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First Read’s Morning Clips: Big GOP Wins

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Big GOP wins

KENTUCKY: The Lexington Herald-Leader: "Republican Matt Bevin, who trailed in every public poll since winning the Republican primary in May by 83 votes, shocked Democrat Jack Conway on Tuesday to become the next governor of Kentucky. With help from national Republicans he has shunned repeatedly, Bevin was able to overcome a campaign of missteps and self-inflicted wounds to become the first Republican governor since Ernie Fletcher's 2003 victory and only the second since Louie Nunn left office in 1971."

Our own Perry Bacon Jr., in Frankfort: "Republican Matt Bevin's win in the governor's race here gives the Republicans near total control of statehouses in the South and could result in the dismantling of one of the most extensive efforts to implement Obamacare of any state in the country."

And Alison Lundergan Grimes survives: "Grimes, 36, gets four more years as Kentucky's chief election officer, chief business official and chief advocate for civic engagement. But in her acceptance speech, she also proclaimed her role as one of the few Democrats in Frankfort to survive Tuesday's Republican takeover."

TEXAS: The Houston Chronicle: "Houston's controversial equal rights ordinance failed by a wide margin Tuesday, with voters opting to repeal the law that offered broad non-discrimination protections, according to incomplete and unofficial returns. The hotly contested election has spurred national attention, drawing comment from the White House and the state's top officials. Largely conservative opponents of the law allege that it would allow men dressed as women, including sexual predators, to enter women's restrooms. Supporters of the law, including Mayor Annise Parker, argue that it extends an important local recourse for a range of protected classes to respond to discrimination."

OHIO: From the Columbus Dispatch: "Ohioans pushed a monopoly marijuana-legalization proposal out the door Tuesday by a nearly 2-to-1 vote... Some advocates were already talking about another ballot issue in 2016 even as ResponsibleOhio backers were stinging from a sound thrashing at the ballot box after spending an estimated $25 million on the campaign. The issue appeared headed to defeat in all 88 counties, according to incomplete results from Husted's office."

CALIFORNIA: The LA Times: "Proposition F, the contentious San Francisco ballot measure that would impose tighter restrictions on short-term housing rental services such as Airbnb, lost by a sizable margin Tuesday night. According to the city's election website, the measure was defeated, 55% to 45%, with about 133,000 votes cast and all precincts reporting."

VIRGINIA: The Washington Post: "Republicans held onto the Virginia Senate in fiercely contested elections Tuesday, leaving Gov. Terry McAuliffe without legislative leverage or political momentum as he works to deliver Virginia for his friend and ally Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016."

MICHIGAN: Those two lawmakers who were pushed out of office over a bizarre extramarital affair and coverup failed to win back their jobs.

OFF TO THE RACES: Dead heat -- Clinton vs. Carson

Our newest NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll numbers found Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson in a dead heat in a general election matchup.

One of us(!) writes about data from the poll that shows just how widespread and deep voters' anger has become.

A new Quinnipiac poll: "Trump gets 24 percent of Republican votes, with Carson at 23 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 14 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 13 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 4 percent."

And a new WBUR poll of New Hampshire voters finds Trump and Carson still in the lead, but with a big jump for Rubio and a gain for Christie as well.

National Journal takes a smart look at how presidential campaigns used the Virginia elections to get signatures to qualify for the ballot.

BUSH: POLITICO writes about his long road back.

CARSON: What exactly is going on with his plans for Medicare? POLITICO takes a look.

CLINTON: The Washington Post Style section looks at how the controversial Sid Blumenthal is viewed by foes and loyalists.

RUBIO: The Tampa Bay Times keeps at the credit card story: "It has become legend in Florida political circles, a missing chapter in Marco Rubio's convoluted financial story: two years of credit card transactions from his time in the state House, when he and other Republican leaders freely spent party money... A top strategist, Todd Harris, said Tuesday they would be released soon, possibly within the month, but declined to answer questions about what they might contain."

The Washington Post examines how scrutiny of Rubio's record has increased with his rise in the polls.

O'MALLEY: He's taking an aggressive stance on gun control.

TRUMP: He retweeted a user who posted a picture of Jeb Bush next to a swastika.

And around the country...

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Kelly Ayotte could face a primary challenger from the right, the Union Leader reports. Conservatives will meet Wednesday to consider possible candidates.

OBAMA AGENDA: "Disgruntled" electorate

President Barack Obama spoke to NBC's Lester Holt about his view that a "disgruntled" electorate is driving the GOP primary race.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Wednesday's "News Nation with Tamron Hall" line-up: Tamron speaks with Ben Carson's Press Secretary Deana Bass about Dr. Carson's rise in the polls; The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson and GOP Strategist John Feehery about the latest political headlines; Change Inc. CEO Brad Lamm about middle class drug abusers and Gov. Chris Christie's plea to rethink drug addiction treatment; and NBC News' Dr. Natalie Azar about Robin Williams' widow claims that depression did not kill her husband.

*** Wednesday's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" line-up: NBC's Andrea Mitchell interviews Rep. James Clyburn, Sen. Steve Daines - the latest Senate colleague to endorse Rubio for President, former Secy. Of Transportation Ray LaHood, the AP's Julie Pace, the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, and our NBC reporters on the 2016 trail - Chris Jansing, Kasie Hunt and Hallie Jackson.