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For conservatives running for school boards in California, any dream of a "red wave" proved to be a dud as Republican candidates, including a member of an extremist right-wing group, lost in most races across the state. But even some unsuccessful campaigns garnered enough votes to feed into an already acute sense of political polarization that was once missing from local school board races. ...

Can Donald Trump win the Republican presidential nomination? The contest is now in full flight, even though only one candidate, Trump, has formally announced. In echoes of 2016, political observers have been debating whether Trump could capture the nomination with a relatively small share of the overall vote. Indeed, it appears that the Trump campaign may be counting on securing the nomination ...

A victory by Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in next week’s Georgia runoff election would hand his party a crucial 51st seat and some concrete advantages over Republicans. While Democrats already retained the barest of Senate majorities for next year by winning 50 seats in the midterm elections, their control in an evenly divided chamber depends on Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties. A ...

WASHINGTON — House Republicans’ speaker nominee Kevin McCarthy does not yet have enough votes to win a floor election in January, but he told reporters Tuesday he will not drop out of the running and plans to take the fight to the floor if necessary. “We’ll have 218,” the California Republican said, referring to the number of votes necessary to win a majority of the House in the floor election. ...

ATLANTA — Georgia voters set a single-day early turnout record Monday as 301,500 people stormed to the polls on the first day they were open in most counties ahead of the U.S. Senate runoff. Turnout was even higher in the runoff Monday than it was during presidential elections, surpassing the previous high of 253,000 early voters on the Friday before Election Day in 2016. With just one week of ...

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously Monday to certify the results of the state's Nov. 8 general election during an at-capacity, hourslong meeting in which an audience member was escorted out by police. Several candidates challenging Election Day practices, including Republican Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo, spoke out against Election Day ...

On a chilly Saturday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign bus rolled into a park in Cumming, deep in the heart of Forsyth County. Nearly two-thirds of voters in this reliably Republican exurb backed Warnock’s opponent, Herschel Walker, in the general election. But with a Senate runoff just weeks away, Warnock was ceding no ground. “Clearly, I’m serious about working with everybody, ...