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The Midterm Elections 2018: Results, News and Updates

“Midterms” are held halfway between presidential elections.  During the midterms, voters will go to the polls to elect one-third of all U.S. Senators (35 seats) and all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  With control in both houses up for grabs, there is a lot of stake this November. The results of the midterms will determine which political party – Democrat or Republican — will control each chamber of Congress for the next two years.

News and Commentary

Democrat Kim declared winner in New Jersey’s 3rd District
By Katherine Landergan, POLITICO
11/14/2018 03:28 PM EDT
Democrat Andy Kim has defeated GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, toppling another suburban Republican incumbent.
Kim had 49.9 percent of the vote to MacArthur’s 48.8 percent when The Associated Press called the race Wednesday afternoon with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Kim’s victory means Democrats have flipped four of the five New Jersey House seats Republicans had controlled. Come January, Rep. Chris Smith will be the only member of the GOP in New Jersey’s 12-member House delegation, and Democrats will control the most House seats they’ve held in New Jersey since before the start of World War I.
Last Thursday, Kim declared himself the winner even though the race remained too close to call. His announcement came after election officials in Burlington County, home to some of the district’s suburban communities, had finished counting thousands of vote-by-mail ballots. Those unofficial results showed Kim leading MacArthur by about 2,600 votes.
Kim’s lead eventually grew to about 3,500 votes after provisional ballots were counted in Burlington and Ocean counties.
MacArthur’s association with President Donald Trump had been front and center for the last two years, and anti-Trump sentiment was clearly the biggest factor in motivating those who supported Kim.
MacArthur was Trump’s biggest ally in the New Jersey delegation. He wrote the amendment that nearly saved the president’s attempt to repeal Obamacare and was the only member of the delegation to vote for the Trump tax law.
The 3rd District — which runs from the shore, across the Pinelands and into the Philadelphia suburbs — is split roughly evenly between a heavily Republican and pro-Trump area of Ocean County, and a more Democratic area of Burlington County.
Nationwide, another six Republican-held House seats remain uncalled. House Democrats have made a net gain of 35 seats so far and will take control of the House of Representatives in January. Elena Schneider contributed to this report.

Midterm Wrap-Up: What Happened, and What to Expect
Posted by Zachary Scott on November 9, 2018
On Tuesday, November 7, citizens across the nation took to the polls for midterm elections. Much was at stake, and many considered the 2018 midterm election to be a direct review of President Trump’s first two years in office. If that’s the case, there were definitely some mixed results after the dust settled and, in many races, it still continues to do so. This post will examine the results of the election and provide insight into how the results may affect education policy moving forward. Read more…

The NJ Midterms: Stats and Data


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  • Election Day: November 5, 2019 – Polls Open 6pm to 8pm

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Elections 2018 – NJ Spotlight
Get the latest election news and insights, along with voter guide resources, ballot questions, news and debates.

2018 Elections: Changes in State Education Leadership Interactive Map
This November, voters in states across the country will be heading to the polls to decide key leadership roles, including key state education leadership. Education Commission of the States is tracking the elections closely to keep you updated on what the impact could be on education systems in your state.

The countdown is on!
The 2018 midterms represent more than keeping track of winners and losers. The outcome of high-stake contests across the country could dramatically alter the course of policymaking in Washington D.C.

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Top News

Why aren’t more women in office? Even within parties, there’s big disagreement
Women represent 20 percent of Congress members right now, and Republicans and Democrats differ sharply on why that’s the case, not to mention how big of a problem that is.

Sen. Bob Menendez Visits NJ Principal Of The Year In Ocean City
The senator recently met with Ocean City High School Principal Matthew Jamison

Lance, Malinowski Duel In Critically Close 7TH District
Analysts say this race is one of the keys to deciding whether Republicans or Democrats will be in control of Congress after the election

New Menendez ad savages Hugin
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez has a new digital ad that labels rival Bob Hugin as a greedy CEO who has made millions by “gouging cancer patients.”

Vote-by-Mail, Provisional Ballots, And A Scenario That Puts New Jersey Under A National Microscope
New law means record number of provisional ballots in 2018.

Does This South Jersey Poll Spell Trouble For Menendez?
A new poll shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez trailing Republican challenger Bob Hugin by 10 percentage points in a battleground South Jersey congressional district that Democrats are hoping to turn blue.

Malinowski Ahead in CD7
A Monmouth University Poll released on Thursday found former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski leading Rep. Leonard Lance in the contest there, 47% to 39% among voters who have cast ballots who are newly-registered or have cast ballots between now and 2010.

Van Drew, Hugin leading in CD2
A Stockton poll released Wednesday found State Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Bob Hugin with sizable leads over their respective opponents in the second district.

Trump endorses Republican candidate in key NJ House race
President Trump is endorsing Republican state Assemblyman Jay Webber in a top New Jersey House race that Democrats have been heavily targeting this cycle.

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