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Daily Kos Elections’ project to calculate the 2016 presidential results for every state legislative seat in the nation hits Utah, a solidly red state that hosted an unexpectedly chaotic presidential race. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 46-27, with conservative independent Evan McMullin taking 22 percent; as a bonus, we’ve calculated McMullin’s results in each legislative district in addition to Trump and Clinton’s. You can find our master list of states here, which we’ll be updating as we add new states; you can also find all our data from 2016 and past cycles here.

The GOP has controlled both chambers of the […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

In an unexpected development, former Georgia Rep. John Barrow announced on Sunday that he’d run for secretary of state, a position that will be open next year because the current Republican office-holder, Brian Kemp, is running for governor. Barrow has the distinction of being the last white Democrat to hold a seat in Congress in the Deep South—a seat he held during many tough elections, even after Republicans repeatedly made his district redder and forced him to move, but finally lost in the GOP wave of 2014.

During his time in office, Barrow cultivated a reputation as a conservative Blue Dog, […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Back in November, ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty didn’t quite rule out a comeback bid for his old job, only saying he was “politically retired.” The Star-Tribune’s J. Patrick Coolican writes that Pawlenty has been saying the same kind of thing for months publicly, but GOP sources tell him that behind the scenes, Pawlenty really is considering getting in. Coolican reports that the former governor is “watching to see if the current field is locking down financial and political support.”

If Pawlenty ran, he’d certainly be the biggest name in the GOP field. And as we wrote months ago, Pawlenty currently works […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Anthony Weiner, the former Democratic congressman from New York City who twice derailed his own political career by sharing lewd pictures of himself with women who were not his wife, will now pay a much steeper price. On Monday, a federal judge sentenced Weiner to 21 months in prison for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old North Carolina girl, following a plea agreement Weiner made with prosecutors earlier this year. Weiner had faced up to 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.

In May of 2011, Weiner earned instant notoriety when he publicly […]

Mon, Sep 25, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections