The Rundown for Nov. 6, 2018

IT’S ELECTION DAY… 35 Senate seats, all 435 House seats, 36 gubernatorial seats and hundreds of state legislative seats will be decided today at polls coast to coast. Democrats enter today confident they will reclaim the U.S. House majority, while Republicans believe they will maintain control of the Senate. Massive early voting numbers point to record turnout for midterms. About twice as many people have voted early in this election compared with 2014.

‘RACIST’ TRUMP AD PULLED… NBC, Fox News and Facebook all pulled an ad run by the Trump campaign that was criticized as racist. The 30-second ad, which debuted online last week, featured courtroom video of an illegal immigrant from Mexico convicted in the 2014 killings of two police officers, juxtaposed with scenes of migrants headed through Mexico. A number of Trump’s fellow Republicans admitted the ad went too far.

MILITARY REJECTS PLAN TO BUILD DETAINEE HOUSING… Reuters reported yesterday that the Trump administration’s idea for the military to build facilities to house detained migrants was shot down by the Pentagon. Officials say military leaders aren’t comfortable using U.S. troops against a threat that they don’t believe is credible. The military announced last week that more than 7,000 troops were being sent to the border with Mexico to deter a caravan of Central American migrants traveling toward the U.S. However, a military analysis has also found that fewer than 1,500 migrants are expected to reach the U.S. and most are women and children.

CENSUS TRIAL UNDERWAY… The trial of the Trump administration’s 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire got underway yesterday. Duke University political scientist Sunshine Hillygus, testifying as a witness, said adding a citizenship question to the will yield a “systemic undercount” of immigrants by frightening some away from responding. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had billed the question as a way to enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects minorities against voter discrimination. Plaintiffs include 18 states and 15 cities that claim the question is intended to depress immigrant participation in the census.

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA GUN RESTRICTIONS… For a second straight year, the Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to California’s limits on carrying handguns in public. The court’s action is consistent with its recent efforts not to take up a major gun case. A November 2017 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding California’s restrictions remains in effect.

MAC MILLER DIED OF ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE… The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office announced yesterday that rapper Mac Miller died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol,. Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was found dead at his home near Los Angeles in September. He was 26.

ARETHA FRANKLIN FILM COMING… Footage from a 1972 Aretha Franklin performance is being released as a documentary feature 46 years later. The film was being directed by Sydney Pollack, who died before it was completed. “Amazing Grace” centers on a two-day performance by Franklin in a Los Angeles church. She was backed by Atlantic Records musicians and the Reverend James Cleveland’s choir. Select theaters in New York and California will begin screenings as early as next week.

Tennessee 28 – DALLAS 14… Marcus Mariota overcame fumbles on the first two possessions to throw for a pair of touchdowns and run for another in leading the Titans (4-4) past the Cowboys (3-5). The victory was Tennessee’s first in four games.

Miami 120 – DETROIT 115 (OT)… Josh Richardson scored a game-high 27 points as the Heat outlasted the Pistons. Goran Dragic added 21 points.

ORLANDO 102 – Cleveland 100… The Magic came from five points down in the final 24 seconds to upend the Cavaliers. Evan Fournier knocked down a game-winning jumper at the buzzer. Aaron Gordon scored 23 points to lead all scorers.

Houston 98 – INDIANA 94… James Harden hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 36 seconds left and made four free throws down the stretch as the Rockets topped the Pacers. Harden finished with 27 points. Clint Capela had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Chicago 116 – NEW YORK 115 (2OT)… Zach LaVine scored all eight of his team’s points in the second overtime and made the decisive free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining as the Bulls outlasted the Knicks. LaVine finished with a career-high 41 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY 122 – New Orleans 116… The Thunder put away the Pelicans with a big third quarter on their way to winning their fifth in a row. Paul George led the way with 23 points. Dennis Schroder delivered 21 points off the bench.

DENVER 115 – Boston 107… Jamal Murray scored 19 of his career-high 48 points in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets downed the Celtics. Denver has won nine of its first 10 games and is off to its best start since 1976-77.

Toronto 124 – UTAH 111… Kyle Lowry scored 17 points and dished off 11 assists as the Raptors trounced the Jazz. Six players scored in double figures for Toronto, which won its fourth in a row.

GOLDEN STATE 117 – Memphis 101… The Warriors outscored the Grizzlies 34-15 in the third quarter to break open a close game. Klay Thompson scored a game-high 27 points. Kevin Durant tossed in 22 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 120 – Minnesota 109… Tobias Harris and Danilo Gallinari scored 22 points apiece to lead the Clippers past the Timberwolves. Lou Williams added 20 points.

Atlanta is at Charlotte…
Dallas hosts Washington…
Brooklyn is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts Milwaukee

WASHINGTON 4 – Edmonton 2… Devante Smith-Pelly had a goal and an assist in the first period to give the Capitals an early lead and they went on to double up on the Oilers. Travis Boyd had two assists. Backup goaltender Pheonix Copley made 31 saves.

BOSTON 2 – Dallas 1 (OT)… Brad Marchand scored a power-play goal 4:29 into overtime to send the Bruins past the Stars. David Pastrnack also scored with a man advantage for Boston.

New Jersey 5 – PITTSBURGH 1… Brian Boyle scored three goals in his first career hat trick and the Devils cruised past the Penguins. Will Butcher had a goal and two assists. Jean-Sebastian Dea also assisted on two goals.

Montreal 4 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 (SO)… Joel Armia found the net in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Canadiens over the Islanders. Max Domi had a goal and an assist.

Philadelphia 5 – ARIZONA 2… Claude Giroux scored a pair of goals and had an assist in leading the 76ers past the Coyotes. Calvin Pickard stopped 34 shots at goal.

Dallas is at Columbus…
the N.Y. Rangers host Montreal…
Vegas is at Toronto…
Detroit hosts Vancouver…
New Jersey is at Ottawa…
Tampa Bay hosts Edmonton…
Carolina is at St. Louis…
San Jose hosts Minnesota…
Anaheim is at Los Angeles

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