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2018 Midterms

  1. 2018 midterms
    Voter Fraud — But Not the Kind That Worries the GOP — Roils North Carolina RaceRepublican Mark Harris’s narrow win over Democrat Dan McCready is being investigated due to allegations of irregularities with absentee ballots.
  2. voting rights
    Tim Scott Kills Confirmation of Judge Accused of Vote SuppressionThomas Farr has been a close associate of North Carolina’s Republican warriors against voting rights. Two GOP defections stopped his confirmation.
  3. 2018 midterms
    The New Republican Myth of California Voter FraudPaul Ryan and other Republicans are implying that California’s slow vote counts disguise fraud. It’s important to debunk these myths before 2020.
  4. 2018 midterms
    With One Final Democratic Victory, Midterms EndAll in all, it was a good year for donkeys, and a good start on their 2020 goals.
  5. abortion
    Just When Their Party Needs Them, Pro-Choice Republicans Are VanishingIt’s not going to be easy for Republicans to win back the suburbanites, women, and millennials they are losing when they are all for banning abortion.
  6. 2018 midterms
    Cindy Hyde-Smith Joins a Rare Club: Women Elected to High Office in the SouthMike Espy’s election would have been truly historic. But Cindy Hyde-Smith made some modest history of her own.
  7. 2018 midterms
    Can a 27-Year-Old Political Neophyte Run the Third-Largest County in America?Lina Hidalgo was elected to run a county with a $5 billion budget, thanks to Beto and straight-ticket voting. And she has a plan.
  8. politics
    Black Mississippi Deserves BetterCindy Hyde-Smith winked glibly at Mississippi’s brutal violence toward black people. Then, she got elected to Congress.
  9. 2018 midterms
    Hyde-Smith Defeats Espy in Mississippi, But Not by the Expected MarginMike Espy held his own in an uphill fight against Hyde-Smith, whose racially-tinged gaffes weren’t quite enough to elect a Democrat in Mississippi.
  10. 2018 midterms
    Democrats Made Gains on Redistricting, But the Game’s Not Over YetDemocrats are in a better position than they were a decade ago, but what happens in the next two years will matter a great deal.
  11. 2018 midterms
    Mike Espy’s Quest to Make Southern History in Mississippi’s Senate RunoffIf he pulls off an upset against Cindy Hyde-Smith, Espy would be the first African-American Democrat to win a Senate seat in the former Confederacy.
  12. politics
    The Suburbs May Not Be As Progressive As Democrats Would Like, But They Could BeThough some midterm voters backed Democratic candidates but rejected progressive proposals, the party’s left flank can still win over suburbanites.
  13. 2018 midterms
    Utah Republican Mia Love Fires Back at Trump in Concession SpeechTrump mocked the defeat of the first black Republican woman in Congress. Love suggested he was part of her party’s minority outreach problem.
  14. the psephological arts
    The Polls Were Fine If Not Perfect in 2018Polls were more accurate than average and didn’t show any notable partisan lean, despite the sky-high turnout that surprised everybody.
  15. 2018 midterms
    Why Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Comments Weren’t ‘Accidental’The Mississippi senator’s glib comments about hangings, voter suppression, and the Confederacy negate claims she meant them innocently.
  16. 2018 midterms
    2018 Midterms Offered More Proof That Split-Ticket Voting Is a Thing of the PastDespite some much-publicized exceptions, voters in the 2018 midterms tended to go all-in on one party.
  17. 2018 midterms
    Dixieland’s Favorite Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Sported Confederate Garb in 2014The GOP senator who keeps saying racially offensive things saw nothing wrong with donning Confederate garb at Jefferson Davis’s home.
  18. politics
    Martha McSally Lost Her Bid for Senate, But She Could Get There AnywayJohn Kyl may soon step down from the Senate seat he was appointed to in September, and Mitch McConnell wants Martha McSally to replace him.
  19. nancy pelosi
    Pelosi’s Future in Doubt as House Dem Dissidents Go Public in OppositionAnti-Pelosi House Democrats are close to the numbers needed to force her to step down, but aren’t there yet, and don’t have their own candidate.
  20. special senate election
    Midterms Overtime: Mississippi Gears Up for a Competitive Senate RunoffRepublican Cindy Hyde-Smith is the favorite, but her racially tinged gaffes may have created an opening for Democrat Mike Espy.
  21. 2018 midterms
    The 2018 Midterms Were a Solid Democratic Win, Not a Split DecisionInitial analysis dismissing the “blue wave” failed to take into account the Senate landscape, and late ballots that trended heavily Democratic.
  22. 2018 midterms
    Stacey Abrams Ends Her Gubernatorial CampaignAfter mulling and then rejecting possible lawsuits, Abrams yielded to Brian Kemp in a “non-concession concession.”
  23. Will Trump Dump Sycophant-in-Chief Mike Pence?Some advisers want Trump to find a replacement veep who could appeal to women in 2020. But the Christian right would be unhappy about losing Pence.
  24. the national circus
    Frank Rich: Trump Is Starting to PanicIt’s evident in his spells of rage and his empty official schedule. He is also stepping up his efforts to discredit democratic institutions.
  25. 2018 midterms
    Abrams Considers Long-Shot Lawsuit As Georgia Prepares to Certify Kemp’s WinBrian Kemp will likely be certified as the winner of the 2018 governor’s race in Georgia today. But Stacey Abrams may pursue one final legal remedy.
  26. 2020 elections
    Should Democrats Focus On the Heartland or the Sunbelt in 2020?The midterm results don’t really dictate either approach, but a 2020 candidate might.
  27. 2018 midterms
    One Florida Recount Ends, and the Last One BeginsIt appears the machine recount of the Florida midterms is complete, with a hand recount of the Senate — but not the gubernatorial — race up next.
  28. 2018 midterms
    Republicans Paid the Price for Bending the Knee to TrumpTrump made the midterms all about himself. And you can see that in the results, where his weaknesses became his party’s.
  29. 2018 midterms
    California Got Even Bluer in the MidtermsRepublicans were already a decided minority in the Golden State. But this year they lost in some of their ancient strongholds.
  30. republicans
    Kevin McCarthy Easily Wins Bid to Lead Diminished House RepublicansThe congressman from California finally won the job he nearly got in 2015 — though thanks to the midterms, it did not come with the Speaker’s gavel.
  31. politics
    White Evangelicals Keep Standing Up for Their (Grand Old) PartyWhen it comes to politics, the big gap isn’t between the religious and the irreligious, but between white Evangelicals and everyone else.
  32. 2018 midterms
    Overheated Machines, Deadlines, and Other News From the Latest Florida RecountA statewide machine recount is supposed to end on Thursday, followed by a hand recount that could upset apparent Republican victories.
  33. 2018 midterms
    2018 Turnout Was the Highest of Any Midterm in More Than a CenturyLooks like a combative political culture, a lot of close races, and Donald J. Trump get voters out to participate.
  34. migrant caravan
    For Trump and the Republicans, the Migrant Caravan Served Its Political PurposeThe Central American migrant caravan dominated Trumpland for weeks. Its political value expired after the midterms.
  35. 2018 midterms
    Judges Stop Certification of Kemp As Georgia Winner, Giving Abrams HopeTwo different judicial actions cast some doubt on Kemp’s win over Abrams in the governor’s race, and also a very close congressional contest.
  36. past is prologue
    1982’s Democratic Wins Were Similar to 2018’s. Then Came Reagan’s Landslide.After a battle to rein in the “Reagan Revolution,” the Democratic Party made House gains in the midterms. Today’s Democrats won’t like what came next.
  37. 2018 midterms
    Why the Pro-Life Democratic Politician Is DisappearingPartisan polarization and an increasingly progressive party have thinned the ranks of the anti-abortion Dems. The trend continued in the midterms.
  38. 2018 midterms
    Putin Loses His Best Friend in Congress As California’s Rohrabacher Goes DownAfter 30 years, the former Reagan speechwriter and great friend of Russia’s latest regime loses his Orange County district to Democrat Harley Rouda.
  39. 2018 midterms
    Florida Recounts Proceed Amid Wild GOP Claims of Election StealingFrom Florida to Washington, Republicans are making some pretty lurid accusations about recounts they were probably going to win anyway.
  40. politics
    Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Joked About Going to a ‘Public Hanging’Senator Hyde-Smith, who is facing a runoff election against black Democrat Mike Espy, made the joke to a group of supporters earlier this month.
  41. 2020 elections
    With Mixed Feelings, Iowa Democrats Look Forward to Their 2020 CaucusesIowa Democrats have suffered two rough election years, but that adversity could help the state produce a Trump-ready nominee in 2020.
  42. 2018 midterms
    What Big State-Level Wins Mean for the Democrats’ AgendaAfter Obama-era losses, Democrats now have control of several more statehouses – and a chance to expand Medicaid, abortion access, and voting rights.
  43. 2018 midterms
    All the Midterm Races That Remain UnresolvedThere are ten House races, two Senate races, and two gubernatorial races where there’s still doubt about who won.
  44. the national interest
    Trump Is Trapped, and Trying to Protect Himself at All CostsHolding him accountable serves not only Democrats’ self-interest but the rule of law. That process begins now.
  45. rick scott
    Republicans Need to Stop Baselessly Accusing Democrats of Stealing ElectionsRepublicans have cause for accusing Broward County of incompetence — but none for accusing “liberals” of trying to steal an election.
  46. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: America’s Fever Is Still RisingTrump exits the midterms normalized and strengthened for 2020.
  47. politics
    A Different Kind of Democratic Party Is Rising in the SouthA more diverse and ideologically progressive breed of southern Democrat is moving to the fore, based on a coalition of minority and suburban voters.
  48. florida recount
    Rubio: Democrats Are Trying to Steal Florida Elections by Counting All the VotesThe Republican senator argues that Democrats are illegitimately trying to steal elections in Florida by insisting on a legally mandated recount.
  49. conservatism
    The Lesson That Republicans Will (Probably) Take From the 2018 MidtermsSpooked by the backlash to ACA repeal, the GOP will probably outsource the grim task of gutting the welfare state to the judiciary next time around.
  50. life in pixels
    Facebook Stopped Russia. Is That Enough?Facebook’s “misinformation problem” is a lot bigger than Facebook.
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