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Schumer Urging Florida to Run Out the Recount Clock?

Speaking at a joint press conference with incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged Florida election officials to ignore deadlines for vote tallies. “The more time that passes since election day, the better things keep looking for Democrats. Supervisors of the elections should have all the time they need to count Floridians’ ballots to make sure that the candidate with the most votes is actually seated in January even if the vote count has to go beyond Sunday.” Republican Sen. Rick Scott holds a slim margin over Nelson, but that advantage continues to diminish as election officials keep “finding” more ballots to tally ahead of Saturday’s cutoff.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered his typically partisan perspective, this time urging Florida election officials to disregard deadlines for submitting vote tallies in the Senate race in which Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott holds a narrow lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Nelson in Washington, D.C., Schumer boasted, “The more time that passes since election day, the better things keep looking for Democrats. Supervisors of the elections should have all the time they need to count Floridians’ ballots to make sure that the candidate with the most votes is actually seated in January. Even if the vote count has to go beyond Sunday.”

Schumer sounded ebullient about Nelson’s chances, saying, “Republicans know that if this recount is conducted fairly and thoroughly that Sen. Nelson has an excellent chance of being reelected. If this is done fair and square, we believe Sen. Nelson has an excellent chance, a much greater than half chance of being reelected.”

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No One Really Cares What Celebrities Think

On a rather reassuring note in the wake of losing the U.S. House of Representatives to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that by and large voters couldn’t care less what Hollywood and elite athletes have to say about politics. “Last night the American voters — once again — told Hollywood that they simply don’t care what they think. All across the country Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News. For example, Taylor Swift could not help defeat Senator Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee nor were LeBron James or Beyonce able to fuel a Blue Wave big enough to propel Beto O’Rourke to victory over Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hollywood heartthrobs, pop stars and athletes went all in on the 2018 midterm elections, using their platform to advocate for their candidates of choice – but when ballots were counted it became clear that celebrity endorsements don’t seem to matter to voters.

“Last night, the American voters — once again — told Hollywood that they simply don’t care what they think. All across the country, Hollywood darlings were rejected by the voters,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.

Barron previously told Fox News that “Hillary Clinton would be president” if celebrities had a net positive impact on elections. Tuesday’s results echo that theory:

Taylor Swift made headlines by endorsing former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in Tennessee’s Senate race, but he lost to incumbent Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
Dave Chappelle campaigned for his longtime friend Ben Jealous, who lost a bid to be the governor of Maryland.

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MSM Midterms Closer: Trump is Hitler

Looks like all the media talking heads on CNN and MSNBC got the memo with the left’s closing argument: Trump is Hitler, and Republican counterarguments are “Neo-Nazi propaganda.” Such figures as Chris Cuomo, Steve Schmidt, Mika Brzezinski, and Ana Navarro all participated in the high-profile hyperbole in an attempt to dehumanize the President of the United States.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Trump is the same thing as Hitler and the Nazis, say Democrats like CNN’s Chris Cuomo, MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, CNN’s Ana Navarro… oh hey wait, are those all media people on cable news? Weird.

One thing Democrats/journalists want you to believe is…

It’s time to cool down the rhetoric, they say. Trump may murder 6 million people, they also say.

But while they are busy decrying the mean and divisive rhetoric of literally the Hitler party, the media is also very concerned about fear-mongering. Over the last few weeks, CNN and MSNBC, not to mention a slew of Democrats and journalists on Twitter — and newspapers and magazines and activist groups — have been uber concerned about the politics of fear, and fear-mongering, in Republican campaign ads.

Grabien’s Tom Elliott noticed that, too.

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Midterms Eve Poll Reveals Republican Leading House Race in Montana

The odds are increasingly a toss-up for Democrats to take back the U.S. House of Representatives, with a new poll putting Republican Matt Rosendale ahead of incumbent Democratic Rep. Jon Tester in Montana. More significant is that Democrats are doing the polling at Harris Interactive/Scott Rasmussen. Their previous polls put Tester ahead by 6-7 points over the past few days and last month ahead by as much as 9-10 points. This could be a sign of a very big surprise at the end of Election Day.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

If you can believe it, this is only the second poll all year in which Matt Rosendale has led Tester by any margin. (A Republican pollster had him up by two points in late August.) Not only that, some of Tester’s leads lately have been gory. The Harris Interactive/Scott Rasmussen poll has put ahead consistently by 6-7 points over the last few days and two other polls taken in mid-October had him ahead by 9-10(!).

Which means Change Research, the pollster responsible for this new data, will either be embarrassed tomorrow night or have bragging rights over other Montana pollsters for years to come.

If their name sounds familiar, by the way, it’s because they’re the same firm that proclaimed a dead heat between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke in Texas yesterday. Change Research is out on a lot of limbs right now.

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“Beto” Campaign Bankrolling the Caravan Migrants?

A new Project Veritas undercover video reveals what appears to be campaign staffers for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke “illegally using campaign resources to buy supplies and help transport Honduran aliens.” Video highlights include staffers discussing where they can buy food for asylum seekers with unmarked receipts so that it can be accounted for as a campaign event “like the Halloween events” and using prepaid cards to do it because “all that s**t can be totally masked.” According to Project Veritas’ lawyers, such efforts would violate the FEC’s rules against personal use and misreporting, particularly Section 1001, which penalizes making false statements to the federal government. Fines and jail time range from $10,000 or 200 percent of the funds involved and imprisonment of up to five years.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released an undercover sting video on Thursday night that appears to show campaign staffers for Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke “illegally using campaign resources to buy supplies and help transport Honduran aliens,” according to Project Veritas.

The video, which comes just a few days before the midterm elections, poses potential legal problems for the O’Rourke campaign. A Project Veritas Action attorney who reviewed the footage released the following statement:

The material Project Veritas Action Fund captured shows campaign workers covering up the true nature of spending of campaign funds and intentionally misreporting them. This violates the FEC’s rules against personal use and misreporting. It also violates Section 1001, making a false statement to the federal government. The FEC violations impose civil penalties, including fines of up to $10,000 or 200 percent of the funds involved. Violations of Section 1001 are criminal and include imprisonment of up to five years.

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Heitkamp’s Attempt to Cover Up Her Political Exploitation of Sexual Assault Victims

After she outed victims of sexual assault without their consent, Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota admitted in a local news interview that her campaign was “pretty much” suspended as it went into damage control. As part of an open letter to her GOP opponent, Representative Kevin Cramer, Heitkamp listed 120 names of victims of sexual assault, some of whom had no desire to go public. After the days-long self-imposed “lay low,” however, Heitkamp’s campaign resumed filming for Showtime’s The Circus and launched attacks targeting Cramer for his record on women’s issues.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

In a recent interview, Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota claimed she “pretty much” suspended her campaign after outing victims of sexual assault without their consent.
When Heitkamp was asked by anchor Chris Berg of KX4 and West Dakota Fox if she considered suspending her campaign for a couple of days to get to the bottom of the issue, Heitkamp responded, “I think I pretty much did. We pretty much went into full-on let’s deal with this.”

“So a number of campaign activities were canceled as a result of this,” Heitkamp added.

“Nearly one week after Heidi Heitkamp outed victims of sexual assault without their consent, she is still not being truthful,” said North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins. “Many victims said this horrible tragedy ruined their lives, yet Heidi Heitkamp is dead set on continuing to lie to them and to the people of North Dakota.”

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Former Facebook Exec Says Midterms Cybersecurity Weak

During an interview with NBC News, Alex Stamos, former chief of security for Facebook, warned that the U.S. is not prepared for cyber interference in the 2018 midterm elections now just three weeks away. To get ready, Stamos says there have been only “small improvements” when what is needed is a “massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure” capable of standing against “a professional hacking agency.” On the other hand, he says Facebook itself has done a “good job” adapting its own approach to cyber interference in the wake of Russia’s exploitation of its platform for influence operations and disinformation campaigns.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Facebook’s former chief of security warned that the United States is not equipped to handle potential cyber interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

During an interview with NBC News, Alex Stamos said the U.S. has not launched the kind of massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure that would be needed to stand against a professional hacking agency.

“There’s been small improvements in campaign security,” Stamos said. “But we have not seen the kind of massive upgrade in campaign infrastructure that you would need to stand against a professional hacking agency like that.”

Meanwhile, he said Facebook has done a “good job” of responding to the events of 2016.

NBC News said Stamos likened the alleged meddling by Russian hackers in the 2016 election to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 attacks in terms of a nationwide failure to foresee a potentially catastrophic event and respond aggressively to lingering threats.

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McSally Pulling Ahead in AZ U.S. Senate Race

According to a new ABC15/OH Predictive Insights poll, GOP senatorial candidate Air Force veteran Martha McSally is widening her lead against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema 47%-41%. This is three points more than September’s poll, which had McSally leading 49%-46%. According to ABC15, Green Party candidate Angela Green may be the one to thank for picking off some of Sinema’s support. Fallout from the Kavanaugh chaos may also be benefitting McSally, as it is in multiple races across the country.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

A new poll shows Arizona GOP senatorial candidate Martha McSally widening her lead against her Democratic opponent, Kyrsten Sinema, in the race to replace Senator Jeff Flake. The ABC15/OH Predictive Insights poll found McSally leading Sinema 47%-41%. In September, the same poll found in McSally leading 49%-46%.

As ABC15 reported, chief pollster Mike Noble said McSally was benefiting from the uniting of Republicans following the hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s growing support, and the entrance in the race of Green Party candidate Angela Green, who siphoned off some of Sinema’s support.

Nobel stated, “What we saw all year was Republicans were less united compared to Democrats, who were more united or fully united. So whether they disliked Trump or had issues with the establishment, now what we’ve seen is [the] Kavanaugh confirmation process has really brought all those Republicans home and has solidified the Republican base, hence why you’re seeing all the favorable numbers toward McSally.”

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Unlucky 7s for the Democrats?

Predictions for midterm elections are leaving the left’s “Blue Wave” hopes for November all but dashed according to the latest polls. Even a victory in gaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives is increasingly looking like a toss-up as a best-case scenario. According to a Real Clear Politics analysis, 49 senate seats are “safe,” meaning the Democrats have to win every one of the seven seats up for grabs in the upper chamber, and according to renowned pollster Nate Silver, even a +7 lead could mean failure by the Democrats to gain control of the House in November. New York Times polling reporter Nate Cohn piled on with a warning that the Kavanaugh confirmation fight appears to have significantly improved the GOP’s position with less than a month to go before ballots are cast.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

As Real Clear Politics shifts yet more Senate seats to the “safe” column for Republicans, multiple pollsters have begun to warn Democrats that even their “blue wave” in the House is losing momentum.

According to RCP’s latest average of polls, Republicans now safely have 49 seats in the Senate, which means the Democrats need to win all 7 of the seats that are considered true “toss-ups” to gain the majority in November.

That’s certainly not welcome news to Democrats, who once hoped for a “blue wave” in both chambers. To make matters worse, pollsters have begun sounding the alarm over what once seemed to be the inevitable Democrat takeover of the House.

Among the most influential of the pollsters is Nate Silver, who warned Democrats that even with a generic ballot lead of +7, Democrats could end up failing to take the House.

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Gallup: GOP Favorability Highest in Seven Years

The latest poll from Gallup reveals Republicans edging out Democrats with 45 percent and 44 percent favorability ratings respectively. This is a nine-point gain for Republicans compared with last year. It is also the highest rating for the GOP in seven years since January 2011 when Republicans took control of the House on Barack Obama’s watch. The poll further reveals that “leaners” (and Independents) are leaning right, which may well be a problem for Democrats in terms of driving voter turnout. That lean is in favor of Republicans and comes at the cost of swing state elections in purple states.

Here’s more from Gallup…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forty-five percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point gain from last September’s 36%. It is the party’s most positive image since it registered 47% in January 2011, shortly after taking control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Forty-four percent give the Democratic Party a favorable rating.

The parity in Republicans’ and Democrats’ favorable ratings marks a change from what has generally been the case since Barack Obama’s election as president in November 2008. Republicans have usually been rated less positively than Democrats over this time, with the Republican Party’s favorability rating for the last decade averaging 39%, compared with the Democratic Party’s 44%.

Only one other time in the last decade has the Republican Party had a significantly higher score than the Democratic Party.

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