2018 Election Day open thread

9:00 AM I’m home with a sick kid, so thing may not go as planned, but I’m hoping to vote soon, and then head back home to do some remote phone banking through Swing Left for Amy McGrath, the Democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 6th district, which covers Frankfort, where I lived as a baby, Georgetown, where my great grandparents were tobacco farmers, and Lexington, where I was born, and most of my family still lives. As of right now, it’s an incredibly tight race, and, if I can convince just one person to head to the polls, I’ll feel as though I at least helped in some small way. [I’d thought of taking a few days off and knocking doors in Kentucky, but chose to stay here and work in Michigan instead. The decision has been weighing on me, though.] Here, according to the FiveThrityEight forecast, is how things look right not for that race.

9:30 AM If you have any Election Day observations to share, good or bad, please leave a comment on this thread. I’ll be checking throughout the day… I’m encouraged to see that there’s not really much chance of rain in the forecast here in Southeast Michigan, but high winds could pose a problem for some voters, especially if we experience power failures.

9:45 AM In Georgia, where I’ve also lived a good part of my life, it’s looking like, in spite of the aggressive voter suppression efforts against black voters, the unfounded last-minute accusations of hacking, and racist robocalls, Secretary of State Brian Kemp must still think that he’s going to lose the gubernatorial race to Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams. Why else would he be resorting to posting bullshit nonsense like this to social media?

10:00 Speaking of offensive racists, here’s what Donald Trump had to say this morning when asked about the fact that networks were refusing to air his appallingly xenophobic and factually incorrect ad about how Democrats want to let homicidal killers into America to kill police officers. It should be noted, speaking of Trump’s grotesque racism, that he declared Brian Kemp’s black opponent, Stacey Abrams, to be “not qualified” for the office of Governor. Abrams, in addition to being a dynamic black woman, is a graduate of Yale Law School with 17 years of political experience, serving the last ten years in the Georgia General Assembly, where she served as House Minority Leader.

10:10 Speaking of Trump’s attitude toward the press, and his attempts to cast journalists as the ones who are responsible for the political violence that we’re seeing in the country today, I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet, but, a few days ago, he said the following on the White House lawn. “You’re creating violence by your question,” he said to a reporter. “The fake news is creating violence.” [As if you needed one more reason to vote today, right?]

10:15 Remember, this is about health care, not caravans.

10:25 For what it’s worth, I’m not just interested in hearing about your voting experiences in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. I’m curious to know what you’re observing, no matter where you might be. With that said, though, I’m particularly interested in few races around the state of Michigan where the Democrats might be able to win seats back from Republicans, like the the Michigan 7th (where Republican incumbent Tim Walberg is facing Democrat Gretchen Driskell), the Michigan 8th (where incumbent Mike Bishop is facing Democratic challenger Elissa Slotkin), and the Michigan 11th (where Democrat Haley Stevens is running agains Republican Lena Epstein for the seat being vacated by the reprehensible Dave Trott). Any insight you might be able to offer as to what’s happening on the ground in those areas would be greatly appreciated.

10:40 I just got a call from my daughter, asking to be picked up from school here in Ypsi. Apparently the power is out, I suspect due the high winds. Hopefully the polling places aren’t impacted.

11:40 My polling place was hopping. I was voted number 363 at 11:20. There was a decent little line, but it didn’t take more than about 15 minutes, from the time that I walked in with the kids, to the time when I got to start working on my ballot. Also, if you, like me, happen to be voting at Ypsilanti International Elementary School, be sure to take a few extra dollars for the PTO bake sale. There’s still lots of good stuff to be had… Oh, and the guy behind me in line to vote was one of the guys the Landline team bowled agains last night. We each won one game, and then tied the third. It was an incredible athletic competition. [Their team as the best beards in the league.]

11:50 Again, if you fell for this contemptible and racist Republican ploy to influence the election in their favor, you are a moron. This was $220 million that could have been spent out caring for our veterans, educating our kids, and protecting those of us with pre-existing conditions. It’s absolutely shameful that this happened in America, and one hope the Democrats retake the House so that we can hold investigations.

1:00 I just heard from Jeff Irwin, who is soon to be our next State Senator, that his polling place in the Township was packed. “Turnout was high at the Polo Fields on Packard in Ypsilanti Township,” he reports. “Despite the rain, we had a long line for much of the time before 9:00, a good sign.” Speaking of which, the volunteers on my polling place said that it was just as busy this morning as it was for the last presidential election, which is a great sign.

2:00 Completely unrelated, on the way up the street to vote, I noticed that the play structure is being installed at Riverside Park.

2:10 Back to the crime taking place right now in George, check this out.

Terri Durham followed up at 11:30 to say that the lines, four hours after the polls opened, have finally started moving. “I just hope the people who left come back,” she said.

One hopes that enough Democrats win that there can be a through investigation into what happened in Georgia. It’s absolutely disgraceful.

2:20 Linette just got home from a meeting with Global Detroit, and she tells me that one of the people she was meeting with was voter number 900 this morning. I don’t know which Detroit precinct it was, but that has to be a good sign, right?

2:25 Best early headline of the day comes from Politico — “Retiring Rep. Issa calls it early: There will be a Dem representing my district

2:30 Bloomberg is reporting that Twitter removed a fake flag-burning video that was shared 55,000 times. The video claimed that Democrats were burning flags. A few days ago, it was reported that Twitter had taken down thousands of accounts urging people (I’m assuming young people and people of color) not to vote.

2:45 OK, people are finally starting to answer their phones. After leave a lot of voicemails, I’ve finally his a streak where I’m talking to real Kentuckians about Amy McGrath. The good news is, everyone I’ve talked with thus far has already voted for her. Now I just need to get better about convincing them to call their friends. [So far, I’ve not seen the numbers of any my relatives in Lexington pop up.]

3:30 More from the banana republic of Georgia.

By the way, I just checked the census data, and it looks like Snellville is about 36% black. I wonder if this is also happening in the areas of Georgia that are more white, and more Republican?

3:35 A new article has been posted to Time. The headline reads, “Michigan Voted for Trump. Now It’s Poised to Elect Democratic Women.” Here’s an excerpt.

…Now, in a year when an unprecedented number of women are running for office all over the country, the state that helped make Trump president is also the state with the most notable surge in enthusiasm for female candidates. Democratic women are running strong races up and down the ticket. Senator Debbie Stabenow and gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer both have solid leads over their male Republican opponents, according to a new poll released Monday, mostly thanks to a massive edge among women voters: Stabenow is up 23 points with women, while Whitmer is up 28. Democratic Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel and Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson also have leads heading into Election Night.

Stevens is favored to win the open seat vacated by GOP Rep. Dave Trott. (She’s running against Lena Epstein, former Michigan chair for the Trump campaign, so Michigan’s 11th will be represented by a woman no matter the outcome on Tuesday.) If she does, she’ll be joined in the Michigan House delegation by other Democratic women. Rashida Tlaib is running unopposed in Michigan’s 13th district, making her all but certain to become one of the first Muslim-American women in Congress. Former CIA official Elissa Slotkin is mounting a tough challenge to Rep. Mike Bishop in Michigan’s 8th district. Former state representative Gretchen Driskell has outraised GOP Rep. Tim Wahlberg in Michigan’s 7th district. Former teacher Cathy Albro is challenging Rep. Justin Amash in a heavily Republican district. And the two Michigan incumbents, Debbie Dingell and Brenda Lawrence, don’t seem to be going anywhere…

3:48 Among all of the other things I’d like for the Democrats to investigate, should they take back a chamber or two of Congress, I’d like a hearing on whether or not Trump violated federal law yesterday when he warned people to stay away from the polls. His supporters, I’m sure, will say that he just did this to discourage voter fraud. You cannot tell me, however, that messages like this don’t put a chilling effect on participation from marginalized groups, who might be fearful, for instance, of being arrested if their addresses don’t match perfectly, etc.

4:00 Average wait time at the polls in Atlanta, according to reports, is currently three hours.

4:00 Fuck. I could watch videos like this all damn day… What’s more beautiful than this?

6:20 OK, let’s start the predictions. Here’s the first one, from Ann Arbor County Commissioner Andy LaBarre. “My guess is we’ll win about 30 US House seats and the four statewides. Hope I’m wrong, and we do more.“ And, with that, I’m headed to Pita Pita for dinner.

7:30 If I should disappear for a while to go get a beer with Dr. Pete Larson, just watch the Pod Save America livestream until I get back. And check the comments section, where iRobert is keeping up informed on returns.

9:00 Drinking beer with Dr. Peter Larson at Sidetrack, and watching the results as they come in.

10:20 The Michigan gubernatorial race has been called for Gretchen Whitmer, effectively ending the political career of Bill Schuette. Or at least that’s my hope.

11:00 It’s still not done yet, but NBC, FOX and NPR are projecting that the the Democrats will retake the House. As bad as it hurts that great candidates like Abrams, Gillum, and O’Rourke lost, I’m taking a lot of comfort in the idea that, in a few short months, Adam Schiff will be running the House Intelligence Committee instead of Devin Nunes. This is huge… I cannot wait for the hearings to begin. [Jerrold Nadler, The Democrat slated to chair the House Judiciary Committee, tells CNN: “This election was about accountability. Donald Trump may not like hearing it but for the first time, his administration is going to be held accountable.”]

11:15 Speaking of investigations, it’s already being reported that the Democrats intend to request Trump’s tax returns.

Final thoughts for the night… While disappointed that we didn’t get everything that we wanted tonight, we got back the House, and that’s huge. One party rule is over. Furthermore, midwestern states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, swung back in a big way, after giving Trump the presidency. [It felt really good to see Scott Walker lose his reelection bid in Wisconsin, and for Kris Kobach to get his ass kicked in Kansas.] And, of course, it was terrific to see so many talented Democratic women winning their House races. Was it perfect? No. As I said above, I would have loved to have seen Cruz and Kemp swept out of office, and it would have been incredible if we’d taken the Senate, but, all in all, it was huge night for America. Finally, after two long years, we’ll see the Trump agenda slowed, and the members of the Trump crime family held accountable for their numerous misdeeds.

And, here in Michigan, we did alright. While Democrats failed to flip either the State House or Senate, we did make headway, winning back the Governor’s office, holding onto Stabenow’s Senate seat, winning back the Secretary of State’s office after 30 years, and flipping a few House seats… While Democrat Gretchen Driskell failed to defeat Republican incumbent Tim Walberg in Michigan’s 7th, we flipped Michigan’s 8th, where Republican incumbent Mike Bishop lost to Democratic challenger Elissa Slotkin, and Michigan’s 11th, where Democrat Haley Stevens beat Republican Lena Epstein for the seat vacated by Dave Trott.

8:00 This morning, Donald Trump gives us a little insight as to what’s to come. After taking credit for the great Republican “success” of last night, he said the following… Buckle up, folks. If you thought things were crazy before, just wait.

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  1. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I was voter #190 at 9am in my precinct, and there were ten more people who came in right behind me. The poll workers said they weren’t to that number until noon in 2016 presidential. They said the difference seems to be the newly registered young voters.

  2. John Brown
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Liberal Panthers support Black Panthers, hell yeah! Exercise your rights to vote, and your right to defend your community from fascist! Fascist who clearly will do literally anything to keep their shitty racist, classist system from being disrupted.

  3. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    As I walked in to my polling location, there were six people standing out front passing out campaign material. Four of them were passing out voter cards for Democrats. One was representing a school board candidate who has been endorsed by the Democratic Party. The only person representing a Republican candidate was a guy passing stuff out for the county commissioner.

    The Republicans will probably not want to send to many Trumpsters out to hand out material or make phone calls. They’re notoriously bad with their social skills.

  4. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    It’s funny watching Trump try to talk about these political races. He’s so stupid. He still clearly doesn’t understand any of it. Even after ‘being president’ for 20 months, he hasn’t picked up any new knowledge on anything. It’s incredible. It’s incredible that he’s not embarrassed to talk about most things.

  5. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    My bets are still on Brian Kemp, as the Secretary of State, to rig his own election to Governor. But I would loved to be proved wrong. The only hope is that Stacey Abrams gets so much more support that it is overwhelming to the rigging by the Secretary of State’s office.

  6. wobblie
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    The Senior Center had about 50 people waiting in line for the doors to open. I was voter 33, about 30 folks in line when I left. Eliminating straight ticket voting is seeming to make for longer time voting. It is a long ballot. Drove by about 11, there was activity with folks walking in and out. Friend called me from University Townhouses. He told me that the poll workers had not seen this large of turnout in 2016.

  7. Bike666
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I was #190 at 7:50 am @ Evangelical Friends Church. Huge turnout and overheard staff talking about the large amount of absentee ballots turned in. Lines moved fast but the the only slow down was the lack of felt tip markers. First time I’ve voted with a black ink pen. It took a long time to fill the boxes competently with pen ink. Anyone else vote with ink pen?

  8. Mike Robinson by proxi
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    The poll workers in my area were talking about the high turnout. According to them, the total number of voters last mid-term was about 800 voters for the day. This time, it’s different. I was #581, and I voted a half-hour ago.

    The day hasn’t even really started…

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the total for the day in my area winds up to be double what it was last mid-term election.

  9. Glen S.
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    I was ~350 at about 8:10 a.m. at Adams School. Things were well-organized, and went smoothly for the most part, but I agree with Bike666 above – trying to fill in all those squares with a regular ink pen definitely slowed the process of filling out an already lengthy ballot.

  10. Maclean
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I voted at the Senior Center at about 11:30. There weren’t many people outside handing out information (it was misting slightly at the time). I was a little disappointed not to have to wait outside due to a long line, but I think the only time I had to do that was in 2008. The approximately 16 voting booths were full, with 10 – 12 people in line. A couple of voters in front of me was a young man voting for the first time, and, very unusually, there was a poll worker who was about 20. I love election day, and I was tearing up seeing young people getting involved.

    The ballpoint pen definitely made it time consuming to vote, and my hand was cramping a bit; I ended up not voting in the categories where there were two choices and I had to choose two.

  11. Kit
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I hope to God that the young people of the United States turn out to vote today. They have it in their power to change the world.

  12. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Hamburg Township in Livingston County is reporting turnout as double what it was in 2016, so far. Absentee ballots turned in were more in number than the total votes cast in 2016. This is part of Mike Bishop’s district. If this is only happening in the rural parts of the district, it’s good news for Bishop. If this is happening all across the district, it’s bad news for Bishop.

  13. John Brown
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm | Permalink


    My Union had folks canvassing Pinckney this weekend, including folks that came from across the country. Slotkin is a dream candidate to flip that blue. They were getting great response in the village.

  14. Oliva
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    So much optimism on this blustery Election Day, but one young first-time voter warmed my heart especially. Asked where he goes, said it was his first time. That was it. Thrilling! (Okay, pretty thrilling that early in the day just about every person who passed by on the way to vote thanked us for offering the WCDP sheet of Dem candidates to vote for and other Dem candidate literature.)

    Good luck reaching Kentucky voters, Mark. Thanks for doing that.

  15. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    John Brown,

    That’s very good news for Democrats.

  16. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    36 Million votes were cast in early voting.

  17. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    The Republicans are counting on voter suppression and negative TV ads almost entirely it appears.

    The internal exit polls are being kept very quiet. But bits evidence suggest Republicans may take a real beating in Michigan today. Other states vary on how strong the backlash has been.

  18. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    The reason Georgia is being rigged so hard by Republicans in this race is because the demographics have changed dramatically in the state over recent years and if a Democrat gets into the governors office, it will set off a chain reaction all across the state, and the GOP will be marginalized indefinitely.

  19. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Michigan may be on course to be one of the top ten states in turnout percentage of total registered voters. Looks likely to be well over 50%, which is excellent for a midterm. It must be due to all the contested and competitive races all across the state.

  20. Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    CBS News livestream is now LIVE


  21. Eel
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    More news from Snellville.


  22. Eel
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    There’s another lie going around about Beto bussing Mexicans into Texas and paying them $100 each to vote.


  23. Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Polls close at 6pm in most of Indiana and in the eastern half of Kentucky. that is just about one hour from now.

    In Indiana, Democrat Joe Donnelly is trying to hold on to his US Senate seat. The media probably won’t call this race until all remaining polls close in the state at 7pm. But the campaigns will know who has likely won, shortly after 6pm. If the Donnelly people are celebrating the internal exit poll results, we likely have a blue wave, and Democrats may even have a long shot at taking the senate.

    In Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District, Democrat Amy McGrath is challenging incumbent Republican Andy Barr. If this race is called shortly after 6pm for McGrath, we likely have that blue wave.

  24. Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    So we need to stake out the bars where the Donnelly team might be drinking.

  25. Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    CBS East & Central Time Zone Exit poll said 80% of voters said it is important that more women are elected to office. I wonder if this might help explain why Michigan turnout is so unusually high.

  26. Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    East & Central Time Zone Exit poll results:

    65% Voters saying Trump was a factor in their vote
    56% Country is on the wrong track
    41% Country is on the right track
    39% Voting in opposition to Trump
    33% Voting without regard to Trump
    26% Voting in support of Trump

  27. Posted November 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Bloomington, Indiana area (Monroe County) has had ballot shortages (supposedly due to large turnout). Monroe County has requested a court order to allow polls to remain open until 7pm. This is the home of the University of Indiana, which is one of the most Democratic areas in the state.

  28. Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Most polls in Indiana have now closed, as well as those in Eastern Kentucky. Now we hope positive signs emerge for Senator Donnelly in Indiana and Amy McGrath in Kentucky.

    PBS election coverage live stream is now LIVE:

    CBS News live stream is too:

  29. Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    The PBS live stream of election coverage is now LIVE:

  30. Sad
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Do you think HW actually votes?

    This day is a little like Christmas.

  31. ElsieGal
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Drove to Northern MI today. Every single little township hall all along the way was full of cars. I’m talking Stockbridge, Clare, Brethren, and all along the way. Did my heart good…

  32. Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Another big university town in Indiana with surprise problems for voters.

    From WLFI:

    TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Election Board met Tuesday morning and decided they will not extend hours on Election Day after issues at the polls. Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said five polling locations were having some problems with electronic poll books on election morning. That’s the tool used to process voter check-in and check-out.

    According to Coffey, it is not an issue with the polling machines.

    It did cause some back up at certain voting locations Tuesday morning. The five locations impacted included The Outpost, Federated Church, Fire Station #5, Evangelical Covenant and the Morton Center.

    News 18 received dozens of tips about slow lines and machines not working within minutes of the polls opening.

    Coffey said she has been traveling to polling locations to fix the problem and polls should be running smoothly as of 7:30 a.m.

  33. Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Senator Donnelly just spoke on TV in Indiana. He didn’t look terribly happy or relieved.

    Fox 59 Indianapolis Livestream:

  34. Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    You can watch the local coverage of the Kentucky races here:

  35. Posted November 6, 2018 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Polls are now closing in Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

    Remaining polls in Indiana and Kentucky are now also closing.

    Most polls are closing in Florida. Only those in the western panhandle remain open until 8pm.

    NBC News election coverage is beginning now also.

  36. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Democrats have won Virginia’s 10th district. That’s a big win.

    Dem Bill Nelson won in Florida Senate race.

    Dems look to be doing well in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia. If that pattern holds, they should also do well in Wisconsin and Michigan.

  37. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    All polls in the eastern time zone has closed. We should be getting a good sense of how things are going overall. Tune in to the TV networks for coverage.

  38. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Women and new young voters drove the increase in turnout in Michigan. Democrats have likely kicked GOP ass here.

  39. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Dem Senator Joe Donnelly was defeated in Indiana.

  40. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Dem Amy McGrath lost in Kentucky.

  41. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Republicans have defended their vaulnerable seats all across the south, from Virginia down to Florida and up over to Tennessee and Kentucky. Democrats have done well through the Great Lakes states and rust belt, except for Indiana.

  42. Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    My calls on behalf of Amy McGrath apparently did not help. It was a great showing for a Dem in Kentucky, though. She showed that there’s potential.

  43. Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Donnelly’s loss in Indiana, as you point out, does not bode well for us.

  44. NPR
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    BREAKING: Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is projected to win election to U.S. House in New York’s 14th Congressional District. https://n.pr/2yUMVjX

  45. Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    It’s looking like Haley Stevens is going to take the 11th here in Michigan.

  46. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Whitmer is our new governor.

  47. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    AP has projected Whitmer has won.

    Democrats are going to finish the evening well in Michigan. They might even pick up a few seats some didn’t expect.

  48. Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Michigan when to Whitmer.

  49. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Ted Cruz won, sadly.

  50. Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I missed that you already called it, iRobert.

    Heitkamp has lost.

  51. Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Fuck. They’re calling Texas for Cruz.

  52. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Democrats in Michigan did not do a good job of voting down the ballot.

  53. Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Some more good news. Kris Kobach, “the nation’s leading voter suppression architect,” lost his bid for governor of Kansas. Apparently Donald Trump’s active support didn’t help.

  54. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    It’s not all bad news from Texas. Dems have picked up one US House seat there, so far.

  55. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Bill Schuette is making his concession speech now.

  56. Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    “NBC News projects that Democrats will regain control of the House of Representatives.”

  57. Jean Henry
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Prop A passed in Ann Arbor by a smidge, proving A2 to be the city everyone in Ypsi thought it was. Goodbye $5 million for affordable housing hello lawn chairs and potted plants on a parking lot.

    I’ve never been more glad I left.

  58. Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Are you surprised, Jean?

  59. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:35 pm | Permalink


    Fred Upton my go down to defeat. Michigan may have its second Dem congressional gain, after 11th district win.

  60. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Stabenow has easily won re-election in Michigan.

  61. Jean Henry
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    No I’m not surprised. there are a lot of new voters and a lot of A2 voters who aren’t paying attention to local issues. The proposal was worded to intentionally obscure the real costs/issues at play. And all the other proposals were yeses for most people. I predicted it would be close but a loss. I think that’s where we are. The only positive is that those who were paying attention now understand more about the need for more density and growth in A2 to combat housing cost escalation and to fund affordable housing.

  62. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Mike DeWine won governors seat in Ohio. That’s a blow to Dems for the 2020 presidential hopes there.

  63. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Dems picked up NY-22. Big win for them there.

    Dems also won FL-26.

  64. Jean Henry
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    By loss, I meant the proposal would pass, which is a tremendous loss for the city. I don’t know that we’ll ever have another chance to build a public housing project downtown of the scale afforded by that $5 million again.

    Plus there will likely be a lawsuit by the developer and there will be a huge revenue drain for whatever plan gets implemented in that space if any.

  65. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Jocelyn Benson won Michigan Secretary of State race.

  66. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Dana Nessel is Michigan’s next Attroney General.

  67. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, Danny O’Connor lost in the Ohio 12th district. That’s a tough loss for the Democrats, but the district is just so heavily Republican.

  68. iRobert
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    Now that polls have closed on the west coast, there will be a number of congressional races called as gains for the Democrats.

  69. Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Trump just tweeted out, “Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!” I wonder if he knows they lost the House, and the investigations are going to begin soon.

  70. Anonymous
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Best headline of the night: “Kim Davis (Yes, That Kim Davis) Just Lost Her Re-election Bid To A Democrat: The Kentucky clerk made headlines after she refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple in 2015.”


  71. Anonymous
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    This was a big night for women of all races. I am particularly happy, however, that Debra Haaland and Sharice Davids won. For the first time in history, Native American women will be represented in Congress.

  72. Anonymous
    Posted November 6, 2018 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

    We also got our first Muslim woman in Congress, from right here in Michigan.

    “History was made Tuesday night with the election of Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim woman to ever be elected to Congress. Tlaib ran unopposed by a Republican in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, which includes part of Detroit and its suburbs.”

  73. iRobert
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri was defeated.

  74. iRobert
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Democrat Elissa Slotkin looks to be the winner in Michigan 8th district, defeating Mike Bishop.

  75. Gongwer
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    With an 86,000-vote lead over Tom Leonard and 93% of precincts reporting, Gongwer projects Democrat Dana Nessel has won the attorney general race.

  76. John Brown
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Dana Nessel, yes!!! That would have been a disaster having a monkey wrenching Republican AG during the implementation of the ballot proposals. Phew…

    Unfortunately the A2 parking lot park is going to continue to be a epic waste of energy and money dividing the community.

  77. John Harwood by proxy
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Ds flipped at least 15 House districts Trump won in 2016; Rs flipped none that Hillary won

    Ds flipped 4 governorships (KS, MI, PA, WI) in states Trump won; Rs flipped none in states Hillary won


  78. anonymous
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Another headline to uplift your spirits.

    “Pro-Russia Dana Rohrabacher set to lose to Harley Rouda in California congressional race”


  79. Mr. X
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Thanks again to white women for supporting the patriarchy, voting for Brian Kemp (76%), Ted Cruz (59%), and Ron DeSantis (51%).


  80. Kim
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    The Atlantic: “If the (GA) governor’s race had taken place in another country, the State Department would have questioned its legitimacy”

  81. Paul Egan by proxy
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    NEW: Gov.-elect Gretchen #Whitmer says she will use her clemency power to free at least some of those serving time for #marijuana-related crimes. http://bit.ly/2AQGJuH #migov #cannabis

  82. Lynne
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I am pretty happy with the Michigan election results! Less so with the City of Ypsi results but not really too unhappy even though some of the people I voted for lost. I like that about Ypsi elections. I dont usually ever feel I am voting for the lesser of two evils but rather the greater of two good! My neighbor Theresa Maddix won a spot on the library board and that was the one that mattered most to me!

    I am glad that I volunteered to GOTV.

  83. iRobert
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Trump is now holding a press conference to explain to his stupid supporters how nothing is his fault and everything is rigged against him. I’m glad someone is here to explain things to them.

  84. iRobert
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Did HW ever answer my question asking what danger I was in for believing and supporting Dr. Ford in her right to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee?

    Maybe EOS or Frosted Flakes can explain to me what danger he was talking about. I don’t always understand the thinking of Trump enthusiasts. Am I in some sort of danger? Should I be prepared for something?

  85. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Trump just called a Black female reporter racist for asking him a question about white nationalism… That rhetoric sounds familiar.

  86. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Before he called her racist he called another reporter racist for asking him about his alleged raciat remarks. Even HW has more skill at flipping the script. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tD_3Sf1FRE

  87. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    “Did HW ever answer my question asking what danger I was in for believing and supporting Dr. Ford in her right to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee?”

    Dangerous to the USA, not to you. I’m sure!

  88. iRobert
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for clarifying that, HW. I wasn’t sure I was understanding you right, so I was making sure I had my papers in order.

    Is Kavanaugh’s family still destroyed. Or have they been undestroyed now?

  89. Frosted Flakes
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand your question, iRobert. Can you rephrase the question? I don’t understand the connection you are making between danger and Ford….

  90. wobblie
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    All in all a good election in Michigan, not so much of a Blue Wave in the rest of the country. More of a blue swell. Only a small majority in the House. Enough to make Trump Deal (I guess) with the Democrats. It will be interesting to see how much they give him.

  91. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    What will you say if Blasey turns out to be a phony? We know from a sworn statement she helped someone prepare to beat a polygraph. If that is true then she lied about it to the Senate. If it’s all a hoax and not just Jane Doe, but if all the accusers are found to be lying then I’d say it is extremely dangerous to our sovereignty as a nation to be trying to disqualify him with those lies.

  92. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    You got the House for now but remember what I told you Q said: FISA brings down the HOUSE. Declas incoming…

    ‘Nother lil tidbit for you, wobblie since you were asking so nicely about those (61,000 now!) sealed indictments: two of those are for the Podesta brothers.

  93. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Question for everyone: If any Democrat committed a crime would you support their prosecution? Needless to say most of you would support a Republican being prosecuted. If a Democrat did a crime that you would want a Republican prosecuted for then would you support prosecuting the Democrat?

  94. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    It was a black male reporter. https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/black-reporter-asks-trump-about-calling-himself-a-nationalist-trump-calls-question-racist

  95. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    “If any Democrat committed a crime would you support their prosecution?” I feel confident that we all have done this already.

    I know I have several times.

  96. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    FISA Memo’s will save the day!! Some day!! Be patient all will be revealed in time. Where we go one, we go all!

  97. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    “If any Democrat committed a crime would you support their prosecution?” Kwame Kilpatrick, Rostenkowski, Sandy Berger etc etc.

  98. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Jeff Sessions resigned.

  99. John Brown
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Back to our regularly scheduled chaos.

  100. April Ryan by proxy
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Breaking: Georgia and Florida’s governors races are still in play as margins narrow and votes are still coming in. Also major allegations of voter suppression in Georgia particularly in urban districts. Stay tuned!

  101. Lynne
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    “If any Democrat committed a crime would you support their prosecution?”

    I know that I would because like Jean, I have!

    Monica Conyers, Rod Blagojevich, Anthony Weiner (among others.)

  102. iRobert
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    To Frosted Flakes;
    Sorry about the poor wording in my question earlier. I was mostly just teasing you, as if you were responsible for explaining things HW says.

    To April Ryan by proxy;
    I am confident Democrats will not be on the winning side when all the votes are counted in Georgia and Florida. We’ve seen this too many times in those states to pretend not to know better.

    To HW;
    I don’t care what any criminal’s party identification is. Of course I want criminals prosecuted. Any person who believes the law should not be applied without regard for party affiliation, is a sick asshole, and the worst sort of thing that could ever happen to America.

  103. iRobert
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    If the Democrats can hold on to their narrow leads, they should be putting two trustees onto the MSU board. Brianna Scott (D) and Kelly Charron Tebay (D) lead the pack with only a few ballots remaining to be counted.

    It also appears as though Jordan Acker (D) was elected to the University of Michigan Board of Regents, along with Andrea Fischer Newman (R).

    Bryan Barnhill (D) should be getting the win along with Diane Dunaskiss (R) as the two winners in the Wayne State Governors race.

    Looks like Judith Pritchett (D) has been elected to the State Board of Education. But the Republicans can also be glad they got Tami Carlone (R) on the board too.

    All of these counts have yet to be concluded, however.

  104. iRobert
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    GOP endorsed Michigan Supreme Court Judge Elizabeth Clement appears to be on her way to reelection. The other GOP endorsed Supreme Court Judge Kurtis Wilder, on the other hand, may have been unseated. Megan Cavanagh, one of the two challengers the Democratic Party endorsed, is currently ahead of Wilder in the vote count.

  105. EOS
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    How much do you think the marijuana ballot issue increased the number of Democratic voters yesterday? Was it enough to impact any office? How did the turnout in Michigan compare to other states that didn’t have this on their ballot?

  106. wobblie
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    All good questions. One thing seems certain. All three ballot proposals passed by large majorities and they will change Michigan’s politics for the good for many years to come.

  107. John Brown
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    Eos, in my door knocking it wasn’t on most folks radars. They’re mostly motivated against craziness.

    Speaking of which, the new acting AG Whittaker worked for Sam Clovis, the Iowan (possible Nazi) campaign chair of trump 2016. He’s already a subject of Mueller Inc.

    Agent Orange is sad.

  108. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    EOS doesn’t think Republicans smoke pot. that might be her best delusion yet. Republicans are all over legal pot now that they see how much money is in it. A majority of Republicans support legalization.

    Looks like EOS is going to have a lot of differences with the incoming congress; it’s full of liberals, non-Christians, people of color, women, and… (eek!) scientists.


  109. EOS
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    The Senate and President will prevent the House from enacting any harmful legislation. Nothing will be able to get done on the state or national level for the next two years. Lots of persons smoke pot, but there was overwhelming support among the younger voters who still live in their parents homes, you know, Dems under 40. That’s pretty unscientific of you – to assume that I am not an African-American female scientist. But not a surprise since you write daily on topics that you know nothing about.

  110. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    I didn’t assume anything about who you are EOS except someone who regularly spouts anti-science, sexist and racist sentiment and beliefs.

  111. Jean Henry
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    If you need evidence of GOP pot smoking and legalization support, EOS, may I present you with Hyborian Warlord?

  112. EOS
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Your lack of comprehension continually astounds me. I have never spouted any anti-science, sexist, or racist beliefs. Repetition does not equate with truth. By the way, did you vote for John James?

  113. EOS
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    72% of Democrats favor marijuana legalization. Can you find a similar level of support among Republicans?


    Dems will loss again in 2 years unless they come up with another lure to the polls.

  114. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    I told you I am not a republican, Jean. I don’t think our President is one either. Not in the loaded sense of the term (Bush, etc.) He had to be one to accomplish the plan. Notice the never Trumpers are gone. You can add those seats to the Senate gains. Times are changing. It’s going to go fast from now on.

  115. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Ever watch Hemp For Victory, EOS? WWII US government film


  116. iRobert
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Don’t worry too much about prop #1, EOS. In Colorado, most municipalities have opted out of their pot legalization law. It is going to happen in Michigan too.

  117. this is why we voted
    Posted November 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Washington Post: “House Dems plan quick vote to protect preexisting conditions once in majority”


  118. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 9, 2018 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Florida election fraud: “Wulp, somehow we just keep finding thousands and thousands of votes days after the election!”

  119. iRobert
    Posted November 10, 2018 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    HW, Florida and Georgia elections and vote tabulation is run by the Republicans. You don’t have to concern yourself. I promise the outcome will always go in favor of the Republicans there. Rest assured. And don’t worry about the Democrats figuring out how it’s being done or what to do about it. They’re morons.

  120. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 10, 2018 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    What are you trying to say? Pretty sure Broward is a D area…Sheriff Scott Israel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz…

  121. Jean Henry
    Posted November 10, 2018 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    My favorite election story: https://bangordailynews.com/2018/11/07/national-politics/brothel-owner-found-dead-by-porn-star-wins-nevada-state-assembly-race/

  122. iRobert
    Posted November 10, 2018 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I’m telling you to relax, HW. You have nothing to worry about. There is no chance whatsoever that the Florida state officials will let any results put the Democrats over the top in the final state-wide tabulation. What we are seeing has been the pattern in Florida for 20 to 30 years.

    As demographics have been shifting in the state, as a result of rapid population growth, the GOP has devised many ways to make sure they don’t lose dominance over state government.

    Similar demographic shifts have been occurring in Georgia, Arizona, and in Texas to some degree. The GOP is dug-in in those states and will do anything and everything to ensure that they don’t go the way of Colorado.

  123. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 10, 2018 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    I’ll worry about what I damn well please. You don’t even follow the news do you? Governor Scott had to sue Broward County to make them comply with the law. The legitimacy of Broward’s results is the issue. You can’t just sweep away what they are doing and say Republicans are doing something wrong. How do you think that could possibly work?

  124. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    This same pattern has been repeating over in over in Florida for the past 20+ years. It may help all you to look at the history of recounts in Florida.

    The last thing I want to do here is offend you. I’m very appreciative of how you drive Jean nuts, as I’m thinking many readers here are. She seems to feel it’s important to fight with you. It really saves the rest of us a lot of annoyance and disgust.

  125. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    I assume you remember the big 2000 presidential recount in Florida. Even with the state Supreme Court giving the go-ahead on the recount, the US Supreme Court overruled them. This current US Suoreme Court can be counted on to do that again if necessary. It almost certainly will not have to go that far.

    The GOP has control over Florida in a similar way to that which the Dems have in California. Once all the votes are tabulated out there, they will have gained as many as 40 US House seats.

  126. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    NBC’s Chuck Todd agrees that the Florida recount will not likely make any difference in the outcome. He made the point that in all the recounts he’s witnessed, nobody has ever overcome a deficit of several thousand votes.

  127. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    But it is Dem controlled Broward County that is adding extra votes. How does that square with your theory? Why don’t you think these things through? You care enough to comment verbosely. I think it is annoying that you are filibustering and not even acknowledging the reality today.

  128. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Scott’s lead is already down to some 13,000. Telling someone not to worry about what looks to a lot of people to be election fraud is ridiculous. Implying it’s a republican problem in 2018 is bizarre.

  129. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    13,000 votes is insurmountable in a recount, historically. I’ll give you 100 to 1 odds on it if you want to wager a few pennies. For every penny you wager, I’ll put up a dollar. Who ever loses, can donate the total bet to some local charity. How about it?

    The story is different out west. The Democrats probably did win the Arizona US Senate seat. But Florida is safe for Republicans. Georgia too. They’re owned by Republicans, much in the way the Democrats own California and New York.

  130. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I know which counties in Florida are run by Democrats and which are run by Republicans. I’ve thought I’ve been clear enough about what I think Republicans have done. They have already determined the totals statewide, and have ensured that they’ll have just enough regardless of what the Democrats can turn up in a few counties. EOS doesn’t like to acknowledge the GOP is rigging Florida, but you say you’re not a Republican, HW. That’s why I thought you might not be so unwilling to recognize that the Republicans have a stranglehold on Florida and all its institutions, including the vote tabulation system and law enforcement. They simply will not allow Dems to uncover, or discover, or submit the necessary votes to make up that 13,000. As a safeguard, they will declare it a criminal investigation and confiscate everything. The next safeguard is court order to end it. The GOP holds all the cards in Florida. The most Democrats can get out of this is to rile up their base with this.

    You can worry all you want. I’m just suggesting all that worry will be wasted energy.

  131. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Permalink


    “Mr. Scott’s lead has steadily dropped to 12,562 votes, or 0.15 percentage point, down from roughly 56,000 votes on election night”

    It’s already gone down over 44,000. That is the problem. How did it happen? Do I need to use more words to make it clear what you are missing?

  132. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Let’s wager, HW. I’m willing to make any sort of wager you’d like. Let’s come up with some terms.

    You’re always predicting stuff, right? I’m predicting Scott is sworn in to office. We will see who is right in a few weeks. There’s no need to talk endlessly about it. Let’s just make some sort of wager over it. It could all be for charity.

  133. Posted November 11, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    This guy does a beautiful job.


  134. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    That’s not my point. I think the justice system is on it. I don’t think it will be successful so it’s a bit of a straw man for you to say that, isn’t it?

  135. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Well, at least we are in agreement that it will not be successful for the Democrats.

    I guess your opinion would be that over the past 20 years the Democrats have just been losing by razor thin margins by chance, and that there is no fixing by the Republicans?

  136. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I thought you were genuinely worried about the Republicans not prevailing in Florida.

  137. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Well, we can wager on something else. I’m willing to bet that those indictments you have been talking about are never unsealed in any significant numbers. You are saying they will be in January, right? How about loser has to take Jean Henry to an expensive dinner?

  138. Posted November 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Just kidding about the dinner with Jean Henry, HW. I couldn’t do anything that inhumane to you.

  139. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Is election fraud itself not something to be concerned about? Don’t tell me about the Bush clan. I never supported them. There are red and blue traitors and sometimes they work toward the same ends. Bush has more in common with Clinton than Trump. Bill is the son he never had, remember? Whatever that is supposed to mean…he wanted to have a liberal son???

  140. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    practically family


  141. Jean Henry
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    IRobert — the assumption I would ever have dinner with either of you is dead wrong.

  142. iRobert
    Posted November 11, 2018 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    I know that, Jean. I was just saying it as a joke.

  143. Anonymous
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Here’s another uplifting headline from the day after the election.

    “Half the House Members Who Wrote Trump’s Tax Law Are Out of Their Jobs After Tuesday’s Vote”


  144. Posted November 12, 2018 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    And the good news just keeps on coming….

    The New York Times is reporting, “Breaking News: Kyrsten Sinema won her Arizona Senate race. It marks the first Democratic victory since 1976 in a battle for an open Senate seat in the state.”

  145. Benjamin Wittes by proxy
    Posted November 12, 2018 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    So at the end of the day, the great GOP victory in the Senate was a gain of one seat–or maybe two–in a year with a dramatically favorable Senate map.

  146. iRobert
    Posted November 13, 2018 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Yes, the GOP has an extremely favorable senate map this year, and probably only managed a net gain of one seat (legitimately). Florida was rigged, again.

    With such a close balance in the senate, it is definitely a possibility that one or two GOP moderate Senators will switch parties, or declare their independence from the Republicans.

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