Elections

  • Botswana ruling party leads in early election results

    Botswana's ruling party was leading in most local council constituencies as general election results trickled in Saturday, but opposition parties made a strong showing in the capital, the electoral commission said. There had been delays in the counting of parliamentary ballots and no results had…

    AFP
  • Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall. Qais Jebali swiftly made espressos behind the bar and explained why no one in the gritty neighborhood of Tadamon cared…

    Associated Press
  • Outgoing president's party leads Uruguay contest

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The political party of outgoing President Jose Mujica, who gained international notice for social reforms such as legalization of marijuana and gay marriage, leads going into Sunday's election to replace him but victory is far from assured.

    Associated Press
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    Ukraine's Communist face poll wipeout

    Ukraine voters will go to the polls Sunday in elections set to dramatically reshape parliament, after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro-Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex-Soviet state. Duration: 01:07

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  • Scottish opposition leader quits with 'dinosaur' blast

    London (AFP) - Johann Lamont, leader of the opposition Labour Party in Scotland, quit on Saturday, branding the wider UK party leadership "dinosaurs" who failed to grasp how the independence referendum had changed Scottish politics.

    AFP
  • Democrat takes on Cianci for Providence mayor

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The man taking on former mayor and twice-convicted felon Buddy Cianci in the race for mayor of Providence is a Harvard-educated law professor who grew up poor, the son of Guatemalan immigrants.

    Associated Press
  • Mozambique's ruling party wins presidential race

    MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — The ruling party candidate for president in Mozambique has won the election with about 57 percent of the vote, elections officials said Friday.

    Associated Press
  • Yes on Proposition 45 going to the airwaves

    With just over a week until election day, backers of Proposition 45, the health insurance rate regulation initiative, are finally putting ads on television.

    Los Angeles Times
  • [video] Opinion: Why the ‘War on Women’ Theme Isn’t Working

    Independence Institute President Jon Caldara on why Sen. Mark Udall’s emphasis on birth control and abortion have backfired in his re-election race. Photo: Associated Press

    MarketWatch
  • GOP outraises Democrats in early October

    Donors gave the Republican National Committee $8.1 million during the first two weeks of October, and the party borrowed another $5 million to help its campaign allies working on House and Senate races, ...

    Associated Press
  • Sweden's far-right tells mainstream to negotiate or risk new election

    By Johan Ahlander STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats, who hold the balance of power in parliament, said on Friday that mainstream parties should negotiate with them before the government's centerpiece budget vote or risk a new election. All parties have refused to…

    Reuters
  • Palin backs independent for Alaska governor

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin has snubbed her former lieutenant governor in his bid for re-election, supporting an independent candidate after Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell dismantled the increased oil taxes that were a signature part of her time as governor.

    Associated Press
  • Britain slams EU budget demand, others see 'molehills'

    BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron challenged a demand from the European Union for an additional 2.1-billion-euro payment into this year's EU budget after a revision of economic statistics showed his country was better off. EU leaders, scrambling to defuse a…

    Reuters
  • Brazil presidential rivals face off in debate

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's presidential candidates faced off in a heated debate Friday night just two days before their runoff election, with the focus on allegations of corruption and arguments over who could best spark a stalled economy.

    Associated Press
  • [video] Opinion: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race Gets Interesting

    Boston Business Journal Web Editor Eric Convey on why Republican candidate Charlie Baker is gaining in the polls. Photo: Getty Images

    MarketWatch
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    Illinois governor race turns to support of women

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is hosting an event to encourage early voting in the suburbs, while earlier Friday afternoon Governor Pat Quinn reached out to women during an event with Gloria Steinem.

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  • Political Islam tries to adapt to Tunisia election landscape

    By Tarek Amara SFAX Tunisia (Reuters) - From behind a niqab veil masking all but her eyes, Tunisian activist Fedia Mkaouar stops passersby in a busy street to make a pitch for her conservative Islamist party chasing votes in Sunday's parliamentary election. When Tunisians held their first ballot a…

    Reuters
  • Cutting Through the Noise: Nonpartisan Candidate Guides

    We're in the campaign home stretch, and it's ugly. The races are close. The results will determine how we engage issues from climate change to Ebola, ISIS, and an ever more unequal economy. Yet it's tempting to tune out the elections given the deluge of attack ads and spin, and the toxic influence…

    Huffington Post