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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1:57 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Georgia election official says less than 10k votes remain to count, won't change outcome of Senate race

From CNN's Ella Nilsen and Jason Morris

Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for Georgia's Secretary of State Office, talks to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.
Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for Georgia's Secretary of State Office, talks to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday. (CNN)

A top Georgia election official said there are less than 10,000 votes left to be counted in that state, which means the tight Senate race will go to a December runoff. 

Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for Georgia's Secretary of State Office, told CNN’s Erin Burnett there are simply not enough votes left that could put Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock above the threshold needed to avoid a runoff.  

“By our internal estimates we have less than 10,000 votes to go into the election reporting for the final counts,” Sterling said Wednesday. “There’s just not enough numbers out there still to change the outcome of this race.” 

Sterling told CNN off-camera that of the approximately 10,000 remaining ballots, 5,139 are provisional ballots that need to verified by Monday. In addition, 2,163 are absentee ballots and 2,700 are early in person ballots from across the state.   

Sterling said the Georgia Secretary of State’s office is already preparing themselves for a December 6 runoff election. Ballots will be sent out to counties by Monday, Nov. 14 for their signoff, and the absentee ballot portal is open so voters can start requesting their absentee ballots, Sterling said. Early voting could start as early as Saturday, Nov. 26 if counties choose, he added.  

“It’s all about getting those parts lined up so we can get as many votes in – so the voters can make their voice heard,” Sterling said. 

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1:00 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Michigan officials dismiss fraud claims from Republican candidate for secretary of state

From CNN's Majlie de Puy Kamp and Isabelle Chapman

Kristina Karamo, a Republican running for secretary of state in Michigan, attends a rally in Dearborn last month.
Kristina Karamo, a Republican running for secretary of state in Michigan, attends a rally in Dearborn last month. (Nic Antaya/The Washington Post/Getty Images/File)

Election officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are pushing back on election fraud claims from Kristina Karamo, the Republican candidate who lost her bid for the Michigan secretary of state seat.

In early morning posts on Twitter and the right-wing social media platform Truth Social founded by former President Donald Trump, Karamo attacked the Ann Arbor city clerk, who oversees elections.   

Karamo claimed voters were able to cast ballots even if they arrived at the polls after 8 p.m. local time, when polls closed. She alleged that voters were still being registered at 10:30 p.m. 

She also said a voter with an address discrepancy was allowed to vote absentee, and someone who now lives in Michigan was able to vote Tuesday night in Ann Arbor after her absentee ballot did not arrive from Colorado.  

Ann Arbor City Clerk Jacqueline Beaudry dismissed Karamo’s claims, saying in an email to CNN that there are “strong protocols in place to protect the integrity of our elections.”

Beaudry said there were long lines at three polling locations on election night. Voters in line by 8 p.m. at all those locations were given a “ticket” that allowed them to vote. Staff were present to “monitor lines and further ensure no individuals joined the lines after 8 p.m.,” she said.

“Michigan residents are allowed to register and vote on Election Day,” Beaudry said, adding that voters who recently moved to the state have to show proof of a 30-day residency to register and vote. 

Refuting Karamo’s claim that the city didn’t publicly post absentee ballot totals by 9 p.m., Beaudry noted that information was made available at city hall on Election Day.

A spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called Karamo’s allegations “meritless.”

“For years, election deniers have made meritless, false and often nonsensical claims to sow seeds of doubt about Michigan elections in the minds of voters. These claims have been disproven time and again by Republican, Democratic, and independent election officials across the state, numerous courts and hundreds of audits, and our office will continue to debunk such claims in the days and weeks ahead,” the spokesperson, Jake Rollow, told CNN. 

But Karamo claims she is only concerned that fraud is happening, saying, “We are not election deniers or threats to democracy.”

Benson on Tuesday night told reporters “there were no widespread or major disruptions” in Tuesday’s elections and that “any minor issues were addressed quickly and without stopping voters from casting their ballots.” 

 

12:56 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Pelosi speaks to caucus but doesn't talk about her future

From CNN's Manu Raju and Daniella Diaz

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference in September.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference in September. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/File)

In a private conference call with her caucus, Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney for soaking up a lot of the GOP cash targeting his seat that she believes would have been spent elsewhere in other districts, according to a Democratic member on the call. 

But Pelosi did not speak about her future at all and whether she will again run for the top job in her caucus, the source said. Leadership elections for House Democrats are expected after Thanksgiving.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee executive director told the members that there is still a mathematical path to the majority but 'everything would have to go right,' the source said. 

Pelosi told her caucus on a call that Maloney "took an arrow for us ... a Pyrrhic victory," a source on the call tells CNN. 

On some vulnerable Democrats keeping their seats, she said, "our candidates were courageous… they had the stamina to get the job done."

12:50 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Sen. Mitch McConnell at the Capitol: "I don’t deal in feelings"

From CNN's Ted Barrett and Morgan Rimmer

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell arrived at the Capitol on Wednesday, telling reporters, “I don’t know any more than you guys do.” 

Asked how he was feeling, he replied: “I don’t deal in feelings.” 

“The question is, they’ve got to count the votes and then we’ll figure out where we are,” he added. 

 

1:52 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

CNN Projection: Georgia’s Senate race between Warnock and Walker will head to a runoff 

From CNN's Dan Merica

US Sen. Raphael Warnock, left, and Herschel Walker
US Sen. Raphael Warnock, left, and Herschel Walker (Getty Images)

Georgia’s senatorial race between Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock will head to a runoff, CNN can project, sending the high-profile race to a Dec. 6 showdown after neither candidate was able to receive more than 50% of the vote. 

 

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3:12 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

400,000 votes left to be counted in Maricopa County, official says 

From CNN’s Christina Zdanowicz, Sara Sidner and Meridith Edwards

An election worker arrives with ballots to be tabulated Wednesday inside the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix.
An election worker arrives with ballots to be tabulated Wednesday inside the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix. (Matt York/AP)

There are about 400,000 votes left to be counted in Arizona's Maricopa County, Board of Supervisors Chair Bill Gates said in a press conference Wednesday morning. This is up 100,000 votes from what Gates told CNN earlier this morning.

About 275,000 early ballots were dropped off on Election Day, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer said. The election officials will need additional time to sort, count and verify the ballots. They are asking for patience as they work through the process and said they expect more than 95% of the votes will be counted by Friday. 

“This number is immense,” Richer said, adding there were about 170,000 early ballots dropped off on Election Day in 2020. 

They received 86,000 early ballots Friday and over the weekend, Richer said. Those ballots have already been processed and should be reported today, he said.

There are about 17,000 uncounted ballots that went into what they call “Box 3,” which means they were not run through the tabulator. These in-person ballots make up about 7% of in-person ballots, Gates said. There are always ballots that go into “Box 3,” Gates said, “but this is a higher percentage than normal.” Gates said those ballots are “secure” and will be tabulated in their central count facility.

Almost 1.2 million votes have already been reported, Gates said.

12:38 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

CNN Projection: Republican Eli Crane will win in Arizona’s 2nd District 

From CNN staff 

Eli Crane appears at a rally in Prescott, Arizona, in July.
Eli Crane appears at a rally in Prescott, Arizona, in July. (Ross D. Franklin/AP/File)

Republican Eli Crane will win in Arizona’s 2nd District, CNN projects.  

 

12:41 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

CNN Projection: Democratic Rep. Susan Wild will hold her seat

US Rep. Susan Wild has been reelected in Pennsylvania.
US Rep. Susan Wild has been reelected in Pennsylvania. (From Susan Wild/Gerri Hernández)

Democratic Rep. Susan Wild will hold on to her seat, CNN projects, defeating Republican Lisa Scheller, as she did in 2020, but this time in a redrawn district more favorable to Republicans. 

  

3:41 p.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Rupert Murdoch's conservative media empire celebrates DeSantis's win

From CNN's Oliver Darcy

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is joined on stage by his wife, Casey, and their children during his election night party in Tampa.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is joined on stage by his wife, Casey, and their children during his election night party in Tampa. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who controls some of the most powerful organs in conservative media, appeared to make clear Wednesday that he would prefer to cast aside former President Donald Trump in favor of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as the leader of the Republican party.​

The New York Post, a tabloid Murdoch controls, hailed DeSantis' election night victory on its front page Wednesday morning. 

"DeFUTURE," the headline on the Post blared, alongside a photo of DeSantis and his family celebrating their major win in the Sunshine State.

On Fox News, the dominant television voice Murdoch controls, significant attention was given on Wednesday to DeSantis' victory. 

"I think Gov. DeSantis is the single biggest winner of the night," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on "Fox & Friends," adding that he will "almost certainly become the rallying point for everybody in the Republican Party who wants to move beyond President Trump."

The homepage of Fox News also prominently featured a column by conservative commentator Liz Peek that declared DeSantis "the new leader of the Republican Party." Fox News dubbed it "A NEW ERA."

And at The Wall Street Journal, the broadsheet owned by Murdoch, the newspaper's conservative editorial board published a piece proclaiming the "DeSantis Florida tsunami."

"There’s little doubt that his Florida success will grab the attention of voters outside the Sunshine State," the editorial board wrote. "You can bet Donald J. Trump was watching—unhappily."

Coverage from Murdoch's media outlets is notable, given that they have significant sway over the Republican Party base and its power brokers.

"It is not an accident," a person familiar with how Murdoch runs the companies told CNN Wednesday morning when asked about the fact that the billionaire's media outlets were focusing attention on DeSantis as the future of the Republican Party.

The coverage from Murdoch's media outlets does not mean that they will completely turn on Trump. Rather, it suggests that Murdoch might use his influence to tilt the scales and push Republicans toward DeSantis if the two squared off in a 2024 Republican primary.

A spokesperson for Murdoch did not immediately return a request for comment. But Murdoch has in the past made clear his frustrations with Trump. 

Maggie Haberman, a reporter at The New York Times and CNN political analyst, reported recently in her bestselling book that after the 2020 election Murdoch remarked of Trump, "We should throw this guy over."