Elections

  • Botswana's ruling party leads in poll results

    Botswana's ruling party was Saturday leading in local constituencies as results trickled in from a general election held the previous day, 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…

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  • Brazil's election: 'Ghosts' versus 'Monsters'

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian voters electing a new president this weekend are being asked to decide what scares them least: the incumbent's warnings about the "ghosts of the past," or her challenger's charges about the "monsters of the present."

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • 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
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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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  • 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
  • Campaign spending is growing even faster than healthcare spending

    TIME's Michael Scherer, Pratheek Rebala, and Chris Wilson have created a cool interactive "campaign inflation calculator." They find that spending on Congressional campaigns has increased at an even faster rate than spending on health care — and has far outpaced growth in household income or GDP:

    Vox.com
  • 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
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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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  • [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
  • Botswana ruling party shows early lead in election

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The party that has ruled Botswana for nearly five decades has taken an early lead in the country's election.

    Associated Press
  • 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