Some 2020 election denialists will win state races, CNN projects

Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman addresses supporters at his election dinner in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. (Justin Merriman/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

The Battle for control Key congressional races — both House and Senate — are dwindling, with Democrats dashing Republican hopes for a red tide and both parties hanging on to hopes of winning narrow majorities.

Republicans opened the night with a rout in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis won heavily in Latino, historically Democratic regions en route to a blowout victory that could serve as a springboard for the 2024 presidential election.

But over the next few hours, Democrats fought back. In Pennsylvania, Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman defeated Republican Mehmed Oz to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

Meanwhile, the battle for the House majority — which favors Republicans — who expect to benefit from high inflation, historical trends and friendlier new district lines after the 2021 redistricting — remains unresolved.

Here are the ones Some important points As votes continue to be counted in key races:

Democrats go to great lengths to protect their Senate majority: Republicans are not shy about the importance of Pennsylvania’s Senate race: “It’s a must-win race. If we win Pennsylvania, we’re confident we’ll win the majority,” said Steven Law, chairman of the top Republican Senate Super PAC. Early Wednesday morning, CNN predicted Fetterman would become Pennsylvania’s next senator, defeating Oz in the nation’s most expensive and high-stakes Senate campaign. Fetterman’s victory was a thunderous blow for Democrats.

Democrats and Suburbs: Suburbs across the country went a long way to help Democrats avoid a significant red tide. Republicans may still win the House, but if the 2022 election is a red tide, it will likely come through suburban victories that have yet to materialize. Republicans had some suburban wins — CNN predicts Brandon Ogles as the winner in a district around Nashville, Tom Keen Jr. in a suburban New Jersey district and Rich McCormick in a district that includes the northern suburbs of Atlanta — but those were their losses. The GOP talked a lot about the size of the wave.

Virginia’s split decision provides early signals: Three Democratic-controlled House races in Virginia were widely seen as an early warning signal of the night’s results. Democrats won two Virginia counties in 2020. CNN predicts Democrat Jennifer Wexton has won her re-election bid in Virginia’s 10th District. In an even more competitive race, CNN Rep. Abigail Spanberger won re-election in Virginia’s 7th District. But Democrats lost in southeastern Virginia, a Republican state where Sen. CNN predicts that Jen Gickens will defeat Democrat Rep. Elaine Luria.

Another January 6 committee member lost: Luria, a member of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, lost her Virginia Beach-based House seat, CNN predicted. He defeated former GOP Rep. Scott Taylor in 2018 and 2020. But redistricting turned out to be a bit of a win-win for Republicans: Biden carried the previous version by 5 points, and would have lost the new district by 2 points.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters at an election dinner Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Tampa.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters at an election dinner Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Tampa. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

DeSantis and 2024: In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis led a dominant Republican ticket in Florida — delivering a historic vote in Democratic territory to defeat Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist. DeSantis led by nearly 20 percentage points with 92% of the vote counted, and Sen. by 17 points. Marco Rubio’s easy wins were enough to cast doubt on Florida’s status as a national bellwether.

GOP makes gains with Latinos in Florida: Republicans hoped to build on Trump’s inroads among Latino voters in 2020, a trend that could reshape political landscapes in many swing states if it continues. There was a strong early signal that the GOP continues to make gains in Miami-Dade County, which has a large Cuban population. But it will be a while before we fully know whether those GOP gains will hold outside of Florida.

Victory for Abortion Rights: In Michigan, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — who built her re-election campaign on her successful efforts to block enforcement of the state’s 1931 law banning abortion — defeated Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, who campaigned on the culture wars. Michigan voters approved a Whitmer-backed amendment to the state constitution that would have repealed that 1931 law and guaranteed abortion rights. Voters in California and Vermont have green-lighted constitutional amendments to include abortion rights.

First night: Up and down the ballot, in red states and blue ones, candidates from both parties are celebrating record victories.. Read about some of them Here.

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