The Spectacle Blog

Could There Be a Recount in the Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race?

By on 11.4.14 | 11:35PM

With 89% of the vote in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, Republican Charlie Baker holds a lead of just over 5,000 votes over Democrat Martha Coakley. Baker is up 48% to 47%.

Baker led early in the evening, but then Coakley took over. By the time 74% of the vote came in, Coakley had a lead of 100 votes.

If the margin of victory is less than 1% then there will be an automatic recount.

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Roberts Hangs On in Kansas; GOP Needs One More Seat for Senate Majority

By on 11.4.14 | 10:54PM

Pat Roberts has held off the challenge of "Independent" Greg Orman in Kansas. 

So Republicans need one more seat to take over the Senate. 

Maybe Roberts is the kind of establishment Republican conservatives aren't enthusiastic about, but tonight we needed him.


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Walker Defeats The Left Again

By on 11.4.14 | 10:31PM

Scott Walker did it.

With just over 25% of the vote in, Walker has been re-elected in Wisconsin and has 61% of the vote. Take that Ramesh Ponnuru.

Including the 2012 recall, Walker has beaten The Left three times in four years. 

Can anybody give me any reason why Republicans shouldn't nominate him as our presidential candidate in 2016?

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GOP Gains Senate Seats in Colorado & Montana

By on 11.4.14 | 10:17PM

Score two more Senate seats for Republicans.

Despite the best efforts of Mark Udall to turn Cory Gardner into Ken Buck, Gardner decisively beat Udall.

In Montana, Congressman Steve Daines beat Montana State Rep. Amanda Curtis. This was widely expected when Curtis filled in for John Walsh who dropped out of the race amidst a plagiarism scandal. Walsh had been appointed to the Senate after the retirement of Max Baucus. 

So the GOP has gained five seats and needs one more to control the Senate.

But things could get complicated if Pat Roberts loses Kansas to "Independent" Greg Orman.

So who will put the GOP over the top? Jodi Ernst in Iowa? Tom Tillis in North Carolina? Or could it be Ed Gillespie in Virginia? Or maybe Dan Sullivan in Alaska?

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Shaheen Holds Off Brown in New Hampshire Or Does She? Yeah, She Does

By on 11.4.14 | 10:01PM

Although Scott Brown made a good go of it, he came up short against incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen. 

With just under 40% of the vote in, Fox News is projecting Shaheen as the winner with 52% of the vote. 

In December 2012, I argued that Brown should run in the Massachusetts gubernatorial race (this was well before New Hampshire was an option). As I write this, Charlie Baker is winning against Martha Coakley. I wonder if Brown is kicking himself for not staying in the Bay State.

UPDATE: Brown has not conceded the race. At last look, with 74% of precincts reporting, Shaheen leads by just over 2,000 votes.

UPDATE II: With 81% of the votes in, Brown has now conceded. Despite losing to both Elizabeth Warren and now Shaheen, this is probably not the last we hear from Brown.

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Half Way to a GOP Majority in the Senate; McConnell Re-Elected

By on 11.4.14 | 9:21PM

It's a bit past 9 p.m. and Republicans have gained three Senate seats - Shelley Moore-Capito in West Virginia, Mike Rounds in South Dakota and Tom Cotton in Arkansas. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has also been re-elected in Kentucky. Democrat challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes sealed her fate when she couldn't bring herself to admit she voted for Obama. 

Republicans need three more seats for McConnell to go from Senate Minority to Senate Majority leader.

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It Only Matters if Walker Wins

By on 11.4.14 | 4:21PM

In his Bloomberg column, Ramesh Ponnuru doesn't think much of Scott Walker's presidential prospects even if he is re-elected tonight:

For one thing, Walker's struggle raises the question of whether a politician can make a credible run for the presidency after barely winning over his own state's voters. The last two presidents each won their states convincingly before they ran. George W. Bush won 68 percent of the vote to be re-elected governor of Texas in 1998, and Barack Obama won 70 percent of the vote in Illinois to become a senator in 2004.

Meanwhile, over at Commentary, Seth Mandel doesn't buy Ponnuru's argument:

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Eric Holder Has His Eye on You Today, America

By on 11.4.14 | 3:34PM

Just in case you were considering suppressing someone's vote today, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder would like to make sure that you know that he's watching you. Closely. But in the most fair and non-partisan way, of course. So don't try any funny business.

“One of the Justice Department’s most sacred responsibilities is ensuring access to the ballot box for every eligible American,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message on the department’s website.

“I want the American people to know that the Justice Department will stand vigilant — working in a fair and nonpartisan manner to ensure that every voter can cast his or her ballot free of intimidation, discrimination or obstruction,” he said.

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Re: Kim Kardashian is Voting for Obama Today

By on 11.4.14 | 12:36PM

I try not to keep up with the Kardashians, but I think Emily might be slightly underestimating Kim Kardashian's intent on Election Day.

Her tweet doesn't actually say she's going to vote for Obama, but rather she says, "I'm standing w Obama in the midterm election 2morrow!"

President Obama famously said that while he wasn't on the ballot, his policies were. In fact, every single one of them. So I think it is reasonable to conclude Kardashian is standing with Obama's policies and is well aware that Obama cannot seek another term in the White House.

But hey give KK some credit here. She's doing what Allison Lundergan Grimes, Michelle Nunn and virtually every other Democrat running for office in this country refuses to do - stand with Obama (even if it is in animated form). Unfortunately for Obama, Kim Kardashian isn't on the ballot.

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