Maureen Groppe USA TODAY Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 14, 2018 WASHINGTON – Now that primary voters have had their say in New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island this week, the sprint is on towards the Nov. 6 general election. We'll know in less than two months who voters want to lead the House, the Senate, and the 36 states with gubernatorial elections. Democrats have a lot of reasons to be optimistic. But Republicans say that President Trump defied conventional wisdom before and will lead his party to do so again. One way or the other, it’s clear the elections will be about Trump, experts say. Here's what we’ve learned so far: A wave, but how big? Democrats are poised to win up and down the ballot this fall, despite the strong economy and Republicans’ advantages on the electoral map. The only question is how big the gains will be. Democrats have a good chance of capturing the House and are expected to pick up gubernatorial seats as well as … [Read more...] about Midterm elections: What did the just-completed primaries tell us?
Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg Published 3:53 am PDT, Friday, September 14, 2018 Francois Legault, leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec party, speaks during a news conference following a debate in Montreal on Sept. 13, 2018. Francois Legault, leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec party, speaks during a news conference following a debate in Montreal on Sept. 13, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Christinne Muschi. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Christinne Muschi. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Francois Legault, leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec party, speaks during a news conference following a debate in Montreal on Sept. 13, 2018. Francois Legault, leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec party, speaks during a news conference following a debate in Montreal on Sept. 13, 2018. … [Read more...] about Party vowing to curb immigration favored to win Quebec election
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo brushed past Cynthia Nixon in Thursday’s Democratic contest. But other challengers benefited from the progressive fervor sweeping national politics. ByShane Goldmacher and Jesse McKinley Sept. 14, 2018 The Democratic primary between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon was over in about the time it takes to watch an episode of “Sex and the City.” The Associated Press called the race 30 minutes after the polls closed, as soon as it became apparent that the governor, a two-term incumbent and a Queens native, had rolled up big margins in the five boroughs. Ms. Nixon conceded about an hour later, though not before taking a few swipes at her corporate-donation backed opponent, and pronouncing her campaign a victory. “We have fundamentally changed … [Read more...] about 5 Takeaways From New York’s Primary Election Results
WASHINGTON – "Nobody" won the race for president in Western New York in 2016, part of an overwhelming nationwide landslide that brought "Nobody" 445 electoral votes – more than any candidate since President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The trouble is that "Nobody" is, well, nobody, the default candidate of the 94.2 million Americans who could have voted in the 2016 election but didn't. About 60 percent of eligible voters nationwide voted that November, but 40 percent didn't bother. And data released in recent months shows that those 40 percent had an overwhelming effect on the election. In fact, by sitting at home, they didn't just outnumber those who voted for Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in many places, including Western New York. Those nonvoters, by not showing up, elected Trump. More on that later, but let's start with the map above. Philip Kearney, an amateur cartographer from Austin, Texas, put it together by juxtaposing the actual voter tallies for … [Read more...] about The Briefing: The ‘United States of Apathy’ elected Trump
Voting booths. John Moore/Getty Images Critics are warning that an effort by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration to increase voter participation might do the exact opposite.“This law sucks,” state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon said in a story on NJ.com.The new law says that people who voted using a mail-in ballot in 2016 are now automatically considered mail-in voters for 2018. That means a ballot will be mailed to them, and they will have to vote by provisional ballot if they go to a polling place on election day instead. County clerks are complaining that since the law was only signed in August, they have little time to figure out who used mail-in ballots two years ago and mail them new ballots in time for them to vote by election day. The law’s quick implementation is also forcing clerks to spend money that wasn’t budgeted as they work to comply in time.A Murphy spokeswoman, however, told NJ.com the new law is “a critical step that will help ensure … [Read more...] about NJ Politics Digest: New Voting Law Causing Concerns Ahead of Election