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Thread: The 2018 midterm elections

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    Today is election day. I plan to be here all day at the Sirius Buzz news desk. (Actually, it's just a piece of plywood sitting atop two stacks of orange crates -- but don't tell anyone.)

    The first results will likely come from Indiana and Kentucky, where polls close at 6 PM local time. In most other states, polls close at 7 or 8. Four states close their polls at 7:30. Because millions of Americans vote by mail and the ballots will have to be verified and counted, it may be several days before we know the results of close races. In Oregon and Washington, all voting is done by mail and ballots must be received by 8 PM Pacific time.

    To take control of the Senate, Democrats need to unseat Republicans in at least eight of these nine states: Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Missouri, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Indiana and West Virginia. Don't count on it.

    As for Democrats regaining control of the House, we might know in 12 hours. The Sirius Buzz News Network -- which consists of me at my news desk -- will provide election updates throughout the evening.

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    Not knowing your taste I have arranged to have two restaurants provide sustenance for you during your shift - great and spectacular - your choice.

    I will cover all expense; oh, and, they will bring a suitable table, chair and whatever china suits you. It's the least we can do since you may be there until cobwebs begin to...never mind.

    We'll be watching.

    Bon appetit!

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    With all the problems caused by Trump's tariffs and trade wars, did you have to mention "china"? Oh well, I appreciate the offer. Food from Arby's and Taco Bell will be just fine. This could be a very long night.

    In the past hundred years, there have been only three midterm elections in which the party in power gained seats in the House. Nancy Pelosi says she is "100% confident" that Democrats will take control of the House this year.

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    As you wish, the chains you mention will be contacted. Please note, a change of taste will be honored.

    Sorry for the 'China' reference.

    As to your last sentence: what happens after that is the question. The last forty years do NOT provide solace.

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    Trump spent this morning on Twitter praising Republicans and doing his usual anti-Democrat fear-mongering. Democrats will bring millions of illegals, drug dealers, killers and MS-13 gang members into the United States, don'tcha know. Despite seeing improvements in the economy, a small majority of voters still think our nation is heading in the wrong direction, according to a poll taken November 5-6. Polls are now closed in Indiana and Kentucky and we will soon start to learn if voters will turn our nation in the right direction.

    Election Day: Trump, healthcare key issues in race for the House

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...p4H3?ocid=AMZN

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    In the past month, several polls called the Indiana Senate race between Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Mike Braun a "toss-up." With just under 2% of the votes counted, Braun is leading 58.1% to 37.7%. That is not what I would call a "toss-up."

    According to a CNN exit poll in Indiana today, 30% of voters made decisions based on their support for Trump and 34% voted based on their dislike of Trump, while 32% said Trump was not a factor.

    An MSNBC poll revealed that 58% of first-time voters in this year's midterm elections favor Democrats and only 38% favor Republicans. Will tonight's results bear that out? Stay tuned.

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    Polls have now closed in nine states. CNN is reporting that in the first 12 House seats up for grabs -- and please, no jokes about seat grabbing -- Democrats lead in 11 of the races, although the margins in most races are small and could easily change.

    In the races for Governor, Democrat Richard Cordray has a huge lead in Ohio and Republican Brian Kemp has a huge lead in Georgia. In Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum leads for a minute or two, then Republican Ron DeSantis takes the lead, then Gillum retakes the lead, then DeSantis retakes the lead, then.......

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    NPR says this year's voter turnout will be the highest since 1966. In the Texas Senate race, with only a third of the precincts reporting, accounting for 47% of the vote, Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke is leading Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, 50.52% to 48.88%. If O'Rourke holds on to his lead, he will be the first Democrat to win a statewide election in Texas since 1994.

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    CNN is projecting incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin as the winner of the Senate race in West Virginia. This is surprising because Trump won more than 68% of the state's vote in 2016. Of course he accomplished that feat by promising to put all the coal miners back to work. "Make America Dependent On Coal Again."

    Republican Marsha Blackburn has won the Senate race in Tennessee and Republican Roger Wicker has won the Senate race in Mississippi. I'm projecting that the Democrats' chance of controlling the Senate is now zero.

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    The California ballot has a measure that would keep us on daylight saving time all year long. I hope it passes because there is no reason to keep changing the time twice a year and it is hard to get used to the changes. Arizona does not have time changes because they stay on standard time all year.

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