2020 general election

As GOP rewrites election laws, voting rights advocates point to Tennessee’s low turnout

BY: - March 31, 2021

As Republican-led legislatures pass laws they say are aimed at ratcheting up election security, voting rights advocates worry the entire nation could soon look a lot like Tennessee, where voter turnout and voter registration figures are among the lowest in the country. The policy debate over voting rights and election integrity has exploded in statehouses […]

House speaker says limiting early voting in Iowa will shorten political campaigns

BY: - February 18, 2021

Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley says shortening the time window for Iowans to cast their ballot in future elections will help shorten the campaigns of politicians such as himself. Last November, close to 1 million Iowans took advantage of the early-balloting process, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 80% of registered Democrats, […]

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Republicans didn’t lose big in 2020 – they held onto statehouses and the power to influence future elections

BY: and - November 29, 2020

Election Day delivered a presidential victory for the Democratic Party and narrowed the partisan split in the U.S. House and Senate. But it was nevertheless a victory for Republicans in the battle every decade to draw state and congressional districts that favor their party. Beginning in 2021, states will begin redrawing electoral boundaries for U.S. […]

Hinson says she’s tested positive for COVID-19

BY: - November 12, 2020

By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep.-elect Ashley Hinson has tested positive for coronavirus, her campaign announced Thursday. Campaign staffers for Hinson, a Republican who in the Nov. 3 election defeated Rep. Abby Finkenauer, a first-term Democrat representing Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, said in a news release that Hinson “feels great” and is quarantining at […]

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Iowa’s election did not ‘validate’ the governor’s COVID-19 response

BY: - November 9, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds is claiming the election results were a “validation” of her approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic. “This year, Iowans validated the direction of our state by expanding the majority in the Iowa House and maintaining the strong majority in the state Senate,” she said Thursday. “… In addition, it was a validation […]

AP reports Joe Biden is the next president

BY: - November 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrat Joe Biden’s native state of Pennsylvania on Saturday secured his victory to become the next president of the United States when The Associated Press reported he had gained enough votes there to win the electoral college. The AP called Pennsylvania for Biden at 11:25 a.m., which gave the former vice president 284 […]

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3 scholars explain Senate results in South Carolina, Iowa and Arizona – and what they say about voters

BY: , and - November 7, 2020

The past few election cycles have seen notable geographical shifts in voting. Rural voters – already a bedrock of GOP support – have supported the party by wider margins. The 2018 midterms, meanwhile, showed the suburbs increasingly turning blue. Going into this year’s general election, political observers wanted to know: Would these trends persist in […]

Some in GOP echo Trump’s boast he’ll win with ‘legal votes’

BY: - November 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — Some GOP lawmakers, including Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, have fallen in line with President Donald Trump’s claim that he will win the election if the “legal votes” are counted. “If you count the legal votes, I easily win,” Trump said Thursday night, without citing any evidence that votes have been cast fraudulently or […]

Georgia voters could determine control of the U.S. Senate

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Control of the U.S. Senate may depend on two runoff races in Georgia, where the outcome won’t be known until early January — opening the door to a fresh round of massive campaign spending in the Peach State. One runoff between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock is already set. […]

Battleground states count mail ballots, with Biden just shy of votes to clinch presidency

BY: - November 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two days after Election Day, the nation waited for vote-counting to finish in several critical states, where the tallying of mail ballots has left Democrat Joe Biden just short of the votes needed to become the next president. Thursday’s updated totals could push Biden beyond the 270 electoral votes needed to secure victory […]

Democrats reel after losses, setbacks in Congress

BY: - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s election was a disaster for congressional Democrats, who were expected to pick up nearly a dozen GOP seats in the House but instead lost races while also failing to flip Senate seats held by vulnerable Republicans. The outlook for Democratic control of the Senate did not improve the day after the election, […]

The fight for the presidency comes down to millions of uncounted mail ballots in battleground states

BY: - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump prematurely declared victory early Wednesday morning, but the outcome of a razor-thin presidential contest actually depends on key battleground states that are trying to finish tallying millions of remaining mail ballots. Here are some questions — and answers — about what’s going on in those states: Why is the counting […]