The latest 2021 election results

By Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Melissa Mahtani, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 10:41 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021
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3:08 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Biden adviser on McAuliffe loss: Democrats need to do more than run against Trump

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a rally on October 26 in Arlington, Virginia.
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a rally on October 26 in Arlington, Virginia. (Alex Brandon/AP)

A Biden adviser acknowledged to CNN that Terry McAuliffe's loss in Virginia is a warning sign for Democrats' chances in the midterms next year, but cautioned against drawing sweeping conclusions from a single election.

The adviser also argued that McAuliffe's loss makes clear that Democrats can't simply run against former President Trump to win elections going forward. (This despite Biden doing exactly that when he campaigned alongside McAuliffe last week.)

"It's incumbent on Democrats to be loud and clear about what we're for and not just running against Donald Trump," the Biden adviser said. "It's also clear that voters are unhappy about inaction and this drives home the point that Democrats in Congress should move quickly on our agenda."

The adviser said that Biden's team is optimistic that many of the headwinds McAuliffe faced in Virginia on Tuesday will be improved in time for the midterms next year: The pandemic is waning and White House officials believe Congress will soon pass the infrastructure and reconciliation packages.

That being said, Biden advisers today are taking stock of the loss in Virginia and a too-close-for-comfort outcome in New Jersey, largely channeling that energy into getting Biden's legislative agenda passed.

3:00 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will be reelected, election officials report

From CNN's Ethan Cohen

Mayor Jacob Frey speaks on November 2 in Minneapolis.
Mayor Jacob Frey speaks on November 2 in Minneapolis. (Christian Monterrosa/AP)

Minneapolis election officials reported Wednesday that Mayor Jacob Frey will be reelected, based on unofficial results of ranked-choice tabulation. 

Former Minnesota state Rep. Kate Knuth finished with the second most votes in the final round, according to the unofficial data.

Frey was fending off challenges from 16 candidates. The Minneapolis mayor’s race touched on issues like affordable housing, the climate crisis and rent control, but the debate centered on the historic problems faced by the city’s police department and the question of how to make police more accountable to residents.

The most progressive candidates and allied groups increasingly framed the race as a referendum on Frey’s handling of the city’s police department and whether he did enough to rein in what critics perceive as over-policing by the department before George Floyd’s death.

Frey was endorsed by prominent Democrats, including Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and state Attorney General Keith Ellison.

CNN's Maeve Reston contributed reporting to this post. 

2:33 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Murphy team's early assessment on what went wrong: Their people stayed home

From CNN's MJ Lee

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks to supporters during an election night party in Asbury Park, New Jersey, early Wednesday, November 3.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks to supporters during an election night party in Asbury Park, New Jersey, early Wednesday, November 3. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AP)

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s team is still waiting for the race to be called the day after election day — and they remain confident it will be for them – but they are already trying to assess what went wrong. 

For now, an obvious conclusion from the Murphy team is their people simply didn’t show up, and the other guy’s supporters did. 

A Murphy adviser said it is noteworthy to them that places like Hoboken had a fraction of the turnout compared to four years ago, while GOP areas like Ocean County had robust turnout. 

This adviser said while it is early to diagnose in detail why exactly enthusiasm wasn’t there for them this time around, they pointed to one issue as having been an animating factor that ultimately helped Jack Ciattarelli – masks and vaccines. 

“You saw astronomical turnout in places like Ocean (County) where people were up in arms on masks and vaccines,” the adviser said. “What you see is that people who are upset about vaccines and masks were more likely to vote on that than the people who were happy with his progress.”

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

CNN Projection: Republican Jason Mariner wins Florida's special primary

(Jason Mariner for Congress)
(Jason Mariner for Congress)

CNN projects that Jason Mariner will win the Republican special primary in Florida’s 20th Congressional District and advance to the general election on Jan. 11.

In a district where President Biden won 77% of the vote, the Democratic primary remains too early to call. In that race, Dale Holness currently holds a 12 vote lead over Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick.

Some background: Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, Florida’s longest-serving member of Congress, died in April. A crowded field of Democrats is vying for the nomination in the 20th District in southeast part of the state that includes parts of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. It is one of the most Democratic-leaning districts in the state and expected to stay in their control after the general election on Jan. 11, 2022.

12:25 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

McConnell: "Last night was a difficult evening for Democrats"

From CNN's Ali Zaslav

(Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA/AP)
(Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA/AP)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that “last night was a difficult evening for Democrats” and the results strongly rebuke President Biden and Democrat’s policies.

“The Democratic Party has wildly misread their mandate,” he argued.

“The American people will not stand for this,” McConnell said in floor remarks. “That's what voters told Democrats last night all across the country.”

He continued to say, “The results from different parts of our country demonstrate that this was in large part a referendum on national issues. But it's not too late. Democrats should listen to the voters: drop this reckless taxing and spending spree, and stop trying to ram through a socialist transformation that the American people never asked for.”

12:27 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

NYC mayor congratulates Eric Adams on becoming mayor-elect

From CNN's Laura Ly

Eric Adams speaks to supporters, late Tuesday, November 2 in New York.
Eric Adams speaks to supporters, late Tuesday, November 2 in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio congratulated Eric Adams on becoming mayor-elect during a news conference Wednesday morning.

Adams, a retired New York Police Department captain who embraced a public safety message, will be the second Black mayor in the city's history, after the late David Dinkins.

“We saw democracy in action yesterday and I want to offer my congratulations to Mayor-elect Eric Adams. I’m really, really excited about what Eric’s going to be doing for New York City going forward. This is a really good day for our city. Overwhelmingly, the people of this city said Eric Adams is the right choice to lead us into the future. And I can tell you – I know him well, I’ve known him a long time. I think he’s going to be an exceptional mayor,” de Blasio said.

De Blasio went on to say that he looks forward to “helping and supporting in any way over these next weeks as he gets ready.”

“I think it’s going to be an example of a really great handoff. Eric Adams is going to take us to the next level and help bring this recovery forward in our city. It’s a good day for New York City,” de Blasio said. 

CNN's Gregory Krieg contributed reporting to this post. 

11:46 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Voters are "unhappy with inaction and nitpicking," source close to White House says

From CNN's Arlette Saenz

A source close to the White House argued the results in last night’s election showed that voters were expressing frustration with the lack of action in Washington and used the Democratic Party’s loss as a call to action on President Biden’s agenda.

“Voters were clear that they were unhappy with inaction and nitpicking,” the source said. “And Democrats widely agree that there is greater impetus to go ahead, faster, with bills that will be economic game-changers for middle class families and ensure the economy delivers for hard-working people in their daily lives, not just those at the top.”

“If voters are frustrated with inaction, the obvious response is to be more decisive and pass bills based on an agenda for the middle class that received a record-breaking 81 million votes last year,” the source added. “And there’s a strong consensus about that across the party. Doing less is plainly the opposite of what people want.”

12:14 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Minneapolis passes measure that gives mayor's office executive control of city's departments

From CNN's Ethan Cohen and Peter Nickeas

Voters arrive at Bryn Mawr Community School on November 2, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The mayor's position, and amendments addressing policing, housing, and executive power are all on the ballot.
Voters arrive at Bryn Mawr Community School on November 2, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The mayor's position, and amendments addressing policing, housing, and executive power are all on the ballot. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Minneapolis Elections reports that Question 1 has passed based on unofficial results.

The measure gives the mayor’s office executive control of the rest of the city’s departments, which had been shared with the city council. 

It brings Minneapolis’ structure in line with most other major cities, where mayors have day-to-day responsibility for managing the city’s affairs.

10:35 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Virginia Sen. Kaine: "Congressional Democrats hurt Terry McAuliffe"

From CNN's Ted Barrett and Ali Zaslav

(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday that congressional Democrats are to blame for Terry McAuliffe losing the VA governor’s race to Republican Glenn Youngkin.

“Look, congressional Dems hurt Terry McAuliffe,” said Kaine. “Our inability to come together and get a result hurt him.”

Kaine said McAuliffe was a “solid candidate.”

“I think it was on the shoulders of Democrats here who have the majority,” he said. “People had a lot of hope for Joe Biden and the Joe Biden agenda, but Democrats didn't want to give Biden a win," he said.

He continued to say that he thinks the responsibility is shared between all congressional Democrats.

“It's on progressives who wanted to be too purist, it’s on moderates who wanted to be too purist, on the House who wanted it their way and the Senate who wanted it their way,” he said. “You got to be able to make a deal and deliver results … They want more results and we got to deliver because we are the majority and they expect us to deliver.”

With Democrats losing in Virginia and a really narrow result in New Jersey, Kaine said they “now have a tough narrative that we have to face.”

 “Democrats control both houses and they have to act like it,” he added. “Have to be disciplined, have to get results.”

Kaine also pushed back on the idea that the result in Virginia was a rejection of Democrats’ proposed sweeping social policy changes.   

“No, they would love, absolutely love like pre K and childcare, are you kidding me that's exactly what suburban parents are hungry for, especially after a tough pandemic,” he said.