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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Balderson Claims Ohio Victory, But It’s Too Close To Call

Republican Troy Balderson notched a very narrow lead in Ohio’s special House election to claim victory on Tuesday night, but media outlets deemed the race “too close to call” with several thousand absentee and provisional ballots waiting to be counted. Democratic challenger Danny O’Connor refused to conceded.

With all precincts reporting, Balderson had 50.2 percent of the vote to O’Connor’s 49.3 percent, or a margin of about 1750 votes of more than 200,000 cast. A Green Party candidate had 0.6 percent of the vote. Over 8,400 absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted, according to the Ohio secretary of state’s office.…

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Gender Gap May Boost Democrats In Midterm Elections

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

White males, especially older ones in red states, have often been a reliable voting block for the Republican Party. And if the GOP is going to hold on to the House of Representatives and the Senate in the November midterms, it will need all the white male support it can get—especially in light of recent polls showing a strong gender gap when it comes to preferences for Republicans or Democrats.

This week, a YouGov survey showed a 24-point gap between male and female voters when it comes to the House of Representatives’ generic ballot. Female voters preferred Democratic candidates by 15%, while male voters preferred Republican candidates by 9%.…

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Bolton: Trump Is Really Resisting Russian Election Interference

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump ordered a desperate stunt briefing this week, featuring national security adviser John Bolton and other top officials, to try to quell criticism of his response to Russian election crimes.

But even Fox News wasn’t fooled.

On this week’s edition of “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace pressed Bolton on Russian election meddling for a solid five minutes.

In particular, Wallace hammered Bolton on the disconnect between the urgency expressed at that press briefing on Russian election interference, and Trump’s continued insistence that the entire U.S. investigation into Russian meddling is a “hoax.”

When Bolton tried to blame the press for how it characterized Trump’s views, Wallace cut him off.…

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