Ballots are still being counted in key states, leaving the blockbuster races undecided and the balance of Congress unknown days after Tuesday’s midterm elections.
- What does the balance of Congress look like? : Democrats breathed a sigh of relief as they avoided crushing losses (as some had predicted) although Republicans were still on track to take the House. But it is the Senate that is closest.
- What big races are we expecting? : All eyes are on Nevada and Arizona, where ballots are still being counted in crucial Senate races that could determine whether Democrats retain control of the Senate. Dozens of House races still have no resolutions, including a nailbiter in GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Colorado district. A handful of gubernatorial contests, including in Arizona where Trump-endorsed Kari Lake trails Democrat Katie Hobbs, are also to be determined.
- Results from the Alaska and Georgia Senates will have to wait: If Republicans win any of the Senate contests in Nevada and Arizona, it all comes down to Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Trump-backed Republican challenger Herschel Walker will face off in a runoff on December 6. . Republican vs. Republican The Alaska game between Trump-backed Kelly Tshibaka and Sen. Lisa Murkowski is heading for another count.
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Democrats dig narrow tracks in Arizona
PHOENIX — Democrats extended their narrow lead in key Arizona contests on Thursday, but the races for U.S. Senate and governor were still too early to call with about a fifth of the total ballots still to be counted.
Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly edged Republican Blake Masters by 5.6 percentage points, while Democrat Katie Hobbs had a much tighter 1.4-point lead against Republican Kari Lake in the race for governor. Democrats also led the races for secretary of state and attorney general.
Election officials in Maricopa County, which includes Metro Phoenix and more than 60% of voters, are expected to begin reporting results Friday from a crucial group of ballots — nearly 300,000 mail-in ballots that were returned on election day. This group has evolved tremendously in recent election cycles, going from strongly Democratic in the midterms in 2018 to strongly Republican in 2020.
–Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press
Alaska Senate race appears to be heading for a second count
With 100% of precincts reporting in Alaska, neither Senator Lisa Murkowski nor Trump-backed Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka received more than 50% of the vote.
This means the ballots will be counted again with the lowest voter eliminated and the votes redistributed to the remaining candidates based on the order or preference of the ballots cast on Tuesday, according to the ranking voting system. ‘State. The process repeats until someone gets over 50%.
After the first round, Murkowski got 42.84%, while Tshibaka had 44.22%.
– Donovan Slack
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Georgia election runoff: Will President Joe Biden campaign for Sen. Raphael Warnock?
President Joe Biden stayed away from Georgia ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, sending former President Barack Obama to rally supporters of Senator Raphael Warnock.
Now that the Georgia Senate race will be decided in December’s runoff election, will Biden campaign for Warnock?
“The president will do whatever Senator Warnock needs him to help him win,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday.
Biden had an unexpectedly good night on Tuesday, when Republicans failed to land a killing blow. Congressional scrutiny is still pending.
But Biden’s approval rating, including in Georgia, is low. And Warnock declined to say whether Biden should seek a second term.
– Maureen Groppe
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Newly elected Republican: Trump’s ‘I’d like to see the party moving forward’
Republican Representative-elect Mike Lawler, who narrowly defeated Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney in the race to represent New York’s 17th congressional district, told CNN Thursday morning that he would like to see the Republican Party advance of former President Donald Trump. .
Asked if Trump was responsible for the lack of a “red wave” on Tuesday, Lawler said the focus should be more on issues than personalities and that the party moving in a different direction “is a good thing, not a bad thing.”
“I would like to see the party move forward,” he said. “I think whenever you focus on the future, you can’t go so much into the past.”
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