The Latest: King wins Senate race in Maine

November 7th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

WASHINGTON — The Latest on U.S. Senate elections (all times local):

2:39 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has won a fifth full term representing California after shaking off a challenge from a fellow Democrat who argued she hasn’t been tough in confronting President Donald Trump.

Feinstein defeated state Sen. Kevin de Leon.

Voters first sent Feinstein to Washington in 1992. At 85, she is the oldest current U.S. senator.

She faced a fellow Democrat because of California’s system that sends the two candidates who win the most primary votes to the general election.

The race failed to generate much excitement, with Democrats more focused on winning seats in the U.S. House than on a safe Senate seat.

Feinstein argued that her experience and tenure in Washington made her the best person to serve California.

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1:40 a.m.

Maine’s independent Sen. Angus King has withstood a challenge from opponents on his ideological right and left to retain his seat.

King, a popular former Maine governor, defeated Republican state Sen. Eric Brakey and Democratic activists Zak Ringelstein to win a second term on Tuesday. King caucuses with the Democrats and was first elected to the Senate in 2012.

Tuesday’s election was the first U.S. Senate race to use Maine’s ranked-choice style of voting.

Brakey or Ringelstein could have forced additional voting rounds under the system if King had fallen short of 50 per cent of the popular vote. But King, who has long been popular with Maine voters, had a decisive win.

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11:55 p.m.

Republican Josh Hawley has unseated Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in a national

Article source: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/living/the-latest-king-wins-senate-race-in-maine-257169/

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