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But Paulette Jordan—who, if elected, would become the first Native American to serve as a governor—doesn't mind the odds, and isn't heeding calls to let an older, white, established candidate take her place", "Nevada becomes first state with majority female Legislature Nevada becomes first state with majority female Legislature, "Arizona Senate vote count settlement reached; counties given extension to cure ballots", "Martha McSally to fill McCain Senate seat after losing race", "Florida Begins Vote Recounts in Senate and Governor's Races", "Andrew Gillum Withdraws Concession After FL Vote Recount Confirmed", "Here's a running list of the lawsuits filed in the Florida midterm election", "How Florida's clear-cut 2018 midterms devolved into a recount sequel", "Brenda Snipes resigns as Broward County supervisor of elections", "The ballot count continues in the Georgia Governors race", "Georgia certifies election results after nearly two weeks of drama", "Stacey Abrams files new lawsuit in Georgia election", "Stacey Abrams ends bid for Georgia governor, plans to file lawsuit over 'gross mismanagement' of elections", "The Shoe-Leather Reporting Boosting North Carolina's Explosive Election Fraud Investigation", "Amid Fraud Allegations, North Carolina Election Board Won't Certify House Race", "Hoyer: Democrats won't seat NC Republican amid election fraud investigation", "In North Carolina, Investigators Find Ballot 'Scheme' in House Race", "New election ordered in North Carolina House district after possible illegal activities", "Dan Bishop Wins North Carolina's Republican Primary for New Congressional Vote", "Dan Bishop, North Carolina Republican, Wins Special Election", "Republican Dan Bishop narrowly wins closely watched North Carolina special congressional election", "US intel chiefs unanimous that Russia is targeting 2018 elections", "Russia Sees Midterm Elections as Chance to Sow Fresh Discord, Intelligence Chiefs Warn", "Pompeo says the US has not done enough to protect 2018 elections", "Trump suddenly says he's 'very concerned' about 2018 Russian interference", "Trump Accuses China of Interfering in Midterm Elections", "The US intel chief just said Russian interference is "continuing, "Claire McCaskill says attempted Russia hacking on her office 'not successful, "This Is 'Not Fine': New Evidence Of Russian Interference Meets Inaction, Frustration", "Mystery Sting Targets U.S. Start your day with a summary of top stories and must-reads emailed direct to you, Available for everyone, funded by readers, After Democrats won the governorships in Wisconsin and Michigan, GOP-controlled legislatures have tried to limit their powers, The state elections board will not certify results in the ninth congressional race after reports of ‘ballot harvesters’ emerged, Raffensperger will take charge of the election system in a state roiled by accusations of voter suppression, Sign up for the Guardian's new morning briefing, On 6 November, US voters get their first chance to pass judgment on Donald Trump since he became president. Party control of California's Senate seat isn't up for grabs. Additionally, elections were held to select five of the six non-voting delegates for the District of Columbia and the U.S. "The activity we did see was consistent with what we shared in the weeks leading up to the election. In the House, Democrats increased their vote share in hundreds of seats, with vote share dropping in just 47 seats. Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor are staging a rematch of the August special election, which Balderson won by a single percentage point. Elections were held for the governorships of 36 U.S. states and three U.S. territories as well as for the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Compared with the last Congressional election in 2016, Republicans lost support in those counties with the most university-educated white women. Candidates Escalate Race and Fear as Election Ploys", "Trump and Republicans settle on fear—and falsehoods—as a midterm strategy", "Fox News, NBC and Facebook Pull Trump-Backed Anti-Migrant Ad", "Republicans Fought Obamacare. That's the geographic base of Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who has raised a staggering $70 million in his bid to unseat GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. [118], Before the election there were allegations of voter suppression raised in Georgia, as well as outcry that candidate Brian Kemp did not resign from his position as Secretary of State, which oversaw the election. [161], Research has found that Republicans who voted for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act got lower vote shares in the 2018 election. The settlement gave all counties until November 14 to address problems with the ballots for the state's Senate race. [49], Many states have statewide elected officials other than the governor. [33], Republicans picked up the independent-held seat in Alaska, and Republican incumbents won election in competitive and Democratic-leaning states such as Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maryland. [37] Nevada became the first state in U.S. history to have an overall female majority in the state legislature, with women holding 23 of 42 seats in the state Assembly and nine of 21 seats in the state Senate. Republicans did not defeat a single Democratic incumbent, though the party did pick up two open seats in Minnesota and one in Pennsylvania. [115] On November 19, the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County, Florida, Brenda Snipes, announced her resignation from her post, effective January 4, 2019, after national scrutiny led to widespread condemnation by Republicans. The 2018 state elections will impact the redistricting that will follow the 2020 United States Census as many states task governors and state legislators with drawing new boundaries for state legislative and Congressional districts. Four special elections were held prior to November 6, 2018: Four special elections were held on November 6, 2018, coinciding with the regularly-scheduled elections: The vast majority of states held gubernatorial or state legislative elections in 2018. The race was regarded as being a toss-up and a potential bellwether for the 2020 presidential election; Bishop ultimately won by about two percentage points. After the elections, Democrats held 27 of the 50 attorneys general positions in the country. 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In the November elections, Democrats won a net gain of 40 seats. As Trump runs for re-election in 2020, governors will play a crucial role in mobilising donors, volunteers and activists. [121], The North Carolina Board of Elections voted unanimously on December 4 to not certify the congressional race in North Carolina's 9th district after allegations of potential widespread election fraud in the district. But there's another toss-up race in South Florida (FL-26), and two more in Virginia (VA-02, -07). [18] Silver predicted that even a nine-point victory in the nationwide popular vote for Congress would not be enough to give Democrats a majority in the Senate. As an energised liberal base clamours to give 'Trumpism' a bloody nose, Democratic challengers are out-fundraising and out-polling a host of Republican incumbents. Here’s all you need to know about the US midterms, The midterms give US voters their first chance to pass judgement on Donald Trump since he won the White House. [7][8] According to The Washington Post, President Trump "settled on a strategy of fear—laced with falsehoods and racially tinged rhetoric—to help lift his party to victory in the coming midterms, part of a broader effort to energize Republican voters". Walker endorsed former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in the race against Republican Mike Dunleavy. Russia, and other foreign countries, including China and Iran, conducted influence activities and messaging campaigns targeted at the United States to promote their strategic interests". [46] Parties often do not run in races where the incumbent or other favorite candidate has a very high margin in polls, in order to focus resources on more competitive races with greater chances of success; however, increasing the number of candidates is seen as a way to drive local voter engagement and increase the number of votes for other, more competitive races at an upper level. While most polls close in Texas at 8 p.m. Midterm elections in the United States are the general elections that are held near the midpoint of a president's four-year term of office, on the first Tuesday in November.Federal offices that are up for election during the midterms include all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and 33 or 34 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate. In Georgia, if neither Abrams nor Republican Brian Kemp wins a majority of the vote on Tuesday -- a possibility given the closeness of the race and the presence of a Libertarian candidate on the ballot -- the two will meet in a December 4 runoff. With dozens of Republican lawmakers retiring this year, the minority party has a decent chance of taking over the House. How the mid-term elections broke records Democrat gains [92], Ousted Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council President L. Jace Killsback was re-elected by two votes in a special election on January 2 after being removed from office in October 2017. Congressional elections occur every two years. Democrats believe the president's hardline rhetoric on the topic will help them entice younger voters, suburban moderates and minorities. Democrats need 20 or so seats to control the lower chamber. [124], After a delay caused by a restructuring of the board, hearings resumed on February 18, 2019. Kate Brown faces a stiff challenge from Republican Knute Buehler on Tuesday. [20] Montana and West Virginia, each of which voted for Trump by a margin of at least 20 points, also re-elected Democratic incumbents. [60] Michigan, Missouri and Utah voters approved marijuana proposals, with Michigan approving recreational marijuana and Missouri approving medical marijuana. There were no legislative elections in the four states (Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia) which hold state elections in odd-numbered years. [127] Harris declined to run in the special election, and the GOP instead nominated Dan Bishop, a Republican state senator. [113] In total eight lawsuits were filed in the days after November 7. The family whose Black Lives Matter sign shook their conservative town, $70,000 on hairstyling – Donald Trump's taxes in numbers, Democrats on the attack after Trump tax return revelations – live, Biden campaign throws urine jokes back at Trump’s drug test demand, Donald Trump wanted daughter Ivanka to be running mate in 2016, book says, CDC director takes aim at Trump's Covid adviser: 'Everything he says is false', New York Times publishes details of Donald Trump's tax returns, Trump 2016 campaign 'targeted 3.5m black Americans to deter them from voting'. Despite Oregon's Democratic lean, incumbent Gov. [102] Jared Polis, who was elected governor of Colorado, became the first openly gay man to be elected governor. ", "The Suburbs—All Kinds Of Suburbs—Delivered The House To Democrats", "A Poor Night for Republicans in Clinton Districts", "There Was A Lot Of Turnover In The House In The 2018 Cycle", "Albert Bryan Becomes Ninth Elected Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands", "What Does It Mean That Abrams And Gillum Are Both Likely To Lose? [167], Total television viewers8:00 to 11:00 PM Eastern, Television viewers 25 to 548:00 to 11:00 PM Eastern, election in the United States in November 2018, Table of state, territorial and federal results, One non-voting member of the House of Representatives, the. Get real-time 2018 election results & live maps by state. There are no Senate races closing at this time. [2] In late August 2018, the Huffington Post reported that Trump and his administration had been engaging in campaign activity on taxpayer-funded trips. [j] Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women elected to the House of Representatives;[106] Ayanna Pressley became the first female African-American Representative from Massachusetts;[107] Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women elected to Congress, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York became the youngest-ever female member of the House at age 29. Florida voters approved Florida Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to some felons who have served out their sentence[58] and banned off shore drilling, vaping in indoor work spaces, and gambling institutions related to dog racing. The president's party has lost an average of 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate in every mid-term election since the American Civil War. Georgia had the greatest increase over its 1982-2014 midterm average. The winning candidates could play roles in the 2020 presidential race: Both states hold early presidential nominating contests, and both are swing states in the general election. Can Manchin hold on to win another six-year term? ET, the far western corner around El Paso is in the Mountain Time Zone and stays open an hour later. This division is likely to infect US politics for the next two years. [103] The number of women in the Senate increased by three, with 2 Democrats and 1 Republican. [71] In Texas, incumbents won their runoff races in Laredo (Pete Saenz)[72] and Corpus Christi (Joe McComb). 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The looming US mid-term elections will shape American politics for the next two years and beyond. He will be able to pin blame on them for congressional gridlock, and there's a risk they could overplay their hand. In 2014, Republicans regained control of the Senate, and boosted their House majority to its largest since 1929. Climate change, the economy and other issues? [1] By early August, the president's midterm efforts had included rallies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Montana and elsewhere "reprising the style and rhetoric of his 2016 campaign". [133] At the July 2018 Russia–United States summit, President Trump downplayed the conclusions of the United States Intelligence Community, stating that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin's repeated denials of interference in American elections. Tune in. [39] Democrats also broke Republican legislative supermajorities in North Carolina,[40] Michigan and Pennsylvania[38] and gained a legislative supermajority in both houses of the California, Illinois and Oregon legislatures. In the state elections, Democrats gained seven state governorships, control of at least 350 state legislative seats, and control of six state legislative chambers. Her opposition to Russian aggression and support of sanctions had placed her on an official Russian blacklist. Please be aware that by using this map you're accessing AP, a third party site. Democrats are also likely to win the governorship in Michigan, where former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer leads GOP state Attorney General Bill Schuette in the polls. [citation needed], Despite these Democratic gains, the party controlled a total of just 37 state legislative chambers after the election, far fewer chambers than it had controlled prior to the 2010 elections. The looming US mid-term elections will shape American politics for the next two years and beyond. The elections saw several electoral firsts for women, racial minorities and LGBT candidates, including the election of the first openly gay governor and the first openly bisexual U.S. senator. Ohio's gubernatorial race is one of the biggest prizes of the night. [15] Prior to the 2018 elections, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight wrote that Democrats faced one of the most unfavorable Senate maps any party had ever faced in any Senate election. Now They're Campaigning to Save It", "A fight over the most popular piece of Obamacare could define the 2018 midterm elections", "Republicans are misleading voters about preexisting conditions", "Democrats close campaign by hammering GOP on health care", "A look at voters' views ahead of the 2018 midterms", "Why Did The House Get Bluer And The Senate Get Redder? [97] Twenty-three states had double-digit percentage-point increases compared to average turnout in midterm elections held between 1982 and 2014. Trump aims to defy midterm campaign history", "Trump's midterm message: Five things the president is telling voters", "White House Admits Trump Is Using Official Events For Midterm Campaigning", "What the 2018 Campaign Looks Like in Your Hometown", "Health Care Crowds Out Jobs, Taxes in Midterm Ads", "No, you're not crazy. Some 115 million votes were cast in the House in 2018, according to estimates by the US Elections Project, up from 83 million in 2014. [98], A total of $5.7 billion was spent in the 2018 elections for House and Senate races, the most expensive midterm race ever. [36] Every territorial legislature except for the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico held elections for at least one chamber. These are external links and will open in a new window. 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It is impossible for either party to achieve a trifecta in Nebraska, which has a unicameral, non-partisan legislature. [144] That same month, Politico reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee had been hacked, though it was unclear which group was responsible for the data breach. The impact of the midterm elections, however, could be almost as significant. Republicans defended the vast majority of their rural seats, but several urban and suburban seats flipped to the Democrats. [45], All parties presented candidates in more races than usual. [a], The 2018 House elections saw the largest number of retirements by incumbents of any election cycle since at least 1992. Pizza delivery man, 89, gets $12,000 tip – what's wrong with this story? They collect data about how people use their results service. They won open seats in Michigan, Nevada, Kansas, New Mexico and Maine and defeated Republican incumbents in Illinois and Wisconsin. territories. [10][11][12] In the final weeks of the campaign, Democrats indicated their desire to keep the focus of the campaign on Republican efforts to repeal provisions of Obamacare through the proposed American Health Care Act of 2017. [136], In July 2018, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill alleged that Russian hackers unsuccessfully attempted to break into her Senate email account. As the elections also saw Democrats fill a couple vacant seats that had previously been controlled by the party, the Democrats won control of a total of 235 seats, while Republicans won control of at least 199 seats. In Arkansas and North Carolina, voter ID ballot measures were approved. [125] The board then unanimously voted on February 21, 2019, to call a new election,[126] which was held on September 10, 2019. Because of the state's top-two primary system, both candidates are Democrats: 85-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and her 51-year-old, liberal challenger, state Sen. Kevin de Leon. Class 2 Senate seats in Minnesota and Mississippi each held special elections to fill vacancies. There are three competitive House races in North Carolina, including the barn-burner in the state's 9th District, which the GOP is fighting to protect after Rep. Robert Pittenger was defeated in a primary. Such positions include secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and auditor. Produced by Daniel Dunford, Tom Calver, Will Dahlgreen, Maryam Ahmed, Nassos Stylianou, Ed Lowther, Clara Guibourg, John Walton and Irene de la Torre Arenas. By Andrew Briz, Tyler Fisher, Beatrice Jin, Jon McClure, Lily Mihalik. [111], Recounts of ballots were ordered for Florida's Senate, governor, and agriculture commissioner races on November 10 after the tallies from 67 counties were deemed too close to call. Due to fraud allegations, the results for the. A new, court-ordered congressional map undid Republicans' gerrymandered districts earlier this year, and Democrats can pick up between three and six seats on Tuesday -- potentially a large chunk of the 23 they need to win back the majority. [151] Two weeks after the election, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight wrote: "There shouldn't be much question about whether 2018 was a wave election. [19], In the 2018 elections, Democrats sought to take control of the United States House of Representatives for the first time since the 2010 elections. That's because out of the upper chamber seats up for grabs this autumn, 26 are held by Democrats (including two independents who vote with them) and just nine by Republicans. [50] Democrats also won control of the office of secretary of state in Michigan, Arizona, and Colorado, although Republicans still held a majority of the elected secretary of state positions nationwide. If Democrats win the House, they get to decide which bills come to the floor and they'll control the committee chairmanships. Hallquist was the first transgender person to be a major party's nominee for governor and would have been the first transgender governor, but lost to incumbent Republican Phil Scott in the general election,[102] and Jordan, who would have been the first Native American female governor, lost to Republican Brad Little in the general election. Alaska GOP Rep. Don Young -- first elected in a 1973 special election -- is the dean of the House. There were a total of eight special elections to the United States House of Representatives in 2018. Gerrymandered Districts", "How Democrats Broke the House Map Republicans Drew", "Did Trump's Trade War Impact the 2018 Election? Arizona Colorado Louisiana Minnesota Nebraska New Mexico New York South Dakota Wisconsin WyomingÂ. Meanwhile, the Republicans have kept control of the Senate, the upper chamber of Congress, and will increase their majority. [9], Nearly half of all advertisements by Democrats focused on health care, in particular on defending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act) and keeping in place protections for individuals with preexisting conditions. Congressional elections determine who represents your state in Congress. [123] The Washington Post reported on December 5 that the board had collected as evidence of election fraud six sworn statements from voters in Bladen County alleging that individuals called on them to pick up their absentee ballots. [48] In many states, Democrats indicated their hope that 2018 would be part of a "two-cycle process", with gains in 2018 putting the party within distance of taking control of more state legislative chambers in the 2020 elections. There will be more women in the House than in any previous year, while the total number of women in Congress overall will be at a record high after the mid-terms, overtaking the current tally of 107. Republicans are counting on Trump's tough posture to turn out conservatives who think Democrats care more about illegal immigrants than US citizens. [32] Most of the Democratic victories were in Democratic-leaning states or swing states. Asa Hutchinson -- the former congressman and Bush-era DEA administrator -- is likely to win reelection without breaking much of a sweat.

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