Area voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for a midterm election that could see the balance of power shift toward the left in the U.S. Congress.Pennsylvania, and specifically the suburbs of Philadelphia, will play an important role in the future makeup of the Congress, with several races key to the Democrats' effort to flip the U.S. House. Nationwide, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to retake the majority.Suburban women voters, who oppose President Donald Trump in large numbers according to polls, are considered the key voting bloc in the midterms.One thing is for sure: Philly-area voters will be sending a congresswoman (from District 5) and perhaps a second as well (from District 4) to Washington to break up the current all-male congressional delegation from Pennsylvania.RELATED STORY: Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveils new congressional mapThere are other big races in the state, including for governor, and a multitude of contested seats in the state … [Read more...] about 2018 Pennsylvania general election: What you need to know
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Statewide The marquee race among statewide officials will be between Cruz and O’Rourke. But Gov. Greg Abbott is also running for re-election against former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton face long-shot challenges from Democratic opponents Mike Collier and Justin Nelson, respectively, as do Republican incumbents in the comptroller, land commissioner and agriculture commissioner races.Congressional races in North Texas3rd Congressional District: Republican state Sen. Van Taylor and Democrat Lorie Burch are vying to replace retiring Plano Rep. Sam Johnson in heavily Republican Collin County.5th Congressional District: State Rep. Lance Gooden is trying to keep retiring Rep. Jeb Hensarling's district Republican in a race against Democrat Dan Wood. The district stretches from Dallas and Mesquite into East Texas.6th Congressional District: Republican Ron Wright, the former Tarrant County tax … [Read more...] about Get ready to vote: Who’s on the ballot, and what do you need to know for Texas’ midterm elections?
Polls have painted the race as the closest election for a Texas statewide office in recent history. But some say the only poll that matters is the election. Here’s what you’ll need to know to make your voice heard. Am I registered?The last day to register to vote in the November elections is Oct. 9. Find out if you're already registered and see other important dates on VoteTexas.gov, the Texas secretary of state's website.You can obtain a voter registration application from your county voter registrar's office, libraries, most post offices and high schools. You can also request a postage-paid application be mailed to you or fill one out online, but you must print it and mail it to your county office. Here are links to the offices for counties in North Texas:Dallas Collin Denton Ellis Kaufman Rockwall TarrantWhen can I vote?Early voting starts Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. And if you’re … [Read more...] about How to register to vote, who’s on the ballot and what you need to know for Texas’ midterm elections
Voting gets underway Thursday in Tennessee for the county general election and state and federal primary contests. Big this year are the races to fill the state's top leadership position and a Senate seat in Washington, D.C. Other contests for the state House also have gained regional and national attention. Here's what you need to know before hitting the polls. RACES TO WATCH » Tennessee governor: Leading Republican candidates to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam are U.S. Rep. Diane Black of Gallatin, Knoxville entrepreneur and former state economic commissioner Randy Boyd, state House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, and Williamson County businessman Bill Lee. On the Democratic side are former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley. » U.S. Senate: Republican Marsha Blackburn, a Brentwood congresswoman, and former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, are running for their respective party nominations to replace Sen. Bob … [Read more...] about It’s election day: Here are some things to know
Next Tuesday, May 15, is primary day in Pennsylvania, and voters will find a number of races that are wide open – especially in the congressional mid-term elections, where voting districts look much different.That's because they were redrawn by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this year to eliminate the heavily gerrymandered map approved by state legislators in 2012 and challenged in court last year.Moreover, a number of congressional incumbents in the Philadelphia area have bowed out, including Democrat Bob Brady, the subject of an FBI corruption trial who is not seeking election, and Republican Ryan Costello, who retired ahead of a re-election battle in his new, more equitably drawn district.RELATED STORY: Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveils new congressional map(The seat of Republican Patrick Meehan, who resigned under the cloud of a sexual-harassment scandal, will be filled in a November 6 special election to coincide with the general election.)The vacancies … [Read more...] about 2018 Pennsylvania primary: There’s a lot you need to know