2022 midterm election results

By Aditi Sangal, Adrienne Vogt, Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury, Clare Foran, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Joe Ruiz and Seán Federico-OMurchú, CNN

Updated 5:55 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022
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11:54 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

CNN Projection: Democrat Kathy Hochul will win full term as New York governor

From CNN’s Gregory Krieg

Hochul celebrates with her Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado at her midterm election night party after winning re-election in New York, New York, on Tuesday November 8.
Hochul celebrates with her Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado at her midterm election night party after winning re-election in New York, New York, on Tuesday November 8. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul will win a first full term in office, CNN projects, defeating Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in what developed into a surprisingly tense race in its final weeks.

Hochul’s victory keeps New York Democrats on track to maintain their now nearly two-decade-old winning streak in statewide elections. A Buffalo native, Hochul took over the top job in August 2021 following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, the three-term governor who faced impeachment amid a sexual harassment scandal. Despite being his lieutenant governor, Hochul and Cuomo were never closely aligned and she moved quickly upon taking office to clear it of his allies. 

Already the first woman to hold the governor’s office in New York, Hochul will now become the first to win it in an election. Zeldin, a conservative acolyte of former President Donald Trump, ran a “law and order” campaign almost entirely focused on fears over rising crime and a 2019 criminal justice reform law that made it more difficult for judges to hold suspects in pre-trial detention. But he also tapped into frustration over the state of the economy, which has been slow to recover in and around New York City following the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and working class concerns over environmental initiatives like a plan to hike fees for automobiles entering heavily trafficked parts of the city. 

Hochul, who in the latter part of the campaign dialed up her political outreach in New York City, where Democrats typically need about 70% of the vote to assure statewide victory, hammered Zeldin throughout the race over his anti-abortion positions and vote in Congress against certifying President Joe Biden’s election. 

Like other blue state Republicans, Zeldin repeatedly insisted he had no plans to change abortion law in New York, where Democrats – both before and after the leak of the Supreme Court opinion striking down Roe was published – have passed a suite of comprehensive protections for patients and abortion providers. 

But Zeldin undermined his promise with comments to an anti-abortion group suggesting he would appoint a like-minded state health commissioner, who would have significant power to shape policy. He walked those back, but in his lone debate with Hochul also hedged on whether he would back funding Planned Parenthood.  

11:54 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

CNN Projection: Republican Ken Paxton wins reelection bid in Texas attorney general race  

From CNN staff

Ken Paxton waves to the crowd during a rally with former President Donald Trump on October 22 in Robstown, Texas.
Ken Paxton waves to the crowd during a rally with former President Donald Trump on October 22 in Robstown, Texas. (Nick Wagner/AP)

Incumbent Republican Ken Paxton will will reelection as Texas attorney general, CNN projects.

 

11:54 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

CNN Projection: Democrat Letitia James wins reelection bid in New York’s attorney general race  

From CNN staff

James speaks to supporters on Tuesday, November 8, in New York.
James speaks to supporters on Tuesday, November 8, in New York. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Incumbent Democrat Letitia James will win her reelection bid in New York’s attorney general race, CNN projects.  

  

12:17 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

Stacey Abrams concedes governor race: I got into this race for one reason — to fight to save Georgia

Abrams speaks at her elections night party in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, November 8.
Abrams speaks at her elections night party in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday, November 8. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

In her concession speech, Democrat Stacey Abrams began her remarks by thanking Georgia and congratulating incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp on winning the race.

“It is good to be here in this moment surrounded by your love and support. And let me begin by offering congratulations to Gov. Brian Kemp," Abrams said.

She added, "Look, I got into this race for one reason and one reason only, to fight. And not just any fight, a fight to save Georgia. A fight on behalf of our children and generations to come. A fight on behalf of our people, whether they know it or not. A fight for basic human rights that we should take for granted, but we have to struggle to hold onto. And a fight for the values that we hold dear and we may never sacrifice. I got into this for a fight that we know to be true deep down in our bones, that the state of Georgia, that the people of Georgia deserve more."

Abrams thanked her supporters including those who have been with her since she first ran for office in 2006 and said that her obligation to continue to fight for Georgia remains resolute.

"I see in this crowd women and men who have been a part of this journey since I put my name on a ballot in 2006 and while I may not have crossed the finish line that does not mean we will ever stop running for a better Georgia. We will never stop running for the truth that we know to be true. For the people we know need to see us. For the ones who don’t know they deserve to stand let alone run. And tonight, we must be honest even though my fight, our fight for the governor’s mansion might’ve come up short, I’m pretty tall," she said.

Abrams continued, " And I — I am here because a moment where despite every obstacle we are still standing strong and standing tall and standing resolute and standing in our values. And we know Georgia deserves more, and whether we do it from the governor’s mansion, or from the streets, whether we do it from the capitol or from our communities, we’re going to fight for more for the state of Georgia."

11:44 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

J.D. Vance “overwhelmed with gratitude” as he touts big night for Ohio Republicans

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Republican J.D. Vance, the projected winner of Ohio’s open Senate seat, said he was “overwhelmed with gratitude” during his victory speech to supporters in Columbus Tuesday.

He thanked his family and campaign team as well as the Republican Party and officials who joined him on the campaign trail.

“We just got a great chance to govern and we need to use it,” Vance said. “We need better leadership in Washington, DC, and that’s exactly what I promise to fight for every single day,” he added.

Some background: Vance’s win is a boon for Republicans and a victory for former President Donald Trump, whose endorsement in the Republican primary helped Vance emerge from the contentious intraparty fight.

Vance continues a long line of Republican victories in a state that has tilted toward the party in recent years. Other than Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, no Democrat has won nonjudicial statewide office in the state since 2008 and former President Barack Obama was the last Democratic presidential nominee to win the state in 2012.

12:05 a.m. ET, November 9, 2022

CNN Projection: House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy will win reelection in California’s 20th District 

From CNN’s Clare Foran and Melanie Zanona 

Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference outside of the US Capitol on September 29.
Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference outside of the US Capitol on September 29. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images)

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has won reelection, CNN projects. McCarthy defeated longshot Democratic challenger Marisa Wood in the midterm race for California’s 20th Congressional District.  

If Republicans win back the House majority, McCarthy is widely expected to be elected as the next House Speaker at the start of the new session of Congress, which would further elevate his position as a prominent leader in the national Republican Party and usher in a new era in Washington with Republicans set to pursue aggressive oversight of President Joe Biden’s administration.  

As the top House Republican, McCarthy faces the challenge of having to balance the interests and priorities of different ideological factions within the House GOP conference, ranging from the far-right to more moderate members representing swing districts. 

 

11:42 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

CNN Projection: Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley wins reelection in Massachusetts 7th Congressional District

From CNN staff

Pressley arrives to speak during a Democratic election night party, Tuesday, November 8, in Boston.
Pressley arrives to speak during a Democratic election night party, Tuesday, November 8, in Boston. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley wins reelection in Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, CNN projects.

11:40 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

In pictures: A night of historic firsts

CNN Digital Photos

Katie Britt greets children at her election night watch party in Montgomery, Alabama, on Tuesday.
Katie Britt greets children at her election night watch party in Montgomery, Alabama, on Tuesday. (Vasha Hunt/AP)

Republican Katie Britt will be the first female senator elected in Alabama, CNN projects, winning an open-seat race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Shelby.

Two women have previously represented Alabama in the Senate, but both were appointed to fill vacancies.  

Britt is just one of the projected winners who made history on Tuesday night. Here are a few others:

Maxwell Frost poses with supporters during a victory party in Orlando. Frost, a 25-year-old Democrat, is projected to win the open House seat in Florida's 10th Congressional District. That would make him the first member of Generation Z elected to Congress. Members of Gen Z — those born after 1996 — are now old enough to be elected to the House.
Maxwell Frost poses with supporters during a victory party in Orlando. Frost, a 25-year-old Democrat, is projected to win the open House seat in Florida's 10th Congressional District. That would make him the first member of Generation Z elected to Congress. Members of Gen Z — those born after 1996 — are now old enough to be elected to the House. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/AP)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the one-time press secretary and communications director for former President Donald Trump, speaks during her election night party in Little Rock, Arkansas. CNN projects she will win Arkansas' gubernatorial race, becoming the first woman elected governor of Arkansas.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the one-time press secretary and communications director for former President Donald Trump, speaks during her election night party in Little Rock, Arkansas. CNN projects she will win Arkansas' gubernatorial race, becoming the first woman elected governor of Arkansas. (Will Newton/AP)

Democrat Wes Moore speaks to supporters in Baltimore on Tuesday. CNN has projected Moore to become the first Black governor of the state and just the third Black American to be elected governor in US history.
Democrat Wes Moore speaks to supporters in Baltimore on Tuesday. CNN has projected Moore to become the first Black governor of the state and just the third Black American to be elected governor in US history. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Markwayne Mullin is joined by his wife, Christie, and his children in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday. Mullin, a Republican, will be the first Native American senator from Oklahoma in almost 100 years, CNN projects, winning the special election to succeed GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe.
Markwayne Mullin is joined by his wife, Christie, and his children in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday. Mullin, a Republican, will be the first Native American senator from Oklahoma in almost 100 years, CNN projects, winning the special election to succeed GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World/AP)

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, right, appears on stage with lieutenant governor candidate Kim Driscoll at an election night party in Boston. Healey, a Democrat, is projected by CNN to become the state’s first elected female governor and the first out lesbian state executive in the US. 
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, right, appears on stage with lieutenant governor candidate Kim Driscoll at an election night party in Boston. Healey, a Democrat, is projected by CNN to become the state’s first elected female governor and the first out lesbian state executive in the US.  (Michael Dwyer/AP)
11:42 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

CNN Projection: GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik will win reelection in New York’s 21st District

From CNN staff

Rep. Elise Stefanik speaks during a news conference outside of the US Capitol on September 29.
Rep. Elise Stefanik speaks during a news conference outside of the US Capitol on September 29. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Rep. Elise Stefanik — the third-ranking House Republican — will win her reelection in New York’s 21st District, CNN projects.