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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10:40 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

New Jersey governor says he is "humbled" to be first Democratic governor reelected since 1977

Gov. Phil Murphy thanked the voters of New Jersey for helping him make history Wednesday following projections from CNN and other media organizations declaring him the winner.

"I am humbled to be the first Democratic governor reelected to the great state of New Jersey since my dear friend the late Gov. Brendan Byrne did this in 1977. Thank you, New Jersey! Thank you for putting your trust in our team for another four years," Murphy said during a speech. "So, tonight I renew my promise to you, whether you voted for me or not, to work every single day of the next four years to keep moving us forward; forward with renewed optimism to ensure greater opportunities for all the 9.3 million who call the Garden State their home."
8:50 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wins reelection, CNN projects

From CNN's Gregory Krieg and MJ Lee

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

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has become the first Democratic governor in more than four decades to win reelection in the Garden State, CNN projects Wednesday, narrowly surviving a closer-than-expected race that dragged well past Election Day.

Murphy's victory over Republican nominee Jack Ciattarelli, albeit slim, defied the state's trend of voting in the party out of the White House in its off-year gubernatorial contests. Virginia -- the only other with odd-year gubernatorial elections -- held to that historical pattern on Tuesday, electing Republican Glenn Youngkin in a resounding blow to Democrats who had made recent gains in the state.

But like Virginia, the results in New Jersey -- another state that President Joe Biden carried by double digits in 2020 -- are raising alarms for Democrats who will be fighting to hold onto the suburbs in next year's midterm elections.

6:03 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Republicans sweep Virginia statewide offices as CNN projects attorney general race

From CNN's Jennifer Agiesta and Ethan Cohen

Republican Jason Miyares will win the attorney general’s race in Virginia, CNN projects, solidifying the Republican sweep of statewide offices in Tuesday’s election.

Democrat Mark Herring conceded in a tweet this afternoon, saying: “This afternoon I called Jason Miyares to congratulate him on his victory and assure him that my team and I will do all we can to ensure a smooth and effective transition. He will be accepting a role and leading an office that has tremendous capacity for good in the lives of Virginians.”
5:48 p.m. ET, November 3, 2021

Biden explains why he thinks Democrats lost the Virginia gubernatorial race

President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on November 3.
President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on November 3. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Biden shared his opinion on why Virginia governor’s race, which CNN projects Republican Glenn Youngkin won over Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

"No governor in Virginia has ever won when he's of the same or he or she is the same party of the sitting president," Biden said during remarks at the White House Wednesday afternoon. "What I do know is, I do know that people want us to get things done. They want us to get things done. And that's why I am continuing to push very hard for the Democratic party to move along and pass my infrastructure bill and my Build Back Better bill."

Biden also chalked up the loss to a "whole range of things," including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he said.

"People are upset and uncertain about a lot of things from Covid to school to jobs to a whole range of things," the President said. "And the cost of a gallon of gasoline. And so if I'm able to pass, sign into law my Build Back Better initiative, I'm in a position where you'll see a lot of those things ameliorated quickly and swiftly."

Asked if takes responsibility for McAuliffe's loss or if he thought the Democrat would have won if his Build Back Better agenda passed before Election Day, Biden said: "Well, I think we should have passed before Election Day. But I'm not sure that I would be able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out in the red districts who were Trump voters. But maybe, maybe."

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.”