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See the Senate’s Keystone XL Pipeline Vote on Our Scorecard

The Senate finally voted on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Unfortunately, it didn’t receive the votes required to pass. Want to see how they voted? Check out heritageactionscorecard.com to see how your Senators voted on one of the most important energy projects in recent years.

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Watch the 2014 Midterm Election Results, Live

The 2014 election is about Washington writ large: Obamacare, amnesty, runaway spending, and an ineffectual Congress. As each race is decided, we’ll talk about what caused the result and what we can learn.

Join us, starting in the early evening, as we see how these candidates, and their messages, perform down the stretch.

2014 Midterm Election Results Live Blog

11:56 PM

We’re wrapping up the live blog for the night. Between too-close-to-call, a recount, and a runoff, things are winding down.

Clearly Obamacare remains an important issue to voters — and the campaigns reflected that.  Not only did every single newly elected Republican Senator run on “repeal”, the ad war had a distinct anti-Obamacare flare.  The Republican majority — House in 2010 and Senate in 2014 — is built on repeal.

Incredibly, not one single newly elected Republican Senator ran in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty.  In fact, every candidate that made amnesty an issue, including 6 of the Republican pickups, ran a strong anti-amnesty campaign.  The U.S. Chamber spent millions supporting anti-amnesty candidates while the NRSC and Crossroads-affiliated groups ran anti-amnesty ads to help push Republicans across the finish line.

Conservatives carried the night. Now they must govern as they campaigned.

11:40 PM

Obamacare is deciding elections:

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11:33 PM

What we’re seeing:

Incredibly, not one single newly elected Republican Senator ran in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty.  In fact, every candidate that made amnesty an issue, including 6 of the Republican pickups (so far), ran a strong anti-amnesty campaign.  The U.S. Chamber spent millions supporting anti-amnesty candidates while the NRSC and Crossroads-affiliated groups ran anti-amnesty ads to help push Republicans across the finish line.

11:32 PM

What we’re seeing:

Outside of Washington, Obamacare remains an important issue to voters — and the campaigns reflected that.  Not only did every single newly elected Republican Senator run on “repeal”, the ad war had a distinct anti-Obamacare flare.  The Republican majority — House in 2010 and Senate in 2014 — is built on repeal.

11:30 PM

SHOCK!

GOP picks up 7th seat: Thom Tillis has won North Carolina’s closely watched Senate race.

Tillis hammered the Obamacare issue: “When [Hagan] cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, voted to kill the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs.”  Hagan tried to defend Obamacare.

11:25 PM

GOP PICKUP MAKES 51

Joni Ernst defeats Rep. Bruce Braley in hotly contested Iowa Senate race.

Obamacare was a major issue in Iowa.  In contrast to Braley who voted for and tried to defend Obamacare, Ernst advocated “immediate action to repeal Obamacare.”  She even used the Weekly Republican Address as an opportunity to hammer Obamacare and ran an ad that promised to “take aim” and “unload” on the law.

10:49 PM

Sen. Pat Roberts survives a strong challenge in Kansas.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, it was a major issue in Kansas.  Roberts continued to tout his opposition to Obamacare and his willingness to take action, noting he joined the Cruz-led “effort to defund the law.”

10:42 PM

Perdue Wins in Georgia

David Perdue defeated Michelle Nunn in Georgia, keeping the seat for Republicans.

Perdue hammered Nunn for “support[ing] amnesty” and pushing “open border policies.”  He did so time and time again while promising to, “once and for all, forget amnesty.”

10:34 PM

So-called ‘conservative Democrat’ Rep. John Barrow (D-GA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. John Barrow28%House Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard28% lost.

29% isn’t conservative.

09:56 PM

Rep. Cory Gardner has defeated Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, it was a major issue in Colorado.  In announcing his surprise bid, Gardner declared “We will stop the government takeover of health care.”  He called Udall, who pressured insurance companies to hide 20,000+ cancellation notices, the “deciding vote” and promised to repeal Obamacare.

09:39 PM

Louisiana Heads to Runoff

The Louisiana Senate race between Bill Cassidy (R) and Mary Landrieu (D) will head to December 6th runoff.

If the runoff focuses on amnesty, Obamacare and an authentic conservative, reform-oriented agenda, conservatives should do well.

09:28 PM

Shaheen Survives in New Hampshire

Despite a strong challenge, Sen. Shaheen survives in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire nearly turned into the upset of the 2014 cycle.  Brown found success by running on conservative issues like Obamacare and no candidate ran harder on stopping Obama’s planned executive amnesty.  Although independent and undecided voters broke his way, Shaheen managed to hang on.

09:08 PM

Sasse Wins in Nebraska

Although the outcome was never in doubt, tonight’s victory by Ben Sasse in Nebraska is encouraging. He’ll be a force in Washington, pushing for real solutions to the problems plaguing hardworking Americans.

09:02 PM

First call from the 9pm states:

Peters Wins in Michigan

Rep. Gary Peters easy win in Michigan is an example of a missed opportunity.

Even worse than running a stale, anti-Obama campaign is running big-government solution. Land flipped on several issues and abandoned her anti-Obamacare push down the stretch.

08:59 PM

Another thought on the Arkansas Senate race:

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Another seven states close their polls at 9pm. We’ll keep you posted.

08:49 PM

08:36 PM

What was Cotton’s victory about? Obamacare.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, Cotton said it was the “single biggest issue” in the campaign.  While touting repeal Cotton also reminded voters that Pryor was the “deciding vote” for Obamacare.

08:31 PM

Rep. Tom Cotton has defeated Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

Pryor’s support for amnesty was a major issue in Arkansas.  Cotton said he “received more questions about immigration [while campaigning] than any other issue.”  He continually hammered Pryor as “out-of-touch with Arkansas” because he “voted for amnesty, citizenship for illegals.”

08:02 PM

Sessions Wins in Alabama
Although the outcome was never in doubt, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Jeff Sessions85%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard85% will return to the Senate. During his first three terms, he has been one of the strongest opponents of amnesty. Expect that fight to continue as Obama looks bypass Congress yet again!

07:54 PM

Closing a 8pm EST: Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota. Several of those won’t have results for quite some time.

07:36 PM

07:21 PM

Polls close in North Carolina and West Virginia in about ten minutes, at 7:30pm.

07:15 PM

The growing Republican majority in the House isn’t easy to characterize, but most ran strongly against amnesty and strongly against Obamacare. It will be a more conservative House.

07:09 PM

It appears that the race for US Senate in Virginia is too close to call.

07:05 PM

South Carolina Senator Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Tim Scott86%Senate Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard86% wins election to a full term.

07:02 PM

McConnell Wins in Kentucky
Sen. Mitch McConnell survived a strong challenge in Kentucky, now poised to become Senate Majority Leader.

06:51 PM

In ten minutes, polls close in Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.

 

Heritage Action Staff Rapid Reaction

The Heritage Action team works across the country for conservative accountability. Read their rapid reaction to the 2014 midterm election on Twitter:

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TELL CONGRESS: VOTE NO ON THE CR

On September 30th, the U.S. Export-Import Bank is scheduled to expire. Conservatives across the country have united against this cronyist institution, and the movement has spread to mainstream Americans. Also on September 30th, funding for some of the federal government expires, creating the need for a temporary funding bill. This Continuing Resolution, or CR, has become a vehicle for all kinds of policy, from Ex-Im to a key component of Obama’s new Syria “strategy.” Conservatives are rightly opposed to the CR for both process and policy reasons.

Call Your Representative Now

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Ex-Im: Use Twitter and Facebook to Spread the Word

Over the summer, conservatives ignited a national movement against the Export-Import Bank. This poster child for cronyism is now battling for its survival. But just as Americans across the country rose up to demand an end to Ex-Im, Congress, at the behest of the White House, is preparing to extend its expiring charter.

Use Twitter and Facebook to spread the word.

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Add This to Your Toolbox: A Free Voter Registration Tool to Help Your Activism

“If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government…”

–Calvin Coolidge

At Heritage Action, we hold Congress accountable to conservative principles and we could not do that without your help. But what happens before Members get elected?

The American people need to make sure their voices are heard at the ballot box and that means showing up on Election Day. That’s why we have deployed a new voter registration tool for your independent use in your activism. Part of being a leader in your community may mean helping people register to vote.

Our tool is a convenient and secure way to get people registered. Here is how it works.

First go to http://heritageaction.com/register/ and enter the registrant’s basic information:

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HA_US_CITIES_2_14_LT1. If you are in one of the 17 dark blue states above, then our form will send you directly to the official state website to complete the registration.

2. If you are in one of the remaining light blue 33 states, then our form will direct you to an online form. Completing that form generates the National Mail Voter Registration Form (provided by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission). Once complete, you can print the National Mail Voter Registration Form, and then follow our instructions to mail it to your state official.

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It’s that simple. The information is secure and the printed form is not saved anywhere.

Check out the voter registration tool and learn more about how to use this to better your activism and get your community more politically involved.

See the Voter Registration Tool

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