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Daily News Digest – November 4, 2020

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Good morning!

Here’s your post-election Daily News for Wednesday, November 4.



1. Too close to call

  • A nail-biting election night has spilled over into the day after, with no clear winner in the Electoral College between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Trump had a stronger-than-expected, poll-defying night, winning swing states Florida and Ohio, while holding Texas, Iowa and other must-win states. He also appears to have won North Carolina.
  • Biden won Minnesota and appears to have won Arizona and Nevada, though votes are still being counted in those states.
  • The race is coming down to four states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia.
  • Things are moving fast, but at the moment, Trump leads in Georgia by just under 104,000 votes with 92% reporting; Biden leads in Michigan by about 11,000 votes with 90% reporting; Trump leads in Pennsylvania by about 590,000 votes with 76% reporting; and Biden leads in Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes with 97% reporting.
  • To win reelection, Trump needs to win three of those four remaining states. Biden needs to win only two.
  • In a White House press conference early this morning, Trump insisted that he had won the remaining states and pledged to take a case to the Supreme Court to stop vote counting beyond Election Day.
  • “We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court — we want all voting to stop,” Trump said early Wednesday.
  • Biden’s campaign called that “outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect” and promised to deploy legal teams of its own.
  • Full story HERE.



2. Tuberville routs Jones to reclaim Senate seat for GOP

  • Former college football coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday recaptured a U.S. Senate seat for Republicans by defeating Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, who had widely been considered the Senate’s most endangered Democrat.
  • Republicans had made taking back the once reliably conservative seat a priority in 2020.
  • “Alabama, welcome back to the Republican U.S. Senate,” Tuberville shouted after taking the stage to loud cheers at his election night party in downtown Montgomery. Tuberville captured 61.3% of the vote to Jones 38.6% with 97% of ballots counted.
  • “I want to thank Doug Jones for his hard work and effort, but it’s time to go home,” Tuberville said as the crowd cheered. “Sometimes you end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard.”
  • Jones’ concession speech in Birmingham was a stark contrast to his jubilant celebration three years ago when he pulled off what some thought an impossible Deep South win.
  • “At the end of the day, my time in the Senate is going to be over, but our time is just beginning, our time to make our state so much better than what it has been, to make sure we continue the march of progress,” Jones said.
  • Full story from Kim Chandler HERE.





A message from

the Boeing Company

  • Last week, Boeing supported the fourth U.S. Air Force test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) of 2020.
  • The test launch once again demonstrated the readiness and effectiveness of the Boeing-built land-based strategic deterrent – marking another successful chapter of test launch support during the 50th anniversary year of the system going on continuous alert.
  • Boeing’s partnership with the Air Force on the Minuteman ICBM dates back to 1958. The Air Force recently gave Boeing back-to-back perfect performance ratings for its test and evaluation work supporting the program.
  • The program is managed out of the company’s Missile and Weapon Systems division in Huntsville.






3. Carl, Moore win seats in Congress

  • Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl will be the new congressman for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, beating Democratic candidate James Averhart.
  • As of Wednesday morning, unofficial election results from the Alabama Secretary of State show Carl with 64.9% of the vote and Averhart with 35%.
  • “The voters of south Alabama have spoken loudly and clearly tonight – they want a congressman with a backbone who will fight for our values, push back against the liberal agenda and accomplish real results for our district,” Carl said in a press release. “I couldn’t be prouder to be their voice in Congress.”
  • Carl’s campaign manager, Zach Weidlich, told ADN that Carl is interested in serving on the House Armed Services, Agriculture and Financial Services committees, among others.
  • Read more on that from Caroline Beck HERE.
  • In the 2nd Congressional District, Enterprise business owner and former state lawmaker Barry Moore beat Democratic candidate Phyllis Harvey-Hall Tuesday night with 65% of the vote.
  • Moore told his supporters Tuesday night that his faith has guided him through this sometimes difficult process and he takes the congressional seat with humility.
  • “We’re in a battle for the heart and soul of our nation, and we want to do justly as we go to DC,” Moore said. “We’re humbled to be here, and we want to continue to walk with Him as we serve this district, this state and our nation.”
  • As of Wednesday morning, unofficial election results from the Alabama Secretary of State show Moore winning 197,329 votes and Harvey-Hall getting 104,492 votes.
  • Moore has aligned his campaign with Trump’s and has continuously been vocal in supporting a socially conservative agenda.
  • Read more from Caroline Beck HERE.
  • The rest of Alabama’s House delegation will return to Congress. Reps. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, and Mike Rogers, R-Saks, won overwhelmingly against Democratic opponents Tuesday. Reps. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, Gary Palmer, R-Birmingham, and Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, were unopposed in the election.
  • That story HERE.
  • With two new congressmen and one new senator, it is the first time since 2002 that a third of Alabama’s delegation in Washington has changed hands in one election cycle.
  • Also, not for nothing, but we now have a Terri, a Jerry, a Barry and a Gary in the House delegation.




4. Down the ballot


  • For the State School Board, two incumbents easily won reelection: Republicans Stephanie Bell and Jackie Ziegler. Democrat Tonya Smith Chestnut will take the seat previously held by Ella Bell and Republican Belinda Palmer McCrae will take the seat currently held by Jeff Newman. Those results HERE.
  • Alabama voters approved constitutional amendments to remove racist language from the state constitution and uphold local “stand your ground” laws, but rejected a proposal to make several administrative changes to state courts.
  • Amendment 2, which would allow the full Alabama Supreme Court to appoint the director of the state’s court system, a task now performed solely by the chief justice, and make other changes to the judicial system, failed by more than 35,000 votes.
  • Read more about the amendments from Mary Sell HERE.
  • Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh won a third term as president of the utility-regulating Alabama Public Service Commission by defeating Democrat Laura Casey.
  • In uncontested judicial races, Greg Shaw won reelection to the Alabama Supreme Court while Brad Mendheim won his first term in his own right after being appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey.
  • Bill Thompson won reelection to the Court of Civil Appeals while State Rep. Matt Fridy won his first term on the court.
  • Incumbents Mary Windom and Beth Kellum each won reelection to the Court of Criminal Appeals.



5. GOP Senate majority appears to hold

  • Republicans appear to have held onto their majority control of the U.S. Senate after defending seats in South Carolina, Iowa, Texas, Kansas and Montana.
  • Republican incumbent Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and David Perdue of Georgia were in the lead with votes still yet to be counted. In Michigan, Republican John James is leading Democratic incumbent Gary Peters and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, thought to be a longshot for reelection, is currently leading Democratic opponent Sara Gideon.
  • Depending on the outcomes, Republicans are likely to hold anywhere from 51 to 53 seats in the Senate next year.
  • Read more HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Presidency hinges on tight races in battleground states
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – GOP’s Tuberville defeats US Sen. Jones, flips Alabama seat
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jerry Carl wins in 1st Congressional District
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Barry Moore wins in 2nd Congressional District
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Rogers, Aderholt defeat outmatched opponents; Brooks, Sewell and Palmer unopposed
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Democrats losing paths to Senate control as GOP hangs on
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabamians vote ‘yes’ on constitution clean-up bill, 4 others
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 2 incumbents, 2 new faces win state BOE seats
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Legal armies ready if cloudy election outcome heads to court
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey: Graddick soon out at Pardons and Paroles
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – November 3, 2020
AL.COM – Alabama adds 1,000-plus COVID-19 cases; latest county-by-county case numbers
AL.COM – ’Thanks, Alabama’: Jones says Senate tenure ‘an honor’ after loss to Tuberville
AL.COM – Marijuana legalized in 5 more states this Election Day
AL.COM – Amendment 4 to rid racist language in constitution passes
AL.COM – Barry Moore rolls to easy win for seat in Congress replacing Martha Roby
AL.COM – ‘Toll’ still a four-letter word in Baldwin County
AL.COM – 23,000 in Alabama still without power after Hurricane Zeta
AL.COM – Voting rights group reports complaints about poll watchers, provisional ballots in Alabama
Montgomery Advertiser – Barry Moore defeats Phyllis Harvey-Hall for 2nd Congressional District seat
Montgomery Advertiser – A look at Alabama’s U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tubervilleon Election Day 2020
Montgomery Advertiser – Amendment 4 passes; would start process of removing racist language from Alabama Constitution
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Lindsey Graham wins re-election to U.S. Senate in South Carolina, AP reports
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Northern battlegrounds could hold key to Trump-Biden outcome
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Tommy Tuberville wins Alabama US Senate seat
Tuscaloosa News – A look at Alabama’s U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tubervilleon Election Day 2020
Tuscaloosa News – PHOTOS: Voters Stand In Long Lines At Some Polling Places
Tuscaloosa News – TPD: Girl chased from bus stop; suspect in custody after foot pursuit, manhunt
Decatur Daily – Epidemiologist: Next few weeks will be key in managing spread of COVID-19
Decatur Daily – New Way Out: Decatur organization offering rides to the polls
Decatur Daily – Virtual auction to benefit Mental Health Association in Morgan County
Times Daily – Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area accepting grant proposals
Times Daily – Health Officials Say Now’s Not the TIme to Relax COVID Safety Protocols
Times Daily – Lauderdale 4-H Essay Contest Deadline is Nov. 13
Anniston Star – Day 6: 3,700 in Calhoun County still without power
Anniston Star – Live election results: Biden says he believes election is “on track” for a win, Trump may respond
Anniston Star – At 1 a.m., Trump, Biden race too close to call
YellowHammer News – Alabama Republicans win all contested statewide, congressional races
YellowHammer News – Barry Moore trounces opponent in AL-02
YellowHammer News – ‘Senator Coach’: Tommy Tuberville routs Doug Jones in Alabama
Gadsden Times – Record turnout: Etowah County sets new mark in presidential election
Gadsden Times – A look at Alabama’s U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tubervilleon Election Day 2020
Gadsden Times – Man in custody after failing to appear on attempted murder, burglary charges
Dothan Eagle – Gulf storm damage causes polling place moves, power outages
Dothan Eagle – Student found with unloaded firearm at Dothan Prep removed from campus
Dothan Eagle – Second suspect arrested again in armed robbery
Opelika-Auburn News – GOP dominates top of Lee County ballot
Opelika-Auburn News – 13 charged with collecting Social Security for dead people
Opelika-Auburn News – Tennessee U.S. attorneys appoint officials to oversee vote
WSFA Montgomery – Barry Moore wins Alabama U.S. House District 2 seat
WSFA Montgomery – Northern battlegrounds could hold key to Trump-Biden outcome
WSFA Montgomery – Tuberville wins Alabama U.S. Senate race
WAFF Huntsville – Albertville Fire and Police Departments receive drones from anonymous donor
WAFF Huntsville – DECISION 2020: Tuberville wins U.S. Senate Seat in Alabama; National vote counts continue
WAFF Huntsville – Absentee ballots processed earlier this year
WKRG Mobile – U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks wins uncontested Congressional seat
WKRG Mobile – Construction project finished on Schillinger Road, five lanes open to drivers
WKRG Mobile – Apartment fire on Old Pascagoula Road
WTVY Dothan – Youth Basketball Registration for Dothan Leisure Services 2020-2021 Season Extended
WTVY Dothan – Lori Parker Beasley voted in as next Henry County Superintendent
WTVY Dothan – Early County Board of Commissioners add a new face
WASHINGTON POST – Presidential election hangs in balance as Trump falsely asserts fraud and makes a claim of victory
WASHINGTON POST – Here’s what we know about key states that are still counting ballots
WASHINGTON POST – A stomach-churning night of counting leaves the outcome in the balance
NEW YORK TIMES – As America Awaits a Winner, Trump Falsely Claims He Prevailed
NEW YORK TIMES – Biden and Trump Are Locked in Tight Race as Uncounted Votes Remain
NEW YORK TIMES – Mark Kelly Defeats Martha McSally in Crucial Arizona Senate Race
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Election Day 2020: Economy, Coronavirus and Race Split U.S. Electorate
WALL STREET JOURNAL – How Coronavirus Changed Election 2020 Voting and Polling Stations
WALL STREET JOURNAL – California Voters Exempt Uber, Lyft, DoorDash From Reclassifying Drivers

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