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Maine Bill-Drafting Error May Prevent Disbursement of Public Funding after June 30
(from: Ballot Access News @ May 23, 2018, 10:15 AM)

Maine uses public funding for candidates for state office. This story explains that a bill-drafting error, unless corrected by a quick special session, will prevent public funds to be released to candidates after June 30 this year.


Daily Kos Elections Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas runoff liveblog thread #4
(from: Swing State Project @ May 22, 2018, 10:17 PM)

It?s primary night in America! Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky go to the polls for their party primaries, and we also have runoffs in Texas in contests where no candidates took a majority in the March 6 primaries. Note that, like Texas, both Arkansas and Georgia require a runoff for any races where no one wins a majority; Arkansas? runoff would be June 19, while Georgia's would be July 24.

You can find our guide to all the key primaries right here, and we?re liveblogging the results at Daily Kos Elections. You can also follow along with our coverage on Twitter.

Poll closing times: 6 PM ET in the Eastern time zone portion of Kentucky; 7 PM ET in Georgia and the rest of Kentucky; 8 PM ET in most of Texas; 8:30 PM ET in Arkansas; 9 PM ET in the Mountain time zone portion of Texas.

Results: Arkansas | Georgia | Kentucky | Texas

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:23:09 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

We?re moving into the home stretch on this four-state primary night! For those just joining us, feel free to reference our handy cheat sheet to see what races have already been called.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:24:16 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

GA-Gov (R): Speaking of races that are called, the AP has just called this race as...not being over for another two months! The AP has called a runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (39 percent) and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (26 percent).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:26:48 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-32 (D): The AP has called this runoff for attorney and former NFL linebacker Colin Allred. He leads Lillian Salerno 70-30, with over half of the precincts in.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:39:32 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-21 (D): The AP has called the Democratic end of this runoff for businessman and veteran Joseph Kopser.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:40:23 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-Gov (D): The AP calls this runoff for Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who will take on incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott in November.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:43:17 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-27 (R): The AP calls this runoff for Michael Cloud, who is heavily favored to hold this seat for the GOP in the wake of disgraced former Rep. Blake Farenthold?s resignation.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:57:25 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

AR-02 (D): The AP was waiting to see if any challengers could force a runoff, and the answer is: no. So the AP calls this race for Democratic state legislator Clarke Tucker, who will face Republican Rep. French Hill in November.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 3:00:41 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-06 (R): With all precincts reporting, the AP has called this runoff for Tarrant County Tax Assessor Ron Wright, who narrowly beat Jake Ellzey (52-48) for the nod. He faces Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez, who narrowly beat Ruby Woolridge in their runoff (54-46).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 3:09:35 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-21 (R): The AP calls this runoff for attorney and former Hill staffer Chip Roy, who wound up with a 53-47 win over businessman Matt McCall. He will face Democrat Joseph Kopser, who was declared a winner in his runoff earlier this evening.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 3:14:42 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-07 (D): And the last race we had our eye on in Texas is in the books. The AP calls this runoff for Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, who has either easily bested Laura Moser in their contest (68-32, at present).

So, with that, all that remains in our list of key contests (see the cheat sheet for the full list) are the two House seats in suburban Atlanta, which appear locks to wind up as runoffs. The only question, as the evening rolls on, is the identities of the Democrats who will be  in those July runoffs.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 3:27:16 AM +00:00 · James Lambert

GA-07 (D): We have a call in one of our last two outstanding races. The AP has called Democrats Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Georgia State public policy professor, and businessman David Kim to advance to the July 24 runoff election.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 3:45:43 AM +00:00 · James Lambert

GA-06 (D): We finally have closure? for tonight, at least. The AP has called the Democratic primary for gun safety advocate Lucy McBath and businessman Kevin Abel, who advance to a July 24 runoff election. And with that, Daily Kos Elections is calling it a night!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 3:53:35 AM +00:00 · James Lambert

GA-SoS: Alright, one more update, because why not? The AP has also called the Democratic primary for Georgia?s Secretary of State for ex-Rep. John Barrow, who avoided a runoff by securing 52% of the primary vote. The GOP side of the race will go to a runoff between Brad Raffensperger and David Isle.


Daily Kos congratulates Gina Ortiz Jones on TX-23 victory, announces disbursement of nominee funds
(from: Swing State Project @ May 22, 2018, 09:38 PM)

Today, Daily Kos congratulated Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones on her victory in the primary runoff in Texas? 23rd Congressional District. Additionally, Daily Kos announced the latest disbursement of Democratic Nominee Funds raised through ActBlue. The Democratic nominees in Texas Congressional Districts 7, 23, and 32 will receive their share of the over $158,000 from over 80,000 individual, low-dollar grassroots donations the Daily Kos community has raised to oust Republicans in these races.

?Daily Kos is excited to support Gina Ortiz Jones as she fights to evict conservative incumbent Will Hurd from Congress this year,? said Daily Kos Political Director David Nir. ?Additionally, the Daily Kos community has raised over $2 million oust Republicans from 43 U.S. House seats and three U.S. Senate seats since first launching our effort around ActBlue?s nominee funds a year ago. We?re thrilled to see more funds from this campaign go to support these Democratic efforts in Texas.?

Daily Kos has led the way in supporting Democrats across the country this cycle, raising over $5.4 million for candidates in small, grassroots donations in 2017-2018. We will continue to analyze and invest in key races nationwide.


Daily Kos Elections Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas runoff liveblog thread #3
(from: Swing State Project @ May 22, 2018, 09:25 PM)

It?s primary night in America! Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky go to the polls for their party primaries, and we also have runoffs in Texas in contests where no candidates took a majority in the March 6 primaries. Note that, like Texas, both Arkansas and Georgia require a runoff for any races where no one wins a majority; Arkansas? runoff would be June 19, while Georgia's would be July 24.

You can find our guide to all the key primaries right here, and we?re liveblogging the results at Daily Kos Elections. You can also follow along with our coverage on Twitter.

Poll closing times: 6 PM ET in the Eastern time zone portion of Kentucky; 7 PM ET in Georgia and the rest of Kentucky; 8 PM ET in most of Texas; 8:30 PM ET in Arkansas; 9 PM ET in the Mountain time zone portion of Texas.

Results: Arkansas | Georgia | Kentucky | Texas

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 1:29:02 AM +00:00 · David Nir

In tonight?s marquee race, Stacey Abrams has won the Democratic nomination for GA-Gov over Stacey Evans, who just called Abrams to concede. With 28% of the vote reporting (plus a large number of early votes tallied as well), Abrams is dominating in every part of the state and holds a 74-26 lead.

To catch up (and stay on top of) all of tonight's other key contests, click here for our handy cheat-sheet and keep it open in a tab.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 1:33:36 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

GA-Gov (R)/TX-Gov (D): We still have two statewide primaries that remain uncalled.

In the Peach State, on the GOP side, it is still not clear who will face Stacey Abrams in November, but there is a definite betting favorite at this point. With 29 percent of precincts counted, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle leads with 40 percent of the vote, with Sec. of State Brian Kemp a fairly distant second at 26 percent.

Meanwhile, in Texas, the battle to face GOP Gov. Greg Abbott is still crazy close. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez still leads gubernatorial progeny Andrew White (son of former Gov. Mark White) by a 52-48 margin with a little over a quarter of the vote in.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 1:36:02 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

GA-06 (D): We...have...votes! Over two hours after polls closed, we get a smattering of early returns in this potentially competitive race, as Democrats vie to challenge freshman Rep. Karen Handel. With 6 percent reporting, it?s businessman Kevin Abel at 36 percent, gun control activist Lucy McBath at 34 percent, and former TV newsman Bobby Kaple at 23 percent.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 1:38:26 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-23 (D): Woot! The AP has called this runoff for Gina Ortiz-Jones, a Daily Kos-endorsed candidate who now goes on to a November showdown with vulnerable GOP Rep. Will Hurd. With just under half the vote in, Ortiz-Jones had a commanding 67-33 lead over Rick Trevino.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 1:40:08 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

GA-Gov (R): To clarify an earlier post, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle would go into a GOP runoff as a betting favorite, but he seems highly unlikely to claw his way to a majority tonight, so he?d likely be forced into a runoff with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 1:54:15 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Texas: Here is a rundown of the key races we are watching in the Lone Star State that remain uncalled:

  • TX-02 (R)--With 3% reporting, Dan Crenshaw leads Kevin Roberts 67-33.
  • TX-06 (R)--With 35% reporting, Ron Wright leads Jake Ellzey 52-48.
  • TX-07 (D)--With 3% reporting, Lizzie Panill Fletcher leads Laura Moser 69-31.
  • TX-21 (R)--With 28% reporting, Chip Roy leads Matt McCall 53-47.
  • TX-21 (D)--With 30% reporting, Joseph Kopser leads Mary Wilson 60-40.
  • TX-27 (R)--With 35% reporting, Michael Cloud leads Bech Bruun 61-39.
  • TX-31 (D)--With 14% reporting, M.J. Hegar leads Christine Mann 61-39.
  • TX-32 (D)--With 4% reporting, Colin Allred leads Lillian Salerno 71-29.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 1:59:50 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Arkansas/Georgia: Meanwhile, here is where things stand in the uncalled House races we are watching in our other primary states this evening:

  • AR-02 (D)--With 41% reporting, state legislator Clarke Tucker is looking very strong for the win here. He leads the field of four with 59 percent of the vote.
  • GA-06 (D)?With 35% reporting, this one is sounding like a runoff, but the question is: who makes that runoff. Right now, gun control activist Lucy McBath has moved into first place with 36 percent, followed closely by businessman Kevin Abel (32 percent) and TV journalist Bobby Kaple (25 percent).
  • GA-07 (D)--With 12% reporting, this is another likely runoff with a close top three. Businessman David Kim leads (29 percent), followed closely by former state senate staffer Carolyn Boudreaux (25 percent) and attorney Ethan Pham (19 percent). The winner takes on veteran Rep. Rob Woodall in a potentially winnable suburban Atlanta seat.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:12:41 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-02 (R): The AP calls this runoff for retired Navy officer Dan Crenshaw. He?ll face Democrat Todd Litton in the fall in this open seat race that has a distinct, but not wholly insurmountable, red tint.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 2:14:10 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

TX-31 (D): The AP calls this runoff for attorney and veteran Mary ?MJ? Hegar. She?ll face veteran GOP Rep. John Carter in November.


Daily Kos congratulates Stacey Abrams on historic Georgia gubernatorial primary win
(from: Swing State Project @ May 22, 2018, 09:15 PM)

Today, Daily Kos congratulated Democrat Stacey Abrams on her victory in Georgia?s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Daily Kos was pleased to endorse Abrams in October, and the Daily Kos community contributed over $52,000 to the Abrams campaign via more than 3,700 small-dollar grassroots contributions.

?Daily Kos was proud to throw our early support behind Abrams in this contest, and we?re thrilled to continue to support her historic candidacy as she becomes the first black woman to win a gubernatorial race,? said Daily Kos Founder Markos Moulitsas. ?Abrams has been a crucial voice for communities of color and other underrepresented populations. Her efforts in this historically red state to not only elect more Democrats to the legislature but to also establish one of the most diverse Democratic caucuses in the South are indicative of the broad coalition she built to win the primary tonight, and it?s how she?ll win the governorship in November.

?Georgia is experiencing a dramatic demographic transformation, and Abrams reflects its future,? continued Moulitsas. ?Daily Kos is eager to continue to work to elect the first black woman governor in the U.S. history.?

Daily Kos has led the way in supporting Democrats across the country this cycle, raising over $5.4 million for candidates in small, grassroots donations in 2017-2018. We will continue to analyze and invest in key races nationwide.


USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Release Poll that Included All Ballot-Listed Candidates for California Governor and Senator
(from: Ballot Access News @ May 22, 2018, 09:00 PM)

On May 22, a poll was released by USC Dornsife and the Los Angeles Times. It is for California Governor and U.S. Senator, and includes every candidate who is on the ballot. There are 27 candidates for Governor and 32 for U.S. Senate. See the results here.


Pennsylvania Bill for a Redistricting Commission Advances
(from: Ballot Access News @ May 22, 2018, 08:51 PM)

On May 22, the Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee unanimously passed SB 22. It sets up a redistricting commission that would draw districts both for the legislature and U.S. House. The commission would have eleven members. The Governor would choose three members who could not be either Democrats or Republicans. The other eight would be chosen by legislative leaders. The bill is a state constitutional amendment, so if it passes the legislature, then the voters would vote on the idea.


Daily Kos Elections Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas runoff liveblog thread #2
(from: Swing State Project @ May 22, 2018, 08:08 PM)

It?s primary night in America! Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky go to the polls for their party primaries, and we also have runoffs in Texas in contests where no candidates took a majority in the March 6 primaries. Note that, like Texas, both Arkansas and Georgia require a runoff for any races where no one wins a majority; Arkansas? runoff would be June 19, while Georgia's would be July 24.

You can find our guide to all the key primaries right here, and we?re liveblogging the results at Daily Kos Elections. You can also follow along with our coverage on Twitter.

Poll closing times: 6 PM ET in the Eastern time zone portion of Kentucky; 7 PM ET in Georgia and the rest of Kentucky; 8 PM ET in most of Texas; 8:30 PM ET in Arkansas; 9 PM ET in the Mountain time zone portion of Texas.

Results: Arkansas | Georgia | Kentucky | Texas

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 12:12:05 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Here is where we stand roughly two hours into this primary night:

  • Polls have closed in Kentucky, Georgia, and Texas. We have results out of Kentucky, but Georgia is still very early in the counting process (only 1 percent reporting) and Texas closed less than 15 minutes ago.
  • In Kentucky, however, the Democratic primary in KY-06 is arguably the most watched race of the night. In what would?ve been a mild upset till a week or two ago, Amy McGrath has defeated Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. The Associated Press just called the race, with McGrath up 48-41 with 95 percent of precincts tallied.
  • Arkansas, the fourth and final state on deck tonight, closes in less than a half hour.


North Carolina Lawsuit Challenging Independent Petition Requirements Gets a Fresh Start
(from: Ballot Access News @ May 22, 2018, 07:50 PM)

A U.S. District Court in North Carolina recently granted permission for a pending ballot access case to get a fresh start, and for the plaintiffs to file an amended complaint. Here is the Complaint in Leifert v Strach, m.d., 1:17cv-147. The case attacks the provisions for independent candidates to get on the ballot, which are far more severe than the procedures for newly-qualifying parties. It also attacks the requirement that nominees of qualified parties that nominate by convention must pay a filing fee, and the failure of the state to let voters register into unqualified parties, and the mandatory petitions for write-in candidates.


Daily Kos Elections Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Texas runoff liveblog thread #1
(from: Swing State Project @ May 22, 2018, 05:57 PM)

It?s primary night in America! Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky go to the polls for their party primaries, and we also have runoffs in Texas in contests where no candidates took a majority in the March 6 primaries. Note that, like Texas, both Arkansas and Georgia require a runoff for any races where no one wins a majority; Arkansas? runoff would be June 19, while Georgia's would be July 24.

You can find our guide to all the key primaries right here, and we?re liveblogging the results at Daily Kos Elections. You can also follow along with our coverage on Twitter.

Poll closing times: 6 PM ET in the Eastern time zone portion of Kentucky; 7 PM ET in Georgia and the rest of Kentucky; 8 PM ET in most of Texas; 8:30 PM ET in Arkansas; 9 PM ET in the Mountain time zone portion of Texas.

Results: Arkansas | Georgia | Kentucky | Texas

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 · 10:05:07 PM +00:00 · David Nir

A tiny trickle of votes has already shown up in Kentucky. We don?t mention this because these numbers can tell us anything meaningful (there are just too few votes so far), but simply because it means that counting has begun.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 · 11:05:25 PM +00:00 · David Nir

Polls have now closed in Georgia and in western Kentucky. We also finally have enough of the vote tallied in the Democratic primary in KY-06 (11%) to start talking about it: Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath has a 53-37 lead on Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 · 11:21:49 PM +00:00 · David Nir

KY-06 (D): We just got a big dump of ballots, taking us up to 34% reporting and a much narrower race: 47 McGrath, 43 Gray. A large chunk of that came from Fayette County, which is coterminous with the city of Lexington, where Gray is mayor. The potential problem for Gray is that about as much of Fayette is reporting as the rest of the district (i.e., a third of each), but he?s still trailing because McGrath is doing comparably better in the non-Fayette portions of the 6th.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 · 11:39:00 PM +00:00 · David Nir

KY-06 (D): Almost halfway there: We?re now at 48% reporting and McGrath has legged back out to a much wider 51-38 lead.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 · 11:50:48 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

KY-06 (D): Now at 69% reporting overall, with the bulk of Fayette County now reporting, and the prospects are decidedly grim for Jim Gray. Amy McGrath still holds a 48-41 lead over Gray. Worse still, one local station is reporting that almost all of Fayette is in, and that would only trim the margin for Gray by only an additional 600 votes.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 · 11:53:15 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

KY-06 (D): Not as definitive as an AP call, but it seems like Jim Gray is preparing to exit stage left: 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 · 12:01:44 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Texas: Polls have now closed in most of the Lone Star State, where a number of runoffs (necessitated by close contests in March?s primary) are on deck.


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