2022 midterm election results

By Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Mike Hayes, Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury, Tara Subramaniam, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 11:29 PM ET, Fri November 11, 2022
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12:58 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

CNN Projection: Kentucky rejects adding amendment that would further restrict abortion rights

From CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi and Devan Cole 

Kentucky voters on Tuesday rejected a proposal to amend the state’s constitution to say that it does not "secure or protect a right" to abortion or the funding of abortion, CNN projects. 

If adopted, the measure would have gone into effect immediately once the results of the election are certified by the State Board of Elections. 

The ballot question voters faced read: "Are you in favor of amending the Constitution of Kentucky by creating a new Section of the Constitution to be numbered Section 26A to state as follows: To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion?"  

Kentucky's "trigger law," which bans most abortions at all stages of pregnancy, and a law banning abortion after roughly six weeks of pregnancy have been allowed to be enforced temporarily while a lawsuit challenging the laws continues.  

Kentucky Right to Life executive director Addia Wuchner, who chairs the Yes for Life Alliance which supported Amendment 2, previously said voting "yes" would "ensure there's no false interpretation of the constitution."  

Without the amendment, "instead of the lawmakers who duly reflect the people's will, we would end up with the abortion industry taking each law back into court," Wuchner said.  

Tamarra Wieder, the Kentucky state director for Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, had said passing the amendment would "open the door to more attacks on abortion access," but rejecting it would allow abortion rights advocates to "continue to fight back" against the six-week ban and the trigger ban. 

9:34 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Rep. Nancy Mace says she is "cautiously optimistic" GOP will take majority in the House

From CNN's Allie Malloy

An American flag flies above the US Capitol on Tuesday.
An American flag flies above the US Capitol on Tuesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

GOP Rep. Nancy Mace told CNN she is “cautiously optimistic” that Republicans will win a majority in the House of Representatives, adding that until both parties reach across the aisle it will be “difficult for anyone to govern.” 

Mace also acknowledged she expected her Republican colleagues to perform better than they did Tuesday.

“I was seeing the turnout that we had. I thought that’s how the rest of the country was, but I see my district as a bellwether, and I worked hard to let people know that I stood with my party on most things but I also stood against my party on other issues,” she told CNN.

Mace also said she did not support “at this juncture” any effort to impeach President Joe Biden if the GOP does take the House of Representatives. 

“That’s not something I support at this juncture without a heavy investigation. Impeachment has been weaponized over the years – and we’ve seen that in the last five years or so. We need to really focus on economic issues,” Mace said Wednesday. 

9:29 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

The Oz campaign has not made a public concession or statement so far after projected loss

From CNN's Kit Maher and Kate Bolduan

Mehmet Oz addresses supporters at his election night party in Newtown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.
Mehmet Oz addresses supporters at his election night party in Newtown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. (Francis Chung/E&E News/Politico/AP)

As of early Wednesday morning, Republican Mehmet Oz has not publicly conceded after his projected loss to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the race for Senate in Pennsylvania. 

The silence from the candidate and staff is noteworthy. 

After repeated attempts to get in touch with the campaign, no comment or details on a statement from the candidate — written or verbal — have been confirmed. 

Oz spoke at his campaign headquarters in Bucks County late Tuesday before the race was projected, saying to the crowd, “When all the ballots are counted, we believe we will win this race.” 

9:06 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

CNN Projection: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will win reelection 

From CNN staff 

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel speaks at a campaign rally in East Lansing in October.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel speaks at a campaign rally in East Lansing in October. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel will be reelected, CNN projects, and defeat Republican Matthew DePerno. 

DePerno was a leader in the efforts to challenge Michigan’s 2020 election results, including by filing a lawsuit claiming vote fraud in Antrim County. While the suit failed and DePerno’s theories about Dominion voting machines have been thoroughly debunked, he pledges to “prosecute the people who corrupted the 2020 election.” 

  

9:06 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Georgia campaigns preparing for a runoff in critical Senate race

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny and Pamela Brown

Exit polls are reported on a screen at an election night event for Raphael Warnock in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Exit polls are reported on a screen at an election night event for Raphael Warnock in Atlanta on Tuesday. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Four Senate races must still be called, but only one offers a chance of a rematch: Georgia.

As day breaks the morning after the election, the campaigns of Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker are starting to prepare for one more month of campaigning – not waiting for a runoff to be formally called by state election officials.

Both candidates are expected to speak later today, aides say, with specific plans still in flux.

Top officials from the Democratic and Republican parties also tell CNN they intend to double down on their significant investments in Georgia, with an increasing assumption that control of the Senate could hinge on the outcome of a likely Dec. 6 runoff.

While Warnock holds a narrow edge over Walker of about 18,000 votes – out of more than 4 million ballots cast – Republican officials are alarmed by another tally from election night: Walker’s underperformance compared to Gov. Brian Kemp. 

In his reelection victory, Kemp performed far stronger than Walker in suburban areas, earning about 163,000 more votes than Walker.

Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling told CNN that the state’s secretary of state office began making preparations last night for a runoff in the US Senate race. Preparations include building ballots and pushing proofs to counties starting Monday.

So far, neither candidate has reached the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff, which makes a runoff a very real possibility.

9:15 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Arizona's Maricopa County official gives a breakdown of all the votes that are yet to be counted

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

An election worker moves a rolling shelf at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday.
An election worker moves a rolling shelf at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday. (Jon Cherry/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

There are at approximately 300,000 ballots left to be counted in Maricopa County, Board of Supervisors Bill Gates told "CNN This Morning" on Wednesday.

Approximately 17,000 ballots from Election Day, not including mail-in ballots, have yet to be counted, Gates said. Those ballots comprise roughly 7% of ballots that went into “Box 3,” meaning “they were not run through the tabulator there at the vote center, but they are secure and they will be tabulated in our central count facility,” Gates said.

In addition, there are 90,000 mail-in ballots that were received after Friday but before Tuesday that have not been counted, and approximately 200,000 mail-in ballots received Tuesday that also have yet to be counted, Gates told CNN This Morning. 

He noted that they do not have a precise count of how many mail in ballots were received Tuesday, but said the roughly 200,000 “all came in late last night.”

Gates stressed that voters in Maricopa County “should not be concerned” about their votes being counted after a technical issue, telling CNN that the bottom line is that “everyone who showed up yesterday with a valid ID…they had the opportunity to vote a ballot and that vote is going to count.”

"Because of the great work of our poll workers and our technicians to determine what the issue was, we were able to get those tabulators back online," he said. "Everyone who showed up yesterday with a valid ID — because we have a voter ID law here in Arizona — they had the opportunity to vote a ballot, and that vote is going to be counted."
8:54 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

The morning after the election, here are the remaining Senate and House races to watch 

From CNN’s Tara Subramaniam, Eric Bradner, Dan Merica and Gregory Krieg

The sun illuminates the US Capitol on November 8.
The sun illuminates the US Capitol on November 8. (Stefani Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Election Day is over but many of the fundamental races of this election cycle remain uncalled.

Gubernatorial races in Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and Oregon have yet to be called. And as the country begins to look towards 2024, the management of future elections in three key states remains unclear, with the races for Secretary of State in Arizona, Nevada and Wisconsin ongoing.  

When it comes to Congress, control of both the House and Senate is still up for grabs.

In the Senate, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's victory in Pennsylvania, flipping a GOP seat, gave Democrats a sigh of relief as they await results from Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin and Georgia. Republicans need to win three of those four to claim a majority.

The shape of the House, too, remains uncertain.

Here are the remaining races, whose outcomes will determine which party controls the chambers:

SENATE

  • Arizona: With 67% of votes in, the incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly is ahead of Republican Blake Masters by 107,883 votes.
  • Georgia: With 96% of votes in, the incumbent Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnockleads Republican Herschel Walker by 18,043 votes. 
  • Nevada: With 80% of votes in, Republican Adam Laxalt is ahead of incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto by 22,595 votes.
  • Wisconsin: With 94% of votes in, the incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson leads Mandela Barnes, a Democrat, by 32,879 votes. 
  • Alaska: With 67% of votes in, Kelly Tshibaka, a Republican, leads the incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, also a Republican, by 3,196 votes.

HOUSE

8:53 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Congress' 1st Gen Z representative says he and Biden shared experience of being elected young on call 

Maxwell Alejandro Frost speaks as he celebrates with supporters during a victory party at The Abbey in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, November 8.
Maxwell Alejandro Frost speaks as he celebrates with supporters during a victory party at The Abbey in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, November 8. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/AP

The first member of Gen Z who is heading to Congress, 25-year-old Florida Representative-elect Maxwell Alejandro Frost, said that he and President Joe Biden bonded on a call about the president also first being elected at a young age.

Frost has received calls from Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after his projected win in Florida's 10th District.

He and Biden discussed how the president was elected to the Senate when he was 29 years old and how had to wait until after his 30th birthday to be sworn in.

"He asked me if it was the same situation. I said 'no, Mr. President, you have me beat on that. I'm already old enough to be sworn in on Jan. 3.' It was great to talk to him. He was elected at a very young age, too, and so he understands that experience," he told CNN's Poppy Harlow.

Generation Z refers to those born after 1996. Frost will succeed Democrat Val Demings, who vacated the seat to run for Senate.

Frost said when organizers in Orlando first approached him about running last year, his first reaction was "no," but he told CNN that a call to his biological mother changed that.

"I was at a crossroads. ... Hearing that she had me at the most vulnerable point in her life really reaffirmed what I believe in and why I ran for Congress," he said.

Frost said he wants to push for gun violence legislation, including universal background checks.

When asked about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis winning a resounding reelection victory, Frost said, "What we saw was not a red wave. ... What we saw is there was a blue deficit. Democrats did not turn out the way they needed to. And I think as Democrats, we need to have year-round organizing."

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8:08 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Biden world is in especially good mood about Fetterman's win in Pennsylvania Senate race

From CNN's MJ Lee and Betsy Klein

John Fetterman addresses supporters at his election night party in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
John Fetterman addresses supporters at his election night party in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

President Biden and his advisers are in a particularly good mood about one candidate who scored a major victory overnight: John Fetterman. 

The Pennsylvania lieutenant governor was in one of the most closely watched Senate races of the cycle, and ultimately defeated celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz. Biden texted Fetterman to congratulate him, and a White House official even made a rare comment on this specific win: “The president had a great time with the senator-elect on Saturday,” a White House official told CNN overnight.

That comment served as a reminder, of course, that the president had campaigned alongside Fetterman in Pennsylvania in the final stretch of the midterms. That move had stood out because towards the very end, Biden was sticking to safer, blue states such as New York, Maryland and California.

In the end, one of the most important Senate race results of the election was Democrats picking up a Senate seat in Pennsylvania where both Biden and former President Barack Obama went all out in the end – efforts that ultimately could have made a difference in Fetterman’s favor.