Early vote total surpasses 2016’s mark; Zeta strengthens on path to Gulf; more World Series heroics

Early Vote Total Surpasses 2016’s Mark; Zeta Strengthens On Path To Gulf; More World Series Heroics

Today is Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These headlines are in the news this morning: Early voting totals across the US have surpassed the total number of early votes cast in 2016; Tropical Storm Zeta expected to reach hurricane strength today; and Clayton Kershaw’s big play helps Dodgers to 3-2 World Series lead.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


Top stories

Early vote total exceeds 2016; GOP chips at Dems’ advantage

With eight days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year’s presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days.

The opening of early voting locations in Florida, Texas and elsewhere has piled millions of new votes on top of the mail ballots arriving at election offices as voters try to avoid crowded places on Nov. 3 during the coronavirus pandemic.

The result is a total of 58.6 million ballots cast so far, more than the 58 million that The Associated Press logged as being cast through the mail or at in-person early voting sites in 2016. The latest Election 2020 coverage here:

***

Zeta likely hurricane before hitting Yucatan, heading for US

A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico’s resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek.

Zeta on Sunday became the earliest ever 27th named storm of the Atlantic season. The system was centered about 210 miles southeast of Cozumel island Monday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Read the full story here:

***

Kershaw stops steal of home, hands Dodgers 3-2 Series lead

As much as Clayton Kershaw has dominated hitters throughout a glittering career, he has not silenced those who cite his lack of baseball’s ultimate accomplishment.

With a gritty performance, plus one particular delivery home that will long be remembered, he hushed the skeptics and moved the Los Angeles Dodgers within a victory of their first World Series title since 1988. Read the full story here:

In other news today …

  • A deeply torn Senate is set to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, but Democratic leaders are asking Vice President Mike Pence to stay away from presiding over Monday’s session due to potential health risks after his aides tested positive for COVID-19.
  • DEVELOPING: A Syrian opposition spokesman and a war monitor say an airstrike on a training camp in the last rebel enclave in northwestern Syria has killed over 50 fighters.
  • The coronavirus has reached the upper echelons of the White House again, with an outbreak among aides to Vice President Mike Pence just over a week from Election Day. A top White House official declared: “We’re not going to control the pandemic.”
  • Hundreds of thousands of Californians lost power as utilities sought to prevent the chance of their equipment sparking wildfires and the fire-weary state braced for a new bout of dry, windy weather.
  • Opioid use in pregnancy has prompted new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at improving care for women and newborns affected by their mothers’ drug use.
  • A fire was set Sunday in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what Massachusetts election officials said appears to have been a “deliberate attack,” now under investigation by the FBI.

Click on the links below for full versions of these stories and scroll further for trending stories, a look at today in history and celebrity birthdays.

Today’s national forecast

Not only is a winter storm impacting over 15 million from the deserts to the Plains, but also record cold, near record heat, West Coast wildfires and a tropical system aiming for US shores. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri breaks it all down. Watch here:

Trending today

Image of the day

On this date

Happy birthday to …