Follow Thursday’s election updates. Our previous coverage is below.
Washington – Democrats appeared to have averted a Republican “red wave” as the dust settled from Tuesday’s midterm elections, but overall control of Congress remains unresolved, with the GOP still striking a distance from taking the House and the battle for the Senate that comes down to a handful of races remaining.
Democrats took a Senate seat in the main state of Pennsylvania, where TBEN News showed Pennsylvania Lt. gov. John FettermanRepublican Mehmet Oz in the most expensive and closely watched Senate contest in the country. Fetterman will replace GOP Senator Pat Toomey in the upstairs room, which currently has 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans.
“It was a good day, I think, for democracy. And it was a good day for America,” President Biden said.Wednesday afternoon at the White House. “Our democracy has been tested in recent years, but with their voices the American people have spoken and proved once again that democracy is who we are.”
Three states will now determine which party controls the Senate, according to TBEN News forecasts: Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.
In Georgia, Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker will face each other in a runoff election on Dec. 6, as neither has reached the 50% threshold needed to avoid a head-to-head confrontation under state law.
leans towards the Democrats, while is a toss-up, according to TBEN News estimates. Overall control of the Senate is also characterized as a toss-up, meaning that both sides can eventually come to control once the results are final. As of Wednesday, Republicans are expected to hold at least 49 seats, while Democrats are expected to hold 48:
Alaska’s Senate race is also unresolved, but the top two candidates are both Republicans, meaning the results won’t affect the Senate balance of power.
The GOP made its way elsewhere, including in Florida, where big wins for incumbent Republican administration Ron DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio were fueled by strong support among Latino voters, continuing a shift that began in 2020.
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson expected to win reelection indefeating Democrat Mandela Barnes to keep the state Senate seat in Republican hands.
also leaned in Republicans’ favor on Wednesday as votes continue to be counted in dozens of districts across the country. TBEN News estimates that the GOP will win at least 210 seats, and the Democrats at least 200, both less than the 218 needed to gain control.
Full results and forecasts for each House, Senate and Governor race can be found in the TBEN News Election Center and in updates below.