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    a President Joe Biden will hold an afternoon press conference to discuss the results of the midterm elections. Biden, whose party outperformed expectations, will speak and take questions at 4 p.m. inside the White House. But he has already sent out congratulatory calls and text messages to a host of winning Democrats and thanked poll workers via Twitter. BIDEN BUOYED FOR 2024 AFTER BETTER-THAN-EXPECTED MIDTERM ELECTIONS Democracy doesn’t happen by accident. We have to defend, strengthen, and renew it.I'll have more to say this afternoon, but thanks to the poll workers and officials that worked into the night to safeguard our sacred right to vote. And the millions who made their voices heard.— President Biden (@POTUS) November 9, 2022 Biden was criticized for campaigning only in safe blue states during the midterm elections, but his party enjoyed a strong election night. Republicans are still likely to take the House, but the Senate remains up for grabs as of Wednesday. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Reporters repeatedly asked White...
    Incumbent Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) managed to hold off a challenge from Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, averting a red wave from washing over the Sunflower State. Kelly was the only Democratic governor vying for reelection in a state that former President Donald Trump carried in 2020, which made her a key target for the GOP in the midterm election cycle. Schmidt, who has served as state attorney general since 2011, pummeled her on a range of economic issues in his quest to reclaim the Kansas governorship for the GOP. MIDTERM GOVERNOR RACES GROW IN PROMINENCE Since 1964, Kansas has backed Republican presidential nominees and hasn't sent a single Democrat to the Senate since 1932. But Kelly managed to pull off an upset victory in the 2018 race, riding a surge of backlash against former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and apprehension over Republican Kris Kobach in a blue wave year. Incumbent Gov. Laura Kelly (D) squared off against state Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) for reelection in one of the hottest guvernatorial races in...
    Tuesday has come and gone, but people across the United States have been voting for a few weeks via early voting, a process whose effects are being determined in the wake of the 2022 midterm elections. Early voting has become more popular over the years, with some people arguing with little evidence that it leads to inaccurate polling results. The purpose of early voting, either by mail or by absentee, is to give voters an alternative to voting in person if they are unable to vote on Election Day. SENATE MAJORITY UP IN THE AIR AS DEMOCRATS FIGHT TO DEFY ODDS AND HANG ON For 2022, early voting was on track to shatter turnout records from prior midterm cycles, with over 36 million early votes cast by Friday afternoon, information compiled by the U.S. Elections Project indicates. Additionally, 41% of respondents in a survey conducted by Gallup found that they planned to cast their vote early, marking the highest number in a midterm survey since 2010. Records also showed that Democrats were leading in early and...
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) held on to his seat after a fierce contest that Democrats at one point saw as a prime Senate pick-up opportunity. Barnes had out-raised Johnson significantly in the final weeks of the race and attracted star power to Wisconsin as national Democrats worried about his chances. Former President Barack Obama traveled to Wisconsin to rally for Barnes, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held three campaign events across the state to boost turnout for the party just days before the election. But Johnson opened up a lead in the polls in mid-September that he maintained throughout the rest of the election. He entered the final week of the race with a 4.2-percentage-point lead in the polls, according to the data website FiveThirtyEight. Barnes worked to paint Johnson as an extreme Republican due to his support of former President Donald Trump and his questioning of the 2020 election results. The state’s current lieutenant governor, Barnes was considered a rising star in a state that both parties have approached as a battleground in recent presidential cycles. Trump won Wisconsin...
    New York State Assemblyman Michael Lawler (R-NY) defeated incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) on Tuesday to represent New York's 17th District in one of the country's most-watched House races of the midterm elections. Maloney called Lawler Monday morning to concede the race. Lawler, who rose to prominence after his staffers trolled Maloney, gained momentum in October after the bipartisan Cook Political Report moved the race from “lean Democrat” to “toss-up." MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES “It’s a highly educated community, but it’s blue-collar and working class,” Lawler told Politico. “Where I’m hitting him is exactly where [voters] are focused — on the economy and crime.” The Maloney-Lawler contest is one of nine competitive congressional races in the state that could determine whether Republicans take back the House of Representatives. Currently, Democrats control both Houses of Congress and the White House, but Republicans are expected to retake the House despite an underwhelming performance on Tuesday and only need one net gain to take back the Senate. National Republicans invested heavily in the race, prompting the Democratic Congressional...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Donald Trump Jr. learned that hindsight is 20/20 as political observers made fun of his premature declaration that the midterms were going to end in massive wins for the Republican Party. The son of former President Donald Trump was watching the elections play out across the country last night, and he was clearly among those who expected to see the GOP rout Democrats across the board and take back control of Congress. How do we know this? Well, he posted a highly unsubtle tweet about what he expected the red wave to look like. Bloodbath!!! — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 9, 2022 Unfortunately for Trump, the election results do not seem to have been the “bloodbath” he was hoping for. Republicans are only poised to seize a narrow majority of seats in the House of Representatives, Democrats seem increasingly likely in their chances to retain their hold over the U.S. Senate, and the results are raising new questions about whether Trump’s father should remain as the most dominant figure of the Republican Party. All...
    Republicans desperately straining to see a silver lining in the red wave that appears to be more of a puddle at best have to look to 2024. The midterm election results strengthened President Joe Biden’s hand and weakened former President Donald Trump’s. That is the starting point for the road to the White House. In 1994, Republicans won 54 House seats and their first majority in 40 years. Bill Clinton was reelected two years later. In 2010, Republicans added 63 seats. Barack Obama was reelected two years later. MIDTERMS LIVE UPDATES On the one hand, that shows there is little connection between the midterm elections and the next presidential race. But the link hasn't been nonexistent: Republicans make big gains at the expense of a hobbled Democratic president. Then that president runs against the excesses of the new GOP majorities to rebound politically and win a second term. Tuesday night’s results may at least interrupt that pattern. Biden was the big Democratic winner. He was able to hold together the anti-Trump coalition enough to stave off defeat in a number...
    Incumbent Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) triumphed over Republican challenger Tom Barrett to represent Michigan's newly drawn 7th District, in a race that became a battleground of competing endorsements. Slotkin portrayed herself as a moderate Democrat with a history of working closely with Republicans, while also appealing to the other side of the aisle by flexing her national security credentials. State Sen. Barrett portrayed himself as a patriotic, Trump-allied conservative, stressing his veteran status as having served in Iraq, despite his opposition to the war. While Slotkin's message won over Michiganders in the end, the race was neck-and-neck for most of its duration, becoming one of the most expensive in the country — drawing in $27 million in funding by mid-October, according to Bridge Michigan. She became the first Democrat officially endorsed by Liz Cheney, drawing in retaliatory endorsements for Barrett from Cheney's successful midterm challenger, Harriet Hageman, and from former Democrat Tulsi Gabbard. “I’m proud to endorse Elissa Slotkin,” Cheney said in a statement shared by the Democrat’s campaign, according to the Washington Post....
    WNBA star Brittney Griner is in the process of being moved to a Russian penal colony, her lawyers announced. Her transfer began last month, a process that typically takes weeks or months, though her legal team doesn't yet know where she is being sent, according to ESPN. Her family has reportedly been dreading the move, as the conditions of Russia's penal colonies are much worse than the prison where Griner is currently being held. "Our primary concern continues to be BG's health and well-being. As we work through this very difficult phase of not knowing exactly where BG is or how she is doing, we ask for the public's support in continuing to write letters and express their love and care for her," said a statement from Griner's agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, per ESPN. BRITTNEY GRINER’S APPEAL DENIED BY RUSSIAN COURT The Biden administration said it is doing everything in its power to bring Griner back to the United States. "Every minute that Brittney Griner must endure wrongful detention in Russia is a minute too...
    Democratic Rep. Emilia Sykes defeated Republican Madison Gesiotto-Gilbert to win the election for Ohio's 13th District. Sykes has represented Ohio's 34th District since 2015 and moved over to the 13th District after Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) left the district to run against J.D. Vance for the Ohio Senate race. MIDTERMS 2022: HERE ARE THE ISSUES OHIO VOTERS CARE ABOUT THE MOST Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-OH) of the 34th District and Madison Gesiotto-Gilbert compete for the 13th District of Ohio. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File and AP Photo/Joe Maiorana) Gilbert was expected to be the victor going into Tuesday night's election, winning 82 out of 100 simulated races against Sykes as of Oct. 26, according to FiveThirtyEight. Ahead of the election, she had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A poll conducted among 642 likely voters from Sept. 18 through Sept. 22 found that inflation was the top concern among those polled at 41%, with a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points,...
    Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) secured a return to Congress by defeating former state GOP chairwoman Amanda Adkins (R-KS) in Kansas's 3rd Congressional District. The district which voted for Joe Biden over Donald Trump 51.2%-46.7% in 2020, covers the Kansas City suburbs of Overland Park and Olathe and was the second time in a row Davids beat Adkins. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan., talks to supporters after defeating Republican candidate Amanda Adkins for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District seat Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Overland Park, Kan. Ed Zurga/AP First elected in 2018 during the "blue wave" when Democrats picked up 41 seats in the House, Adkins has focused her congressional career on transportation and infrastructure among other topics, by serving as vice chairwoman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Adkins had attempted to attach Davids to President Joe Biden, but ultimately the congresswoman was able to not be brought down by the unpopular leader. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER More from Midterms Midterm results:...
    Conservative Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen was quite displeased during a discussion about the midterm elections as results rolled in. Republicans hoped a “red wave” would sweep them into power with clear majorities. Instead, the party seemed poised to barely retake the House while failing to recapture the Senate. Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked Thiessen about Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s defeat of Mehmet Oz, thus flipping the seat, as Republican Sen. Pat Toomey declined to run for reelection. Fetterman suffered a stroke in May and has been gradually recovering since. His victory could end up being the difference in which party controls the Senate. Fetterman and Oz had one debate, which came in October. “Had the Oct. 25 debate been Sept. 30, would this race have changed?” Baier asked. Thiessen hedged on his answer and proceeded to explain he couldn’t process how Republicans could underperform so badly given the challenges the country currently faces. “I think it might have or maybe it wouldn’t have,” he replied. “There’s a broader issue, which is, think about this. We had the worst...
    Democrat Chris Deluzio defeated Republican Jeremy Shaffer in the race to represent Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District. The dual issues of the economy and abortion dominated the midterm race as the candidates fought to win the seat of departing incumbent Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA). Deluzio appealed to voters with a message of economic populism, stressing the need to return manufacturing to Pennsylvania. “We are in this fight for economic dignity, for union jobs, reproductive freedom, [to] bring our supply chains back home and start making more stuff and to keep our democracy strong,” he told a crowd in Mount Lebanon. Deluzio has distanced himself from President Joe Biden and has broken with his party on the issue of fossil fuels, saying that fracking is currently needed to break the United States's reliance on foreign energy. Shaffer, meanwhile, emphasized the high rates of inflation experienced under President Joe Biden. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The competitive race drew in huge amounts of funding, with the combined total spent in the race...
    Rep. Don Bacon (R) prevailed in his race against state Sen. Tony Vargas (D) to represent Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, a coveted swing seat. Bacon, an Air Force veteran who was first elected in 2016, has faced tough races since coming to Congress, with the seat being just one of seven nonpartisan political handicapper Cook Political Report rates as being even in its Partisan Voting Index. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Both candidates looked to paint their respective opponent as extreme during the course of the race. Bacon ran heavily on economic issues, arguing that he was better suited to address issues such as inflation and high gas prices. He hit his opponent for his position on tax policy and touted his bipartisan record on the trail. Vargas, a former school teacher, in turn, attacked Bacon on issues including abortion and his stance on healthcare policy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Both parties poured money into the race, with Bacon spending $3.3 million and Vargas spending $2.8 million, according to OpenSecrets....
    Democrat Hillary Scholten won in Michigan's 3rd District, defeating Republican John Gibbs and becoming the first Democrat elected to the seat since 1990. The seat in the Grand Rapids-area district opened when Gibbs beat incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer (R), who was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, in the primary. The 3rd District has a history of being represented by centrist Republicans. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Scholten is an immigration attorney who ran against Meijer and lost in 2020. She characterized Gibbs as "extreme" for his anti-abortion position and for his views on the 2020 election. The last Democrat to represent the district was elected in 1990, and the last two representatives were centrist Republicans who spoke out against Trump. Meijer's predecessor, Justin Amash, left the Republican Party in 2019 and eventually joined the Libertarian Party. Following the 2020 redistricting process, the district slightly favors Democrats. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that we have in the wake of redistricting, which gave us fair and competitive lines,” Scholten said...
    In one of the first referendums on abortion since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, Michigan voters elected to codify abortion rights in their state constitution. The vote concludes a heated campaign between proponents seeking to safeguard abortion access and opponents claiming it could allow minors to obtain abortions or undergo gender transition procedures without parental consent. CLAIMS OF ABORTIONS AND TRANSITIONS FOR MINORS OVERTAKE MICHIGAN BALLOT POLITICS Proposal 3's success is another blow to abortion opponents after Kansas voters rejected a ballot measure that would have stripped abortion rights protections from the state constitution, signaling voters' desire to keep some safeguards in place. The amendment will add new language to the state constitution enshrining a person's right to make decisions "about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care." The passage of the amendment means a dormant 1931 state law that would make performing an abortion a felony in most cases will likely be overridden....
    Midterm results: Gretchen Whitmer wins reelection in Michigan, defeats Trump-endorsed Tudor Dixon
    Tony Evers won the Wisconsin governor’s race, clinching a crucial victory that could have implications for how the presidential election will be carried out in the crucial battleground state in 2024. Evers' victory over Tim Michels marks the end of a high-stakes and contentious midterm cycle that had both candidates in a deadlocked race in the weeks leading up to Election Day. The race had gained widespread attention as Republicans sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Evers in order to win control of both the state legislature and the governor’s mansion. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Evers quickly emerged as one of Republicans’ top targets during the 2022 cycle because the Democrat often clashed with the GOP-led legislature on areas such as education spending and abortion throughout his tenure. This often led to frustration among Republican lawmakers because the Democratic governor often acts as the last hurdle before bills get passed in the state. That position became especially crucial for Democrats after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade over the summer, returning abortion’s legality to the states....
    Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) prevailed in her race against GOP candidate Tyler Kistner on Tuesday in the heated battle to represent Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. The seat, which is just south of the Twin Cities, is rated R+2 by nonpartisan handicapper Cook Political Report, with the district having favored President Joe Biden by 7 points in 2020 under its previous lines. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Craig went after Kistner for his position on abortion following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and touted herself as a centrist willing to work across the aisle. Kistner, a Marine, hit his opponent on issues including inflation and high gas prices, arguing that Republicans are better equipped to handle the economy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Both parties spent heavily in their efforts to win the battleground seat, with outside groups pouring nearly $18 million into the race. Craig had a fundraising edge, raking in $7.2 million and spending $6.5 million of it as of mid-October, while Kistner raised $3.1 million and...
    Democrat John Fetterman addresses supporters after being projected the winner over Republican Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania's Senate race. More from Midterms Midterm results: Democrat Chris Pappas reelected in New Hampshire's 1st District November 09, 2022 01:14 AM Midterm results: Republican Monica De La Cruz wins Texas border district controlled by Democrats for 120 years November 09, 2022 01:12 AM Midterm results: John Fetterman beats Dr. Oz in huge Pennsylvania Senate showdown November 09, 2022 01:04 AM Split-ticket Georgia voters keeping Walker from victory while reelecting Kemp November 09, 2022 01:01 AM Did GOP optimism outrun reality? November 09, 2022 12:50 AM Midterm results: Republican Tom Kean beats incumbent Tom Malinowski in New Jersey 7th November 09, 2022 12:47 AM Opinion Biden is going after gig workers By: Michael Ramirez Washington state wages an unconstitutional war on political free speech By: Eric Wang Yes, Stacey Abrams really lost — again By: Madeline Fry Schultz Videos Is the GOP's path to Senate control really all...
    In his fourth attempt to represent New Jersey's 7th District, Tom Kean Jr. emerged the victor in Tuesday night's midterm election, defeating incumbent Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), flipping the district red after redistricting gave Republicans an advantage. Kean Jr., the eldest son of former Gov. Tom Kean Sr. (R-NJ), attempted to defeat Malinowski in 2020 but fell 5,300 votes shy of victory. His win this time around comes as Malinowski faces a review by the House Committee on Ethics for reporting his stock trades late. The redistricting meant the district had 3% more Republicans voting in Warren, Hunterdon, and parts of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Tom Kean Jr., GOP candidate for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, hugs a supporter at his election night party held in Basking Ridge N.J., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Stefan Jeremiah/AP Kean Jr., who served 19 years in the New Jersey state Senate including 14 years as the chamber’s minority leader, also worked as an aide to the late GOP congressman Bob Franks and as a...
    A Pennsylvania man who died earlier this year was reelected to his position as a state representative. Democrat Tony DeLuca, the longest-running Pennsylvania state representative, at 39 years, died last month at 85 of lymphoma, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Because of his recent death, election authorities were unable to change the ballots, and many voters chose him over Green Party challenger Queonia "Zarah" Livingston, marked by a sizable lead. A special election will be held to choose a proper candidate to take his seat. BYRON YORK TELLS FETTERMAN CAMPAIGN TO 'OBSERVE THE LAW' AS LAWSUIT COMES LATE "While we're incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters to continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously. A special election will follow soon," Pennsylvania House Democrats said in a tweet. Some observers speculate that many voters chose DeLuca knowing he was dead in order to force a special election rather than vote for his third-party opponent, according to local...
    After a hard-fought campaign, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) bested Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) following the rising GOP star's upset victory in a special election back in June in a historically Democratic stronghold in South Texas. Flores's June victory for Texas's 34th Congressional District had fueled Republican dreams of making inroads with Latino voters. Her general election contest with Gonzalez, a different contender than the one she faced in the special election race, was seen as a test of whether that upset was a fluke. THE GOP'S THREE AMIGAS “They feel entitled to our vote, making the same promises over and over and really not making nothing happen,” Flores proclaimed on Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo after her special election victory. In this Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, photo Republican congressional candidate Mayra Flores speaks at a Cameron County Conservatives event in Harlingen, Texas. Flores argues that Democrats are forcing Texans choose between their energy sector jobs and curbing climate change. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Eric Gay/ASSOCIATED PRESS Republican groups had opened the campaign spigot for her...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton defeated Democratic challenger Rochelle Garza in the race for Texas's highest law enforcement office on Tuesday, securing his third term in office. Paxton, who has faced multiple legal issues that include an investigation by the FBI for alleged abuse of office, was first elected as the state's attorney general in 2015. He is also under investigation on state security fraud charges that stem from before he took office in 2015. He has pleaded "not guilty" to all charges. Paxton previously served as a state senator for the 8th District and a representative for the 70th District in the Texas House. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES During his tenure, Paxton's primary focus has been challenging President Joe Biden's immigration policies in an effort to quell the surge of noncitizens coming across the border. As Gov. Greg Abbott's chief law enforcement officer, Paxton has launched more lawsuits against the Biden administration than any other state. Texas and the U.S. government are named in more than 30 lawsuits ranging from abortion and transgender policies to Google’s...
    Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) has held on to his seat after a strong challenge from Republican Cassy Garcia in his southern border district. The race had focused extensively on the Biden administration’s handling of an immigration crisis at the border. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Cuellar, one of the most centrist Democrats in the House, criticized President Joe Biden repeatedly for his neglect of the situation in his district and others that touch Mexico. Cuellar had also cut a path distinct from his party on abortion. The only anti-abortion Democrat in the House, Cuellar survived a primary challenge this summer from a more progressive candidate who had hit him on his opposition to abortion. Garcia sought to expand the GOP’s appeal with Hispanic voters, which has been growing in recent cycles. She had focused on inflation and immigration in a pitch that portrayed Cuellar, despite his centrism, as a contributor to the Democratic policies that have worsened life for many over the past two years. She also went after Cuellar for his longevity in office. First elected to Congress in 2004,...
    GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA) defeated Democratic challenger Doug White in Washington’s 4th Congressional District on Tuesday, winning a fifth term in Congress. Newhouse was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting a riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The Washington Republican survived a primary against a Trump-endorsed challenger in August. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Nonpartisan handicapper Cook Political Report rates the district R+11, with the GOP having held the seat since 1995. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Newhouse significantly outraised White, bringing in $2 million to White’s $700,000. Republicans need to flip five seats to win the majority in the lower chamber. More from Midterms Midterm results: Henry Cuellar beats Cassy Garcia in South Texas House race November 09, 2022 12:36 AM Midterm results: Democrat Wiley Nickel beats Bo Hines to win North Carolina's 13th District November 09, 2022 12:19 AM WATCH: Glenn Youngkin laments GOP losses in the House against incumbents November 09, 2022...
    Democratic state Sen. Wiley Nickel secured the win for North Carolina's sole swing district Tuesday, defeating MAGA candidate Bo Hines to represent the 13th District in the House. Nickel centered his platform on abortion access, affordable housing, and Medicare. Both candidates appeared to stick to the party line on the issues, with Hines accusing Nickel of being soft on crime due to his background as a defense attorney. Nickel has also said that he would vote to codify the protections outlined in Roe v. Wade, which would solidify a woman's access to abortion. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Nickel served two terms in the state Senate before crossing onto the national stage and is not a newcomer to the world of politics. Nickel previously worked as a member of then-Vice President Al Gore's national advance staff and was a member of former President Barack Obama's campaign staff before becoming a state senator. The district Nickel now represents consists of the southern border of Raleigh and farms in the west, a collection of urban, suburban, and rural communities. ...
    Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) shared his insight and even some advice on the various Republican wins and losses across Virginia on Tuesday. While Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA), a member of the Jan. 6 committee, was defeated by Republican candidate Jen Kiggans and four other Republican candidates won their seats in the House of Representatives, Youngkin lamented that Republican candidates Hung Cao and Yesli Vega lost in the 10th and 7th districts, respectively. "The 7th was always in the margin, and boy, we had a ton of momentum, and yes, they ran a great campaign. It's awfully hard to unseat an incumbent," Youngkin said on Special Report with Brett Baier on Tuesday. Cao was also running against incumbent Jennifer Wexton (D-VA). YOUNGKIN SAYS GOP WAVE MUST ROLL THROUGH VIRGINIA, TESTING 2024 POWERS ON THE TRAIL Youngkin continued to share his insight into the various gubernatorial races across the country, claiming that the incumbent governors won or lost because voters "have seen them perform." "As I've said, performance matters. Voters are expecting their elected...
    Cincinnati City Councilman Greg Landsman managed to best Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) on Tuesday night to win the election for Ohio's 1st District in a big Democratic pick-up. Chabot's loss to Landsman marks the first time since 2008 that he has lost reelection in the district. MIDTERMS 2022: HERE ARE THE ISSUES OHIO VOTERS CARE ABOUT THE MOST Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Cincinnati City Councilman Greg Landsman (D) compete in the 2022 midterm election for Ohio's 1st District (Erin Scott/Pool via AP, File, and AP Photo/Aaron Doster) The race was extremely close leading up to Tuesday night, with Landsman leading the race at 49% while Chabot trailed at 46%, according to an Impact Research poll. Before running against Chabot, Landsman had worked as a public school teacher before serving as a councilman for Cincinnati, which he has served for five years. Unopposed in the Democratic primary, he then set his sights on taking on Chabot, according to Business Insider. Ahead of Tuesday's election, Chabot had joined many Republicans in opposing the impeachment...
    Former Jefferson County Jail death row inmate and face of the Equal Justice Initiative Anthony Ray Hinton cast his first vote on Tuesday since being released. Hinton was among the longest-serving death row prisoners in Alabama history when he was released on April 3, 2015, thanks to the efforts of Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson that resulted in his exoneration of two capital murder convictions. Upon his release, Hinton became the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1983. MINNESOTA ELECTIONS MARRED BY A SEX CRIMINAL VOTING TWICE, PLUS OTHER ERRORS A tweet featuring Hinton's picture with an "I voted" sticker on his face received over 7,000 likes on Twitter. For 30 years, Mr. Hinton was stripped of all his rights while he sat on Alabama's death row for a crime he didn't commit. This morning, he arrived at the polls and exercised his right to vote. #ElectionDay #Vote2022 pic.twitter.com/WT5riQvBbL— Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org) November 8, 2022 CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Hinton become somewhat of a celebrity...
    As a movement to vote for Democratic candidates went viral on Twitter, users shone a light on voters who overcame physical obstacles to guilt more people to the polls. Twitter users had the #VoteBlueToday hashtag trending as the No. 5 topic at one point on Tuesday. A similar #BlueTsunami2022 hashtag would go on to be used in over 33,000 tweets. Some used the hashtags in their documentation of elderly and injured voters arriving at polling places nationwide. "This is my mother, Helen. She is 83 and has a broken bone in her right leg, but she voted today," North Carolina's former Mills River Mayor Pro Tem Brian Caskey tweeted. "If she can vote, so can you." This is my mother, Helen. She is 83 and has a broken bone in her right leg, but she voted today. If she can vote, so can you. #GoVote #VoteBlueToday #Vote pic.twitter.com/2uppuOFyoM— Brian Caskey (@BrianCaskeyNC) November 8, 2022 MARICOPA COUNTY ELECTION WORKERS FACE GRUESOME THREATS: REPORT "Took these pictures on my way to vote today in Atlanta," reporter...
    Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills fended off former Gov. Paul LePage Tuesday night to secure a second term as the state's governor. Mills's victory means she will serve as the state's governor through 2027, as she was elected governor in 2018 and is permitted to only serve up to two consecutive terms, according to the state. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and Republican Paul LePage shake hands following a debate, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, at the Franco Center in Lewiston, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty/AP MIDTERM ELECTIONS 2022: HERE ARE THE ISSUES MAINE VOTERS CARE ABOUT THE MOST LePage has a history of making controversial remarks and endorsed then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. In his return to politics, however, he toned down his stance and attempted to distance himself from former President Trump. In launching his 2022 bid against Mills, LePage focused on the economy and rising crime while trying to avoid controversy around social issues like abortion. Mills, the first female governor of Maine, was predicted to be the victor of...
    Harriet Hageman won the midterm race for Wyoming’s lone House seat, replacing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was ousted from her seat during the primaries after becoming a top target among the Republican Party for her staunch opposition to former President Donald Trump. Hageman first made headlines after Trump endorsed the Republican candidate in the GOP primary against Cheney after the incumbent voted to impeach the former president in 2021, making her one of just 10 House Republicans to do so. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Cheney also became a high-profile target of Trump after she was appointed as vice chairwoman of the Jan. 6 committee and was one of just two Republicans on the panel investigating the Capitol riot. Hageman, a onetime ally and informal adviser to Cheney, bested the Wyoming Republican in the primaries, paving the way for her to be elevated to the House. Trump praised Hageman for her stances on crime and the southern border, touting her as a strong candidate for Congress. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER...
    Former President Donald Trump addressed supporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and touted his endorsement record on the night of the midterm elections. Trump, who is widely expected to announce a 2024 run for president next week, showcased his picks in races that were generally predicted to go for the GOP. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES The former president congratulated Sen.-elects Ted Budd (R-NC), J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Eric Schmidt (R-MO), among others. "Marco [Rubio] had a fantastic evening, at 58-41. That’s really — that’s really tremendous. That’s as of this moment. Katie Britt — I want to congratulate Katie Britt. We endorsed Katie. And she did fantastically, 68-30. That means she has a future: young and just fantastic," Trump said Tuesday evening. He also discussed his rally in Ohio on Monday, in which he addressed a crowd despite a rain storm, quipping to his supporters about what President Joe Biden would have done in those conditions. Trump also called it a "great honor" to have members of the media present...
    Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's incumbent secretary of state, held off a challenge from Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen on Tuesday night, marking a major rebuke of former President Donald Trump's influence in the state. Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp, who also won reelection Tuesday night, became the face of Republican opposition to Trump's election fraud claims in 2020. Both officials publicly rebuked Trump's allegations, and Raffensperger gained even more "resistance" notoriety after a recorded Jan. 2, 2021, call with Trump was made public.  GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE DEFENDS GOP VOTING LAW AGAINST BIDEN'S 'CHEAP POLITICAL RHETORIC' Raffensperger could be heard on the call vocally defending Georgia's election integrity and refusing to influence the state results as requested by Trump. Georgia state results showed Raffensperger winning. Nguyen reportedly called Raffensperger's campaign to concede shortly before midnight. Georgia Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Bee Nguyen has conceded the race to incumbent Brad Raffensperger. #gapol— WABE News (@wabenews) November 9, 2022 Raffensperger ran heavily on his willingness to "buck" Trump and the party if necessary. "I’m going to stand for the rule of law,...
    Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor, told voters to "prepare" to wait days for votes to be counted in this year's midterm elections. Hobbs, Arizona's top election official, is facing Republican candidate Kari Lake in a closely watched race that has been deemed a toss-up for weeks leading up to Election Day. LIVE MIDTERM UPDATES "Every single vote matters, and every single vote counts equally — whether you voted by mail, dropped off your ballot at a secure drop box yesterday, or voted in person today," Hobbs said in a statement Tuesday evening. "We must all be patient and wait for every last vote to be counted." My statement on awaiting tonight's results. pic.twitter.com/yba7ASq3i6— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) November 9, 2022 Tabulator machine problems in Maricopa County, the state's most populous county, led to delays and prompted election officials to tell voters to either wait for the machines to come back online or to vote at another location. Maricopa officials later changed the printer settings at the affected voting centers,...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) cruised to victory in a reelection bid that expanded his national profile and sparked questions about his future ambitions. Newsom beat Republican Brian Dahle by 21 points, with 19% of votes counted, in a race many saw as preordained after the governor’s sound defeat of a recall effort last year. Along the way, Newsom amassed a fundraising haul that totaled more than $16 million, a massive advantage against Dahle in an already blue state. He spent relatively little time campaigning for reelection. Instead, Newsom energized the party faithful as he sparred with Republican governors in Texas and Florida and helped boost Democrats in tight races around the country, backed by his own deep coffers. CHINA HAWKS ON HUNT AS REPUBLICANS EYE NEW CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITIES Newsom held a decisive advantage throughout the race and entered the final week with a 20-percentage-point lead against Dahle, according to RealClearPolitics’s polling average. Described as a “respected litigator” with “a track record of bipartisan compromise” by California newspaper editorial boards, Dahle remained, by far, a long shot to defeat Newsom....
    Republican venture capitalist and author J.D. Vance delivers remarks after defeating Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the race to represent Ohio in the Senate. More from Midterms Midterm results: Ted Budd beats Cheri Beasley in North Carolina Senate race November 08, 2022 11:25 PM Midterm results: Longtime Rep. Marcy Kaptur fends off challenge from JR Majewski in Ohio House race November 08, 2022 11:21 PM Midterm results: Josh Shapiro beats Doug Mastriano to become Pennsylvania’s next governor November 08, 2022 11:17 PM Midterm results: Kathy Hochul holds off stern Lee Zeldin challenge in New York governor race November 08, 2022 11:17 PM Midterm results: Gov. Kemp cruises to reelection over Abrams in Georgia November 08, 2022 11:13 PM Midterm results: Jen Kiggans wins Virginia’s competitive 2nd District November 08, 2022 11:12 PM Opinion Virginia Republicans might go one-for-three in House races; that's not great By: David Freddoso Rand Paul rightly emphasizes freedom, warns against censorship in victory speech By: Christopher Tremoglie Florida is the...
    Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) secured her 21st term by defeating J.R. Majewski (R) in Ohio's 9th Congressional District. The district, which voted for Donald Trump over Joe Biden 50.6%-47.7% in 2020, covers the cities of Sandusky and Toledo. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES First elected in 1982, Kaptur focused her campaign on the economy, jobs, natural resources, and energy. Even with redistricting and trends making the district more Republican, she was able to stave off her toughest reelection challenge since she unseated Rep. Ed Weber 40 years ago. Majewski, who was endorsed by Trump, tried to tap into the majority that voted for the former president two years ago but was ultimately unable to defeat the established congresswoman. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER He garnered controversy in September after his military record was questioned based on an Associated Press report saying he did not serve in Afghanistan as he had previously claimed. Majewski said his deployments to Afghanistan were listed as classified. Kaptur's seat was one of dozens the GOP...
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro beat Republican Doug Mastriano to become Pennsylvania’s next governor, succeeding term-limited Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Shapiro has been a successful fundraiser and has a record of winning statewide races. Alternatively, Mastriano, a far-right election denier, is known for his views on controversial issues and regularly attacks members of his own party. Days ahead of the election, President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail with Shapiro and Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman in North Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Trump campaigned for Mastriano and Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Shapiro, a former state representative and county commissioner, is in his second term as Pennsylvania attorney general. Shapiro has pointed to his record fighting fraud and corruption and exposing abuses in the Roman Catholic Church, while painting Mastriano as too extreme to be Pennsylvania’s governor. Mastriano, who is endorsed by Trump, has focused his criticism of Shapiro on increasing crime rates, a problem in Pennsylvania and across the country. He also has blamed Wolf and...
    Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) became the first elected female governor of New York on Tuesday, defeating challenger Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and securing her first electoral win after she finished the term of former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned last year. Hochul bested Zeldin in a tighter race than anticipated, with Zeldin closing the margin between the competitors to under 10 points in October after gaining traction in Long Island and New York City. The race prompted visits from heavyweight Democrats including President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. MIDTERMS 2022: LIVE UPDATES Hochul, who was confronted with a mass shooting in Buffalo during her first year in office in May, promised tighter gun control laws during her campaign and signed two pieces of gun control legislation during her term. However, both legislations were met with backlash from the Supreme Court. The highest court also struck down a provision in the state's gun laws that claimed anyone seeking a gun needed a "legally recognized reason for wanting to possess or carry a firearm" in June. Zeldin...
    ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) bested Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams to win a second term, overcoming well-funded opposition from the Left as well as Republican resistance from former President Donald Trump and his allies. Kemp just barely beat Abrams four years ago amid a Democratic wave and Georgia emerging as a bona fide swing state. That year, Trump provided Kemp with a crucial endorsement. This time around, with political tailwinds generated by voter dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden, Kemp cruised to victory. Even grassroots conservatives loyal to Trump stuck with Kemp, who avoided returning fire at the former president, a crucial strategic decision. REPUBLICANS ON A ROLL Republican voters decided that, as long as Kemp wasn’t against Trump, they were OK with the former president being against the governor, whose administration they were pleased with in any event. But the road to reelection was not easy for Kemp. First, the governor had to fight for renomination in the GOP primary. Trump, angry with the governor for refusing to back his claims that the 2020 election was stolen, encouraged...
    Republican Jen Kiggans emerged from a tight House race for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, unseating Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) in one of the most competitive midterm elections this cycle.  Kiggans' victory grants a crucial win to Republicans, winning back a House seat that Luria flipped blue in 2018 amid Democrats’ blue wave during that year’s midterm elections. MIDTERMS: LIVE UPDATES The Republican candidate bested incumbent Luria after polls showed a statistical tie just two weeks before Election Day. Election forecasters ranked the race as a toss-up for months, prompting Republicans and Democrats to pour their resources into the race as both parties sought to seize control of the House for the next two years.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The tight polling cemented the race as one of the most competitive elections this midterm cycle, which in turn made it one of the most expensive in Virginia this year. More than $12 million was spent on ads in the race by the two candidates and political action committees, according to Open...
    Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) won reelection after holding off Republican challenger Don Bolduc, who gained on her toward Election Day but could not turn an eleventh-hour endorsement from former President Donald Trump into an upset victory. Indeed, it might have been Trump who sunk Bolduc. In his endorsement statement, the former president characterized the retired Army general as an “election denier” and praised him for agreeing with his claims that the 2020 contest won by President Joe Biden was stolen. Bolduc was on both sides of the fence on this issue at varying points of the campaign. MIDTERMS LIVE UPDATES To some degree, Hassan was lucky. The senator’s job approval ratings and favorable numbers were weak — other Republicans might have beat her quite easily, especially Gov. Chris Sununu. But after Sununu took a pass on the Senate race and Bolduc won the early September Republican primary, Hassan simply had to hold the big general election lead she began with. Bolduc ran a spirited campaign, punctuated by several freewheeling town hall meetings for which New Hampshire politics is legendary. But...
    Venture capitalist and author J.D. Vance (R-OH) has defeated Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in their race to represent Ohio in the Senate, the bellwether state once again breaking Democratic political hearts. Vance had been polling ahead of Ryan by an average of 2 percentage points before Election Day, according to both FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics. Ryan flipping Ohio, held by retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) until January, would have provided Democrats with cover should they not succeed in defending their current seats in the evenly divided chamber or pick up any other opportunities on the 2022 map. OBAMA STEPS IN FOR BIDEN TO TRY TO STEM DEMOCRATIC MIDTERM LOSSES Herbert Asher, a retired Ohio State University political science professor, described Vance's strategy as linking Ryan to President Joe Biden and poor economic conditions, including 40-year-high consumer prices. "Ryan, in contrast, [attacked] Vance on character traits and Vance being an extremist, out of touch with Ohioans," Asher told the Washington Examiner. Ryan tried to distance himself from Biden and congressional Democrats, despite serving in the House since 2003. The congressman from northeastern...
    Democrat Jared Polis defeated conservative Republican Heidi Ganahl, winning a second term as Colorado's governor. With two-thirds of the vote counted, Polis had 58.6% of the vote, compared to Ganahl's 39.5%, according to NBC News. A recent poll found that 55% of Coloradans approved of the governor, according to Mountainresearch.org, a positive sign for the incumbent going into the election. Polis's victory Tuesday further contributes to speculation that he may throw his hat into the 2024 presidential race, though he has dismissed such speculations, according to Axios. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jared Polis speaks during an election watch party Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in downtown Denver. David Zalubowski/AP DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR SLAMS BIDEN PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING Polis thanked Coloradans in his victory speech, telling them that he believes "Colorado's best days are still ahead." Polis signed into law a bill in April that allowed abortions without any restrictions, the Hill reported. Ganahl ran mostly as a conservative, not hiding her support for former President Donald Trump and casting doubt on the...
    Rep. Abigail Spanberger beat Republican challenger Yesli Vega after holding a narrow lead in the race for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Spanberger defeated Vega, who was hoping to be the first Latina in Virginia’s congressional delegation. Redistricting forced Spanberger to defend a seat in a district that does not overlap with her current one. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES The district, which is on the outer edge of the Washington, D.C., suburbs and the surrounding countryside, is more diverse: Roughly one in five voters identify as Latino. Spanberger, a Spanish-speaking former CIA officer, ran several Spanish-language TV and newspaper ads that focused on her platform, aiming to create well-paying jobs and reduce prices at both grocery stores and gas pumps. The race between Spanberger and Vega made national attention after the Cook Political Report changed the race from “lean Democratic” to “toss-up” two weeks before Election Day. The seat was one of many that could affect which party takes control over the House. However, Spanberger was able to rally enough voters to her side to...
    Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) won reelection on Tuesday, fending off a high-profile challenge from Beto O’Rourke and cementing the Republican governor’s influence on the state as he eyes a 2024 presidential bid. Abbott’s midterm win on Tuesday paves the way for the Republican to serve a third term as Texas governor, a position that has allowed him to garner national headlines and establish himself as a rising star within the party. He has also been considered a contender for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, although Abbott has not indicated whether he plans to run. MIDTERMS 2022 LIVE UPDATES Throughout his tenure, Abbott has enjoyed high favorability ratings among Texas voters, bolstering him above O’Rourke during the midterm cycle. Those ratings were only heightened in recent months as Abbott approved the busing of thousands of immigrants to northern Democratic-led cities as a way to call attention to the border crisis. More than half (52%) of voters said they approve of the way Abbott has handled the border crisis, with another 54% backing his directive to send buses...
    President Joe Biden spent election night speaking with seven Democratic candidates projected to claim victory in their 2022 midterm elections. According to the White House, Biden made "congratulatory calls" to Gov.-elect Maura Healey (D-MA), Gov. Dan McKee (D-RI), Sen.-elect Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). BIDEN FLIRTS WITH MIDTERM ELECTION IRISH GOODBYE AS LOSSES LOOM Spanberger's race had not been called at the time of the White House's announcement, and she had been facing a difficult race in Virginia's 7th Congressional District. The president currently has no public events scheduled for Wednesday, potentially putting him at risk of breaking a decadeslong tradition of holding a press conference the day after a president's first midterm election in office. Heading into Tuesday, Democrats were facing projected losses in the House, while the Senate remained a toss-up. Biden is currently slated to depart Washington overnight Thursday for a weeklong foreign trip, and despite his blank Wednesday schedule, White House officials told the Washington Examiner that "you'll...
    Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) hinted at a future presidential run on Tuesday while giving a speech celebrating his midterm election victory over Democratic challenger Krystle Matthews. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) hints at a presidential run during his victory speech. pic.twitter.com/kGyehlGrEx— The Recount (@therecount) November 9, 2022 “My grandfather voted for the first man of color to be elected as president of the United States. I wish he had lived long enough to see perhaps another man of color elected president of the United States,” Scott said on Tuesday, eliciting cheers from supporters. “But this time, let it be a Republican and not just a Democrat. So just know, all things are possible in America.” LIVE MIDTERM UPDATES Scott’s victory on Tuesday, securing a third term, helps bolster Republicans’ chances of winning a majority in the Senate. Scott was first elected during a special election in 2014, becoming the Senate’s only black Republican. He later won reelection in 2016. Since being elected to the Senate, Scott has long been considered a potential contender as a...
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