Live updates: Election 2014

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Pelosi will run for another term as minority leader

In a letter Wednesday to Democrats just elected or reelected to the House, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she is running for another term as the lower chamber’s top-ranking Democrat.

What did Tom Steyer get for his $70 million?

Tom Steyer, the billionaire climate activist, spent heavily to back environmentally friendly candidates for Congress in 2014. But Tuesday’s election results produced a stunning disappointment, and a low return on his $70 million investment.

This year’s record spending, like the records set in all recent cycles, raises question about what exactly these large expenditures buy.

Read the full post here.

Obama fielded questions for more than an hour

Obama: 'I love campaigning'

President Obama said he enjoys campaigning but understands why many Democrats did not want him to join them on the trail in the midterms.

“I love campaigning,” Obama said. “I love talking to ordinary people.”

But, the president added, alluding to his unpopularity, “I’m also a practical guy.”

Angus King staying with the Democrats

Independent Maine Sen. Angus King says he isn’t going anywhere, politically speaking. He believes that staying put is good for his state, and says he can’t ignore how well he’s been treated by Democrats.

Read the full post here.

Obama: 'Too early' to say whether strategy against Islamic State is 'winning'

Asked about the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State in the Middle East, President Obama said it is “too early to say whether we are winning.”

Amy Klobuchar: ‘We can’t handle another year of partisan sniping’

The Democratic Minnesota senator, who won reelection two years ago, said she spent Election Day working the phones, speaking primarily with GOP colleagues who are eager to cut deals.

After her phone calls, “There seems to be a genuine interest to move forward,” she said. “We can’t handle another year of partisan sniping and the Ted Cruz view of the world. This year is a precious year, and we could move forward on so many things.”

Read the full post here.

Obama 'would enjoy' having bourbon with McConnell

Could a “bourbon summit” be in the works?

“I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell,” President Obama said of the likely-soon-to-be Senate majority leader. He said he doesn’t know what kind of bourbon McConnell prefers.

Obama made his remarks as he was talking about working with McConnell and congressional Republicans in the next two years.

Running transcript of President Obama's remarks

The president held a news conference Wednesday at the White house to discuss the midterm congressional elections.

Click here for a running transcript.

Eight takeaways from the midterms

After every election, The Fix’s Chris Cillizza tries to sort through the results in search of things that either confirm what he thought he knew or, more importantly and interestingly, taught him something he didn’t know.

Click here for eight things The Fix learned from the midterms.

Obama doesn't detail immigration plan

President Obama just said he will take whatever “lawful action” he feels he needs to take to “improve the function of our immigration system.” But he did not lay out what, specifically, he plans to do via executive action.

Mark Begich refuses to concede in Alaska Senate race

 In this March 28, 2012 file photo, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Begich is co-sponsoring the legislation to raise the federal minimum wage. Alaska has a stronger economy and more powerful unions than Arkansas, and a state minimum wage exceeding the federal standard. Two Democratic senators named Mark, both seeking re-election this year from Republican-leaning states, illustrate how local politics is complicating the push by President Barack Obama and his party to raise the federal minimum wage. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) shown in 2012 (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Incumbent Mark Begich is not backing down in the Alaska Senate race, despite the lead of Republican opponent Dan Sullivan in the significant number of results counted so far.

According to Alaska’s Division of Elections, all 441 precincts have reported, and Begich is currently four points behind Sullivan. However, as many as 37,000 votes remain uncounted — including early and absentee votes. As the Alaska Dispatch News describes in detail here, Begich would have to win a substantial majority of these uncounted ballots to still have a chance to hold his seat.

In a statement Wednesday morning, Begich campaign manager Susanne Fleek-Green said:  “Inspired by stories of village elders being lifted onto four wheelers to go vote and Alaskans traveling up and down river to cast their ballots, Alaskans for Begich is anxious for a final count of all Alaskans’ ballots and respects the procedures, process and timetable of the Alaska Division of Elections.”

Judging by their remarks last night, it seems that both Sullivan and Begich will hold out to the bitter end.

Heller, Wicker running for NRSC chair

The final results weren’t even in from Tuesday’s midterm elections in which Republicans recaptured control of the U.S. Senate before two Republican senators started calling colleagues seeking to lead the party’s efforts to maintain their majority next year.

On Wednesday, Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) both began reaching out to colleagues to gauge support for their bids to chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to sources close to both men.

Heller and Wicker have been shadow boxing for weeks, signaling to allies they intended to run for chairman but avoiding making their interest public before Election Day.

Read the full story here.

Obama brings backs famous line from 2004 speech

At a White House press conference where he called for Republicans and Democrats to find common ground under newly divided government, President Obama just brought back one of the most famous lines from his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech.

The country is “more than just a collection of red and blue states. We are the United States,” Obama said.

Here’s Obama in his 2004 speech, which catapulted him onto the national radar:

The midterms in cartoons

FROM MARYLAND’s Larry Hogan to Utah’s Mia Love, Election Day 2014 was full of upsets and surprises. The GOP took the Senate and won even more races than many predicted. Mark Warner was facing a tight race in Virginia. And marijuana legislation passed in the District of Columbia and Oregon — and received majority support in Florida, though it was defeated due to the state’s ballot initiative laws.

Obama: 'Eager' to make next two years 'productive as possible'

President Obama, delivering public remarks for the first time since Republicans swept into power in the Senate in Tuesday’s midterm elections and padded their advantage in the House, said he looked forward to finding common ground with the GOP.

Speaking at a White House press conference, Obama said he was “eager” to make next two years “as productive as possible.”

Republicans, Obama said, “obviously had a good night” and “deserve credit for running good campaigns.

But the president said “all parties” have a responsibility to live up to Americans’ expectations that they work hard in Washington.

Obama also suggested that he can relate to the frustration felt by voters as well as those who were too disenchanted to vote.

“So, to everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you,” said Obama. He added: “To the two-thirds who chose not to vote, I hear you too.”

Foley concedes to Malloy in Connecticut

Gov. Dan Malloy (D) has won a second term after defeating Republican Tom Foley for the second straight time.

Foley conceded to Malloy on Wednesday. With almost all the vote tallied, Malloy led by about three percentage points. He also defeated Foley in a close race in 2010.

“Heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers who supported me with your contributions, time, sweat, and uplifting enthusiasm,” Foley wrote in a note to supporters on his campaign Web site. “I regret that I will not be able to deliver the dream you and I share for restoring pride and prosperity in Connecticut.”

Down on the night, Braley team goes up at the casino

It was the kind of night that would be difficult to wash off.

The Des Moines Register had just published a poll and story that essentially said Bruce Braley was going to lose his bid for the Senate. Braley’s staff got word before their boss, because he was on stage at his own birthday bash being showered with praise by former president Bill Clinton.

“I didn’t want to admit it, but I felt like it was over,” said a Braley staffer after the election.

It would take more cleansing than the local watering hole could offer.  What they needed was a casino baptism.

Full story

Joe Manchin on election results: 'This is a real ass-whooping'

The only Democratic lawmaker left in West Virginia blames President Obama and Harry Reid for his party’s losses. Read the full post here.

Disbelief in Denver

The Democrats named their 2014 the Bannock Street Project after the street where Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign quarters stood. The squat building on a corner in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood is now a gym near a marijuana dispensary, an Italian restaurant and a hair salon. On Wednesday, Stan Lhotak, 38, stood about a block away. A Democrat, he is worried about the Republican takeover of the Senate.

“I don’t like that it happened,” he said. “I was shocked by how much they steamrolled.”

Gene Loehrlein, 57, of Denver, said he is disappointed, but not surprised.

While he supports the Democratic agenda, he thinks they’ve been pushing it too hard.

“I think the Democrats have been pushing their agenda down out throats,” he said. But people voting them out — “I think it’s a mistake,” he said, adding that he thinks that young people just didn’t show up.

“I think the younger ones that were on the Democratic bandwagon 4, 5, 6 years ago, they just didn’t get done what they wanted them to get done, so they didn’t vote. Which is a sad, sad thing. ”

Amy Watson, 42, of Littleton, was excited.

“I’m ecstatic,” the Republican said. “I think people have just had enough. And the hope has been lost with Obama. It’s no longer about hope. It’s about people are ready for a change and new leadership.”

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