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us congressional race galvanises arab-american vote | news


arab american voters in the us state of illinois' 3rd congressional district will have a chance to show their electoral power as congressional primary elections begin on tuesday.voters will choose between dan lipinski - an establishment democratic incumbent who has been the representative since 2005 - and marie newman, a democratic newcomer who has embraced many of the arab community's issues.situated in chicago's southwest side, the 3rd district has about 111,000 arab americans - the largest concentration in the state and the sixth-largest in the us.the arab american vote is a componant of several hundred thousand more of non-arab muslim americans in the chicagoland arealipinski is a conservative, describing himself often as a "regan democrat". in 2004, he succeeded his father, bill lipin






us congressional race galvanises arab-american vote | news


arab american voters in the us state of illinois' 3rd congressional district will have a chance to show their electoral power as congressional primary elections begin on tuesday.voters will choose between dan lipinski - an establishment democratic incumbent who has been the representative since 2005 - and marie newman, a democratic newcomer who has embraced many of the arab community's issues.situated in chicago's southwest side, the 3rd district has about 111,000 arab americans - the largest concentration in the state and the sixth-largest in the us.lipinski is a conservative, describing himself often as a "regan democrat". in 2004, he succeeded his father, bill lipinski, who represented the district for 22 years.newman self-identifies as a "progressive democrat". she advocates national h






meet the men leading l.a.'s congressional race in early returns


it's looking like it will be a long night of vote-counting, but with just a few precincts reporting in the special election, two democrats led the race for the 34th congressional district in los angeles.here's a look at who they are:robert lee ahn is a businessman and former l.a. city planning commissioner. he raised the most money -- more than $338,700 -- in the latest campaign finance reports. if ahn wins, he would be the only korean american in congress and the first korean american democrat to be elected to the body.jimmy gomez is a state assemblyman who represents an area that substantially overlaps the congressional district that was held by former rep. xavier becerra before he was named attorney general. he raised the second-highest amount, according to the latest campaign finance r






ahn and gomez grab early lead in l.a.'s congressional primary


democratic rivals assemblyman jimmy gomez and former l.a. city planning commissioner robert lee ahn pulled out to a wide early lead tuesday night in a crowded field of candidates running to succeed rep. xavier becerra, according to early returns.if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the two top finishers among the 24 in the race will meet in a june 6 runoff for the 34th congressional district.if their lead holds, it would be a surprising victory for the relatively unknown ahn and a predictable one for gomez, who had locked up dozens of endorsements from elected officials, including becerra.it would also be a disappointing result for those who wanted to see one of the many women candidates in the race break through, and for those who hoped one of the several bernie sanders-ass






ahn and gomez grab early lead in l.a.'s congressional primary


democratic rivals assemblyman jimmy gomez and former l.a. city planning commissioner robert lee ahn pulled out to an early lead late tuesday in a crowded field of candidates running to succeed rep. xavier becerra, according to early returns.if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the two top finishers among the 24 in the race will meet in a june 6 runoff for the 34th congressional district.if their lead holds, it would be a surprising victory for the relatively unknown ahn and a predictable one for gomez, who had locked up dozens of endorsements from elected officials, including becerra.it would also be a disappointing result for those who wanted to see one of the many women candidates in the race break through, and for those who hoped one of the several bernie sanders-associat






race tight in georgia vote seen as test for trump | usa news


a young and inexperienced democratic candidate could win a congressional race in the atlanta suburbs where democrats hope to defy president donald trump by capturing a seat held by republicans since 1979.as results trickled in on tuesday night, jon ossoff, 30, narrowly led a field of 18 candidates vying for a us house of representatives seat that was vacated when trump named tom price as his health secretary.if ossoff fails to win an outright majority of the vote in georgia's 6th district, he will enter a june 20 runoff with one of the 11 republicans in the race.with 113 of 210 precincts counted, ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, held 50.3 percent of the vote.al jazeera's andy gallacher, reporting from sandy springs, atlanta, said ossoff's chances of winning in






race tight in georgia vote seen as test for trump | usa news


a young and inexperienced democratic candidate could win a congressional race in the atlanta suburbs where democrats hope to defy president donald trump by capturing a seat held by republicans since 1979.as results trickled in on tuesday night, jon ossoff, 30, narrowly led a field of 18 candidates vying for a us house of representatives seat that was vacated when trump named tom price as his health secretary.if ossoff fails to win an outright majority of the vote in georgia's 6th district, he will enter a june 20 runoff with one of the 11 republicans in the race.with 113 of 210 precincts counted, ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and former congressional aide, held 50.3 percent of the vote.al jazeera's andy gallacher, reporting from sandy springs, atlanta, said ossoff's chances of winning in






update on 'california politics updates: votes being counted in race for 34th con


it's too early to comment, it's a close race, it's been a long day, robert lee ahn at his watch party for the 34th congressional district race, awaiting returns






update on 'california politics updates: votes being counted in race for 34th con


it's too early to comment. it's a close race; it's been a long day. robert lee ahn, at his watch party for the 34th congressional district race, awaiting returns






l.a.'s congressional candidates spent an average of $86 per vote in the primary


in the fast and furious primary campaign for l.a.'s 34th congressional district, the crowded field of 24 candidates spent about $2.9 million trying to sway voters.in the end, 42,914 voters cast ballots in the race, bringing the average amount spent per vote to $67.97.some candidates, such as democrat adrienne edwards, didn't report spending no money at all. she received 182 votes.on the high end of the spectrum were former los angeles times employee alejandra campoverdi, who spent $277.93 per vote, and ricardo de la fuente, who dropped $230.92 for each of his 331 voters.aside from candidates who didn't spend anything, candidates who reported spending the least were kenneth mejia at $13.11 and steven mac at $14.15 per vote.robert lee ahn and jimmy gomez, who advanced to the june runoff, spe






georgia vote is most expensive election in history


more than $40m (£31m) is expected to be spent on a congressional race in the state of georgia, making it the most expensive us election race ever. the seat has been held by the republican party for decades, but democratic challenger jon ossoff hopes to use it as referendum on president donald trump.the next most-expensive house race was speaker paul ryan’s $19.8m victory last year, according to the center for responsive politics.






georgia election: trump faces knife-edge congressional vote


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe georgia vote is the most expensive congressional election in historythe us state of georgia holds a congressional election on tuesday, with the democrats seeking to deliver their first major blow to donald trump's presidency.polls suggest the race for the seat in suburban atlanta between jon ossoff and republican karen handel is very close.spending on all candidates has been put at $56m (£44m), making it the costliest congressional election in us history.democrats have suffered narrow defeats in kansas and montana this year.trump tweets supportmr ossoff narrowly failed to win the 50% needed to secure outright victory in the election for the atlanta seat in april, forcing this run-off vote against ms handel.the democrats are looki






georgia election: trump faces knife-edge congressional vote


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe georgia vote is the most expensive congressional election in historyvoters in the us state of georgia are taking part in an important congressional election, with democrats seeking to deliver their first major blow to donald trump's presidency.polls suggest the race for the seat in suburban atlanta between jon ossoff and republican karen handel is very close.spending on all candidates has been put at $56m (£44m), making it the costliest congressional election in us history.polling stations opened on tuesday morning and close at 19:00 (23:00 gmt).democrats have suffered narrow defeats in kansas and montana this year.trump tweets supportmr ossoff narrowly failed to win the 50% needed to secure outright victory in the election for t






the polls have closed in l.a.'s congressional election. now the counting begins


polls have closed in l.a.’s congressional race, after a day of light traffic at many polling locations in the 34th congressional district. the first returns, likely to represent mostly mail-in ballots, are expected to start flowing in soon, but the final result may not be clear tonight.with no candidate likely to garner more than 50% of votes, the top two finishers of tuesday’s vote are expected to meet in a june 6 runoff.despite the national attention fixed on this race — the first congressional primary since president trump was elected — there were widespread reports of short to non-existent lines at most polling places. throughout the afternoon, voters seemed to be coming in trickles rather than waves, and some campaign staffers were seen poring over voter lists in an attempt to get out






knife-edge vote counts rattle republicans


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe georgia vote is the most expensive congressional election in historycliffhanger election counts are under way from tuesday's congressional elections in the us states of georgia and south carolina.the georgia race between democrat jon ossoff and republican karen handel in suburban atlanta is too close to call.democrat archie parnell and republican ralph norman are also neck and neck in south carolina's solidly conservative fifth district.the elections will be seen by many as a referendum on president donald trump.democrats have suffered narrow defeats in kansas and montana this year.the south carolina seat, vacated when mick mulvaney became mr trump's budget director, was expected to be an easy win for republicans.trump tweets sup






the polls have closed in l.a.'s congressional election. now the counting begins


polls have closed in l.a.’s congressional race after a day of light traffic at many polling locations in the 34th congressional district. in very early returns, candidates robert lee ahn and state assemblyman jimmy gomez are neck and neck, and have substantial leads over the rest of the pack.with no candidate likely to garner more than 50% of votes, the top two finishers of tuesday’s vote are expected to meet in a june 6 runoff.despite the national attention fixed on this race — the first congressional primary since president trump was elected — there were widespread reports of short to non-existent lines at most polling places. throughout the afternoon, voters seemed to be coming in trickles rather than waves, and some campaign staffers were seen poring over voter lists in an attempt to g






kansas republican wins congressional seat in special election


kansas republican and state treasurer ron estes on tuesday defeated democrat civil rights attorney james thompson to win a congressional seat in a race that became an unlikely testing ground of an early backlash to president donald trump.estes got about 53 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed, to win the kansas 4th congressional district seat held by republican mike pompeo from 2011 until he vacated it this year, to become director of the central intelligence agency.“even though we heard a lot from the national media and from people outside this state that we were not going to be able to win this race, we showed that we are still a republican seat,” estes told supporters at a rally in wichita.“and we’re going to make sure we change things in washington.” democrats had hoped to c






for many angelenos, it's the fifth election day this year and another could be o


los angeles voters in eagle rock, highland park, east los angeles and chinatown are heading— again — to the polls tuesday, this time to vote for their next assembly member. for many of them, this is the fifth election they've been asked to vote in since march, when l.a. mayor eric garcetti won reelection. then came a hotly contested l.a. city council runoff and two separate elections to fill the congressional seat vacated by xavier becerra, who moved on to become state attorney general. (jimmy gomez, california's newest congressman, won that race, leaving his assembly seat open and setting things in motion for tuesdays' election.)if none of the 13 candidates on the ballot gets more than 50% of the vote tuesday, voters can expect to be seeing mail about a sixth one soon.the uncharacteristi






first ballots show ahn and gomez with early lead in l.a.'s congressional primary


“if jimmy gomez is too conservative for this district, and that would’ve been laughable just two years ago, that should tell you where the body politic is going,” democratic strategist eric hacopian said in march. “there are definitely things at work here that are emblematic of fights that will take place in the next two, four, six or eight years in the democratic party.”the race was also influenced by a much more classic l.a. story: identity politics. labor organizer raymond meza liked to point out he would be the first openly gay latino elected to congress. in an era in which women’s marches and self-described “nasty women” are leading the protest movement, many of the 13 women running often talked about how trump inspired them to run and fight back.and ahn, who would be the only korean






supreme court strikes down 2 nc congressional districts


washington (ap) — the supreme court struck down two congressional districts in north carolina monday because race played too large a role in their creation.the justices ruled that republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor’s office in 2011 placed too many african-americans in the two districts. the result was to weaken african-american voting strength elsewhere in north carolina.both districts have since been redrawn and the state conducted elections under the new congressional map in 2016. even with the new districts, republicans maintained their 10-3 edge in congressional seats.justice elena kagan, writing for the court, said the state did not offer compelling justifications to justify its reliance on race in either district.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $






supreme court strikes down 2 nc congressional districts


washington — the supreme court struck down two congressional districts in north carolina monday because race played too large a role in their creation.the justices ruled that republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many african-americans in the two districts. the result was to weaken african-american voting strength elsewhere in north carolina.both districts have since been redrawn and the state conducted elections under the new congressional map in 2016. even with the new districts, republicans maintained their 10-3 edge in congressional seats.justice elena kagan, writing for the court, said the state did not offer compelling justifications to justify its reliance on race in either district.the issue of race and redistricting one is a fami






update on 'california politics updates: votes being counted in race for 34th con


all of you here that helped me on this campaign, we are the resistance. assemblyman jimmy gomez to supporters as he awaits results in his race for the 34th congressional district






today's the deadline to register to vote in l.a.'s congressional race


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former assembly speaker john a. pérez's views on the l.a. congressional race he


before he suddenly dropped out of the running citing health reasons, former assembly speaker john a. pérez was widely considered the favorite to replace xavier becerra in the 34th congressional district.with pérez out, the race is wide open and isn't likely to be decided tuesday, when 24 candidates compete in the primary. instead, the top two vote-getters regardless of party are expected to advance to a june 6 election. (if any one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote tuesday, it's all over).pérez offered his thoughts on the race in an interview published friday by politico. some of his major points:pérez said he thinks state assemblyman jimmy gomez is "significantly ahead of the pack" and will make the runoff.a "cluster" of candidates, including alejandra campoverdi, wendy carrill






it's not just berniecrats: korean voters could also swing l.a.'s congressional r


the crowded race to replace xavier becerra in the 34th congressional district, which includes most of los angeles' koreatown, appears to be bringing korean american voters out in large numbers.that's in part because in a field dominated by latinos, robert lee ahn has a shot at becoming the only korean american in congress and the first korean american democrat to be elected to the body.ahn, a businessman and former l.a. city planning commissioner, has raised a formidable amount of money in a short period of time, much of it from donors in the korean american community. his campaign spent weeks helping register voters at koreatown malls and restaurants, and says they registered more than 600 new voters so far."part of our campaign is to build awareness and get the community more civically e






georgia election: trump faces knife-edge congressional vote


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe georgia vote is the most expensive congressional election in historyvoters in the us state of georgia have delivered their verdict in an election seen by many as a referendum on president donald trump.polling stations closed at 19:00 (2300 gmt), but results were not expected for several hours.opinion polls suggested the race in suburban atlanta between jon ossoff and republican karen handel was close.spending on all candidates has been put at $56m (£44m), making it the costliest congressional election in us history.democrats have suffered narrow defeats in kansas and montana this year.trump tweets supportmr ossoff narrowly failed to win the 50% needed to secure outright victory in the election for the atlanta seat in april, forci






georgia election: trump faces knife-edge congressional vote


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe georgia vote is the most expensive congressional election in historyvoters in the us state of georgia have delivered their verdict in an election seen by many as a referendum on president donald trump.polling stations closed at 19:00 (2300 gmt), but results were not expected for several hours.early results give republican karen handel a narrow lead over democrat jon ossoff in the suburban atlanta race.spending on all candidates has been put at $56m (£44m), making it the costliest congressional election in us history.democrats have suffered narrow defeats in kansas and montana this year.trump tweets supportmr ossoff narrowly failed to win the 50% needed to secure outright victory in the election for the atlanta seat in april, forc






who won the georgia special election?


republican karen handel defeated democrat jon ossoff in tuesday's special election for georgia's 6th congressional district seat, dashing democrats' hopes of taking a seat republicans have held since newt gingrich won it in 1978.handel had 52.5 percent of the vote compared to ossoff's 47.5 percent of the vote, with 81 percent of the district's 208 precincts in the atlanta suburbs reporting. heavy flooding in the area made getting to the polls a challenge for voters, although more than 100,000 georgians voted early. handel will be the only woman in georgia's congressional delegation. the race between handel and ossoff has been the most expensive u.s. house race in history, and is projected to cost close to $60 million. democrats outspent republicans, in the hope of making the race a referen






the polls have been mostly empty in l.a.'s packed congressional election


at any given time on tuesday, poll workers seemed to outnumber voters in many precincts as voting in l.a.’s congressional race continued into the afternoon.despite the national attention fixed on this race — the first congressional primary since president trump was elected — there were widespread reports on social media of short to non-existent lines at most polling locales. throughout the afternoon, voters seemed to be coming in trickles rather than waves, and some campaign staffers were seen poring over voter lists in an attempt to get out the vote. the race for the 34th congressional district seat, vacated by xavier becerra when he became california’s attorney general, has been a four-month sprint that attracted a whopping two dozen candidates.half of them are women. more than a third a






the polls have been mostly empty in l.a.'s packed congressional election


at any given time on tuesday, poll workers seemed to outnumber voters in many precincts as voting in l.a.’s congressional race continued into the afternoon.despite the national attention fixed on this race — the first congressional primary since president trump was elected — there were widespread reports on social media of short to non-existent lines at most polling locales. throughout the afternoon, voters seemed to be coming in trickles rather than waves, and some campaign staffers were seen poring over voter lists in an attempt to get out the vote. the race for the 34th congressional district seat, vacated by xavier becerra when he became california’s attorney general, has been a four-month sprint that attracted a whopping two dozen candidates.half of them are women. more than a third a






white house says vote on healthcare plan may not come for weeks


a congressional vote on a republican healthcare plan may not come for weeks as leaders in the house of representatives and the senate continue negotiations over possible proposals, the white house said on monday.any vote on healthcare legislation would be determined by republican congressional leaders and when they have enough votes to pass a plan, white house spokesman sean spicer told reporters at a daily news briefing after u.s. president donald trump last week said he was in no rush for a vote.(reporting by ayesha rascoe and eric walsh; writing by susan heavey; editing by mary milliken)






republican karen handel on course for victory in key georgia vote


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption republican candidate karen handel received support from a donald trump tweet republicans are on course for victory in a key congressional election in georgia seen by many as a referendum on president donald trump.with most votes counted, republican candidate karen handel was narrowly ahead of democrat jon ossoff.meanwhile in south carolina, republican ralph norman beat democrat archie parnell in the solidly conservative fifth district.democrats have suffered narrow defeats in kansas and montana this year.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe georgia vote is the most expensive congressional election in historyin the georgia race, spending on all candidates has been put at $56m (£44m), making it the costliest congressional elect






trump goes after leading democrat in georgia race


washington — president donald trump is attacking the leading democratic candidate running in a special election in a conservative georgia congressional district.on twitter monday, trump said the "the super liberal democrat in the georgia congressioal race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"republicans are trying to prevent a massive upset in the primary on tuesday. democrats have united behind 30-year-old former congressional staffer jon ossoff, who has been boosted by opposition to trump and an $8 million fundraising haul.the primary includes 18 candidates — republicans, democrats and independents. republicans hope to force a june runoff with the gop's top candidate by keeping ossoff below 50 percent of the vote.the georgia primary comes a week






the black vote is key in georgia's house race — but can democrats energize it?


as democrats seek to win the hotly contested house race in this longtime gop stronghold, one of their toughest and most urgent challenges has become energizing black voters who have gone lukewarm on the party nationally.even in a race where democrats have more money to spend than in any house race in history, they are struggling to get black voters in this rapidly diversifying district to turn out in the numbers they did when president obama was on the ballot.their candidate, jon ossoff, fell just shy of winning the race outright during a special election in april, when the district’s voters exhibited enthusiasm for a democrat not seen in decades.flat turnout among african americans ultimately played big in pushing ossoff into a runoff next week for the seat vacated by trump’s health and h






black vote is key in georgia house race — but can democrats energize it?


as democrats seek to win the hotly contested house race in this longtime gop stronghold, one of their toughest and most urgent challenges has become energizing black voters who have gone lukewarm on the party nationally.even in a race where democrats have more money to spend than in any house race in history, they are struggling to get black voters in this rapidly diversifying district to turn out in the numbers they did when president obama was on the ballot.their candidate, jon ossoff, fell just shy of winning the race outright during a special election in april, when the district’s voters exhibited enthusiasm for a democrat not seen in decades.flat turnout among african americans ultimately played big in pushing ossoff into a runoff next week for the seat vacated by trump’s health and h






citing concern over top-two primary, democrat drops out of race for rep. ed royc


sen. dianne feinstein (j. scott applewhite / associated press)the deadline came and went, and no prominent republicans filed to run against democratic sen. dianne feinstein, meaning for the second election in a row there will be two democrats facing each other in a race at the top of the ballot in california. feinstein, 84, is seeking her fifth full term. she will have 31 opponents on the june 5 primary, with one serious contender, a democrat, taking most of her attention and showing up in polls.california has a top-two primary system, which means the top-two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party. in 2016, a handful of republican candidates in the top of the pack split the gop vote, and sent then-rep. loretta sanchez, a democrat, to the general election with dem






amazon's open alexa takes on apple's closed homekit initiative


why it matters to you the home automation market is creating a choice between fewer but more-secure apple homekit devices, and the more open amazon alexa.apple’s homekit serves as the foundation of its own unique approach to home automation technology. homekit is a set of software tools that developers and device manufacturers can use to build solutions tying together various smart devices like lighting, appliances, and home security systems.homekit has been fairly successful, with a number of partners making a wide range of home automation products using apple’s platform, and it benefits from being the first to have been built into a popular operating system in ios 10. however, competition from competitors like amazon’s alexa and the brand-new google home has been fierce, and apple’s usu