Election Night in the US
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, issued a statement following Tuesday's election results.
Ryan, who did not seek re-election, congratulated Democrats on winning the majority in the House of Representatives, and noted that, "A party in power always faces tough odds in its first midterm election."
Here's his full statement:
"Tonight history has repeated itself. A party in power always faces tough odds in its first midterm election. It is always hard to see friends and good colleagues work so hard and fall short. Yet I’m proud of the campaign that our members and candidates ran in a challenging political environment. I congratulate Democrats on a new House majority and Senate Republicans for maintaining theirs. We don’t need an election to know that we are a divided nation, and now we have a divided Washington. As a country and a government we must find a way to come together to find common ground and build on the successes of this Congress. It has been an incredible honor to lead the House over the past three years. We have made an enduring contribution to the strength and prosperity of this country, and for that I will always remain proud."
Rep. Jacky Rosen will win her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada, CNN can project, delivering a key Senate pick up for Democrats.
Heller’s campaign was defined by his awkward dance with President Donald Trump, someone that the senator flip-flopped on throughout the President’s first two years in office. After saying he was “99 percent” against Trump, Heller fully embraced him during his campaign for re-election.
“Now, Mr. President, you know a little bit about gold,” Heller said during an October rally with the President. “In fact, I think everything you touch turns to gold.���
Rosen tapped into Nevada’s leftward tilt in recent years in her effort to oust the vulnerable Republican. Democrats have won the last three presidential elections in Nevada.
Rosen focused primarily on health care and other local issues, but also tried to tie her opponent to Trump.
Democrat Joe Cunningham will win the race for South Carolina’s 1st district against Republican state Rep. Katie Arrington, who defeated Rep. Mark Sanford in the Republican primary, in another House pickup for the Democrats, CNN projects.
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, though trailing in the latest numbers, refused to concede the race in Georgia early this morning.
She told supporters: “I promise you tonight, we’re going to make sure every single vote is counted. Every single vote.”
Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema’s campaign said she will not be making remarks, given the large number of uncounted ballots still remaining in the race with Republican Martha McSally.
Murphy Hebert, spokesperson for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, said trucks are still coming in with data packs.
The Recorder’s Office on Wednesday will be verifying signatures on early voting ballots. (Voters returned those ballots in person to their polling places.) The next update from Maricopa County won’t be until 5 p.m. MT Thursday.
Arizona's Secretary of State Garrett Archer said there are approximately 920,000 votes outstanding in Arizona. He believes 500,000 will be counted on Election Day. That still leaves a significant number of votes yet to be counted, in addition to the early ballots.
A GOP source said they don’t believe a winner will be announced until Friday or Saturday.
Health care was front and center in the 2018 midterm elections, with Democrats accusing their GOP rivals of undermining Obamacare's protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
Nationally, voters clearly felt the Democrats would better defend those who are or have been sick. Some 58% said Democrats would better protect health care for those with pre-existing conditions, compared to 34% who said Republicans would.
But voters in several key Senate races were more willing to trust Republicans with these popular Affordable Care Act provisions -- even though in some cases, the GOP candidates actively supported dismantling the landmark health care law.
Take Indiana, where Mike Braun defeated incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly. Hoosier State voters had equal confidence in Democrats and Republicans when it came to protecting those with pre-existing conditions.
Same thing happened in Missouri, where Josh Hawley bested incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Hawley is among the attorneys general who have filed a lawsuit in Texas District Court seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act, including its protections.
When it came to Trump's economic and immigration policies, voters in states sending Republicans to the Senate had more positive views than the national electorate. For instance, they generally felt their financial situations had improved from two years ago. And fewer felt the president's immigration measures were too tough.
Before they even won control of US House of Representatives, Democrats were quietly preparing to hold the Trump administration accountable.
In more than a dozen interviews, CNN learned that Democrats on virtually every committee in the House of Representatives were carefully positioning themselves to be ready in the event that they find themselves in the majority after the midterms.
But, sources said, it was a delicate balance -- after nearly a decade in the minority and two years having limited power to pursue oversight in the Trump administration, Democrats need to be prepared.
Staff level discussions are well underway about how Democratic-led committees would divide the work and tackle whole entire controversies that have roiled the Trump administration from questions about whether the President's family has profited from Trump's time in the White House to ethics questions surrounding Cabinet secretaries to the very policies like family separations along the southern border that have made headlines.
One Democratic leadership aide told CNN that at this point, the key role of leaders is to help each of the committees coordinate their efforts so that investigations are targeted and yield results, not just rhetoric.
But there's reason to be cautious: One person familiar with ongoing discussions said Democrats are well aware that attacking every corner of controversy in the Trump administration could backfire politically just before a presidential election and put Democrats on the wrong track to keep the majority. Already, Republicans are using the threat of Democratic investigations to get out their base.
An amendment that creates a 12-member independent redistricting commission instead of having the state legislature draw district maps in Colorado will pass, CNN projects.
It sets criteria for district maps and membership for commission, imposes a competitiveness standard for maps, and requires at least eight members of the commission to approve the final map.
Read more ballot measure results here.
Republican Rep. Kristi Noem will win her bid to become governor of South Dakota, CNN projects.
She is the first woman elected governor in the state.
Watch below: Women elected to the House in record numbers