Democrats Battle for Senate Control as They Push for an Expanded House Majority

first_imgThe race in Maine has been just as steady, with the Democrat, Sara Gideon, the speaker of the State Legislature, threatening to unseat Ms. Collins, a four-term Republican and one of the last centrists left in her party. After easily winning re-election in 2014, Ms. Collins struggled to stay afloat as her race became a national referendum on the Republican Party, and she was battling to win a majority to avoid activating the state’s newly enacted ranked-choice voting system, which could badly hurt her chances.“We’ve never given up, because that is what we Mainers do — we work hard, we show up for work every day and we get the job done,” Ms. Collins told her supporters, addressing them in a snowy parking lot in Bangor. “I wish that I could thank each of you by name, that would take all night — on the other hand, we may be here all night.” In Iowa, Republicans were more confident in recent days that Senator Joni Ernst would hold off an upset by Theresa Greenfield, a Democrat with roots in the state’s farming community, in the most expensive race in the state’s history.- Advertisement – How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. – Advertisement – If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Election 2020 ›- Advertisement – Republicans believed they were benefiting from wayward conservative voters returning to the fold after the confirmation of Justice Barrett, a long-sought priority.Democrats, though, had a late surge of optimism around the two races in Georgia, where Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old documentary filmmaker, had Senator David Perdue racing to shore up his conservative base, and the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock had taken a commanding lead in the special election to replace the retired Republican senator Johnny Isakson. With multiple Democratic and Republican candidates splitting the vote, Dr. Warnock’s race was almost certainly headed to a runoff. Mr. Ossoff and Mr. Perdue could end up there, too, but were both still jockeying to clear 50 percent on Election Day. Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate wins a majority.Both parties had other targets, but they were considered a stretch. For Republicans, the best option was Michigan, where John James, a Black Iraq war veteran who ran for the Senate unsuccessfully in 2018, was trying to unseat Senator Gary Peters. Democrats believed they had an outside shot of defeating Steve Daines in Montana and Dan Sullivan in Alaska. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Caribbean Urged to Enhance Disease Surveillance in Wake of Global Ebola…

first_imgJerome Delay/AP PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 20, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging regional countries to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a public health emergency.Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the current EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.While the WHO said that the risk remains very high at national and regional levels but still low at global level, newly appointed CARPHA executive director, Dr. Joy St. John, is urging member states to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities at this stage.“It is important that the region takes on a proactive approach. Use this as an opportunity to review and strengthen your systems,” she added.CARPHA said that in keeping with the International Health Regulations, and the statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the DRC on 17 July 2019, no country should close its borders or place any restrictions on travel and trade.“Such measures are usually implemented out of fear and have no basis in science. They push the movement of people and goods to informal border crossings that are not monitored, thus increasing the chances of the spread of disease. Most critically, these restrictions can also compromise local economies and negatively affect response operations from a security and logistics perspective.”But it said that national authorities should work with airlines, passenger ships and other transport and tourism industries to ensure that they do not exceed WHO’s advice on international traffic and that it does not consider entry screening at airports or other ports of entry outside the region to be necessary.“CARPHA will continue to monitor these developments and provide Member States with guidance to support national response efforts while strengthening Regional Health Security in collaboration with regional partners.”last_img read more