11.9.2022

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Good morning. It's Wednesday, Nov. 9, and the dust has (not quite) settled from hotly contested midterm elections, while some lucky Californian became an overnight billionaire. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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Editor's note: We've relied on AP projections for called races. Final tallies may shift as additional votes are counted.

Senate Stays in Limbo

US voters woke up this morning to an undecided battle for control of the Senate, following months of intense campaigning during the midterm election cycle. Republicans entered needing to gain one seat to claim a majority in the chamber—as of this writing, projections suggest the outcome may come down to a runoff in Georgia.

 

In Georgia, incumbent Rafael Warnock (D) leads Herschel Walker (R), 49.4% to 48.5%, with Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver taking about 2.1%, with 98% of the vote counted. If no candidates reach the 50% threshold—which appears likely—state law mandates a runoff election, which will be held Dec. 6. 

 

In Pennsylvania, John Fetterman (D) beat Mehmet Oz (R) by 2.5%, with 90% of the vote counted as of this writing. More than 1 million early votes were cast, with state law requiring officials to wait until the morning of Election Day to begin processing them. Fetterman will replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R). 

 

In Ohio, JD Vance (R) topped Rep. Tim Ryan (D, OH-13), 53%-47%, while in North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd (R, NC-13) beat Cheri Beasley (D) by almost 4%. Incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R) leads Mandela Barnes (D) in Wisconsin by 1.2%. 

 

As of this early this morning, Arizona incumbent Mark Kelly (D) leads Blake Masters (R) by roughly 4.5%, with 65% of votes in. In neighboring Nevada, challenger Adam Laxalt (R) leads incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto (D) by 2.7% with 75% of the vote counted.  

 

See current returns from all races here.

 

Republicans Eye House Control

As of early this morning, Republicans appear on track to retake control of the House, though with a slimmer margin than predicted heading into the day. The GOP has currently won 199 seats, with 20 races yet to be called rated as either leaning or solid Republican (along with 17 other toss-ups). 218 seats are required for a majority.

 

Virginia was home to a trio of closely watched races. Republican challenger Jen Kiggans beat Rep. Elaine Luria (D, VA-2), 52%-48%. Democrats held on to two seats, with incumbents Abigail Spanberger (D, VA-7) and Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) winning their respective races. 

 

In New Jersey, incumbent Rep. Tom Malinowski (D, NJ-7) lost to challenger Thomas Kean Jr. (R) by 5%, while in Arizona, incumbent Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D, AZ-2) trailed challenger Eli Crane by 3%. Longtime Rep. Steve Chabot (R) trailed Greg Landsman (D) by 5%. See full results here.

 

Should the House flip, Democrats will retain control of the chamber during the lame duck period, with the new Congressional session beginning Jan. 3. A GOP victory would also serve as a possible prelude to the launch of former President Donald Trump's 2024 campaign, which is rumored for Nov. 15. 

 

Across the States

Thirty-six states held gubernatorial elections, with a handful of key races across the country paving the way for Republicans to retake a number of governorships. 

 

In Oregon, Tina Kotek (D) is locked in a tight battle with former state House GOP leader Christine Drazan (R), currently leading by 0.7% with 75% of the vote in. Should Drazan pull ahead, she would be the state's first Republican governor in 40 years.

 

In Florida, incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) topped Democrat Charlie Crist, 59-39, in what is the widest margin by a Republican gubernatorial candidate in the state since 2002. DeSantis' win sets the stage for a potential 2024 presidential run.  

 

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) beat former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, 55-43. In Georgia, incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R) won in his rematch against former Democratic state lawmaker Stacey Abrams, who conceded.

 

On the Democratic side, in Michigan, incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) beat conservative commentator Tudor Dixon by 8%, while in Arizona, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs leads Kari Lake (R) for a seat left open by departing GOP Gov. Doug Ducey by 2% with 60% of the vote in. 

 

In Pennsylvania, Democrat Josh Shapiro defeated Republican Doug Mastriano, while in New York, Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Lee Zeldin. See all gubernatorial results here.

 

Separately, in the Los Angeles mayoral race, billionaire developer Rick Caruso leads Rep. Karen Bass (D, CA-37) by 2% with 40% of the vote in.

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