Murkowski defeats Trump-backed challenger in Alaska Senate race
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is projected to win her bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate, defeating fellow Republican Kelly Tshibaka. The Associated Press called the race just after 8 p.m. Murkowski won with the state’s new ranked choice voting system after neither she nor Tshibaka secured more than half of first-choice votes, according to the AP. In the second…news.yahoo.com
'GEORGIA MATTERS': Ted Cruz issues warning over possible Warnock victory, says Dem lies about voting record
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned Americans about what could happen with a Democrat Senate majority should Warnock win the Georgia runoff.foxnews.com
Protecting same-sex marriage could mean another ballot initiative in Michigan
With the country on the precipice of cementing protections for same-sex marriage into federal law, questions of whether Michigan will do the same has arisen in recent days. It would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which barred the federal government from respecting same-sex marriages done under state laws. Should Congress pass their version of the law, it would preempt anything on Michigan’s books, though proponents argue changing state law as well would only serve as an additional reinforcement measure to protect same-sex marriage. That’s because in 2004, the state overwhelmingly voted in the MI Marriage Amendment, which bars the state from recognizing or performing either same-sex marriages or civil unions altogether. No such move has been made to codify similar protections for same-sex marriage, something Nessel, the state’s top-most ranking openly LGBTQ lawmaker, opined on the need for in a thread on Twitter.mlive.com
Georgia court declines to halt Saturday early runoff voting
A Georgia appeals court ruling on Monday means that counties can offer early voting this coming Saturday in the U.S. Senate runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker. The Court of Appeals declined a request by the state to stay a lower court's ruling that said state law allows early voting that day. Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had told county election officials that early voting could not be held that day because state law says it is illegal on a Saturday if there is a holiday on the Thursday or Friday preceding it.news.yahoo.com
'BIG NEWS COMING': West Virginia AG Morrisey hints at 2024 Senate run, points to likely 'new position in 2025'
West Virginia GOP Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, said Tuesday that he is likely “ready” for a new position in 2024, adding to speculation that he will challenge Sen. Joe Manchin.foxnews.com
Herschel Walker: U.S. should keep 'gas-guzzling cars' that produce 'good emissions'
Campaigning in Georgia on Sunday, Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker said that the United States was not ready to implement policies like the Green New Deal that were designed to address climate change. Instead, Walker suggested the country needed to "keep having those gas-guzzling cars" that produce "good emissions."news.yahoo.com
Red wave? No, a historic blue earthquake: The Week in Michigan Politics
Trivia question: What will Michigan soon have in common with California, New York and Illinois? Attorney General Dana Nessel won by won by 9 points . The different: Democrats flipped both the Michigan House and Senate, giving them full Capitol control for the first time since the early 1980s. Former MIGOP executive director Jason Roe told him a fixation with Donald Trump has made Michigan a “wasteland” for Republicans. FILE: State Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) talks to colleagues in the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich., in 2019.mlive.com
McMullin loss in Utah raises independent candidacy questions
Utah Democrats' decision to back an independent rather than nominate a member of their own party to take on Republican Mike Lee transformed the state's U.S. Senate race from foregone conclusion to closely watched slugfest. Independent Evan McMullin, an anti-Trump former Republican best known for his longshot 2016 presidential bid, attracted millions in outside spending in his campaign against Lee. Ultimately, though, it wasn't even close. Lee is on his way to a double-digit win.news.yahoo.com
Democrats hold small but shrinking lead in key Arizona races
Arizona Democrats maintained small but dwindling leads over their Republican rivals in the races for U.S. Senate and governor, contests that could determine control of the Senate and the rules for the 2024 election in a crucial battleground state. Protracted vote counts have for years been a staple of elections in Arizona, where the overwhelming majority of votes are cast by mail and many people wait until the last minute to return them. After opening big leads early on election night, when only mail ballots returned early were reported, Democrats have seen their leads dwindled as more Republican ballots have been counted.news.yahoo.com
Was Donald Trump the biggest loser on election night? 3 takeaways from red wave that wasn’t
Results are still being finalized in key congressional and state legislature races across the country, but one thing that became clear overnight is that the 2022 midterm elections were not the red wave of Republican wins many pundits forecasted.
Why AP called Alaska's Senate race for Republicans
Exactly who’ll win Alaska’s U.S. Senate contest isn’t clear, but it will be a Republican. Donald Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka and Republican incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski are in a tight race with neither on track to win more than 50% of the vote. In Alaska, the top four finishers in the primary advance to the general election, where ballots are counted in rounds.news.yahoo.com
Drug companies in opioid crisis donated $27K to Ohio's Ryan
A Democratic congressman who has made his opponent’s questionable record fighting the opioid epidemic a central theme of his campaign for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat has accepted campaign donations over the years from drug distributors blamed for key roles in the crisis.
Fetterman agrees to Oct. 25 debate with Oz in Senate race
Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman of Pennsylvania says he has agreed to an Oct. 25 televised debate against his Republican rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz. The debate, coming two weeks before the general election, follows weeks of cajoling by Oz. He has raised questions about the severity of Fetterman’s lingering effects from a May stroke and pushed for as many as seven debates.
Takeaways: Abortion backlash in Kansas, Greitens' collapse
In one of the biggest days of this year's primary campaign season, red-state Kansas rejected a measure that would have made it easier to restrict abortion, and voters in Missouri repudiated a scandal-tarred former governor seeking a Senate seat.