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Midterms 2022 Live Updates: Latest PA Election News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Election day has arrived. It’s not a presidential year, but it’s a high-stakes election nonetheless. Among the things to watch out for: Will the expected red wave be a ripple or a tsunami? What effect will the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade? And what will we know before we go to bed tonight? While there are some races the AP can call as soon as polls close, other winners can take a lot longer to identify. AP’s VoteCast surveys point to high inflation and worries about the future of US democracy have been big factors in voter decisions.

Oklahoma GOP Governor Kevin Stitt is fighting for a second term

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In deep-red Oklahoma, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s first term finds itself in a tough re-election battle against Democrat Joy Hofmeister. Oklahoma City anesthesiologist and former state senator Ervin Yen, an independent, and libertarian Natalie Bruno of Edmond are also on the ballot Tuesday. Although Democrats haven’t won a statewide election in Oklahoma since 2006, Stitt has been under relentless attack since before the June primary by several dark money groups, who have spent millions to target Stitt and bolster Hofmeister. Stitt loaned his campaign nearly $2 million in the final days of the campaign, bringing his fundraising total to more than $10 million, three times more than Hofmeister raised.

Voters in 5 states decide whether or not to legalize marijuana

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Voters in five states decide on Election Day whether to approve of recreational marijuana. Proposals presented to voters in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota on Tuesday could signal a major shift toward legalization in even the most conservative parts of the country. The proposals follow President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will pardon thousands of Americans convicted of simple possession. Recreational marijuana is legal in 19 states, and the five states with ballot measures already have legal medical marijuana programs. Another proposal on Colorado’s ballot would allow the use of certain psychedelics.

Powerball ticket sold in California wins record $2.04 billion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in Southern California won a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot. The winning numbers drawn Tuesday morning at the Florida Lottery Drawing Studio in Tallahassee were: the white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, and the red Powerball was 10. The jackpot ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, northeast of Los Angeles. The company will receive a maximum Powerball bonus of $1 million. The Multi-State Lottery Association said Monday night’s scheduled draw was delayed nearly 10 a.m. to Tuesday because a participating lottery was having problems processing sales. The jackpot was by far the biggest lottery jackpot ever, surpassing the previous record prize of $1.586 billion won by three Powerball ticket holders in 2016.

Zelensky open to talks with Russia – on Ukraine’s terms

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president has hinted he is open to peace talks with Russia, but is sticking to Kyiv’s demands. Volodymyr Zelensky’s call on the international community to “force Russia into real peace talks” reflects a softening of his refusal to negotiate with Moscow while Russian President Vladimir Putin is in power. But Zelenskyy’s preconditions appear to be non-starters for Moscow, so it’s hard to see how his latest comments would move the talks forward. Western weapons and aid were key to Ukraine’s ability to fight the Russian invasion. Support for Ukraine has garnered strong bipartisan support in the US Congress, but growing conservative opposition could complicate that if Republicans take control of the House in Tuesday’s election.

Review: In “Wakanda Forever”, an empire cries and rebuilds

Made in the aftermath of tragedy, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” resonates with the agony of loss, piercing the usually less consequential realm of superheroes. Like someone going through the stages of grief, Ryan Coogler’s film is by turns mournful and rootless, full of rage and blessed with clarity, Associated Press screenwriter Jake Coyle writes in his review. In the fantastical Marvel Cinematic Universe where mortality is almost always a toy, the struggle with the genuine article, in the death of T’Challa star Chadwick Boseman, is an unusually uncertain and intriguing type of large-scale entertainment. “Wakanda Forever” opens in theaters Thursday.

A treaty against fossil fuels presented at the UN climate summit

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — The leader of the small island nation of Tuvalu has proposed a fossil fuel treaty as world leaders plead for tougher action to tackle global warming. Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Kausea Natano has said the world should confront climate change as it does with nuclear weapons, by agreeing to a non-proliferation treaty that halts fossil fuel production. The proposal came as vulnerable nations demanded more action and money at international climate talks in Egypt. But big polluters remained divided over who should pay for the damage caused by industrial greenhouse gas emissions to the planet.

Tropical Storm Nicole heads for the Bahamas, Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicole is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it tracks toward the northwest Bahamas and the Atlantic coast of Florida. A series of warnings and watches remained in place across the region on Tuesday. Nicole is expected to cross the Bahamas later Tuesday and develop into a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall in Florida on Wednesday night or Thursday. Many areas are still reeling from the damage caused by Hurricane Ian, which struck in late September. The hurricane center says Nicole’s exact path remains uncertain, but some Florida counties — including Flagler, Palm Beach and Volusia — have called for mandatory evacuations beginning Wednesday morning.

Wall Street rises ahead of election results and inflation data

NEW YORK (AP) — Election Day sent stocks higher as Wall Street braces for the day’s midterm election results and a big inflation update that’s expected later in the day. the week. The S&P 500 rose 0.6% on Tuesday, its third consecutive gain. Trading was choppy throughout the day, and Wall Street’s benchmark index swung between an even bigger gain and a modest loss during the afternoon. Analysts say investors appear to be betting on Republicans taking control of at least one chamber of Congress, which could mean relatively little change for economic policy.

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