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NYC Approves Ranked-Choice Voting; Tucson Voters Reject Sanctuary City Measure

HeadlineNov 06, 2019

In Mississippi’s governor’s race, Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves defeated Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood.

In Virginia, Democrat Juli Briskman, the woman who made headlines in 2017 for flipping off Trump’s motorcade from her bicycle, was elected to a local county board of supervisors. She will represent the Algonkian District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Virginia Democrat Shelly Simonds handily defeated Republican incumbent David Yancey in a rematch for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates. In 2017, the same two candidates tied. Yancey was then handed the seat by a lot drawing — his name was picked at random from a bowl.

Several local candidates made history Tuesday. In Scranton, Pennsylvania, Paige Cognetti was elected as the first woman mayor. She’ll also be the first mayor-elect to give birth. Her child is due in December.

Tuesday’s election also decided several important state ballot initiatives. Voters in New York City approved ranked-choice voting, a measure supporters say will help underrepresented voters and candidates of color. In Jersey City, voters approved strict regulations on short-term rentals, in a major blow to Airbnb. In Arizona, a measure to make Tucson a sanctuary city was overwhelmingly defeated. This leaves Humboldt County, California, where it was voters who approved a sanctuary city ballot measure in 2018. Tucson voters also elected Democrat Regina Romero as the city’s first woman and first Latina mayor. We’ll have more on the elections later in the broadcast.

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