President Trump projected to win Ohio's 18 electoral votes
- President Donald Trump is projected to win Ohio over former Vice President Joe Biden, according to NBC News.
- Ohio has 18 Electoral College votes. Polls had indicated a tight race in a state Trump won handily in 2016 over Hillary Clinton.
- Long considered a bellwether for national politics, Ohio has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1964.
President Donald Trump is projected to win Ohio over former Vice President Joe Biden, according to NBC News.
Ohio has 18 Electoral College votes. Polling averages had indicated a tight race in a state Trump won handily in 2016 over Hillary Clinton.
Long considered a bellwether for national politics, Ohio has voted for the winning presidential candidate in every election since 1964. No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning the Buckeye State.
But with Trump's commanding victory in 2016 and a near Republican sweep in 2018 statewide races, Ohio's red-state status had increasingly become a foregone conclusion.
Polling trackers had given little indication of which candidate held a clear advantage in Ohio heading into Election Day.
RealClearPolitics showed Biden with a slim lead over Trump that tightened to a neck-and-neck race in the final days.
GOP pollster Frank Luntz deemed Ohio a must-win state for Trump, along with North Carolina and Florida.
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Idaho's Jim Risch is projected to keep his Senate seat and fend off Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan
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- Idaho incumbent Sen. Jim Risch has defeated Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan, per Decision Desk HQ.
- The state overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
- In-person voting closed at 8 p.m. local time.
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Idaho junior Sen. Jim Risch has successfully defended his seat against Democratic challenger Paulette Jordan, per a projection by Decision Desk HQ.
Risch is finishing his 12th year and his second term in the Senate. He easily won reelection in 2014 after defeating his challenger by 30.6 percentage points.
Jordan is a former Idaho state representative and a citizen of the Coeur d'Alene tribe.
In the 2016 presidential election, Idaho voted for President Donald Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by 31.7 percentage points.
In-person voting closed at 8 p.m. local time on Election Day.
Sabato's Crystal Ball with the University of Virginia Center for Politics called the match-up "safe" Republican ahead of Election Day.
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Florida voters approve $15 minimum wage hike
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Voters in Florida approved a graduated minimum wage hike that would raise the starting rate for workers in the Sunshine State to $15 per hour by 2026.
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The measure, known as Amendment 2, will raise the minimum rate to $10 per hour on Sept. 30, 2021. In the years that follow, there will be annual $1 increases until $15 per hour is reached.
Afterward, the minimum wage pay rate will be tied to inflation.
The current minimum wage in Florida is $8.56, while the federal base pay rate is $7.25.
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It has been estimated that the measure will lift pay for about 2.5 million workers in the state.
Florida is the eighth state to commit to raising wages to $15 per hour, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
While proponents believe higher wages will help families by paying workers a livable wage, critics claim that business owners may not be able to afford increased payroll costs.
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