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The fact that Florida currently has three statewide recounts underway is exceptional in American politics. Between 2000-2015, only three races flipped after statewide recounts.

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The first bill House Democrats' will vote on would establish automatic voter registration, strengthen the Voting Rights Act, limit partisan redistricting and tighten campaign finance laws.

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A group of roughly 10 House Democrats is organizing an effort to oppose Pelosi as the next speaker of the House, but they admit they don't have an alternate candidate yet.

What 2018 Elections Could Tell Us About The 2020 Presidential Map

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Florida remains the most important state for Trump in his re-election, and Republicans are just barely hanging on in big races. Democratic gains in Rust Belt states could spell trouble.

Bernie Sanders Clarifies Comments About Racism Hurting Black Candidates

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Sanders accuses Republicans who ran against Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida of using racist strategies after he initially said voters were uncomfortable backing black candidates.

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Trump highlighted the success of candidates he held rallies for, embracing the idea that the midterms were a referendum on him. But his record is far more mixed than he lets on.

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The Republican announced he would resign as secretary of state on Thursday after a lawsuit was filed calling it a conflict of interest for him to oversee the vote count in the governor's race.

Heightened Security As Brett Kavanaugh Formally Takes Supreme Court Seat

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The court said that because of security concerns, Kavanaugh would not walk down the court's long outside staircase with the chief justice.

Over 1 Million Florida Felons Win Right To Vote With Amendment 4

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The state approved a key ballot initiative that will restore voting rights to citizens who have served sentences for certain crimes.

Ted Cruz Defeats Beto O'Rourke In Texas Senate Race

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Despite raising more than $60 million and garnering national attention, O'Rourke was unable to overcome the GOP's hold on the state.

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How L.A. County is Preparing for Election Day 2018

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Hundreds of thousands will vote in L.A. County Tuesday, but the registrar-recorder's office says even with high early voter turnout, it's business as usual.

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When Californians vote on Proposition 10, they'll be choosing the winner of a more than $100 million dollar spending war over rent regulations.

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This election season, groups that are unable to vote — like youth and undocumented people — are solidifying their impact on America's democratic process.