A handful of the closely watched Senate races have yet to be convened, including the Georgia and Nevada games. Also in the news: Democrat John Fetterman won the hard-fought US Senate race in Pennsylvania and historic midterm votes.
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Here we go with Wednesday’s news.
Congressional balance of power still undecided
Democrat John Fetterman has won the US Senate’s hard-fought race in Pennsylvania against Republican Mehmet Oz by flipping a seat. But a handful of close Senate races have yet to be declared, including the Georgia contest between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker and the Nevada Senate pitting Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto against Republican Adam Laxalt. read more
One thing to know: The red wave that polls and analysts were predicting in the 2022 midterm elections hadn’t landed yet when observers went to sleep Tuesday night, and some of the most watched midterm elections remained too close to call.
A lot has happened: Wins for Ron DeSantis and Marco Rubio cemented a shift to the right in Florida; Democrats tackled key races in Colorado and a vulnerable House Democrat survived in Virginia.
Battle for the Senate: Important places in Georgia, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin are still too close to call. In the Georgia Senate race between Warnock and Walker, neither candidate has reached the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff.
What about governor races? Texas incumbents Greg Abbott and Georgia Brian Kemp saw victories for Republicans, while Governor Gretchen Whitmer won her bid for reelection in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Attorney General Josh Shapiro defeated Trump-backed Republican Doug Mastriano.
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Maryland’s first black governor; first Gen-Z House member
This year’s midterm elections are making history. In Maryland, Wes Moore was elected the state’s first black governor, and nationally, he is the third black governor elected. In an election cycle that saw record numbers of LGBTQ candidates, the country’s first lesbian governor was elected in Massachusetts, while voters in New Hampshire elected the first transgender to a state legislature. Maxwell Frost, Democrat and newly elected Representative to Florida’s Tenth District, becomes the first Representative of his generation, Gen-Z. And Arkansas has its first female governor. read more
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A great day for voting on abortion
Michigan battlefield voters enshrined abortion rights in the state constitution and joined trusting Democratic California and Vermont in taking that step. Voters in Montana, meanwhile, also considered newborn CPR requirements with possible criminal penalties, including the rare instance of attempted abortion. And in very conservative Kentucky, a ballot measure would change the state constitution to say there is no right to abortion. Kentucky’s Republican-controlled legislature has already passed an almost complete ban on abortion. The ballot measure wouldn’t change that, but the results could overshadow the legal battle that returns to a courtroom a week after Election Day. read more
Nicole becomes a tropical storm in Bahamas
People along Florida’s east coast are bracing for a rare hurricane in November as Tropical Storm Nicole continues to build near the Bahamas. Nicole transitioned from a subtropical storm to a tropical storm Tuesday, a day after it formed in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center. After sweeping past or over islands in the Bahamas, forecasters said Nicole would likely strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall on Florida’s southeast coast late Wednesday or early Thursday. read more
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The latest college football rankings are here
Georgia moved up two places after its resounding win against previous No. 1 Tennessee in the second College Football Playoff rankings. The Bulldogs were followed by a pair of undefeated Big Ten teams – Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes had an impressive win over Northwestern, but still held on to second place. The Wolverines, who started slow against Rutgers before retreating, improved two positions to third. The major unknown who entered the new rankings was the identity of the team that would be placed at number 4. The committee sided with TCU. read more
📷 Photo of the Day: Voters cast their votes in the 2022 midterm elections 📷
Voting rights advocates reported on Tuesday a generally smooth election day as millions of Americans cast their ballots in the nation’s pivotal midterm elections, even as a problem with the voting tables in a key Arizona county emerged as a problem on the right. read more
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