A week after the 2018 midterm elections and there’s still no shortage of uncertainty. Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida reports on the suspicion and vitriol taking place in Florida, where races for the Senate and governor are too close to call and are now the subject of a recount — bringing back memories, mostly bad, of what took place in the Sunshine State during the Bush v. Gore recount in 2000.
And another race yet to be called is in Georgia, where Republican Brian Kemp holds a 58,000-vote lead over his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams. Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that Abrams’ only remaining hope is not to overturn Kemp’s lead — which may be impossible — but to get him under 50 percent of the vote. If that would happen, the two candidates would advance to a December 4th runoff. And then, all bets would be off.
Finally, presidential scholar Stephen Hess has a new book out about his six decades in politics. It’s called “Bit Player” (which Hess is decidedly not), and it goes from his role as a speechwriter for President Eisenhower in the 1950s, through his years with Richard Nixon, and where he is now, and has been since 1972, at the Brookings Institution.
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