Big Steve’s Final Midterm Update


Election Day is THIS TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 4th). Enter the final 48 hours of a long midterm election campaign cycle. Campaigns are draining their war chests, running last second ads, and trying to mobilize their voters to get the polls. Even Washington lobbyists are flocking to states in order to get out the vote. In the battle for the Senate, the outlook looks good for Republicans. predicts that the GOP will pick up 7 seats, giving them a majority with 52 members in their caucus. Also, Republicans will most likely retain their control of the House of Representatives.

While Democrats may fret over their chances on Tuesday to hold on to legislative control, the news isn’t all bad. For one thing, odds are good that a few Democrats will pull out victories in difficult races. In North Carolina for instance, Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan holds a narrow lead in the polls over challenger Thom Tillis. Jeanne Shaheen is also polling well in New Hampshire. Also, Democrats have a few battles to focus on at the state level. In Florida, Democratic challenger Charlie Crist is polling ahead of incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott, and Democratic Governors in Connecticut and Illinois may also narrowly win re-election. Still, Democrats cannot be excited about potentially losing control of the Senate.

On Tuesday, the polls in North Carolina will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. The Supreme Court recently upheld a state law that disallowed same-day voter registration, so in order to vote you must be pre-registered. If you live on West or Central Campus, transportation is being provided. Buses will pick people up from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. every half hour at the BC traffic circle (the last bus leaves at 6:30) and transport you to your polling site (2614 Crest St). If you live on East Campus, your polling site is George Watts Elementary School. Duke Political Union will be meeting voters at the East Bus Stop and walking them over at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. Learn more here.

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