This is it, America (and Hollywood) — the day we exercise our constitutional right and civic duty and vote in the midterm elections. The cable news networks and their broadcast compatriots will be in full beast mode with wall-to-wall coverage, and Deadline is live blogging the action all night.
The national focus is on three key races: the gubernatorial battles in Florida and Georgia and the U.S. Senate vote in Texas. It’s Republican Ron DeSantis vs. Dem Andrew Gillum in the Sunshine State, in an often racially charged showdown; the Peach State election pits its House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams against Secretary of State Brian Kemp; and in Texas it’s incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz facing U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Two years and a Donald Trump presidency after the stunning result of the 2016 vote, the networks are primed for a long night of returns, punditry and analysis. Even the broadcast nets are in the game this year, which certainly is rare for midterms.
So grab a beverage, turn on your TV or radio and stick with Deadline as it all plays out tonight — that is, assuming you already have one of those little stickers pictured above.
Here is how we at Deadline are seeing the night unfold:
It’s Tuesday, November 6, 2018 — here we go.
Welcome to Deadline’s live blog of the midterms. We’ll be watching how the networks cover the unfolding drama of a crucial election.
Chuck Todd on MSNBC this afternoon laid out how the midterms could become a “blue tsunami,” but then he added, “If we still haven’t called the House for the Democrats by about 7 PM Eastern, that’s another ‘watch out’ moment because it could mean it was a much better night for the president and the red team.”
I’ll be switching around the cable nets every 20 minutes or so while my colleagues keep an eye on other channels. On MSNBC to start — where they are talking about either a) cases of voter suppression or 2) cases of just plain moronic behavior.
To wit: Workers arrived at one polling place in Georgia where the landlord FORECLOSED ON THE PROPERTY OVERNIOGHT — leaving voters in that precinct to wonder why, how and what now?
Another polling place was missing a power cord for its lone counting machine.
We are not making this up.
There’s a late-breaking lawsuit challenging Brian Kemp’s authority over the Georgia voting. He’s the secretary of state there and also runinng for governor. See prevous blog entry.
This lawsuit could be significant if there’s a runoff, meaning neither candidate gets 50% of the vote.
Which reminds us that many of the most-watched races in the country also have a third-party candidate grabbing single digits. Yes, we remain a democracy — even if it’s dominated by two parties.
I wonder if the Big Pharma and Big Insurance ads will be superseded later by those for the likes of Pepto Bismol and international relocation services.
If anyone had an interesting voting experience today, tell us about it in the comments below. I went to the polling place I’ve been going for the past 13+ years, and a sign said it had bneen moved. After walking about 10 minutes to the right place, my name wasn’t on the first two lists.
Please vote if you havern’t already — and be patient.
MSNBC’s Big Board wunderkind Steve Kornacki is on the case, This dude is sumthin’ else.
Beyonce has her choice for her home state of Texas. I wonde if Cruz is crushed.
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If his MSNBC gig ever dries up, they gotta hire him to cover hurricanes for the Weather Channel.
President Trump has the *worst pre-election approval rating in modern history* immediately before his first midterm election via new @CNN poll and Gallup trend:
W Bush 63%
HW Bush 58%
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) November 5, 2018
This guy was arrested today for threatening to shoot workers at a Pennsylvania polling place. I’m guessing that’s not the only charge he ever faced.
And no, that’s not Robert Hays. Surely you can’t be serious.
More polls are closing in seconds…
MSNBC calls Indiana Senate race too close to call but high-profile Dems Bernie Sanders and Tim Kaine are projected winners.
Rethinking “high profile” for Kaine here in 2018…
Bernie Sanders has won a third term, Fox News Channel just called. Ditto Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine, who has won another term.
Rick Scott up by 10 percentage points over Florida Gov. Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, but it’s early (obviously).
The Big Wall touch screen is failing Kornacki at the moment. Brian Williams responds with, “Any of us who’s ever tried to use an iPad…”
OK, switching to Fox News for a while. Let’s see what “Fair and Balanced” means tonight.
… or the elephant.
From Nicolle Wallace to Chris Wallace.
Good thing the election is tonight — I wouldn’t want to miss Southern Culture oin the Skids in OC tomorrow.
Oops, I believed I was just thinking that…
OK, so Brit Hume is talking tax cuts and “who benefits” vs. “who gets what cut.“
Fox News has two tables of four people each, which works better than the Last Supper-looking table CNN often deploys.
By the way, Brit Hume just announced that the rich did not benefit from the big GOP tax cut. In other news, (your joke here).
“President Trump believes he has done everything possible to try to turn out the vote for Republican candidates,” FNC’s John Roberts says. “All that’s left is to watch and see if everything was enough.”
This just in: Cookie Monster predicting a blue wave.
Fox News pundit: “Pennsylvania is going to deliver a body blow to President Trump today. his hopes of carrying Pennsylvania in 2020 are gonna be pretty dim after tomorrow morning.”
Governor and Senate candidates he strongly endorsed there are going to lose by mid-double digits.
Exit polling continues to show that health care is the No. 1 issue in the midterms.
And by “health care,” it’s likely they don’t mean “protection from the Invading Hordes from the South.”
Turnout continues to be heavy around the country. This is good for neither party, both parties, America and democracy.
FNC’s Martha MacCallum asks former DNC chair Ed Rendell why he thinks Donald Trump will get shellacked tonight, wondering why all the “good news” is not registering with voters. Maybe because it did not register with Trump?
Amy McGrath leading by 5.5 percentage points in closely watched House race in the Bluegrass State. FNC’s Bret Baier,: “The fact that she is leading at thios point in that bellwether race in Kentucky could be an indication that Democrats could be having a pretty good night.” Note that he drummed his fingers nervously JUST as he said “Democrats could be …”
Another pundit notes that McGrath had been leading by 15 points — until the Brett Kavanaugh thing. Then it got nearly even.
BREAKING: We’re asking the DOJ to investigate Border Patrol’s decision
to hold a “crowd control” exercise on Election Day less than a mile from
the polling location in a historically Latinx community.
Just because Border Patrol ultimately canceled the exercise after
outcry, doesn’t make the decision to do it in the first place okay.
Voter intimidation is illegal and has no place in our elections.
Same guy says, “Let’s see if the blue wave hits a red wall.” Because walls ALWAYS hold back water — amirite, hurricane victims?
OK, it’s been 20 minutes — switching to CNN.
With about 2 million votes counted, Andrew Gillum leasds Ron DeSantis 52.1%46.9% in Florida governor race.
Yes, this is the white GOP guy who warned voters not to “monkey this up” and vote for his black challenger.
John King is Sominex at the big board.
I knew Steve Kornacki, Mr. King. Steve Kornacki was a friend of mine. You, sir, are no Steve Kornacki.
It’s “suburbs vs. rural areas” aka Celebrity Death Match.
Oooh, cue the cool “Key Race Alert” fanfare on CNN!
West Virginia, where Trump won by more than 40 points two years ago, sees its incumbent Dem senator clobbering his GOP challenger in early voting.
And with more than half of the precincts reporting, loooongime incumbent Bill Nelson is leading Florida governor Rick Scott in their Senate race by 51.6%-48.4%.
and leader of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom
And Gillum still leading for FLA gov, but the margin is less than before.
With 4 percent of precincts reporting, Brian Kemp is leading the Georgia governor’s race by 69.5% to Stacey Abrams’ 30.1%. The latter is the candidate who drew the likes of Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey to rally for her last week.
Oops, misfire on that “breaking news” entry just now…
Per CNN, Magic Number for Dems to take the House is 22 after calling a Virginia race. John King notes that Democrats are leading in 11 of 12 “house pickup opportunities” at the moment.
Oh, clutch line from John King just now: “75% reporting in Palm Beach, Florida, at 8 o’clock at night — that’s breaking news in itself, right?”
5 pm PT is the biggest round of poll closings…
Hey come some projections: Six Dem incumbent senators win including Elizabeth Warren.
The Senate’s balance of power as is stands right now:
27 seats still up for grabs.
Dems need to flip two seats to take back control.
Third consecutive update in the Florida gov’s race shows Gillum’s lead shrinking. He’s now up by a not-whopping four-tenths of a percentage point.
Flip No. 2: NBC News calls Florida’s 27th District for Dem Donna Shalala. Second GOP
seat to flip to Dems tonight.
Jake Tapper: “The Democrats look like they’re on track to have a good night.”
ABC just started their coverage and they have some fancy graphics. Works for people like me who like pictures.
“Maybe for a change, it’s a night where the polls got it mostly right,” says statistician Nate Silver on ABC.
My colleague Dominic Patten just posted a story about voter suppression in Georgia (where the secretary of state — who runs the elections — is vying for the governor’s mansion).
Brit Hume on Fox News: “No president in my memory, maybe ever has ever made himself as much the center of a midterm election as this president has. I remember covering Clinton in ‘94 when he went out and campaigned hard, Barack Obama did the same thing in 2010 to no avail in both cases as it turned out, their parties lost control of the house in those years but this president has done more and been more- has been more about him more than I can ever remember. And we will know something at the end of the voting tonight about whether there is new and unusual factor that we saw a sample of in 2016 that this president with his rallies and the things we didn’t mattered, matter a lot. Will they matter this time? We’ll find out tonight whether going out to these huge rallies, even when he’s not on the ballot, making himself the center of things, is effective for his party or not so much. So just as Chris said, it could end up as a rebuke to him or it could end up as a wash. It doesn’t look at this stage as if it’s going to end up as a big triumph for him.”
Couple more minutes on CNN then switching to MSNBC.
Thanks to an anonymous commenter on deadline.com for this gem:
I saw so many problems at my polling place today, I wouldn’t be surprised if they declared Eisenhower a senator of California.
Of course, it was Eiserhower who signed the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act in 1956. So we here in SoCal blame/credit him for all those cars that ended their cross-country journeys here and parked for good.
Switching back to MSNBC for next 20 minutes. They are doing an ancestry.com ad — an obvious trolling of the president.
With Andrew Gillum still holding a teeny tiny edge in Fla. governor race, FNC’s Martha MacCallum declares the “trend of the evening: Charismatic, appealing candidaets appear to be going fairly well.”
Bret Baier translates: “Democrats recruited well, in other words.”
Meghan McCain points out that Arizona can have the first Democratic Senator since 1976.
And yes, they are following Deadline’s live blog.
With 28% of TExas precincts reporting, it’s Beto O’Rourke over Ted Cruz by 52-48.
Brian Williams reminiscing with James Carville about this time of day in the 2016 election.
“The blood did go out of my face,” Carville says.
W. Kamau Bell (friend of Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast) shows us the right way to watch midterms coverage.
MSNBC just put up the latest numbers in the Florida governor race, and it’s the first time I’ve seen DeSantis leading Gillum — by eight-tenths. Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow were chatting with Carville and did not comment on that new number.
Florida reminds me that I have to pour a little out for Jimmy Farrar, the second Molly Hatchet singer, who died last week. I’m fairly certain that all six of the band members from its “Flirtin’ with Disaster” heyday have died, and Farrar makes at least two of the replacements. Ramblin’ on.
OK, MSNBC has called the New Jersey Senate race for Bob Menendez, who “had so many ethical and legal troubles has turned away former Big Pharma executive Bob Hugin,” Williams says.
ABC reports that 54% of swing voters are voting Democratic during the midterms.
That’s one of those strange-seeming calls, when a projection comes while the challenger is ahead. Maddow notes that it’s only 1% of the vote, though.
Seriously, when John says “let’s look at the map” even Wolf Blitzer goes mum & the Wolfman almost never goes quiet
Kornacki breakin’ it down for Florida.
From the AP just now:
Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Wexton defeated two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock, whom she portrayed as a Trump ally out of touch with her diverse, well-educated district.
my 13 yr old brother could be playing fortnite rn, but instead he’s watching the midterm elections and continuously refreshing his screen displaying the beto vs cruz tally. young people ARE the change. they ARE powerful. and we WILL fight for equality. #ElectionNight pic.twitter.com/i15tpFucOt
— aarushi (@aarushimac) November 7, 2018
From my colleague Dave Robb:
Although the night is still young, the vote tallies aren’t as good as hoped for by Democrats, said a rather gloomy James Carville just minutes ago on CNN. “Tonight, there was some hope that the Democrats would have a wave election. It’s not gonna be a wave election,” said the chief strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. “There’s still a good chance that the Democrats win the House, but I see the chances of a wave kind of dissipating every time I see something on the board.”
Earlier today ex-VP Joe Biden said he’d “guarantee” Trump will “challenge the legitimacy of the vote” if GOP loses House and maybe even Senate. The sometimes sharp tongued potential 2020 contender also called the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host “an interesting guy.” C’mon Joe, stick to being blunt, I think you mean a different word than interesting
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is in the fight of her political life, on CNN: “You know me, I’m gonna be really honest with you: I have no flippin’ idea what gonna happen tonight. We could win, or we could lose.”
“I’m not afraid to be a moderate,” McCaskill says.
Asked what impact Donald Trump big rally in Missouri last night had on her race, McCaskill gets in one of the best lines of the night so far: “Oh listen, he was here so often, I figure he was building a golf course.”
Kim Davis, the Kentucky official who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex
couples has lost her bid for re-election as Rowan County Clerk, AP reports.
Davis, a Republican, was defeated by Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill, to serve a four-year term.
Soon to retire CA Gov. Jerry Brown’s office just announced he’ll have a “media availability” at the LBJ Library in Austin, TX tmrw …being that Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom looks a lock to win in the Golden State, does Moonbeam have something to tell us about JFK? Was it Ted Cruz’s Dad? Or sorry, that’s Trump’s old theory?
BTW – doesn’t Beto O’Rourke look like a Gen X Jerry Brown?
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is at Beto O’Rourke headquarters down in the West Texas town of El Paso. After rattling off some numbers that are quite Beto-friendly, he said: “All of that points to an evening here in Texas as the votes come in that is more interesting than it’s been in Texas in a very long time when you’re looking at what kind of dynamics Beto would need in order to beat the incumbent Ted Cruz.”
For what it’s worth, he adds that the O’Rourke camp believes that he will win.
Kinda a perfect description of modern life in so many ways
What are you up to tonight? Oh just watching numbers go up and down, terrified for the soul of the world? Cool me too.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) November 7, 2018
Nicolle Wallace oin Ted Cruz: “To lose this after sort of crawling back to Donald Trump after he insulted his father and wife would be a human tragedy but an immense political victory. He is the most polarizing figure in the Republican Party.”
Ted Cruz is more than polarizing Nicolle. Texas is a tight race but I’m surprised that Beto only has 75.8% of the vote in the county that contains the Republic of Austin. Who are the 23.4% who support Ted Cruz?
Texas polls have closed! Dino, what’s your prediction? Will Houston rid us of Ted Cruz?
Marsha Blackburn wins Seante race in Tennessee, per MSNBC.
Switching back to Fox News for a while. My colleagues continue to monitor other nets.
FNC just called Menendez as the winner in New Jersey — a half-hour after MSNBC did.
This from Tom Brokaw on NBC awhile ago: “Tomorrow morning the presidential election for 2020 will begin because there are so many new players there. There’s somebody missing from tonight that we’ll be hearing more about in the not too distant future, the special prosecutor, Mr. Mueller. He has not been talked about, he will be a big, big play in the weeks and months to come for whatever he has to say but he’ll have something to say.”
I am cautiously optimistic about Beto winning. Houston is a huge city…some of it progressive, some of it very conservative — but they also voted in an openly gay mayor so who knows? Also, Beyonce — who is from Houston — endorsed Beto at the final hour and as we all know, what she says goes!
Bret Baier on Fox News: “This is not lining up exactly like opur voter analysis early look — it is actually skewing more Republicans.”
FNC calls the West Virginia Senate race for Dem incumbent Joe Manchin.
From Deadline’s Dave Robb:
Jake Tapper just said on CNN. “It’s entirely possible that Democrats will regain control of the House today, but I have to say, when you look at what’s going on here tonight, this is not a blue wave.”
Meanwhile on Fox News, Chris Wallace notes: “You can begin to see this Democratic field for 2020 shaping up.Elizabeth Warren won re-election, Bernie Sanders won re-election, Kirsten Gillibrand won re-election, so did Amy Klobuchar. Those are four people being mentioned potentially as Democratic presidential candidates — they all won tonight.”
Is Beyonce the Boss Tweed of Texas?
Then BRit Hum chimed in: “And Chris, if Beto O’Rourke wins in Texas, he’s the instant front-runner, don’t you think?” Wallace: “Oh, absolutely. Some people would say even if he loses he could start running for president.”
With Fox on commercial, I’m stiching back to CNN.
As much as Senate races are tipped in the GOP’s favor this year, 2020 will see the Dems in the advantage sweet spot – the calendar giveth & the calendar taketh
CNN just posted a grahpic showing Beto O’Rourke ahead by … 79 votes. “Take a picture of that,” one pundit advises.
ACLU: BREAKING: Florida just voted to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people.
1 in 10 Floridians had been shut out of our democracy. Tonight that
changes — this is a huge victory thanks to the relentless activism of
the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition.
Southern Poverty Law Center, BREAKING: Florida has voted to return voting rights to 1.4 million people! These
men and women – disproportionately representing communities of color –
have done their time and paid their debts to society.
Van Jones on CNN, re lack of a blue tsunami: “This is heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking. The hope has been that the antibodies would kick in — that this sort of infestation of hatred and division would draw a response from the American people, really in both parties, to say, ‘No, no more.”
“It’s not a blue wave, but it’s still a blue war,” Jones added. “I think that sense of helplessness that has really fueled a lot of this outrage and outpouring from Democrats tomorrow, even if we take the House.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives Fox News Channel a State of Donald Trump update: “So far we feel good about where we are. Frankly, the President has had an incredible night.” She pointed to Mike Braun, calling him a candidate “a lot of people projected to lose by a lot. “The President went in and closed the deal.” Republican Mike Braun defeated incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly in the race for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat.
John King tries to spice it up on CNN by referring to himself as “Johnny Broken Record” as he once again mentions how the suburbs are where the real action is in American politics in 2018
Wasn’t that a GoodFellas character, Dom?
Ranking the cable newsers for entertainment factor.
1. Fox News – loud & proud, like WWE
2 MSNBC – best bar convo where no one is drinking (openly)
3. CNN – we’re not fake news but man, are we not a lot of fun
Erik – that was the fabled Johnny Two-Times, Two-Times
Oops, meant to post this from CNN’s Gloria Borger, which is what Van Jones was reacting to (thanks to me colleague Dave Robb):
Consensus among political pundits is that Republicans are sure to hold the Senate, but that the House is still in play. “There’s no tsunami,” said CNN chief political correspondent Gloria Borger. “There’s a lot of disappointment that I’m hearing from people. …. The balloon is popping.”
Ayanna Pressley has made history, becoming Massachusetts’ first black Congresswoman.
And another first: MSNBC just called Colorado governor race for Democrat Jared Polis. Rachel Maddow notes that he’s the first opener gay U.S. governor.
Jake Tapper goes for the droll while playing Senate musical chairs early in the night – “let’s give Texas to the Democrats just for giggles” Giggles?
Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier: We are n prepared to make one of the biggest calls of the night: Democrats will take control of House for the first time in eight years, dealing a major setback to President Trump’s legislative agenda, giving fresh hope to liberals who want to investigate, possibly even impeach the president.”
A visibly solemn Jake Tapper on CNN: “It looks increasingly like not only will Democrats not win back the Senate but that they will actually lose seats in the Senate this evening.”
Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier: We are now prepared to make one of the biggest calls of the night: Democrats will take control of House for the first time in eight years, dealing a major setback to President Trump’s legislative agenda, giving fresh hope to liberals who want to investigate, possibly even impeach the president.”
Dems pick up two more House seats, lowering the magic number to flip at 19.
Just got this to our tipline from a reader: “Please, Mr. Kornacki, stop referring to Hillary Clinton, in every win. She is not a candidate and many of these new voters are voting for their candidates, not Hillary Clinton. It is a huge turnoff. Will we ever let the Clinton’s go. The people running now are no Clintons. They are antidotes to the Clintons.”
BBC World News is a bit of a second tier cable player for American media types during election nights, but their coverage is top notch & certainly not as striving as their Yankee compadres
You know, no matter how this all goes down President Trump is going to take all the glory he can, blame everyone else for the defeats & slither forward in a flurry of tweets in the AM.
As soon as Bret Baier announces they’re calling the House will flip to Dems, Fox News Channel goes to its Pelosi Place. Martha MacCallum: “Democrats will soon have to decide whether to to restore Nancy Pelosi to her old job as Speak of House. Chris Wallace: “It is a very very big deal. I think of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Adam Schiff as chair of the House Intel Committee, Elijah Cummings as head of the House Oversight Committee…. a lot of listeners out there, their heads are exploding.”
BReaking news: Donlad Trump hasn’t tweeted in seven hours. Should we send the Secret Service in for a welfare check?
CNN calls two more House races for Dems — magic number to flip is at 17 and shrinking.
Oh Erik, he’s clearly taking some private time to reflect on the nation, perhaps picking up the memoirs of Ulysses Grant to look into how great men reflect their times …
“Democrats are smiling” – CNN never fail to get straight to the point, don’t they
Chris Wallace at Fox News Channel: “The Trump White House is not as prepared as other White Houses haves been when they lose control of the House, for the onslaught of investigations and subpoenas they are of about to face.”
Fox News are on the money, once polls close in Cali the blue tide will kick in
CNN calls two more House races for Dems. Magic number at 15, by its count.
Brit Hume continues the end-of-the-world-ing over House flip at Fox News Channel, forecasting investigations that will be mounted by House Dems into Trump administration will receive “far more favorable coverage” by the media than the Republicans’ investigation of the FBI, etc. the past couple years. The House Dems investigations of Trump White House will “likely be adoring coverage” Hume mourned, calling it “just a reality that the media we have today will present.”
Mitt Romney new Utah senator says Fox News
One of those wins was NYC’s own Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, youngest woman ever elected to Congress & a star of the Democrats even before she is sworn in. She’ll be fast tracked for top committee role, bet you money!
In other news, the sun will be rising tmrw in Utah and the rest of America
For the record, Fox NEws and CNN called the Romney win at the same time.
Met Romney at Sundance a few years back when the Netflix docu “Mitt” debuted in Park City & Salt Lake City …much looser & impressive in person than when he ran for POTUS in 2016. Clearly worships his ex-Michigan Gov father
SIDE NOTE: For some reason, seeing Chris Christie on ABC’s panel of commentators feels surreal.
CNN projects Laura Kelly the winner of the Kansas governor races. She unseats Kris Kobach, who had gotten a big push from the commander in chief.
Down goes Kobach! Down goes Kobach!
Elections reminded me why I love Wrestlemania
Note the words “my very early supporter” in Trump’s tweet below.
CNN notes that Kobach was Trump’s “handpicked” candidate.
Clarifying a post we had earlier: Jared Polis becomes the first openly gay candidate to be ELECTED governor. Deadline’s Jersey Boy Bruce Haring notes this:
On August 12, 2004, Jim McGreevey came out as gay and announced he would resign the governorship, effective November 15, 2004. This made McGreevey the first openly gay governor in United States history
On August 12, 2004, Jim McGreevey came out as gay and announced he would resign the governorship of New Jersey, effective November 15, 2004. This made McGreevey the first openly gay governor in United States history
FNC’s Laura Ingraham: “If Florida and Georgia go Republicans, “Obama, Oprah, and entire mainstream media have a huge amount of egg on their face.”
CNN loves noting stuff — what I like more is John King’s unintended photobombing of a yakking Wolf Blitzer & Jake Tapper …Wolf pumped to cut to breaking news in Congressional race. Now Tapper backing down from his no blue wave remarks of earlier and says Dems are “having a great night when it comes to picking up Republican seats in the House.” Dems just need 11 more wins to take the lower chamber & Cali still to come
MSNBC calls Texas Senate race for incumbent Ted Cruz, closing the lid on Democratic hopes of taking that body of Congress.
Republican Kris Kobach lost to Dem Laura Kelly in Kansas governor’s race, though it’s a red state because, Karl Rove explains to FNC viewers, “It’s not a deep red of other states, there are moderate Republicans.” Kansas Secretary of State Kobach had some issues, FNC says. Southern Poverty Law Center, however, said Trump’s pick to investigate 2016 voter fraud had “nativist, anti-immigrant beliefs” and attempted “to remove people from his state’s voter rolls
in 2015, making anyone who did not provide proof of citizenship within
90 days ineligible to vote.”
I wonder if Jeffrey Katzenberg is still “cautiously optimistic” about Dems “chances to win the House”?
Hours into the midterm elections & this November Rain prize from Indiana’s finest still my fav tweet of the day so far
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 6, 2018
Rep. Pete “No Relation” Sessions goes down in Texas after holding his seat since 2003. He loses to Colin “No Relation” Allred, a former pro football player who had never run for elected office.
BALLGAME, says NBC News: Dems win control of the House.
On the Dem’s flipping the House, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace — a former aide in the George W. Bush administration — said: “This is a game changer. This changes Washington. This changes life for the White House staffers. And this changes Donald Trump’s life immediately.”
I think it’s time to start a pool: What minute does Trump blame the House loss on GOP and say he called the flip it last week?
Senate stays Republican controlled, Fox News Channel celebrates, having already announced Dems win control of the House, and had all their “Donald Trump’s life now immediately changes” chatter about 30 MINUTES BEFORE NBC News.
I can’t take that bet, I already laid that table. Little Donny will blame everyone
“The subpeona ultimately is the powerful tool,” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says. Brian Williams immediately brings up Kellyanne Conway’s alleged violated of the Hatch Act in a campaign appearance.
GOP keep control of Senate says CNN …umm OK. They say Ted Cruz is projected to beat Beto O’Rourke
MSNBC’s Charlie Sykes is at Scott Walker headquarters, where the incumbent is trailing 50%-48% with 56% of precincts reporting. As Van Halen’s “Jump” blares in the backgorund, he says: “There’s no question about it — this crowd is waiting for some good news. One of the reasons why they’re playing the music is so loud is because they didn’t want to play the Tammy Baldwin acceptance speech.”
She won re-election to the U.S. Senate from the Badger State tonight.
FNC’s Laura Ingraham takes a break from incessant talk about President Donald Trump not getting enough credit for tonight’s election results in order to introduces the Donny Junior Factor into the discussion. “Donny Trump Junior went all over the country and I think he had a big impact on this race as well.” The Party, she said, is “coming home to Trump.”
Has Gen. Kelly or Melania taken Trump’s phone away from him? I had money on him crowing if Cruz won, tweeting it was all thanks to him showing up
Brian Williams asks Sykes what the first paragraph of Walker’s political obit might read if he loses tonight. The reply: “He survived recalls, he survived protests, but he couldn’t survive Donald Trump in 2018.”
Two more Dems win governorships: Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan and Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico. In neighboring Arizona, GOP incumbent Doug Ducey keeps his seat. And Andrew Cuomo cruised to victory in the New York governor’s race.
Brian Williams had called NY for “Mario Cuomo” — and Rachel Maddow nudged him on it. “You know, names are becoming tough at this hour.”
Good thing he didn’t say Chris Cuomo — who is Maddow’s 9 PM competition on CNN…
MSNBC also calls the Senate for Cruz, with O’Rourke falling short.
Sen. Lindsey Graham on Fox News Channel after watching video of Mitt Romney’s victory lap: “The victory party in Utah is without alcohol and caffeine, so they’re just naturally happy there.”
We cannot independently confirm reports of people using Sharpies to cross out the last two digits in their “Beto 2018” signs and replacing it with a “20.”
Ali Melber on MSNBC says he spoke to a “senior Democratic source on the Ways and Means Committee who says — breakign news — they do intend to request President Trump’s tax returns.”
Rachel Maddow notes that Ways and Means will be making the request of the IRS — not Trump. And if IRS says no, then the House’s move would be to try to take it to court.
Melber’sa a lawyer, BTW.
GLAAD tonight applauds voters in Massachusetts for “upholding the state’s transgender nondiscrimination law, which protects transgender people from discrimination in public spaces like restaurants, hotels and hospitals.”
One thing that I learned so far from tonight’s midterms – Taylor Swift can’t shift elections, at least not in Tennessee
Not to send you away from our scintillating live blog, but Deadline just confirmed that a Breaking Bad movie is in the works from series creator Vince Gilligan:
With California polls closing in four minutes, MSNBC shows three-hour-long line at the Orance County Registrar’s Office.
ex-FBI boss James Comey can barely contain his glee at the subpoenas coming for his old friend Donald Trump, barely …& once Dems get their hands on those tax returns
We will now have a balance of power, which is a very good thing for our republic. Signs of an awakening are everywhere tonight. The giant is stirring. Do not stop speaking and living American values.
— James Comey (@Comey) November 7, 2018
Nothing from Trump tonight or is he saving it for the tweets?
“At 10:52 pm, we have a travel/photo lid,” says White House pool report
Andrew Gillum is making his concession speech after losing the Florida governor’s race to Ron De Santis. Prediction: This guy’s political career is just getting started.
Gillum is 39.
Tick … tick .. tick … California polls closing in seconds.
Trump may have overdone it tonight up there in the residence. Just got this from the White House on what his tmrw looks like: THE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled.
MSNBC calling DeSantis the “apparent winner.”
Dianne Feinstein is re-elected in California, at 85.
Feinstein is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate.
MSNBC projecting more House seats being flipped to the Dems.
If he wins his seat (umm, duh) my Congressman Adam Schiff will likely take off the white gloves as he becomes Intelligence chair AKA Robert Mueller’s new bestie
Former NHL player Pete Stauber becomes the second ex-pro athlete to pick up a House seat tonight, following Colin Allred in Texas. Los Angeles Kings fans of a certain age will note that his brother Robb was drafted by the team and played more than 50 games in goals for them during the mid-’90s.
Personal note: My Kings fan friends and I used to marvel at how far and how often Robb Stauber would come of out his net. We took to calling him “Blue Line Stauber.” Moving on…
Cable news coverage right now feel like that space in a concert when it seems over but you’re certain they’ll be back for a encore
And for those who reveled in MSNBC’s goof with last night’s on-air graphic showing Gillum winning the Florida governor race, this just happened on Fox News, per Deadline’s Dave Robb:
Oops. Fox news just projected that Democrat David Ige will be re-elected governor of Hawaii. But in the very next graphic, showed him also running as governor of Oregon as an independent in a race that’s still too close to call. That was Ige’s image on the screen, but the actual candidate in Oregon is Patrick Starnes.
I will never EVER donate a car to Kars4Kids. That wildly annoying ad has been the bane of my existance for more than 25 years — dating to when it aired on KNX-AM just about every break.
I just had to say that publicly.
That and the Wallypark one…
Karl Rove is on FNC — how cool would it be to have a redux of his 2012 Election Night moment with then-colleague Megyn Kelly?
From Deadline’s Dave Robb:
CNN’s Jake Tapper says he’s surprised by how bad the polling was in so many of the races. “I have to say, I am struck, once again, as I was two years ago — and maybe I should stop being struck by this — but I’m struck at how wrong the polling was in many of these places.”
Fox News decrying Florida passing a measure to allow convicted felons to vote. “This is part of the criminal justice reform movement, and Florida is a good example of it.”
Fox News now doing man-on-the-street interviews from Fox Square in NYC.
Bret Baier continues to harangue the Fox News’ Decision Desk for a call on Florida governor race. Then they cut to Nancy Pelosi, who says, “Let’s hear it for pre-existing conditions.”
Didn’t really think that line through, did you, Congresswoman?
“The people’s interest will prevail, not the ark special interests,” Pelosi says.
But she gets crickets when she says, “We will have accountability and we will strive for bipartisanship.”
Not a good start
ABC and CNN are projecting Gavin Newsom as the new governor of California.
From Josh Hawley in his acceptance speech in the Missouri Senate race over Claire McCaskill: “Well, tonight the Good Lord and the people of Missouri have given us the victory.”
Hmm, sounds like election meddling to me.
Claire McCaskill campaigned as a moderate Democrat. So much for that strategy in 2018 America.
Hawley missed his calling as a late-night FM deejay.
I expect him to throw on a 20-minute Pink Floyd song and sneak out to do a J.
Rick Scott making acceptance speech after winning Florida senator: “This campaign is behind us — that’s where we’re gonna leave it.” He called it “nasty.”
Switching back to CNN for a bit.
OK, Senator Scott, it’s really cool that you speak Spanish, but man oh man, could you at least TRY a semblance of an accent?
Fox News interviewing new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. LEt’s see where the questions go.
Yeah, not much meat in that interview. Now really switching to CNN.
With six Senate seats still undecided, the GOP has picked up three. The majority expands.
Deadline’s Dominic Patten just posted this:
Donald Trump Briefly Breaks Midterm Elections Silence
CNN’s Jake Tapper notes: “The Republicans are having a very, very good night in the Senate.” Dana Bash chimes in, :Mitch McConnell is watching right now, probably, and smiling ear to ear.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper notes: “The Republicans are having a very, very good night in the Senate.” Dana Bash chimes in, “Mitch McConnell is watching right now, probably, and smiling ear to ear.”
Bash reminds how the Kavanaugh hearings “got the Republican base going.” Is it just me, or does that seem like a year ago?
“This is not a good night for President Trump,” Jake Tapper says. Wolf Blitzer counters with, “But he did manage tpo hold on to the Senate.” Tapper: “I know, and mazel tov. But the bottom line is .. the Democrats have just retaken the House, and they’re gonna have subpeona power, and they’re going to make his life a living hell.”
OK, Mr. PResident, we’re even…
“They’re going to get President Trump’s tax returns,” Tapper says.
CNN’s Jim Acosta reports that President Trump has called once-and-likely-future House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Wonder if it was on that unsecured cell phone of his.
Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you hack that phone call and tell us what was said.
Shout-out to my mom, who just reminded me that Beto O’Rourke is left-handed — as she is and I am. “Big loss for the Democrats,” she notes.
Beto O’Rourke to his campaign team in his concession speech: “I’m so f*cking proud of you guys.” Brian Williams adds, “Sorry for the f-bomb there.” CNN not showing it.
David Axelrod on CNN: “Nancy Pelosi may be a liability — and there is a reason why a bunch of candidates said they wouldn’t support her — she may be a liability outward-facing, but within those four walls, she is a genius at bringing a very fractious caucus together.”
Deadline’s Geoff Boucher just posted this news:
Gavin Newsom, A Hollywood Favorite, Will Be 39th Governor Of California
CNN’s pundits in a wide-ranging conversation about what’s next — and they seems to think Beto O’Rourke is a shoo-in to run for the White House in 2020.
OK, moving on to Rick Santorum on CNN, who elicited grins and chuckles from others on the panel: “Let me just predict this: No Democrat running for president wil run on Obamacare. They will run on Medicare for all or somke sort of single-payer plan — which means they believe Obamacarehas failed, and they are going to try something else.”
After some spirited back-and-forth, referee Anderson Cooper says, “Let’s not rehash Obamacare.”
All three of the big cable news nets now have pundits being pundits as things have wound down.
Sarah Sanders has just issued a statement from the White House Press Office, via the pool report:
“Tonight, President Trump called Leader Mitch McConnell to congratulate him on the historic senate gains. He also spoke with Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The President called to congratulate Rick Scott, Mike DeWine, Kevin Cramer, Josh Hawley, Brian Kemp, and Ron DeSantis. Lastly, the President talked to Sen. Chuck Schumer. He and the Vice President will continue to make calls tonight and tomorrow.”
Deadline’s Dominic Patten just posted this interesting tidbit about the Blumhouse founder:
Jason Blum Booed Off Stage At LA’s Israel Film Festival Stage After Attack On Trump
From the update desk, via The New York Times: Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams by six percentage points in the Georgia governor’s race with 94 percent of precincts reportinmg. The Libertarian candidate isn’t a factor in this one, grabbing on 1% of the vote.
Things have quieted down, so we are going to pack it up for the night here. Thanks for following along, and let’s see where American politics goes in the next two years.
Good night, everyone.