1. Rescue crews in Florida and Georgia continued to search for survivors after Hurricane Michael. The storm has been blamed for at least 16 deaths so far, and the toll may rise. At least 1.5 million people lost power, and officials are scrambling to get food and water to hard-hit areas. Our journalists have live updates from the region — and one reporter gathered the team’s coverage in a Twitter thread.
2. Voter Registrations Spike as Deadlines Loom. Taylor Swift Had Something to Do With It.
Registrations on Vote.org typically increase in October, the month before Election Day, but “this is leaps and bounds beyond what we typically see,” a spokeswoman said.
3. The Battle for the Future of TV
The race to own the future of TV is intensifying, with mobile and streaming video companies looking to build or expand video services that will launch by next year
Why it matters: There’s billions of dollars at stake for whichever company can win the attention of younger generations, who are abandoning traditional TV in droves. The scramble is so urgent that five of the new initiatives in this space were announced within hours of each other Wednesday.
4. MIDTERM UPDATES
NYT polled the Texas Senate race and found Ted Cruz ahead by eight percentage points.
Beto O'Rourke raised more than $38 million in the third quarter, all from individual contributions. Go deeper.
And Eric Holder has outlined a new strategy for Democrats: “When they go low, we kick them.”
OCTOBER VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES
KEY STATES VOTER REGISTRATION INFO
- In-Person: October 16, 2018
- Online: October 18, 2018
October 22, 2018