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Republicans flipped their third state legislative seat this year on Tuesday night. Mississippi Republican Neil Whaley defeated his Democratic opponent in a special election for Mississippi’s 10th Senate district. The seat was previously held by the Democrat Minority Leader of the state Senate. Lt. Governor Tate Reeves congratulated Whaley on his victory by saying in a statement: “President Trump, Governor Bryant, and I share a belief in policies that promote economic growth and job creation, and I know Neil will be a good partner in championing these policies.” Republicans maintain a supermajority in both chambers of the Mississippi legislature.
Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley announced his long-rumored gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday in which he highlighted his role in helping revive the Michigan economy during his tenure as Lt. Governor. In his announcement, Calley said, “Not only have I been involved with passing massive and historic tax cuts, streamlining or eliminating regulations and working on a balanced budget that pays down the state’s debt, I also have a detailed plan for the future.” Calley will face off against Attorney General Bill Schuette, Dr. Jim Hines and state Sen. Patrick Colbeck of Canton in the Republican primary.
In Ohio, gubernatorial candidates, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted, announced they would form a joint ticket with DeWine as the gubernatorial nominee and Husted as the lieutenant governor candidate. On Thursday afternoon, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, who is also running in the gubernatorial primary, said that she would remain in the race.
Virginia Democrats have requested recounts in two House of Delegates races. The certified results from both districts have the Republican candidates in the lead with razor-thin margins. In the 40th District, the margin is 106 votes, and in the 94th District, the margin is 10 votes. As it stands now the Republicans retain the majority in the House of Delegates by a 51-49 majority.
Attorneys for Nevada Democratic state Senator Nicole Cannizzaro have asked for Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske to change the process for how recall signatures are verified. Cannizzaro is one of two Democratic state Senators facing the possibility of a recall election. On Tuesday the Secretary of State’s office said its initial count of the recall signatures was sufficient to trigger a recall election for Cannizzaro but because signature removal requests were also submitted more verification is necessary. Additionally, a Washington Post profile on the recall races reported that the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has raised nearly $1 million dollars in anticipation of the recall elections.
The Denver Post reports, “Colorado has completed a first-of-its-kind statewide election audit, which drew attention from outside the state, with all participating counties passing.” Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams praised the process saying, “it turned out to be an amazing success, and that’s because our staff and our county clerks have done a phenomenal job. I am thankful for their hard work and dedication.” Audits like this one will now take place following every election in the state.
IN THE TWITTERSPHERE
Congrats to Neil Whaley on his victory for Mississippi's 10th Senate district. Whaley's win makes this the third state legislative seat to flip from Democrat to Republican control this year. https://t.co/kywx5rDwE9
— Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (@GOPLegislators) November 29, 2017
— Adam Ganucheau (@GanucheauAdam) November 29, 2017
"We set out to make Michigan the comeback state and that’s exactly what we did. I am running for governor to build on this strong foundation" — Lt. Governor @briancalley said upon announcing his 2018 gubernatorial campaign https://t.co/Rpaf5RRyXg
— Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (@the_RLGA) November 28, 2017
Through bipartisan & common sense solutions, @CharlieBakerMA & @KarynPolito have been able to deliver results for the citizens of Massachusetts. That's why they have announced their plans to seek re-election in 2018. https://t.co/ZTuGBcfozo
— Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (@the_RLGA) November 29, 2017
It was a bittersweet moment today when I handed in my resignation as speaker of the NH House. I wish members the House all the best in the next session. #nhhouseofreps #nhpolitics pic.twitter.com/RHRXHwKNzu
— Speaker Shawn Jasper (@NHSpeaker) November 30, 2017