I hope everyone enjoyed the extra hour of sleep last night, I know I did. Here’s the news you need to know for November 4.
1. Are you ready for Tuesday?
- Tuesday, election day, is almost upon us, so let’s take a look back at our coverage of the state races to watch this election night:
- Senate District 10– Craig Ford V. Andrew Jones
- Senate District 6– Larry Stutts V. Johnny Mack Murrow
- Senate District 32– Chris Elliott V. Jason Fisher
- Senate District 2– Tom Butler V. Amy Wasyluka
- Senate District 25– Will Barfoot V. David Sadler
- House District 97– Adline Clarke V. Stephen McNair
- House District 94– Joe Faust V. Danielle Mashburn-Myrick
- House District 46– David Faulkner V. Felicia Stewart
- House District 3– Chad Young V. Andrew Sorrell
- House District 47– David Wheeler V. Jim Toomey
- House District 28– Kyle Pierce V. Gil Isbell
- House District 65– Elaine Beech V. Brett Easterbrook
- House District 89– Wes Allen V. Joel Lee Williams
- Amendment 1– Ten commandment display
- Amendment 2– Sanctity of life language
- Amendment 3 & 4– University of Alabama Board of Trustees and Special Elections
- The Montgomery Advertiser also put this handy list together of all the state wide races as well as details of all the proposed constitutional amendments.
- You should also read Kim Chandler’s recent report about the Governor’s race that gets at the core values of each campaign.
2. Weather warnings for Tuesday
- There is a potential risk for severe weather for parts of Alabama starting Monday evening and into Tuesday which could affect voter turnout on Tuesday.
- NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has placed northwest Alabama under an enhanced risk of severe weather, which means numerous severe storms will be possible.
- Secretary of State John Merrill said on Saturday that polling places will be prepared for the weather but did not give any specific details.
- Studies have shown that rain on Election Day decreases turnout and generally hurts Democrats and benefits Republicans.
- If the weather gets as bad as many forecasts keeps saying though, it may mean a bad turn out for both parties.
- But, there’s also the many headlines that keep boasting about the large voter turnout no matter what the weather is like and voting campaigns seen by both parties may encourage Alabamians to brace the weather.
- Texas is seeing major early voting numbers this year that have surpassed their total voter turn out in the 2014 midterms.
- If Alabama is like any of the other state this year, there will likely be a major turn out, rain or shine.
3. What races to watch in other parts of the country.
- Of course, there are the huge races that have gotten massive media attention and massive campaign contributions like the Georgia Governor’s race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp.
- As well as the Senate race in Texas between Breto O’Rouke and Ted Cruz.
- You should also check out this interesting graphic from Axios that lays out just how much these campaigns spent compared to their competitors.
- Also be sure to check out Will Whatley’s piece about the recent Cygnal polling over high-profile seats around the nation.
- Here are the other races that could determine if Democrats take over the House and if the Republicans will keep a hold of the Senate:
- You should keep an eye on the Kentucky race between Rep. Andy Barr and Democrat Amy McGrath.
- Virginia: Rep. Dave Brat and Democrat Abigail Spanberger.
- North Carolina: Rev. Mark Harris against Democrat Dan McCready.
- Ohio: Republican Troy Balderson against Democrat Danny O’Connor.
- You can read about all the other competitive house races here.
- Indiana is facing a competitive race between Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Mike Braun.
- West Virginia: Joe Manchin against Republican Patrick Morrisey.
- Florida: Sen. Bill Nelson against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
- Missouri: Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill against state Attorney General Josh Hawley.
- New Jersey: Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez against Republican Bob Hugin.
- You can read about all of the competitive senate races here.
4. The Week in Good News
I’m sure if you watched either the Auburn or Alabama game last night you’re already pretty happy, but here are some interesting stories for the week:
- Three men are now up and walking after sustaining bad injuries that would never allow them to walk again.
- Thanks to a pace maker-like implant that sends bursts of targeted stimulation to the muscles that intend to move.
- The walking may be brief and awkward, but it’s a breakthrough in treating these life-changing injuries.
- Read the NYT article for more details.
- You know those little houses with books in them you see occasionally on the side of the street?
- Well they have now reached to all 50 states and 88 countries.
- It started in Wisconsin with one man who wanted to pay homage to his mother who was a school teacher and a lover of books, and has now reached to places like Siberia.
- It’s a pretty neat story which you can read in detail here.
- If you are on Twitter and follow anyone who is an Alabama fan, you likely saw this girl last night.
- Well, now she has become a phenomenon and the face of every disappointed LSU fan.
- This tweet is my personal favorite and really explains the feelings that were felt last night.
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