Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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A gun rights ballot measure crafted and campaigned for by anti-government militia groups was approved by voters in eight Oregon counties on Tuesday.

The so-called “Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances” grant residents in those counties the right to own semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines, regardless of what state or federal law dictate. Sheriffs in those counties are also given broad authority to determine if state and federal gun laws are constitutional and whether to bar county resources from being used to enforce them.

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A number of crucial midterms races remained too close to call or possibly headed for a runoff Wednesday morning, hours after polls closed across country.

The overall shape of the race tracked with pollsters’ expectations: Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, Republicans slightly expanded their majority in the Senate, and key governor’s mansions flipped in both directions. But the final results, revealing just how well each party did, are not yet clear.

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Update: This story has been updated to reflect that the race has still not been called.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott is clinging to a narrow lead in the hard-fought contest for U.S. Senate in the battleground state of Florida.

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