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Police presence at local high school, Trump's divisive midterm campaign, and other reasons to vote today

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ELECTION: Today, you might have heard, is election day. What's at stake? Nationally, the balance of the Senate and the House, starting here in Eastern Washington with the race between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown. Locally, there are several important races in both the state Legislature and for two open Spokane County Commissioner spots. Check out this page for all our coverage this year on the elections. And go vote before 8 pm!

NATION: President Donald Trump, the New York Times says, is closing out a midterm campaign "built on dark themes of fear, anger, division, nationalism and racial animosity." Another reason you might want to go vote!

IN OTHER NEWS...

Record turnout
Many of you have already voted. Yesterday, more than half of Spokane County voters had turned in their ballots, basically assuring a record turnout for a midterm. But many of you have also not voted, so go vote! (Spokesman-Review)

Predicting the unpredictable
Democrats have a 7-in-8 chance to win control of the House, FiveThirtyEight predicts. Republicans have a 4-in-5 chance to keep control of the Senate. And also, who knows what will happen? So go vote!

Policing schools
Following a threat that named several female students at Lewis & Clark High School, students showed up yesterday to see an increased police presence. By the way, did you know there's an initiative on the ballot that would raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle to 21? Another reason to vote! (Spokesman-Review)

Holding all the power
Remember how city leaders across the U.S. are bent over backward trying to look appealing for Amazon's HQ2? Well, it looks like Amazon might just split its second home between two cities. Vote! (Seattle Times)