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One thing Republicans plan to do if they win the election? Fully reopen the Capitol

As election watchers imagine what the Hill will look like after the midterms, they may start with the bustle in the hallways. The Capitol could fully reopen to the public as soon as January if Republicans win a majority.

Auditors have received an unprecedented amount of public records requests since the 2020 election, and it’s likely just the beginning

Washington isn’t alone. Nationwide, elections officials have been overwhelmed with public records requests regarding the 2020 election as a number of organizations and individuals are still looking for voter fraud. 

Tuesday’s election could bring a number of surprises. Here are some races to watch:

Ballots must be returned to a drop box or postmarked by 8 p.m. that day. For more information on where to vote, visit VoteWA.gov or your local county elections office. County auditors have encouraged voters to get their ballots in earlier rather than later to allow for quicker processing and faster results.

Big money buying lots of negative advertising in race between French and Yates for Spokane County Commission

Political action committees haven’t been pulling punches on their mailers. 

Race for the North Idaho College board presents two slates of choices

Kootenai County voters are gearing up to decide who will lead North Idaho College following a tumultuous few years.

Russ Fulcher faces Democrat, Libertarian in bid for third term representing North Idaho in Congress

U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher has staked out his ground as a hard-line conservative and Trump supporter in his first two terms representing Idaho in Congress.

Florida GOP surges toward Election Day as Democrats struggle

It’s been a remarkable midterm election in Florida, with months of campaigning and millions of dollars of ad spending soon coming to an end as voters go to the polls Tuesday to determine the future of the state.

Trump weighs announcing 2024 run in week after midterms

Former President Donald Trump is tentatively planning to announce his widely anticipated 2024 campaign for the White House during the week after U.S. midterm elections, according to people familiar with the matter.

Hire officers? Abolish the police? LA’s election reveals deep divisions over the LAPD

When community activist Eunisses Hernandez ran for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council this year, she made clear she thinks L.A. needs fewer police. The Highland Park resident promised to oppose the hiring of new officers at the LAPD, even to replace those who retire, saying the savings should be redirected into community services. On the issue of policing and prisons, she described herself as an abolitionist.

A wide majority of Americans are concerned about politically-motivated violence

A wide and bipartisan majority of Americans worry there is increased danger of politically motivated violence in the United States, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. 

Georgia’s US Senate race on pace to be the nation’s costliest this year

Less than two years after donors poured record amounts of money into Georgia to capture a pair of U.S. Senate seats, the state is again leading the nation in the race for political cash.

Midterms’ final stretch marked by fights in unexpected places

Some voters do not appear to be acting as political operatives expected, forcing candidates and outside groups to spend big money in some unexpected places — or to give up the fight in certain districts altogether.

Pence rallies with Kemp while Trump goes missing in Georgia

About midway through his speech in Atlanta’s northern exurbs, former Vice President Mike Pence brought up an issue that’s both a point of pride for Gov. Brian Kemp and a reminder of a break with his former boss that could shape the 2024 race.

A week out, here are 2022’s most vulnerable House and Senate members

A week before Election Day, the list of the 10 most vulnerable House members includes a few new faces, while those on the Senate list remain the same, just in a new order.

Will 2020’s dramatic surge in student voting carry over to midterms?

The voting rate of young people in their late teens and early 20s has long been the lowest of any age group, and the 2020 presidential election was no exception. But that was only part of the story.

U.S. Senate candidates Patty Murray and Tiffany Smiley meet for final time before election in Seattle town hall

In their last appearance together, the candidates kept to most of their campaign talking points. 

Women of color running for office face higher rates of violent threats online

Less than four hours after Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott (D) announced last year that she planned to run for Congress, an email calling her a “slimey, ignorant c—-” appeared in the inbox she uses for legislative business.

We the People: Senate rules for filibuster up for debate. Here’s where Washington’s senators stand

Each week, The Spokesman-Review examines one question from the Naturalization Test immigrants must pass to become United States citizens.

Patty Murray has 5-percentage-point lead over Tiffany Smiley in KHQ-TV, Triton poll released Friday

The poll, conducted Wednesday and Thursday with 506 respondents by Oregon-based polling firm Triton Polling & Research, found 50.6% of respondents favored Murray, the Democrat, to 45.4% support for Smiley, the Republican. The results fell within the poll’s +/- 4.4% margin of error, and 3.9% of respondents said they were undecided.