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Ballot Measures: Oregon, DC Voters OK Use of Pot

Source: Associated Press

Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

NOV. 5, 2014 12:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country.

Oregon will join the company of Colorado and Washington state, where voters approved the recreational use of pot two years ago. And the District of Columbia is on the same path unless Congress, which has review power, blocks the move.

Still to come were results from Alaska, which also had a marijuana-legalization measure on its ballot Tuesday.

Other volatile issues on state ballots include gambling and abortion. Two competing measures in Washington state gave voters a choice on whether to expand background checks for gun sales.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4d1839d90a414c1caac7dbc0be1a5666/pot-guns-gambling-among-ballot-measure-topics

BREAKING: GOP Joni Ernst Wins Election to U.S. Senate in Iowa

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: GOP Joni Ernst wins election to the U.S. Senate in Iowa. @AP race call at 11:37 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall


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GOP Thom Tillis wins election to the U.S. Senate in North Carolina (Defeats Dem Incumbent Hagan)

Source: Associated Press / Reuters

@AP: BREAKING: GOP Thom Tillis wins election to the U.S. Senate in North Carolina. @AP race call at 11:25 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

Republican Thom Tillis wins U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina: CBS projects

Tue Nov 4, 2014 11:39pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Thom Tillis has unseated U.S. Senator Kay Hagan in North Carolina, CBS projected on Tuesday, claiming an important prize for Republicans as they gained control of the Senate.

In the most expensive race in the country, Tillis, 54, the speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, painted Hagan as a rubber stamp for unpopular President Barack Obama.

Hagan, a first-term Democratic incumbent, criticized the North Carolina Legislature’s rightward shift under Tillis.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0IP0E620141105

CBS: PROJECTION: Repub. David Perdue takes Senate race in Georgia, defeating Dem. Michelle Nunn

Source: CBS News / NBC News

@CBSNews: RT @CBSPolitics: PROJECTION: Republican David Perdue takes the Senate race in Georgia, defeating Democrat Michelle Nunn http://t.co/QYQOzSVrmq/s/l5Wr

@cnnbrk: CNN projects Republican David Perdue beats Michelle Nunn to win Georgia U.S. Senate seat. http://t.co/YksT4dkTcq/s/f3yF #CNNElection

Read more: http://www.nbcneb.com/home/headlines/Results-Nebraska-Voters-to-Decide-Next-Governor-281541011.html

AP declares Gov. Rick Scott (R) the winner in Florida over Democrat Charlie Crist

Source: Associated Press

@GregMitch: RT @jamiedupree: AP declares Gov. Rick Scott (R) the winner in Florida over Democrat Charlie Crist

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott won re-election over former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Full Florida election results | Interactive election results map

Polls in recent weeks showed Scott and Crist in a virtual dead heat. The most recent Quinnipiac University poll Monday showed Crist had 42 percent of the vote to Scott's 41 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie had 7 percent with 9 percent undecided.

The margin of error on the poll was 3.4 percentage points.

The two candidates focused on Central Florida in their final push for votes Monday.

Read more: http://www.wesh.com/politics/florida-republican-gov-rick-scott-wins-reelection-over-former-gov-charlie-crist/29522108

Dem Al Franken wins re-election to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Dem Al Franken wins election to the U.S. Senate in Minnesota. @AP race call at 9:41 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

Sen. Al Franken wins re-election in Minnesota, according to Associated Press

November 04, 2014 - 9:02 PM

U.S. Sen. Al Franken has won re-election, according to the Associated Press, which based its analysis on exit poll results.

Early voting results, with about 4 percent of precincts reporting, showed Franken jumping out to a 7-point lead over Republican Mike McFadden.

The early results mirrored results of many recent polls that showed Franken with a comfortable magin.

A number of other national news organizations were projecting that Franken would hold onto his seat, based on exit poll analysis.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/281516701.html

ABC, NBC: Louisiana Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: ABC, NBC: Louisiana Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy will go to runoff http://t.co/n3hBtpc9ey/s/4xHD

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GOP Mike Enzi wins election to the U.S. Senate in Wyoming

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: GOP Mike Enzi wins election to the U.S. Senate in Wyoming. @AP race call at 9:39 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

Mike Enzi Wins Re-Election

By: AP
Posted: Tue 7:45 PM, Nov 04, 2014
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi has won a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.

Enzi easily defeated Democrat Charlie Hardy, a former Roman Catholic priest, and two other challengers.

Enzi's most serious challenger had been fellow Republican Liz Cheney, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

But Liz Cheney had trouble getting mainstream Republican backing, and she dropped out of the race in January.

Read more: http://www.kgwn.tv/home/headlines/Mike-Enzi-Wins-Re-Election-281542811.html

Ben Sasse (R) wins election to the U.S. Senate in Nebraska

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Ben Sasse wins election to the U.S. Senate in Nebraska. @AP race call at 9:14 p.m. EST. #Election2014 #APracecall

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CBS: PROJECTION: Republican Greg Abbott Defeats Wendy Davis in Texas Governor's Race

Source: CBS News / Mother Jones

@CBSNews: RT @CBSPolitics: PROJECTION: Republican Greg Abbott defeats Wendy Davis in Texas governor's race http://t.co/yOZbz7l1k4/s/YXRU

Wendy Davis Loses Big in Texas

The Lone Star State just got even redder.
—Tim Murphy on Tue. November 4, 2014 10:04 PM PDT

Texas Democrats started the 2014 election cycle with a dream of turning the state blue for the first time in two decades, buoyed by a progressive hero on the ballot and an influx of outside cash and organizers. Instead, the nation's biggest red state just got even redder. On Tuesday, for the fifth consecutive cycle, Texas Republicans swept statewide offices, including the race for governor, where Republican attorney general Greg Abbott cruised past Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis.

It was Abbott who made the decision to hire now-Sen. Ted Cruz to be the state's first solicitor general, and it was Abbott—more so even than retiring Gov. Rick Perry—who epitomized his state's antagonistic relationship with Washington, suing the Obama administration no fewer than 27 times in his first five years. ("I go into the office, I sue Barack Obama, and then I go home," Abbott likes to tell Republican audiences.) Lest he be tempted to move to the center, voters also tapped state Sen. Dan Patrick to be his lieutenant governor, a position that's disproportionately powerful in Texas because it serves a dual legislative and executive function. Patrick has said that God speaks to the world through Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, and warned that migrants are bringing "third-world diseases" with them across the border.

Winning in the Lone Star State was always supposed to be an uphill battle for Democrats in 2014, a point that Battleground Texas, the field-organizing outfit launched last spring by a group of Obama campaign volunteers, made clear from the get-go. When Davis jumped into the race, the time-frame shifted. As the group's executive director, Jenn Brown, told me in September, Davis' candidacy settled a chicken-and-egg dilemma that had been confounding organizers: "Great people don't want to run unless they feel there's an infrastructure to support them, but it's hard to get great infrastructure without great candidates."

Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/11/greg-abbott-wendy-davis-texas
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