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Election night: Missouri, Minnesota, Florida; Live blog started; Update: ABC projects GOP control of Senate; Update: Media calls Walz for MN governor;Update: GILLUM CONCEDES; Update: Hawley declared winner in MO; Update: Miami Herald calls it for Scott

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12:46 – Bill Nelson conceded his race to Nelson:

Nelson advisor Dan McLaughlin told supporters at Nelson’s election night event at the Embassy Suites in Orlando that the campaign had concerns about ballot counting in several south Florida counties.

But just after midnight, the Nelson campaign said he would concede.

“This is obviously not the result Senator Nelson’s campaign has worked hard for,” said Pete Mitchell, Nelson’s campaign manager. “The senator will be making a full statement tomorrow to thank all those who rallied for his cause.”

12:28 – Keep an eye on Wisconsin and Scott Walker …

12:23 – Fox calls the MN AG race for Keith Ellison. That’s … stunning, but it’s part of a bad night for the MN GOP.

12:18 – The networks haven’t called it, but the Miami Herald declares Rick Scott the winner in the FL Senate race:

Rick Scott did it again.

Powered by a highly-motivated Republican turnout and another $60 million from his vast personal fortune, Gov. Scott clinched a seat in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and dislodged deeply-entrenched Democrat Bill Nelson from office.

Despite a record turnout for a Florida midterm election and widespread predictions of a Democratic “blue wave,” Scott won his third straight statewide election.

11:55 – Jason Lewis is conceding MN-02 to Angie Craig. This district was slipping away from the GOP for the last several years. Lewis finished closer than polling would have indicated, but this is a disappointment more than a surprise.

11:41 – Just got new numbers in the MN AG race, and Wardlow now only trails by four points. The outstate vote is starting to make an impact.

11:39 – Jeff Johnson just delivered his concession speech here at MN GOP HQ. Starting to thin out here in the room.

11:21 – Scott Walker has closed the gap in Wisconsin, only back 0.8% with 72% of precincts reporting.

11:18 – Housley delivers a concession speech, pledging to unify after the election.

11:15 – Unfortunately, Karin Housley has lost her bid for the US Senate. Tina Smith had a much bigger lead than polling predicted, and that might be bad news for Doug Wardlow in his race against Keith Ellison. There’s still a lot of votes in greater Minnesota, though.

11:09 – Fox calls MO Senate race for Josh Hawley. Claire McCaskill is trailing by 12 points with 75% of the precincts reporting.

11:04 – Worth pointing out that pollsters hadn’t even given DeSantis a lead in this race, except for Trafalgar this morning. The RCP average was Gillum +3,6, but Gillum led nearly every single poll.

Update: Gillum concedes in Florida:

10:56 – First big call on this thread: DFL keeps MN governor’s office as Fox calls it for Tim Walz.

10:51 – We’re not highlighting the governor races in Ohio and Georgia, but there’s good news for GOP in both states. Ohio has been called for Republican Mike DeWine, who defeats Richard Cordray. Brian Kemp leads Stacy Abrams by 10 points with 84% of precincts reporting. Both of those were big spotlight races for Democrats.

10:43 – Scott’s lead in Florida just went to 50.9/49.1. Still at 99% reporting.

10:37 –  Jason Lewis is within two points of Angie Craig in MN-02 with 45% of precincts reporting. Still not out of range. Housley’s way back, although we’re mainly seeing Twin Cities Metro results.

10:33 – Not sure why MO hasn’t been called yet for Hawley; he’s up 16 points with 60% reporting.

10:30 – Jim Newberger says he won’t concede against Amy Klobuchar until all the votes are counted.

10:23 –  NBC and Reuters now projecting that Democrats will control the House. That’s also not a surprise.

10:20 – ABC says the GOP will keep control of the Senate, based on their projections:

10:19 – The blue wave has not appeared, although it won’t take much for Democrats to win a majority. And they might not get much, either:

10:14 – I’ve been following the governor’s race in Wisconsin, and Scott Walker was nursing a narrow lead until very recently. He’s trailing by four points now with 45% of the vote in. That’s going to be a tough race for Walker; Tammy Baldwin easily beat Leah Vukmir for the Senate seat.

10:04 – With 30% in for MO, Hawley is up 61/36.

10:02 – Paulsen is delivering his concession speech now. Pledges to coordinate a smooth transition.

9:59 – Still no calls for Florida yet, but the gaps went back down; Scott’s lead is down to 0.6%, but DeSantis is still up by a full point.

9:55 – MN-03 has been called for Dean Phillips, a loss of a House seat for the GOP and the end of the road for Erik Paulsen.

9:51 – Both Scott and DeSantis have slightly increased their leads in Florida now, 1% and 1.3% respectively. 99% in. Call coming soon?

9:39 – So far, the early results in MN are coming from MN-03, which is going big for the DFL, so all of the GOP candidates are trailing at the moment. It looks like Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis are in big trouble.

9:33 – Gotta be close to calling FL gubernatorial race. DeSantis is up 1.2% with 99% reporting.

9:32 – Hawley up 59/38 with 15% reporting now.

9:20 – With 10% in, Josh Hawley’s way out in front of Claire McCaskill in MO.

9: 19 – First results coming in from Minnesota now; Housley trails 65/31 with 4% reporting.

9:16 – The votes are coming in slowly from the remaining precincts, but it’s not changing the gaps at all. Both DeSantis and Scott are narrowly leading.

9:09 – Sorry to see that Patrick Morrisey didn’t quite make it in West Virginia.

9:06 – Going live on AM 1280 The Patriot now!

9:03 – NBC just called it for Amy Klobuchar. Not a surprise, but we don’t actually have any returns yet.

9:01 – Polls are now closed in Minnesota as well as Missouri and Florida. We’ll start getting some results shortly.

8:59 – It’s funny — I would have guessed that Scott would be the stronger candidate but DeSantis is holding a slightly larger lead over Gillum thus far. He’s still up 1.2% with 96% in.

8:56 – The FL Senate race has narrowed a bit, with Scott up 0.8% but 96% reporting.

8:40 – Scott’s now pulling out to a full point lead with 94% of precincts reporting; DeSantis is up 1.2%.

8:30 – Missouri results starting to trickle in now; Hawley’s up 2:1 but only 1% of precincts reporting.

8:26 – Fox shows DeSantis ahead by 0.4% with 93% of precincts reporting? That was a fast calculation. The NY Times has Rick Scott up 0.2% with 70% reporting. That’s great news if it holds up, but get ready for recounts.

8:21 pm ET –  Welcome to the live blog! I just arrived at Election Night HQ for the MN GOP. Just getting settled in, but I notice that  we’re already seeing a call for Sherrod Brown in Ohio. Florida polls just closed 20 mins or so ago, so I’ll take a look and catch up soon.

Original post follows …

We’re finally down to the wire in all the key races. The ads have been aired, the candidates have been heard, the memes have all gone viral — so now it’s time to count the votes and then pick up the pieces. My Election Night coverage here will run in parallel with AM1280 The Patriot’s live broadcast from Republican election headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota. I’m planning to do a few Facebook Live interviews and vignettes during the evening, so be sure to like our Hot Air Facebook page in order to get notified when I go live. (I’ll try to embed them in the live-blog as we go along, too.)

I’ll be watching Minnesota’s races, of course, as well as Florida and Missouri. There are Senate pickups at stake for the GOP in all three states, and real shots at success in each one, too. Karin Housley’s a long shot but still within range of an unimpressive appointed incumbent, Tina Smith, while Josh Hawley and Rick Scott are in tight races for flips. Florida and Minnesota have key gubernatorial races as well, and of course all three have lots of House races to follow to see whether the GOP can hold its majority.

There are also ballot initiatives in Florida, which my friend Jess Clackum helpfully boils down for us:

Yeah … never mind. Turnout has been high all day in Florida, however, even with a massive increase in early voting this year. We’ll see if that plays into the Trafalgar poll from earlier today.

Polls start closing in my states at 8 pm ET. I’ll start live-blogging a little while after that, when I’m fully ensconced at the radio remote desk. Be sure to watch the top of the post for updates, latest on top, and listen to our broadcast!

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Mexican Protesters Scream at Illegal Immigrants: “Donald Trump Was Right! This Is an Invasion” (VIDEO)

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They don’t like being invaded either.

MEXICAN PROTESTERS WAVING MEXICAN FLAGS CONFRONTED ILLEGAL ALIENS IN TIJUANA AGAIN ON SUNDAY–

During the protest today one protester screamed at the illegal migrant caravan, “Donald Trump was right! This is an invasion.”

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Trump: I don’t know if Salman lied to me, skips question on weapons sales

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President Donald Trump isn’t really sure if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had anything to do with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace there had been several conversations with Salman over Khashoggi and the story hadn’t changed.

I don’t know, who can really know, but I can say this…he has many people now who say that he had no knowledge.

He told me that he had nothing to do with it. He told me that, I would say, maybe five times at different points…as recently as a few days ago.

Trump also noted it might be one of those situations where the truth will never come out on whether Salman was directly involved in ordering Khashoggi’s murder.

Will anyone really know? Will anyone really know? But he did have, certainly, people that were reasonably close to him and close to him that were probably involved. You saw we put on very heavy sanctions – massive sanctions on a large group of people from Saudi Arabia. But at the same time, we do have an ally and I want to stick with an ally that’s been very good.

The comment goes against the CIA notion Salman had some involvement in at least getting Khashoggi to the Saudi embassy in Turkey where he died. The President is probably right in his assessment – as even the CIA didn’t completely implicate Salman – but it won’t go over well with a lot of people who prefer presidents speak in definitive answers regarding international incidents.

One thing which isn’t questionable is the ridiculousness of suggesting there were “massive sanctions” on the Saudis. Yes, 17 people were sanctioned – but they’d already had their visas revoked. ABC News suggested the sanctions show the U.S. is taking what happened seriously but I’m not convinced it’ll mean anything because there are plenty of questions on whether sanctions actually hinder those they’re meant to hinder.

The more damning statement by Trump is his decision to avoid a question from Wallace on Saudi arms sales.

Wallace: So if Congress were to move to either cut off any U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen or to block any arms sales, you wouldn’t go along with it?

Trump: Well, I want to see Yemen end, but it takes two to tango. Iran has to end it also. And Iran is a very different country than when I took over. It’s far weakened because of what I did with the so-called Iran deal – Iran nuclear deal – which was one of the great ripoffs of all times. But I want Saudi to stop, but I want Iran to stop also.

This is a beyond ridiculous answer and shows the failure of the President to change any sort of foreign policy. Trump is just going along with the previous administration’s policy of being “arms seller in chief.” There is no reason for the U.S. government to be involved in arms sales – and I know it’s because there’s a federal law on the issue.

The logic of those who believe the U.S. government should control who gets American weapons is so they can pick what country gets what. But where is the accountability? How does the public hold the government accountable when it’s full of bureaucrats and so-called ‘policy experts’ who are the ones who actually make the decisions.

The Government Accountability Agency noted in 2016 the U.S. had consistently failed in following procedures (and U.S. law) when it came to arms sales to Egypt (emphasis mine).

The U.S. government completed human rights vetting for 5,581 Egyptian security forces before providing U.S.-funded training in fiscal year 2011 through March 31, 2015; however, our analysis of a sample of names from training rosters of Egyptian security forces who received U.S.-funded training shows that that the U.S. government did not complete all required vetting prior to providing training, in violation of State’s and DOD’s policies. In contrast to State’s vetting requirements for training, State’s policies and procedures encourage, but do not specifically require, vetting for foreign security forces that receive U.S.-funded equipment, including those in Egypt. The primary method State uses in Egypt to comply with Leahy law requirements when providing equipment is to attest in memos that State is in compliance with Leahy law requirements. Various factors have posed challenges to the U.S. government’s efforts to vet recipients of U.S. assistance. Gaps and uncertainties in information have made it challenging for U.S. officials to vet some cases before providing training. Additionally, State has not established procedures for clearing smaller units or individuals within a larger unit that has been deemed ineligible to receive assistance. Finally, Embassy Cairo has recorded little information on human rights abuses by Egyptian officials in INVEST since the beginning of fiscal year 2011, despite State requirements to do so.

This is why it shouldn’t be the U.S. government doing these arms sales, and why Trump’s refusal to answer Wallace’s question regarding Saudi arms sales is disappointing – and more of a story than his “who can really say” answer regarding Khashoggi. Congress needs to stop the arms sales and completely change U.S. policy.

It’s so much easier to hold private companies accountable for sales, especially when there’s no government protection barrier surrounding them. One would think a businessman elected to the presidency would realize this. Apparently not.

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ALL OF ORANGE COUNTY Turns Blue After Democrats Find Thousands of Votes Post Election Day

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Orange County, a traditionally conservative enclave in Southern California turned all blue after Democrats found tens of thousands of votes post election day.

Just two years ago in 2016, only 2 Congressional districts in Orange County voted blue–now just two years later every single district voted blue.

Democrat blue wave? More like Democrat election fraud.

The 39th district was officially called for Democrat Gil Cisneros over Republican Young Kim who was up by 3 points on election night and was set to be the first Korean-American Congresswoman. The Democrats stole this race with ‘late votes.’

Young Kim was up by 3,900 votes on election night with 100% of the precincts reporting according to AP and she ended up losing by 3,000 votes 11 days after the election.

Republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters in California’s 45th district was also ahead on election night then was magically defeated by Democrat Katie Porter several days after the election.

Democrat Katie Porter was trailing Mimi Walters on election night then jumped ahead by hundreds of votes after the Democrats produced thousands of ballots after the election.

There may be something more sinister happening in Orange County, California.


The Gateway Pundit spoke to two concerned voters in California’s 45th district who said when they went to vote, they were told they weren’t on the roster so they were given provisional ballots.

Two registered Republicans in California’s 45th district told this reporter that they have been voting for over 20 years in Orange County and what happened this midterm has never happened to them–EVER.

“I’ve been a registered Republican and an active voter for over 20 years and when I went to vote on election day, I was told that I wasn’t on the roster so I was given a provisional ballot,” a Republican voter told The Gateway Pundit.

Was this an isolated incident or is this more widespread?

One America News reporter Jack Posobiec spoke to a pollworker in California on election day.

The pollworker told Jack Posobiec, “I have received a very large amount of voters whose registration was changed to vote by mail without their consent and then not mailed their ballots. I’m allowing provisional voting. My registrar is giving me the runaround about this and just saying don’t worry. This is not my first election. I have not seen this problem before.”

The Drudge Report featured the story about the stunning losses in Orange County and the responses by concerned voters in Southern California raised eyebrows as well.

One woman who lives in Newport Beach in California’s 48th district said she hasn’t missed a vote in 43 years and was forced to fill out a provisional ballot on election day; her vote still hasn’t been counted.

“I was made to fill out provisional ballot after voting in the same precinct in OC consistently 20 years said I was mail in never have been My vote still has not been counted I check daily. Same with red friends. I’m ind. never missed a vote n 43 yrs,” tweeted a Newport Beach resident named Vanessa Butler.

Where the hell is the GOP??

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