It seems Broward County has already completed its hand recount in Florida for the United States Senate race and it doesn’t appear that Bill Nelson has picked up many votes. The Democrat was hoping that thousands of ballots where voters skipped the Senate race was a machine error and not an undervote (likely because of a flawed ballot design). It turns out it may just be an undervote.
In Georgia, Democrat Stacey Abrams is reportedly contemplating legal action in a Hail Mary attempt to force a new election.
Her campaign is gathering complaints from Georgia voters who say they were disenfranchised in contemplation of legal action under a state law which allows results to challenged “misconduct, fraud or irregularities … sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.”
There is no precedent for this in modern history. A re-run was held of a United States Senate election in New Hampshire in 1975 because there was no clear winner.
However, in Georgia, Republican Brian Kemp has a clear lead over Abrams. Currently, before results are certified, he is 18,000 votes over the majority threshold needed to avoid a runoff election in the state.
Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith seemed to praise voter suppression in remarks that her campaign insisted were a joke two weeks ago.
Hyde-Smith, the appointed incumbent who is running in Mississippi’s special election runoff for U.S. Senate on November 27th, said at an event in Starkville, Mississippi: “There’s a lot of liberal folks in those other schools who maybe we don’t want to vote. Maybe we want to make it just a little more difficult. And I think that’s a great idea.”
Mississippi has a long history of voter suppression and Jim Crow effectively disenfranchised African Americans in the Magnolia State until the 1960s. The state was covered by the Voting Rights Act which required all changes to election law to be approved by the federal government until a 2013 Supreme Court decision.
In a statement, Hyde Smith’s campaign said: Obviously Sen. Hyde-Smith was making a joke and clearly the video was selectively edited. Now the liberal media wants to talk about anything other than Mike Espy’s record of corruption and taking $750,000 – and lying about it – from an African dictator now charged with war crimes, including murder, rape and torture.”
Seven Americans will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom today, which is the highest civilian honor in the United States.
- Miriam Adelson
- Orrin Hatch
- Alan Page
- Elvis Presley
- Babe Ruth
- Antonin Scalia
- Roger Staubach
However, the first choice is prompting some controversy as Adelson and her husband Sheldon are major Republican donors. Miriam Adelson is being honored for her philanthropy and efforts to fight narcotic addiction.
Alec MacGillis has a piece in the New York Times about a Democratic state house candidate in southeast Ohio who failed to get any support from his party and organized labor despite being one of a handful of candidates endorsed by Barack Obama.
It’s a stark view of Democratic struggles both in rural America and in Ohio as the party picks up seats in prosperous suburbs nationally.
Democrats picked up another seat in Congress last night.
Katie Porter officially beat two-term incumbent Mimi Walters in California’s 45th Congressional District. Porter is a law professor who studied under Elizabeth Warren at Harvard Law.
Her win is the 36th seat picked up by Democrats in last week’s midterms. It also represents a political sea change in California politics. She will represent a district in the heart of traditionally conservative Orange County which had long been a Republican bastion not just in California politics but nationally. Hillary Clinton was the first Democrat to win Orange County since FDR and, after the midterms, it’s likely that its entire congressional delegation will be Democratic. (There is still one uncalled congressional race in the county where Democrat Gil Cisneros currently has a narrow lead.)
Florida is hand counting ballots, Democrats are still gaining seats in the House of Representatives and the President of the United States is giving a medal to the King of Rock and Roll.
It’s Friday in American politics.
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