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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Here’s one notable side note to the Arizona Senate contest, which now seems very likely to end with Kyrsten Sinema as Sen-Elect.

Martha McSally has very conspicuously not gone the route of Rick Scott in Florida. She’s not claiming the election is being stolen or making allegations of voter fraud. She’s basically letting the counting go on.  That has reportedly angered national Republicans who want her to do just that. Good for her. But it’s important to note that McSally’s interests are really not aligned with those of the national party.

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This is surreal. Read this. It’s from this CNN article

Rosenstein and O’Callaghan, the highest-ranked officials handling day-to-day oversight of Mueller’s investigation, urged Sessions to delay the effective date of his resignation.

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It’s a simple point. Democrats are concentrated in large urban counties. Almost everywhere in the country, these counties take longer to count the vote than more sparsely populated exurban and rural areas. That’s hardly surprising. It’s not new. We’re seeing it in Arizona and Florida. In fact, we’re seeing it across the country. It’s just that those are states with Senate and governors races that remain undecided. If you stop counting the votes before the blue regions are done counting, that obviously helps the Republican candidates quite a lot. That’s exactly what Rick Scott is trying to do as of last night, just much more openly and brazenly than even Republican candidates have done in the past.

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Things are getting ugly fast in Florida. Rick Scott, clearly thinking he’s going to fall behind in the vote count and lose his campaign for Senate, is both filing lawsuits to stop the vote counting in South Florida and using his police powers as governor to do so. As in Georgia, having the candidate oversee the election has real shortcomings.

Scott actually said this

“Late Tuesday night our win was projected about 57,000 votes. By Wednesday morning that lead dropped to 38,000 votes. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000 votes. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000,.”

And then this.

“Every Floridan should be concerned that their could be rampant fraud happening in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.”

It looks like I’m going to lose … ergo there must be ‘rampant fraud’ … ergo I’m ordering the state police to investigate the election administrators.

Sinema moves into the lead in Arizona senate race.

Needless to say this is an on-going tabulation of votes. So it could shift back. But pretty clear this is still very much a contest.

We now know that Democrats picked up between 35 and 40 House seats. They flipped at least 7 governorships. They had painful losses in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri – and votes are still coming in in Florida and Arizona. But what about state legislative races – not as sexy or visible but hugely important? It turns out they did pretty well. We dig into the deals in a special episode of the podcast: listen to it here.

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