Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: “Not very comforting to #Florida voters that #BrowardCounty supervisor, in whose hands may rest outcome of Senate & cabinet race has in the past: 1. Illegally destroyed ballots 2. Secretly opened mail ballots 3. Sent voters too many ballot pages 4. Left const question off ballot”
In Arizona, four local Republican parties filed a lawsuit Wednesday night challenging the state’s two biggest counties for allowing voters to help resolve problems with their mail-in ballot signatures after Election Day. If the signature on the voter registration doesn’t match that on the sealed envelope, both Maricopa and Pima County allow voters to help them fix, or “cure” it, up to five days after Election Day. Many other counties only allow voters to cure until polls close on Election Day.
Amy Chan, former state elections director under Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett, tweeted, “Unfounded allegations of voter fraud are totally irresponsible and should rightly be condemned because they shake voter confidence & can affect future participation. Voter fraud in my experience is almost nonexistent.“
While Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has taken the lead in Arizona, Martha McSally’s campaign remains confident of victory. “With half a million ballots left to count we remain confident that as votes continue to come in from counties across the state, Martha McSally will be elected Arizona’s next Senator.”
President Trump is expected to fire several team members after the midterm election. Among the most talked about targets are Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Chief of Staff John Kelly.
MONTANA: An email, purportedly from the Montana Democratic Party, is being sent to businesses seeking support for re-electing Sen. Jon Tester. But the bogus email misrepresents Tester’s stances, saying he supports abolishing ICE and repealing the GOP tax cuts.
INDIANA: The Indiana Democratic Party sent out a mailer promising voters there is a choice for Senate “who will really lower your taxes.” But that choice wasn’t Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly. The mailer calls Libertarian Senate candidate Lucy Brenton “the anti-tax candidate” and says she would “cut red tape on small businesses, helping them create better jobs in Indiana.”
Gold is likely to continue to benefit from stock market volatility and weakness, short-covering and rising risk aversion. The potential catalysts for increasing geopolitical risk include tensions over Italian government finances and mounting pressure from the West on Saudi Arabia over the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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If Democrats regain a House majority, expect them to forge ahead with more probes into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign. Democrats who want an impeachment have urged the party to investigate Trump and build a case before attempting to remove him from office.
The Mexican ambassador to the United States said U.S. and Mexican officials have agreed on a plan to handle the approaching migrant caravan. He also said that they had reason to believe that the migrant caravan from Honduras heading towards the U.S. border was not the result of a grassroots effort, but was “politically motivated.”
A Democratic strategist says: “Where immigration was never a motivating issue for Democrats the way it’s been for Republicans, that’s starting to shift. One of the great ironies of Trump’s attacks on immigrants and people of color is that the public increasingly sees immigration as a good thing.”