Here’s a local roundup of national news from Nov. 8, 2020:

— President-elect Donald Trump surprised Republicans by defeating Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, despite polls showing Clinton as the front-runner. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

— Southerners will have a new choice for the Southern majority in Congress if Republicans control the Senate. Democrats said Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) is their best option to lead the delegation in 2019. | AP Photo/Tony Dejak

— Trump has asked Vice President-elect Joe Biden to be the next Catholic to become president, The New York Times reports. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci

— A group of progressive and Muslim groups gathered Thursday to support a proposed resolution at the United Nations that would ban radical Islam from playing a role in U.S. foreign policy.

— Julian Castro, the new secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, will make his first appearance Thursday at a meeting of the council on refugee protection, the Boston Globe reports. | AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

— White House aides report a sharp drop in absentee ballots, with Democrats submitting fewer ballots than expected, the Hill reports. | AP Photo/Kathy Willens

— The following is the kickoff of a conference for candidates and groups on Nov. 10 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Details will be announced in early December. And much more to come. »