How Midterm Winners, Crowds React to Election Results

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As the battle for power in Congress continues after Election Day, the obvious winners are beaming in victory speeches and social media posts to present their vision of America’s future.

The 2022 interim races are still being called, with undecided seats in Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin and Georgia, where the Senate race between Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock moves to a runoff after neither candidate exceeds 50 percent. of the votes received.

But important victories were decided on Tuesday evening. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis crushed Democrat Charlie Crist and consolidated Latino support, winning the state’s populous Miami-Dade County.

In his victory speechDeSantis crowed that his state rejected “wakeful ideology.”

“We are fighting the vigils in the legislature. We are fighting the vigils in the schools. We are fighting the vigils in the corporations. We will never surrender to the vigil crowd,” he said. “Florida is where Wake is going to die!”

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A clamorous crowd of supporters chanted ‘two more years’. Governors serve four-year terms — the cheers were a nod to DeSantis’ potential presidential ambitions in 2024, a possibility bolstered by his landslide victory and the disappointing performance of Trump-backed candidates.

Above, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at an election night watch party at the Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on Nov. 8, 2022. DeSantis crushed his opponent, Democrat Charlie Crist, in a landslide victory.
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In a major victory for Democrats, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman defeated Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s hotly contested Senate race. Fetterman reveled in the victory that gave his party hopes of retaining control of the Senate, confirming his “every province, every vote” slogan on Tuesday night.

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In celebration, his campaign focused on one of Oz’s most notable blunders during the race. The famed doctor infamously complained of over-inflated supermarket prices while pretending to buy ingredients for his wife’s “crudité” dish, a comment that struck Fetterman as he was out of touch with Pennsylvania voters — many of whom shared the same snack a vegetarian tray. to call.

Multiple attendees at Fetterman’s victory party snapped photos of crudité at the event.

“Breaking – crudités at the Fetterman party,” tweeted Julia Terruso, a local reporter with The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Making history

Meanwhile, other winners on Tuesday celebrated making history.

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Maura Healey, elected the first female governor in Massachusetts and the first openly lesbian governor in U.S. history, beamed during her victory speech.

“To every little girl and every young LGBTQ person, I hope tonight I show you that you can be whatever you want,” she said.

Florida Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost, 25, became the first Generation Z member to enter Congress. Frost said he would celebrate his election to the House of Representatives by seeing English pop/rock band The 1975 this week.

“I HAVE BEEN CAMPAIGN FOR MORE THAN A YEAR THIS IS WILD!! I WILL SEE THURSDAY THURSDAY @the1975 TO CELEBRATE!!!” he tweeted.

In Arkansas, Republican Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it was the “honor of a lifetime” to serve as the state’s first female governor.

“I would also like to say that it will be the first, to my knowledge, father and daughter governor anywhere in the country,” she added. Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.