11.3.2021

Election Results, World Series Winners, and Los Angeles Jetpackers Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

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Youngkin Wins in Virginia

Voters in states across the country cast ballots yesterday, choosing state and local leaders and making decisions on a number of referendums. 

 

In the most closely watched race, Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe, 50.7% to 48.6%. The former businessman began the campaign as a heavy underdog, but closed the gap in the race's final months to score an upset victory in a state President Joe Biden won by 10 points in 2020.

 

Republicans also appear on track to retake the state's House of Delegates, securing a one-seat majority. Winsome Sears (R) is projected to win lieutenant governor, becoming the first Black woman to hold statewide office in Virginia history.

 

In New Jersey, incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and challenger Jack Ciattarelli (R) remain in a virtual deadlock, with Ciattarelli leading by about 1,000 votes with 88% of the ballots counted. Biden won the state by 15 points in 2020.

 

Minneapolis voters rejected a referendum to abolish the police force and create a Department of Public Safety, 56% to 44%. Mayor Jacob Frey (D), who has faced intense criticism over violent crime and opposed the measure, led the first round of ranked choice voting but did not reach a majority. Votes will continue to be tabulated today. 

 

Finally, former police captain Eric Adams (D) will become New York City's next mayor, defeating challenger Curtis Sliwa (R) 67% to 29%. Adams beat a number of progressive challengers in the primary race, running on a tough-on-crime platform.

Champions in Atlanta

The Atlanta Braves won the World Series last night, blanking the Houston Astros 7-0 to win the championship in six games. It's the fourth title in franchise history and their first since 1995. 

 

The win represents a dramatic turnaround for the team, who finished the regular season 88-73 and had a losing record entering the month of August. Designated hitter Jorge Soler was named World Series MVP, with an effort including a three-run homer in the third inning that jump-started Atlanta's offense last night. Soler began the season in Kansas City, with Atlanta trading for him July 30. Starting pitcher Max Fried struck out six batters in six scoreless innings. 

 

See photos from the celebration here

Tesla Back-and-Forth

Rental car company Hertz countered Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday, saying Tesla deliveries into its fleet are already occurring, despite a Monday tweet from Musk claiming no contract had been signed.

 

The back-and-forth created confusion for investors. Musk's comment followed an announcement by Hertz last week that the company was ordering 100,000 Teslas by the end of 2022—the largest rental car order ever for electric vehicles. With the sale valued at $4B, the news boosted shares of both companies, with Tesla surpassing a $1T valuation for the first time. Tesla stock dropped 3% yesterday, while Hertz—four months out of bankruptcy—dropped sharply but ultimately rose 2.7% to a 52-week high.  

 

Separately, Tesla recalled nearly 12,000 vehicles over a software error that may cause a false forward-collision warning or activate the automatic emergency braking system.

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