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Are White Evangelicals the Saviors of the GOP?
Key voting group has remained virtually unchanged in its political preferences

President Donald Trump attended a worship service at the International Church of Las Vegas in October 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Amid all the talk about shifting demographics and political changes over the last decade, one key voting group has remained virtually unchanged: white evangelicals.

According to one evangelical leader, a record number of white evangelicals voted in the 2018 midterms after an inspired turnout effort.

Florida’s Rick Scott Won’t Join the Senate Until Jan. 8
GOP senator-elect holding onto governor post until Ron DeSantis takes over

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will be the most junior senator. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Sen.-elect Rick Scott has opted to remain governor of the Sunshine State until Republican Ron DeSantis takes over, delaying his swearing-in for the Senate to Jan. 8.

His fellow senators-elect will join the chamber on Jan. 3 at the start of the 116th Congress.

Bill Nelson Concedes Florida Senate Race After Hand Recount
Governor Rick Scott’s victory over Nelson boosts GOP’s Senate majority

Florida Gov. Rick Scott held the hand of his grandson, Auguste, at his election night party in Naples, Fla. The Associated Press declared Scott the winner after a recount. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has conceded Florida’s Senate race to his Republican opponent Gov. Rick Scott following a hand recount.

“I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service. This victory would not be possible without the hard work of so many people,” Scott said in a statement. “Now the campaign truly is behind us, and that’s where we need to leave it.”

Donald Trump’s Trans-Atlantic Tweetstorm on Air Force One
President said he was focused on ‘the world.’ He spent hours attacking domestic foes

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One on Oct. 30 in Pittsburgh. On Friday, the president fired off a number of tweets from the plane while traveling with his wife to Paris. (Shealah Craighead/White House via Flickr)

President Donald Trump assured reporters as he left the White House Friday morning for Paris he was “thinking about the world.” Only, he wasn’t.

The president and first lady Melania Trump boarded Marine One just before 9:30 a.m. and lifted off to link up with Air Force One a few minutes later. By 10 a.m., the executive jet was wheels up for a diplomatic trip to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Bill Nelson’s Campaign Lawyer Predicts a Hand Recount, and a Victory
Attorney Marc Elias calls it a ‘jump ball’ between Nelson and Scott heading to recount

Marc Elias, chair of the Perkins Coie Political Law practice, is working for Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Party’s premier election lawyer predicts that the Florida Senate race is heading for a hand recount, and he said Thursday that he thinks Sen. Bill Nelson may in fact be re-elected.

Marc Elias, the partner at Perkins Coie who is now representing Nelson’s Senate campaign for recount purposes, said he expected that when the first round of counting of ballots is completed, the margin between Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott will come down to within the 0.25 percent threshold required under Florida law for a manual count. The race is already within the 0.5 percent machine recount threshold.

Three States Pass Sweeping Voting Rights Expansions
Voters approve key referenda in Florida, Michigan and Nevada

Voters arrive at the Old Stone School polling location as a light rain falls in Hillsboro, Va., on Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Voting rights activists are celebrating after voters in three states approved sweeping election reforms in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

Voters in Florida, Michigan and Nevada all passed major reforms to their states’ election systems, which will make voting easier and extend ballot access to millions of new voters.

Could a Monkey With a Dart Make Better Predictions? — And Other Takeaways From Tuesday’s Election
More investigations and congressional dysfunction, maybe a Supreme Court nomination — and more

Confetti covered the stage Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency in Washington after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., addressed the crowd at the DCCC election night party. Democrats won back the House in the 2018 midterms. (Margaret Spencer/ CQ Roll Call)

Democrats took the House — no big surprise there — but the much-touted blue wave was no tsunami. Republicans held the Senate and even picked up a few seats. But what difference does it make?

A lot.

Florida Polls Show Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson Ahead
Races for governor and senator appear to be intertwined

Musician Jimmy Buffett campaigns with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, left, and Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, at a rally featuring a performance by Buffett in West Palm Beach on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — How can a wildly expensive Senate campaign be an undercard?

Apparently, when you have an open-seat race for governor with a quickly emerging Democratic star running against a former congressman aligned with President Donald Trump.

Kavanaugh Defense Makes Lindsey Graham a GOP Star on Florida Campaign Trail
South Carolina senator finishing up his cross country tour backing GOP candidates

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gets a "kiss for Kavanaugh" from Cyndi Frump during a rally with Florida governor candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., at the Hillsborough County Republican Party office in Tampa. Frump was appreciative of Graham's support for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

ORLANDO, Fla. — There was a time when Sen. Lindsey Graham wasn’t attracting a crowd for his own 2016 presidential bid. Now he’s a bit of a rock star to the Republican faithful.

The South Carolina Republican is nearing the end of a cross-country tour that will bring him to a dozen states on behalf of Republican House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates — and yes, under the auspices of the Republican National Committee, President Donald Trump.

Trump Honors Pittsburgh Dead — and Knocks ‘Far-Left Media’ — at Florida Rally
President makes first of two final midterm-week visits to battleground state

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Erie, Pa., on Oct. 10. He was in Florida on Wednesday night and will return Saturday to the Sunshine State. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images file photo)

Updated 8:34 p.m. | President Donald Trump led off a midterm campaign rally in Florida on Wednesday by blaming the “far-left media” for exploiting the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting to hurt him and Republicans as the elections near.

“They did everything in their power to … push people apart,” he told the crowd in Fort Myers. “It was fake and it was make-believe. … The far-left media has spread lies and misinformation about the Trump administration.”