election 2016
November 15, 2016

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was considered the rarest of birds: an endangered House incumbent. He won his previous eight races by comfortable margins in a reliably Republican Southern California district, until Donald Trump and changing demographics put his ninth term in jeopardy. On election night, Issa appeared to narrowly beat Democratic challenger Doug Applegate, a retired Marine colonel and Iraq War veteran, but on Monday, a new batch of ballots shrank his lead to just 2,871 votes, with another tally of mail-in and provisional ballots to be released Tuesday night.

There are hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, though it's not clear how many are from Issa's 49th congressional district. Registrars have 30 days to finish counting the votes, and mail-in and provisional ballots have tipped elections in the other direction before. Issa is one of the House's highest-profile Republicans, a multi-millionaire and former aggressive chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Democrats spent heavily to unseat him this year. Peter Weber

November 14, 2016

Nearly one week after Election Day, Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner of New Hampshire and its four electoral votes.

Clinton beat Donald Trump in the state by about 2,700 votes, The Associated Press reports, and Trump's team declined to request a recount. With the win, Clinton has 232 electoral votes to Trump's 290; 270 are necessary to win the presidency. The final results are still not in from Michigan, which has 16 electoral votes. Clinton, who conceded to Trump on Nov. 9, currently leads Trump in the popular vote by about 780,000 ballots. Catherine Garcia

November 9, 2016

In her bid for reelection, just 1,023 votes separated New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) and her challenger, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), and on Wednesday evening, Ayotte conceded the race.

Hassan's lead was certified by the New Hampshire secretary of state's office in the afternoon, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. In a statement, Ayotte said she spoke with Hassan to "congratulate her on her election to serve in the U.S. Senate. I wish Gov. Hassan, her husband Tom, and their children Ben and Meg the very best." Earlier in the day, Hassan claimed victory. It was the second pick-up in the Senate for Democrats, after Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. Catherine Garcia

November 7, 2016

On Election Day, more than 500 Justice Department staffers will monitor voting in 28 states, down from almost 800 assigned to the same job in 2012.

This has been an especially cantankerous campaign season, with Republican nominee Donald Trump saying the system is "rigged," and could cost him the election. The monitors will be looking for voting rights violations at the polls, including discrimination based on race, disability, and language. "The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday. "The department is deeply committed to the fair and unbiased application of our voting rights laws."

The reduction in monitors is due to the Supreme Court decision in 2013 that struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act, limiting the states and jurisdictions where observers were authorized. A hotline will open early Tuesday, with attorneys in the Civil Rights Division fielding calls from voters with complaints and assisting monitors out in the field. "As always, our personnel will perform these duties impartially, with one goal in mind: to see to it that every eligible voter can participate in our elections to the full extent that federal law provides," Lynch said.

Voters wishing to report disruptions or discrepancies can call the Civil Rights division at 1-800-253-3931; 202-307-2767; or 202-305-0082; send a fax to 202-307-3961 or email to voting.section@usdoj.gov; or visit www.justice.gov/crt/votercomplaint. Catherine Garcia

October 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Michigan Democratic Party are hosting a big watch party at the MGM Grand casino in Detroit on Election Night, but the Michigan Republican Party has decided to sit this year out. "It is a costly endeavor and we are using all available resources to elect Republicans," Sarah Anderson, communications director for the Michigan GOP, told The Detroit News. These parties are typically events to showcase the party's winners and give campaign volunteers, the media, and political activists and candidates a place to watch election results trickle in.

In 2012, with Michigan native Mitt Romney on the presidential ticket and a U.S. Senate race, the state GOP hosted a big party in Lansing, notes Chad Livengood at The Detroit News, but this year there's no statewide race and no special connection to either Donald Trump or his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. It's not clear if the Trump campaign will host its own party in Michigan. FiveThirtyEight gives Hillary Clinton a 91.8 percent chance of winning Michigan, a state she narrowly lost to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and Donald Trump easily won in his GOP primary race. Peter Weber

August 1, 2016

The Simpsons is on a summer break, but its animators, unable to resist commenting on the election, have created a short imagining what it would be like if Donald Trump wins and has to answer the White House phone at 3 a.m.

While Hillary Clinton as president appears briefly — she lets Bill know that now when the Situation Room is calling, it's always going to be for her — Trump is the star of the video. He's seen wearing a nightcap, so busy tweeting about Elizabeth Warren's exile that he can't take the important call. When he does spring into action, it takes a glam squad to get him dolled up and a dog to give him his signature hair. It's all part of an elaborate ad Marge and Homer Simpson are watching, paid for by Americans Who Are Really Starting to Miss Obama. Watch the video below to find out why Homer declares, "And that's how I became a Democrat." Catherine Garcia

July 10, 2016

Earlier in her primary campaign, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton attacked rival Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care policy. Labeling the idea impractical, she said, "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass."

Now, with Sanders' endorsement expected to arrive any day, Clinton has embraced a version of his view. In a health care briefing released Saturday, Clinton endorsed adding a public insurance option to ObamaCare as well as allowing Americans to use Medicare beginning at the age of 55.

Sanders applauded her plan on Twitter, calling it "an important step toward expanding health insurance and health care access to millions of Americans." The proposal is projected to cost at least $40 billion over 10 years. Bonnie Kristian

May 24, 2016

In 1993, then-Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster committed suicide in Virginia's Fort Marcy Park — at least, that's according to six separate investigations of the incident. The death of Foster, who was a friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton's, has been fodder for years for conspiracy theorists positing the Clintons somehow had Foster killed because he possessed incriminating knowledge about the couple's affairs. Still, multiple official investigations ruled the death a suicide.

Of course, that didn't deter Donald Trump from calling the circumstances surrounding Foster's death "very fishy" in an interview with The Washington Post, which was published Monday. Trump has been ramping up his attacks on Hillary Clinton and her family in recent weeks as he pivots to the general election, and he has been forthright about his intent to use ad hominem attacks against her. But CNN's Jake Tapper took issue with Trump's repetition of a "fiction born of delusion and un-tethered to reality," calling Trump's comments "shameful." Watch Tapper's whole takedown, which aired Tuesday on his show The Lead, below. Kimberly Alters

Kimberly Alters

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