(CCN) — ABC News has just projected that Democrats will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. ABC reported about an hour ago that Republicans will keep control of the US Senate.
Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives and they need two seats to get control of the U.S. Senate. Every network has projected Democrat Tim Kaine and Independent Bernie Sanders as winners in Senate races. Sanders lost the Democratic primary to HIllary Clinton in 2016 while Kaine was Clinton's running mate.
At 8 pm, CNN had Republicans ahead 42-31 in U.S. Senate races where early returns are in while reporting a 35-29 lead for Democrats in U.S. House races. CNN has projected winners for incumbent Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and challenger Jennifer Wexton over Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock in Indiana.
(CCN) — The Detroit Free Press has reported that the Associated Press has called the race for Michigan's next govenor. The AP, according to the Free Press story, called it for Democrat Gretchen Whitmer. The former state legislator was ahead in every poll over Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette. The Free Press reported that the AP called the race for Whitmer at about 10 pm "after partial returns showed her leading by tens of thousands of votes."
(CCN) — Proposal 1 for the legalization of marijuana is passing with 57.7% of the votes as of an 11:30 pm report by the Detroit News. The Detroit Free Press reported the proposal was passing by a margin of 55% to 45% after 3% of the state votes have been tabulated. The Detroit Free Press reported that the AP didn't judge enough votes had been counted by 9:30 p.m. to say the measure would be victorious statewide but reported big early margins for yes votes in Wayne County, Oakland County and Macomb County. Proposal 1 would legalize recreational marijuana use to allow adults over the age of 21 to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants per household.
(CCN) — Democrat Debbie Stabenow has been re-elected as Michigan's U.S. Senator. Detroit media outlets have all reported that the Associated Press called it at 11:45 pm. for Stabenow.
She defeated Republican John James for her fourth six-year term. James was bidding to become the first Republican to win the seat since Spencer Abraham stepped down in 2001. Stabenow was a state legislator and member of the U.S. House before becoming a U.S. Senator.
(CCN) — Republican Speaker of the House Tom Leonard is leading after early returns in the race for Michigan Attorney General. Leonard, a former Genesee County assistant prosecutor who now lives in DeWitt, had 48.9% of the vote after 14 percent of the state's precincts had reported election results Tuesday.
Democrat Dana Nessel of Plymouth Township had 48.9% of the votes while third-party candidates Lisa Gioia, Chris Graveline and Gerald VanSickle had a combined 5.1% of the votes.
(CCN) — Democrat Jocelyn Benson of Detroit had nearly a 4% lead after 14% of the votes were counted in Tuesday's race to replace term-limited Republican Ruth Johnson of Groveland Township. Benson is the former dean at Wayne State University's law school.
The Detroit News reported at 10 pm that Benson had 50.1% of the votes to 46.6% by Republican Mary Treder Lang. It's Benson's second bid for the position. She lost to Johnson in 2010.
Mary Treder Lang is an accountant in Grosse Pointe Farms.
(CCN) — Three major polls show Republican Bill Schuette closing the gap on Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in Tuesday's election for governor of Michigan. The EPIC-MRA poll shows Schuette pulling to within 5 percent (46% to 41%) while the latest Mitchell Research and Communications poll and the most recent Target-Insyght poll each have the margin at 48-44. Whitmer, a former Speaker of the House during Jennifer Granholm's administration as governor, has led in all the polls since the campaign began. Schuette, who is finishing an eight-year term as Attorney General, has been behind by double digits all summer in every major poll until the two recently televised debates boosted his poll numbers. A poll released last week by the Detroit News and WDIV TV 4 in Detroit had Whitmer ahead by 12 points at 50-38. The Emerson poll is at 11 points at 52-41.
DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Lions traded Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday. The Eagles, defending Super Bowl champions, acquired one of the NFL's top wide receivers by giving the Lions a 3rd round draft choice in the June draft.
The major reason why the Lions decided to trade him likely is because they felt he would command too much money on the open market when he becomes a free agent after this season ends.
Tate has been one of the popular Lions since coming to Detroit four years ago as a free agent after winning a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks. READ MORE
PLANTATION, FLORIDA (VOA) — Less than two weeks before crucial midterm congressional elections, a new element of fear and uncertainty has been injected into the campaign in the wake of pipe bombs that were sent to several prominent Democrats. Federal authorities announced Friday morning that a suspect in the bomb investigation was arrested. News media, quoting law enforcement sources, said the man was arrested in Plantation, Florida, which is near Miami. Local television stations broadcast footage of police examining a white van with political stickers covering its windows. The vehicle was covered with a tarp and hauled away on a truck.
The mail bombs sparked a renewed focus on the sharp political rhetoric that has long defined the current divisive atmosphere, with calls from both parties to temper the partisanship ahead of congressional elections.
EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK BY
CCN EXECUTIVE EDITOR MIKE KILLBREATH
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