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Georgia Avoids Low Turnout Senate Runoff

Posted by Chris Hughes on November 08, 2016
Georgia Avoids Low Turnout Senate Runoff

News outlets are now calling Georgia’s Senate race for Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson, who will be elected to his third term as Georgia’s Senior Senator. Isakson has defeated both Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley. There was a time earlier in the campaign where the result was not so clear-cut, and Georgia may have had to conduct a statewide runoff election for Senator due to the majority vote requirement enshrined in their constitution for all public offices.

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No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

Posted by Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

The polls have closed in Illinois, and, when it comes to the Illinois state legislature, it has been another election in which the politicians chose their voters, and not the other way around. Although Illinois may not be able to adopt independent redistricting, there is another solution, rooted in Illinois' history.

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Don Beyer Elected to Second Term

Posted by Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
Don Beyer Elected to Second Term

Virginia’s polls are now closed, and Representative Don Beyer of Virginia’s Eighth District appears to have been elected to his second term, based on early returns. Don Beyer’s first term has marked him as an innovative thinker and a supporter of important election changes.

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Reading the Tea Leaves: The Presidential Vote and State Partisanship

Posted by Stephen Beban on November 08, 2016
Reading the Tea Leaves: The Presidential Vote and State Partisanship

After each Presidential cycle, FairVote looks at the Presidential vote returns to determine the partisanship of each state; that is, the amount the Democratic and Republican candidates got relative to the national Two-Party vote share. This turns out to be highly predictive of the odds of that state being a contested battleground in the next election.

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