Live updates on House races: With every seat up for election, control is at stake

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After months of campaigning by hundreds of candidates, control of the House of Representatives could be determined on Election Day — barring runoffs and delayed counting in some areas.

The party that controls the House can unleash a barrage of investigations of the Biden administration, as Republicans have already promised. The majority can also launch impeachment proceedings.

Key issues include everything from abortion to the economy, with each party hoping their voters turn out in big numbers.

Here’s what you need to know on Election Day:

Follow along for the latest updates on House races.

Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost wins Orlando-area seat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost has defeated Republican Calvin Wimbish for a Florida U.S. House seat, making him the first member of Generation Z to win a seat in Congress.

Frost, a 25-year-old gun reform and social justice activist, ran in a heavily blue Orlando-area district being relinquished by Democratic Rep. Val Demings, who challenged Republican Sen. Marco Rubio this year.

Frost is a former March For Our Lives organizer seeking stricter gun control laws and has stressed opposition to restrictions on abortion rights. Generation Z generally refers to those born between the late 1990s to early 2010s. To become a member of Congress, candidates must be at least 25 years old.

Wimbish is a 72-year-old former Army Green Beret who called himself a “Christian, conservative, constitutionalist” candidate for office.

– The Bharat Express News

Paulina Luna flips Florida district red

Republican Anna Paulina Luna flipped the House seat in Florida’s 13th District red, defeating incumbent Democrat Eric Lynn.

Paulina Luna is a Trump-backed conservative activist and Air Force veteran. The race had one of the narrowest margins. The district covers the majority of Pinellas County, including St. Petersburg.

– Rachel Looker 

AOC wins reelection in New York

Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won reelection to the New York house seat, defeating Republican challenger Tina Forte.

The congresswoman, who represents Queens and the Bronx, was the youngest woman and Latina to serve in Congress when she was elected in 2018. She is known for her progressive views on health care, income inequality, immigration, combating climate change and her work on the Green New Deal.

– Rachel Looker 

Marjorie Taylor Green wins reelection in Georgia

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., won reelection over Democrat Marcus Flowers, an Army veteran who also worked for the Defense Department, ending the most expensive and one of the highest-profile House races of the 2022 midterms.

Greene quickly gained notoriety during her first campaign for office in 2020 for a track record of promoting racist rhetoric and far-right conspiracy theories. She vowed to spend her time in office promoting Trump-era policies.

– Laura Bargfeld, Cronkite News 

Republican Jim Jordan wins Ohio House seat

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan defended his Ohio House seat against Democratic challenger Tamie Wilson.

Jordan is an eight-term congressman who has held his seat since 2007. He is a close ally of former President Donald Trump.

– Rachel Looker 

Marcy Kaptur defeats Trump-backed newcomer in northwest Ohio

Longtime U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur held on to her congressional seat in northwest Ohio Tuesday, defeating a Trump-backed political novice in a new district that Republicans hoped to pick up.

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The The Bharat Express News called the nationally watched race in the 9th Congressional District shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday. Kaptur was leading Republican J.R. Majewski with 57% of the vote, according to unofficial results.

Kaptur’s victory is a blow to Republicans who hoped to oust the longest-serving woman in Congress.

Her old district, which stretched from Toledo to Cleveland, was known as the “snake on the lake” and held up as an example of gerrymandering gone wrong. When mapmakers created a new congressional map for 2022, they put Kaptur in a more Republican district that includes Democratic Lucas County and six other counties that went for former President Donald Trump in 2020.

Matt Gaetz reelected to Florida seat

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz defended his Florida House seat against Democratic challenger Rebekah Jones.

Gaetz, who has represented the district since 2017, has been one of former President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters. He has faced legal troubles and has been under federal investigation over allegations he violated federal sex trafficking laws.

– Rachel Looker 

Biden calls to congratulate Democratic winners

President Biden called to congratulate several Democrats who scored victories as races were still being tallied across the country.

Biden made congratulatory calls to incumbents, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee. He also phoned Senator-elect Peter Welch and Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey.

– Christal Hayes

Arizona GOP looks to flip House delegation

PHOENIX — The partisan makeup of Arizona’s U.S. House delegation and control of Congress itself are up for grabs Tuesday, with Republicans hoping to shift the state’s 5-4 Democratic tilt by picking up two and possibly three seats.

Redistricting after the 2020 U.S. Census gave the GOP candidates a leg up in those three districts. Meanwhile, a district that had strongly favored Republicans for the past decade got only slightly less GOP-friendly. The other five districts are shoo-ins for the incumbents in districts that heavily favor the sitting members of Congress.

The most vulnerable Democratic incumbent is three-term U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, whose sprawling 2nd Congressional District covers much of northeastern Arizona and dips south to the northern Tucson suburbs. Redistricting remade the district into one that strongly favors the GOP by drawing in the Prescott area.

– The Bharat Express News

Guam elects first Republican representative since 1993

Republican James Moylan defeated Democrat Judith Won Pat to become Guam’s newest non-voting House of Representatives delegate.

Moylan received 17,075 votes compared to Won Pat’s 15,427, according to partial, unofficial election results from the Guam Election Commission. He is the second Republican to be elected to the position since its creation in 1972.

– Eleanor McCrary

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First polls on East coast set to close in Kentucky, Indiana

Election Day’s first polling locations will soon close across the east coast. These east coast states will close at the following eastern standard times:

  • Polls in parts of Kentucky and Indiana will close at 6 p.m.

  • Polls in Virginia, Vermont, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Georgia and Florida close at 7 p.m.

  • Polls in Ohio and North Carolina close at 7:30 p.m.

  • Polls in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine and Connecticut close at 8 p.m.

  • Polls in New York close at 9 p.m.

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Voters on the West Coast still have a few hours to cast their ballots. Key states on the West Coast are set to close at the following pacific standard times:

  • Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona close at 7 p.m.

  • California, Oregon and Washington close at 8 p.m.

– Rachel Looker 

When do the polls close in my state?: A complete breakdown for Election Day 2022.

Iowa Republican U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson fills out her ballot at the Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center in Marion, Iowa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Stock market reacts to possible ‘red wave’

Stocks rallied Tuesday on expectations that Republicans will retake at least one chamber of Congress, likely the House of Representatives. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 1.5% as of 1 p.m. ET. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were also up by more than 1%.

Stocks tend to perform better when in a divided Congress gridlock since it can restrict government spending and hold up new legislation that can negatively impact stocks, analysts said.

Political gridlock has “historically benefitted equity investors, with the S&P 500 Index averaging annual gains within the range of 13.0%,” John Lynch, Comerica Wealth Management’s chief investment officer, wrote in a report. “Though counterintuitive, equity markets tend to prefer divided government.”

– Elisabeth Buchwald, Medora Lee

Vega makes final push at in Virginia district

WOODBRIDGE, Va. – Congressional candidates Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Republican Yesli Vega are making the rounds at various precincts to greet voters and make their final pitches.

Spanberger is on the road with Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va. Vega spoke with reporters outside Kilby Elementary School, saying she felt “very confident” about today’s election.

“We cannot afford another two years of this administration, record high inflation, crime through the roof in our communities, drugs pouring into our neighborhoods, destroying our families and killing our youth,” Vega said.

– Kaila Nichols and Dante Nieto, Medill News Service

What’s at stake?

What happens in midterm elections today will impact what happens in the run-up to the presidential election in 2024.

If Democrats keep the Senate and House, President Joe Biden can continue furthering his agenda, providing a longer record for him and other Democrats to run on (if he decides to for re-election).

If Republicans take over the House, they have already promised to launch a litany of investigations of the Biden administration that could damage Democrats’ record (and Biden’s legacy). If Republicans take the Senate, they can block Supreme Court nominations and block legislation.

Karoline Leavitt, GOP candidate for U.S. House, votes in New Hampshire

Karoline Leavitt is running for New Hampshire’s 1st District congressional seat, attempting to unseat Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas of Manchester, an incumbent who has served two terms.

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The race is one of the more closely watched around the country, playing out in a district that went to Trump in 2016 and Biden in 2020. Leavitt cast her ballot at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire.

– Anna Kaufman 

What are some key issues?

The economy and inflation are at the forefront of voters’ minds as they consider who on their ballots to vote for in the Nov. 8 midterm election, but their concerns go beyond just the higher cost of gas and groceries.

While inflation has managed to remain the top issue throughout the election season, immigration reform, the soaring costs of health care, and a lack of affordable housing are also economic factors voters are considering as they contemplate who to vote for – if they even decide to cast their ballot.

Read the rest here: Inflation, health care and rent: key economic factors voters consider in midterms

— Sarah Elbeshbishi

The rising sun strikes the US Capitol dome on Nov. 8, 2022, in Washington. After months of campaigning, Americans across the nation are heading to the polls to cast their votes in the midterm elections.

The rising sun strikes the US Capitol dome on Nov. 8, 2022, in Washington. After months of campaigning, Americans across the nation are heading to the polls to cast their votes in the midterm elections.

Watch out, Hunter Biden? What voters predict a GOP House majority would do

Get ready for gridlock?

Voters have low expectations of what Republicans will be able to do if they win a majority in the House of Representatives in November’s elections, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds.

Four in 10, 42%, foresee “more partisan gridlock with nothing getting done” if power is divided between a GOP-controlled House and a Democratic president. Just 19% say that situation would force more bipartisanship.

Another 25% predict “nothing will change” from the last two years.

Read the whole story here: Watch out, Hunter Biden? What voters predict a GOP House majority would do

– Susan Page

Voting rights in the United States: A state-by-state analysis

How the last census changed the House of Representatives

Texas will gain two more congressional seats and seven states will each lose a seat as a result of population shifts recorded in the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau said Monday in the release of its first round of data from the survey taken last year.

In total, seven seats shifted, affecting 13 states. Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon each gained one seat in addition to Texas. California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia each lost one seat.

Previously: Texas will gain 2 congressional seats. Seven states to lose 1 seat, Census Bureau data shows

– Katie Wadington, Jeanine Santucci

House races to watch

Republicans are trying to take over the majority in the House, and candidates and election analysts agree things aren’t looking good for the Democrats.

“Democrats are gonna lose seats,” said Chris Warshaw, a professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The question, Warshaw said, is how much Democrats can mitigate their losses.

President Joe Biden’s remaining political agenda is dependent on Democrats controlling the House. But high inflation, a surge in spending from Republican PACs, favorable election maps in a number of GOP-controlled states, and historical trends that work against the party in power has analysts predicting a GOP takeover of the House.

Among the hundreds of seats in the House, though, there are a handful that stand out. Read about them here.

– Ken Tran, Dylan Wells

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Live updates on House races: Election results as polls close