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November 6, 2018

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. Find your 2018 Midterm Election content and stay up to date with AP’s 2018 Midterm Election coverage plans at https://newsroom.ap.org

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TOP STORIES

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ELECTION 2018 — A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump’s slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 800 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day, 1,200 words by 9 p.m. WITH: ELECTION 2018-HOUSE — Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take back control of the House of Representatives from Republicans, who face a challenge nationwide to hold onto seats abandoned by more than a dozen retiring members and in suburban areas where President Trump is deeply unpopular. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 4 p.m. photos, video, audio. Will be updated; ELECTION 2018-SENATE — Democrats defend seats nationwide on a Senate election map that favors Republicans, who enter the night with a 51-49 edge in the chamber and aim to hold onto control despite President Trump’s unpopularity. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos, video, audio by 4 p.m. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-VOTING PROBLEMS — Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts across the country Tuesday. Some of the biggest problems were in Georgia, a state with a hotly contested gubernatorial election, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote. America’s election infrastructure faces a key test on Election Day. By Christina A. Cassidy, Colleen Long and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1100 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates through the day.

ELECTION-SENATE-TEXAS — The closely watched Texas Senate race has turned Beto O’Rourke into a Democratic phenomenon. His campaign has even triggered whispers that he could be a 2020 White House contender. Tuesday’s election will show whether O’Rourke can upset incumbent Ted Cruz in a state as deeply conservative as Texas. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day.

IRAN-US — The “largest-ever” U.S. sanctions list targeting Iran draws mockery from Iranian officials for including mothballed Boeing 747s, a bank that closed years earlier and a sunken oil tanker that exploded off China months ago. By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 800 words, photos.

MIGRANT CARAVAN — Aid workers converge on a stadium in Mexico City where thousands of Central American migrants are resting after an arduous three-week trek. There are donated clothes, food and offers of free phone calls — a far more organized effort than the migrants found earlier in their journey toward the United States. By Sonia Perez D. and Maria Verza. SENT:900 words, photos. UPCOMING: New approach of 900 words, photos, by 5 p.m.

EXPLOSIVE DEVICES — The man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump was ordered held without bail after his first court appearance in New York. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 320 words, photo.

AMAZON HQ — New York is one of the finalists in Amazon’s search to build another headquarters, according to a person familiar with the talks. After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the sites it ultimately selects. By Joseph Pisani and David Klepper. SENT: 450 words, photo.

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ELECTION 2018

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ELECTION 2018-AMERICA VOTES — More than 30 million Americans already have voted in a midterm election expected to draw unprecedented numbers by the time polls close Tuesday night. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNOR-FLORIDA — Trump backer and former Rep. Ron DeSantis seeks election as Florida governor in a race against Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video, audio, by 4 p.m.

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INTERNATIONAL

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FRANCE-ATTACK PLOT — French security agents arrest six people on preliminary terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a French judicial official. SENT: 200 words, photo.

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NATIONAL

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DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER — Possible tornados touched down in Louisiana and Mississippi as a line of storms move across the Deep South. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

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WASHINGTON

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SUPREME COURT-MISSOURI EXECUTION — Hearing his first arguments in a death penalty case, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh seems open to the arguments of a Missouri inmate who says his rare medical condition could result in severe pain if he is executed by lethal injection. SENT: 500 words.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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STAND UP FOR HEROES — Bruce Springsteen teams up with country star Eric Church on a version of “Working on the Highway” and Jon Stewart laces into Trump at a bawdy event in New York that gathered comedians and musicians to help raise money for military veterans. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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SPORTS

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BKC--T25-DUKE-KENTUCKY — The college basketball season opens with a game between two of the sport’s blue bloods — No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic. John Calipari’s recruits get their first taste of the big-time when the Wildcats face a Blue Devils team also loaded with elite freshmen. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts about 9:30 p.m.

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