Nov 6, 2018

Axios PM

1 big thing: It's time

Berkeley, Calif., resident Alana Theriault drops off her ballot at City Hall. Photo: Courtesy of Chuck Desmarais

Here we go: The first midterm polls close in less than two hours, culminating with Alaska's Aleutian Islands closing at 1 a.m. ET.

Why it matters: In case you're still debating whether to get to the polls, here's an anthem of a post from legendary 98-year-old New Yorker sportswriter Roger Angell:

  • "What we can all do at this moment is vote—get up, brush our teeth, go to the polling place, and get in line."
  • "Those of you who haven’t quite been getting to your polling place lately, who want better candidates or a clearer system of making yourself heard, or who just aren’t in the habit, need to get it done this time around."
  • "When you do go to vote on Tuesday, take a friend, a nephew, a neighbor, or a partner, and be patient when in line."
  • "Just up ahead of you, the old guy in a sailing cap, leaning on his cane and accompanied by his wife, is me, again not minding the wait, and again enthralled by the moment and its meaning."

For tonight: Meander on over to when the polls close. Our custom midterms stream (bookmark it!) features:

  1. A balance of power chart (preview it below), tracking House and Senate pickups.
  2. A special module that lets you hop directly into the key issues.
  3. Rapid-fire updates on individual races.
  4. Axios' Alexi McCammond laser-focused on big races and trends.
  5. And our elections map lets you swap between traditional map and cartogram views. It updates every 30 seconds.
Illustration: Axios Visuals

What's next ... New Mike Bloomberg memo encapsulates his Independence USA super pac’s 2018 learnings for 2020:

  • "Independence USA ads focused on highly local issues — like flood control in Houston and wildfires in Los Angeles — but also on national issues like taxes, health care and gun safety."
  • "Go Big, Go Early on Digital ... Go Big, Go Late on TV ... In God We Trust, Everyone Else Bring Data."
  • Read the memo.

Go deeper: 

Bonus: The state of play
Illustration: Axios Visuals

This post will be updating all night.

2. What you missed
  1. Many voting Americans have been met with bad weather, long lines, power outages or no one to open the polling site. More election nightmares.
  2. N.Y. subway bomber Akayed Ullah, who was arrested in December after detonating a pipe bomb in a subway station near Times Square, has been convicted on terrorism charges. Details.
  3. The European Union has approved the Disney-Fox deal, but only if Disney sells its interest in a group of television channels. Disney agreed.
  4. U.S. Border Patrol postponed a scheduled "crowd control" exercise in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday after complaints that it could intimidate voters. Reaction.
  5. China has granted Ivanka Trump initial approval for 16 trademarks on a bevy of branded products — from shoes and sunglasses to semiconductors and voting machines. More.
3. 1 global thing

"China is set to overtake France as the world's number one tourist destination by 2030 as a growing middle class in Asia looks to spend more on travel," the AP reports.

The big picture: "Much of the sustained boom in travel and tourism, which has outpaced growth in the global economy for eight years, is centered in the Asia-Pacific region, where trips are expected to grow by 10 percent this year."

Grab your passport.