Midterm Elections 2014 Yahoo News Live Blog

What's happening in your state? Talk midterm elections with YahooNews

    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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    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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    Marijuana legalization and minimum wage hikes: The election's liberal ballot propositions

    Minimum wage activists demonstrate on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. (Getty Images)
    by Carla Thorpe

    While many pollsters are predicting Tuesday will be a big night for Republicans, some of the most high-profile ballot initiatives voters will weigh in on are decidedly liberal. Among the 146 ballot proposals and initiatives voters in 41 states will consider Tuesday are nine that would legalize marijuana and raise the minimum wage.

    Four red states—Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota—have measures on the ballot to lift their minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25, a key priority of President Barack Obama's that he has failed to push through Congress. In Illinois, a non-binding ballot initiative will solicit voters’ opinions on raising the minimum wage to $10.

    Earlier this year, Obama lifted the minimum wage for all federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, hoping to build momentum for a national law. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia raised their minimum wage in the past two years, but the national rate remains at $7.25, where it’s been since 2009. Someone working 40 hours a week at that rate would make $15,080 in annual gross earnings. Many Republicans argue that raising the minimum wage would stifle growth. READ MORE
    by Liz Goodwin edited by Lauren Johnston 11/4/2014 11:39:48 PM
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    Elections 'extremely important,' says aging rapper

    Rapper Kanye West weighed in on the 2014 midterms this evening, easing his way into a call for voter participation with a humble brag about meeting with President Obama.

    West's wife, Kim Kardashian, tweeted yesterday that she was "standing w Obama in the midterm election."

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    Scenes from the 2014 campaign via Instagram

    In Louisville, Ky., supporters of Sen. Mitch McConnell arrived early for a campaign rally with Sen. Rand Paul. As Election Day closes in, McConnell hopped on a plane to campaign around the state. #midterms #politics
    by heislerphoto via Instagram

    by Holly Bailey edited by David Olivenbaum 11/4/2014 11:55:46 PM
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    Some Connecticut voters mistakenly receive 2012 ballots

    It's been two years since the 2012 election, but a few voters in Connecticut were surprised to see President Barack Obama's name on their ballots on Tuesday.

    At Maple Hill Elementary School in Naugatuck, Conn.
    , at least three voters mistakenly received 2012 presidential ballots, NBC Connecticut reports.

    Poll moderator Chris Kuczenski said that two packages of 2012 ballots were not properly recycled at the polling center.

    The mistake was quickly noticed and "not one person" cast a vote using the old ballots, Kuczenski said.

    "The ballot would not have gone through the machine," he added.
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    Too close to call in Kansas

    Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas talks to workers at the Kansas Republican Party headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    by Kelli Grant

    Polls in Kansas closed an hour ago, and both the Senate and gubernatorial races remain too close to call. “Close as s—t,” a Democratic source told Yahoo News. Per the Kansas Secretary of State’s office, which has a constantly updating feed of election results, GOP Sen. Pat Roberts has maintained a narrow lead over independent Greg Orman. In the governor’s race, Democrat Paul Davis has maintained about a 2,000-vote lead over incumbent Republican Sam Brownback,with more than three-quarters of precincts voting.

    by Holly Bailey edited by Garance Franke-Ruta 11/5/2014 2:12:50 AM
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    Virginia Senate race is tighter than expected

    Incumbent Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) continues to trail Republican Ed Gillespie, down 51 to 46 percent with 77 percent of the vote in. If Gillespie somehow pulls this out, it would be probably the shock of the night. The problem for that scenario is that Fairfax County and Arlington County both have the bulk of their votes to report, and they are both projected to deliver big advantages for Warner. The New York Times Upshot is projecting a 1.8 point Warner win.

    by Jon Ward

    Here's how things went for Republican Mitt Romney in 2012 against President Obama. He had a big lead too early, before seeing it evaporate late. 

    by Jon Ward

    Nonetheless, this is one of the races that will get a lot of after action examinations to see why it was so much closer than the public polling, which had Warner up double digits

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    #MidTermMixer Twitter photo booth


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    Obama invites congressional leaders to the White House

    “The President has invited bipartisan, bicameral congressional leaders to a meeting at the White House on Friday afternoon. We’ll have more details later this week,” a White House official says.
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    BREAKING: Ben Sasse wins election to the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. @AP race call at 9:14 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall
    BREAKING: Republicans on track to keep control of House if remaining incumbents win as expected.

    Udall's campaign wants you to know there's nothing to see here

    Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., speaks to students during a visit to the University of Colorado in Boulder on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
    by Kelli Grant

    The campaign of embattled Senate Democratic incumbent Mark Udall informed reporters in a statement released Tuesday evening that the Udall campaign is not worried about his election.

    The statement heralded "historic voter turnout" in Colorado, while providing no specifics on which party's voters actually comprised the majority of that turnout.

    "With voters across Colorado still waiting in line to cast their vote, it is clear that it will take hours to count all the ballots. It's also clear that, as long as ballots are being counted, Democrats will be gaining vote share all night long. This election has seen historic voter participation and our army of volunteers turned out thousands of new voters today alone. As we settle in for a long night, we remain confident in our path to victory."

    Only time will tell if the statement proves true — if Udall wins — or whether such Election Night bluster is a classic case of "Methinks the lady doth protest too much."
    by Meredith Shiner edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 2:48:26 AM
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    BREAKING: Louisiana Senate race headed to runoff election in December.
    More reports from readers — thanks for sticking with us

    Voting is NOT a responsibility, it is a RIGHT for citizens of the United States of America! In this country you have the right, or choice, to vote or not to vote. There are places in this world where you can't vote or you vote for who they say. I am proud to live in a country where you have this right/choice!J. Michael Douglasat 9:47 PM

    Medical marijuana amendment fails coming in 2.6% short in the state of Florida while legalized possession in DC is on track to pass by a wide margin.Claytonat 9:47 PM
    Moulton just sent out a victory email in the 6th CongressionalDanat 9:45 PM

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    Republican Ben Sasse easily wins Nebraska's open U.S. Senate seat

    Republican Ben Sasse speaks at a rally in Omaha, Neb., on Nov. 3, 2014. (AP Photo)

    In a race that featured four political rookies, Republican Ben Sasse breezed to victory in the election for Nebraska's open Senate seat.

    With 10 percent of the state's precincts reporting, Sasse grabbed more than 60 percent of the vote.
    Democrat Dave Domina, an Omaha attorney, had 34 percent. Independent candidates Jim Jenkins, a rancher, and Todd Watson, a Lincoln, Neb., businessman, each had less than 3 percent.

    Sasse, the 42-year-old president of Midland University, succeeds Republican Sen.
    Mike Johanns, who is retiring after one term.

    "When Sasse formally announced his candidacy 13 months ago, he billed himself as the 'anti-Obamacare candidate,'"
    the Omaha World-Herald said.
    "Three months later, he was featured on the cover of National Review magazine as a rising conservative star." The headline: "Obamacare’s Cornhusker Nemesis."

    More background via a 2013 profile of Sasse by the Weekly Standard:

    "His résumé suggests no shortage of ambition. He studied at Harvard, Oxford, and St. John’s, then earned a Ph.D. from Yale. His dissertation won the Theron Rockwell Field and the George Washington Egleston Prizes. The dissertation is a treasure trove of forgotten history relating to the populist backlash surrounding the Supreme Court’s school prayer decisions in the 1960s. More broadly, it’s a sophisticated and brilliant dissection of how a lot of the standard liberal narratives about American political realignment in the last 50 years are woefully incomplete at best and self-serving fictions to attack religious conservatives at worst."

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    Be careful what you wish for—#COSen edition

    When Colorado's Democratic legislature passed a law two years ago that changed the way their state would vote — everyone now receives ballots in the mail, which they can either send back or return in person — the idea was that it would help Democrats win elections by increasing turnout among the poorer, younger, browner, more Democratic voters who tend not to vote as routinely as their richer, older, whiter, more Republican counterparts.

    But the plan may have backfired. 

    Early data is showing that there was a 100,000 jump in voters age 65 or older between 2010 and this year—and 2010 was a senior-heavy year. If those numbers hold, the Centennial State's new vote-by-mail law could be the reason: the Colorado Republican Party made "a key strategic decision to invest heavily in a huge direct mailing sent out two months before Election Day." 

    Here's how it works: Granny gets a mailer from the GOP at the same time she receives her ballot. Granny remembers to vote. And Granny usually votes Republican.  

    The Udall field operation is three times as large as the last Democratic senatorial effort in Colorado, and it very well may have boosted Democratic turnout this cycle. But if the vote-by-mail law also brought more senior citizens into the fold, then the Democrats' best-laid plans were all for naught. 

    As the old adage says: Be careful what you wish for—you just might get it.  
    by Andrew Romano edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 2:54:15 AM
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    Scenes from the 2014 campaign via Instagram

    The Pelicans are wearing commemorative Election Day socks tonight. #America
    by thecajunboy via Instagram

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    BREAKING: GOP Matt Mead wins re-election as governor of Wyoming. @AP race call at 9:50 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

    Medical marijuana fails in Florida

    Florida will not become the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana, as voters rejected a ballot proposal to legalize the drug.

    The ballot initiative fell short of the 60 percent of the vote needed to make cannabis legal in the state with 90 percent of precincts reporting. About 57 percent of Floridians backed the measure, which attracted millions in spending on both sides of the issue. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C., are also weighing pot legalization initiatives Tuesday, but those results are too early to call. Twenty-three states allow the use of medical marijuana, and two states — Washington and Colorado — allow its sale and use.

    by Liz Goodwin edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 3:02:03 AM
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    Longtime Clinton foe wins big

    Republican House candidate Barbara Comstock, center, being introduced to speak at a get-out-the-vote rally in Sterling, Va., on Monday. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    by Kelli Grant

    Barbara Comstock — for years the most dogged of investigators into the Clintons — won big in Virginia's 10th Congressional District.
    She's up 57-39 with 85 percent of the votes in.

    As a Hill staffer in the 1990s, Comstock teamed with the late Barbara Olson to torment the Clinton White House, spearheading investigations into Whitewater, "travelgate," campaign-finance abuses and more.

    Now, after a stint in the Virginia
    House of Delegates, she returns to the Hill as a member. Clintonistas are surely taking notice.     
    by Michael Isikoff edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 3:03:19 AM
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    The self-loathing electorate

    Voters are casting ballots for the very candidates they blame for a lousy economy and declining national prestige.

    Exit polls make clear that a stagnant economy remains voters’ biggest concern, yet voters are sending the same policymakers they blame for the nation’s problems back to Washington. Associated Press exit polls show that more than one third of people who voted Republican say they are angry or disappointed with Republican leadership in Congress. One-fourth of Democratic voters are fed up with President Obama and his fellow Democrats. This means a decisive portion of the electorate is basically voting for the same lousy performance they’ve been getting from Washington.

    There are two obvious explanations. First, voters think that as bad as their favored candidate might be, the opposing candidate has to be worse. Fault a rigid two-party system that hogs all the money and leaves virtually no room for viable third- (or fourth-) party candidates. Second, voters aren’t doing what they say they want to do—bring about change. They’re hoping change comes from someplace other than the voting booth and fixes problems that are beyond institutional repair. Those two phenomena combined leave many voters little choice but to perpetuate a political system they disdain. 

    by Rick Newman edited by David Olivenbaum 11/5/2014 3:29:53 AM
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    BREAKING: GOP Susana Martinez wins re-election as governor of New Mexico. @AP race call at 10:27 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

    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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