It is still too early to predict who will control the House and Senate after a tense 2022 election. But here’s what we’ve learned so far.
Winning a crucial GOP-held state
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania claimed victory over Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in a crucial Senate race. The outcome undercuts the Republican Party’s plan to seize control of the Senate and House of Representatives. Fetterman defeated Oz by a gap of 50.2% to 47.1%, with 94% of ballots counted.
Fetterman will replace Republican Senator Pat Toomey, marking a victory for his party in flipping a previously Republican-held critical state. Furthermore, the Fetterman victory was another setback for former President Donald Trump, who supported Oz and campaigned with him before the election.
“It’s official. I will be the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. We bet on the people of Pennsylvania – and you didn’t let us down. And I won’t let you down. Thank you,” Fetterman said in a Tweet.
“I’m so humbled. Thank you so much. We launched this campaign almost two years ago and had our slogan; it’s on every one of those signs right now — every county, every vote. And that’s exactly what happened. We jammed them up,” he added in a victory speech.
New York Representative of the GOP concedes defeat
Republican challenger Lee Zeldin has dropped out of the race for New York Governor against Democratic Kathy Hochul. As a result, the Democrat candidate became New York’s first female governor.
“This race was a once-in-a-generation campaign, with a very close margin in the bluest of blue states. However, our grassroots volunteers and supporters’ unrelenting passion and hard work made this incredibly close race possible and helped us win at least 49 of New York’s 62 counties,” Lee said.
He further advised the incoming governor to take note of New Yorkers becoming “sick of the attacks on their wallets, their safety, their freedoms and the quality of their kids’ education.”
Senate election in Georgia will head for December runoff
According to a Georgia election official, a runoff is likely following the close race for the Senate seat. According to Gabriel Sterling, Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock did not garner enough votes to win. While not all ballots have been counted, they are insufficient to give the Democratic candidate a 50% voting percentage.
“By our internal estimates, we have less than 10,000 votes to go into the election reporting for the final counts. So there are not enough numbers out there to change the outcome of this race,” Sterling said.
Trump loses election in the wake of a DeSantis win
Republican Representative Ron DeSantis completes a landslide victory in Florida, getting him a Senate seat. As a result, speculation about DeSantis becoming the Republican Party’s presidential nominee for the 2024 elections has begun. With 99% of the votes counted, DeSantis obtained more than 59.4% of the total votes cast, establishing him as the party’s potential frontrunner. As a result, Trump’s 2024 bid may be damaged due to this victory.
“I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I think the base would not like it – I don’t think it would be good for the party,” Trump said.
“We did not back down. So we had the conviction to guide us and the courage to lead. We made promises. And we made promises to the people of Florida, and we have delivered on those promises. And so today, after four years, the people have delivered their verdict,” DeSantis said.
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