny. What it means for 2016 may not be as clear-cut as Norquist claimed. But it does look as if he's on to something. 

    by Jon Ward edited by Garance Franke-Ruta 11/5/2014 4:17:34 AM
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  • It's Twitter official:

    Roberts hangs on in Kansas

    Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, with his wife, Franki; campaign manager Cory Bliss, second from right; field director Patrick Lee; and daughter Ashleigh Black, looks over election results in his hotel room on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    by Kelli Grant

    In a comeback that seemed impossible just days ago, GOP Sen. Pat Roberts fended off a challenge from Independent Greg Orman in Kansas. Republicans need only a win in North Carolina or Iowa to win majority control of the Senate. It’s a victory that likely has little to do with voters’ affinity for Roberts and more to do with concerns about Orman. In the final days of the campaign, Roberts and dozens of GOP-leaning outside groups spent millions running ads essentially attacking Orman as a Democrat masquerading as an independent. “A vote for Greg Orman is a vote for Barack Obama and Harry Reid,” Roberts said at a rally in Wichita last week — a message he hammered again and again in the run-up to Election Day. But the closeness of the election — a surprise in such a conservative state — is a reminder: A lawmaker cannot take his constituents for granted, and Roberts, though he emerged victorious, had to fight for the win as he never had to before.
    by Holly Bailey edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 4:25:06 AM
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  • BREAKING: Republicans cinch control of US Senate.
  • BREAKING: GOP Thom Tillis wins election to the U.S. Senate in North Carolina. @AP race call at 11:25 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • BREAKING: GOP Bruce Rauner wins election as governor of Illinois. @AP race call at 11:26 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • BREAKING: GOP Brian Sandoval wins re-election as governor of Nevada. @AP race call at 11:30 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • I hope now we can move forward on some good issues we all need to address for this nation. The economy is definitely one of the major players up there. The other issues are the military and dealing with this new threat of terror from ISIS, the immigration problem that keeps getting swept out for another day, and btw, President Obama, just because you are the President, doesn't mean you can skip the Congress. You can't do that now even. Republicans hold control for 2 years at least. Work with them or face daunting two years left in office that will make democrats even more vunerable in '16.leland pettyat 11:31 PM
    First time voting- new US Citizen as of November 2013! Proud to be a part of it all :DMarie-Annat 11:10 PM
    A fellow commenter said earlier that voting was a right not a responsibility. I wholeheartedly disagree, voting is both a right and a responsibility. The founding fathers put this country together with the understanding that all people had unalienable rights and responsibility in government. .... The constitution and the free market have built the greatest economy in the world and the non-voting uncaring people of this country need to realize that if they don't exercise their responsibility to vote they will soon loose their right to do so.Troyat 10:34 PM
    We've Come a Long Way! There are now more women in Congress than any other time in history (cite: @micnews)! #winning #StilettoNetwork #womenLeslie Sanchezat 10:33 PM

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  • BREAKING: @ABC News projects Republican Ernst will win Senate race in Iowa. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1pqwcXIAAEIWiw.jpg

  • BREAKING: Dem Tom Udall wins re-election to the U.S. Senate in New Mexico. @AP race call at 11:32 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • The Republican National Committee congratulates the new Republican Senate majority

    "The American people have put their trust in the Republican Party, sending a GOP majority to the U.S. Senate. I want to congratulate all our candidates tonight," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. "Our party's principles and message resonated with voters across the country. This was a rejection of President Obama's failed polices and Harry Reid's dysfunctional Senate."

    Priebus cited RNC efforts
    to build "an unprecedented data and digital operation" that allowed it "to reach voters and equip a winning ground game" as contributing to the win.
    by Garance Franke-Ruta edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 4:40:16 AM
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  • Reid congratulates Majority Leader-elect McConnell

    It's Twitter-official:

    by Meredith Shiner edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 4:44:02 AM
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  • Prohibition lives on in Arkansas

    by oatsy40 via Flickr

    Half of the counties in Arkansas will retain their right to not sell hard liquor after a pro-alcohol ballot initiative failed Tuesday.

    Opposition to the measure was largely funded by liquor retailers in the counties that allow alcohol, who did not want increased competition. If it had passed, all 75 Arkansas counties would have been allowed to sell alcohol as of July.
    by Liz Goodwin edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 4:49:04 AM
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  • Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus tells Katie Couric that tonight's election results prove his party has made major progress in appealing to demographics that haven't always supported the GOP. But, he concedes, the party "has to do more" in advance of the 2016 race.
    by Holly Bailey edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 4:53:19 AM
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  • Susan Collins: The Stevie Nicks of Election Night

    Collins speaks to supporters, left, and takes a congratulatory phone call from President Obama after her re-election victory in Portland, Maine, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photos)
    by Gordon Donovan

    In a move highlighting her multicolored wardrobe, Republican
    Susan Collins appeared to make a quick costume change on Tuesday.

    The Maine senator was seen dressed in red at her election night headquarters as she spoke to supporters before the polls closed.
    Later, Collins was dressed in blue as she took a congratulatory phone call from President Barack Obama after her re-election victory.

    As Yahoo News photo editor Gordon Donovan put it, Collins was "the Stevie Nicks of Election Night.

    Collins easily defeated Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows, a former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, grabbing more than twice as many votes to secure re-election.

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  • JUST IN: @ABC News projects marijuana legalization ballot initiative will pass in Oregon. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1pxmgpIQAAIcKz.jpg

  • BREAKING: Vermont legislature will pick governor after no candidate wins majority.
  • BREAKING: GOP Joni Ernst wins election to the U.S. Senate in Iowa. @AP race call at 11:37 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • Oregon becomes third state to legalize marijuana

    A man costumed as a marijuana leaf offers support for legalization. (AP Photo)

    Oregon joined Washington and Colorado Tuesday and legalized the sale and use of marijuana.

    The AP projects the ballot proposition will pass easily in the state. It's still too early to call a similar initiative in Alaska.

    “It’s always an uphill battle to win a marijuana legalization initiative in a year like this, when young people are so much less likely to vote, which makes today’s victory all the sweeter,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the pro-pot lobby Drug Policy Alliance. A ballot proposal that allows Washington DC citizens to grow and use--but not sell--pot also looks likely to pass.

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  • BREAKING: GOP Larry Hogan wins election as governor of Maryland. @AP race call at 12:05 a.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • And ABC projects Republican victories in the Maryland, Maine and Massachusetts gubernatorial races.
  • BREAKING: Dem John Kitzhaber wins election as governor of Oregon. @AP race call at 12:09 a.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • BREAKING: Democrat Paul Davis concedes Kansas governor's race to Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.
  • BREAKING: GOP C.L. "Butch" Otter wins re-election as governor of Idaho. @AP race call at 12:25 a.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • Marijuana legal in Washington, D.C.

    One of three marijuana plants growing in the backyard of a retiree from Pompano Beach, Fla. (Sun Sentinel/MCT) 

    Voters in our nation's capital have spoken: Growing and using marijuana is now legal.

    The ballot proposition amends current law to allow Washingtonians to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use and possess two ounces of pot. The new law goes into effect after a 30-day period during which Congress may try to block the new measure. The D.C. City Council could amplify the new law to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana as well.

    Florida voters rejected the legalization of medical marijuana Tuesday, but Oregon passed a measure to allow the sale and use of pot. Oregon now joins Washington and Colorado in fully legalizing and regulating the sale and use of marijuana. Voters in Alaska considered a similar measure, but it's still too early to know if it passed or failed.
    by Liz Goodwin edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 5:28:58 AM
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  • Katie Couric's Midterm Mixer: Watch the replay

    We just wrapped our special livestream hosted by Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and former "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory, but you can watch the replay here. We've been live from the Capitol Lounge in Washington, D. and will keep blogging the latest election results!

    Reply Katie Couric's #MidtermMixer election special here.
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  • Brownback survives to win a second term in Kansas

    Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback talks to supporters during a campaign event on Saturday in Topeka. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    by Kelli Grant

    In yet another surprise result from Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback won re-election, narrowly fending off a bid from Democrat Paul Davis. It was a major victory for Brownback, who had been trailing Davis by as much as 10 points in the polls in recent days. Brownback had been under fire even among members of his own party amid criticism that he went too far in budget and tax cuts that have led to a $20 million revenue shortfall in October. He was also accused of politicizing his office when he campaigned against moderate Republican lawmakers who opposed the tax cuts; during the campaign, many of those Republicans endorsed Davis. According to exit polls, 60 percent of moderates backed Davis, but Brownback still won 30 percent — a larger-than-expected chunk of support that may have been the key to pushing him over the top.

    by Holly Bailey edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 5:38:14 AM
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  • 2014 Midterm Elections: The Losers

    Kansas Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman delivers a concession speech to supporters Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Overland Park, Kan. Orman has been defeated by incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. (AP Photo) 
     Supporters of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown watch as television networks call the race in favor of his opponent, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) at his midterm election night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire on November 4, 2014. (Reuters)
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett concedes the election to democratic candidate Tom Wolf, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo) 
    Supporters of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown watch returns come in at Brown's midterm election night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire November 4, 2014. (Reuters) 
    Democratic Senate candidate and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY) speaks to supporters following her defeat by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) November 4, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Getty Images) 
    Clay Aiken volunteers Lynne Wanamaker, left, and Catherine Haymore watch the early returns at the Cafe 121 in Sanford, N.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. He ran against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers. (Getty Images) 
    Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn waves to supporters before conceding the election to Republican David Perdue during her election night party, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo) 
    Barbara McDonald, a supporter of Kansas Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman, watches returns at an election-night party Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo) 
    Supporters of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Sarah Ballard, Hannah Ballard and Emily Ballard hold signs as they watch early news reports of Mitch McConnell's apparent victory during an election night party November 4, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Getty Images) 
    Supporters of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes watch early news reports of Mitch McConnell's apparent victory during an election night party November 4, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Getty Images) 
    Arkansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross thanks his supporters while his wife Holly Ross does the same after conceding to Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo) 

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  • Scenes from the 2014 campaign via Instagram

    After the victory, cherries and an empty beer on ballroom carpeting: Iowa Republican campaign headquarters during an election night party in West Des Moines. Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post #forwp
    by washpostphoto via Instagram

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  • The 2016 presidential campaign begins now

    We bring you this image from the Facebook page of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), among the most likely of likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates. 

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  • Kids rock the vote

    A young boy looks at his "I Voted" sticker he earned after helping his mother cast her vote, at a polling station in the Brooklyn Borough of New York November 4, 2014. (Reuters)
    A voter and her daughter at the Eugene C. Clarke Jr. Community Center polling place in Chambersburg, Pa., on November 4, 2014 (AP Photo) 
    If I don't teach her the importance of voting who will? #wevoted #kidsvote #everyvotecounts #leadbyexample
    by pressure_mks_diamonds via Instagram
    An 18-month-old girl wearing a campaign sticker in support of Democrat challenger for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who was greeting commuters on election day morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4, 2014. (Reuters)
    by stacylanestoddard via Instagram

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  • BREAKING: GOP Sam Brownback wins re-election as governor of Kansas. @AP race call at 12:53 a.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • America votes – as seen on Instagram

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    Don't complain about what you don't attempt to change... #Vote
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  • BREAKING: Dem David Ige wins election as governor of Hawaii. @AP race call at 1:13 a.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
  • Last call here at the Capitol Lounge, where the bartender just poured me a final beer (Founders IPA, if you must know) even though the joint is shutting down soon. You don't have to go to bed, but you can't stay here.

    There are a few uncalled races, and you can tune in to
    http://news.yahoo.com/politics/ for updates over the next few days...and weeks...and months.

    From our team to you: Thanks for getting your news from Yahoo News!
    by Olivier Knox edited by Garance Franke-Ruta 11/5/2014 6:37:46 AM
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