U.S. Midterm Elections Updates: Biden, Harris Say Midterms Shows Democracy is 'In Tact'

Live Updates
  • Midterm 2022 election races continue being called, with results determining control of the U.S. Congress for the next two years. In the Senate, Democrats need 50 seats for control and Republicans need 51. In the House, 218 seats are needed for control of the chamber.
  • Senate: Democrats currently have 48 seats, Republicans 49.
  • Three undecided Senate seats remain: Arizona, Georgia and Nevada. Georgia's secretary of state said Wednesday that the race between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker will go to a runoff election on December 6.
  • House: GOP has 209 seats and Democrats have 191, according to major news networks.
  • President Biden said Democrats had a "strong night" as the predicted "red wave" appears to have fallen short.
  • In down-ballot voting, battleground Michigan enshrined abortion rights in the state constitution, joining California and Vermont; Kentucky voters rejected an anti-abortion measure, AP reports.
  • Three states (Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri) voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, while the Dakotas voted against legalization.

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Biden Celebrates Latest Inflation Report

After a better-than-expected showing for Democrats in the midterms, President Joe Biden is also celebrating the recent inflation report.

The Consumer Price Index rose 7.7 percent for the year ending in October, indicating that price increases are finally beginning to show signs of improving. This is the lowest annual inflation reading since January and is a slower growth than economists expected.

This report also boosted the stock market Thursday, with Dow futures increasing by more than 800 points. Thursday's report comes after a streak of several higher-than-expected inflation readings.

"Today's report shows that we are making progress on bringing inflation down, without giving up all of the progress we have made on economic growth and job creation," Biden said in a statement. "My economic plan is showing results, and the American people can see that we are facing global economic challenges from a position of strength."

Biden added that today's report shows a "much-needed break" in inflation at the grocery store ahead of the holiday season.

While Biden is celebrating this report, he said it will take time to bring inflation down to normal levels, as some "setback" may come along the way.

He promised to continue working to "provide more breathing room" for Americans. With a Republican Congressional majority looming, Biden added that he will oppose to any effort to undo his agenda "or to make inflation worse."

"We are on the right path, and we need to keep moving forward to build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out," he said.

Biden, Harris Say Midterms Shows Democracy is 'In Tact'

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris celebrated Tuesday's midterm elections as a victory for democracy and for the country as a whole.

At a DNC event to thank election workers, Harris said voters sent a message to the world that America's democracy "is in tact."

"An here's the thing, some Democrats won and some Republicans won," she said. "That is what happens when more than 100 million Americans participate and vote in free and fair and open election."

She added that when voters know what they stand for, they know what they fight for, noting Americans showed they care about protecting Social Security and reproductive freedoms.

"Our democracy is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it," she said, adding that no fights harder for it than Biden.

"You did it Joe," she said.

When he took the microphone, Biden thanked everyone for "believing in your country" and "fighting like the devil to make sure that we had a free and fair election."

As the first election since the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6 2021, Biden said there was a lot at stake for American democracy.

"There were a lot of concerns about whether democracy would meet the test. It did," he said.

This comes as several "election deniers" who lost Tuesday have admitted their defeat.

"Tuesday was a good day for America, a good day for democracy and a strong night for Democrats," he said.

He took aim at the press, pollsters and the pundits who warned of a "Red Wave."

"For months and months, all of you heard from the press and the pundits was a Democrats are facing a disaster," Biden said.

"All those polls, God love them. Historic losses. A giant red wave. Folks, that didn't happen," he said.

Biden lauded Democratic victories, noting that candidates across the party all ran on his platform.

"We saw extraordinary results in these midterm elections that no one thought possible," he said. "More independents voted for Democrats than Republicans in this election."

He noted the "historic" turnout of young voters and women who "made their voice heard" to protect reproductive freedoms.

Over 50K Votes Still Uncounted in Clark County

More than 50,000 ballots still need to be counted in Nevada's Clark County, local election officials said Thursday.

As the vote counting process continues, several major election results in Nevada remain uncertain, including the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. Clark County is the county with the state's largest population, according to 2020 Census estimates, and had an estimated voter turnout of about 46 percent during Tuesday's midterm elections.

Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria told reporters during a midday news briefing that "a little over" 50,000 votes still need to be counted in Clark County. These ballots are in "various stages in the process of validation," which must occur before they can be officially tabulated and added to the state's vote count, he said.

Local election workers are operating under deadlines that require them to continue counting mail-in ballots until Saturday and must allow voters to continue curating ballots until Monday, he said, meaning there is "no way that we can move any faster than we're currently moving."

Gloria also issued a statement in response to former President Donald Trump, who said in a Thursday morning post on Truth Social that Clark County "has a corrupt voting system."

"Obviously he's misinformed two years later about the law and our election processes, which ensure the integrity of elections in Clark County and the state," Gloria said. "We couldn't go any faster now, even if we wanted to."

WATCH: Biden, Harris Deliver Remarks

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are delivering remarks at a political event in Washington, D.C, on the heels of the midterm elections.

The president and vice president began speaking around 3:30 p.m. ET at the Howard Theatre. Watch live here:

Biden to Speak With China's Xi Jinping Next Week

President Joe Biden will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia next week.

The White House said the leaders will discuss efforts to maintain and deepen lines of communication between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC).

They will also talk about how to "responsibly manage competition" and work together on shared interests, including "transnational challenges" and a range of regional and global issues, the White House statement read.

This will be the first time the two leaders will meet in-person since Biden took office in January 2021. The two leaders have, however, spoken on the phone several times.

Biden told reporters Wednesday that he intended to talk with Xi about Washington-Beijing tensions over Taiwan, trade policies and China's relationship with Russia.

"What I want to do with him when we talk is lay out what each of our red lines are and understand what he believes to be in the critical national interests of China, what I know to be the critical interests of the United States," he said. "And determine whether or not they conflict with one another."

Colorado Votes to Provide Free Meals in Schools

The 2022 midterms have presented a lot of down-ballot voting in states across the country, deciding everything from legalizing recreational marijuana to secure state abortion protections.

In Colorado, voters passed a measure to provide a free meal for all public school students.

The measure, called Proposition FF, creates the Healthy School Meals for All Program. This program will provide those meals and help school pay for them by raising $100 million a year from increasing taxes on the state's richest residents.

Those residents making more than $300,000 a year will see a limit in their state tax deductions which increases their taxable income.

The measure passes 55.13 to 44.87 percent, according to the Colorado Secretary of State Office's website.

Hunger Free Colorado Director Ashley Wheeland said this is a "massive victory" for hungry children.

"The Prop FF campaign began and finished as a community-based effort with grassroots and advocacy organizations, non-profits, education service providers and educators sharing their own stories of how school meals for all would help thousands of Colorado children get the food they need to learn," she told the Denver Post.

Newly re-elected Colorado Senator Michael Bennet pushed for providing free meals in schools ahead of the election.

"As families face high prices, it's unacceptable that Congress's inaction will end free school meal programs for many kids across Colorado," he tweeted in June.

Trump Says He Is 'Not at All Angry' About Midterms

Former President Donald Trump said he is "not at all angry" about the outcome of the midterm elections in a Thursday morning post on Truth Social.

He addressed his post to people who "are being fed the fake narrative from the corrupt media that I am Angry about the Midterms," saying, "don't believe it."

"I am not at all angry, did a great job (I wasn't the one running!), and am very busy looking into the future," his post said. "Remember, I am a 'Stable Genius,'" he added, quoting a tweet he posted about himself back in 2018.

In other Truth Social posts Thursday morning, Trump took issue with media outlets that have reported on Republican stumbles in major midterm races, including the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race between Democrat John Fetterman and Trump-backed Republican Mehmet Oz. Fetterman is projected to have won the seat, flipping it for Democrats as control over the chamber remains highly competitive between the two parties.

Trump said he "picked so many winners" and chastised Fox News, which he said is "really gone."

He also issued an apology to former first lady Melania Trump and Fox News host Sean Hannity for the "fictional stories" of his reported anger at being encouraged to endorse Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race.

"First of all Oz is a wonderful guy who really worked hard and was a very good candidate, but he WAS LONG IN THE RACE before I ever Endorsed him, they had NOTHING to do with it, he was not a "denier" (his mistake!), & I was not at all ANGRY," Trump's post said. "Fake News!"

Boebert Gains Slight Lead in Colorado House Race

Republican Representative Lauren Boebert has reportedly taken the lead in the tight House race in Colorado.

After trailing Democratic challenger Adam Frisch since polls closed on election night, Boebert has now taken a slim lead.

Boebert is now leading 50.1 to 49.9 percent in Colorado's 3rd District, according to the Colorado Secretary of State's office. The incumbent Republicans is only leading by only 386 votes. As of Wednesday night, Boebert was trailing by 64 votes.

The ballot count is ongoing in the district.

Boebert won this district in the 2020 election, defeating the Democratic candidate 51.4 to 45.2 percent.

FL Extends Ballot Cure Deadline Amid Tropical Storm

Voters in Florida have been given more time to correct issues with their ballots as Tropical Storm Nicole makes landfall Thursday.

Florida residents in 45 counties will now have until 5 p.m. on Nov. 12 to cure their mail-in and provisional ballots, according to Secretary of State Cord Byrd.

This comes as newly re-elected Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for those 45 counties in Florida Nov. 7-9 in anticipation of dangerous storm surge, rain fall, flooding and wind.

The deadline to fix issues with ballots was 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. But the election supervisors in the affected counties reported to the Florida Secretary of State that they anticipate "continuing challenges and hardships" due to Tropical Storm Nicole and request accommodations.

Additionally, Byrd also extended the deadline for counties to submit the first set of unofficial returns to the State Department until noon on Nov 14.

Those affected counties include:

Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jefferson, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Taylor, Volusia and Wakulla.

Kari Lake Trails by Less Than 1% in AZ Gov Race

Republican Kari Lake is trailing about 0.6 percent behind Democrat Katie Hobbs in Arizona's gubernatorial race, according to the state's latest vote tally.

Arizona is one of a handful of states in which the outcome of the gubernatorial race remains unclear Thursday morning as ballot counting continues. Arizona's Senate race is also still undecided.

According to early election results posted on the Arizona secretary of state's website, Hobbs has 50.3 percent of the ballots counted thus far but is leading by only about 13,067 votes. Lake has 49.7 percent of the votes that have been counted.

The state's vote tabulation shows 1,918,628 ballots were counted as of 7:14 p.m. local time Wednesday, when the tally was last updated. State election data shows there are thousands of early and provisional ballots that still need to be processed, and thousands more that are ready to be tabulated. An estimated 619,012 ballots were still uncounted as of Wednesday night.

During a Wednesday night appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Lake said the results are "going in our direction" and predicted thousands of votes that haven't yet been tabulated in Maricopa County will "swing very heavily our way."

Lake told Carlson she plans to begin making changes to Arizona's election system if she becomes governor, adding that people in Arizona "are tired of shoddy elections that are run by imbeciles."

Laxalt Takes Slim Lead in Nevada Senate Race

The Nevada Senate race remain close two days after Election Day, with tens of thousands of ballots still being counted.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto is trailing Republican challenger Adam Laxalt by only a few percentage points.

The latest numbers show Laxalt is leading Masto 49.4% to 47.6%, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office. Laxalt is ahead by 15,812 votes with about 84 percent of precincts reporting.

Both candidates have seemingly claim early victory in this race.

Laxalt said Wednesday night's count went "exactly as we anticipated."

"We added 3K from the rurals and more are coming," he tweeted Thursday morning.

While Cortez-Masto got a boost from Clark County mail-in ballots, Laxalt said "we expect the remaining mail universe to fall well below the percentage she needs to catch us."

On Wednesday night, he said Masto did not have a chance to win Clark County, even with 84,000 votes left to count.

"Cortez Masto could win 63% of them and she would still lose," he tweeted.

Masto's team, however, is also confident in their performance.

Communications Director Josh Marcus-Blank celebrated Masto's mail-in ballot gains in Clark County that cut into Laxalt's slim lead Wednesday.

Early Thursday morning, Marcus-Blank said Masto took the lead in Washoe County, where Reno is located, as more Democrat-leaning mail-in votes are counted in Clark County.

"As we said, we're on track to win this," he said in a tweet.

A Washoe County official told CNN Thursday morning that they have about 20,000 votes still to count.

Advisers Encourage Trump to Delay 2024 Announcement

Former President Donald Trump is being encouraged by some of his former advisers to hold off on announcing a 2024 run for president in the wake of the midterm election results.

Trump said earlier this week that he will have a "very big announcement" to share on November 15. He was previously encouraged to delay a presidential campaign announcement until after the November 8 midterms, but control of Congress remains uncertain two days after Election Day as officials continue counting ballots in several key races.

In Georgia, the U.S. Senate race will be going to a runoff election on December 6, with incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock facing Republican challenger and Trump-backed candidate Herschel Walker. It is possible that control over the Senate will be determined by the outcome of that runoff election.

Jason Miller, a former adviser to Trump, told the Associated Press that he will be "advising him that he move his announcement until after the Georgia runoff," adding the state "needs to be the focus of every Republican in the country right now."

Kayleigh McEnany, a former White House press secretary during Trump's administration, also said on Fox News that Trump "needs to put it on pause," according to the AP. McEnany said Trump's campaign has "got to make strategic calculations" on whether to campaign in Georgia ahead of the runoff election but suggested Trump's potential competitor for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, "should be welcomed to the state" following his re-election Tuesday night.

It was unclear Thursday morning whether Trump would postpone plans to announce another presidential run. When asked Wednesday by Fox News Digital whether the outcome of the midterms would change his campaigning timeline, Trump said, "Why would anything change?"

Rep. Lauren Boebert Trails by 64 Votes in Colorado

The make up of the U.S. House and Senate rest on a few races in key states.

In Colorado, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert is facing an unexpected defeat.

Boebert is virtually tied with Democratic challenger Adam Frisch as votes are still being counted. Going into Thursday, Frisch is leading Boebert by only 64 votes, 156,746 to 156,682, with 99 percent of the votes counted. The race is still too close for networks to call.

The incumbent Republican expected an easy re-election, but after polls closed Tuesday, she has been playing catch-up to her challenger. This is one of many tight House races that disproved the GOP's "Red Wave" prediction.

On Thursday morning, Boebert shared a popular meme, depicting a cartoon figure poking at a graphic showing her race against Frisch, with the caption "C'mon do something."

Frisch, a self-described moderate, said the he is not surprised by the close contest.

"I spent 10 months trying to convince donors and journalists and political strategists everywhere that there was a path forward," he told The Guardian. "I have this calm belief that that 40 percent of the Republican Party wants their party back."

In Pueblo County, CO, thousands of ballots still need to be counted. This includes 1,8000 in-person votes and 5,200 mail-in ballots, according to Pueblo Chieftain reporter Anna Lynn Winfrey.

Election judges arrived at the voting tabulation office at 9 a.m. local time before the next round of counting can begin.

About 400K Votes to Count in Maricopa County, AZ

Votes are still being counted in key states that could determine the makeup of Congress, including Arizona.

Hundreds of thousands of ballots still need to be counted in the Grand Canyon State, where the Senate and gubernatorial race remain close.

On Election Day, 1.3 million ballots were cast and 290,000 early ballots were dropped off in Maricopa County alone.

Those early ballots cannot be immediately counted, they must have signatures verified and must be processed by a bipartisan board before they can be counted, former Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell told KSAZ-TV.

Early ballot drop of has increased this election cycle, as workers were counting ballots from the weekend before Election Day, Purcell said.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said 100,000 more "late earlies" were dropped off Tuesday than in the 2020 election, the highest number of early ballots turned in on Election Day in the county's history.

This also comes after Maricopa County, the most populous county in Arizona, experienced issues with voting machines on Election Day.

Printer issues caused some ballots to not be read at polling stations Tuesday. County Supervisor Bill Gates said this impacted less than seven percent of voters, about 17,000 ballots.

Gates said in a statement that the county had back up plans in place and assured residents that "all ballots will be counted securely and accurately."

As of Thursday, there are still 400,000 to 410,000 ballots left to be counted in Maricopa County, Gates told CNN.

He said he could not predict which votes would be counted first out of the remaining votes to be counted. But Gates added that the ballots received earlier would likely be counted first.

"We can't really zero in on that with specificity, but they would tend to be those we received earlier first, and then as we move on we're getting more into those Election Day mail-in ballots that we received on Election Day," he said

Senate Democrats to Spend $7 Million in GA Runoff

Senate Democrats are spending millions in next month's Georgia Senate runoff race between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

The key race appears poised to determine control of the Senate, as Senate races in Nevada and Arizona are yet to be called.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is spending $7 million on field organizing to support incumbent Warnock. Details of this plan were first reported in POLITICO.

This investment will fund direct voter contact programs across the state, including door-to-door canvassing, the DSCC said in a statement.

"We know talking directly to voters through a strong, well-funded ground-game is critical to winning in Georgia, and we're wasting no time in kick-starting these programs in the runoff," DSCC Chair Senator Gary Peters said in a statement.

Peters said the DSCC is "proud" to partner with Warnock to "build off their strong field programs" and" launch an unprecedented organizing effort" in the runoff to ensure every voter needed is reached to secure a Democratic victory on Dec. 6.

GOP Gains Momentum As Biden Says Dems Had 'Strong Night'

The Republican Party is projected to have flipped more congressional races as control over Congress remains undecided, according to projections announced throughout the day on Wednesday by major news networks.

Control over both chambers of Congress was still uncertain as of 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, more than a full day after polls began to close on election night. Republicans are projected to have won 49 Senate races, and Democrats are projected to have won 48. Georgia's Senate race will go to a runoff election on December 6, likely leaving control over the Senate undetermined for another month.

In the House, networks projected that Republicans flipped at least 15 seats by Wednesday night, while Democrats flipped at least four. Republicans need at least 218 seats in order to regain control of the House and are currently projected to have secured at least 207 seats. Democrats are projected to have won 187 seats so far.

Despite Republican gains announced on Wednesday, President Joe Biden said the midterm elections did not deliver the "red wave" predicted by many political and media experts. Though Biden acknowledged that some members of his party lost seats, he said Democrats overall "had a strong night."

"It was a good day, I think, for democracy," Biden said.

Republicans Flip 3 More NY House Seats, Networks Project

Republican candidates flipped three more congressional seats in New York on Wednesday, earning the party a three-seat gain in the House of Representatives as control of Congress remains undecided.

Republicans need a total of 218 House seats to win the majority back from Democrats. As of Wednesday evening, major news networks had called 207 House races for Republicans—including the latest three in New York—and 187 for Democrats.

The Associated Press called the three New York congressional races midday Wednesday, and CNN projected Republicans would win the three seats Wednesday evening.

Michael Lawler is projected to have won his campaign in New York's 17th District, Anthony D'Esposito is projected to have won his campaign in New York's 4th District, and Marcus Molinaro is projected to have won in New York's 19th District. All three districts were most recently held by Democrats.

Politico reported earlier Wednesday that Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who currently represents the state's 17th District, called Lawler to concede the race.

In his race to represent New York's 4th District, D'Esposito defeated Democrat Laura Gillen. Incumbent Rep. Kathleen Rice did not seek re-election.

Molinaro is projected to have defeated Democrat Josh Riley in the state's 19th District election.

Trump Suggests He Has More Voter Support in FL Than DeSantis

Former President Donald Trump suggested in a Wednesday afternoon post on Truth Social that he has more support among Florida voters than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Trump contrasted the number of votes that were cast for DeSantis during the midterm elections on Tuesday with the number of votes he received from Florida voters as a presidential candidate during the 2020 presidential election.

Tuesday's preliminary election results suggest DeSantis won his bid for a second term in office with more than 4.6 million votes, giving him a more than 19 percent lead over the number of votes cast for his Democratic challenger. In contrast, Trump received more than 5.6 million votes in Florida in 2020, or about 3.3 percent more than the total number of votes cast for then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Trump's Truth Social post said, "Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn't it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?"

Neither Trump nor DeSantis have announced plans to run for president in 2024, but many political experts believe both politicians are considering a run for the White House. Trump announced earlier this week that he plans to make a "very big announcement" on November 15.

While polling has indicated Trump would be Republican voters' top choice for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, DeSantis often polls as their second choice. Trump has targeted DeSantis in recent days, referring to him as "Ron DeSanctimonious" while discussing polling numbers during a November 5 rally and telling reporters while traveling earlier this week that he thinks it would be "a mistake" for DeSantis to run for president.

Biden Predicts 'Fun' Watching Trump, DeSantis Compete in 2024

President Joe Biden predicted it would be "fun" to watch former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis battle for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 if both politicians choose to run.

During a Wednesday afternoon press conference about the midterm election results, Biden said he intends to run for re-election in 2024 but doesn't plan to make his official decision until early 2023.

A reporter asked Biden whether his decision to run for re-election will be impacted by the two in three Americans who told exit pollsters that they don't think he should seek a second term.

"It doesn't," he said. He was then asked what his response to those two-thirds of American voters would be and responded, "Watch me."

The reporter then asked Biden whether he thought Trump or DeSantis would be the "tougher competitor" to run against in 2024.

"It'll be fun watching them take on each other," Biden said.

Neither Trump nor DeSantis have announced plans to run in 2024, though both have performed well in recent polling of possible GOP candidates. Trump has often led DeSantis in these polls and said earlier this week that he plans to make a "very big announcement" on November 15.

DeSantis just won his second term as governor, defeating Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in the statewide election on Tuesday.

Biden Plans to Do 'Nothing' Differently in Next 2 Years

President Joe Biden told reporters on Wednesday that he plans to do "nothing" differently over the next two years despite the frustration voters voiced with the country's direction ahead of the midterm elections.

He then said he doesn't plan to make any "fundamental" changes to his administration's policy approach because voters are "just finding out what we're doing."

Biden answered questions from reporters following remarks he delivered at the White House Wednesday afternoon about the election results. One reporter asked Biden if he is planning any significant changes to his policy approach in light of voter frustration and his deliberations about whether to run for re-election in 2024.

"The more they know about what we're doing, the more support there is," Biden said. He added that "major" pieces of legislation that have passed since he took office in early 2021 take "time to be recognized," including infrastructure investments and changes to prescription drug pricing.

"There's a lot of things that are just starting to kick in, and the same way with what we've done in terms of the environmental stuff," he said. "It takes time to get it moving."

Biden said he has been working toward his 2020 presidential campaign goals of restoring decency, building the country from the ground up and uniting the American public. "So I'm not going to change anything in any fundamental way," he said.

Biden Intends to Announce 2024 Bid Early Next Year

President Biden said he intends to run for president again in 2024.

Our intention is to run again, that's been our intention, regardless of what the outcome of this election was."

He said the fact that Democrats outperformed expectations gave him a "sigh of relief" that Republicans are not taking over the government.

"My intension is that I announce," he said.

Biden said he is a great respecter of fate and that his decision will come after a discussion with his family.

He added that he is in "no rush" to make that decision and wants some time away with his wife over the holidays.

"My guess is early next year we make that judgement," Biden said.

Later, another reporter asked whether the fact that "two-thirds" of Americans say that they don't think he should run for re-election factors into his decision.

"It doesn't," Biden replied, adding that his message to those Americans is "watch me."

Biden Willing to Compromise with Republicans

President Joe Biden said he is committed to "working across the aisle" if Republicans gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

While the House has not been called, most projections point to a Republican flip.

"Regardless of what the final tally of these elections show -- and there's still some counting going on -- I'm prepared to work with my Republican colleagues," Biden said, adding that the American people hope Republicans work with him as well.

After the president returns from the G20 summit, he promised to meet with leaders of both parties on how to address economic and national security concerns into the next Congress.

While Biden said he is "open to any good ideas," he made it clear he will not support any Republican plan that worsens inflation, raises the price of prescription drugs or reversed strides made to combat climate change.

"There are not compromisable issues for me," he said.

Biden said he will not allow for tax cuts for the wealthy or major corporations and instead push for tax cuts for the working and middle class.

He also promised to veto any national abortion ban and will oppose an cuts or fundamental changes to Social Security and Medicare.

"That's not on the table," he said. "I will not do that."

Biden said he will compromise "where it makes sense" on other issues and "put the needs of the American people first."

"The American people made it clear. They don't want every day going forward to be a constant political battle," Biden said. "The future of America is too promising to be trapped in an endless political warfare."

Biden closed by reiterating his optimism in America's future.

"It's never been a good bet to bet against America," he said. "Nothing is beyond our capacity if we work together."

Pima County, AZ Resumes Ballot Count

Pima County, AZ began scanning ballots at 11 a.m. location (1 p.m. ET) Wednesday.

County communication director Mark Evan told CNN election workers had to wait for political party observers to arrive.

There are about 23,00 election day ballots left to scan, in addition to about 40,000 early vote ballots and 2,300 provisional ballots, Evans said.

Additional mail-in and drop-off ballots received Tuesday still need to be counted as well.

Pima County election officials will hold a news conference in Tucson, AZ at 4 p.m. to discuss the number of ballots left to count.

Biden Says Democrats Had a 'Strong Night' Tuesday

President Joe Biden said Tuesday election day was a "good day for democracy" for America and promised to work with Republicans if they flip the House.

While speaking to reporters for the first time since the midterm elections, Biden said the predicted "Red Wave" didn't happen, noting how the press doubted his optimism.

Biden said that despite some losses, Democrats had a "strong night."

"The voters were clear that they want to preserve democracy, protect the right to choose, reduce inflation and keep their communities safe," Biden said.

After reading through his administration's top achievements in his first two years in office, Biden said this election showed the American people support his agenda and his economic plan.

Biden especially thanked young people who turned out to vote.

"I especially want to thank the young people of this nation who voted [in] historic numbers again, just as they did two years ago," he said.

"They voted to continue addressing the climate crisis, gun violence, their personal rights and freedoms, and the student debt relief," Biden added.

Midterms Results Will Not Change 'Bad' U.S. Relations, Kremlin Says

The results of the midterms will not change the "bad" relations between the U.S. and Russia, the Kremlin has said.

Russian state-run media agency RIA Novosti quoted Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov telling reporters on Wednesday: "These elections are important, but it's not necessary to exaggerate their importance in the short and medium-term for our relations."

"These elections cannot change anything essential. Relations still are, and will remain, bad."

Russia has been accused of meddling in the midterms to try and engineer a Republican success, so that Democratic President Joe Biden faces more challenges in passing military aid packages to Ukraine.

Peskov said that Moscow was too used to accusations about election meddling, it was not paying attention to any new allegations.

Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the founder of the Wagner mercenary group that has been fighting in Ukraine, even admitted on Monday he had interfered in the U.S. elections and would continue doing so in the future.

MTG Says It's 'Time for Republicans to Step Up'

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia told Steve Bannon on Wednesday that the time has come for her fellow Republicans to "step up" if the party regains control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Greene secured her second term in office representing Georgia's 14th Congressional district in Tuesday's midterm elections. She appeared on Bannon's "War Room" show Wednesday to share her reaction to the midterms and explain what direction she wants the House to take over the next two years.

If the GOP gains control of the chamber, Greene said it "doesn't matter" whether the party has a small or large majority. The job of House Republicans will be "to produce legislation, to produce votes, produce a budget, to do investigations, oversight and hold people accountable in such a way that we show the American people that we are the party that they can trust to run this country and save our country," Greene told Bannon. "That is what Republicans have to do."

Greene said her party has to show it is "willing to fight" and said Democrats have already "shown us exactly who they are." She then made several allegations about Democrats, saying they represent the "party of communism," of closing American businesses and of requiring children to "stay home from school," among other things.

"Time for Republicans to step up, show the country who we are and the solutions that we bring, the problems that we can solve, and the we can lead this country for every single American—not by how they vote, not by their skin color and their identity, but for every single American," Greene said.

"That's our job over the next two years, Steve, and I am going to work as hard as I can to make that happen."

WATCH: Biden Remarks on Midterm Results

President Joe Biden will soon deliver his first remarks following the 2022 midterm elections.

Biden is holding a news conference and will take questions from reporters, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET.

Watch live below:

Kevin McCarthy Launches Bid for House Speaker

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has launched his bid for Speaker of the House one day after the midterm elections.

In a letter for colleagues, McCarthy said he can "confidently report" that Republicans will flip the U.S. House of Representatives from Democratic control.

Republicans look poised to flip the majority but the House has not been called yet. He said the "real work begins" now for GOP lawmakers to use their majority in the House wisely.

"We have ended one-party Democrat rule in Washington by effectively prosecuting the case against their failed policies while detailing our plan for a new direction with the Commitment to America," McCarthy wrote. "Even so, I trust you know that earning the majority is only the beginning. Now, we will be measured by what we do with our majority."

After winning re-election in California, McCarthy is now asking fellow House Republicans to support him as the leader of the chamber.

"I am running to serve as Speaker of the People's House and humbly ask for your support," he said.

He promises to be a "listener" as much as a speaker and "build consensus from the bottom-up rather than commanding the agenda from the top-down."

McCarthy also pledged to immediately reopen the Capitol and end the Democrat proxy voting and remote work policies, make Committee in charge of drafting and marking up bills and "devote the resources necessary for this House to go toe-to-toe with the Executive branch."

The Speaker of the House is elected at the beginning of a new Congress. They are nominated by a member of the House and must win a majority of the vote from all House members.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks at his election night watch party after the midterm elections, early on November 9, 2022, in Washington, D.C. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI//AFP via Getty Images

Vote Counting Will Take Days in Clark County, NV

The process of counting votes will likely continue for days in Nevada's Clark County, Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said during a Wednesday news briefing.

Most notably, Gloria said a "considerable" amount of ballots dropped off in boxes on Tuesday have still not been counted. He did not elaborate further on a potential number.

Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, is critical in the state's key U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. The Senate race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican challenger Adam Laxalt is close, but Laxalt has a slight lead as of Wednesday afternoon. The gubernatorial race between incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak and Republican challenger Joe Lombardo is also close, but Lombardo is ahead.

Gloria said that 14,718 mail ballots will be counted today and recorded later tonight. Some 12,700 mail ballots were also picked up by USPS today. Another 5,000 provisional ballots also need to be processed.

When asked what date the county hopes to have unofficial results, Gloria did not provide specifics, saying there are deadlines that must be met and the process will take days.

Trump Says DeSantis 2024 Run Would Be 'a Mistake'

Former President Donald Trump said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis would be "making a mistake" if he decided to run for president in the next election cycle.

Trump spoke with reporters about DeSantis' rumored plans to run for president while traveling home from a rally in Ohio earlier this week. Trump reportedly referred to DeSantis as "our competitor" and said, "I think if he runs he could hurt himself very badly," according to The Wall Street Journal.

Trump then said running for the White House would be "a mistake" for DeSantis and added, "I think the base would not like it," the paper reported.

Trump has not announced plans to run for president again but is widely expected to do so soon. Earlier this week, he told supporters that he will share a "very big announcement" on November 15.

Recent polling has indicated that, if DeSantis chooses to run in 2024, he would be Republican voters' top choice for the job behind Trump. DeSantis has not announced plans to run for president. He secured his second term as Florida's governor during Tuesday's midterms, defeating Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

Trump Claims Election a Personal Victory

Former President Donald Trump claimed the midterm election a personal victory, even as he admits last night's outcome was "disappointing."

"While in certain ways yesterday's election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory," he wrote in a Truth Social post.

The Republican had boasted his over 300 endorsements on the GOP ticket since the midterm primaries.

As of Wednesday, Trump said he had 219 wins and 16 losses in the general elections across the country.

"Who has ever done better than that?" he asked.

Many Republican pundits has blames Trump for the GOP's worse-than-expected performance and the lack of a "red wave."

Zeldin Concedes to Hochul in NY Governor Race

Republican Lee Zeldin conceded New York's gubernatorial race to Democrat Kathy Hochul Wednesday afternoon.

The Republican, who currently represents New York's 1st Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, posted a statement congratulating Hochul on Twitter.

Zeldin described the gubernatorial race as "a once in a generation campaign" that he said ended with "a very close margin in the bluest of blue states." He credited the tight race to the work of campaign volunteers and support from "Republicans, Democrats and Independents" whom he said "united as New Yorkers."

"Those controlling Albany should take note. New Yorkers of all walks of life are sick of the attacks on their wallets, their safety, their freedoms and the quality of their kids' education and are hitting their breaking point, as proven by these results," Zeldin's statement said.

"As they take office in January, Governor Kathy Hochul and those controlling Albany must address the grave concerns voiced by the voters. While this campaign has come to a close, the rescue mission to Save Our State continues."

Hochul first took office in August 2021 following the resignation of former Governor Andrew Cuomo. This is the first time she has been elected to a full term as New York's governor.

Voter surveys conducted in the weeks ahead of the midterm elections suggested that while Hochul was polling ahead of Zeldin, her lead in the race narrowed as Election Day drew closer. Zeldin's campaign messaging focused largely on crime in New York and suggested crime rates would worsen if Hochul were to remain in office.

Major news networks projected Hochul would win the race late Tuesday night.

Warnock, Walker Senate Race Moves to Runoff

Georgia will officially have a runoff election to decide the tight Senate race between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the runoff election will be held on Dec. 6. This comes as neither candidate won a majority (50 percent + 1) of votes in the race. He said his office has already started working the ballots for the runoff.

"Ballots are being built as we speak, and counties are making preparations," he said during a press conference.

He said the governor's race has been decided, as Democrat Stacey Abrams has conceded the race to incumbent Republican Brian Kemp.

"This will be a very heavy lift for our counties because it's a four week run off period, but I have confidence, they will take all the measures required to rise to the task," Raffensperger said.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Warnock received 49.42 percent of the vote and Walker received 48.52 percent of the vote. The Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver received 2.1 percent of votes.

LA Mayoral Race Still Too Close to Call

The closely-watched Los Angeles mayoral race is still too close to call.

As of early Wednesday morning, businessman Rick Caruso holds a slim lead over U.S. Representative Karen Bass.

Caruso is leading Bass 51.25 percent to 48.75 percent, according to the Los Angeles County Recorder/County Clerk website. With about 44 percent of the votes have been counted, Caruso is up by about 12,000 votes.

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The latest figures on the Los Angeles Mayoral race as of Wednesday morning. Rick Caruso leads Rep. Karen Bass 51 percent to about 49 percent. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Washoe County, NV to Count 20k Ballots

Nevada's Washoe County is now processing 20,000 ballots that were either mailed-in or put in drop boxes on Monday or Tuesday.

County Communications Manager Bethany Drysdale said "everything is going smoothly this morning" but cannot guarantee officials will finish counting this set of ballots tonight.

"Data dump will probably be tonight," she told the Reno Gazette Journal. "But we're not guaranteeing it. It could be tonight or tomorrow morning."

After this set of votes, county officials will then move on to mail-in ballots received Wednesday. Drysdale told CNN she has "no idea" how many ballots arrived today.

Washoe County is in northern Nevada and includes the city of Reno.

The first batch of results posted early Wednesday morning all came from early voting, including mostly mail-in ballots from Sunday.

So far, the county results show Republican Adam Laxalt is leading the close Nevada Senate race.

Laura Kelly Re-Elected As Kansas Governor, AP Projects

Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly has won re-election, according to a Wednesday afternoon race call by the Associated Press.

It was a tight race between Kelly, who first assumed office in 2019, and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, her Republican challenger. Republicans had concerns that Independent candidate Dennis Pyle, a former Republican, would take votes away from Schmidt. Pyle currently serves in the Kansas state Senate.

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Incumbent Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly addresses the crowd during her watch party at the Ramada Hotel Downtown Topeka on November 8, 2022 in Topeka, Kansas. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

McConnell Says 'I Don't Deal in Feelings' When Asked about Midterms

Reporters on Wednesday asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his reaction to the midterm election results thus far.

"I don't deal in feelings," the Kentucky senator said in response, according to reporters with ABC News and NBC News.

McConnell said the vote count needs to be completed, "and then we'll figure out where we are."

McConnell's reaction to early election results follows comments he made over the summer about the importance of "candidate quality" in U.S. Senate races, at which time he also predicted that the balance of power in the Senate following the midterms would be "extremely close," NBC News reported.

McConnell currently serves as the minority leader in the Senate but previously held the majority leader position when Republicans had control of the chamber between 2015 and early 2021. New York Senator Chuck Schumer took over as majority leader following the 2020 elections, but McConnell could replace Schumer if his party regains control of the Senate and backs him for the job.

Exit Polls Show Over Half of Young Voters Backed Democrats

More than half of voters ages 18 to 44 supported Democratic candidates this election cycle, according to CNN exit polls.

Pollsters found support for Democrats was even higher among young voters ages 18 to 29, with 63 percent saying they voted for Democrats in Congressional races, compared with 35 percent who said they voted for Republican candidates.

Olivia Juliana, the director of politics and government affairs at Gen Z for Change, said young voters helped the country avoid the "red wave" that was predicted for this year's midterms.

"The polling shows that OUR generation voted for Democrats more than any other age group," Juliana tweeted. "WE are the reason Democracy will stand."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York also said on Twitter that the role young voters played in Tuesday's elections "cannot be understated."

"By 2024, Millennials & Gen Z voters will outnumber voters who are Baby Boomers and older, 45/25," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "We are beginning to see the political impacts of that generational shift."

Maricopa County Has 400k Votes Left to Count

Arizona's Maricopa County said there are still more than 400,000 ballots left to count Wednesday.

The county said it received about 275,000 early ballots on Tuesday, about 100,000 more than it received in 2020.

"This number is immense," County Recorder Stephen Richer said at a press conference Wednesday.

About 86,000 early vote ballots were processed from late last week and are ready to tabulate. On Monday, about 50,000 early ballots were dropped off.

In total, about 1.1 million ballots have already been reported with a new batch are expected to be reported Wednesday night.

Maricopa County, the most populous county in the key swing state of Arizona, faced issues with voting machines on Election Day. A judge also denied a motion filed by Republicans to keep polling locations open an additional three hours.

A new wave of election fraud conspiracies have already spread about Maricopa, the county at the center of the 2020 election audit in Arizona.

Four States Vote to Ban Slavery in Prisons

Four states are set to amend their constitutions in a way that will ban slavery or involuntary servitude for people who are serving time behind bars after voters approved the proposals during Tuesday's midterm elections.

Voters in Alabama, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont cast their ballots in favor of approving the bans, according to the Associated Press. Voters in Louisiana, a fifth state that had forced prison labor on the ballot this election cycle, did not vote in favor of approving the proposed ban.

Louisiana's proposal, known as Amendment 7, asked voters: "Do you support an amendment to prohibit the use of involuntary servitude as it applies to otherwise lawful administration of criminal justice?"

The state's preliminary election results showed 60.85 percent of voters rejected the amendment.

According to AP, the states that approved the prison labor bans will open facilities up to legal battles if people serving time protest the circumstances under which they are asked to work.

Biden to Deliver First Remarks After Midterms

President Joe Biden will address the nation for the first time since Tuesday's midterm elections.

Biden will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. ET and will take questions from reporters.

"Democracy doesn't happen by accident. We have to defend, strengthen, and renew it," Biden said in a tweet Wednesday.

He said he will have more to say on this Wednesday afternoon and thanked all poll workers, election officials and American voters.

The remarks will stream live on the White House website and YouTube channel.

Warnock, Walker Head to GA Senate Runoff Election

After a competitive and close race for a key Georgia U.S. Senate seat, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker appear headed to a runoff election.

During an appearance on "The Brian Kilmeade Show" Wednesday morning, Raffensperger said election officials have fewer than 20,000 votes left to count, which he said is "not enough to change the race."

"This is headed for a runoff," Raffensperger said.

Walker faced recent accusations from two women who claim the former University of Georgia and NFL football star encouraged and paid for their abortions.

Warnock has represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate since 2021 and is the pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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(L) U.S. Republican Senate candidate for Georgia, Herschel Walker speaks at a campaign event on September 9, 2022 in Gwinnett, Georgia. (R) Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) speaks to the media after casting his ballot on the first day of early voting on October 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Megan Varner/Getty Images

Trump Teases 'Huge' Announcement Next Week

Former President Donald Trump teases a "huge" announcement next week.

In a fundraising email sent out Wednesday, Trump said he has an "exciting announcement" that he "can't wait to share" on Nov. 15, one week after Election Day.

Some believe this will be when Trump officially announces his 2024 presidential bid, after hinting at launching his run for weeks.

"This announcement will perhaps be the most important speech given in the history of the United States of America," Trump's email said.

This comes as many Republicans blame Trump for the absence of a major "Red Wave" in the midterm elections.

Trump's former director of strategic communications and assistant Alyssa Farah Griffin called her former boss "the single loser of the night last night."

On The View Wednesday morning, she blasted the way Trump "dragged down the Republican candidates in a huge way."

Griffin said Trump endorsed candidates based on their loyalty to him, not on their qualifications.

She added Republicans are "really thinking hard" about who they are as a party and "why this man is our leader."

In a Truth Social post Tuesday night, Trump boasted his endorsement record.

"174 wins and 9 losses, A GREAT EVENING, and the Fake News Media, together with their partner in crime, the Democrats, are doing everything possible to play it down," he wrote. "Amazing job by some really fantastic candidates!"

Trump previously said he would take credit for GOP victories if his endorsements win.

"I think if they win, I should get all the credit, and if they lose, I should not be blamed at all," he said in an interview with NewsNation Tuesday.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said people close to Trump say the former president is "furious" Wednesday morning about his losing endorsements, especially Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania.

While Trump was expected to announce his 2024 run on or right after Election Night, Haberman said his allies are pushing him to wait a week.

Maryland, Missouri Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

Voters have approved recreational marijuana use in two states, Maryland and Missouri.

Missouri's measure legalized recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older and expunges the records of past arrests and convictions for nonviolent marijuana offenses, with the exception of selling to minors or driving under the influence.

Maryland will also make changes to its criminal law and expunge past marijuana possession convictions.

In Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota, voters rejected similar measures.

North Dakota's measure would have legalized the use of marijuana at home for people 21 and older. It would also allow for the possession and cultivation of restricted amounts of cannabis.

In 2020, South Dakota voted to legal marijuana possession, but the state Supreme Court struck down the law because the proposal was coupled with medical marijuana and hemp.

This comes after President Joe Biden announced last month that he would pardon thousands of Americans convicted of possession of marijuana under federal law.

A total of 21 states across the country have now legalized weed for recreational use.

Laxalt Ahead of Masto in NV Senate Race

Votes are still being counted in Nevada's highly contested race for U.S. Senate. As of Wednesday morning, Republican Adam Laxalt is ahead of incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.

With 77% of precincts reporting, Laxalt is leading the race 49.88%, to Masto's 47.19%.

This race is among the best opportunities for the GOP to flip a blue seat red.

Masto, the first Latina in the U.S. Senate, is running for a second term. Laxalt is a former attorney general and grandson of former Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada.

Catherine Cortez Masto and Adam Laxalt
At left, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) attends a news conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) at the U.S. Capitol on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. At right, Senate candidate Adam Laxalt speaks during a panel on policing and security prior to former President Donald Trump giving remarks at Treasure Island hotel and casino on July 8, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Anna Moneymaker/Getty; Bridget Bennett/Getty

Lombardo Ahead of Sisolak in NV Governor Race

Republican Joe Lombardo is maintaining a lead over Nevada's incumbent Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak, as of Wednesday morning.

With about 77% of precincts reporting, Lombardo is leading with about 50.5% of the vote, ahead of Sisolak's 46%, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's office.

Lombardo, the Clark County Sheriff, was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. If re-elected, this would be Sisolak's second term as governor.

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At left, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, D-Nev., reacts to a statement made by Nevada Republican gubernatorial nominee Joe Lombardo, right, during a debate Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Las Vegas. Ellen Schmidt/AP Photo

Sen. Ron Johnson Projected to Win Wisconsin

Republican Ron Johnson is projected to win re-election in Wisconsin's Senate race over Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes.

Earlier Wednesday, Johnson declared the race over before any major networks had made any official projections. The incumbent senator said the "corporate media is refusing to call a race that is over."

"There is no path mathematically for Lt. Gov. Barnes to overcome his 27,374 vote deficit," he said. "This race is over."

Until just minutes ago, the race was too close to call. But as of 11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, NBC News and CNN called the race for Johnson. He won the state by a slim majority, about 50,5 percent to 49.3 percent.

On Tuesday night, Johnson told supporters that he was "confident" the race was over and that he won.

"I'm not going to declare victory until all the numbers are in, but I just want to give you guys the sense that this race is over," he said.

Oz Concedes, Wishes Fetterman 'All the Best'

Republican Mehmet Oz said he called Democrat John Fetterman this morning to concede the Pennsylvania Senate race.

"This morning I called John Fetterman and congratulated him," Oz said in a statement.

"I wish him and his family all the best, both personally and as our next United States Senator. Campaigning throughout our great Commonwealth was the honor of a lifetime, and I will cherish the memories and the people I met. Pennsylvanians showed up with passion and a vision for a bright future that I found inspiring every day. I want to thank my supporters, so many of whom worked tirelessly to spread our message and support me and my family."

"We are facing big problems as a country and we need everyone to put down their partisan swords and focus on getting the job done," Oz continued. "With bold leadership that brings people together, we can create real change. As a Doctor, I always do my best to help others heal. That's why I ran for Senate. I hope we begin the healing process as a nation soon."

Republican Mike Lawler Upsets Rep Maloney in NY

Democrat Representative Sean Patrick Maloney has reportedly lost his House seat to Republican challenger Mike Lawler in New York.

Representative Maloney, who served at the chair for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was the official campaign arm of the Democrats running for election in the U.S. House of Representatives.

After a tight race, Maloney reportedly called Lawler, a state assemblyman, to concede the race for New York's 17th District.

Lawler has flipped the district from blue to red in another victory for Republican in New York.

Tom Emmer, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, released a statement congratulating Lawler on his win.

Emmer said Lawler is "the first candidate to defeat a DCCC Chair since 1980" because "he kept the Hudson Valley at the center of his campaign."

"The voters of Putnam, Westchester, and Rockland resoundingly rejected Sean Patrick Maloney's pro-criminal policies," Emmer said. "I look forward to working with Mike to lower costs and protect our communities."

Hochul 'Shattered' Glass Ceiling, Zeldin Refuses to Concede

Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul said the "glass ceiling" in New York has been shattered.

"The glass ceiling, like the one that's above us here today, has finally been shattered in the state of New York, and you made it happen," she told supporters Tuesday night.

Hochul was the state's former Lieutenant Governor who took over as governor after Andrew Cuomo resigned last year. She would now be the first woman elected as governor in New York's history.

Hochul has been projected to win the tight New York governor's race over Republican challenger Lee Zeldin, a Congressman representing Long Island.

After the race was called for Hochul by several networks Tuesday night, Zeldin said he would not concede.

He said there are still over one million election day votes yet to be counted, adding that Republicans have been "crushing" the election-day vote across the state.

"It's gonna be a little frustrating for the members of the media who didn't want us ever to be in contention here in New York," he told supporters Tuesday.

How the Four Undecided U.S. Senate Races Look

There are still four undecided key Senate results – with Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin yet to be called by major networks.

Here's the latest state of play in those races:

Arizona Senate: Mark Kelly (D) v Blake Masters (R)

  • With 68 percent of votes counted, Democrat Kelly leads with 51.4 percent of the vote. Republican MAGA candidate Masters has 46.4 percent.

Georgia Senate: Herschel Walker (R) v Raphael Warnock (D)

  • With more than 95 percent of votes counted, expect a runoff on December 6. Neither are likely to reach the more than 50 percent of votes needed to win: Warnock (49.42 percent) and Walker (48.52).

Nevada Senate: Catherine Cortez Masto (D) v Adam Laxalt (R)

  • Republican Laxalt has 49.9 percent of the vote, Democrat Cortez Mastro has 47.2, with around 75 percent of the overall vote counted.

Wisconsin Senate: Mandela Barnes (D) v Ron Johnson (R)

  • With 95 percent of votes counted, Republican Johnson is ahead with 50.5 percent of the vote; Democrat Barnes has 49.5 percent.

Tudor Dixon Concedes to Gov. Whitmer in Michigan

Republican Tudor Dixon has officially conceded the Michigan gubernatorial race as Democratic incumbent Gretchen Whitmer is projected to win re-election.

"I called Governor Whitmer this morning to concede and wish her well. Michigan's future success rests not in elected officials or government, but all of us," Dixon said in a statement Wednesday morning.

Dixon, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, added that, "it is incumbent upon all of us to help our children read, support law enforcement, and grow our economy."

She also thanked her volunteers and supporters.

"We came up short, but we will never stop fighting for our families," Dixon said.

Oz Calls Fetterman to Concede PA Senate Race

Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz called Democratic challenger John Fetterman Wednesday morning to concede the key race.

"This morning at 9:30 Dr. Oz called John Fetterman to concede," Joe Calvello, Fetterman's director of communications tweeted.

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A political ad by Dr Oz claimed to show "What's inside Fetterman's head," taking out of the Democratic candidate's head loose screws and a bong. In this composition photo, Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images and Nate Smallwood/Getty Images

Kentucky Voters Reject Anti-Abortion Measure

Voters in reliably red Kentucky rejected a ballot measure aimed at denying any state constitutional protections for abortion, AP reports.

The result bucked the state's Republican-led Legislature, which had imposed a near-total ban on the procedure and put the proposed state constitutional amendment on the ballot. It also mirrored what happened in another red state, Kansas, where voters in August rejected changing that state's constitution to let lawmakers tighten restrictions or ban abortions.

As we've been hearing, voters in battleground Michigan enshrined abortion rights in their state's constitution—joining Democratic California and Vermont.

The Tuesday ballot measures came months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion it guaranteed to women nationwide. The decision in June has led to near-total bans in a dozen states.

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Abortion-rights supporters chant their objections at the Kentucky Capitol on April 13, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky. Bruce Schreiner/AP Photo

New York Post Lauds DeSantis Victory On Front Cover

Former President Donald Trump is not likely to be happy about the New York Post's front cover today.

The cover shows Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his family in front of the Stars and Stripes after his sweeping midterms victory in Florida.

DeSantis walloped rival Charlie Crist. With 99 percent of votes counted, the Republican took 59.4 percent compared to the Democrat's 40 percent.

There has long been speculation that DeSantis has eyes on the White House, and that Trump is also likely to run.

Trump said on Sunday that he had a "big announcement" he planned to make at his home in Mar-a-Lago in Florida on November 15, which many observers believe will be him announcing a 2024 presidential run.

How Did Trump-Backed Candidates Perform?

Earlier Donald Trump celebrated his success rate in these midterms. So how did Trump-endorsed candidates do?

Well, it's a mixed bag. Newsweek has counted nine gubernatorial defeats for Trump so far:

Tudor Dixon—lost to Governor Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.
Doug Mastriano—lost to Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania.
Lee Zeldin—lost to Governor Kathy Hochul in New York.
Dan Cox—lost to Wes Moore in Maryland.
Geoff Diehl—lost to Maura Healey in Massachusetts.
Tim Michels—lost to Governor Tony Evers in Wisconsin.
Darren Bailey—lost to Governor J.B. Pritzker in Illinois.
Scott Jensen—lost in Minnesota to Governor Tim Walz.
Mark Ronchetti—lost in New Mexico to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

You can track Trump's record, including in the Senate and House, below:

White House 'Giddy' at Midterms: Psaki

The Biden administration is "giddy and gleeful" about this year's midterm results, the president's former press secretary, Jen Psaki, has said.

Speaking on MSNBC early on Wednesday morning, Psaki said: "I've been in touch with the White House. They are giddy and gleeful, as they should be, about where things are sitting right now."

Psaki joined MSNBC as a contributor after she stepped down from her White House role in May.

Many observers in Washington predicted Republicans to take more seats than they have, but Democrats have fended off the GOP in several key battlegrounds, including in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"The takeaway to me is this is the right agenda," Psaki added. "The Democrats ran on this agenda; it was the right agenda. And I think a lot of these fights include abortion."

Biden has been making multiple calls to Democrats that have won their races or projected to win their races, including to California Governor Gavin Newsom and Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur. The president also congratulated Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman by text after he flipped the battleground Senate seat.

Republican Mace: Impeaching Biden 'Not Something I Support'

Some Republicans have spoken of impeaching President Joe Biden should the GOP win back control of the U.S. House.

Asked about such talk just now, Republican Nancy Mace said the move is "not something I support at this juncture without having investigation."

"Impeachment has been weaponized over the years; we've seen that in the last five years or so," The representative from South Carolina told CNN, in an apparent reference to Donald Trump's impeachments.

Mace defeated Democrat Annie Andrews in this general election, after she defeated a Trump-endorsed challenger in her primary.

Mace, who has backed Kevin McCarthy to continue to lead House Republicans, said she was "cautiously optimistic" that the GOP will have majority.

Sara Palin's Alaska House Race Latest

Palin's big political comeback looks tight...

Sarah Palin once again trails Mary Peltola, the Democrat who upset the Republican in an August special election to temporarily fill Alaska's House seat.

With about 75 percent of votes counted, Peltola has a 47.1 percent share. The GOP vote is split: Former Alaska Governor Palin has 26.6 percent, while Nick Begich has 24.3 percent.

Alaska's new ranked choice voting systems means that the result is not final until one candidate gets more than half of the votes. If the leading candidate doesn't pass this threshold, the winner is determined by second- and third- choice votes. In this case, the counting would take place on November 23.

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Former Governor of Alaska and Republican candidate for Congress, Sarah Palin, speaks to the media as she campaigns with supporters on November 8, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Peltola won the special election in August against Palin and Begich that was brought after Rep. Don Young died before he finished his term.

Palin is looking to stage a comeback 13 years after resigning as governor to join the McCain–Palin ticket which lost the 2008 presidential election.

Katie Hobbs, Kari Lake Tied in Arizona Governor Race

Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake
At left, Arizona Secretary of State and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs speaks at a press conference calling for abortion rights outside the Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse on October 7, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona. At right, Republican candidate for Governor of Arizona Kari Lake answers questions written in advance during her Ask Me Anything Tour in Sun City, Arizona, on October 21, 2022. Mario Tama/Getty; Oliver Touron/AFP/Getty

Arizona's governor race remains tight, but too early to call.

With 62 percent of votes counted so far, Democrat Katie Hobbs currently has 50.9 percent, while Republican Kari Lake has 49.1 percent.

Mail ballots returned Tuesday or shortly before were not yet reported and will be counted in the coming days.

Trouble with vote-tabulation machines at about one in four polling places in Maricopa County, Arizona's most populous, generated criticism on social media, but officials said every vote would be counted.

Lake, a former TV news anchor, has repeatedly during her campaign cast doubt on the fairness of elections.

In a speech on Tuesday night, Republican Lake told supporters: 'We had a big day today and don't let those cheaters and crooks think anything different; don't let them put doubt in you.

'We have a movement and we know it,' she added.

Hobbs told her supporters on Tuesday night: "We know my opponent and her allies have been sowing doubt and confusion throughout this campaign, and it's unacceptable that they were spreading misinformation today while people were exercising their right to vote."

Arizona was a longtime Republican stronghold that turned toward Democrats during the Trump era.

How Things Stand at 7 a.m. ET

At the top of the hour...

  • Republican predictions of a "red wave" have not come to fruition, with results far more mixed and many Democratic incumbents proving resilient.
  • In the only Senate pickup so far, Democrat John Fetterman won an open Senate seat currently held by the GOP. Four seats are still undecided.
  • U.S. Senate races in Arizona and Nevada may not be known for days because elections there are part by mail, which takes longer to count.
  • That's not long compared to Georgia, where Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker face a likely runoff on December 6.
  • Republicans are favored to win the House, according to major networks, but many races remain too close to call.
  • Republican Representative Lauren Boebert is in an unexpectedly close race in Colorado
  • An anti-abortion measure in Kentucky has yet to be called. Michigan enshrined abortion rights in the state constitution.
  • Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, while The Dakotas voted against doing so.

You're up to speed.

Three States Vote to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Marijuana was on the ballot in five states in these midterms. According to major networks this morning...

  1. Arkansas rejected a constitutional amendment to allow cannabis possession up to an ounce by adults, and sale by licensed facilities.
  2. Maryland approved a constitutional amendment that legalizes marijuana possession of 1.5 ounces (or two plants) for those aged 21 and older.
  3. Missouri approved a constitutional amendment that allows personal possession up to 3 ounces for those aged 21 and older.
  4. North Dakota voters reject ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in "various forms" for those who are at least 21 years old
  5. South Dakota voters reject proposal to legalize recreational marijuana

China's State Media Predicts Post-Midterms 'Chaos'

Newsweek's contributing editor for Asia, John Feng, looks at China's coverage of these midterms...

The Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party's nationalistic tabloid, has predicted more "partisan strife" in the U.S. after the midterms.

"The U.S. is bracing for further chaos and division, as Republicans are highly likely to trigger an impeachment process against U.S. President Joe Biden if they wrest control of the House back," it said on Wednesday, citing Diao Daming, an associate professor at Renmin University in Beijing.

Washington was likely to "continue to confront and pressure China after a frustration in Congress," it said, to distract from unfavorable midterm results.

GOP majorities in the House and Senate would also make U.S. foreign policy more hawkish toward Beijing, it suggested.

How the Four Undecided U.S. Senate Races Look

We're still looking out for four U.S. Senate results...

Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin are yet to be called by major networks.

Here's the state of play right now:

  • Arizona Senate: Mark Kelly (D) v Blake Masters (R) With 66 percent of votes counted, Democrat Kelly leads with 52.1 percent of the vote. Republican MAGA candidate Masters has 45.8 percent.
  • Georgia Senate: Herschel Walker (R) v Raphael Warnock (D) With more than 95 percent of votes counted, expect a runoff on December 6. Neither are likely to reach the more than 50 percent of votes needed to win: Warnock (49.82 percent) and Walker (48.52).
  • Nevada Senate: Catherine Cortez Masto (D) v Adam Laxalt (R) With about 75 percent of votes counted, Republican Laxalt has 49.9 percent of the vote, Democrat Cortez Mastro has 47.2.
  • Wisconsin Senate: Mandela Barnes (D) v Ron Johnson (R) With 94 percent of votes counted. The GOP's Johnson is ahead with 50.6 percent of the vote; Democrat Barnes has 49.4 percent.

In Colorado, Lauren Boebert Not Clear Winner As Expected

Lauren Boebert is still fighting for re-election in Colorado's 3rd Congressional district race, in a race that has proved unexpectedly close.

The incumbent was widely expected to easily defeat Democrat Adam Frisch.

With 88 percent of votes counted, Frisch led with 50.9 percent to Boebert's 49.1.

Photos showing Boebert looking upbeat before the vote, and later looking more solemn have been shared widely on social media.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Celebrates Victory in Georgia

Marjorie Taylor Greene has released a statement following her victory over Democrat challenger Marcus Flowers for Georgia's 14th district.

The Republican congresswoman—who some have speculated will be on Trump's 2024 ticket—said she ran to win and "hold my party accountable."

"I know precisely how these voters felt when they cast their ballot, sick and tired of empty promises, watching the DC swamp sell our country's future out year after year," Greene said early on Wednesday.

"These voters chose Republicans to straighten up our country, drain the swamp and fight for them. Together, we can hold our party accountable and make sure they don't let America's families down."

With more than 95 percent of votes counted, Greene (65.9 percent) led Flowers (34.1).

McCarthy Predicts Republican House Majority

We heard from an upbeat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a little earlier. But Kevin McCarthy sounds certain he will be taking her job...

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks at his election night watch party after the midterm elections, early on November 9, 2022, in Washington, D.C. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI//AFP via Getty Images

Republican House Minority Leader McCarthy predicts the Republicans will take back control of the lower chamber.

Speaking to Republican staff in D.C. a little earlier this morning, McCarthy said: "It is clear we are going to take the House back."

"'Now let me tell you, you're out late. But when you wake up tomorrow, we will be in the majority and Nancy Pelosi will be in the minority,' McCarthy added.

Republicans are currently favored to take the House, according to major networks, thought many races are too close to call.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi said in a statement early on Wednesday that her party had "strongly outperforming expectations" in the midterm votes, though several races remained on knife edge.

Republican To Hold Alaska's U.S. Senate Seat

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In this composition, U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka (L) and Senator Lisa Murkowski. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/ Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A Republican is expected to hold Alaska's U.S. Senate seat following Tuesday's ranked choice election, the Associated Press reports.

Donald Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, lead in early returns.

With 69 percent of votes counted, Tshibaka led (44.8 percent) Murkowski (42.1), ahead of Democrat Pat Chesbro (9.7).

Under ranked voting, ballots are counted in rounds. A candidate can win outright with more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round. If no one hits that threshold, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Voters who chose that candidate as their top pick have their votes count for their next choice.

Five More House Races Called by CNN

CNN has just called five more House races...

  • Iowa 1: Republican hold (Mariannette Miller-Meeks defeats Christina Bohannan)
  • Wisconsin 3: Republican pickup (Derrick Van Orden defeats Brad Pfaff)
  • New York 2: Republican hold (Andrew Garbarino defeats Jackie Gordon)
  • New Hampshire 1: Democrat hold (Chris Pappas defeats Karoline Leavitt)
  • New Hampshire 2: Democrat hold (Ann Kuster defeats Robert Burns)

Pelosi: Democrats 'Strongly Outperforming Expectations'

Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said her party is "strongly outperforming expectations" in the midterms.

"While many races remain too close to call, it is clear that House Democratic Members and candidates are strongly outperforming expectations across the country," House Speaker Pelosi said in a statement early Wednesday morning.

"As states continue to tabulate the final results, every vote must be counted as cast," she added.

Democrat Reps. Abigail Spanberger (Va.), Vicente Gonzalez (Tx.) and Marcy Kaptur (Oh.) fended off fierce Republican challengers.

But Republicans remain favored to win a House majority, but many seats remain in the balance, and a "red wave" many Republicans predicted seems unlikely.

Fetterman Says 'We Held the Line' in PA Victory Speech

In Pennsylvania, Democrat John Fetterman has been speaking to supporters, after networks called his victory against Mehmet Oz.

The Keystone State's U.S. Senate race was one of the most-watched—and most expensive—of these midterms.

Repeating his campaign slogan "Every county, every vote," Fetterman said: "We held the line.

"I never expected that we were going to turn those red counties blue, but we did what we needed to do and we had that conversation across everyone of those counties."

Pennsylvania backed Joe Biden in 2020 and Donald Trump in 2016.

In Georgia, Warnock and Walker Face Likely Runoff

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Election 2022 Georgia Senate. In this combination photo, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a campaign rally on November 7, 2022 in Kennesaw, Georgia and U.S. Sen, Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., speaks to journalists after voting on the first day of early voting in Atlanta on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 Getty/AP

Georgia looks likely to go to its second Senate run-off race in two years, with Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker neck-and-neck on Wednesday morning.

Democrat incumbent Warnock, a pastor, managed to win the Senatorship in a January 2021 runoff, which led to Democrats taking control of the Senate.

With more than 95 percent of votes counted, Warnock had 49.34 percent, while Walker, a former NFL running back, had 48.6 percent.

If neither candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a run-off election on December 6.

Last week, poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight predicted Walker would have a 68 percent chance of beating Warnock in a runoff.

Can Democrats Hold Both the Senate and the House?

With the Senate results so far, Democats are on 48 seats, while Republicans are on 47. Five seats remain undecided (Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin) with Democrats needing to win two to reach the 50 seats needed to retain control of the Senate.

With House results so far, Republicans are on 193 seats while Democrats are on 170. The GOP look poised to just about wrestle control of the House from the Democrats, with 218 seats needed to win.

Fetterman Wins PA Senate Race, Networks Project

Democrat John Fetterman has won the Pennsylvania Senate race, beating Republican challenger Dr. Mehmet Oz, according to projections by NBC News and Fox News.

Oprah Winfrey endorsed Fetterman late last week, despite helping launch Dr. Oz's career as a celebrity physician on her talk show.

Former President Donald Trump backed Oz's bid for the Senate seat and the heart surgeon has said he would support Trump should he run again in 2024.

Fetterman's recovery following a stroke earlier this year raised concern of his fitness to serve, which was spotlight during a shaky performance during the only debate between he and Oz about two weeks ago.

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Pennsylvania Senate Race. In this combination photo, Republican Pennsylvania Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at an event on October 26, 2022 in Harrisburg and Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, addresses attendees at an SEIU union event in Philadelphia, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Getty

Indiana's New Secretary of State Called 2020 Election a 'Scam'

Indiana's newly elected secretary of state, who oversees state elections, is a 2020 election denier.

Republican Diego Morales is projected to win the election against Democrat Destiny Wells and Libertarian Jeff Maurer, according to the Associated Press.

During the primary race, Morales, a supporter of Donald Trump, wrote an article claiming that the 2020 election was a "scam" and had "a number of irregularities." He also called the outcome "questionable."

Morales has called for more voting restrictions in the state, including vowing to cut in half the number of early voting days before each election, from 28 days to 14, as well as requiring new voters to prove their United States citizenship when registering.

In her concession speech, Wells said it was up to the people of Indian to "be in charge of securing our elections, because our next Secretary of State will need all our help."

Stacey Abrams Concedes to Brian Kemp

Democrat Stacey Abrams announced she is suspending her gubernatorial campaign after several major news networks called the Georgia race for incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp.

Abrams began a Tuesday night concession speech at her campaign headquarters by congratulating Kemp on winning his second term in office. She then said she entered the race "for one reason, and one reason only: to fight."

"A fight to save Georgia," Abrams continued. "A fight on behalf of our children and generations to come. A fight on behalf of our people, whether they know it or not. A fight for basic human rights that we should take for granted but we have to struggle to hold onto. And a fight for the values that we hold dear and may never sacrifice."

Abrams described her decision to suspend her campaign as "the responsible thing" to do.

"I may no longer be seeking the office of governor, but I will never stop doing everything in my power to ensure that the people of Georgia have a voice," Abrams said. She described meeting people of all backgrounds during her campaign and said the people of Georgia are "ready for change."

"While they may not have chosen change tonight, they had to think about it," she said.

Tim Ryan Graciously Conceded Ohio Senate Race

Ohio Democratic Senator Tim Ryan concedes with pride to Republican challenger JD Vance Tuesday night.

"I have the privilege to concede this race to JD Vance, because the way this country operates is that when you lose an election you concede," he said.

Ryan said it is important to "respect the will of the people."

"We can't have a system where if you win it's a legitimate election and if you lose someone stole it," he added.

Vance said Ryan's concession was "gracious" and thanked him for the effort. He added that Ryan "loves the states of Ohio" and noted the effort he put into his campaign.

Trump Boasts Winning Endorsements

Former President Donald Trump celebrated Republican victories while speaking to supporters and the media at his midterm elections watch party in Mar-a-Lago.

Trump welcomed the "fake news media," saying "they must be expecting something big." Trump seems to be making a nod to teasing his 2024 presidential bid announcement.

He said the media has been "hoping for big loses" for Republicans, "but that's not happening," adding that the "numbers have been amazing so far."

Of the 330 endorsements Trump made, he said he won 224 in the primaries, including some "longshots."

Later, Trump posted on his Truth Social account that 115 of his endorsements won and only five lost in the general election.

Trump also boasted the turnout and his performance at his recent rallies ahead of election night, noting that he had "no teleprompter."

He specifically congratulated Florida Senator Marco Rubio and projected Alabama Senate winner Katie Britt.

On Truth Social, Trump celebrated the loss of moderate Republican Joe O'Dea who lost to incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet in Colorado.

Gretchen Whitmer Wins MI Gov Race, Fox Projects

Michigan voters have re-elected incumbent Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve another term, according to a Fox News projection.

Whitmer beat Republican challenger Tudor Dixon in the close gubernatorial race. Dixon, a far-right news commentator, was backed by former President Donald Trump.

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Compisyte photo of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon (Left) and Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Right), both photographed in 2022 Getty

Brian Kemp Defeats Stacey Abrams, Networks Project

Incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp is expected to win re-election in Georgia, networks project.

Kemp has defeated Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, in a rematch of the 2018 race, CNN, Reuters, Fox News and ABC News report.

CNN also reports that Abrams called Kemp to concede the race

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Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp is projected to defeat Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, Above, this combination of 2022 and 2021 photos shows Kemp, left, and gubernatorial Democratic candidate Abrams. The Republican Kemp announced Wednesday, July 6, 2022, that his campaign committee had raised $3.8 million in the two months ended June 30. Abrams hasn't released June 30, 2022, numbers but raised more than $20 million between December and April. (

Shapiro to Defeat Trump-Endorsement in PA Governor Race

Democrat Josh Shapiro is projected to win Pennsylvania's governor's race, according to several networks.

According to NBC News and Fox News, Shapiro, currently Pennsylvania's Attorney General, is expected to defeat Republican candidate Doug Mastriano.

Mastriano was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and is currently a State Senator who represents Franklin County.

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This combination of photos shows Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Attorney General Josh Shapiro on June 29, 2022, in Philadelphia, left, and Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano on Sept. 29, 2022, in Erie, Pa., right. AP Photo

Hochul Defeats Zeldin in NY Gov Race, NBC Projects

Kathy Hochul has defeated Republican challenger Lee Zeldin in the New York gubernatorial race, according to a projection by NBC News.

Zeldin pushed anti-crime messaging in an effort to unseat Hochul.

Hochul, a Democrat, stepped into the governor's mansion in August 2021 after serving as former Governor Andrew Cuomo's lieutenant governor. Cuomo resigned last year amid several investigations, including sexual harassment allegations.

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Left, New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Rep. Lee Zeldin speaks during a press conference at the entrance to the Rikers Island jail on October 24, 2022 in New York City. Right, New York State Governor, Kathy Hochul speaks on stage during The 2022 Concordia Annual Summit - Day 2 at Sheraton New York on September 20, 2022 in New York City. Michael M. Santiago/John Lamparski/Stringer

Gavin Newsom Re-Elected in CA, Networks Project

California Governor Gavin Newsom wins a second term, networks project.

The incumbent Democrat defeated Republican challenger Brian Dahle, according to CNN, CBS News and the Associated Press.

This victory comes after Newsom survived a recent recall vote over discontent over his strict COVID-19 restrictions.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference on October 06, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Newsom's campaign recently donated $1.6 million to block Proposition 30, a proposed tax on the wealthy to fund subsidies for electric vehicle purchases. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

JD Vance Wins Ohio Senate Race, NBC News Projects

Republican J.D. Vance defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan in Ohio's competitive Senate race, according to a projection by NBC News.

Vance will succeed Republican Senator Rob Portman, who is retiring. Vance is endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Ryan is a 10-term congressman currently representing Ohio's 13th Congressional District in the U.S. House.

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At left, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) speaks at a townhall-style debate hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum of Fox News at The Fives on November 1, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. At right, J.D. Vance speaks with supporters in his hometown at the Butler County GOP headquarters on October 19, 2022 in Middletown, Ohio. Andrew Spear/Getty; Gaelen Morse/Getty

Greg Abbott Defeats Beto O'Rourke, Networks Project

Incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott is expected to win re-election in Texas, networks project.

Abbott defeats Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, according to ABC News, NBC News and CNN. This will be Abbott's third term as governor.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses supporters after his debate with Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in McAllen, Texas. Eric Gay/AP Photo

Kiggans Defeats Luria in VA House Race, CNN Projects

Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia lost her congressional race to Republican Jennifer Kiggans, CNN projected Tuesday night.

Luria has served as a member of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building. Kiggans, a Virginia state senator, defeated Luria in her bid for a third term representing Virginia's 2nd congressional district in the House of Representatives.

Maryland Elects First Black Governor

Maryland elects its first Black governor Tuesday, networks project.

Democrat Wes Moore is expected to win the Maryland's gubernatorial race to become the state's first Black governor, CNN, NBC News and ABC News project.

Moore is expected to defeat Republican candidate Dan Cox, a Donald Trump endorsee. Current Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, will leave office after serving two terms.

"Maryland, you showed that if we stand divided, we cannot win -- but if we stand united, we cannot lose," his campaign said in a statement Tuesday night. "Real patriotism means bringing people together. It means lifting each other up and improving each other's lives. Patriotism means knowing that our country is great -- and that if we do the work, it will be even greater. Tonight we celebrate, and tomorrow we get to work."

Jared Polis Wins CO Gov Race, Networks Project

Colorado Governor Jared Polis won his bid for re-election on Tuesday, major news networks projected.

Polis, who became the first openly gay governor in 2019, defeated his Republican rival Heidi Ganahl, according to projections by CNN and The Associated Press.

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet also won the state's Senate race, defeating Republican challenger Joe O'Dea. The Associated Press and Fox News both called the race for Bennet, who has held his seat since 2009.

Massachusetts Elects First Female, Lesbian Governor

Massachusetts voters made history in the gubernatorial race Tuesday night.

Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey is projected to become the new governor, according to CNN and NBC News.

She is projected to defeat her Republican opponent Geoff Diehl and flip the state that is currently run by Republican Governor Charlie Baker.

Healey will become the first woman and the first openly lesbian to lead Massachusetts.

"To every little girl and every young LGBTQ person out there, I hope tonight shows you that you can be whatever, whoever you want to be," Healy told supporters after networks projected her victory.

GOP Lawsuit to Extend AZ Polling Hours Denied

An Arizona judge blocked a Republican motion to keep polls in Maricopa County open until 10 p.m.

The RNC and two Republican candidates in the state filed an emergency motion to extend polling location hours after reports that voters were "denied the opportunity to vote" and were not told about their right to vote using a provisional ballot.

But in a hearing that concluded just minutes before polls closed at 7 p.m., the judge said he did not see any evidence of voters who wanted to vote but were unable to do so.

County Recorder Stephen Richer said the county moved to dismiss the motion saying, "we have no statutory or delegated authority over this subject matter."

After the county was dismissed from the lawsuit, he said officials "are not responsible for Election Day or tabulation."

He said his team will work to research all provisional ballots cast Tuesday, in-bound scanning all early ballots dropped off at the voting locations, review signatures of early ballots dropped off Tuesday and will continuing to "cure" any signatures we previously deemed non-matching.

Richer adds that county officials estimate over 150,000 early ballots were dropped off Tuesday. Over 900,000 ballots were received and had signatures verified over the 26-day early voting period.

The first round of unofficial results will be posted at 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. EST), the county's election department said.

Blumenthal Wins CT Senate Race, AP Projects

Connecticut Senator Richard won re-election during Tuesday's midterms, according to a projection by the Associated Press.

Blumenthal, a Democrat, won his bid for a third term in office, defeating Republican challenger Leora Levy. Levy previously served as the Republican national committeewoman for Connecticut.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asks questions during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, at the U.S. Capitol on April 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Projected to Win Re-Election

Progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is expected to maintain her House seat, networks project.

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will win re-election in New York's 14th Congressional district, according to NBC News and CNN.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Delivers Victory Speech

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis celebrated his re-election in a victory speech delivered Tuesday night.

Major news networks began calling the race for DeSantis shortly after polls closed. The Republican incumbent began his speech by saying people in Florida and across the U.S. have "seen major challenges" in his first four years as governor, but that "Florida held the line."

"We chose facts over fear," DeSantis said. "We chose education over indoctrination. We chose law and order over rioting and disorder. Florida was a refuge of sanity when the world went mad. We stood as a citadel of freedom for people across this country and indeed across the world."

After his first four years as governor, DeSantis said "the people have delivered their verdict: Freedom is here to stay." He later added that Florida "is where woke goes to die."

DeSantis described his "landslide victory" as "a win for the ages." He concluded his remarks by saying he is "honored by your support" and looks "forward to the road ahead."

"We've accomplished more than anybody thought possible four years ago, but we've got so much more to do, and I have only begun to fight," he said.

DeSantis' Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, delivered a concession speech shortly after DeSantis began his remarks.

Sen. Chuck Schumer to Win Re-Election in NY

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is projected to maintain his seat in New York, networks project.

According to the Associated Press, CNN, Fox News and ABC News, the Democrat is expected to win re-election for a fifth term, defeating Republican Joe Pinion.

This victory will make Schumer the longest-serving U.S. Senator from New York after he is sworn-in next year.

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Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) responds to reporters questions during a press conference following the weekly Democratic Party luncheon on July 26, 2022 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Speaking on Sunday outside his New York office, Schumer said Rainbow Fentanyl was one of the biggest health issues facing the country right now. Anna Rose Layden/Getty

Florida to Elect First Gen Z Candidate to Congress

Democrat Maxwell Alejandro Frost will become the first Gen Z member of the U.S. House of Representatives, networks project.

CNN, NBC News and the New York Times project the 25-year-old will win Florida's 10th Congressional district, defeating Republican Calvin Wimbish.

Ohio Poised to Ban Non-Citizens from Voting

Voters in Ohio have approved a measure that requires only U.S. citizens to vote in state and local elections, CNN projects.

The passage of this amendment to the state constitution is a win for Ohio Republicans.

The new measure would prohibit a person to vote in local elections if they are not legally qualified to vote in state elections.

Democrats and voting rights organizations were against the measure, claiming it is too broad for also eliminating voting rights of 17-year-olds and baring voter registration within 30 days of an election.

Greg Pence Wins IN House Seat, AP Projects

Republican Rep. Greg Pence of Indiana has won Indiana's 6th congressional district race, according to a projection by the Associated Press.

Pence, the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, has represented the Indiana district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019. He defeated Democratic challenger Cynthia Wirth in his bid for a third term in office.

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Representative Greg Pence, the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, secured a primary victory with the backing of former President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Above, Pence speaks at a May 2018 election party in Columbus, Indiana. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Sarah Sanders Wins AR Governor Race

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been elected as Arkansas Governor, the Associated Press and Fox News project.

Sanders, a Republican who worked for the Trump administration, is the first woman to lead the state.

She defeated Democratic candidate Chris Jones and Libertarian nominee Ricky Dale Harrington.

Current Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is leaving office in January due to term limits, has endorsed Sanders.

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Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been elected as Arkansas Governor. above, Huckabee Sanders speaks at the America First Policy Institute Agenda Summit in Washington, DC, on July 26, 2022. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Todd Young Wins IN Senate Race, CNN Projects

Indiana Senator Todd Young has won his bid for re-election, according to a Tuesday evening CNN projection.

Young, a Republican, has represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate since 2017. He defeated Democrat Thomas McDermott in his bid for a second term in office.

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US Senator Todd Young (IA) speaks at a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with other Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol on December 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Young said he would not vote against the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's electoral votes. Pool

Gaetz Wins FL House Race, Networks Project

Incumbent House Republican Matt Gaetz has defeated Democratic challenger Rebekah Jones in Florida's District 1 Congressional election, according to projections by CNN and NBC News.

Gaetz, a Republican endorsed by former President Donald Trump, was running for his fourth term in the House of Representatives. He won Florida's Republican primary in August with nearly 70 percent of the vote. Gaetz engages in far-right political rhetoric and is a strong ally to Trump.

Jones is a former data analyst who raised concerns about COVID-19 infection data handling after she was removed from her position at Florida's Department of Health during the pandemic. She announced plans to run against Gaetz in June 2021.

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Representative Matt Gaetz speaks to supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally at the Banks County Dragway on March 26, 2022 in Commerce, Georgia. On Monday, the congressman hinted that he could be former President Donald Trump's running mate in a potential 2024 bid. Megan Varner/Getty Images

MTG Wins Re-Election in GA, CNN Projects

Incumbent Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia defeated Democrat Marcus Flowers in Georgia's 14th District Congressional election.

CNN projected Greene's win at about 8:20 ET.

Greene has represented Georgia in the House of Representatives since early 2021. A far-right conservative supported by former President Donald Trump, Greene is a frequent critic of President Joe Biden's administration and U.S. financial support for Ukraine amid the country's ongoing war with Russia. Greene said last week that "not another penny" will go to Ukraine if Republicans take control of the House in 2023.

Flowers is a veteran who raised concerns throughout his campaign about disinformation spread by Greene and other far-right politicians. By the final day of early voting in Georgia, FiveThirtyEight had rated Greene "very likely" to defeat Flowers and win a second term in office.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit held at the Tampa Convention Center on July 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. An ad by Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has gone viral as she asks people to enter a competition to win the chance to shoot hogs with her from a helicopter. Joe Raedle/Getty

Republicans Projected to Win in FL, AL, OK

Republicans are projected to win in Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma.

In Alabama, Republican Katie Britt is projected to win the Senate race and Republican Kay Ivey is protected to win the gubernatorial race, CNN and ABC News report.

In Oklahoma, Republican Senator James Lankford is projected to win re-election, defeating Democrat Madison Horn, according to the Associated Press and CNN.

These news outlets are also projecting Republican Representative Markwayne Mullin to win a special election for U.S. Senate. He is the first Native American to represent Oklahoma in the Senate in nearly a century.

Republican Anna Paulina Luna is protected to win Florida's 13th district, flipping the U.S. House seat from Democrat, CNN and Reuters report.

In Florida's 15th district, CNN and AP are projecting Republican Laurel Lee to win.

Rubio Wins FL Senate Race, Networks Project

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has won his bid for re-election, CNN and Fox News projected Tuesday night.

Rubio was running for his third term in office against Democratic challenger Val Demings. Demings has represented Florida's 10th District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017.

Rubio is currently serving as Florida's senior senator. He is one of many Republican incumbents who received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump heading into the midterm elections.

 U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio at Rally
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at a rally at the Cheyenne Saloon on November 7, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. A public defender is casting doubt on the claims of one of his supporters that he was attacked for his political beliefs. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to Win Re-election, Networks Project

Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has won re-election, networks projected Tuesday evening.

DeSantis was polling ahead of Democratic challenger Charlie Crist by a wide margin, about 57%, FOX News reports, although votes are still being counted.

Former President Donald Trump told reporters he voted for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis when he cast his ballot on Tuesday.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at rally
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives a campaign speech during the Unite & Win Rally at the OCC Roadhouse & Museum on November 5, 2022 in Clearwater, Florida. At a Monday rally, DeSantis spoke to a crowd in Palm Beach County and urged them to "storm the polls" ahead of Subtropical Storm Nicole. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Democrat Peter Welch Wins Vermont Senate Race, AP

Democratic Congressman Peter Welch wins the Vermont Senate race, the Associated Press projects.

Welch defeats Republican Gerald Malloy, who is endorsed by former president Donald Trump.

RNC Wants to Extend Polling Hours in Maricopa County

The Republican National Convention and Republican candidates in Arizona are suing Maricopa County to extend polling location hours.

The RNC, gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Senate candidate Blake Masters filed an emergency motion to keep polling locations open for three additional hours until 10 p.m. after reports of voting machine issues.

"The widespread issues – in an election administered by Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs – are completely unacceptable, especially as Republicans flock to the polls to vote in-person on Election Day," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a tweet.

McDaniel said over a quarter of voting locations across the county have experienced "significant" issues" with voting machines.

Harris County, TX Reports Voting Machine Issues

All polling locations in Harris County, TX have been ordered to extend their hours after voters experienced long lines and voting machine problems on Election Day.

While polls in the state closed at 7 p.m., a judge ordered all polling station hours to be extended to 8 p.m. amid reports of long lines and voting machine malfunctions.

"An order has been issued to extend voting hours until 8 p.m. across Harris County's 781 polling locations," Harris County Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum said in a statement. "Anyone in line after 7 p.m. will need to vote on a provisional ballot. Voters will cast their ballot as normal, but place their paper voter record in a sealed provision ballot envelope instead of inserting into the scanning machine. All provisional ballots will be tabulated separately inside our Central Count station located at NRG Arena."

The additional hours allows voters to cast their ballots if they were unable to do so earlier Tuesday morning, Tatum said.

This afternoon, some election officials blamed voting machine issues, while others said some locations were slow to open because proper election supplies, including the key to open voting machines, arrived late, KHOU-TV reports.

"I'm frustrated," one voter at the BakerRipley location told the station. "I'm frustrated because you had 24 months to prepare for a major election and nothing should have been left untrue. And you weren't prepared. It's an insult to the citizens and it's an insult to being American. A simple ability to cast a vote and we couldn't do it at 7 a.m. because someone couldn't find the key."

Voters at the Tracy Gee Community Center said people were turned away because of problems with voting machines.

"We were told it's because the machines hadn't been delivered," one voter who didn't want to be identified told KHOU. "So they were still trying to set up. I'm so angry and I'm sad. I've seen people leave. People who said they can't come back to vote."

The polling station at Melrose Park Community Center had to close early "due to issues outside of our control," Harris County Elections said.

The NAACP in Houston told KHOU that their lawyers are on the ground at polling locations, including the Northeast Multi-Service Center, where there have been reports of voting machine issues and long lines.

Mike DeWine Wins Ohio Gov Race, Networks Project

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has won his second term in office, multiple news networks projected Tuesday evening. CNN, Fox News and NBC News called the race for DeWine shortly after 7 p.m. ET.

DeWine defeated Democrat Nan Whaley in his bid for re-election. The incumbent governor is one of many Republicans who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump this election cycle.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine poses for a picture during a news conference on June 2, 2022, in Avon Lake, Ohio. David Richard/AP Photo

Trump to Back McCarthy, Not McConnell

Former President Donald Trump said he plans to endorse Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California as the next House Speaker if the GOP wins control of the chamber, but doesn't want Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to lead in the Senate.

Trump shared his opinions on potential future GOP Congressional leadership during a recent interview with Fox News Digital. He told reporters that McCarthy, whom he has endorsed, has his support if Republicans win back the House during the midterms. But Trump said he wants to see a new Republican leader in the Senate if the Republican Party regains control of that chamber from the Democrats.

McCarthy currently serves as the House Minority Leader and would succeed Democrat Nancy Pelosi if he is chosen to lead a new Republican majority. McConnell currently serves as the Senate minority leader and previously led the Senate as majority leader during Trump's administration.

Trump has criticized McConnell repeatedly since leaving office in early 2021. He told Fox News Digital reporters that he would seek to oust McConnell from his leadership position in the Senate if he were to run for and win the presidency in 2024.

Sen. Tim Scott Re-elected in SC, Networks Project

Republican incumbent Senator Tim Scott has been re-elected in South Carolina, several networks project.

CNN, ABC News, NBC News and the Associated Press are calling the race for Scott, who defeats his Democratic challenger Krystle Matthews.

Rand Paul Wins KY Senate Race, Fox News Projects

Senator Rand Paul has won his bid for re-election in Kentucky, Fox News projected Tuesday evening.

The Republican incumbent was running for his third term in office against Democrat Charles Booker.

Rand Paul blames Ukraine NATO for invasion
Senator Rand Paul pointed to the Biden administration’s support of Ukraine’s entry into NATO as a reason for Russia’s invasion during a senate hearing on Tuesday. Above, Paul speaks during a press conference in Washington D.C. in October 2017. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Polls Close in Georgia, Florida

As of 7 p.m. ET, polls have now closed in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and parts of Florida.

Six Georgia Polling Locations to Remain Open Late

Georgia courts have ordered six polling locations across the state to stay open later.

Polling locations in Georgia closed at 7 p.m.

In Cobb County, the Kennesaw 3A precinct at the Ben Robertson Community Center and the Oregon 03 precinct at the Fair Oaks Community Center will both stay open until 7:45 p.m.

In Dekalb County, the polling location at Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church will stay open until 7:40 p.m. and the location at Solid Rock AME Zion Church will stay open until 7:39 p.m.

Another polling station in Gwinett County will stay open just after 7 p.m. The precinct 59 polling location, designated as Landmark Church at 3737 Holcomb Bridge Road in Norcross, will be open until 7:08 p.m.

These locations were ordered to extend their hours because they opened late Tuesday morning, according to Gabriel Sterling, Georgia's acting deputy secretary of state.

About 1 in 3 Voters 'Angry' With US Direction

Early exit polls shared by CNN show about one-third of voters are expressing anger with the direction in which the U.S. is heading.

According to one exit poll, 34 percent of respondents said they are "angry" with the country's direction, and another 39 percent said they are "dissatisfied." Only 25 percent of voters said they are either "enthusiastic" or "satisfied" with the country's current direction.

CNN exit polls also showed nearly half—46 percent—of voters think President Joe Biden's policies are "hurting" the U.S., compared with 36 percent who think his administration is "helping" the country. Biden's approval rating among voters is 45 percent, the exit polls found.

The network's exit polls also asked voters which issues they believe are most important heading into the midterm elections. Inflation is the top issue, with 32 percent of voters calling it their main concern. Abortion is next at 27 percent, followed by crime and gun policy—each at 12 percent—and immigration at 10 percent.

Michigan Official Says Trump 'Lies' Encourage Violence

Michigan's Secretary of State is calling out former president Donald Trump for "lies" about ballot issues in Detroit.

On Tuesday evening, Trump posted on his Truth Social account that the absentee ballot situation in Detroit is "really bad."

"People are showing up to vote only to be told, 'sorry, you have already voted,'" Trump wrote. "This is happening in large numbers, elsewhere as well."

He also called on supporters to "Protest, Protest, Protest!"

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson responded to Trump on Twitter, saying his claim "isn't true."

"Please don't spread lies to foment or encourage political violence in our state. Or anywhere. Thanks," she tweeted.

Detroit did report issues will e-pollbooks Tuesday, according to the Michigan State Department.

The state's Bureau of Election had to assist Detroit's City Clerk office with laptops used at polling places to confirm voters are registered and have not already voted absentee.

After confirming each voter was registered and had not been issued or cast an absentee ballot, the state department said poll workers provided a numbered ballot to each voters.

There were some instances, however, where e-pollbooks displayed an error message stating that the number on the ballot at the polling place was the same as the number on an absentee ballot that had already been issues, "even though the voter had not actually voted absentee," the state department said.

When this occurred, voters were correctly checked in on paper backup lists and issued ballots that were casts by the voters and these ballots were counted.

Trump Says He Voted for Ron DeSantis

Former President Donald Trump told reporters that he voted for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis when he cast his ballot on Tuesday.

Video shared by reporters online showed Trump and former first lady Melania Trump leaving a polling place. A media advisory distributed to reporters Tuesday morning said the Trumps would be casting their ballots in person at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, Florida.

When a reporter called out a question to Trump asking if he had voted for the incumbent Republican governor, Trump responded by saying, "Yes, I did."

DeSantis is running for his second term in office against Democrat Charlie Crist. Though DeSantis has not announced plans to run for president in 2024, recent polling has indicated he would be Republican voters' second choice behind Trump if he were to run.

Trump, who has not yet announced a 2024 presidential campaign but is reportedly considering doing so soon, took aim at DeSantis during a pre-election rally in Pennsylvania on November 5. In comments that generated frustration among some conservatives, Trump discussed a recent poll that showed him several points ahead of "Ron DeSanctimonious," a new nickname he bestowed upon the Florida governor.

First Polls Have Closed

The first polls have closed in parts of Indiana and Kentucky, depending on time zone.

Nevada Election Website Restored After Outage

The Nevada Secretary of State website has been restored after facing outages on election day.

The Elections Division of the Nevada Secretary of State said the website is back up and running Tuesday afternoon.

"The outage did not extend to the counties, so voting was able to continue uninterrupted," NV Elect said in a tweet.

Nevada Elections also said the outage did not disrupt the election night reporting plan.

Kari Lake 'Not Confident' in AZ Election Officials

Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake said she is "not confident" in state election officials.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Lake was asked how she will be confident in her victory if she wins today's election.

Lake has sowed doubts in the state's election process ahead of the race's outcome.

A reporter asked Lake: "If you do win tonight, how are you going to be confident in your win if you don't have confidence in this election?"

"I'm just not confident in the people who we've elected to run these elections," Lake answered, saying the officials are "not good at their jobs," and "a bunch of bureaucrats."

Despite the doubt, Lake still said she believes she will win the election against Democratic challenger Katie Hobbs.

"We will win and we will bring good, honest reforms to our elections," she said.

First Polls to Close in 30 Minutes

Voting is underway across the country with the first polls closing in 30 minutes.

Polls will close at 6 p.m. ET in parts of Indiana and Kentucky, depending on the time zone.

Polls in Georgia, other parts of Indiana and Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and Florida will close at 7 p.m. ET.

Voting sign in Kentucky
People line up to vote at Cumberland Trace Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Michael Clubb/AP Photo

Trump Makes Voter Fraud Claims in Arizona

Former President Donald Trump alleged that voter fraud may be occurring in Arizona as voters continue going to the polls on Election Day.

In a series of tweets on his Truth Social account, Trump wrote, "same thing is happening with Voter Fraud as happened in 2020???"

In other posts, he raised concerns about reported voting machine problems in Maricopa County. He said the county "looks like a complete Voter Integrity DISASTER. Likewise Detroit (of course!), Pennsylvania, and other places."

Trump questioned if voting machine problems were occurring primarily in conservative areas, which he suggested may impact the election outcome for candidates in Arizona that he has endorsed, including gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Senate candidate Blake Masters.

Maricopa County said Tuesday afternoon that election officials had identified the problems with voting machine issues and made a technical change that "seems to have resolved this issue."

Early Tuesday evening, Trump posted a video message to people in Arizona urging them to stay in line until they are able to cast their ballots.

"Don't leave your line. Stay where you are," Trump said in the video. "They say that the machines aren't working, they say that they're running out of paper in different locations throughout different states. There's a lot of bad things going on. Stay in line. Do not leave."

Maricopa County Finds Solution to Voting Issues

Election officials in Arizona's Maricopa County announced on Tuesday afternoon that they found a solution to issues with voter tabulation machines.

"Maricopa County has identified the solution for the tabulation issues at about 60 Vote Centers. County technicians have changed the printer settings, which seems to have resolved this issue. It appears some of the printers were not producing dark enough timing marks on the ballots," the county's election department wrote in a Facebook post. "This solution has worked at 17 locations, and technicians deployed throughout the county are working to resolve this issue at the remaining locations."

The announcement comes shortly after the county said that around 20 percent of voting locations were facing issues with the tabulation machine.

Maricopa County Elections Department Chairman Bill Gates previously said that the issues were resulting in voter's ballots not going through the tabulation machine.

Maricopa County has identified the solution for the tabulation issues at about 60 Vote Centers. County technicians have changed the printer settings, which seems to have resolved this issue. It...

Champaign County Clerk Faces Website Issues

Illinois' Champaign County reported possible cyber attacks on their servers Tuesday morning, as voters headed to the polls to cast their ballots.

In a tweet, Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons responded to a voter who said that she had a bad experience at the polls and said, "Our website has been under constant attack for the past month and we've been able to keep the site up. We believe the issue today is due to our VR vendor being attacked. We are working with them to resolve the issue. Thank you for staying the course."

In a press release posted to Facebook, Ammons said "The Champaign County Clerk's Office is aware of connectivity issues and computer server performance being impacted. The Clerk's Office believes these are due to cyber-attacks on the network and servers. For the past month the Champaign County Clerk's website has been the target of repeated D-DOS attacks, fortunately the reinforced security and response from the Clerk's IT team has prevented these attacks from being successful and the Clerk's website has remained secured."

The post further stated that the attempted attacks are an effort to undermine the Democratic process.

"The intent is to discourage you from voting. Please do not fall victim to this. The Clerk's Office is committed to ensuring every eligible voter in Champaign County has access to a fair, free, and accessible election. Please stay in line! Election judges and staff are doing everything they can to process voters according to the requirements of election law while navigating these attacks," the post said.

Kari Lake Vows to be 'Worst Frickin Nightmare' for 8 Years

Kari Lake, Arizona's Republican gubernatorial candidate, said on Tuesday that she plans to serve two terms, telling voters that she's "going to be your worst frickin' nightmare for 8 years."

During a press conference, Lake was asked about a potential 2024 presidential run by former President Donald Trump and if she'd consider serving as his vice president if he was to win.

"I'm going to do two terms [as governor]," Lake answered. "I'm going to be your worst frickin' nightmare for 8 years, and we will reform the media as well. We are going to make you guys into journalists again. So, get ready. It's going to be a fun eight years. I can't wait."

Lake has made similar comments in the past when asked about being looked at as a potential vice president pick for Trump.

"I'm going to serve eight years as governor of Arizona," Lake said during an interview with ABC's This Week last month.

North Carolina to Extend Voting Times in 3 Precincts

Officials with the North Carolina Board of Elections voted on Tuesday afternoon to extend voting times in three precincts after delayed openings.

During a meeting, officials agreed to extend voting times by one hour in the three precincts located in the counties of Wilson, Robeson and Columbus.

Voting locations were originally scheduled to close at 7:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday night, so the three precincts will be open till 8:30 p.m. local time.

"Due to this Columbus, Robeson and Wilson Counties will not release ANY results until 8:30. However, there WILL be results in all other counties at 7:30 beginning with early voting unless there are other issues," Tim Boyum of Spectrum 1 News in North Carolina wrote on Twitter following the meeting.

Prior to the vote, the chair of the state's board of elections, Damon Circosta said that overall voting in the state is "going pretty smooth."

"As is the case in almost every election, there's a handful of precincts that have had some sort of opening irregularity," Circosta said.

Nearly 46 Million Early Votes Cast Nationwide

More than 45.8 million people nationwide have voted early in the 2022 midterm elections, according to the University of Florida's U.S. Elections Project.

Of those, more than 20.4 million voted in person and 25.3 million voted via mail-in ballot. Texas, California, Florida and Georgia are the states with the highest number of early votes, the data shows.

States With the Most Early Voting:

Texas: Nearly 5.5 million
Most, over 5.1 million people, voted in-person. Further data was not available as of Tuesday morning.

California: 5.1 million

  • Democrats: 2.6 million, about 51%
  • Republicans: 1.4 million, 28%
  • None/Minor Parties: Nearly 1.1 million, 21%

Florida: More than 4.9 million

  • Democrats: 1.8 million, nearly 37%
  • Republicans: 2.1 million, about 43%
  • None/Minor Parties: 984,120, 20%

Georgia: 2.5 million
Most, nearly 2.29 people, voted in-person. Further data was not available as of Tuesday morning.

North Carolina: 2.1 million

  • Democrats: 819,000, 38%
  • Republicans: 673,000, 31%
  • None/Minor Parties: 655,000, over 30%

Arizona: 1.5 million

  • Democrats: 578,700, 38%
  • Republicans: 559,500, 37%
  • None/Minor Parties: 370,100, over 24%
Voters head to the polls in CA
People carry umbrellas while walking past a voting sign outside City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

North Carolina May Extend Voting Tonight

The North Carolina Board of Elections announced on Tuesday morning that a vote will be held to decide whether to extend voting times at locations that opened later than others.

"The State Board will hold an emergency meeting at 2:30 p.m. to consider extensions of voting at several polling places that opened late on Tuesday," the North Carolina Board of Elections said in a tweet.

According to CNN, NCSBE Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell said on Tuesday morning that the state was aware of four locations that opened later than planned.

"This morning, nearly every polling place across the state opened on time," Bell said. "The state board of elections will hold a virtual emergency meeting early this afternoon to determine if any voting should be extended at the sites."

Bell said that some voting locations in Columbus County, "were delayed in opening due to the check-in computers not being connected properly to the printers and therefore the workers were unable to print the voters' authorization to vote forms," CNN reported.

A previous tweet from the NCSBE said that polling locations were scheduled to close at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot in 5 States

Five states have bills that will potentially legalize recreational marijuana ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

According to the Associated Press, these states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Maryland and Missouri. The possible legalization in these states comes shortly after President Joe Biden announced that he was pardoning all federal "offenses of simple possession of marijuana."

"There are thousands of people who have prior Federal convictions for marijuana possession, who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My action will help relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions," Biden said in the statement last month. "Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It's time that we right these wrongs."

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are currently 19 states that have legalized marijuana use on the recreational level. Thirty-seven states and Washington D.C. have legalized the medical use of marijuana and other cannabis products.

Voting Machine Problems Reported in Maricopa Co.

Election officials in Arizona's Maricopa County said on Tuesday morning some voting tabulation machines were facing issues after voters cast their ballot.

In a video posted to Twitter, Maricopa County Elections Department Chairman Bill Gates said, "We've got around 20 percent of the locations out there where there's an issue with the tabulator where some of the ballots, that after people have voted them, they try to run them through the tabulator and they're not going through."

"First of all we're trying to fix this problem as quickly as possible, and we also have a redundancy in place," Gates said.

Gates went on to state that if a ballot won't go through the tabulator, voters can place their ballot in a secure box that is identified by a number. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said that ballots placed in the secure box will already be considered signature-verified and they will be sent to a central tabulator.

Kari Lake, a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, responded to the issues on Twitter and said, "If you have already *checked in* at a Maricopa County voting location where the tabulators do not work, you should *not* leave and go to another location without casting a vote. Your provisional ballot at the new location likely will not count."

"If you have already checked in at a Maricopa County voting location where the tabulators do not work, you can (1) wait for your ballot to be tabulated on site, (2) ask to use the handicapped voting machine, or (3) leave your ballot in a box to be counted later," Lake said.

DeSantis Officials Attempt to Block Federal Election Monitors

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' administration is trying to block the Justice Department from sending election monitors to three counties in Southern Florida, saying such a move would be "counterproductive" and violate state law.

The Justice Department announced Monday that it would send federal monitors—lawyers with the DOJ's civil rights division and U.S. attorney's offices—to 24 states to monitor how elections are conducted. Florida locations included Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County.

Ron DeSantis Accused of 'Blasphemy'
Above, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis looks on before the start of a game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators at TIAA Bank Field on October 29, in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images

In a release, the DOJ said it had been sending election monitors nationwide since 1965 "in compliance with federal voting rights laws."

However, Brad McVay chief counsel for the Florida Department of State, which DeSantis oversees, said on Monday evening that Florida law would not permit those monitors to be inside polling stations.

McVay said that the letters from the Justice Department "do not detail the need for federal monitors in these countries."

DeSantis is expected to hold onto the governorship and beat Democrat and former governor Charlie Crist, according to the polls.

Poll Tracker Projects GOP-Controlled Senate ...Maybe

Poll trackers Real Clear Politics' projection suggests the GOP will be left with 53 seats in the next Senate, more than enough to control the chamber and re-elect Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as the next majority leader.

The RCP forecasts Republicans gaining three seats in what would be a significant victory for the party.

But it might not pan out that way. RCP's most-recent analysis of polls rates eight races as a toss-up: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire, Nevada, Washington, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Louisiana Polling Station Moved Due to Bomb Threat

A polling station at a school in Kenner, Louisiana, has been moved due to a bomb threat earlier today, police have said.

In a tweet in the last hour, Kenner Police Department wrote: "Kenner Discovery School received a bomb threat earlier this morning. Kenner Police are on scene investigating and trying to determine if this will be related to a bomb threat the school received on Thursday, November 3, 2022."

The school has been evacuated. The department said there were no children in school today due to voting taking place in the midterm elections.

"Any questions concerning the polling station at Kenner Discovery are to contact the Secretary of State." The secretary's election hotline is 800-883-2805.

Youngkin: 'I've got my eyes on New York and Oregon'

Glenn Youngkin on Fox News
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin speaks with Fox News on the day of the midterm elections on Tuesday. The Republican said that GOP governors would likely outperform Democrat governors in the midterms. FOX News

Virginia's Republican Governor Glen Youngkin has predicted that traditional blue states will flip red in gubernatorial races in these midterms—singling out New York and Oregon as races to watch.

Speaking on FOX News a short while ago, he said voter concerns about inflation, the fentanyl crisis and immigration would lead to big gains for the GOP.

"I think we're going to see so many states that have had long-time Democrat governors all of a sudden flip, and I've got my eyes on New York and Oregon as the bellwethers those are going to be tight, tight races, get out and vote, and it's time to it's time to express dissatisfaction and hope for a different future," he said.

New York and Oregon would normally be shoo-ins for the Democrats.

In New York, Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul faces a stiff challenge from Republican Lee Zeldin; while in Oregon Democrat Tina Kotek faces a too-close-to-call race against Republican Christine Drazan.

Donald Trump and Melania Casts Ballots in Florida—for DeSantis?

Donald and Melania Trump vote in midterms
Former President Donald Trump walks out with Melania Trump, after voting at Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have just cast their ballot in Palm Beach, Florida.

Speaking with reporters outside, he said he expected a "very big night" for the Republicans and that it would be "very exciting to watch."

Asked for his message for undecided voters, he said: "You have to make up your mind, you have to go out and vote."

He added: "This is going to be a very important election and hopefully the right thing will happen."

Asked about the "big announcement" next week, which he teased at a rally in Ohio last night, Trump would not be drawn into revealing more details.

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis—touted as a potential 2024 rival for Trump—is leading Democratic challenger Charlie Crist in the latest polls.

In the senatorial race in Florida, Marco Rubio faces a challenge from Democratic candidate Rep. Val Demings.

Philadelphia To Delay Counting Thousands of Paper Ballots

Counting of thousands of paper ballots in Philadelphia will be delayed until after polls close this evening, the agency that oversees elections there has said.

It comes after a legal advocacy group, which includes prominent Republicans, including former attorney general William P. Barr and Karl Rove, sued Philadelphia City Commissioners for allegedly being open to double counting.

Commissioners voted by 2-1 to reintroduce "poll book reconciliation," a process designed to stop vote duplication in-person and via mail-in and absentee ballots.

It will likely delay the results of one of the tightest Senate races in the country – Democrat John Fetterman versus Republican Mehmet Oz.

Some Republicans have welcomed the news on social media.

Republican New York Rep. Claudia Tenney tweeted: "Philadelphia just reinstated its poll book reconciliation process to stop double voting. This is a huge win for #ElectionIntegrity. We must protect the basic right of every eligible citizen to ONE vote! Thanks to @Restoring_USA for leading this charge."

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted the move "deliberately slowing down the Philly count" by leading Republican figures was "what they do."

Poll Worker Removed from Voting Site in Georgia

A poll worker and her son have been removed from a voting site in Fulton County, Georgia, over comments made by the woman on social media.

The pair were removed from the Johns Creek site before voting began today, Fulton County Interim Elections Director, Nadine Williams, said at a news conference this morning.

The pair have not been publicly identified and officials did not reveal what the comments were, but the Secretary of State agreed with local officials' concerns.

Fulton County is one of 64 jurisdictions where federal monitors—typically lawyers with the DOJ's civil rights division and U.S. attorney's offices—have been dispatched in a bid to bolster compliance with federal voting rights laws.

Voting Machine Issues Reported in Maricopa County, Arizona

A video is being widely shared on social media showing an election worker outlining issues with voting machines in Maricopa County, Arizona.

In the footage, an election official advises that there are issues with the voting machines, meaning that some votes are not being read properly. He outlines how affected ballots will be counted manually.

"Nobody is trying to deceive anybody," the official says in the video.

"Of course not, that would never happen, not on election day," says one of those standing in line, while others jeer.

Newsweek was unable to independently verify the video, but it has been tweeted out by GOP officials.

The video has been shared a lot by supporters of Kari Lake, a pro-Trump Republican who is running for governor of Arizona.

Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene also commented on the video.

"Paper ballots only!!! Get rid of the machines. Election day voting only. Voter ID. And count all the votes on Election Day," she tweeted on Monday.

Maricopa County had posted a video on Tuesday specifically to get ahead of what it called 'false election narratives' - including issues around voting machines.

Pictured: Dr. Oz and John Fetterman Vote in Pennsylvania

U.S. Senate hopefuls in Pennsylvania John Fetterman, the Democrat, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican, have been seen casting their ballots this morning.

Mehmet Oz votes in Pennsylvania
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz enters the polling station at the Bryn Athyn Borough Hall to cast his ballot on November 8, 2022 in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. Oz faces Democratic Pennsylvania Senate nominee John Fetterman in midterm elections taking place across the United States today. Win McNamee/Getty Images
John Fetterman and wife vote in Pennsylvania
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman and his wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, leave after casting their ballot at New Hope Baptist Church in Braddock, Pennsylvania, on November 8, 2022. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

The race has been arguably the highest profile of these midterms.

Many Democrats will be watching to see whether or not Fetterman, the Lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, is able to win over working-class voters in deep-red counties.

While Republicans will be keen to see if Dr. Oz, a TV surgeon and once a regular on Oprah, will take the seat.

It's expected to be tight; here's what the polls have said.

Yes, Independents Can Vote in Midterms

"Can independents vote in midterms?" has been regularly punched into Google in recent weeks. The answer is: Yes.

The ambiguity likely arises from Independent voters—those not a member of a political party—not being allowed to vote in the primaries earlier this year.

However, anyone can vote in the midterms, so long as they are registered. They don't have to be affiliated with a political party.

How Pollsters Predicted Key Senate Battles

Several key battlegrounds will likely decide the fate of the Senate.

Here, using poll aggregators, is an at-a-glance look at pollsters' prediction in some of those races.

  • Arizona Senate: Mark Kelly (D) v Blake Masters (R)

FiveThirtyEight (538) slightly favors Kelly to win this election; the Democrat wins 66 in the website's 100 outcomes, while Masters wins in 34 of them. RealClearPolitics (RCP) instead predicts Masters is likely to win, but only by a margin of 0.3 on average.

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Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters (Left), and Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly (Right). AP
  • Georgia Senate: Herschel Walker (R) v Raphael Warnock (D)

RCP says Republican Walker leads Democrat Warnock in polls by 1.4 points. FiveThirtyEight also puts Walker in the lead with 63 in 100, compared to 37 in 100 for Warnock.

  • Pennsylvania Senate: John Fetterman (D) v Mehmet Oz (R)

RCP and 538 found Republican Oz is slightly favored to win the race.

  • Nevada Senate: Catherine Cortez Masto (D) v Adam Laxalt (R)

In Nevada, RCP says polls found Republican Laxalt is likely to beat Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto by 3.4 points. FiveThirtyEight expects it to be neck-and-neck, but its average predicts Laxalt will win 51 out of 100.

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Catherine Cortez Masto and Adam Laxalt. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty; Ronda Churchill/Getty
  • Wisconsin Senate: Mandela Barnes (D) v Ron Johnson (R)

RCP predicts Republican Ron Johnson will be Democrat Mandela Barnes in Wisconsin by 3.3 points, according to their average of polls. FiveThirtyEight projects Johnson will win in 81 scenarios out of 100.

What 2022 Midterm Results Could Mean for Your Finances

The economy and rising the cost of living are high on the list of voters' concerns.

The results of the 2022 midterms could affect your finances in more ways than you might expect, including childcare, taxes and retirement plans.

"If a recession does emerge as many fear and expect, it will again fall to elected officials to prescribe and vote on possible legislative responses," Mark Hamrick, a Bankrate senior economic analyst, said in a recent report.

"In turn, many of these factors may have impacts going into the next general/presidential election."

Newsweek's personal finance reporter Emilia Shovelin counts the pennies...

'Big' Trump News Looms Over Pence's Book Launch

More reaction to Trump's promise of a "big announcement" next Tuesday...

That date, New York Times' White House correspondent Maggie Haberman points out, happens to clash with the scheduled release of Mike Pence's memoir, So Help Me God.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a Save America Rally to support Republican candidates running for state and federal offices in the state at the Covelli Centre on September 17, 2022 in Youngstown, Ohio. Jeff Swensen and Sean Rayford/Getty

Speaking on CNN a few minutes ago, Haberman—a Trump biographer—said Trump was "extremely smart" at getting media attention, but has lacked limelight during the midterms season.

"He has had a real hard time looking at other candidates getting attention," she said. "He has had a hard time watching these midterm candidates and he knows there are a bunch of people who are thinking of running themselves, the date that he put out there November 15, is when Mike Pence, his book is coming out."

Pence defied Trump's calls to overturn the 2020 General Election, which Trump lost to Joe Biden.

Senate: Final Polls on Walker Vs Warnock in Georgia

The Senate race in Georgia is among those too close to call.

Republican Herschel Walker holds a slim lead over Democrat Raphael Warnock, according to many pollsters.

Yet no final polls have Trump-endorsed Walker passing the 50-percent threshold needed to avoid a December run-off election.

According to the final Landmark Communications poll, Walker leads Senator Warnock by 47 percent to 46.

The survey, seen as one of the most accurate polling groups by poll trackers FiveThirtyEight and Real Clear Politics, was conducted with 1,214 likely voters, with a margin of error of 2.8 percent, meaning the race could still go either way

Biden: 'Make Your Voice Heard'

Election Day voting has opened in more than half the states now.

In the last few minutes, Joe Biden urged Americans to vote.

Donald Trump did likewise overnight. He posted a video clip on social media, captioned: "Join me as I go through my list of inspiring candidates from around the Country that we need to get out and VOTE for tomorrow."

If neither of those calls do it for you, how about this...

Pelosi: Attack on Husband Will Affect My Political Future

Nancy Pelosi's interview with CNN's Paul Anderson aired last night...

In it, the 82-year-old Democrat said the recent attack on her husband will affect her decision about her own political future after the midterms.

Paul Pelosi was hospitalized after being attacked at home by an intruder on October 28. Nancy Pelosi was away but likely the intended target, according to a police affidavit.

Asked about life after the midterms, the House Speaker said her "decision will be affected about what happened the last week or two."

When Cooper asked, "Will your decision be impacted by the attack in any way?" she replied: "Yes."

Pelosi has previously suggested she would not remain in the leadership beyond 2022, but has made no formal announcement.

Pelosi also condemned those Republicans who mocked or weaponized the attack on her husband, who is also aged 82. At a rally in Ohio last night, Donald Trump called Pelosi an "animal."

"You see what the reaction is on the other side to this, to make a joke of it, and really that is traumatizing too," Pelosi said, speaking before that rally.

"In our democracy there is one party that is doubting the outcome of the election, feeding that flame, and mocking any violence that happens. That has to stop."

What Did Biden Say in His Speech Last Night?

President Joe Biden also made a final plea to voters yesterday.

Speaking in the blue state of Maryland, he repeated his warning that Trump's MAGA Republicans pose a threat to American democracy.

He said that democracy itself was on the ballot, acknowledging the number of candidates who deny the legitimacy of the 2020 election who are likely to win.

"You've got one day until one of the most important elections," Biden said. "Our lifetimes are going to be shaped by what happens in the next year to three years. It's going to shape what the next couple decades look like."

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wes Moore at Bowie State University on November 7, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland. Moore faces Republican state Rep. Dan Cox in today's general election. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

The Washington Post estimates 291 candidates have cast doubt on the result of the 2020 presidential election. Newsweek analysis two weeks before Election Day suggested more than 100 were on course for election victories.

First Lady Jill Biden also campaigned for Democrats on Monday, showing her support for Jennifer Wexton in Virginia.

"Voters have a choice to make between two drastically different visions for our future," Biden said. "A Republican majority will attack women's rights and affordable health care."

Analysis: Three Incredibly Close Senate Races

Polling suggests the battle for the Senate will be a close race. Democrats will need 50 seats to retain control of the chamber, a margin that will then require Vice President Kamala Harris to provide her casting vote on some legislation, as she has done over the past two years. That would allow Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to remain in his job.

However, if Republicans end up with 51 seats or more, then they will form the majority and could prove a headache for President Joe Biden.

Data analysis from Newsweek shows the GOP ahead in Senate races in Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin and North Carolina. But Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania are poised on a knife-edge.

What Did Trump Say at Last Night's Rally?

Donald Trump used his final rally appearance before today's vote to tease a "very big announcement" next week—widely expected to be his 2024 presidential candidacy.

"Not to detract from tomorrow's very important, even critical, election," he told the 2,000-strong crowd in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday night. "I'm going to be making a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach Florida. We want nothing to detract from the importance of tomorrow."

Axios' Jonathan Swan tweeted ahead of the rally that speculation had been rife of an announcement from Trump.

Trump was appearing in support of Republican candidate J.D. Vance—once a Trump critic, now MAGA candidate—who faces Democrat Time Ryan, and GOP Governor Mike DeWine who faces Democrat candidate Nan Whaley.

During his speech, Trump said Vance would be an independent senator, focused on Ohio's interests alone, who "won't be owned by me unfortunately."

What Time Do Polls Close in Your State?

It's time to make your plan to get out and vote.

In-person voting got underway in Vermont in the last few minutes, and many more states will join in about half an hour.

Here's a state-by-state list of when polls close (all times ET):

  • Alabama: 8 p.m.
  • Alaska: 12 a.m.
  • Arizona Colorado, Iowa: 9 p.m.
  • Arkansas: 8:30 p.m.
  • California: 11 p.m.
  • Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois: 8 p.m.
  • Florida: 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Georgia: 7 p.m.
  • Hawaii: 12 a.m.
  • Idaho: 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Indiana: 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Kansas: 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • ­­Kentucky: 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Louisiana, New Mexico, New York: 9 p.m.
  • Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri: 8 p.m.
  • Michigan: 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Montana: 10 p.m
  • Nebraska: 9 p.m. or 7 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Nevada: 10 p.m
  • New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island: 8 p.m.
  • North Carolina, Ohio: 7.30 p.m. ET
  • North Dakota: 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Oklahoma: 8 p.m.
  • Oregon: 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia: 7 p.m.
  • South Dakota: 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Tennessee: 8 p.m. or 8 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Texas: 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. (depending on time zone)
  • Utah: 10 p.m.
  • Vermont, Virginia: 7 p.m.
  • Washington: 11 p.m.
  • West Virginia: 7:30 p.m.
  • Wisconsin, Wyoming: 9 p.m.

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