It's election night in several key states

By Adrienne Vogt, Maureen Chowdhury, Leinz Vales, Josiah Ryan, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Melissa Mahtani, CNN

Updated 8:51 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021
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1:24 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

CNN Projection: Atlanta mayoral race goes to runoff

From CNN's Adam Levy

Felicia Moore, Atlanta City Council President, attends The Fight For Fibroids Atlanta Awareness Brunch on May 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Felicia Moore, Atlanta City Council President, attends The Fight For Fibroids Atlanta Awareness Brunch on May 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

The Atlanta mayoral election will go to a runoff, CNN projects.

Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore, who currently leads the race against more than a dozen other candidates, will be a candidate for the runoff election on Nov. 30.

She will face either Kasim Reed or Andre Dickens. As of early Wednesday morning, CNN cannot project the second place winner who will face Moore.

1:58 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Youngkin addresses supporters after winning Virginia governor's race

icRepun Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is speaking to supporters now.

CNN has projected he will be the winner of the race.

"Alrighty, Virginia. We won this thing," he said.

Earlier this evening before the race was called, Democratic challenger Terry McAuliffe thanked his supporters at his campaign headquarters and said "the fight continues."

Watch the moment:

1:09 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

CNN Projection: Sears will be Virginia's first Black, female lieutenant governor

(Andrew Harnik/AP)
(Andrew Harnik/AP)

Republican Winsome Sears will be Virginia's first Black, female lieutenant governor, CNN projects.

Moments ago, CNN projected businessman Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, will become Virginia's next governor.

1:54 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Van Jones declares "five-alarm fire" for Democrats

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

CNN's Van Jones reflected on difficult electoral results for Democrats tonight, saying it was a "five-alarm fire" that requires the party to make rapid changes to avoid calamity in the 2022 midterm elections.

"This is a big deal," said Jones, speaking shortly after CNN projected Republican Glenn Youngkin would win the governor's office in Virginia, defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

"These numbers are bad," said Jones. "...These are our voters. These are voters that came to us in 2018, came to us in 2020, and have abandoned us in droves in two states that should be in our column."

The governor's race in New Jersey remains undecided but Republican Jack Ciattarelli maintains a lead over Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.

"That's a big deal," Jones continued. "That is a five-alarm fire."

Jones went on to urge Democrats to "wake up tomorrow morning and figure out how to run back to regular folks" with the midterm elections around the corner.

Hear from CNN's Van Jones:

1:31 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Republican Jack Ciattarelli to supporters: "We have sent a message to the entire country"

From CNN's Leinz Vales

Stefan Jeremiah/AP
Stefan Jeremiah/AP

Republican Jack Ciattarelli, who is running for governor of New Jersey against Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, told his supporters that the race has national implications.

"Although it was not my intention, we have sent a message to the entire country," Ciattarelli said at his campaign headquarters in Bridgewater, New Jersey. "If you study its history, every single time it's gone too far off track, the people of this state have pushed, pulled, and prodded it, right back to where it needs to be."

CNN has not yet projected a winner in the race.

"Sometime real soon, when we can declare unequivocally a victory, we will begin to fix the state of New Jersey and make this state someplace where everyone feels confident they can live, work, retire, start a business, raise a family," Ciattarelli said.

1:38 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

CNN Projection: Republican Youngkin wins in Virginia governor's race

(Steve Helber/AP)
(Steve Helber/AP)

Businessman Glenn Youngkin will become Virginia's next governor, CNN projects. He's the first Republican to win statewide office there since 2009. 

Youngkin defeated Democratic candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The result may be a sign of trouble for Democrats heading into the midterms.

Watch the moment CNN makes the projection:

12:49 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy: "We're going to wait for every vote to be counted"

(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP)
(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy addressed supporters early Wednesday amid a tight gubernatorial race.

"We're going to have to wait a little while longer than we had hoped. We're going to wait for every vote to be counted, and that's how our democracy works," Murphy said during his remarks.
12:17 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Murphy is on his way to his election night event

From CNN's MJ Lee

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is now on his way to the election night event, aides tell CNN.

This is a shift from earlier in the evening when they were not planning on him speaking before the race was called. 

CNN has not yet projected a winner in the race.

12:20 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

GOP candidates are leading in Virginia and New Jersey governor races 

(AP)
(AP)

The GOP candidates in the two big gubernatorial races tonight are currently leading their races. The New Jersey race is tightening.

CNN is yet to make a projection in the races, but here is where things stand now:

Virginia (with 95% of the estimated vote):

  • Republican Glenn Youngkin: 51.1%
  • Democrat Terry McAuliffe: 48.2%

New Jersey (with 74% of the estimated vote in):

  • Republican Jack Ciattarelli: 49.9%
  • Incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy: 49.3%

The races are being closely watched as a roadmap of what could come in the 2022 midterms.