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November 7, 2018

ELECTION 2018-THE LATEST

The Latest: Trump calls to congratulate Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called to congratulate Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi as her party stood on the brink of recapturing the House of Representatives.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president made a series of calls while watching the election results late Tuesday.

Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill said Trump called Pelosi to congratulate her and to note her tone of bipartisanship.

Sanders says Trump also called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “to congratulate him on historic Senate gains.”

Trump also called outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

And he called several Republican winners for whom he campaigned in recent weeks, including incoming Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, incoming Ohio governor Mike DeWine and incoming Florida Sen. Rick Scott.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-THE LATEST

The Latest: GOP Rep. King wins 9th term in Iowa

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Steve King has won a ninth term representing northwest Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.

Voters re-elected King despite a string of controversies about comments and meetings he has held involving other candidates and groups characterized as white nationalists. King has argued that all those he met or made comments about were simply conservatives.

King defeated Democrat J.D. Scholten, a former minor league baseball player who raised more money than King and spent months crisscrossing the 39-county district.

King did little campaigning but maintained his hardline views on immigration and support of gun rights were in step with the conservative district.

ELECTION 2018-TRUMP

Trump closes out furious campaign effort with Missouri rally

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump closed out his midterm election rallies with one in Missouri that featured conservative stars, Republican hopefuls, favorite Democratic targets, and a little drama.

Joining Trump on stage in the Mississippi River town of Cape Girardeau was native son and radio host Rush Limbaugh plus Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro.

Trump’s stump speech was interrupted for several minutes Monday night when a woman in the crowd required medical attention. People sang the hymn “Amazing Grace” as she was taken outside.

Trump’s Missouri rally was his third of the day and his 11th in a spate of campaigning during which he accused Democrats of planning to ruin the country if they succeed in gaining power in Congress after Tuesday’s midterm elections.

ELECTION 2018-STATE GOVERNMENT-THE LATEST

The Latest: GOP keeps Idaho, South Dakota governor’s offices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have kept control of the governors’ offices in Idaho and South Dakota by winning elections to succeed departing GOP incumbents.

Rep. Kristi Noem turned back an unusually strong challenge from Democratic state Sen. Billie Sutton to win South Dakota’s gubernatorial race Tuesday. She will become the first female governor in state history and will succeed term-limited Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

In Idaho, Lt. Gov. Brad Little defeated former Democratic state lawmaker Paulette Jordon to become the next governor. Little will succeed retiring Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, who has been in office since 2007.

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-THE LATEST

The Latest: Republican Hawley defeats Democrat McCaskill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Josh Hawley has unseated Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a national victory for the GOP.

Republicans have long hoped to flip McCaskill’s seat in the increasingly Republican state. Missouri was once considered a bellwether known for picking the successful presidential candidate, but it’s since lost that status and trended right.

President Donald Trump won the state by nearly 19 percentage points. Missouri’s attorney general pinned his campaign to his support for the president.

McCaskill was one of 10 Democratic Senate incumbents up for re-election in states Trump won.

Voters first elected McCaskill to the Senate in 2006. She won re-election in 2012 after Republican candidate Todd Akin said women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

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GOP’s DeSantis defeats Gillum in Florida governor’s race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has been elected Florida governor, riding the support of President Donald Trump to narrow victory in the battleground state.

DeSantis was considered an underdog before Trump tweeted his support for DeSantis in December, a month before he got into the race. Trump campaigned to help push DeSantis to a primary victory in August and came to Florida two more times to propel him past Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the final days of the election.

The win maintained the grip Republicans have had on the governor’s office since Jeb Bush was sworn in in 1999, and DeSantis will have a chance to return the favor for Trump in 2020, when Florida figures to play a pivotal role in the presidential election.

During his victory speech, DeSantis noted the national attention focused on the race, saying the “political and media classes” had been eager to write his political obituary.

Gillum vows to remain involved in politics.

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Georgia’s Kemp big in small towns; Abrams awaits metro votes

ATLANTA (AP) —Voters in one of the nation’s most closely watched governor’s races cast ballots Tuesday amid an ongoing dispute about one of the candidates’ management of Georgia’s elections system, leaving open the possibility that supporters on the losing side may not accept the outcome.

Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams are meeting in one of the signature contests of the 2018 midterm elections, with potential outcomes ranging from the election of America’s first black female governor to another four weeks of bitter, race-laden campaigning.

Adding to the Election Day drama, widespread reports of technical malfunctions and long lines at polling stations came in from across the state, with some voters reporting waits of up to three hours to cast ballots.

Early returns showed Kemp running up large margins across rural and small-town Georgia, but parts of metro Atlanta, where Abrams’ strength is concentrated, had yet to report.

Some of those Atlanta-area counties had extended voting hours for some precincts to accommodate the crowds and compensate for problems.

ELECTION 2018-BALLOT MEASURES

States to decide marijuana, Medicaid, redistricting measures

NEW YORK (AP) — An array of initiatives is on the ballot in dozens of states, including whether to legalize marijuana, boost the minimum wage and expand Medicaid.

In all, voters in 37 states will decide the fate of 155 statewide initiatives on Tuesday. Most were drafted by legislatures, but 64 resulted from citizen-initiated campaigns.

In North Dakota and Michigan, voters have a chance to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, a step already taken by nine other states. The ballots in Missouri and Utah included proposals to legalize the medical use of pot.

Proposals to change the redistricting process so it’s potentially less partisan were on the ballot in four states — Missouri, Michigan, Utah and Colorado.

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