Nearly 24 hours after the polls closed across the US, the House and Senate were still up for grabs – despite projections that showed Republicans poised for huge gains.
Thursday evening saw the Senate go to a toss with 49 Republicans and 48 Democrats expected to fill it. While races in Arizona and Nevada were not yet called, a runoff was scheduled for Georgia on Dec. 6 between Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock.
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Lauren Boebert, a far-right representative from Colorado, was 2,200 votes behind Adam Frisch, the Democratic challenger in Wednesday’s race for the red-leaning 3rd Congressional District.
Frisch had 1.2% more votes than the first-term lawmaker, with approximately 95% of the expected ballots counted by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday
The Colorado district, which stretches across the western half the state, tends to lean right because of a large rural population who voted for Boebert over Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in 2020.
Jen Easterly, Director of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, (CISA), released a statement Wednesday condemning allegations regarding voter fraud and election misconduct. Midterm results are still trickling in across the country.
Easterly stated that “we have not seen any evidence that any voting system deleted, lost, changed votes or was in any way compromised in any races in the country.” “Election officials are currently tabulating votes, reviewing procedures and testing and auditing equipment in the strict post-Election Day process to finalize and certify the results.
“It is important to keep in mind that this rigorous and deliberative process may take days or even weeks depending on the state laws. These rigorous procedures are why Americans can have confidence and security regarding the integrity and security of the election.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the race for Los Angeles mayor was still undecided. Rick Caruso, a billionaire, held on to 51.2% of votes while Karen Bass (outgoing US Rep.) trailed at 48.8%.
NBC reported that only 38% have been counted. Bloomberg reportedWednesday about record voter registration in the state, which could mean that it will take several additional days to sort through all the ballots.
CalMatters states that mail-in ballots received by Election Day will continue to be counted up until Nov. 15.
Caruso, a former Republican billionaire who reportedly funneled $100m of his own money into the campaign, was a celebrity favourite in the lead-up to the election. He earned endorsements from Kim Kardashian and Chris Pratt, as well as Snoop Dogg.
Bass, a former social worker and career politician, was supported by the majority of the Democratic establishment including President Biden and Vice President Kamala Hariri and former President Barack Obama.
Although Republicans are yet to win a majority in the House, the jockeying has begun for positions.
Steve Scalise, Minority Whip (R-La. He announced Wednesday that he would run for the position of majority leader, which is unlikely to happen.
Scalise wrote to his colleagues, “Now it is time for us to concentrate on delivering for American people who have trusted me with such a great job.” We must unite in our fight for a better America, with America facing many challenges at home as well as abroad.
“With this bold and conservative agenda in my mind, I am asking you for your support as the next House Majority leader.” I will continue to work tirelessly to bring our vision through the House, and show the nation how conservative ideas can solve families’ problems.
Scalise is an eight-term congress veteran who has been long considered the understudy of current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who earlier Wednesday announced that he would run for House speaker if Republicans win the required 218 seats.
Herschel Walker claims he is still racing at full speed.
He said “I’m like Ricky Bobby” referring to the 2006 Will Ferrell comedy “Talladega Nights” at a suburban Atlanta watch party.
To show his supporters that he isn’t giving up on his pursuit of Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock as their election race heads towards a runoff, the former football star pulled out a line from another movie to show them he was still interested in him.
Mitch McConnell, GOP Senate Minority Leader, kept his cards close to his chest on Wednesday. He told a reporter about the party’s disappointing midterm results that he didn’t “deal with feelings”.
McConnell was seen walking to his office Wednesday, as Republicans struggled with their hyped “redwave” as Democratic candidates came up stronger than expected. NBC reported. McConnell replied that he doesn’t feel the polls were affecting his feelings.
He continued, “The question is: They’ve got to count all the votes. Then we’ll figure where we are.”
McConnell’s remarks came after former President Donald Trump was reported to have lashed out at the GOP takeover that is still stalled, and several of his endorsed candidates failing to win their seats.
Republicans won a seat in the Democratic House on Wednesday as Eli Crane defeated Tom O’Halleran, a Republican from Arizona.
Crane won O’Halleran’s vote with 53.7%, compared to 46.3% according to NBC.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Crane, a Navy SEAL Veteran.
O’Halleran was previously the 1st District representative of the state. He only ran for the 2nd District after redistricting which put him in a more conservative area.
The White House relays more calls from President Biden from last night to winners and losers:
The president made congratulatory phone calls to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D.Pa.), Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Wisconsin Governor. Tony Evers, Ohio Republican Governor. Mike DeWine and Robert Garcia, Rep.-elect (D-Calif.).
Biden also spoke to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in New York, who lost his race despite a better than expected night for House Democrats; Rep. Val Demings who was defeated in her bid against Republican Sen. Marco Rubio; Senator Mark Kelly, who leads his Arizona race; and Senator Raphael Warnock who will face a Dec. 6 Georgia runoff against Republican Herschel Walker.
Biden also tweeted today for the first-time:
Florida Governor was ignored by former President Donald Trump Ron DeSantis’ shocking victoryin his election night remarks to the 45th president — and other results that could spell trouble for Trump’s path towards the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
Trump instead highlighted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s similar large margin of victory as he spoke at 10 p.m. from Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. This was as the “red wave” national pollsters had predicted would fail.
“Marco had an amazing evening at 58-41. Trump declared, “That’s really –that’s really incredible.” He turned heads after DeSantis beat Rubio by nearly 2%. Trump delivered a stirring victory speech hailing his win for the ages and setting out a national message.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave praise to Sean Patrick Maloney, New York Democratic Rep., shortly after he had conceded his race. She also praised his leadership in the party’s run-up for the midterm elections.
Pelosi called Maloney an “exceptional leader” of the Democratic Congressional Campaign in a statement released late Wednesday morning, NBC reported.
Pelosi wrote that Maloney, the head of the Democrats’ campaign machine, was a credit for his vision, strategic thinking, and his leadership. “Republicans may have won a Pyrrhic victory in this race, as it clearly came at the cost of other possible Republican wins.”
Although many outlets have yet not made an official call on Maloney’s loss of the 17th District, he conceded it to Michael Lawler, his opponent in the race for the state’s 17th district. He was close behind at 49.4% and 50.6%. By Wednesday noon, 98% had been counted.
After neither Sen. Raphael Warnock (Democratic incumbent) nor Herschel Walking, his Republican challenger won a majority vote in one the most high-profile contests in the nation, the US Senate race will be decided in a runoff election next week.
“While county officials are still working on the details of counting the votes, it is safe to assume there will be an election for the US Senate here, Georgia slated for Dec 6,” Gabriel Sterling (chief operating officer in Georgia Secretary-of-State’s Office), tweeted early Wednesday.
Walker was able to get 98% of the expected vote in. Warnock won by 0.9% (49.4% vs 48.5%), which is a difference of approximately 35,000 raw votes. With 2.1% of the vote, and slightly more that 81,000 ballots cast, Libertarian Chase Oliver was playing spoiler.