A Fox News anchor says the midterm elections are a “burning indictment” of the Republican Party
The counting is still going on after 2022 intermediatecontrol of Congress still hangs in the balance, leaving Democrats relieved and Republicans stunned by their own surprisingly weak results.
Democrats have not lost a single seat so far and have gained one Republican-held seat in Pennsylvania, which will now be represented by John Fetterman. The final makeup of the House hinges on Wisconsin, where Republican incumbent Ron Johnson has a slim lead, while Democrats still hold Nevada, Arizona and Georgia.
In the latter, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock holds a narrow lead over his GOP opponent, Herschel Walker; if he wins but falls short of 50 percent of the vote, both will advance to a runoff.
The House is still up for grabs, with Democrats holding many districts they were expected to lose and even unexpectedly picking up some. Still, it remains likely that Republicans will recapture the chamber, albeit with a slim majority.
Elsewhere on the ballot, referendums in Vermont, Michigan and California passed measures enshrining abortion rights in law, and in Kentucky voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have eliminated any right to terminate a pregnancy.
Ron Johnson is claiming victory in the unnamed Wisconsin Senate race
No major outlet has yet covered the Wisconsin Senate race for Republican incumbent Ron Johnson, but the die-hard Trumpist, who is running for his third term, seems to have seen enough:
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 3:59 p.m
The chairman of the campaign in the House of Democrats is defeated
Sean Patrick Maloney, who led Democrats in their fight to return to the House of Representatives, lost the race in New York’s redrawn 17th district. It’s a crushing defeat for the lightning rod amid overall results that may yet justify some of its more controversial strategic moves in the medium-term cycle.
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 3:48 p.m
Scenes from Doug Mastriano’s dance party
Extremist Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano lost his race by a wide margin, quite at odds with his theocratic claims that God is on his side in the race. Despite all the polls, he seemed sure until the end that God’s intervention could save him, but it was not to be.
However, it appears his company only prepared the winning playlist for the event he hosted early this morning:
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 3:40 p.m
Georgia Lt. Governor: Trump Won’t Help Walker in Georgia Runoff
Georgia’s final Senate race is still too close, but it now looks like incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is headed for a runoff against his troubled Republican challenger, Herschel Walker.
And according to the state’s Republican lieutenant governor, Jeff Duncan, there’s no escaping two key facts: Mr. Walker’s problems as a candidate have held him back even among voters who supported Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, and Donald Trump will not be an advantage in the second tours. company.
“This is a time when Donald Trump is definitely in the rearview mirror,” he said, lamenting that Republicans in his and other states have chosen troubled candidates handpicked by Trump over others who could easily win.
“I think Donald Trump is going from a movement to a distraction for the Republican Party.”
Watch Mr. Duncan’s remarks on CNN below.
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 3:20 p.m
Analysis: Why Trump was last night’s biggest loser
The GOP’s failure to sweep Democrats with the promised “red wave” has left many of the party’s top leaders with egg on their faces — but how The Independent‘s Sean O’Grady claims, no one should be as confused as presumptive 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump:
Read the full text below.
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 3:00 p.m
Report: Oz Loses in PA Race
Senator-elect John Fetterman’s campaign communications director confirmed that Mehmet Oz called for a withdrawal.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fetterman’s chief of staff clapped back at the people in the Democratic Party who anonymously informed reporters of their concerns about the candidate’s performance in the televised debate between him and Dr. Oz:
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 2:38 p.m
Michigan: Dixon trails Whitmer
Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer successfully fended off a challenge from hardline Republican Tudor Dixon, who has now congratulated Ms Whitmer after refusing to concede last night.
Here is her statement about the race results.
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 2:30 p.m
Kinzinger mocks McCarthy’s winless “party.”
In the absence of a promised Republican sweep, Speaker-elect Kevin McCarthy’s Take Back the House event last night was a washout, with the minority leader promising the House will be won by the time people wake up. This did not happen. Meanwhile, Republican Adam Kinzinger, who is resigning against Trump, mocked the leader:
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 2:20 p.m
Listen: The Independent’s Eric Garcia gives the interim results
The Independentleading Washington correspondent, Eric Garcia, joins The Recount for a live discussion of the midterm election results. You can listen live below:
Andrey NautiNovember 9, 2022 2:05 p.m
Kari Lake is trailing Kathy Hobbs for governor of Arizona
The race for Arizona’s next governor remains too close to call a day after the 2022 midterm elections.
Arizona officials said it could take up to five days to get full results as election workers open and count late-arriving ballots that were mailed and dropped in boxes by Grand Canyon voters.
As of Wednesday morning, Arizona Secretary of State Kathy Hobbs, a Democrat, leads her GOP challenger, former news anchor and conspiracy theorist Kari Lake, 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent. The difference between the two candidates was slightly more than 30,000 votes.
Officials plan to release updated voting results once a day, at approximately 9:00 p.m. ET.
Andrew Feinberg has more details here.
Johanna ChisholmNovember 9, 2022 1:50 p.m