Russia is carefully watching U.S. midterm results, Kremlin says
The U.S. midterm elections are being closely analyzed by Russia’s political elite, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists Wednesday.
“I wouldn’t say that we’ve quit everything and watching — we have a lot of our own things, which are more important to us,” he said, according to the Russian state news agency Tass. “But, of course, we carefully analyze the information that comes in.”
Peskov, however, played down the elections’ importance and said they would not change U.S.-Russia relations, which worsened dramatically after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“These elections cannot change anything essential. The relations still are and will remain bad,” he said.
Key takeaways: Democrats avoid Biden backlash and hold their own in 2022 races
An election that Republicans had hyped as a red wave is turning out to be anything but, with Democrats over-performing the expectations of many in House and Senate races.
Here are five takeaways from the 2022 election results so far, including President Joe Biden’s low job approval ratings and the pain of inflation didn’t have the impact Republicans had hoped for.
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Michigan voters codify abortion rights, NBC News projects
Voters in Michigan passed a ballot proposal to enshrine abortion rights in the state’s constitution, NBC News projects.
Proposal 3 not only will legalize abortions, but also protect those performing or receiving abortions from being charged.
Michigan passes measure to expand early voting access
Michigan voters passed a ballot measure to expand voting access in the state, NBC News projects.
Proposal 2 changes voting policies in Michigan, including requiring nine days of early voting, authorizing absentee ballot drop boxes and allowing voters without photo ID to sign an affidavit verifying their identity.
Control of Congress too close to call, but Democrats seem to dodge an expected Republican blowout
WASHINGTON — A deeply divided American electorate delivered a Congress so evenly split that partisan control remained unknown Wednesday morning — and may for some time — after Republican hopes for a major “red wave” dissipated.
Hours after polls closed, dozens of critical House and Senate races remained too close to call. It could be weeks before control of the Senate is settled if the Georgia contest between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker is forced into a runoff in December.
It’s a far cry from the decisive early victory Republicans expected to sweep them into power on Capitol Hill, based on recent polls and historical trends. The GOP in anticipation had already drawn up plans to investigate and potentially even impeach President Joe Biden.
Flawed candidates and concerns about abortion rights ended up proving major obstacles to Republicans, who were banking on riding dissatisfaction about the economy and Biden’s low approval ratings into power.
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Sen. Mark Kelly strikes optimistic tone despite slow ballot count in Arizona
Sen. Mark Kelly. D-Ariz., told supporters in Tucson he is feeling confident despite not knowing the outcome of his race against Republican Blake Masters.
“I know it’s been a long night. And I’ll tell you what, folks, I am feeling confident tonight,” he said. “Now, at the same time, it doesn’t look like we’re going to have the final results for a little while.”
He also thanked his wife, Gabby Giffords, whose congressional career was cut short in 2011 by an assassination attempt. The crowd chanted her name as Kelly called her his best friend and inspiration.
“With everything life has thrown at us, we have always had each other’s backs,” he said. “You’re my best friend, the person who taught me the most about public service, and none of this would be possible without you.”
McCarthy at GOP victory party: ‘We will be in the majority’
Shortly before 2 a.m. ET, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy appeared at his “Take Back the House” victory party and vowed that Republicans would be in the majority soon as races continued to be called through the night.
“When you wake up tomorrow, we will be in the majority and Nancy Pelosi will be in the minority,” McCarthy, R-Calif., told a cheering crowd of dozens of young GOP staffers at the Westin hotel in Washington, D.C.
While Republicans failed to knock out a number of vulnerable Democratic incumbents Tuesday night, McCarthy celebrated GOP pickups across the country, from New York and Virginia to Florida. He took particular pleasure in noting that Republicans had ousted Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, the head of the Democratic campaign arm known as the DCCC.
“We defeated the Democrat campaign chairman, which will be the first time in over 40 years a DCCC chair lost his re-election,” said McCarthy, who was joined onstage by Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee.
McCarthy is the favorite to be speaker of the House next year, although a narrow GOP majority could complicate his path to obtaining the speaker’s gavel.
NBC News Exit Poll: Whitmer wins Michigan with voters concerned about abortion access
Maintaining access to abortion care was one of the main issues Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer featured in her re-election campaign, and it appears to have resonated with many voters, the NBC News Exit Poll found.
Forty-five percent of Michigan voters said abortion was the main issue that determined how they voted. Of those voters, 78% said they shared Whitmer’s position of keeping abortion legal in most cases.
Tudor Dixon, Whitmer’s Republican challenger, on the other hand, emphasized concerns about inflation and crime in her ads. While Michigan voters were more likely to say they trusted Dixon to handle crime (56%) than Whitmer (39%), only 6% said crime was a key issue in their decisions.
Both campaigns painted the other candidate’s views as too extreme. However, voters were significantly more likely to say they were concerned only about Dixon’s views being too extreme (49%) than that they were concerned only about Whitmer’s views (34%).
NBC News Exit Poll: Ohio’s increasingly Republican electorate carries Vance to victory
J.D. Vance’s victory in Ohio’s Senate race appears to have much to do with the state’s political landscape. According to the NBC News Exit Poll, Ohio midterms voters identified as Republicans over Democrats by an 11-point margin. By comparison, in the last midterm election, the Ohio electorate tilted Republican by 5 percentage points.
Ohio’s independent midterms voters broke for Democrat Tim Ryan in the Senate race by a narrow 3-point margin. If the state were less politically lopsided, Vance would have had tougher time defeating Ryan.
Former President Trump endorsed Vance, but Trump’s favorability rating in Ohio (43%) is only slightly higher than it is nationally (39%). Only about 1 in 5 Ohio midterms voters said supporting Trump was a reason for their votes.
Asked which candidate quality mattered most, a majority of Vance voters (56%) cited his sharing their values. Ryan voters were more likely to cite honesty and integrity (41%).
Arizona is election ‘laughingstock,’ GOP candidate says
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The early energy of election night has dwindled at the Republican watch party outside Phoenix as it becomes clear official results will not be announced anytime soon.
The slow count, due in part to mail-in voting and reports of glitches at some polling sites, has been the main focus of the few GOP candidates who spoke Tuesday evening.
“We have become the laughingstock when it comes to our elections, and it’s time we clean them up,” said Abe Hamadeh, a Republican running for attorney general.
“This is going to be a long fight,” he added. “Once every single vote is counted, I assure you we will be victorious.”
Former WH chief of staff says Trump is having a bad election night
“Between being Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis tonight, you want to be Ron DeSantis,” former President Donald Trump’s onetime acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said early Wednesday on CBS, noting that numerous Trump-backed candidates, including Doug Mastriano and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, have underperformed or lost in the 2022 races.
“DeSantis wins tonight, and Trump is not doing very well,” Mulvaney said. Trump has been teasing a potential 2024 presidential announcement in recent days.
Barnes campaign says Wisconsin Senate race too close to call tonight
The campaign of Wisconsin Senate candidate Mandela Barnes, a Democrat, said that the race is too close to call and that it doesn’t expect a result Tuesday night.
“We always knew this race would be incredibly close,” Maddy McDaniel, a spokesperson for the Barnes campaign, said in a statement. “No matter what anyone says, we are committed to making sure every vote is counted. We will wait and see what the Wisconsin voters have decided after all their voices are heard.”
At the time of the statement, Barnes trailed Republican Sen. Ron Johnson by less than a percentage point with 93% of the vote in. NBC News has not called the race.
Here are the House lawmakers who lost their re-election bids tonight
While a majority of House incumbents have fended off their challengers in races called by NBC News, several lost their re-election bids. Here are the ones who won’t be returning to Capitol Hill when the new Congress is sworn in next year.
- Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, who built a national profile as a member of the House Jan. 6 committee, was defeated by GOP challenger Jen Kiggans in Virginia.
- Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski, a U.S. diplomat during the Obama administration who was first elected to Congress in 2018, was ousted by Republican Thomas Kean Jr. in New Jersey.
- Republican Rep. Mayra Flores, who won a special election this year, lost to Democrat Vicente Gonzalez in Texas.
- Democratic Rep. Al Lawson, who faced difficult odds after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fought to have his district redrawn to favor Republicans, lost his race to Republican fellow incumbent Neal Dunn.
- Longtime GOP Rep. Steve Chabot lost to Democrat Greg Landsman in Ohio.
Dozens of House races had not been called by NBC News at 2:10 a.m. ET.
Pelosi says Democrats are ‘strongly outperforming expectations’
As the returns continued to come in late Tuesday and early Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a statement saying: “While many races remain too close to call, it is clear that House Democratic Members and candidates are strongly outperforming expectations across the country.
“As states continue to tabulate the final results, every vote must be counted as cast,” she continued. “Many thanks to our grassroots volunteers for enabling every voter to have their say in our Democracy.”
In remarks to supporters, Warnock braces them for a Senate runoff
Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., re-emerged before a crowd of his supporters early Wednesday and indicated he believes a runoff is possible in his contest against Republican Herschel Walker.
“We know that when they’re finished counting the votes for today’s election, we’re going to have received more votes than my opponent. We know that,” Warnock said.
NBC News considers the race too close to call. If neither candidate tops 50%, the race moves to a runoff.
“At this late hour, you may be a little tired,” Warnock said.
A woman in the crowd yelled in response: “Fired up, ready to go!”
Warnock continued, “Whether it’s later tonight or tomorrow or four weeks from now, we will hear from the people of Georgia.”
GOP Rep. Andy Biggs mocks Nancy Pelosi and attack on her husband with hammer
At a watch party for Arizona Republicans, Rep. Andy Biggs mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the violent attack on her husband after an assailant broke into their San Francisco home last week.
“I can’t wait to get back to Washington, D.C. with some new Arizona congressmen,” Biggs said. “And we’re going to show Nancy Pelosi the door very shortly. Don’t let it hit you on the backside, Nancy!”
Biggs continued, “Nancy is losing the gavel, but she is finding the hammer,” he said, drawing cheers. “Too soon? Is that too soon?”
The Arizona Republican is running for re-election to represent his state’s 5th Congressional District. He previously chaired the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
The suspect who broke into the Pelosi home attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer. A number of prominent Republicans have mocked the assault or have spread conspiracy theories about it.
South Dakota votes against legalizing marijuana
South Dakota voters rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized marijuana use for adults, NBC News projects.
The measure would have legalized the use, possession, and distribution of marijuana by adults 21 and older.
Maryland and Missouri voted to legalize recreational marijuana while North Dakota and Arkansas rejected legalization efforts.
Missouri votes to legalize recreational marijuana
Missouri has passed a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, NBC News Projects.
The measure removes existing state prohibitions on marijuana and legalizes the purchase, possession, consumption, use, delivery, manufacture, and sale of marijuana for personal use for anyone 21 and older. It also allows individuals with certain marijuana-related offenses to be released from prison, parole, or probation and have their records expunged.
Maryland voted to legalize recreational marijuana while North Dakota, South Dakota and Arkansas rejected legalization efforts.
NBC News Exit Poll: Midterms voters are whiter, wealthier and older than in presidential election
Midterms voters in 2022 were less representative of the U.S. population along the lines of race, income and age than the electorate in 2020 was, the NBC News Exit Poll found. The pattern is similar to the historical patterns of midterm elections, when voter turnout is typically lower and less diverse than in presidential contests.
White voters made up 73% of the midterm electorate, 6 percentage points higher than in the 2020 presidential election. Voters with household incomes of $100,000 or more were 37% of the electorate in 2022, compared to just 26% in 2020. Americans ages 65 and over were 28% of voters 2022, or 6 points higher than in 2020.
NBC News Exit Poll: Gender gap in the Latino vote is driven by different priorities
Overall, 60% of Latino voters cast ballots for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections, while 39% voted for Republican candidates, the NBC News Exit Poll found. But there was a 13 percentage point gender gap in Democratic support: 66% of Latina women voted for Democratic candidates, compared with 53% of Latino men.
Those two groups of voters are motivated by a distinct set of issues, the poll found.
One-third of Latina women voting in this year’s elections said abortion was the most important issue shaping their votes, whereas only 20% of Latino men said the same. In addition, Latina women were almost twice as likely as Latino men to list immigration as the most important issue shaping their votes.
Crime and inflation, on the other hand, were much larger factors in how Latino men voted.
Republican Monica De La Cruz flips key South Texas House district, becoming the first Hispanic woman to win the seat
McALLEN, Texas — Republican Monica De La Cruz is the winner in Texas’ 15th Congressional District race, NBC News projects, defeating Democrat Michelle Vallejo in an open South Texas district that had once been solidly blue.
Her win means Republicans flipped a traditionally Democratic seat in the predominantly Latino Rio Grande Valley. Cruz is the first Hispanic woman elected to represent the district.
“Praise God!” De La Cruz said amid cheers at the Radisson Hotel McAllen, where about 200 to 300 supporters had gathered, anxiously waiting for results.
“My win is not just a win for Republicans. It is a win for all South Texas,” De La Cruz said.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wins re-election, defeating Tudor Dixon
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defeated Republican challenger Tudor Dixon on Tuesday, securing her bid for re-election and keeping a Democrat atop the critical swing state, NBC News projects.
Whitmer, who gained a national following during the early days of the pandemic and is viewed as a future contender for higher office, had been seen as a top target for Republicans.
Polls tightened over the closing weeks. But Whitmer held on, boosted by tens of millions of dollars in ad spending that Dixon, a former right-wing commentator endorsed by former President Donald Trump, never matched.
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NBC News Exit Poll: Fetterman drew support from voters of color to win Pennsylvania Senate race
John Fetterman drew support from several core Democratic constituencies on his way to winning the Senate race in Pennsylvania, the NBC News Exit Poll found. He won 90% of Black voters, 70% of voters under age 30 and 67% of Latino voters.
Fetterman also did very well among voters citing abortion as the issue mattering more to their votes. Abortion proved to be a key focus in Pennsylvania, as more voters cited it as important to their vote than any other issue.
Republican Mehmet Oz fell short in convincing Pennsylvania voters that he had lived in the state long enough to serve it effectively in the Senate, with 56% saying he had not, compared with 42% who felt he had, the exit poll found. Oz moved to Pennsylvania in 2020 after having lived in New Jersey for several decades.
Pennsylvanians were more confident in Fetterman’s ability to serve the state effectively, despite his health challenges. Fetterman is recovering from a stroke he suffered in May. Half of Pennsylvania voters said Fetterman is in good enough health to represent the state effectively, compared with 47% who said he is not.
Pennsylvania voters were also slightly more likely to find Oz’s views more extreme than Fetterman’s.
Gretchen Whitmer hints at victory; Tudor Dixon does not concede
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stopped short of declaring victory but hinted she’s on the verge of another four years in Lansing.
The upbeat incumbent thanked supporters for staying awake and enthusiastic past 1 a.m. ET.
“I thank you for being here until the wee hours of the morning, and I don’t know if you want to come back for a little press conference in the morning,” Whitmer said. “But we will be ready to talk about what the future of this state is for the next four years.”
GOP challenger Tudor Dixon urged her supporters not to lose hope: “We expect counting to continue into tomorrow in our major counties. This race has a long way to go.”
Shortly after Whitmer spoke, she was leading Dixon 52.1% to 46.2%, with 71% of the vote counted.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wins re-election in a closely watched race against Republican Tim Michels
Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has won re-election to a second term, NBC News projects, narrowly defeating Republican businessman Tim Michels.
The race between Evers, who was elected in 2018, and Michels, a co-owner of a successful family pipeline construction company, had long been expected to be one of the closest contests in the country, and it will have major implications in the state for the future of abortion rights and elections.
On those issues, as well as others, like education, guns and criminal justice, the candidates offered starkly different policies throughout the race.
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Sen. Mike Lee defeats independent Evan McMullin in Utah Senate race
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has been elected to a third term, NBC News projects, beating independent candidate Evan McMullin.
Lee, 51, had been expected to win, although the race had become increasingly competitive in recent weeks. Utah votes entirely by mail.
McMullin, 46, is a former CIA operative who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016. He had the backing of the state Democratic Party.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Lee in the days leading up to the election. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on the other hand, remained neutral.
“I just placed a call to Senator Lee and acknowledged that he’s won re-election,” McMullin told supporters at his Election Night headquarters in Taylorsville. “I truly hope that he upholds his oath to the Constitution in his upcoming term.”
Rep. Anthony Brown makes history in Maryland
Democrat Anthony Brown, a lawyer who has been a House member since 2017, has won his race for attorney general of Maryland, NBC News projects. He makes history by being elected as the state’s first Black attorney general.
Brown defeated Republican Michael Peroutka, who reportedly had ties in the past to the nationalist group the League of the South.
Democrat Wiley Nickel defeats GOP candidate Bo Hines in N.C.
Democrat Wiley Nickel defeated Republican candidate Bo Hines in North Carolina’s open 13th Congressional District, NBC News projects.
Wiley, 46, a state senator, and Hines, 27, a former college football player backed by former President Donald Trump, were vying to replace Republican Ted Budd in the House. Budd won his race for the Senate on Tuesday, NBC News projects; he’ll replace retiring Republican Sen. Richard Burr.
Wiley’s win flips the swing district seat to Democrats.
Arkansas and North Dakota vote against legalizing marijuana
Voters in Arkansas and North Dakota have rejected ballot measures that would have legalized marijuana use for adults, NBC News projects.
Maryland, Missouri and South Dakota also have referendums allowing voters to decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Maryland votes to legalize recreational marijuana
Maryland has passed a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, NBC News projects.
Voters decided to amend the state constitution to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and older, starting in July.
Arkansas, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota also have referendums allowing voters to decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Senate and gubernatorial races in Alaska too early to call
Alaska’s races for the Senate and the Governor’s Mansion are too early to call.
In the Senate race, incumbent Republican Murkowski faces Democrat Patricia Chesbro.
The gubernatorial fight pits incumbent Republican Mike Dunleavy against Democrat Les Gara.
Arizona’s Kari Lake fuels claims of incompetence and corruption by election officials
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake took the stage for the first time tonight at the Arizona Republican watch party outside Phoenix, adding fuel to claims of incompetence and corruption following glitches with vote-tabulation machines in Maricopa County earlier in the day.
“We have another stark reminder that we have incompetent people running the show in Arizona,” she said, referring to her opponent, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
Lake’s legal team joined a coalition of Republicans who filed an emergency motion earlier in the day to extend voting hours to 10 p.m. A judge blocked the motion, saying there was no evidence that anyone was “precluded the right to vote.”
Across the state, no widespread fraud was reported.
Still, Lake joined a chorus of Republicans claiming “cheaters and crooks” were behind issues at polling stations Tuesday.
“God did not put us in this fight because it was going to be easy,” she said, adding: “When corruption has risen to the level that it’s at right now, it takes tough, strong people.”
Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey loses re-election bid
Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., has lost his re-election bid to Republican Thomas Kean Jr., NBC News projects.
Malinowski, a U.S. diplomat during the Obama administration, was elected to Congress in 2018.
Kean, a former state senator whose father was governor, had made three unsuccessful runs for Congress — including in 2020, when he nearly beat Malinowski.
Connecticut approves early voting
Connecticut voters approved a ballot measure that will allow for early voting, NBC News projects.
The passage allows the General Assembly to pass legislation establishing in-person voting before the day of an election.
GOP representative who lost to Democrat in Texas tells voters: ‘You did not do your part!’
A Republican congresswoman expressed deep frustration with GOP voters early Wednesday after she conceded defeat in her Texas race.
“The RED WAVE did not happen. Republicans and Independents stayed home. DO NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT THE RESULTS IF YOU DID NOT DO YOUR PART!” Rep. Mayra Flores tweeted. Flores lost to Rep. Vicente Gonzales, NBC News projects, in what was considered one of the key toss-up races.
Fetterman wins Pennsylvania Senate race, defeating Oz and flipping key state for Democrats
NEWTOWN, Pa. — John Fetterman, the state lieutenant governor, has won Pennsylvania’s high-voltage race for an open Senate seat, defeating celebrity TV doctor Mehmet Oz, bringing an end to one of the nastiest and most expensive campaigns of the year as both parties treated it as a potential tipping point for control of the chamber.
Fetterman will succeed Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican who opted against seeking re-election.
The race was shaped largely by two factors: Fetterman’s stroke days before he won the Democratic primary in May and the unrelenting barrage of outside money, including tens of millions of dollars Oz’s GOP allies spent to brand Fetterman as soft on crime.
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NBC News Exit Poll: Many Texas voters support transporting migrants to other states
Gov. Greg Abbott stirred national controversy over his policy of transporting migrants from the Texas border to blue cities in the Northeast. According to the NBC News Exit Poll, more voters casting ballots in the race for governor said thts was a good policy (50%) than a bad policy (43%).
But when asked which issue was most important to them, Texas voters prioritized inflation and abortion over immigration.
Overall, 55% of voters said they approved of the job Abbott was doing as governor, boosting him to re-election. More Texas voters said they trusted Abbott to handle border security than Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.
Abrams concedes to Kemp in Georgia governor’s race
Democrat Stacey Abrams has called Gov. Brian Kemp to concede the Georgia governor’s race, according to a spokesman for Kemp.
After Kemp narrowly beat Abrams in 2018, she initially would not concede the race and accused him of voter suppression tactics.
House control too close to call; NBC News Decision Desk releases estimate
Although NBC News cannot project control of the House, the Decision Desk has released its estimate for the House as a whole, which reflects the most probable outcome for partisan control. NBC News estimates that the Republicans will win 219 seats, with a margin of error of 13 seats.
A party needs 218 seats to control the chamber.
To arrive at the House Estimate, the NBC News Decision Desk calculates the probability of a Democratic, Republican or third-party victory in each of the 435 House races based on pre-election research. On election night, election analysts examine all the available vote data in real time, adjusting the probabilities for each House race accordingly. Based on those probabilities, NBC News’ Decision Desk then calculates the most probable outcome for control of the chamber and provides a margin of error plus or minus the number of seats either party could still win.
The Decision Desk will project partisan control of the House based on this estimate when we are at a minimum 99.5% confident in the outcome.
Nevada judge denies Cortez Masto’s request to extend voting hours
A judge in Nevada rejected a request late Tuesday by Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for polls in Clark County to remain open for an additional two hours.
Some precincts in the county ran out of printer paper to print ballots earlier in the day. Polls were originally scheduled to close at 7 p.m. local time and will remain closed.
Cortez Masto and the DSCC asked for polls to remain open until 9 p.m. They cited other jurisdictions across the country where polls remained open late because of issues at some precincts, including in Connecticut, Virginia and New Hampshire.
NBC News Exit Poll: Arizona voters skeptical of false election claims embraced by GOP candidates
Arizona’s voters expressed high confidence in the state’s election count and the legitimacy of President Biden’s 2020 win, overwhelmingly rejecting the questions raised by the state’s GOP candidates about the integrity of the election process, the NBC News Exit Poll found.
Republican candidates Kari Lake (governor), Blake Masters (Senate) and Mark Finchem (secretary of state) have all publicly raised questions about Biden’s 2020 win and cast doubt on the integrity of the voting process. But voters disagreed: By 63% to 35%, Arizonans said Biden legitimately won the presidency. And 73% said they were confident that elections in Arizona are being conducted fairly and accurately; 26% were not confident.
NBC News characterized all three races — for governor, for the Senate and for secretary of state — as too early to call when polls closed in Arizona.
Democratic Gov. Tim Walz wins re-election in Minnesota
Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota, a Democrat, has won re-election to a second term, NBC News projects.
Walz, a former House member, defeated Republican challenger Scott Jensen, a physician and former member of the state Senate.
Election deniers lose secretary of state races in Michigan and Minnesota
Election deniers have lost their races for secretary of state in the battleground states of Michigan and Minnesota, NBC News projects.
In Michigan, Democratic incumbent Jocelyn Benson has defeated Republican Kristina Karamo. In Minnesota, Democratic incumbent Steve Simon has defeated Republican Kim Crockett.
Karamo has repeatedly cast doubt on the result of the 2020 race and has dabbled in discredited conspiracy theories surrounding it.
Karamo, 36, a part-time educator at a Detroit-area community college, worked as a Detroit poll challenger in 2020. In that role, Karamo claimed she witnessed fraudulent absentee ballot-counting, later testifying before a Michigan Senate committee investigating election fraud allegations (the panel found no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud in the state’s election). Karamo has also said she believes that Donald Trump won Michigan in 2020 (Joe Biden won the state by more than 154,000 votes) and that left-wing anarchists planned the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez wins in Texas’ 34th District, defeating Republican Rep. Mayra Flores
Democrat Vicente Gonzalez is the winner of Texas’ 34th Congressional District race, defeating Republican Rep. Mayra Flores.
The win is critical for Democrats who faced tougher-than-expected competition from Republicans in the traditionally Democratic and heavily Latino South Texas region.
With 85% of the votes in, Gonzalez had 52.7% and Flores had 44.2%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.
Retirement and redistricting meant the race pitted the two sitting members of Congress against each other.
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Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar wins Texas’ 28th District, defeating Cassy Garcia
Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is the winner in Texas’ 28th Congressional District, NBC News projects, returning to Congress for a 10th term.
With 77% of the vote reporting, Cuellar had 56.9% and Republican Cassy Garcia had 43.1%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.
Garcia was one of three Republican Latinas running in South Texas congressional races hoping to cut into the region’s Latino support for Democrats.
Cuellar, a centrist Democrat, has long been further to the right of his party, but he has said he reflects his district, which is heavily Hispanic but more conservative on issues of abortion, the border and guns.
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Republican who defeated Liz Cheney in primary wins her seat
Republican Harriet Hageman won her election to represent Wyoming’s sole congressional district, NBC News projects.
Hageman will succeed Rep. Liz Cheney, who lost the GOP primary in August. The district is solidly Republican, and Hageman was backed by former President Donald Trump.
Cheney, a staunch critic, has made it clear that she will work to ensure the former president does not win the White House again.
NBC News Exit Poll: Abortion is most important issue for 55% of young female voters
While most midterm voters cited inflation as their top issue, the story was very different for young voters — particularly young women, the NBC News Exit Poll found. Fifty-five percent of female voters under age 30 cited abortion as their top issue. Abortion was also the top issue for men under 30, although to a lesser degree.
Asked specifically about the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, two-thirds of young female voters said they were angry about it, compared to 43% of young male voters.
The issue is translating into strong Democratic support for House candidates among young adults, although there is a notable gender gap. Female voters under age 30 are breaking for Democratic House candidates by over 40 percentage points, the exit poll found. Men in the age group are breaking for Democratic House candidates by just about 11 points.
The share of midterms voters who were under age 30 (12%) appears to be similar to the shares in 2014 and 2018 (13% both years).
Oz expresses confidence he will win Pennsylvania Senate race
NEWTOWN, Pa. — Trailing Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman in the crucial Pennsylvania race, Republican Mehmet Oz said Tuesday night that he still thinks he will emerge victorious.
“When all the ballots are counted, we believe we will win this race,” Oz told supporters at his election night party. “We have been closing the gap all night, and we have a lot more ballots to go.”
Oz trailed Fetterman by 1.1 percentage points at midnight ET with about 84% of expected votes in. The race is too early to call, according to NBC News.
Becca Balint is Vermont’s first woman and LGBTQ person elected to Congress
Democrat Becca Balint is the winner of Vermont’s at-large Congressional District race, NBC News projected. She is the first woman and the first LGBTQ person elected to Congress from the state.
With 72% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Balint had 61.5%, while her Republican opponent, Liam Madden, had 28.8%.
Balint’s win against Madden, an Iraq War veteran, was widely expected. Vermont has not sent a Republican to Congress since it re-elected former Sen. Jim Jeffords in 2000.
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Sen. Warnock tells supporters: ‘Hang in there. I’m feeling good’
ATLANTA — As returns show a close race for the Senate in Georgia, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock spoke to his crowd of supporters here late Tuesday and voiced cautious optimism.
“We always knew that the race would be close. And so that’s where we are. So y’all just hang in there. I’m feeling good,” he said.
NBC News rates the race between Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker as “too close to call.”
“I’m comin’ back tonight,” Warnock said. “We got more to say.
“I’m gonna try to defy Baptist preacher gravity and not talk too much.”