Election Day in the US: The day after
Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison won his bid to be Minnesota's next attorney general despite facing accusations of abuse.
With 100% of precincts reporting, Ellison captured about 49% of the vote to best his Republican rival Doug Wardlow, who raked in 45% of the vote, according to Minnesota's Secretary of State's Office.
Ellison announced in June that he would withdraw his bid for re-election to Congress and instead campaign for Minnesota's attorney general.
Some background: In August, the son of Ellison's former girlfriend Karen Monahan detailed allegations of physical abuse by the congressman in a Facebook post, saying that he discovered a video on his mother's computer in 2017 that allegedly showed Ellison attempting to drag Monahan off a bed while cursing at her.
Ellison denied the allegation and claimed that a video of the incident "does not exist because I never behaved in this way."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was confident she would be elected speaker, despite a number of incumbents and incoming freshmen saying they would oppose her.
Asked what her argument will be to these Democrats, Pelosi said: "I’ve answered this question."
"I heard the President say I deserve to be the speaker, I don't think anybody deserves anything. It’s not about what you have done, it’s about what you can do ... I think I’m the best person to go forward, to unify, to negotiate," she said.
Pelosi added: "I think I’m the best person. And I’m not going to answer any more questions on that subject."
After she boasted about the number of women who were elected, she was reminded that some of those women have said they won't support her.
"What I say to those women: Congratulations on your election," she said. "Welcome."
In addition to speaking to President Trump Tuesday night and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said today in her press conference that she also spoke to House Speaker Paul Ryan.
During her call with Ryan, she quipped that they discussed "how it is to win and how it is not to win."
Pelosi, as she has said before, said she also sees bipartisan potential in lowering drug prices and investing in infrastructure.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaking at a news conference moments after Trump's, laid out the Democrats' goals and plans for their House takeover.
"Democrats pledge again a new majority, our 'for the people' agenda," she said, that will focus on:
- Lower health care costs
- Lower prescription drugs
- Bigger paychecks
- Building infrastructure
- Cleaning up corruption
The American people, she said, voted for change and will get it.
"Voters delivered a resounding verdict against congressional Republicans' attacks on Medicare and Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act and people with pre-existing conditions in districts everywhere in America," she said.
Pelosi added: "They went in a new direction... a House that will work to make progress in the lives of America's families and seniors."
She did not, notably, criticize President Trump.
In an expected announcement, Rep. Steny Hoyer said he will make a bid for House majority leader.
Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland who currently serves as his party's whip, announced his intent in a statement:
“I’ve spoken to many of my Democratic colleagues, and I appreciate the support I’ve received from every part of our Caucus for returning to my position as Majority Leader. In the next Congress, our Caucus must be united in our efforts to clean up government corruption, expand economic opportunity to all Americans, and bring down health care costs. We will need to listen to the ideas and views of all our Members. As Majority Leader, I will work with my colleagues to make progress for the American people.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is holding a news conference, a day after Democrats' regained control of the House of Representatives.
Speaking at his White House press conference, President Trump accused Yamiche Alcindor, a black reporter with PBS NewsHour, of asking a "racist question" after she asked him what he made of some who say the Republican party supports white nationalists.
Here's the exchange:
Reporter: Some say the Republican party is seen as supporting white nationalists.
Trump: I don’t believe it.
Reporter: What do you make of it.
Trump: I just -- I don’t know. Why do I have my highest poll numbers ever with African-Americans? Why do I have among the highest poll numbers with African-Americans? Why do I have my highest poll numbers? That’s such a racist question. Honestly, I know you have it written down, that’s a racist question.
Watch the moment:
Later in the presser, Trump was asked about recent comments from his former lawyer Michael Cohen that he had made racist remarks in the past -- something he strongly pushed back against.
"That's false," Trump said as the reporter began his question.
He went on the offense: "I would never do that and I don’t use racist remarks." If he did, he told the crowd of reporters in the East Room, "You would've known about it."
Trump says he "never" worries about any record of racist remarks because "I have never used racist remarks."
Reporting from CNN's Betsy Klein
Democrat Janet Mills will win the Maine governor’s race, a Democratic pickup, CNN projects.
Mills, the state attorney general, will succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage.