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    President Biden’s first time hearing directly from voters since taking office will be in a state he won by less than 1 percentage point, as he seeks to build support for his $1.9 trillion coronavirus package, a test of his promise to govern and “unify” the country. The president will pitch the need for a fifth pandemic relief bill in a CNN town hall on Tuesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a state that former President Donald Trump won in 2016 before it flipped for Biden by a 0.6 percentage point margin in November, 49.4% to Trump’s 48.8%. Ben Nuckels, a Democratic media consultant based in Wisconsin, said the state’s voting landscape makes it an important target for Biden. “He’s able to reach a broad swath of the population,” Nuckels said. “It’s not a red or a blue state, it’s very much a purple state, and being able to come out here...
    A Friday Rasmussen Reports survey found that the majority of Republican voters polled don’t believe that President Joe Biden was elected fairly. Specifically, 61 percent of likely GOP voters said that Biden did not win the 2020 presidential election fairly, while 57 percent of all likely U.S. voters surveyed believe he won fairly. As noted by Rasmussen Reports, the percentage of U.S. voters who believe that Biden won the election fairly has risen by just 2 percent since early January. As for GOP voters, the percentage who believe the head of state won the election fairly has dropped by 8 percent since the same time. The poll also revealed that young voters surveyed are more likely to believe that Biden’s victory was legitimate. In particular, 66 percent of voters under 40 said the president won the election fairly, compared to just 51 percent in the 65 and older group. According...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The red wave that has swept West Virginia over the past decade now includes historic gains in Republican voter registration numbers, according to figures released Thursday. There are now about 448,900 registered Republicans, or 36.8% of all registered voters in West Virginia, according to figures released by the secretary of state’s office. That compares to about 444,600 registered Democrats, or 36.5%. RELATED: Local Father Signs Up As Sons Living Kidney Donor: I Want To Be That Guy “It’s an exciting day for the West Virginia Republican Party!” Roman Stauffer, the state Republican Party’s acting chairman, said in a statement. An additional 275,000 registered voters, or 22.6%, had no party affiliation. The rest were affiliated with minor political parties. According to the GOP, 11 counties switched from Democrat to Republican pluralities in 2020, and 24 of the 55 counties are now Republican majority or plurality. Berkeley County...
    Photo credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images The Trump 2020 campaign’s chief pollster, Tony Fabrizio, found that President Joe Biden trounced Donald Trump among the top issue of the election, the Covid-19 pandemic, and also won handily among voters who favored mask mandates and approved of the job Dr. Anthony Fauci was doing. According to Politico, which obtained the 27-page report, Trump failed to convince voters that he had handled the coronavirus outbreak. “While a majority of voters said they didn’t find either Presidential candidate honest or trustworthy, Biden held a double-digit advantage over POTUS,” the report found. “POTUS’s overall job approval was mixed with a majority of voters in the ‘Flipped’ states — Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia — disapproving while voters in the ‘Held’ states — Texas, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina — were split down the middle. However, POTUS earned negative marks on handling of Coronavirus (CV) in both groups.” “Conversely, Fauci garnered nearly...
    Republican state legislators are advancing a rush of new bills aimed at limiting voting access, and especially access to voting by mail, in the wake of President Biden’s victory last year in the highest-turnout election in American history. The proposals come after months of pressure from former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, who with the help of Republican allies spread false claims and conspiracy theories related to the election, including that widespread voter fraud cost him a victory. In many states, Republicans have used those claims to cite unspecified concerns about the integrity of their own elections, despite elections officials who show proof that counts were fair and accurate. Democrats and voting rights advocates counter that the proposals are thinly veiled attempts to restrict access to the...
    ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday as the nation’s 46th president, Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters still believe Biden was not legitimately elected after Trump continues to argue the election was stolen. There is no evidence of the widespread fraud that Trump and his allies have claimed. Republican and Democratic election officials have certified the election as valid. Courts have rejected lawsuit after lawsuit, and a clear majority of Congress has confirmed the final result despite a riotous mob earlier this month that sought to disrupt the process. So who has claimed what, precisely? What’s the evidence that the 2020 election was valid and Biden is the duly elected president of the United States? THE ‘MOST SECURE’ ELECTION IN U.S. HISTORY After a rocky primary season that played out during the coronavirus pandemic, election officials were determined to ensure voters could safely cast their ballots...
    (CNN)Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock stunned the political world this week. They will be the first Democrats elected to the Senate from Georgia in two decades. Moreover, Democrats will have a Senate majority come January 20 with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris breaking a 50-50 tie in the Senate.So what are some of the broader lessons from Tuesday's elections? Here are five of them. 1. Black voters did it for the Democrats There was commentary after the November elections that Black voters didn't deliver the state of Georgia for Democrats. That the state flipped because of well-educated White voters in the Atlanta suburbs. Read MoreMake no mistake: Black voters are why Democrats have a Senate majority. Take a look at the Ossoff race against Republican David Perdue. It was the tighter of the two contests. Remember, Ossoff trailed Perdue by nearly 2 points in November, and Perdue...
    Meghan McCain defended President Donald Trump’s voters Monday, kicking off her return to ABC’s “The View” by saying that media needed to be more respectful of them. McCain blamed the media in part, saying that the disrespect that was often shown to Trump voters was part of the reason that the 2020 presidential election was closer than many thought it might have been. (RELATED: ‘Everyone Hates You’: Meghan McCain Flames Bill De Blasio Over ‘Private Party’ In Times Square) WATCH: McCain, who had just returned to the show from maternity leave, jumped into the conversation after cohost Sunny Hostin referred to Trump’s efforts to contest the election results as a “coup.” “I think that rhetoric is dangerous,” McCain said. “I think saying we’re going to have martial law and it’s a coup — I’m here in D.C. They’re setting up for the inauguration right now. There’s not going to...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden proved a lot of detractors wrong by winning the 2020 presidential election. It wasn't easy for Biden, as he took an unusual path to the White House. As we enter the new year and now stand 19 days until Biden's inauguration, a look back at the primary and general election results show Biden broke many supposed political rules on his way to becoming the 46th president of the United States. Biden led the national polls during the entire leadup to the Iowa caucuses. He then proceeded to fall flat on his face in the first contest of the primary season. Biden came in a distant fourth place in the Iowa caucuses. Many future presidents lose the Iowa caucuses (e.g. Trump), but they're usually competitive. No future president in the modern primary era (i.e. since 1972) finished below third place in Iowa. John McCain was, before Biden, the...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump has always liked to talk about how strong the economy was under his watch. Although judging a president's economic performance can be difficult because there's only so much he can control, Americans at large, and voters specifically, seemed to agree with Trump. If the economy were the only thing that mattered, he probably would have won reelection. Consider the latest poll from Quinnipiac University. When voters were asked whether Trump's policies helped, hurt or made no difference to the state of the economy, 50% said they helped. That's the strongest reading Trump got during his entire presidency from Quinnipiac. Only 30% said his policies hurt. Voters don't expect that type of record from Trump's successor, President-elect Joe Biden. Just 39% say Biden's economic policies will help the country, while 38% say they'll hurt. Read MoreBased solely on what the voters are saying, the economy isn't what cost...
    (CNN)Maps -- especially in politics -- can be misleading. Especially when you are talking national elections.Witness President Donald Trump's favorite map: The county-by-county results of his 2016 election win.pic.twitter.com/dOta1Z9gtZ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2019 "Oh I love those beautiful red areas that middle of the map," Trump said of the map in March. "A little blue here, a little blue there, and everything else ... everything else is bright red."This map is, of course, hugely misleading. Yes, it is true that Trump won 2,626 counties to Hillary Clinton's 487 in 2016, according to The Associated Press. But it's also true that more than half of the US population resides in just 143 counties nationwide, as Haya El Nasser wrote on the US Census website back in 2017.Which means that Trump's favorite map shows that if land voted, he would have won a massive, sweeping victory in 2016. Which...
    Joe Biden campaigns with Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Atlanta (Dec. 15, 2020). The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard. Leading Off ● Pres-by-CD: Daily Kos Elections' project to calculate the results of the 2020 presidential election for all 435 congressional districts makes its next stop in Georgia, which Democrats not only won for the first time since 1992 but which of course is also hosting two crucial runoffs that will determine control of the Senate. Because of this special situation, we're bringing you results for the presidential race and both Senate races as they played out on Nov. 3. We have our usual county-by-county breakdowns for president and for the regular Senate race between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. But because...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden inherits a deeply divided America. But he also inherits a Democratic Party that is divided on how to tackle a wide array of issues, from immigration to health care, criminal justice to defense. Can they come together to confront a possible Repulican Senate? Can they deliver on their mandate without further alienating the voters they lost? In this week's "What Comes Next," David Axelrod, former adviser to President Barack Obama, and Jess McIntosh, a Democratic strategist, tackle those questions in our discussion. But first, here's Axelrod's op-ed on what comes next for the Democratic Party. --SE CuppIf you're a Democrat, this is a time of great relief but not necessarily much joy.Sure, you captured the big prize, defeating a president with autocratic tendencies whose continuation in office many feared -- with good reason -- posed an existential threat to the institutions, norms and rule of law that...
    "Zooming out to the monthly view, November was a very bad month, even with the data wobbles at the end. All things considered, it was probably the worst month of the pandemic outside of April. Next month could be worse." ~ COVID Tracking Project Jared Strong/Carroll Times Herald (Illinois): A spreading sickness, part I A spreading sickness, part II A spreading sickness, part III Editor’s note: This is the last story in a three-part series about a group of friends infected by the coronavirus.  From Part II: The symptoms surfaced when Joan Bauer tried to go for a walk outside and was winded after climbing a hill near her house. She had traveled less than a block. The next day Joan, 86, had a cough and felt ill and called a doctor, wondering if she might be infected by the coronavirus. No, she was told. Joan had tested positive for...
    It's rare for runoff elections to generate much interest among voters, but Georgia seems primed to be the exception, with its two upcoming Senate runoffs in January that will determine who controls the Senate. Republicans and Democrats are searching the state for new voters, although CBS News exit polling of the general election suggests neither party has much room to grow outside of their bases before the January runoffs. Time is short, with little over two weeks before early voting begins. One race pits GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler against Democrat Reverend Raphael Warnock and the other has Republican David Perdue defending his seat against Jon Ossoff.  Trey Hood, a political science professor at the University of Georgia, thinks it's crucial for the parties to attract new voters to their coalitions to stay viable in January. Some opportunities for both parties do exist, but first, they'll likely be trying to make sure that...
    Ashley Nealy waits in line at State Farm Arena, Georgia's largest early voting location, to cast her ballot during the first day of early voting in the general election on October 12, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. Daily Kos activists like you have gone above and beyond to connect with voters all across the country and it has paid off: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are headed to the White House in January and several states have flipped blue! Now, we must continue to push to flip the Georgia U.S. Senate seats blue. Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are both dedicated to protecting Georgians’ access to health care, economic relief, housing, and education. In order to get them to Washington, D.C., we need to do massive voter outreach to ensure Georgia voters know that these candidates are ready to deliver progressive change. And while the runoff is not until January,...
    Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R). Pennsylvania State Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican whose district surrounds Gettysburg, on Saturday announced that he and his colleagues in the GOP-led state legislature have planned to introduce a resolution to appoint a new slate of electors to cast the state’s Electoral College votes next month — in essence an attempt to undo the certified results of the 2020 election in his state.  Mastriano cited what he believes to be “mounting evidence” that the 2020 election was “compromised.”  Legal experts, who for weeks have noted that such an approach would violate the U.S. Constitution, immediately castigated Mastriano for continuing to back President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that he won Pennsylvania and somehow has a miraculous, viable path to electoral victory. “There is mounting evidence that the PA presidential election was compromised. If this is the case, under Article II, Section 1.2 of the US...
            by David Catron  The Democrats dismiss any mention of the innumerable irregularities that tainted the general election as little more than crackpot conspiracy theories. This is a convenient way to avoid addressing serious questions raised by serious observers, but it will further undermine confidence in key institutions that form the foundation upon which the republic stands. Public trust in government, media, and even science was already declining before Election Day. This trend will dramatically accelerate if Americans don’t get answers to questions such as the following: Why would the voters deliver the Democrats a comprehensive down-ballot drubbing yet hand the White House to the worst presidential candidate in living memory? Biden’s “victory” seems even more implausible after an audit of his performance in remarkably predictive bellwethers. The Wall Street Journal reports that Biden had a nearly perfect record of losses in counties whose election results have presaged presidential...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden was nominated by Democratic primary voters in large part because of his perceived electability in the general election. Biden proved primary voters right by winning and by doing considerably better than Democratic House candidates. Yet Biden has won in a way that was perhaps surprising to some. He was the first candidate to win without taking at least Florida or Ohio since 1960. Biden did considerably worse with Hispanics than Hillary Clinton in municipalities throughout the country.And Biden won the presidency even as President Donald Trump's base largely stuck with him. So how'd he do it? Biden's pathway to victory intensified the gains Clinton made in 2016. In doing so, he became the seventh Democrat in eight times to win the popular vote, which is the first time since 1828 that one party won the popular vote that often in eight straight elections. Biden wins in the...
    A recent poll from The Economist/YouGov shows that a small portion of Joe Biden voters — 2 percent — believe that he did not win the election legitimately. The number is a far cry from the 98 percent of the rest of the President-elect’s supporters who said he won the election without foul play. The poll also found that a total of 88 percent of Donald Trump supporters surveyed believe that Biden stole the election, while just 12 percent believe he won fairly. “I want a focus group of the Biden voters that think he didn’t win legitimately,” professor Daniel W. Drezner tweeted in response to the findings. In a response tweet, writer Tom Phillips compared the Biden supporters who believe he stole the election to the 2016 PPP survey that showed 2 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters believed she was an “actual demon,” per The Independent. “For the record...
    Chris Knopf of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Action Network (BWAN) stated in a Community Voices article on Nov. 13 that nearly 70% of the candidates endorsed by his organization won their elections this month because they share his group’s opposition to copper mining in Minnesota.  His interpretation of the results is self-serving and wrong. Election results show that voters were not swayed by his group’s narrow agenda.  The 2020 election was focused on public health, the economy, climate change and public safety. None of the election results support any suggestion that the endorsement of the BWAN had any impact. Let’s look at how their candidates really did on election day.   The vast majority of the candidates endorsed by BWAN either won or lost by huge margins, and those endorsements had no impact on the outcome. The BWAN endorsed candidates in only 19 races where the winner got 55%...
    By Brad Brooks, Nathan Layne and Tim Reid SUNDOWN, Texas (Reuters) - Brett Fryar is like many mainstream Republicans. A 50-year-old chiropractor in this west Texas town, he owns a small business. He has two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree, in organic chemistry. He attends Southcrest Baptist Church in nearby Lubbock, where he has previously taught Sunday school and bible studies. Fryar didn’t much like Donald Trump at first, during the U.S. president’s 2016 campaign. He voted for Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primaries. Now, Fryar says he would go to war for Trump. He has joined the newly formed South Plains Patriots, a group of a few hundred members that includes a “reactionary” force of about three dozen - including Fryar and his son, Caleb - who conduct firearms training. Nothing will convince Fryar and many others here in Sundown - including the town’s mayor, another...
    Whenever anyone gets shoved onto the subway tracks, someone with severe mental illness usually did the pushing — and it happens all too often, because Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to get serious about protecting the public, and the mentally ill themselves. Soon after the city saw two apparent such incidents within hours, Sarah Feinberg, the interim president of NYC Transit, erupted: “It’s not fair to the woman, to the people who are using the system. It’s not fair to the woman who experienced this today. We have a crisis in this city, and it absolutely has to be addressed.” Too bad the mayor doesn’t care. Feinberg spoke at the 14th Street-Union Square station, where an unhinged man had shoved a Queens woman into the path of an oncoming No. 5 train. The victim, 40, had two train cars rumble over her head. This follows another pushing Wednesday night, at...
    A new poll shows that about half of U.S. Republican voters believe the claims of President Donald Trump that he “rightfully won” his re-election contest two weeks ago over his Democratic challenger, President-elect Joe Biden. Trump has made baseless, near-daily claims that the vote and vote counting was rigged against him, and he has refused to concede the outcome to Biden. A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll of more than 1,300 people released Wednesday showed that 73% agreed that Biden won, and 5% thought Trump had. But Republicans were skeptical of the outcome when specifically asked whether Biden had “rightfully won.” Fifty-two percent of Republicans said Trump had “rightfully won,” while only 29% said that Biden had done so. Asked why, 68% of Republicans expressed concern that the election was “rigged,” as Trump has contended, while only 16% of Democrats said that was the case and a third of independents. Electoral College...
    Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson smacked down efforts by local Republican officials to block the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s overwhelming victory in Wayne County on Tuesday. Appearing on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, Benson was reacting to the breaking news that that county’s Board of Canvassers had deadlocked along party lines after two Republicans, in an almost unheard move, refused to validate Biden’s massive 320,000-vote margin of victory. Wayne County is the state’s most-populous county and encompasses the African-American majority city of Detroit. “How often — does this ever happen?” host Chris Hayes asked of the obstruction tactic. “How unprecedented or weird or anomalous is it for this small board — for the Republican commissioners to say, no, we’re not certifying.” “Notably, it’s extremely rare,” Benson said. “This a board that performs a ministerial function of certifying the results. They have in every election in years past even just this past August certified...
    DONALD Trump's campaign has dropped a claim that 700,000 ballots were illegally cast in Pennsylvania, a key part of his attempts to stop the certification of the election results in the state. Despite the step, the outgoing president continues to make unfounded claims of election fraud and insist: "I WON THE ELECTION!" 3Donald Trump's campaign has abandoned a claim that 700,000 ballots were illegally cast in PennsylvaniaCredit: EPA 3A poll watcher observes the Pennsylvania ballot countCredit: AP:Associated Press Ahead of a Tuesday hearing for a lawsuit brought by the campaign, Trump's legal team withdrew an attempt to have 682,479 mail-in and absentee votes voided. The attempt was based on claims that the votes were processed without representatives of the president being able to watch. Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf had previously said that ballot watchers from all parties had been allowed to watch the whole process and...
    Georgia In Georgia, which has not voted to send a Democrat to the White House since Bill Clinton won the state in 1992, Joe Biden was able to hold onto some traditional Democratic voting groups like Black voters and younger voters while also making inroads with White voters, particularly those with college degrees, and older voters, CBS News exit polls show. Also, independents, who had backed Donald Trump in 2016, swung to Joe Biden this time. Independents said it was more important right now to contain the coronavirus than to rebuild the economy. Mr. Trump won White voters by a large margin in Georgia, but 30% of White voters backed Biden, an improvement from the 21% who supported Hillary Clinton four years ago. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox President-elect Biden narrowed the gap significantly among White voters with college degrees. Clinton lost these voters to Mr. Trump...
    President-elect Joe Biden says he wants unity and promises to be a president who represents all Americans not just Democrats. Let's give each other a chance," he told the nation in his acceptance speech on Nov. 7 in Delaware. "It's time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy," he said. "We are not enemies. We are Americans." A well-scripted sentiment that's out of touch with our deeply divided nation as the Democratic Party and its media allies have spent the past four years calling Donald Trump's supporters racist -- and every other repugnant smear you can think of. That's not exactly a way to win over half the country and heal the nation. TIM GRAHAM: CNN'S SHAMELESS CALL FOR UNITY AFTER BIDEN'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH...
    A video shared to Reddit shows a lone supporter of President Donald Trump in New Jersey singing a Trump-themed rendition of “America the Beautiful” early in the morning. Hide The video, which has over 43,000 upvotes on Reddit, shows a woman carrying a Trump flag, singing “America, the Beautiful” with revised lyrics about Trump and “four more years” interspersed in the lyrics and chorus.  Hide A young child trails behind the Trump supporter, having to endure her twisted idea of patriotism. The redditor who posted the video wrote, “I haven’t spoken to her before, and definitely won’t try to after this. I’m in a very red section of a predominantly blue state, so this behavior doesn’t surprise me at this point. I posted this to a local Facebook group as well, and half the posts were cheering her on.” Some commenters, including the original poster, wondering if the child’s life...
    LATEST ELECTION UPDATES LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — California voters have approved Proposition 14, which sought to authorize $5 billion in bonds for stem cell research, the Associated Press projected Thursday. With 93.14% of precincts reporting, the measure won by a margin of 51.03% to 48.97% — a difference of 324,754 votes. With 93.14% of precincts reporting, the measure won by a margin of 51.03% to 48.97% — a difference of 324,754 votes. The $5 billion would be in addition to $3 billion that voters approved in 2004 and would be repaid through the state’s general fund at an average cost of roughly $260 million per year for 30 years. Of the money generated by the bond measure, $1.5 billion is slated for research and therapies for brain and nervous system conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and stroke.
    (CNN)Spare a thought for Republicans at this difficult time. Much of the party leadership has backed Donald Trump's legal bids because they have to: They can't turn their back on their President or his supporters. At the same time, it's obviously doing damage to their own reputation -- and they know that. Timothy StanleyThe stakes were raised Wednesday with magnificent madness by Hollywood actor Jon Voight who released a video calling Trump's legal effort "the greatest fight since the Civil War, the battle of righteousness vs Satan." To be clear, there is no evidence of vote rigging or that Satan is a registered Democrat (I have him down as a Libertarian), but some version of this narrative is taking hold on the right and the Republican leadership can't do much about it. They are, as ever, reacting to events, not shaping them. Never forget that Trump was as much...
    The Trump campaign's effort to undermine confidence in the integrity of the presidential election is working among voters who cast their ballot for President Trump but not many others. Conducted between Sunday and Tuesday, a new poll from the Economist and YouGov revealed that 86% of the people who voted for the president believe Joe Biden did not win the presidential election "legitimately." Only 14% of the Trump voters included in the poll believe Biden won the election "legitimately." Nearly all of the Biden voters surveyed in the poll said they believe he won the presidency "legitimately" — only 1% said the former vice president's victory was illegitimate. On Saturday, many mainstream outlets projected Biden to win the presidency. Trump's campaign has brought up allegations of widespread fraud in many battleground states where Biden is ahead. The president has not yet conceded the election even though Biden has begun acting...
    Throughout the campaign cycle, political pundits and analysts predicted that “America’s heartland” would be the deciding factor of who won the White House this election. Middle America is just another way of describing rural white voters, who overwhelmingly gave Trump the presidency in 2016. They are typically described as “the silent majority,” while urban voters, especially those living on the East Coast, are often dismissed as simply being members of the “coastal elite.” Experts suggested that Biden could win only if he flipped Midwestern and rural counties in battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. But once again, white voters in most of those areas still gave Trump their vote at levels very similar to 2016, in the high 50s nationally. The key difference this time around was Black voters in major cities who surpassed turn-out expectations. Black voters in “Chocolate Cities” such as Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Atlanta...
    Joe Biden’s presidential victory came as a deeply divided nation voted for change. Facing a pandemic, economic downturn, and racial reckoning, voters were frustrated with the way the government is functioning and anxious for a more active federal role. Biden made notable improvements on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 margins in the suburbs and with seniors. He also modestly improved on Clinton’s numbers among White voters overall, thanks largely to outsized support from college-educated White women.   Donald Trump received strong support from his base, as anticipated. Additionally, he made gains among Hispanic voters, particularly in some key swing states. These improvements, however, were not enough to put him over the top again. BIDEN WINS PRESIDENCY, DENIES TRUMP A SECOND TERM For many voters, Biden was able to successfully position himself as a leader capable of uniting a fractured country. Trump, on the other hand, continued to rely on his persona as the...
    DENVER (CBS4)– From a new tax on nicotine to a lower tax on income, the 2020 election means lots of changes for Colorado taxpayers. “I thought that was a great outcome. As you know, I think you should tax things that are bad, not good. Income is great.” Gov. Jared Polis says that’s why he backed Proposition 116 that lowers the state income tax rate, “I’d rather do away with the income tax myself. I don’t think it’s a good tax.” (credit: CBS) While cutting income taxes, voters approved a new payroll tax to cover a paid family leave program. Employees making around $50,000 a year will pay about $40 less income tax and $234 more payroll tax. Employers also pay $234 per employee but they were spared a property tax increase with passage of Amendment B, while homeowners will pay more than they would of otherwise. Nicotine users will...
    By Jason Lange and Brad Heath WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Joe Biden captured the U.S. presidency on Saturday, emerging the victor over Republican President Donald Trump in a tight election that was not decided until days after the polls closed on Tuesday. (For a graphic on how Biden won the election, see https://tmsnrt.rs/358vXPG) Here are 10 numbers that help explain an historic U.S. election that was conducted in the middle of both a worldwide pandemic and global economic recession. The data is derived from voting figures available through Saturday afternoon: * 65 million The coronavirus crisis made voting by mail the go-to option for some 65 million Americans, close to half of those who voted. The mail-in ballot surge, tracked by the U.S. Elections Project, also overwhelmed election workers in many states, with the slow pace of counting keeping the world on edge for days. * 18% From the Rust...
    Joe Biden was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election largely because he was able to convince enough voters that he could better handle the coronavirus pandemic and that he had the right temperament for the job, according to CBS News' analysis of the exit poll data. The data show that voters who supported Biden were looking for a candidate with good judgment and for someone who could unite the country. Bringing the country together might be difficult, since voters who backed President Trump did not say they saw the coronavirus as serious a problem — as Biden voters do — and roughly half of these voters say they're scared of a Biden presidency. The president-elect had the support of some groups that traditionally vote Democratic and made some inroads with some not-so-traditional Democratic groups, like men and seniors. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Concern...
    Mother Jones illustration; Bebeto Matthews/AP; Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the state of Pennsylvania, according to multiple news outlets, securing his victory over Donald Trump as the 46th president of the United States. Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes bring Biden’s Electoral College total up to 273, more than the 270 needed to win the presidency—even as Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, and Alaska are still counting ballots. In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s loss in Pennsylvania marked a turning point at which it became clear that Trump would win the presidency. Democrats attribute Biden’s ability to flip the state to turnout among Black voters in cities like Philadelphia and increased support from working-class white voters in places like Scranton, Biden’s birthplace. This is a breaking news story and...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Joe Biden reclaimed Michigan for Democrats with a surge of support in urban regions like Detroit and Grand Rapids, offsetting high turnout in rural and exurban areas for President Donald Trump. Biden's 146,000-vote margin, 2.7 percentage points, was powered by gains in big, vote-rich counties such as Oakland near Detroit and Kent, which includes Grand Rapids — amid a record 5.5 million people casting ballots statewide. Biden won Oakland by 14 points, besting Hillary Clinton's 8-point edge in 2016. He carried Kent by almost 6 points after Trump netted it by 3 points four years ago. Trump again won traditional bellwether Macomb County outside Detroit, by roughly 8 points — less than his 11-point margin in 2016, however. Biden became just the second Democratic presidential candidate to carry Kent in more than 50 years, after Barack Obama did it in his...
    During a press conference on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated that she doesn’t see any sort of corrective message from voters to House Democrats in the results of the 2020 election, and that while some of her members “had some concerns about what happened in their district, but most of the people that expressed those concerns won.” Pelosi said, “We lost a few seats. But, as I said, we won those seats in Trump districts. He wasn’t on the ballot. He is now. I think that the — what happened with the Democrats for Congress across the country helped contribute to the Biden success. So, we’re very proud to be part of that mandate, very proud of that.” She further stated that some of the districts “were almost insurmountable with Trump on the ballot,” and said that “we’ve lost some battles, but we won the war. We have...
    Brooklyn voters made their voices heard in veteran Rep. Jerry Nadler’s reelection this week, with his more conservative constituents in the borough’s southern neighborhoods casting ballots for President Trump and the liberal Democrat’s GOP opponent Cathy Bernstein. Bernstein, 58, a financial consultant who resides on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, railed against stricter state oversight of yeshivas — a potent issue that resonates in the district’s heavily orthodox Jewish communities — and also slammed Nadler for supporting “defunding” police. The GOP candidate also made an issue of the city placing homeless people into neighborhood hotels amid the pandemic. But Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee chairman who pushed to impeach Trump, easily won re-election because the majority of the district takes in the liberal West Side of Manhattan as well as Brooklyn. Nadler, first elected in 1992, also easily won his Democratic primary election in June. Manhattan comprises 70 percent of the...
    In an ideal world, political parties would be about different approaches to governing. Yet too often in our nation’s history they’ve been about tribalism along regional, economic and, most divisively, racial lines. Then came 2020: This Election Day, President Trump garnered the highest percentage of non-white votes for a Republican presidential candidate in 60 years. This movement toward balance should be celebrated by all, but not surprisingly, that is not what is happening. Take MSNBC anchor Joy Reid, who claims that the election showed a “great amount of racism, anti-blackness and anti-wokeness.” Or The New York Times’ Charles Blow, who somehow sees this election as confirming the power of the “White Patriarchy.” Writer Bree Newsome Bass conceded that some white voters had chosen Joe Biden but voted Republican down ballot to preserve “white rule.” These people view everything through a racial lens. They’re convinced Trump is a racist...
    Brooklyn voters made their voices heard in veteran Rep. Jerry Nadler’s reelection this week, with his more conservative constituents in the borough’s southern neighborhoods casting ballots for President Trump and the liberal Democrat’s GOP opponent Cathy Bernstein. Bernstein, 58, a financial consultant who resides on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, railed against stricter state oversight of yeshivas — a potent issue that resonates in the district’s heavily orthodox Jewish communities — and also slammed Nadler for supporting “defunding” police. The GOP candidate also made an issue of the city placing homeless people into neighborhood hotels amid the pandemic. But Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee chairman who pushed to impeach Trump, easily won re-election because the majority of the district takes in the liberal West Side of Manhattan as well as Brooklyn. Nadler, first elected in 1992, also easily won his Democratic primary election in June. see also New York...
    Among the millions of Americans who hate President Donald Trump is veteran writer Touré, who made a name for himself back in the day writing for Rolling Stone. (No surprise, right?) And as rumblings rolled across the land Thursday that Democratic nominee Joe Biden was on the brink of defeating Trump in the 2020 election, Touré went out of his way to deliver a message to fellow Americans who voted for the president. His Twitter missive was not kind. Not in the least:If you’re a Trumper I hope the pain and anxiety you feel now is excruciating. You voted against America and for a c… https://t.co/zXQq4N6VgM — Touré (@Touré)1604630453.0"If you're a Trumper I hope the pain and anxiety you feel now is excruciating," he wrote. "You voted against America and for a cult leader who has no redeeming or admirable qualities. He's a cretin who cares nothing about this...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez (D-N.Y.) ripped former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillWhy it's time for a majority female Cabinet Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big Harris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears MORE (D) for claiming in the wake of this week's election that the Democratic Party is leaving voters behind.  During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday, McCaskill said that the Republican Party has picked up voters while Democrats focus on social issues. "Whether you are talking guns or...abortion...or gay marriage and rights for 'transexuals' and other people who we as a party 'look after' and make sure they are treated fairly. As we circled the issues, we left some voters behind and Republicans dove in with a vengeance and grabbed those voters," she said.  “So, we’ve got to get back to the ‘meat and potatoes’ issues and the issues where we’re taking care of...
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt decried changes to his state’s mail-in voting laws and subsequent decisions from a court that made it difficult for allies of President Donald Trump to monitor ballot-counting now underway. According to Laxalt, the rules were changed 90 days out of the election. “Let me first say we believe we have a path to victory, but the Democrats have absolutely stacked the deck against us in this election,” he said. “They’ve changed this election inside 90 days and as votes are being counted and America thinks that with all these mail-in ballots, that you think you have people watching that counting going on, we are still not allowed to watch the signature-matching. We are not allowed to challenge any of those signatures. So, they switch us to this new system, and they give us no right to...
    CNN commentator Van Jones has admitted that Republicans were 'effective' in their outreach to black and Latino voters, after President Donald Trump made gains with both groups on Election Day. 'I don't care who you are, nobody predicted this outcome,' Jones said on the network on Wednesday. 'It turns out that the outreach from Republicans to African Americans and Latinos was effective.'  Jones went on to say that very few people expected Trump to make inroads with non-white voters because he 'says racially inflammatory stuff'. 'It turns out that wasn't true,' Jones continued. He gave Joe Biden credit for his outreach efforts, but said that 'people vote for all kinds of different reasons, so both parties have got to go back to the drawing board.' CNN commentator Van Jones has admitted that Republicans were 'effective' in their outreach to black and Latino voters According to surveys conducted by...
    Veteran television anchor Tom Brokaw has praised Donald Trump for his 'very clever' rhetoric on the pandemic during the campaign, noting that his upbeat tone and promise that people would soon be back to work was what 'people wanted to hear'. The 80-year-old special correspondent for NBC News had rare words of praise for the president during Lester Holt's show on Tuesday night.   'You know, I've been covering presidential politics in this country since 1968. And I've seen a lot of changes,' he said.  'I have never seen the country as deeply and sharply divided as it is now and it's the second cycle of this kind of division with President Trump surprising everybody the first time and, fair to say, surprising everyone a second time with his strong showing.  Tom Brokaw, 80, appeared on Lester Holt's program on Tuesday night as the results came in Brokaw praised...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Legalized sports betting in Maryland could start in the summer of next year after voters approved it on Election Day, but lawmakers still need to work out the details of how it will be implemented in the upcoming legislative session. A separate constitutional amendment passed by voters to give the legislature more power in the state budget process won’t take effect until after Gov. Larry Hogan leaves office in 2023. While all eight of Maryland’s U.S. House incumbents won reelection Tuesday, and Democrat Joe Biden won the heavily Democratic state’s 10 electoral votes in the presidential race, the results of the two statewide ballot questions have considerable fiscal ramifications for future years. A comprehensive framework for sports betting passed unanimously earlier this year, but the coronavirus pandemic shortened the legislative session, and lawmakers asked voters to give the gambling expansion an up or down vote. That...
    MIDDLEBORO (CBS) – In 2016, voters in Middleboro chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, by a small margin. And it appears he has won the town again. But there is palatable sense of anxiety in the Trump stronghold. Even the morning after Election Day, when Lauren Hernandez opened the doors to Cafe Milano, she was met with customers all talking about the same thing. Who won? “There’s a lot of election anxiety today is what I’m hearing a lot of. Excitement,” Hernandez said. And right across the street, is a Trump store, selling merchandise emblazoned with the Trump name or image. Here, too there was anxiety, but a sense of confidence in the eventual outcome. Eric Gunnison was in there, looking for mementos. He’s cautiously optimistic. “I know this election is completely different than the first election,” Gunnison said. “Just the way things are being done how...
    SOLANO COUNTY (CBS SF) — Two cities in Solano County appear to have elected two new mayors in the 2020 election Tuesday. It looks like Benicia voters elected Steve Young as their new mayor as he maintained a clear lead over two competitors in Tuesday’s election. Benicia voters also elected two city council members, incumbent Tom Campbell, who secured the largest portion of vote, and Terry Scott, a retired businessman who narrowly beat out Trevor Macenski, an environmental planner. Dixon voters, according to final but unofficial results, elected Steven Bird, a deputy sheriff, as mayor over three competitors and chose Don Hendershot, a district attorney’s investigator, for the City Council. In the race for Fairfield City Council, Scott Tonnesen won the seat in District 2; Rick Vaccaro bested two competitors in District 4; and Doriss Panduro secured the short-term seat in District 5. Appointed incumbent mayor Ronald Kott was re-elected...
    According to Open Data Pennsylvania, the state currently has 10 counties — Armstrong, Bedford, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Fulton, Pike, Warren and York — with zero precincts reporting results from the 2020 presidential election. Within these counties lie 661 precincts and 842,217 registered voters, according to state records. Incumbent President Donald Trump won all 10 of these counties in the 2016 presidential election by at least a plurality of 48 percent of the vote and enjoyed margins of victory as high as 84 percent. As seen in the below graphic, Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 74 percent in Armstrong County; if he holds that margin among the county’s 44,820 registered voters, he’s looking at a potential 33,166 votes to bolster his current lead in Pennsylvania over opponent Joe Biden, who hails from Scranton, Pennsylvania, seated in Lackawanna County.
    (CNN)Even as the fight for the White House continues on, we are beginning to get a clear picture of what the 2020 electorate looked like -- and cared about -- via the exit polling.I spent the morning looking through the data -- compiled via a non-partisan election consortium and reflecting more than 15,000 interviews with voters -- and drawing some conclusions about the broad trends we will be looking at and talking about not just for months but years to come. My big takeaways are below. (You can check out the exit poll yourself here. Keep in mind that these are early numbers, and the breakdowns we see so far in the exit data may change some.)America votes: What you need to know PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Latest results SENATE: Where the balance of power stands HOUSE: Key race results INTERACTIVE: Build your own 2020 electoral map...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Democrats for not putting in enough of an effort to win over Latino voters after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden underperformed with Hispanics in states like Florida in the 2020 race. “I won’t comment much on tonight’s results as they are evolving and ongoing, but I will say we’ve been sounding the alarm about Dem vulnerabilities w/ Latinos for a long, long time,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens/Bronx) said in a tweet on Election Night. The congresswoman added, “There is a strategy and a path, but the necessary effort simply hasn’t been put in.” “We have work to do,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a follow-up tweet where she linked to a Yahoo News article headlined, “Biden campaign doesn’t consider Latinos ‘part of their path to victory,’ political operatives say.” Biden underperformed in several largely Latino-populated counties in the Sunshine State as compared to 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, helping President...
    Joe Biden speaks at the Carpenters Local Union 1912 in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2020, to kick off a small business bus tour. Carolyn Kaster/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.For years, pundits have been tracking Arizona’s Latinx voters, saying they had the potential to tip the state blue one day. That day has finally come. Early Wednesday morning, Joe Biden pulled out a surprising victory on the back of a strong showing in Maricopa County—a place made notorious by the anti-immigrant, racist policies of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  Joining Biden in the win category was Democrat Mark Kelly, the retired astronaut who’s married to former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords, who beat Republican Sen. Martha McSally. Kelly will join Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema—meaning, for the first time since 1953, both US senators in Arizona will be Democrats.  For much...
    The Note: A referendum election arrives, with no clean answers promised The best albums that didnt win a Grammy Live Election Day coverage: Trump falsely claims he won presidential race, even though ballots are still being counted © Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on election night in the East Room of the White House in the early morning hours of November 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Today is the day. It's Election Day and President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will now wait for the votes to be counted. Today's election may result in changes in Congress, where Democrats want to regain control of the Republican-led Senate and Democrats hope to expand their advantage in the House. USA TODAY will have live election results. Refresh this blog all day for updates as the candidates...
    President Trump declared himself the likely victor of the presidential election in an early Wednesday speech and accused Democrats of attempting to tank his “phenomenal” results and help Joe Biden through fraud. “I want to thank the American people for their tremendous support. Millions and millions of people voted for us tonight. And a very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people, and we won’t stand for it,” Trump said in a speech from the White House East Room that began at 2:21 am. “We were getting ready for big celebration. We were winning everything, and all of a sudden that was just called off,” he said. Before speaking, the president tweeted, “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!” Trump spoke after an unexpectedly...
    Loading the player... President Donald Trump won Florida, the nation’s most prized battleground election state, and he and Democrat Joe Biden shifted their focus early Wednesday to three Northern industrial states that could prove crucial in determining who wins the White House. Neither candidate had the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency during an epic campaign that will shape America’s response to the surging pandemic and foundational questions of economic fairness and racial justice. The two men were locked in tight races across the country, with Trump retaining Texas and claiming the battlegrounds of Ohio and Iowa while Biden won Minnesota and New Hampshire, two modest prizes the president had hoped to take. Read More: USPS disregards court order to sweep facilities; 300,000 ballots missing Races were too early to call in some of other fiercely contested and critical states on the map, including North...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden vastly under-performed among Hispanic voters in the key states of Florida, Georgia and Ohio polls showed Tuesday night. Exit polls from 2020 showed Trump making huge gains among the demographic over his performance against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Clinton won the demographic by 27 points, 40 points, and 41 points in Florida, Georgia and Ohio respectively, while Biden won by just 8 points, 25 points and 24 points respectively. (RELATED: Twitter Flags Trump Campaign Tweet Calling South Carolina Race For President Trump) Hispanic voters per early 2020 exit polls: Florida: 2016: Clinton +27 2020: Biden +8 Georgia: 2016: Clinton +40 2020: Biden +25 Ohio: 2016: Clinton +41 2020: Biden +24 CNN — Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) November 4, 2020 None of the three states have been called for either Trump or Biden as of publishing, though Trump holds a lead in each state. All three...
    See local Maryland election results by county With the polls in Maryland closed Tuesday night, the votes are now being counted in all eight of the state’s U.S. House races. Democrats currently hold seven of those seats. In the 7th District, which includes parts of Baltimore City, and Baltimore and Howard counties, Rep. Kweisi Mfume, a Democrat who has held the seat since a special election in April, faced a social-media-splashed challenge from Republican Kimberly Klacik, who has drawn support from President Donald Trump. Mfume defeated Klacik handily in the special election. In the 1st District, Rep. Andy Harris — the lone Republican in the state’s congressional delegation — faces Democratic challenger Mia Mason, who is a military veteran and a transgender woman. In the 6th District — which was the subject of a Supreme Court case over gerrymandering last year — Democratic first-termer David Trone is looking to keep...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – There were no lines at polling places in Burnsville on Tuesday. One voter, Dee Trueblood, said she was in and out in five minutes. Most voted early in this election, but Trueblood had a reason for waiting. “I got a sample ballot and the envelope different from my mom’s ballot,” she said. “It’s just made me more assured that my vote was going in and was gonna be counted.” One of the early voters is a Somali native who has been translating and making sure people had rides to the polls. “We need a political change so we don’t campaign exactly for a candidate but we campaign for issues,” said Abdul Artan, a Voter Transporation Volunteer. “What are the issues of concern in our neighborhood, the underfunded schools, healthcare, police brutality.” Many of the suburban counties are divided on party lines. In 2016, the busiest precinct in Burnsville...
    Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally remains confident Democrats supporting challenger Mark Kelly won't flip her Senate seat.  Speaking with Fox News on Monday evening, the incumbent said that the only poll that matters in the race is Election Day. Kelly, a former NASA astronaut, has been leading McSally for the past couple of months. WHO IS MARTHA MCSALLY? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ARIZONA SENATOR An influx of young voters, Latino voters and the renewed support of White suburban women have both boosted the newcomer and broadened support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the traditionally red state. The last time Arizonans elected a Democrat was in 1948, and a new report in the Associated Press said that the party has a shot at taking control of one or both chambers of the state's predominantly GOP legislature for the first time in nearly three decades.  Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally campaigns at Republican Party...
    Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will only declare that he has won 'when there's a victory' as he predicts he will win reelection with more Electoral College votes than in 2016. 'So my number last time was 306,' Trump said when the 'Fox & Friends' panel asked him how many Electoral College votes he thinks he will earn. 'I ended up with 306, that was good numbers – 223-306,' he said in reference to the outcome against Hillary Clinton in 2016 – but the Democratic candidate actually earned 232 not 223. 'And that was a big number,' the president said. 'And I think we will top it. I'll leave it at that. I think we'll top it.' According to Cook Political Report, Trump likely holds around 163 Electoral College votes as of now out of those states that are solid, likely and lean Republican. If he were to win...
    (CNN)It's Election Eve.> 96 million people have already voted.> 9.3 million people have been infected with Covid-19.Americans get their last chance Tuesday to judge the presidency of President Donald Trump.You can tell he's nervous because he made the final moments of his reelection argument about excluding people's votes from being counted.Read MoreMore on Voting CNN's Election 101 Info on deadlines, poll locations and more How to stay safe when voting in person What not to wear when you go vote What each state says about taking photos when you vote What to do if your right to vote is challenged How to spot a red or blue 'mirage' in early election night results Your questions about voting, answered We don't know who will win this election, but we have already learned something very important about US politics in 2020, and that's this: One party has been actively and openly...
    It was all over but the shouting Monday, as President Trump and Joe Biden made their final, frenzied pitches to voters to close out a bitter and contentious presidential election season. And there was a lot of shouting.[ FORECAST: Who Will Win? Tracking Biden and Trump’s Chances ]Trump used his last day in his preferred campaign activity – big rallies with adoring supporters – as he made final arguments in five events in the battleground states of North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Biden spent much of the day in his birth state of Pennsylvania, where he spoke at a rally with union members in Beaver County, a drive-in rally in Pittsburgh, where he was to address Black voters, and ending with a Pittsburgh rally where Lady Gaga was also to appear.Photos: America Goes to the PollsView All 18 ImagesIn between events, Trump rage-tweeted about Biden, the media, the "depraved swamp" and...
    Despite Trump's claims, most states will take days to weeks to finalize their ballot counts. In an ad set to be released Tuesday, Pennsylvania's Democratic governor cautioned that voters shouldn't expect definitive results on election night. "These are unprecedented times. Because of the coronavirus, there were millions of votes cast by mail so it may take longer than usual to count every vote," Gov. Tom Wolf says in the ad. "The folks in our election offices — your neighbors, family, and friends, are working hard ensuring every single vote is counted," he added. He assured voters that their ballots will count, even if it takes a few days to tally them.
    Nationally, Biden holds a 7.8 percent lead over Trump, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average, but in the battleground states that will decide the Electoral College results, his lead is much less secure. State-level polls, which were wildly off base in 2016, remain suspect: Republicans — and many Democrats — believe that Trump’s voters are refusing to take part in them, or to signal their true intentions if they do. “This race is far closer than some of the punditry . . . would suggest,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said recently. “In a number of critical swing states we are fundamentally tied.” Here’s a look at the nine battlegrounds that could hand the White House to the Democrats — or give President Trump a second term. Current poll average: Biden 47% / Trump 47% In 2016, Trump won Arizona by 91,000 votes, a relatively comfortable 3.6 percent margin. But...
    If the polls are to be believed, Joe Biden is about to be elected president. And if history is any indicator, Democrats will assume they have a mandate. Parties and movements that win power almost always assume the public endorses what they think have been selling. They usually don’t. Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1994 might be the poster child for this phenomenon, but it’s a predictable pitfall of a winning campaign. The worst disasters occur when people get elected (or re-elected) and try to implement policies that weren’t even litigated during the election, much less decided. That’s probably too strong. I’m sure “fixing Social Security” was in all George W. Bush’s stump speeches, it’s just that I don’t think it was on anyone’s mind in November of 2004 (unless, maybe, they worked at the Heritage Foundation). This is where Democrats may find themselves. If Joe Biden gets elected, it...
    This is the latest installment of CBSN's America's Right to Vote series, which examines voting rights and access through the 2020 campaign. Michigan. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. These three states won the presidential race in 2016 for Donald Trump. And Democrats have been on a mission to win them back, but there's some disagreement about the best way to do that.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Some local leaders contend the party is approaching these Midwestern and Rust Belt states the wrong way, focusing too much on the White working class voters who backed Mr. Trump and not enough on voters who didn't turn out at all.  "Part of the Achilles heel of the Democratic campaign strategy in the Midwest, and my opinion, has been the over emphasis on independents," says Reverend Charles Williams, pastor of King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit and president of the Michigan Chapter of...
    Roger Sollenberger October 29, 2020 8:02PM (UTC) Embattled Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine refused to tell voters during her final debate with Democratic challenger Sara Gideon on Wednesday whether she would vote for President Donald Trump in this year's election. After Gideon pointed out that Collins still had not committed to voting for the president, whose approval rating in the state has been deeply underwater, the debate moderator asked the three-term incumbent directly if she believed Trump deserved another term. : "I'm not getting into presidential politics," Collins replied, adding that she would be able to work well with either Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Instead, Collins made the case for Republicans to retain control of the Senate. "What I don't want to see is one-party control in Washington," she said, "because I think that would lead to a far-left agenda being pushed through the Congress." : Collins earlier refused to disclose whether she voted for Trump...
    Texans will not be required to wear face masks when casting election ballots during the coronavirus pandemic after a federal appeals court halted an order that would be mandated voters to don the coverings.  Late Wednesday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an order issued the prior day by a San Antonio federal judge that invalidated an exemption for polling places included in Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask mandate.  The trio of judges on the appellate panel, all appointed by President Trump, granted what's known as a short-term administrative stay, effectively stopping the federal judge's ruling from taking effect while the court weighs whether it will uphold the decision or strike it down during the appeals process.  NEVADA U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES 'DISTRICT ELECTION OFFICER' TO HANDLE GROWING CONCERNS OF ELECTION FRAUD Abbott's executive order that requires Texans to wear a face-covering in public spaces in counties that have at least 20 positive COVID-19 cases...
    SWING states in the US are known as “purple states” because there is no majority party that represents them and they can be won by either a Democrat or a Republican candidate. The swing states are usually created by population changes, ideological polarization, and a chunk of moderate voters whose unpredictable vote could sway either way. 8Many voters choose to cast their ballot at designated polling placesCredit: Alamy Live News What does a swing state mean? The term “swing state” refers to the unpredictability of voter parties in a certain state during an election. Thirty-eight out of the 50 states have voted for the same party since the 2000 presidential election, which has made it relatively easy to predict which states will vote for a Democratic candidate and which will vote for a Republican. However, with swing states there is no consistent favorable party and any candidate of the party...
    With less than a week before Election Day, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it will not grant an expedited review of a Pennsylvania GOP appeal of a mail-in ballot extension in the state. The court previously split 4-4 on a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to halt the state high court's decision to order the extension. The court could still decide to hear the case, however, reports CBS News campaign reporter Zak Hudak. Joined by two other justices, Justice Samuel Alito acknowledged there was little time remaining to make a change, but said they were open to it. "I reluctantly conclude that there is simply not enough time at this late date to decide the question before the election," he wrote. "That does not mean, however, that the state court decision must escape our review." The ruling came after Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar told counties to separate ballots received...
    Election Day is fast approaching and while millions of eager California voters have already cast their ballots, it’s not too late for everyone else. Here are your last-minute election questions, answered. Happy voting! Q: Can I still register to vote? A: Yes, but the deadline to register online or by mail has passed, so you must do it in person. Each county has posted a list of vote centers where you can register to vote and fill out a ballot at the same time. Q: How do I know if I’m registered? A: You can check your registration status at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov. Q: How do I send in my ballot? A: Drop it in the mail, no postage required, or put it in an official drop box by Election Day. Ballots postmarked by Nov. 3 can arrive as late as Nov. 20 and still be counted. Voters can also hand deliver...
    (CNN)Win or lose in eight days' time, President Donald Trump's lasting legacy on the Republican Party will be a shrinking base that looks less and less like the country. The number of voting-age white Americans without college degrees has dropped by more than five million in the past four years. In the same timeframe, the number of minority voters and college-educated white voters has increased by more than 13 million. https://t.co/l4IZhUvRoI pic.twitter.com/yu2hj0YhW4— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 22, 2020 The chart above -- from Ford Fessenden and Lazaro Gamio, two talented data journalists, for The New York Times -- makes that point in the starkest and most powerful way I have yet seen.Trump's victory in 2016 was seen as a rebuttal to predictions of a demographic cataclysm for Republicans. Despite the growing diversity of the country and the declining share of White voters as a percentage of the overall...
    (CNN)On Saturday, voters were lining up throughout New York City to vote for the next President of the United States. Although incumbent Donald Trump claims that our city has turned into a ghost town, the ghosts seem to be turning out in large numbers to cast their ballots early. Julian Zelizer We have seen the same phenomenon in many other parts of the country. In Georgia, residents stood for up to 11 hours to register their decision. Texas is anticipating the highest turnout ever based on record amounts of early voting. And there are numerous predictions that voter turnout nationally might exceed historic records. The long lines are an important reminder that the 2020 election will be won or lost based on the ground game. While some Americans may now be spending much of their time obsessing over the latest RealClear Politics polling averages and sweating out the breaking...
    Plagued by a global pandemic, postal stoppages, state law changes, and confusion – many of the 9 million U.S. citizens eligible to vote from outside the country worry they won’t get their say in the 2020 presidential election. “This has been a challenging election,” Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, president and CEO of the nonprofit U.S. Vote Foundation and Overseas Vote, which endeavors to help Americans abroad, told Fox News. “As more issues regarding changes in the United States Postal Service [USPS] processes and evidence of slowdowns and international suspensions in service emerged, concern and outright anxiety embraced the overseas voting populace.”   According to Dzieduszycka-Suinat, the deluge of worry from voters has centered on their ability to cast a timely ballot. “The [questions] started coming in a steady stream earlier this year as the voters realized their usual letters and packages to and from the U.S. were not being delivered in a timely manner,” she continued. “It was...
    President Donald Trump’s strong performance during the final 2020 presidential debate will not be enough to sway the election in his favor, according to Republican pollster Frank Luntz. Frank Luntz, who often polls undecided voters, made the observation on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Friday morning. Luntz held a virtual focus group comprised of 13 undecided voters Thursday night following the second and final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. “You got to give Trump a minor victory because he’ll bring some [undecided] voters home, and it’ll close the race a little bit,” Luntz said, according to CNBC. “But in the end, I think Joe Biden won the war.” Luntz added that a Trump victory on Nov. 3 is “virtually impossible” even if the polls are wrong like they were in 2016 when he defeated Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, according to CNBC. (RELATED: Trump’s Microphone...
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Achilles’ heel is located nowhere near a person’s foot but rather higher up, as many U.S. presidents and presidential contenders can attest. Stories of illicit sex—including sexual assault—have wafted around our political leaders since the days of the Founders. But if past is prologue, presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden needn’t worry about the allegations of his former staffer Tara Reade, who claims that in 1993 he pushed her up against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers. As I explore in my forthcoming book, Sex with Presidents, we Americans have gasped in outrage at the bad sexual behavior of political candidates and then blithely ignored them at the ballot box, voting instead on the issues. As a 25-year-old bachelor, Thomas Jefferson assaulted his best friend’s wife who, according to one account, defended her virtue with a pair of scissors. A widower...
    In the second and final presidential debate Thursday night, Americans witnessed a much less raucous, more coherent, and more substantive — in other words, a more normal — discussion than the first debate just three weeks ago. That being said, it is safe to say the 96-minute exchange between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will likely not fundamentally alter the presidential race. Over 48 million Americans have already voted, and few people remain undecided. However, in my view, President Trump’s performance was measured, on message, and controlled. Thus, for any remaining undecided voters and Republican-oriented voters who may have been discouraged by the president’s chaotic first debate, Trump’s performance Thursday night likely reassured them and may even have led some to resolve to cast ballots in his favor. TRUMP, BIDEN CLASH OVER HUNTER BIDEN BUSINESS QUESTIONS AT FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE Moreover, the president’s performance reinforces an argument...
    For Thursday night’s final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, CNN assembled a panel of undecided voters in Davidson, NC, and polled them after the debate to see who they thought won. The results were not favorable for the incumbent president. CNN’s Gary Tuchman was running the panel, gathered outside in socially-distanced chairs outside on the Davidson College campus, with everyone wearing face masks. Before the debate, Tuchman had noted that some of the voters had preferences for one candidate over another, but had not yet made a final decision about how to cast their vote. “I want to ask you now, this is what our viewers have been waiting for, and that is this question about who you think won this particular debate,” said Tuchman, asking the voters to raise their hands to show who they thought won. “Who thinks Donald Trump...
    President Trump posted a sharper and calmer performance during his final debate against former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday night, but it was unclear if his better showing was enough to alter the shape of the race in its closing days, a Post panel of debate experts said. Four experts examined the 90-minute forum in Nashville, Tenn., which featured sharp exchanges over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic that’s left more than 220,000 Americans dead, the environment, immigration and foreign policy. “Mr. Trump was more methodical, but it wasn’t enough: he needed a game-changer but didn’t get one. Biden had no significant gaffes that will hurt him over the remaining 12 days,” said David Birdsell, the dean of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at CUNY’s Baruch College. Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak offered a similar take that highlighted Trump’s dramatic change in tone from his much-criticized first...
    President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply different visions of how to handle the surging pandemic and fought over how much Trump pays in taxes during their final debate of a tumultuous campaign.FACT CHECK: Claims from President Trump, Joe Biden's final debateWith Trump trailing and needing to change the campaign's trajectory, the debate could prove pivotal though more than 47 million votes already have been cast and there are fewer undecided voters than at this point in previous election years. The debate did not feature the repeated angry interruptions of the candidates' other showdown, the men engaged in a series of clashes.CA ELECTION 2020: Here's how to vote and what you need to knowEMBED More News Videos Are you registered to vote? Here's how to check your voter registration status before the election. So who won the debate?That question may not be answered fully until Nov. 3,...
    'The president's hopes for re-election are growing dimmer by the day.' Polls released this week showed Donald Trump trailing behind former Vice President Joe Biden in all eight swing states — some of which he won by a large margin in the presidential election four years ago. In Iowa, a Monmouth University poll released Wednesday showed Biden leading Trump among likely voters 50% to 47%, compared with last month's poll in which Trump led by 3%. Among registered voters, Trump has a slight advantage with 48% to Biden's 47%. Though Trump handily won Iowa by nearly 10 points in 2016, the Hawkeye State is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races in this year's presidential election.
    Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in six battleground states the president won in the 2016 election with less than two weeks to go.  The Democratic nominee leads in most national polls on the race but the battleground contests are significant because they offer a tighter view of the state of the race. Particularly, Biden leads in three states - Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina - that are considered must win in order to take the presidency. He also leads in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the poll from Change Research.   All his leads are in the margin of error and both campaigns are fighting hard in those critical areas ahead of November 3.  Joe Biden leads Donald Trump in six battleground states the president won in the 2016 election But besides the lead in the polls, early voting returns show Democrats turning up in greater number than...
    A new coronavirus outbreak is emerging in New Zealand after 11 fishermen tested positive while in hotel quarantine.    It is understood the workers flew in from Moscow via Singapore on Friday and are among 440 fishermen from Russia and Ukraine quarantining in Christchurch.      The 11 cases were discovered during 'routine' coronavirus testing and the Sudima Hotel was placed into lockdown on Tuesday, New Zealand Herald reported.  New Zealand was rocked by a new coronavirus outbreak when 11 fisherman quarantining at the Sudima Hotel (pictured above), in Christchurch, tested positive for the virus  Military personnel (pictured above) and specialist staff were called to the quarantine hotel after it was placed into lockdown on Tuesday afternoon  The new cases come just days after Jacinda Ardern (pictured), who gained international praise for her pandemic response, was re-elected as prime minister on Saturday The Ministry of Health said the coronavirus had not...
    SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — Joe Biden made his connection to one of the most important areas of the swing state of Pennsylvania, part of a key closing argument of his presidential campaign. But Scranton-area voters say that they don’t care he was born in the Electric City. At a CNN town hall last month, recorded in the coal city where the former vice president was born in 1942, the Democratic presidential nominee deployed a new campaign line. “I really do view this campaign as a campaign between Scranton and Park Avenue,” said Biden, Delaware's former 36-year senator and eight-year vice president, contrasting his Rust Belt roots with President Trump being born into a New York real estate empire. Other Democrats working to elect Biden also play up the candidate's connection to the area. At the virtual roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention, Pennsylvania Sen. Bob...
    (CNN)There are 50 US states, but just a handful can decide the election. Since most states already lean strongly conservative or liberal, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will spend the last two weeks of the campaign targeting battleground areas where shifting a few thousand voters could be critical to sweeping up their state's support in the decisive Electoral College. The nine states below will likely decide who lives in the White House after January 20, 2021. We've included the number of electoral votes each state is assigned, as well as how they voted in 2016 and CNN's current ratings of each state race. The threshold to win the presidency is 270 electoral votes.Michigan. 16 electoral votes. Trump won in 2016, now leans Biden.Neither Hillary Clinton nor anyone else expected Trump's stunning victory in Michigan in 2016. It was the defining moment of Trumpism's appeal to white working...
    Loading the player... Barack Obama has made it clear he wants South Carolinians to vote for Jaime Harrison. Harrison of South Carolina is gunning for a seat on the U.S. Senate and he has a well-known supporter on his side. Obama released a special video urging voters to place a ballot for Harrison in the upcoming election and says if you want a candidate who will fight, vote for Harrison. “If you want a Senator that will fight for criminal justice reform, lower college costs, and to make health care affordable, you’ve got to vote for my friend, Jaime Harrison,” said Obama in a press release. “This year you can vote early or you can vote on election day, November third. Early voting is happening right now. Go to iwillvote.com to find your early vote location, make your plan, and vote for Jaime today.” Read More: Jaime...
    Reuters October 19, 2020 0 Comments Tanya Wojciak, a lifelong Republican and suburban mom from northeast Ohio, is the kind of battleground state voter President Donald Trump can’t afford to lose – but already has. She is angry at Trump’s handling of the novel coronavirus crisis that has killed more than 219,000 Americans, the largest death toll of any country. She lost a friend to COVID-19 in April. Wojciak, 39, said Trump’s spotty use of masks and repeated attempts to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus – even after being hospitalized for it himself – is “not presidential at all.” She said she regrets voting for him four years ago. A hand-painted Biden sign now graces her front lawn in Cortland. Some 340 miles (547 km) east, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, Leo Bongiorno says he, too, is voting for Biden after sitting out the 2016 contest. Customers at Bongiorno’s brewery...
    By Ernest Scheyder, Nick Brown and Jason Lange CORTLAND, Ohio/BANGOR, Penn. (Reuters) - Tanya Wojciak, a lifelong Republican and suburban mom from northeast Ohio, is the kind of battleground state voter President Donald Trump can't afford to lose - but already has. She is angry at Trump's handling of the novel coronavirus crisis that has killed more than 219,000 Americans, the largest death toll of any country. She lost a friend to COVID-19 in April. Wojciak, 39, said Trump's spotty use of masks and repeated attempts to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus - even after being hospitalized for it himself - is "not presidential at all." She said she regrets voting for him four years ago. A hand-painted Biden sign now graces her front lawn in Cortland. Some 340 miles (547 km) east, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, Leo Bongiorno says he, too, is voting for Biden after sitting out the...
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