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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11:44 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

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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.

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

"A narrow chess game": Here's where control of the Senate stands with key states still counting

From CNN's Elise Hammond

As polls in more western states start to close, Republicans have two more Senate seats than Democrats — needing to win four more to win control of the chamber.

Republicans are projected to win 46 seats and Democrats are projected to win 44, with many more states still counting ballots, but the window of opportunity could be getting smaller for Democrats, CNN’s John King said in analysis.

“We are in a very narrow chess game for control of the Senate right now, and we have fewer pieces in place,” he said Tuesday.

There are a handful of key states with results will coming that could determine who controls the chamber — Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada, King said.

Watch:

11:36 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

CNN Projection: Democratic Sen. Patty Murray will win reelection in Washington state

From CNN staff

Sen. Patty Murray talks to an attendee during a small business town hall campaign event on October 13 in Seattle.
Sen. Patty Murray talks to an attendee during a small business town hall campaign event on October 13 in Seattle. (Linsey Wasson/Getty Images)

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray will win reelection in Washington state, CNN projects, and will defeat Republican Tiffany Smiley.

11:47 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022

CNN Projection: Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden will win reelection in Oregon

From CNN staff

Wyden speaks to members of the press in the Senate Press Gallery in August.
Wyden speaks to members of the press in the Senate Press Gallery in August. (Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images/FILE)

Four-term Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden will win reelection in Oregon, CNN projects, and will defeat Republican Jo Rae Perkins.

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

CNN Projection: Democrat Marcy Kaptur will win reelection in competitive Ohio House race

From CNN’s Dan Merica

Kaptur speaks to a reporter on the House steps in September.
Kaptur speaks to a reporter on the House steps in September. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images/FILE)

Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur has won reelection in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, CNN projects, holding onto a seat she has represented since 1983.

Headed into the 2022 midterms, Kaptur was widely seen as one of the most vulnerable House Democrats in the country, with both Ohio and her district, in part because of redistricting, moving away from her party politically. 

But after Republican J.R. Majewski unexpectedly defeated better-funded and more establishment-aligned Republicans in the primary, the race began to tilt toward Kaptur given Majewski’s unflinching loyalty to former President Donald Trump, the fact he was a January 6, 2021, rally participant and has repeatedly shared pro-QAnon material, despite denying he followed the conspiracy theory movement. 

Kaptur effectively won the race in September after the National Republican Congressional Committee cancelled all their ad reservations in the district. The decision came just days after The Associated Press reported Majewski had misrepresented his military service. 

Kaptur’s win is a boon for Democrats. Kaptur’s district shifted dramatically during Ohio’s controversial redistricting process, moving from a solidly Democratic seat to one that leans toward Republicans. 

Kaptur ran on her ties to Ohio, arguing that being a Midwestern Democrat in a party increasingly run with big-city sensibilities on both coasts is a growing challenge for her. 

“What coastal people, God bless them, don’t understand, is that we lost our middle class,” Kaptur told CNN. “We lost so many people who’ve worked hard all their lives, including in many of these small towns. I understand that. We feel their pain. We went through it together.”