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Long lines, machine breakdowns mar vote on Election Day

Problem signs that arose during weeks of early voting carried into Election Day as some voters across the country faced hours-long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and unexpectedly closed polling places.

Sen. Jon Tester pushes to make race about Montana, not Trump

With President Donald Trump clamoring to defeat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and conservative groups spending heavily against him, the Democrat is falling back on a well-worn strategy in his pursuit of a third term: make the election about Montana, not Washington, D.C.

Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson, Lynden Smithson vie for open district court seat

Judge Vance Peterson’s planned retirement at the end of the year has drawn three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s newest district court judge. All three have lived in Spokane for decades, some born and raised. All three graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and spent years working as attorneys. Where they diverge is the experience – particularly, whether they’ve already donned the black robes.

Despite win, GOP unsettled by narrow margin in U.S. House election in Arizona

GLENDALE, Ariz. – It took a big money push from the Republican Party, tweets by the president and the support of the state’s current and former governors, but the GOP held onto an Arizona U.S. House seat they would have never considered endangered in any other year. Tuesday’s narrow victory by Republican Debbie Lesko over a Democratic political newcomer sends a big message to Republicans nationwide: Even the reddest of districts in a red state can be in play this year. Early returns show Lesko winning by about 5 percentage points in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District where Donald Trump won by 21 percentage points.

House Democrats choose a 2019 villain: Ryan, not Trump

House Democrats think they’ve found a Republican to demonize during next year’s midterm election, and it’s not Donald Trump. Recognizing the Republican president’s enduring popularity with his white working-class base, Democrats are preparing a campaign that focuses just as much on Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House.

Russia-linked bots hone online attack plans for 2018 U.S. vote

After the 2016 U.S. presidential race was subject to Russian cyber meddling, analysts say the ferocity of more recent assaults is a preview of what could be coming in the 2018 elections, when Republicans will be defending their control of both chambers of Congress.