KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Election Election en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:11:44 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Mitch McConnell: Cooperation with Democrats is Possible http://www.kristv.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-cooperation-with-democrats-is-possible/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-cooperation-with-democrats-is-possible/ Election Wed, 5 Nov 2014 2:19:25 PM Associated Press Mitch McConnell: Cooperation with Democrats is Possible

WASHINGTON (AP) - One day after leading Republicans to control of the Senate, incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he hopes Congress can work with President Barack Obama on trade, taxes and other issues. But he said veto showdowns are also possible in the two-year era of divided government just ahead.

"There will be no government shutdown or default on the national debt," the Kentucky lawmaker pledged at a news conference, making clear he doesn't agree with some tea party-backed lawmakers who have supported one or the other in the past - or may want to in the future.

McConnell, famously taciturn, smiled and joked with reporters one day after the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

He will take office in January as Senate majority leader, and he and House Speaker John Boehner will have the authority to set the congressional agenda.

Obama, at the White House, arranged to field questions from reporters later in the day.

The events unfolded as jubilant Republicans celebrated sweeping election gains that left them in control of the Senate for the first time since 2006, near a post-World War II high in House seats and in possession of governorships in a handful of states that had been held by Democrats.

"We won in red states, we won in blue states and we won in purple states," said Republican chairman Reince Priebus, calling the returns a rejection of Obama's policies.

Boehner ceded the Republican limelight to McConnell for the day. The Ohio Republican is in line for a third term as House leader - and his first with a Republican majority in the Senate.

At his news conference, McConnell said that "in our system the president is the most important player" who can veto legislation or persuade lawmakers of his own party to back compromise.

"When America chooses divided government, I don't think it means they don't want us to do anything. It means they want to do things for the country," he said.

He cited trade legislation and an overhaul of the tax rules as two areas ripe for agreement.

Beyond that, he made it clear Congress will vote on legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada through the United States, and work to repeal portions of the health care law that stands as Obama's signature domestic accomplishment. He said a tax on medical devices and a mandate for individuals to purchase health insurance are also Republican targets. Congress will hold hearings on the IRS, he said.

Republicans are also expected to mount a major attack on federal deficits.

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, in charge of the Democrats' House campaign operations, said the election returns could have been worse. They were bad enough for the president's party.

Republicans were assured of a gain of seven Senate seats, and they bid for another in Alaska, where the vote count was not complete. Also uncalled was a race in Virginia, where Democratic Sen. Mark Warner faced challenger Ed Gillespie.

Also in doubt was a Senate seat in Louisiana, where Rep. Bill Cassidy led Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu into a Dec. 6 runoff.

Despite the reverses, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada announced he intended to remain as the Democratic leader. There was no sign of opposition.

In the House, Republicans were within hailing distance of their largest majority since World War II, 246 seats in 1946, when Harry Truman sat in the White House.

There was no word whether Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., would seek another term as leader.

Already, the jockeying was underway for the next election, one to pick a president in 2016.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, both Republican hopefuls, were up early for morning television appearances.

Exit polls show the GOP drew strength from voters who felt left behind economically. Almost half said their own families' financial situations hadn't improved much over the past two years, and a fourth said it had gotten worse. Those who said their finances were worse supported Republican congressional candidates by more than a 2-1 margin.

Even as they turned against Obama and Democrats, voters also expressed scant confidence in Republican leaders, underscoring the increased pressure that Republicans will face to deliver next year when they control both houses of Congress.

Outside groups were standing ready with millions in advertising time for the Louisiana runoff. The Koch-backed Freedom Partners Action Fund had reserved more than $2 million in airtime, starting with ads that Louisiana voters were to begin seeing on Wednesday. The Senate Republicans' campaign arm had booked $2.8 million in ads and the Senate Democrats' committee already had planned $1.8 million in ads.

In state capitols, Republicans picked up governors' seats in reliably Democratic states like Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts. With Congress grappling with gridlock, states have been at the forefront of efforts to raise the minimum wage and implement Obama's health care law.

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Associated Press writers Philip Elliott, Nancy Benac and Donna Cassata in Washington and Adam Beam in Kentucky contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 


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Republicans Retain Control of Texas Statehouse http://www.kristv.com/news/republicans-retain-control-of-texas-statehouse/ http://www.kristv.com/news/republicans-retain-control-of-texas-statehouse/ Election Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:46:47 PM Republicans Retain Control of Texas Statehouse

Texas has a new Governor for the first time in 14 years. Republican Greg Abbott has been elected in a decisive victory over Democrat Wendy Davis.

Some say he breaks the mold of your traditional Texas Governor. nonetheless, Greg Abbott takes over at the helm of the state .

"Texans sent a message, you voted for hope, over fear. For unity over division, for the majesty of what Texas is and what it can be," Abbott told supporters last night.

Abbott served as Texas' Attorney General for a dozen years, and has strongly defended tough conservative Texas laws over voter ID and abortion.

The Governor-elect will replace Rick Perry who decided not to run for re-election.

Challenger Wendy Davis never gave Abbott a close race despite record-breaking fundraising and nationwide political star power. She was gracious in her defeat

"The genius and the beauty of our democracy is that ultimately the power rests with the people," she told supporters.

Tea Party-backed Dan Patrick won the race for the powerful Lt. Governor's spot.

Our political analyst, Dr. David Smith of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, recommends Abbot and Patrick stick to their game plans and promises.

"They cant go too extreme in their first time around, but they cant go too close to the middle as well. They need to stay pretty much on par to where they have talked about their issues where they said they were going to pledge their strengths and support for issues coming up in this legislative session."

Both men will be sworn in next January.

 


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Two City Council Races Headed for Runoff Elections http://www.kristv.com/news/two-city-council-races-headed-for-runoff-elections/ http://www.kristv.com/news/two-city-council-races-headed-for-runoff-elections/ Election Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:39:11 PM Two City Council Races Headed for Runoff Elections

CORPUS CHRISTI - Of the six Corpus Christi City Council races last night, two are as yet undecided and will head for a runoff in December.

There will be a runoff for the District 1 council seat between incumbent Kelly Allen and challenger Carolyn Vaughn.

In District 2, Brian Rosas and Joshua Tijerina will face each other in a runoff. Businessman Jano Andrasik only received 16 percent of the vote, leaving the two other candidates with less than the 50% necessary to claim victory.

Lucy Rubio won the District 3 seat easily against challenger Jack Gordy. Rubio had the support of former councilmember Priscilla Leal, who has not appeared at council since suffering a stroke in January.

Colleen McIntyre will return to represent District 4 and she'll be with familiar faces as At-Large councilmembers Lillian Riojas, Mark Scott won re-election. Councilman Chad Magill will return as well, but will represent an At-Large seat, rather than District 2.

 


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Del Mar College President Reacts to Voters' Bond Approval http://www.kristv.com/news/del-mar-college-president-reacts-to-voters-bond-approval/ http://www.kristv.com/news/del-mar-college-president-reacts-to-voters-bond-approval/ Election Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:18:09 PM Sara Donchey Del Mar College President Reacts to Voters' Bond Approval

CORPUS CHRISTI - Election day meant a late night and an early morning for a lot of people, including Del Mar College President Mark Escamilla.

"I was quite fatigued as you might imagine, but very excited," Escamilla said.

Voters passed a $157 million dollar bond to build and improve new facilities for Del Mar's East and West Campuses.

Escamilla didn't wait very long to get to work.

"We began our...second or third construction meeting this morning at 9 o'clock promptly," Escamilla said. "So we had some things lined up in anticipation with the idea that if it passed, we start...this morning."

But it'll be a while before things really start to take shape--construction isn't set to begin until next year.

In fact, it won't be until summer of 2020 before the project is nearly completed.

That includes replacing older buildings on the East Campus, and building new ones on the burgeoning West Campus where enrollment in vocational studies has doubled.

And $1.8 million dollars of the bond will be set aside to begin work on a Southside campus at Yorktown and Rodd Field, but those plans are still pretty green.

"We only have a footprint at this point. It's currently primarily agricultural land, (but) we have some thoughts and ideas. Design has not even begun," Escamilla said.

 


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Republicans Take Congress http://www.kristv.com/news/republicans-take-congress/ http://www.kristv.com/news/republicans-take-congress/ Election Wed, 5 Nov 2014 3:56:45 AM NBC News Republicans Take Congress

(NBC News) Republicans have won control of the U.S. Senate.

Early returns from Tuesday's election showed the GOP picking up the six seats needed to gain control of the chamber. Republicans also strengthened their majority in the House.

Their victories ensure Republican control of both chambers of Congress for the first time in eight years.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1ty6Zi0

 


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Martinez Wins Re-election as Corpus Christi Mayor http://www.kristv.com/news/martinez-wins-re-election-as-corpus-christi-mayor/ http://www.kristv.com/news/martinez-wins-re-election-as-corpus-christi-mayor/ Election Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:01:23 AM Martinez Wins Re-election as Corpus Christi Mayor

Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez easily won another term with 52% of the vote against her nearest challenger, Bob Jones, only getting 30%. Martinez said she was "ready to back to work tomorrow."

It appears voters have made it clear they want to keep Nelda Martinez as Corpus Christi Mayor.

She was challenged in this race by former radio talk show host Bob Jones, engineer Dan Mcqueen, and college student Lee McGinnis.

Jones put up the most competition, but the numbers are clear, it's an easy victory for Martinez who carried more than 50 percent of the vote. She says she's ready to get back to work.

"I'm very humbled and I'm honored and I'm thrilled to be, continue to be, a public servant and I'm looking forward to working with my team that's going to be coming in and just know that Corpus Christi's best days are ahead of us."

 


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Farenthold Wins Third Term in District 27 http://www.kristv.com/news/farenthold-wins-third-term-in-district-27/ http://www.kristv.com/news/farenthold-wins-third-term-in-district-27/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:53:22 PM Farenthold Wins Third Term in District 27

Congressman Blake Farenthold won his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, carrying more than 60 percent of the vote against political newcomer Wesley Reed.

When asked how he felt the gains made by Republicans will have on the House and Senate, Farenthold replied, "It's going to give us the opportunity to put some stuff on President Obama's desk. It will no longer be a 'do nothing' Congress. The people will see it's a 'do nothing' president."

The new District 27, which does not include the heavily latino and democrat Rio Grande Valley and does include heavily republican counties all the way to nearly Austin, was tailor made for Blake Farenthold to win.

Democrat challenger Wesley Reed was at party headquarters in downtown Corpus Christi to see the results come in. Supporters there were not nearly as upbeat, but Reed is happy with the race that he ran.

This newcomer says this may not be the last time you see his name on the ballot.

"I plan on running again, I've had so much great support the last several months, it's tough being a first time candidate for anything, especially when you step up to a congressional race. Trying to get your name out there in the district, and it's such a huge district, 13 different counties, 3 and a half hours across, but we've done the hard work this time and we'll keep staying involved."

Reed did not go so far as to say he would run for the district again in 2016, but admits it is possible.

 


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Election Returns: Jim Wells County http://www.kristv.com/news/election-returns-jim-wells-county/ http://www.kristv.com/news/election-returns-jim-wells-county/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:49:30 PM Election Returns: Jim Wells County

Final voting results from Jim Wells County. 


CandidateVote CountVote PercentWinner
Jim Wells Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 3 -- 17 of 17 precincts reporting (100%)
Beverly Long [GOP] 17133%
Karin E. Knolle [Dem] 34167%(X)
Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD Trustee Place 1 -- 2 of 2 precincts reporting (100%)
Jesus Barrientes Jr. 39459%(X)
Wicho Gonzalez 27841%
Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD Trustee Place 2 -- 2 of 2 precincts reporting (100%)
Teresa Trevino 24438%
Zelda Saenz 39562%(X)
Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD Trustee Place 3 -- 2 of 2 precincts reporting (100%)
Ricardo Torres 17627%
Graciela Saenz Garcia 16926%
Christine Gonzalez 12920%
Ricardo A. Garcia 17927%


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Election Results: Bee County http://www.kristv.com/news/election-results-bee-county/ http://www.kristv.com/news/election-results-bee-county/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:40:11 PM Election Results: Bee County

Unofficial election tallies from Bee County. 

 CandidateVote CountVote Percent Winner
Bee County Commissioner Pct 4 -- 4 of 4 precincts reporting (100%)
 Ken Haggard [GOP] 59154%(X)
 Ronnie Olivares [Dem] 50746% 
Bee County Constable Pct 3 -- 3 of 3 precincts reporting (100%)
 Stephen Phillips [GOP] 54446% 
 Kirk Delgado [Dem] 62854%(X)
Bee County Judge -- 17 of 17 precincts reporting (100%)
 David Silva [GOP] 2,92755%(X)
 Raul Casarez [Dem] 2,36645% 
Bee County Justice of the Peace Pct 1 -- 3 of 3 precincts reporting (100%)
 Bebe Adamez [GOP] 56543% 
 Susanna Salazar Contreras [Dem] 75857%(X)
Bee County Justice of the Peace Pct 2 -- 7 of 7 precincts reporting (100%)
 Robert Bridge [GOP] 1,23875%(X)
 Julissa DeLeon James [Dem] 41825% 


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Election Results: Corpus Christi and Nueces County http://www.kristv.com/news/election-results-corpus-christi-and-nueces-county/ http://www.kristv.com/news/election-results-corpus-christi-and-nueces-county/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:27:31 PM Election Results: Corpus Christi and Nueces County

Unofficial election tallies from the Texas Secretary of State and Nueces County. Winners declared where possible.

CandidateVote CountVote PercentWinner
U.S. Rep District 27 -- 313 of 313 precincts reporting (100%)
Blake Farenthold [GOP] [I]83,27064%(X)
Wesley Reed [Dem] 44,11234%
Roxanne Simonson [Lib] 3,5523%
105th District Judge -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Jack Pulcher [GOP] 29,68854%(X)
Rose Meza Harrison [Dem] 25,72646%
148th District Judge -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Guy Williams [GOP] [I]28,99352%(X)
Augie Rivera [Dem] 26,93848%
319th District Judge -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
David Stith [GOP] [I]33,14659%(X)
Michele Villarreal-Kutcha [Dem] 22,65341%
13th Court of Criminal Appeals Place 6 -- 684 of 757 precincts reporting (90%)
Doug Norman [GOP] 121,44650%
Dori Contreras Garza [Dem] 122,98650%(X)
Banquete ISD Trustee -- 4 of 4 precincts reporting (100%)
Mike Wessels [I]36229%
Humberto Perez 17614%
Aaron Ramon 27822%
Val Chapa-Moreno 15412%
Omar Ramirez [I]29723%
Calallen ISD Trustee Place 2 -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Chad Burkhart [I]1,34344%
Lori Jo Walker 1,73756%(X)
Calallen ISD Trustee Place 6 -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Jason Floyd [I]1,68157%(X)
Steven Floyd 1,26943%
CCISD Bond Proposition -- 87 of 87 precincts reporting (100%)
For 19,60459%(X)
Against 13,83141%
CCISD Trustee District 3 -- 15 of 15 precincts reporting (100%)
Tony Diaz [I]4,12951%(X)
Terrie Steen 4,01849%
Corpus Christi Mayor -- 108 of 108 precincts reporting (100%)
Dan McQueen 6,10114%
Bob Jones 13,24130%
Nelda Martinez [I]23,11352%(X)
Lee McGinnis 2,2045%
Corpus Christi City Council At Large -- 108 of 108 precincts reporting (100%)
Lillian Riojas [I]18,76323%(X)
Chad Magill [I]18,95423%(X)
Gil Hernandez 11,74114%
Ray Madrigal 8,09810%
Mark Scott [I]19,28424%(X)
Margareta Fratila 4,6406%
Corpus Christi City Council District 1 -- 28 of 28 precincts reporting (100%)
Kelley Allen [I]1,54525%
Tom Watson 66511%
Carolyn Vaughn 2,14534%
Carrie Roberston Meyer 68611%
John Garcia 1,05417%
Frank Schlegal Jr. 1673%
Corpus Christi City Council District 2 -- 30 of 30 precincts reporting (100%)
Brian Rosas 2,50743%
Joshua Tijerina 2,40141%
Jano Andrasik 90816%
Corpus Christi City Council District 3 -- 21 of 21 precincts reporting (100%)
Lucy Rubio 4,48072%(X)
Jack Gordy 1,74428%
Corpus Christi City Council District 4 -- 18 of 18 precincts reporting (100%)
Colleen McIntyre [I]8,08171%(X)
Joe Vollmer 3,22429%
Corpus Christi Proposition 1 - Street Projects -- 108 of 108 precincts reporting (100%)
For 29,20063%(X)
Against 17,15037%
Corpus Christi Proposition 2 - Street Safety Revitalization and Capacity Improvement Projects -- 108 of 108 precincts reporting (100%)
For 28,01661%(X)
Against 18,17039%
Corpus Christi Proposition 3 - Sale of City Park Land -- 108 of 108 precincts reporting (100%)
For 26,15557%(X)
Against 19,82243%
Del Mar College Bond Proposition -- 109 of 109 precincts reporting (100%)
For 27,69960%(X)
Against 18,12740%
Del Mar College Regent At Large -- 109 of 109 precincts reporting (100%)
Steve DeAses 9,53318%
Nick Adame [I]12,11123%
Ed Bennett 6,16412%
Coretta Trinita Graham 4,2198%
Ramiro Gamboa 4,7449%
Carol Scott 15,71730%
Del Mar College Regent District 4 -- 18 of 18 precincts reporting (100%)
Guy Watts 5,20958%(X)
Nicole Horton 2,03323%
Todd Walter [I]1,72119%
Flour Bluff ISD Trustee At Large Place 4 -- 6 of 6 precincts reporting (100%)
Brent Rourk 1,94945%
Shirley Thornton [I]2,37255%(X)
Flour Bluff ISD Trustee At Large Place 5 -- 6 of 6 precincts reporting (100%)
Brian Grunberg 2,41257%(X)
Flo East [I]1,84143%
Flour Bluff ISD Trustee At Large Place 7 -- 6 of 6 precincts reporting (100%)
Debbie Lindsey-Opel 1,93644%
Michael Morgan [I]2,49656%(X)
Nueces County Judge -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Loyd Neal [GOP] [I]32,57058%(X)
Mary Helen Berlanga [Dem] 23,69642%
Nueces County Clerk -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Kara Sands [GOP] 28,05251%(X)
Diana Barrera [Dem] [I]27,42749%
Nueces County District Clerk -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Anne Lorentzen [GOP] 30,77755%(X)
Patsy Perez [Dem] [I]24,89145%
Nueces County Court-at-Law No. 4 -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Mark Woerner [GOP] 29,67853%(X)
Carlos Valdez [Dem] 25,95847%
Nueces County Court-at-Law No. 5 -- 127 of 127 precincts reporting (100%)
Timothy McCoy [GOP] 28,18251%(X)
Melissa Madrigal [Dem] 26,98649%
Nueces County Justice of the Peace Pct 2 Place 2 -- 45 of 45 precincts reporting (100%)
Thelma Rodriguez [GOP] 14,61756%(X)
Alex Garcia Jr [Dem] 11,48444%
Nueces County Justice of the Peace Pct 3 -- 5 of 5 precincts reporting (100%)
Larry Lawrence [GOP] 98358%(X)
Adolfo Contreras [Dem] [I]71442%
Robstown ISD Trustee Place 5 -- 12 of 12 precincts reporting (100%)
Bertha Roldan 1,03059%(X)
Adolfo Lopez [I]71541%
Robstown ISD Trustee Place 6 -- 12 of 12 precincts reporting (100%)
Adolfo Ramon Jr. 40523%
Victor Orona Jr. 49928%
Lori Ann Flores-Garza 50128%
Gus Barrera 39322%
Robstown ISD Trustee Place 7 -- 12 of 12 precincts reporting (100%)
Marcos Alaniz 54431%
Ernesto Gallegos [I]67739%
Jessica Lynn Esquivel 51930%
Tuloso-Midway ISD Proposition -- 7 of 7 precincts reporting (100%)
For 97560%(X)
Against 65140%
Tuloso-Midway ISD Trustee Place 6 -- 7 of 7 precincts reporting (100%)
John Samaniego [I]79167%(X)
Rey Rovira 39833%
West Oso ISD Trustee At Large -- 6 of 6 precincts reporting (100%)
Joann Canales 30123%
Oscar Arrendondo 17613%
George Barrera [I]19915%
Cella Boyd [I]24018%
Simon Gonzales 12810%
Lucas Jasso [I]27421%


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Election Results: Aransas, Duval, Kleberg, Refugio, San Patricio Counties http://www.kristv.com/news/election-results-aransas-duval-kleberg-refugio-san-patricio-counties/ http://www.kristv.com/news/election-results-aransas-duval-kleberg-refugio-san-patricio-counties/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:24:21 PM Election Results: Aransas, Duval, Kleberg, Refugio, San Patricio Counties

Unofficial election results from Aransas, Duval, Kelberg, Refugio, and San Patricio counties. Winners declared where possible. 

CandidateVote CountVote PercentWinner
U.S. Rep District 28 -- 274 of 274 precincts reporting (100%)
Henry Cuellar [Dem] [I]62,47182%(X)
Michael Cary [Grn] 3,4745%
William Aikens [Lib] 10,14613%
U.S. Rep District 34 -- 181 of 254 precincts reporting (71%)
Filemon Vela [Dem] [I]39,48658%(X)
Larry Smith [GOP] 26,86040%
Ryan Rowley [Lib] 1,3092%
Aransas County Commissioner Pct 2 -- 6 of 6 precincts reporting (100%)
Leslie Casterline [GOP] 65062%(X)
Martin De Leon [Dem] 40238%
Aransas County Navigation District Commissioner Pct 4 -- 6 of 6 precincts reporting (100%)
Mickey Casterline 80159%(X)
John P. Joslin [I]56841%
Austwell-Tivoli Bond -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
For 1,37581%(X)
Against 31719%
Bee County Commissioner Pct 4 -- 4 of 4 precincts reporting (100%)
Ken Haggard [GOP] 59154%(X)
Ronnie Olivares [Dem] 50746%
Bee County Constable Pct 3 -- 3 of 3 precincts reporting (100%)
Stephen Phillips [GOP] 54446%
Kirk Delgado [Dem] 62854%(X)
Bee County Judge -- 17 of 17 precincts reporting (100%)
David Silva [GOP] 2,92755%(X)
Raul Casarez [Dem] 2,36645%
Bee County Justice of the Peace Pct 1 -- 3 of 3 precincts reporting (100%)
Bebe Adamez [GOP] 56543%
Susanna Salazar Contreras [Dem] 75857%(X)
Bee County Justice of the Peace Pct 2 -- 7 of 7 precincts reporting (100%)
Robert Bridge [GOP] 1,23875%(X)
Julissa DeLeon James [Dem] 41825%
Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD Trustee Place 1 -- 2 of 2 precincts reporting (100%)
Jesus Barrientes Jr. 39459%(X)
Wicho Gonzalez 27841%
Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD Trustee Place 2 -- 2 of 2 precincts reporting (100%)
Teresa Trevino 24438%
Zelda Saenz 39562%(X)
Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD Trustee Place 3 -- 2 of 2 precincts reporting (100%)
Ricardo Torres 17627%
Graciela Saenz Garcia 16926%
Christine Gonzalez 12920%
Ricardo A. Garcia 17927%
Freer Alderman Place 1 -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Carlos Salinas [I]67174%(X)
Karl Garcia 23126%
Freer Alderman Place 2 -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Kenneth Sharber 54556%(X)
Diana Garza 43644%
Freer ISD Trustee Place 2 -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Jo Nell Neese 52047%
Cresencio Acevedo 58353%(X)
Freer ISD Trustee Place 3 -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Saul Hinojosa [I]31340%
Gilberto Saenz 47360%(X)
Freer Mayor -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Manuel Estrada Jr. 11511%
Andrea Bierstedt [I]40140%
Fabian Bazan 49649%
Kleberg Co. District Clerk -- 17 of 17 precincts reporting (100%)
Jennifer Whittington [GOP] 3,17955%(X)
Tiffany Hernandez [Dem] 2,57145%
Kleberg Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 3 -- 4 of 4 precincts reporting (100%)
Christopher Lee [GOP] 83251%(X)
Sam Brown [Dem] 81249%
Kleberg Co. Justice of the Peace Pct 1 -- 4 of 4 precincts reporting (100%)
Belinda Garza [GOP] 75144%
Andy Gonzalez [Dem] 94356%(X)
Kleberg County Commissioner Pct 2 -- 4 of 4 precincts reporting (100%)
Chuck Schultz [GOP] 60849%
Joe Hinojosa [Dem] 63451%(X)
Kleberg County Court at Law -- 17 of 17 precincts reporting (100%)
Alfred Isassi [GOP] 2,87950%
Lupita Mendoza [Dem] 2,84350%
Kleberg County Judge -- 17 of 17 precincts reporting (100%)
Rudy Madrid [GOP] 3,31157%(X)
Juan M. Escobar [Dem] 2,51743%
Kleberg County Justice of the Peace Pct 2 -- 4 of 4 precincts reporting (100%)
Anna Ramirez Perez [GOP] 52843%
Carmen Cortez [Dem] 69057%(X)
Refugio County Commissioner Pct 2 -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Wayne Schubert [Dem] 24541%
Terry Gray [Ind] 7012%
David Vega [Ind] 28047%(X)
Refugio County Judge -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Bobby Blaschke [GOP] 1,31162%(X)
Rene Mascorro [Dem] [I]80938%
Refugio County Treasurer -- 1 of 1 precincts reporting (100%)
Rita Trojcak [Dem] 1,46589%(X)
Juanita Freudiger [Ind] 19011%
Ricardo ISD Trustee Position 3 -- 5 of 5 precincts reporting (100%)
Kelso Currie 39150%
Mario A. Mendietta 39350%
San Diego ISD Trustee Place 6 -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Librada Vela [I]76553%(X)
Issabelle Garcia 68447%
San Diego ISD Trustee Place 7 -- 9 of 9 precincts reporting (100%)
Rogelio Guerrero [I]66346%
Christine Santos 79354%(X)
Taft Alderman Ward 2 -- 28 of 28 precincts reporting (100%)
Alonzo Cantu 17246%
Denise Hitt 20154%(X)
Taft Alderman Ward 1 -- 28 of 28 precincts reporting (100%)
Martin Salcido 7740%
Leonard Vasquez [I]11460%(X)
Taft Proposition 1 - Sales and Use Tax -- 28 of 28 precincts reporting (100%)
For 30156%(X)
Against 23244%
Taft Proposition 2 - Increase Utility Fees -- 28 of 28 precincts reporting (100%)
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Greg Abbot Wins Texas Governor's Race http://www.kristv.com/news/greg-abbot-wins-texas-governor-s-race/ http://www.kristv.com/news/greg-abbot-wins-texas-governor-s-race/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:19:44 PM Greg Abbot Wins Texas Governor's Race

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Governor-elect Greg Abbott said that as Texas goes, so goes the rest of the United States and the world.

Elected by wide margins Tuesday night over Democrat Wendy Davis, Abbott told his victory party in Austin that Texans had voted for "hope over fear."

He called his win a testament to a state where "a young man's life can literally be broken in half" and still recover - a reference to the accident that paralyzed him from the waist down.

He said he would work to make government "the servant of the people - not the other way around."

Speaking before Abbott were outgoing Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Ted Cruz and other elected officials who were part of another Republican sweep of top statewide offices.

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GOP Wins 4 Senate Races, Haley Re-elected http://www.kristv.com/news/gop-wins-4-senate-races-haley-re-elected/ http://www.kristv.com/news/gop-wins-4-senate-races-haley-re-elected/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 6:08:03 PM Associated Press GOP Wins 4 Senate Races, Haley Re-elected

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been re-elected to his Senate seat from Kentucky. And he will now be waiting to learn whether he might be the majority leader in the new Congress.

McConnell defeated Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in an election that McConnell called a referendum on President Barack Obama.

Republicans began the night needing six additional Senate seats in order to control the Senate.

South Carolina's two Republican senators have retained their seats. Lindsey Graham won a third term over Democrat Brad Hutto. And Tim Scott will finish the final two years of the Senate term of Jim DeMint.

Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is moving up to the Senate after defeating Democrat Natalie Tennant in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Republican Nikki Haley has won re-election as South Carolina governor, in a race that helps increase her national visibility. She defeated Democrat Vincent Sheheen after an acrimonious campaign.

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Republicans Seek Senate Control, Bigger House Edge http://www.kristv.com/news/republicans-seek-senate-control-bigger-house-edge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/republicans-seek-senate-control-bigger-house-edge/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 3:39:35 PM Associated Press Republicans Seek Senate Control, Bigger House Edge

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans challenged Democrats for control of the Senate and sought to pad their majority in the House on Tuesday in elections shaped by widespread voter discontent with President Barack Obama.

Big-state Democratic governors in New York and California sought new terms, and challengers tested Republican incumbents in Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania, high-profile races among 36 gubernatorial contests.

Voters in 41 states also settled ballot questions ranging from gun laws to marijuana legalization to the minimum wage. Maine's residents settled the fate of a proposal to ban bear hunters from using bait, dogs or traps.

But the unquestioned main event was the Senate. Republicans needed to pick up six seats to gain a majority for the first time since 2006, and with it more power to shape the final two years of Obama's time in the White House.

The large number of highly competitive races combined with the likelihood of runoffs in Louisiana and Georgia raised the possibility that neither party would be able to claim victory by the day after Election Day.

There were 36 Senate races on the ballot, although most of the attention went to fewer than a dozen. They drew hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads in a campaign season estimated to cost more than $4 billion - just for the races for Congress.

Republicans were heavily favored to claim at least three Senate seats where Democrats had chosen to retire, in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Among incumbents, Mark Pryor faced a stern challenge in Arkansas, as did Kay Hagan in North Carolina and Mark Begich in Alaska, all states that Obama lost in 2012.

The same applied in Louisiana, where Sen., Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy were in a three-way race, with a Dec. 6 runoff ahead if no candidate gained a majority.

Democrats Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire and Mark Udall in Colorado also had difficult races in states Obama won two years ago.

Sen. Tom Harkin's decision to step down in Iowa gave rise to a fierce battle between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst. Her campaign took off earlier in the year when she made a television advertisement saying she had learned how to castrate hogs as a girl growing up on a farm.

Georgia chose a replacement for retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss in a three-way race that included Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn, whose father held the seat for a quarter century. State law set a runoff for Jan. 6, 2015, if no candidate gained a majority

In one of the country's most closely watched campaigns, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who would control the Senate's agenda if Republicans gain a majority, sought to fend off a challenge from Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state.

The year's most unlikely race belonged to Kansas, where Republican Sen. Pat Roberts faced a challenge from independent Greg Orman.

The seat has been in Republican hands since 1938, but party leaders rushed reinforcements in after the incumbent got a primary scare from a tea party challenger and then Democrat Chad Taylor left the race.

In the House, all 435 seats were on the ballot, but the roster of competitive races was less than 10 percent of those. In all, 32 incumbents ran unopposed, 17 of them Republicans and 16 Democrats. Another 34 had opposition only from minor party candidates or independents, 14 Republicans and 20 Democrats.

Ten more seats were already safe for one party of the other, pitting two Republicans against one another or two Democrats.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was on the ballot for a 13th term, and the Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, for a 14th.

Not even Democrats claimed a chance to topple the Republican House majority. They spent the campaign's final days dispatching money to districts where incumbents suddenly found themselves in danger.

Republicans sought to downplay any expectation of large gains. A pickup of 13 would give them more seats in the House than at any time since 1946.

Obama, a burden for Democratic candidates almost everywhere, spent the day at the White House after casting an early ballot several days ago in Illinois. His approval ratings were in the low-to-mid 40s in most polls.

Among governors, Democrats Andrew Cuomo in New York sought a second term and Jerry Brown in California a fourth - 40 years after he was first elected.

A fierce campaign ended in Texas, where attorney general Greg Abbott and Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis were on the ballot.

Numerous governors in both parties faced strong opposition. Among them were Republicans Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania, Nathan Deal in Georgia, Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Rick Scott in Florida, Sam Brownback in Kansas and Sean Parnell in Alaska.

Democratic governors being challenged included Dannel Malloy in Connecticut, John Hickenlooper in Colorado and Pat Quinn in Illinois.

Competitive races for open gubernatorial offices included Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The spending was unprecedented for a non-presidential year.

According to the Federal Election Commission, more than 500 groups reported making independent expenditures through Monday. Most of the attention went to groups set up by the political parties, their allies or outside interests.

FEC figures showed the House Democratic campaign committee spent the most - $69 million in what it conceded in advance was an attempt to minimize its loss of seats.

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TAMUCC Political Science Class Examines Midterm Elections http://www.kristv.com/news/tamucc-political-science-class-examines-midterm-elections/ http://www.kristv.com/news/tamucc-political-science-class-examines-midterm-elections/ Election Tue, 4 Nov 2014 1:41:56 PM Sara Donchey TAMUCC Political Science Class Examines Midterm Elections

CORPUS CHRISTI - There aren't too many college classes in which you can use voting as an excuse to ditch, but in Dr. David Smith's political science class at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, it's as valid an excuse as ever--especially come Election Day.

"We had some students here that didn't turn out because they were probably voting or they're activists," Smith said.
"We have a couple students who are interning for some of the candidates here in town."

There was no shortage of material for class discussion--like who will take the senate, is a democratic governor in Texas really that far fetched, and what are the issues that may convince you to vote against your party?

For Mariela Robinson, it's all about how a candidate stands on the things she feels passionate about.

"Really--abortion. That is my biggest issue," Robinson said. "I support Wendy Davis because of that. I believe that it's a woman's right to choose and no one else's."

Though the class focuses generally on national and state politics, students still had their strong opinions on our local races, too.


"I'm really fired up about our at-large city council race," said senior Hannah Chipman. "I think that we as a city are looking for a change. I think we're ready to focus on our infrastructure and our streets."

For Andrew Brown, the ideal candidate pays close attention to the United States military.

"As a veteran i'm always looking out for someone who's gonna take care of not only the current military but our veterans as well," Brown said.


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District 27 Candidates Campaign For Every Last Vote http://www.kristv.com/news/district-27-candidates-campaign-for-every-last-vote/ http://www.kristv.com/news/district-27-candidates-campaign-for-every-last-vote/ Election Mon, 3 Nov 2014 8:12:58 PM Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com District 27 Candidates Campaign For Every Last Vote

CORPUS CHRISTI - Both candidates in the race for Congress in District 27 plan to campaign right up until the polls close on Tuesday night.

After stopping by the local Republican headquarters Monday evening for some more signs, Blake Farenthold left Corpus Christi for Bastrop County.

The two term incumbent and his wife will visit all 13 counties in the district on Tuesday as part of a "Facebook tour", posting pictures online in each county along the way.

Democratic challenger Wesley Reed spent part of his evening campaigning outside the Valero refinery, meeting with workers and encouraging them to vote for him.

The fact that reed is the challenger and a Democrat in a Republican-leaning district might give Farenthold some comfort, but the Congressman isn't taking any chances.

"We're doing last minute phone banking to get the vote out, and I'm on my way up to Bastrop to do my Facebook tour, so we're going to work until the polls close tomorrow to get a great group of people elected," he says.

Reed, a political newcomer, is happy with the campaign he ran, and is optimistic about the outcome on Tuesday.

"Obviously, you can always think you can do more," he says, "but I think with the time we had, 11 months, being a first time candidate, getting our name out there in front of people, we've been pretty successful at it, so we've had a good reception."

Farenthold says the economy is strong in South Texas, and it's important to keep that momentum, with as little government interference as possible.

Reed feels his background as a middle class worker and a veteran makes him someone the people of the district can better relate to.

 

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Challenges Await Winner of District 3 Council Seat http://www.kristv.com/news/challenges-await-winner-of-district-3-council-seat/ http://www.kristv.com/news/challenges-await-winner-of-district-3-council-seat/ Election Mon, 3 Nov 2014 4:39:36 PM Caroline Flores Challenges Await Winner of District 3 Council Seat

CORPUS CHRISTI - One of the races on the ballot that has generated a lot of interest is the race for the City Council District 3 seat.

Pricilla Leal's seat has been empty for the past year since she suffered a stroke. But someone new will soon take her place, Jack Gordy or Lucy Rubio. Whomever voters decide to be their new City Council member, they will have a lot on their plate. Not only will they have a long list of items their constituents will want done, but they will have to earn the love and trust of their people.

"It takes time to build that love. And it takes consistency. And Councilwoman Leal fought for the people of the Westside and she fought for people in District 3," said Councilman Chad Magill.

Pricilla Leal was the District 3 Councilwoman for 8 years. When she suffered a stroke, her husband Martin asked Councilman Chad Magill if he would help out in her District. In doing so he learned first hand the issues people in District 3 want help with. In doing so, he learned first hand the issues people in District 3 want help with.

"You have what some would say, small problems, but they're big problems to the people calling," said Magill.

"The basic, this is basic services. Neighborhoods, streets improvements," said District 3 resident David Noyola.

David Noyola has lived in District 3 just about his entire life. He is a former City Councilman and County Commissioner. He is still very active in his district and says the one thing the new City Council member can do to earn trust and respect, is finish what Councilwoman Leal started.

"Do... Follow what the people wanted from District 3. There were a lot of things that were not accomplished because she was not there," said Noyola.

One of the projects that people in District 3 want something done about is Fire Station #18. "That was in District 3. It was voted by throughout the whole city of Corpus Christi," said Noyola.

When it was put on hold, Leal was not there to fight for the project. That fighting spirit Leal always had is what people in District 3 want again.

"You have to be a council of the people... Of the district. Basic services. That's all they want," said Noyola.

 


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Texas GOP Set to Continue 20-year Winning Streak http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-gop-set-to-continue-20-year-winning-streak/ http://www.kristv.com/news/texas-gop-set-to-continue-20-year-winning-streak/ Election Mon, 3 Nov 2014 2:25:31 PM Associated Press Texas GOP Set to Continue 20-year Winning Streak

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Every major statewide office will get a new occupant after Election Day, the biggest shake-up of Texas politics in decades. But since Republicans look likely to continue a longest-in-the-nation statewide election winning streak that stretches back 20 years, not much should change in terms of policy. Some highlights from Tuesday's ballot:

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TOP OF THE TICKET

In office since his predecessor George W. Bush left for Washington in December 2000, Gov. Rick Perry is leaving Austin for the first time since winning a Texas House seat as a Democrat in 1988. Republican Greg Abbott, state attorney general since 2002, is heavily favored to succeed his friend Perry. Abbott's opponent, Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, became a national sensation in summer 2013 with her 12-plus hour, abortion-rights filibuster in the Legislature, but she struggled to carry that momentum into her campaign.

In the lieutenant governor's race, ousting the three-term incumbent David Dewhurst in the GOP primary runoff was the hard part for state Sen. Dan Patrick. Now the tea party darling from Houston is expected to easily top Democratic Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio. Patrick's hard-line immigration stance has angered even some fellow Republicans. He promises to secure the Texas-Mexico border at all costs from a post that presides over the Legislature's upper chamber.

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A NEW BUSH FOR TEXAS

Texans are getting another Bush on their ballots. George P. Bush, the son of potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush and George W.'s nephew, is expected to win the land commissioner's office in a landslide, becoming the first member of his famous political family to win his first election.

In other statewide races, fellow Republicans Ken Paxton (attorney general), Glenn Hegar (comptroller) and Sid Miller (agriculture commissioner) are also heavily favored against little-known and underfunded Democrats.

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CORNYN EXPECTED TO CRUISE

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn easily fought off a longshot primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, but he'll likely have an even easier time against Democrat David Alameel. Seeking his third term, Cornyn is the No. 2 Republican in the Senate and would become majority whip if the GOP retakes the chamber Tuesday. Some conservative activists say Cornyn is too moderate, but that didn't hurt him against Alameel, a millionaire Dallas dentist and former donor to top Texas Republicans - including Cornyn.

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IN CONGRESS, JUST ONE COMPETITIVE RACE

Texas has 36 congressional seats, but the only one that actually appears competitive is the sprawling 23rd district stretching from San Antonio to El Paso. The seat has switched from Democrat to Republican in each of the last three elections. Incumbent Democrat Pete Gallego is now trying to fend off Republican Will Hurd.

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MORE MONEY FOR ROADS?

Voters are being asked to approve a constitutional amendment that would use half the funds flowing annually into Texas' Rainy Day fund to improve roads and highways. The measure would mean up to $1.7 billion for transportation infrastructure the first year, though its value thereafter depends on future state oil and gas revenue. Still, transportation officials say a booming Texas population means that at least $4 billion in spending per year is actually needed just to maintain current traffic levels on jammed roads.

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TURNOUT TROUBLE?

Early voting rates were essentially flat this cycle compared to 2010, when Texas last elected a governor, with about 1.7 million ballots cast. The number of early voters is higher than four years ago, but the overall percentage of registered voters participating fell because a record 14 million Texans are now registered. Democrats and Republicans offered differing opinions on which side that benefits. What's certain, though, is the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed enforcement of the state's strict voter ID law, meaning voters had to show one of seven approved kinds of photo identification to cast a ballot.

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KRIS 6's Political Analyst Previews Local Elections http://www.kristv.com/news/kris-6-s-political-analyst-previews-local-elections/ http://www.kristv.com/news/kris-6-s-political-analyst-previews-local-elections/ Election Mon, 3 Nov 2014 2:09:07 PM Sara Donchey KRIS 6's Political Analyst Previews Local Elections

CORPUS CHRISTI - When it comes down to the wire on election night, it pays to be a familiar face, and we have plenty of them on tomorrow's ballot.

That includes Mayor Nelda Martinez, and all but two current city council members who are running for re-election.

Dr. David Smith is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and he estimated that incumbents win re-election at least 85 percent of the time.

"People already know who you are, and they are less likely to change unless you've really impacted their lives, either financially or on some policy that changes their entire being," Smith said.

Though several recent politically-divisive issues may call that formula into question, including polarizing topics like Destination Bayfront and the ever-controversial Street User Fee.

"People are already taxed to the hill when it comes to school taxes, when it comes to property taxes, and additional tax for their streets is going to make them feel more burdened and less likely to vote for the incumbent."

There are some races that Smith said may be easier to call, like Priscilla Leal's hand-picked candidate--Lucy Rubio--who is running to fill her vacant seat in District 3.

"the perception is that if (Leal was) still able, she would serve and run again and be re-elected," Smith said. "But with her naming a successor, that's really an important feature for the candidate and works to her advantage in this case."

And what of some of the high-dollar local propositions, like CCISD's request for $100 million dollars to rebuild and improve schools or two separate multi-million dollar propositions to revitalize local streets?

"You're more likely to vote for it if it's going to impact you personally. And especially if it's going to be something close by that you're really going to take an interest in or actively be involved with, then you're more likely to vote for it."

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With Senate at Stake, Candidates Clash Over Obama http://www.kristv.com/news/with-senate-at-stake-candidates-clash-over-obama/ http://www.kristv.com/news/with-senate-at-stake-candidates-clash-over-obama/ Election Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:22:42 PM Associated Press With Senate at Stake, Candidates Clash Over Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of an election that will decide the Senate majority, it's time for closing arguments and an all-out effort to motivate people to vote.

Republicans have claimed new momentum in midterm campaigns that have centered on President Barack Obama, who is not on Tuesday's ballot. Under the weight of the unpopular president, Democrats are fighting to distance themselves from the White House and convince voters they deserve to maintain the Senate majority for the final two years of Obama's presidency. The GOP is sounding confident that it will take Senate control.

Obama has avoided the nation's most competitive contests in recent weeks, but encouraged Democrats to reject Republican cynicism during campaign stops in Connecticut and Pennsylvania for Democrats in governors' races. He was scheduled to spend Monday in private meetings with his economic team and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

"Despite all the cynicism America is making progress," Obama said as he implored Democrats in Connecticut to vote. "Don't stay home. Don't let somebody else choose your future for you."

Meanwhile, GOP officials from Alaska to Georgia have seized on the president's low approval ratings, which have overshadowed an election season in which roughly 60 percent of eligible voters are expected to stay home.

"This is really the last chance for America to pass judgment on the Obama administration and on its policies," the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, said in a message echoed by Republicans across the country over the weekend.

While the elections will determine winners in all 435 House districts and in 36 governors' seats, the national focus is on the Senate, where Republicans need to net six seats to control the majority in the Congress that convenes in January. The GOP already controls the House, and a Senate takeover could dramatically change Obama's last two years in office.

Republicans appear certain of picking up at least three Senate seats - in West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota. Nine other Senate contests are considered competitive, six of them for seats in Democratic hands.

Democratic Party leaders are predicting victory despite disappointing polls.

Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview to be broadcast on CNN Monday that "I don't agree with the odds-makers. I predict we're gonna keep the Senate."

At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said that Obama agreed. In a nod to the president, he said Democrats were backed up by a battle-tested get-out-the-vote strategy that could boost their candidate by 2 or 3 percentage points on Election Day.

"Those strategies are rooted in strategies that were successfully implemented by the president's team in the context of his re-election campaign," Earnest said.

And the chair of the Democratic Party, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, said, "I'm very proud of this president. I think we're going to win the Senate."

Democrats have deployed their biggest stars to help preserve their endangered Senate majority.

In New Hampshire, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton headlined a rally for Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat locked in a tough re-election battle against former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.

Clinton, who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid, charged that Republicans are running a campaign of fear.

"Fear is the last resort for those who have run out of ideas and hope," she said Sunday in her first appearance in New Hampshire since October 2008.

Many voters will have already cast ballots by the time polls open Tuesday.

At least 16.7 million people have voted so far across 31 states, according to early voting data monitored by The Associated Press. Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Utah already surpassed their 2010 advance totals.

Both sides have claimed partial victory, although party registration is divided about equally among those who have already cast ballots.

While the campaigns' costly voter turnout operations were in full swing, large percentages of younger voters and minorities - groups that typically support Democrats - are expected to sit out the elections altogether.

None of the last four midterm elections drew more than 38 percent of the voting-age population.

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