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#309321 - 11/09/18 03:32 AM Re: Election Day [Re: Greger]
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Yeeesh!
Sweating it out in Arizona senate race:

Sinema now has slim lead

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#309322 - 11/09/18 04:01 AM Re: Election Day [Re: Greger]
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I've been watching some news tonight and a VERY GOOD point was made. There REALLY WAS a blue wave, and it IS historic. Dems overcame a significant tilt toward the GOP; the percentage of vote margin for Democrats is +/- 7% over Republicans; many of the seats won are in SOLID RED States/Districts. Moreover, there are still votes to be counted. AND almost ALL of the movement in Districts and States are in one direction - LEFT.

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#309325 - 11/09/18 05:09 AM Re: Election Day [Re: NW Ponderer]
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I'm trying to decide whether Rick Scott is a slimy sleazebag or a sleazy slimeball... Scott files lawsuit over Florida Senate vote as recount odds grow (the Hill). It's not the lawsuit itself, it is what he said that proves he is an a-hole. "I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election," he added. That is particularly taking coming from someone who has repeatedly taken unethical actions to block voting, losing consistently in court every time. Rick Scott has made enemies over voting rights during the last eight years (Tampa Bay Times).
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In the nation's largest swing state, Scott's actions on voting have angered county election supervisors, the League of Women Voters, college students and federal judges, one of whom recently dismantled Florida's system of restoring voting rights to convicted felons.

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#309329 - 11/09/18 05:55 PM Re: Election Day [Re: NW Ponderer]
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If there is an elected official anywhere in the USA who is as corrupt and self serving as Donald Trump, it would be Rick Scott. He is often referred to as "Lord Voldemort" here due to his uncanny resemblance to JK Rowlings' anti-hero, both in appearance and demeanor. Beyond that, the adjectives used here to describe him are considerably less PC or SFW as the ones you have chosen.
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#309330 - 11/09/18 06:43 PM Re: Election Day [Re: Greger]
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Not necessarily LEFT ... but certainly to stem the tide in the wrong direction it was going.
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#309332 - 11/09/18 10:42 PM Re: Election Day [Re: logtroll]
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My new Representative was down by five points in the polls going into election day and won by 1.4 points.
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#309335 - 11/10/18 03:56 AM Re: Election Day [Re: Greger]
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Sinema's lead in Arizona reaches 20,000 but many votes are uncounted. Maricopa County (Phoenix et al) has a huge number of mail ballots left to count, which is good news for Sinema since big cities tend to vote for Democrats over rural areas. I predict a much larger lead, and Arizona gets a Democratic Senator.


Edited by pondering_it_all (11/10/18 05:47 PM)
Edit Reason: oops, wrong county!

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#309336 - 11/10/18 06:17 AM Re: Election Day [Re: Greger]
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A good question to ask in these dark and colorfull times:
What now?...


Edited by chunkstyle (11/10/18 06:17 AM)

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#309337 - 11/10/18 12:49 PM Re: Election Day [Re: chunkstyle]
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2018 was a WAY better election for Democrats than most people seem to think (CNN). I admit I was one of those who went to bed disappointed on Tuesday night. As I said then, it was what I expected, not what I hoped. The news since then has continued to get better, and the Democratic wave has materialized in the House, with the largest gains since Watergate, closer to 40 than 30. What blunted enthusiasm, I think, has been two things: slow counting, and Marquee races.

I, like so many, was suckered by the splashy campaigns of O'Rourke, Abrams and Gillum. It's not that they aren't exciting and well-qualified, it's that they were always long shots. We were rooting for underdogs. They were underdogs for a reason, and that reason is institutional. Voting systems are antiquated and attitudes even more so. Florida, Texas and Georgia are the deep South. Things just move slower there.

We were anticipating a "blue tsunami", but what we got was a blue tide. O'Rourke, Abrams and Gillum may not have won, but multiple Congressional races were swept along in their currents. My old hometown in Kansas is now represented by a gay, native American Democrat in a State with a Democratic Governor. KANSAS.

It may take time for it to sink in, but the swing to the left is palpable. Hopefully we're still in the middle of an incoming tide.

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#309339 - 11/10/18 02:40 PM Re: Election Day [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
We were anticipating a "blue tsunami", but what we got was a blue tide.

Maybe we're getting a rising Blue Ocean, due to political climate change.
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