Vote-counting continues, but Republicans likely to maintain control of Senate

first_imgIn Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock is headed to a January 5, 2021, runoff with Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Sen. David Perdue is currently just over 50% in the other Senate race in that state, but with the remaining votes to be counted in that race, it’s possible that Perdue will also be headed to a runoff against Jon Ossoff. In one possible scenario, those two runoffs could end up determining control of the Senate.Democrat Cal Cunningham narrowly trails Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina, but it’s unlikely that the remaining ballots there will push him over the top.The odious Lindsey Graham and Joni Ernst will stay in the Senate. – Advertisement – Once again, the Democrats in the Senate will represent more people than the Republicans in the Senate. But once again, the Republicans are strongly favored to have control of the Senate, highlighting again how undemocratic the U.S. system is and how badly we need major reform. Sen. Susan Collins leads Sara Gideon narrowly in Maine. If Collins remains under 50% of the vote, the 4% of the vote currently going to a third-party candidate will be reallocated and could help Gideon. That’s two big ifs adding up to a very long shot, though. In Michigan, Republican challenger John James narrowly leads Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, but there’s reason to hope that the same mail ballots expected to boost Biden will also boost Peters.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

How Dajuan Coleman can provide an added bonus for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ ST. LOUIS — With 2:45 remaining in Syracuse’s win against Middle Tennessee State, Dajuan Coleman exited to a standing ovation from the block of Syracuse fans behind the Orange’s bench. His stat line: eight points and five rebounds.For Michael Gbinije, that would be a travesty. For Trevor Cooney, a disappointment. For Malachi Richardson, possibly underachieving and for Tyler Lydon, nothing too impressive. But after missing the better part of two seasons and only flashing potential in spurts this year, Coleman’s eight points and five rebounds are an added bonus to a Syracuse team that only has five players who consistently leave their mark on the box score.“It felt real good,” Coleman said after the game of the ovation he received. “I still got to take it all in but it felt real good though.”Coleman only played 16 minutes against the Blue Raiders, so he had the second-highest points per minute total behind Gbinije. Even if he receives half the minutes Lydon does at center, a stat line like Sunday’s could give Syracuse the sliver of depth it’s lacked for the majority of the season. And against 11th-seeded Gonzaga (28-7, 15-3 West Coast) in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, No. 10 seed SU (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) could add a dimension on both ends it hasn’t often had at its disposal if Coleman has a similar showing.“Now you’re talking about six and seven guys, six guys are able to contribute,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “Whenever you get contributions from all the guys that come on the court, that’s what we’re shooting for.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColeman’s night got off to a brutal start when he allowed an offensive rebound to MTSU’s Reggie Upshaw and proceeded to foul him less than a minute in. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim yelled at Coleman, motioning to the junior to put his hands a certain way when defending in the post before yanking him with only 54 seconds off the clock.He logged a meager three minutes in the first half but as is customary, he started the second and grabbed two rebounds in the first two-plus minutes. While Tyler Roberson sat on the bench after he knocked his head on the floor going for a rebound, Coleman had a stretch where he scored six of Syracuse’s 13 points as it eventually built its lead into the 20s.Nobody expects Coleman to score in double figures or dominate the boards on a nightly basis. Those duties are left to Gbinije and Roberson, respectively. But when Coleman doesn’t lose a chance at an open basket on his standard pump fake, instead shedding a defender and scoring, the bench reacts as if Syracuse is scoring bonus points.“It’s huge for us,” Gbinije said. “He gives us that inside threat and we like it when he succeeds.” Comments Published on March 23, 2016 at 10:13 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more