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12.03am BST

Florida’s Ron DeSantis said an election for the race to succeed the late congressman Alcee Hastings will take place on 11 January.

That means that Hastings’ seat will remain vacant for the next eight months, narrowing Democrats’ majority in the House. Hastings, a Democrat, died last month. He will likely be replaced by another Democrat in the Blue district he represented.

Related: Alcee Hastings, congressman who was impeached as a judge, dies aged 84

11.31pm BST

The businessman John Cox lost California’s last governor’s race to Gavin Newsom by 24 points. Now he’s back, and this time, he’s got a bear.

As Newsom faces a recall election, the Republican has launched a new campaign against him, attempting to portray the well-groomed governor as a “beauty” and himself as a “beast”. To drive home this message, he has employed some nonhuman staff, including an enormous bear – an apparent homage to the California flag.

Related: Political animal: California governor hopeful greets voters with 1,000lb bear

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