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9:25 AM ET, November 7, 2018

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Darius Dixon / Politico:
Ted Cruz wins reelection over Beto O'Rourke  —  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz locked in a second term Tuesday by defeating Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, seeing off Democrats' most aggressive attempt in decades to win a statewide office in Texas.  —  Cruz had 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent …
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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Midterm election 2018 live updates: Trump says ‘success’ despite Democrats projected to take House  —  President Donald Trump is claiming “tremendous success” on Twitter — even as his party loses control of the House to Democrats according to ABC News projections.  —  Democrats will pick up at least 23 seats.
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:   Trump tells confidants Ryan is to blame for Republican election setbacks
NBC News:
Live blog: Midterm election 2018 results, news and analysis  —  Watch Live: NBC News coverage of the 2018 midterm elections  —  Tuesday's pivotal midterm elections will determine control of Congress — and while President Donald Trump's name doesn't appear on the ballot, his presidency and his policies are on the line.
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Republicans are paying the Trump tax  —  Trump's political strategy is failing.  —  At this point, Democrats look certain to take back the House.  But due to geography and gerrymandering, their majority in the chamber will fall far short of their majority at the polls.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Harsh Truth Exposed by the Midterm Elections
Discussion: Washington Post
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle  —  Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate means gridlock.  That's a good thing, but it is only a temporary solution.  —  CONNECT  —  Well, it wasn't the huge Blue Wave we were promised …
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NBC News:   Out of many, several trailblazing ‘firsts’ elected across country
Elana Schor / Politico:
Voters send record number of women to Congress
Discussion: Political Wire
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Last Slide  —  MADISON - After upending Wisconsin politics and infuriating liberals across the country, Gov. Scott Walker narrowly lost his bid for a third term Tuesday to Tony Evers, the leader of the education establishment Walker blew up eight years ago.  —  The Associated Press called …
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Democrat Tony Evers ousts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker  —  Democrat Tony Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin on Tuesday, denying Walker a third term after years of failed attempts to beat the prominent governor.  —  Evers, the state schools superintendent …
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Merica / CNN:
Scott Walker loses bid for third term in Wisconsin
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Democrat Tony Evers elected Wisconsin governor, denying Republican Scott Walker a third term
Discussion: Townhall
NBC News:
Dennis Hof, the brothel owner who died last month, wins election  —  The reality TV star was found dead on Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday.  —  LAS VEGAS — A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself …
Discussion: CNBC
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Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Steve Sisolak becomes Nevada's first Democratic governor in decades
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TheBlaze
Henry Brean / Las Vegas Review-Journal:   Dennis Hof, deceased brothel owner, wins Nevada Assembly race
The Daily Beast:
Dana Rohrabacher, Putin's Favorite Congressman, Loses his Seat to Democrat Harley Rouda  —  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher—the pro-Russia Republican who once boasted about a drunken arm-wrestling contest with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the 1990s—has lost his seat to Democrat Harley Rouda.
Discussion: Raw Story, POLITICUSUSA and Voice of OC
Steven Shepard / Politico:
7 takeaways from a wild midterm election  —  Driven by massive voter turnout, the 2018 midterm election was both a blue wave and a red wave.  It just depended on which map you were looking at.  —  Democrats blazed a suburban trail to wrest control of the House from Republicans …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Washington Post:
Midterm elections: Democrats flip House as GOP expands Senate majority
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:   Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas
EndPlay / WSB-TV:
MINUTE-BY-MINUTE: Abrams implies runoff likely; Kemp confident victory is near  —  ATLANTA - Georgia voters turned out to decide a number of key races on the ballot, including the heated showdown for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams, Republican Brian Kemp and Libertarian Ted Metz.
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Carol Anderson / The Atlantic:
Brian Kemp's Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk
Discussion: CBS News
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump to assess midterm results in late morning news conference  —  President Trump will host a news conference late Wednesday morning in the wake of the midterm elections, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced in a tweet. … Trump declared the results a “Big Victory” …
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Richard Cowan / Reuters:   Pelosi urges bipartisanship as Democrats win U.S. House
Washington Post:
Trump readies for 2020 campaign with no plans to change his approach
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Mediaite
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Schiff: Democratic House will tackle the oversight that GOP ‘abdicated’  —  California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff vowed Tuesday to ensure that the House Intelligence Committee reclaims its duty to conduct oversight of the Trump administration — a job he said the GOP “completely abdicated.”
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Jennifer Brett / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Georgia's 6th District race is still too close to call
New York Times:
Democrats Capture Control of House; G.O.P. Holds Senate  —  Democrats harnessed voter fury toward President Trump to win control of the House and capture pivotal governorships Tuesday night as liberals and moderates banded together to deliver a forceful rebuke of Mr. Trump …
Orlando Sentinel:
Florida U.S. Senate race could be heading for recount  —  Florida Gov. Rick Scott takes to the stage as he stands with his wife, Ann Scott, (L) and daughter Alison Guimard (R) during his election night party at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort on November 06, 2018 in Naples.  (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel
Simon Denyer / Washington Post:
Pompeo's meeting with North Korean counterpart called off at last minute  —  TOKYO — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's planned meeting with his North Korean counterpart in New York has been called off at the last minute, the State Department announced Wednesday, without giving any explanation or new date.
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Hyung-Jin Kim / Associated Press:   Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed
Justin Wingerter / Daily Oklahoman:
Kendra Horn upsets Steve Russell in an Oklahoma City stunner  —  For a complete list of all the statewide results, visit our ELECTION RESULTS page.  —  In a political upset for the history books, Kendra Horn has broken a 44-year Republican hold on Oklahoma's 5th congressional district …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Three red states vote to expand Medicaid during an election where health care was the top issue  — Three red states were projected to approve measures to expand Medicaid on Tuesday, according to NBC News.  — Utah, Nebraska and Idaho were set to pass propositions to broaden the federal and state health insurance program.
Discussion: Vox and No More Mister Nice Blog
Kansas City Star:
Sharice Davids makes history: Kansas' 1st gay rep, 1st Native American woman in Congress  —  Kansas voters made history Tuesday night when they selected Sharice Davids to be their next congresswoman.  —  Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, will be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress …
Axios:
Two Americas: amplified, tearing apart  —  The midterms produced a divided Congress that's emblematic of a split America, drifting further apart and pointing to poisonous years ahead.  —  The net result: Two parties with two wildly different bases and philosophies are pulling farther and farther apart …
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sinema vs. McSally … For Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally, Tuesday night was supposed to mark the end of a hard-fought battle that tested vastly different visions for the nation.  —  But as Election Day came to an end, the race for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat ended exactly how it has played …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and USA Today
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘It disturbs me to my core’: Fox News staffers express outrage over Hannity's rally appearance  —  New York (CNN)Fox News journalists were outraged and disgusted after Sean Hannity, the network's star host, campaigned with President Donald Trump on Monday night ahead of the midterm elections …
CNN:
Paul Ryan: “Tonight history has repeated itself”  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, issued a statement following Tuesday's election results.  —  Ryan, who did not seek re-election, congratulated Democrats on winning the majority in the House of Representatives …
Discussion: FOX2now.com
 
 
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Exit polls: Majority of voters say Russia investigation ‘politically motivated’
Discussion: CNN
Politico:
Fox News goes out on a limb on House Democrats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Ringer
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Steve King survives to win reelection in Iowa
Rachel Swan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 6: Californians reject gas tax repeal measure
WXYZ-TV:
Rep. Mike Bishop concedes race to Democrat Elissa Slotkin in MI's 8th Congressional district
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Michigan Just Became The 10th State To Legalize Weed In The US
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Democrat Laura Kelly wins in Kansas, defeating Kris Kobach
 Earlier Items: 
NPR:
Election Night 2018 Live
Discussion: The Week and IJR
Will Wright / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kim Davis, clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, loses to Democrat
Pacific Daily News:
Leon Guerrero wins, takes more than 50 percent of vote
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Ryan Zinke's house guest impersonated the secretary Monday night.  Then he called Park Police on the neighbors.