Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez wins in Texas’ 34th Congressional District, defeating Republican Rep. Mayra Flores

Democrat Vicente Gonzalez is the winner of Texas’s 34th Congressional District race in South Texas, defeating Republican Rep. Mayra Flores.

The win is critical for Democrats who faced tougher than expected competition from Republicans in the traditionally Democratic and heavily Latino South Texas region.

With 85% of the votes in, Gonzalez garnered 52.7% and Flores received 44.2%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.

Retirement and redistricting led to the race pitting the two sitting members of Congress against each other.

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Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar wins Texas’ 28th District, defeating Cassy Garcia

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is the winner in Texas’ 28th Congressional District, NBC News projects, returning to Congress for a 10th term.

With 77% of the vote reporting, Cuellar had 56.9% and Republican Cassy Garcia had 43.1%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.

Garcia was one of three Republican Latinas running in South Texas congressional races hoping to cut into the region’s Latino support for Democrats.

Cuellar, a centrist Democrat, has long been further to the right of his party, but he has said he reflects his district, which is heavily Hispanic but more conservative on issues of abortion, the border and guns.

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Republican who defeated Liz Cheney in primary wins her seat

Republican Harriet Hageman won her election to represent Wyoming’s sole congressional district, NBC News projects.

Hageman will succeed Rep. Liz Cheney, who lost the GOP primary in August. The district is solidly Republican, and Hageman was backed by former President Donald Trump.

Cheney, a staunch critic, has made it clear that she will work to ensure the former president does not win the White House again.

NBC News Exit Poll: Abortion is most important issue for 55% of young female voters

While most midterms voters cited inflation as their top issue, the story was very different for young voters — particularly young women, the NBC News Exit Poll found. Fifty-five percent of female voters under age 30 cited abortion as their top issue. Abortion was also the top issue for men under 30, although to a lesser degree.

Asked specifically about the Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, two-thirds of young female voters said they were angry about it, compared to 43% of young men voters.

The issue is translating into strong Democratic support for House candidates among young adults, although there is a notable gender gap. Female voters under age 30 are breaking for Democratic House candidates by over 40 percentage points, the exit poll found. Men is the age group are breaking for Democratic House candidates by just about 11 points.

The share of midterms voters who were under age 30 (12%) appears to be similar to the shares in 2014 and 2018 (13% both years).

Oz expresses confidence he will win Pennsylvania Senate race

NEWTOWN, Pa. — Trailing Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman in the crucial Pennsylvania race, Republican Mehmet Oz said Tuesday night that he still thinks he will emerge victorious.

“When all the ballots are counted, we believe we will win this race,” Oz told supporters at his election night party. “We have been closing the gap all night, and we have a lot more ballots to go.”

Oz trailed Fetterman by 1.1 percentage points at midnight ET with about 84% of expected votes in. The race is too early to call, according to NBC News.

Becca Balint is Vermont’s first woman and LGBTQ person elected to Congress

Democrat Becca Balint is the winner of Vermont’s at-large Congressional District race, NBC News projected. She is the first woman and the first LGBTQ person elected to Congress from the state.

With 72% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Balint had 61.5%, while her Republican opponent, Liam Madden, had 28.8%.

Balint’s win against Madden, an Iraq War veteran, was widely expected. Vermont has not sent a Republican to Congress since it re-elected former Sen. Jim Jeffords in 2000.

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Sen. Warnock tells supporters: ‘Hang in there. I’m feeling good’

ATLANTA — As returns show a close race for the Senate in Georgia, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock spoke to his crowd of supporters here late Tuesday and voiced cautious optimism.

“We always knew that the race would be close. And so that’s where we are. So y’all just hang in there. I’m feeling good,” he said.

NBC News rates the race between Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker as “too close to call.”

“I’m comin’ back tonight,” Warnock said. “We got more to say.

“I’m gonna try to defy Baptist preacher gravity and not talk too much.”

Election denier loses secretary of state race in New Mexico

Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the Democratic secretary of state in New Mexico, has defeated Republican challenger Audrey Trujillo, an outspoken election denier, NBC News projects.

Trujillo had called Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election a “coup” and has compared the U.S. system of voting to those in “any other communist country like Venezuela or any of these other states where our elections are being manipulated,” according to The New York Times.

Trujillo is a member of the pro-Trump America First Secretary of State Coalition, a group (led by Republican Nevada secretary of state nominee Jim Marchant) of candidates for secretary of state and other offices that wield power over elections who have all falsely claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.

Michigan enshrines abortion rights in state constitution

Michigan voters approved a ballot measure to establish a state constitutional right to reproductive freedom, NBC News projects, making the state the first to render an abortion ban permanently unenforceable since the fall of Roe v. Wade.

The passage of Proposal 3 invalidates a 1931 state law that bans abortion without exception for rape or incest. 

While a judge temporarily blocked enforcement of the law in August and a state court declared it unconstitutional a month later, abortion advocates worried the decision could be appealed. 

Codifying abortion rights in the state constitution prevents the decision from being overturned, said Nicole Wells Stallworth, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. It would also stop future administrations from being able to implement harsh restrictions, she added.

Voters in California and Vermont have also approved referendums to codify abortion rights in their state constitutions.

Nevada results to be delayed by Clark County ballot processing

LAS VEGAS — Clark County elections officials don’t expect to process two significant tranches of ballots Tuesday night, increasing the likelihood that the outcome of one of the most closely watched Senate races won’t be known before the sun rises Wednesday.

Ballots left in drop boxes on Election Day and those that arrived by mail Tuesday won’t be counted immediately, the secretary of state’s office said.

Because of the delay and because state law allows mailed ballots to arrive days later, Republican and Democratic party officials said they don’t expect to know who has won the Senate and governor’s races Tuesday night.

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Lindsey Graham: This is ‘definitely not a Republican wave’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Tuesday night that the election results are not showing a red wave but that he still believes the GOP could gain control of the Senate.

“Definitely not a Republican wave, that’s for darn sure,” Graham said Tuesday night on NBC News. “I think we’re going to be at 51, 52, when it’s all said and done, in the Senate.”

NBC News has not projected which party will control the House or the Senate.

Graham said that gaining control of both houses of Congress would be a very good night for the GOP but that “a wave would have been, like, New Hampshire and Colorado.”

NBC News Exit Poll: Economic anxiety helps buoy Budd to victory in N.C. Senate race

In North Carolina, broad economic pessimism and President Biden’s unpopularity helped buoy Republican Ted Budd to victory in the Senate race. Results from the NBC News Exit Poll show that most North Carolina voters rated national economic conditions as not good or poor. And a majority of voters said that, in the last year, inflation had caused their households at least moderate financial hardship.

Roughly one-third of North Carolina voters said inflation was the most important issue to their votes — and Budd was the clear favorite among those voters, 75% of whom voted for him, compared with 23% for Democrat Cheri Beasley.

There was also a sizable gender gap in vote preference in the Senate race, the exit poll found. While Beasley was the modest favorite among women, nearly 6 in 10 men cast their ballots for Budd. Budd also enjoyed continued support from Republicans’ reliable constituencies: white voters, voters over 65 and those without college degrees.

Ohio’s Marcy Kaptur hangs on for 21st term in the House

Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur has won a tough re-election battle in Ohio, NBC News projects, positioning her to become the longest-serving woman in congressional history when her new term begins.

Kaptur defeated Republican J.R. Majewski, a right-wing candidate whose prospects plummeted after The Associated Press reported that he had misrepresented his military service.

National Republicans had high hopes of picking up the Toledo-area seat after redistricting folded in territory more favorable to the GOP. They targeted Kaptur, first elected in 1982, as a career politician with few accomplishments and an unshakeable loyalty to President Joe Biden. 

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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy wins re-election

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has won re-election to the House, NBC News projects.

McCarthy, 57, is likely poised to become the speaker of the House if Republicans win the majority.

He remains the significant favorite to be speaker in a GOP-controlled Congress, having the loyalty of incumbents and battleground candidates. There is no guarantee, however, because the ultra-conservative wing of the party could demand concessions or a candidate of its own.

The House Republican Conference is likely to hold a closed-door vote this month, and a formal vote on the House floor for speaker will be held when the new Congress convenes in January.

Oregon governor’s race too close to call; Wyden wins Senate race

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden has won re-election against Republican businesswoman Jo Rae Perkins, NBC News projects, while the race for governor is too close to call.

Wyden, who was first elected to the Senate in 1996, is the chairman of the Finance Committee.

The too-close-to-call governor’s race includes Democrat Tina Kotek, Republican Christine Drazan and a third candidate, Betsy Johnson.

Republican Ken Paxton wins Texas AG race, defeating Democrat Rochelle Garza

Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton has won re-election in Texas, NBC News projects, defeating Democratic newcomer Rochelle Garza in a highly competitive race.

With 74% of the votes counted, Paxton had 54.4%, while Garza had 42.9%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.

Paxton has been attorney general since 2015.

The race was among the tightest in the state, with Garza within 2 to 7 percentage points of Paxton weeks before Election Day, polls showed.

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California shuts down sports betting measures

California voters have rejected two proposals to legalize sports betting, NBC News projects.

One measure would have allowed in-person sports betting at casinos and horse racing tracks, while the other would have allowed online and mobile sports wagering outside tribal lands.

Both measures failed widely. 

Democrat Robert Garcia wins race for California’s 42nd Congressional District

Democrat Robert Garcia is the winner in California’s 42nd Congressional District, beating Republican John Briscoe, NBC News projected. 

With 22% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Garcia had 71%, while Briscoe had 29%.

After his victory Tuesday night, Garcia tweeted a photograph of him and his mother, writing “Mom, we did it!”

Garcia, who is gay and immigrated to the U.S. from Peru at age 5, is the first LGBTQ immigrant elected to Congress. 

Garcia, 44, is the mayor of Long Beach. Elected in 2014 at 36, he became the city’s youngest mayor, as well as the first LGBTQ and first Latino person to hold the office. 

He was the president of the Long Beach Young Republicans club at California State University, Long Beach. In a 2017 interview, he said his past affiliation with the GOP was a result of his family’s affection for Ronald Reagan: Members of Garcia’s family were among the millions of immigrants who applied for citizenship after Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

“My worldview and politics haven’t changed much. But with immigrants rights and the war, and me being gay, we all realized that we were more progressive,” Garcia said at the time, adding that many of his family members had also switched parties over the years.

NBC News Exit Poll: Texas Gov. Abbott wins with support from white men, conservatives

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott fended off a challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke with a strong showing from several core Republican groups, the NBC News Exit Poll found.

Abbott strived to paint his opponent’s views as too extreme. Results from the exit poll show that many voters agreed, with 52% saying O’Rourke’s views were too extreme.

Fifty-five percent of Texas voters said they approve of the job Abbott is doing as governor, while 45% disapprove, the poll found. And more voters say they trust Abbott over O’Rourke to handle gun policy and border security.

Many of the groups that boosted Abbott to victory in 2018 also supported him by strong margins in Tuesday’s election — white men, voters without college degrees and conservative voters.

All six members of the ‘squad’ win re-election

All six members of the so-called squad have won re-election to their House seats, NBC News projects.

The four original members of the group — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — were later joined by Reps. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., and Cori Bush, D-Mo.

The group has pushed progressive policies, most of which are in line with those promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., like the Green New Deal.

Reps Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y., hold a press conference at the Capitol in 2019.
Reps Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y., hold a press conference at the Capitol in 2019.Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images file

California enshrines abortion rights in state constitution

California voters passed a ballot initiative to enshrine the right to reproductive freedom in their state constitution — including the right to have an abortion and use contraceptives, NBC News projects.  

The approval of Proposition 1 was expected in the heavily Democratic state, which strengthened abortion protections hours after the fall of Roe v. Wade. 

Already under California law, abortion is legal before viability, usually defined as around 24 weeks of pregnancy or when a doctor determines that a fetus could live outside the uterus without extreme medical measures.

The state passed additional legislation after the Supreme Court decision to protect residents from civil liability for providing, aiding or receiving abortion care.

Vermont voters passed a similar referendum.

Nebraska changes voting requirement and raises minimum wage

In two separate ballot measures, Nebraska voters approved increasing the minimum wage and requiring valid photo identification to cast a ballot in any election, NBC News projects.

The state minimum wage will rise from $9 per hour to $10.50 per hour on Jan. 1. It will continue to increase each year until it hits $15 per hour in 2026.

Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids wins re-election in Kansas

Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids has won re-election in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, NBC News projects.

Davids defeated Amanda Adkins, a Republican, in a rematch after Davids won the seat in 2020.

NBC News Exit Poll: Democrats maintain strong support among LGBTQ voters

LGBTQ voters are once again solidly in the Democratic column in this year’s midterm elections, the NBC News Exit Poll found. Democrats won the support of 84% of self-identified LGBTQ voters, compared to just 15% who supported Republicans.

The Democratic advantage is similar to that in other recent midterm elections.

LGBTQ voters are maintaining their traditionally strong support for Democrats as liberals and conservatives wage battles nationwide over shifting social values on gender identity and sexuality. The NBC News Exit Poll found LGBTQ voters strongly support the changes in society’s values on gender and sexual orientation: 63% said these changes are for the better; just 18% said things are changing for the worse. 

That is at odds with the opinions of voters who did not identify as LGBTQ, 53% of whom said values on sexuality and gender are changing for the worse.

Iowa adds right to keep and bear arms to state constitution

Iowa has voted overwhelmingly to add the right to own and bear firearms to the state constitution, NBC News projects.

The ballot measure affirms it is a fundamental individual right and requires strict scrutiny for any alleged violations brought before a court.

It is the only ballot referendum nationwide that supports gun rights.

Meanwhile, Oregon voters will determine whether to pass restrictions on gun controls that would require permits to acquire firearms and ban high-capacity magazines.

Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray wins sixth term

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a member of Senate Democratic leadership, has won a sixth term, NBC News projects.

Murray had 57.5% of the vote just before 11:30 p.m. ET, with 53% of the vote tabulated.

She defeated Republican Tiffany Smiley.

Pennsylvania Senate race too early to call; John Fetterman is leading

The Senate race in Pennsylvania is too early to call, but Democrat John Fetterman is leading, NBC News says.

Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, ran against Republican Mehmet Oz in one of the most competitive races of the 2022 cycle.

Herschel Walker strikes confident tone as Georgia Senate race is too close to call

Herschel Walker, the scandal-plagued Republican nominee for the Senate in Georgia, told supporters Tuesday that he continues to believe he will win his race, comparing himself to Will Ferrell’s character in the NASCAR comedy “Talladega Nights.”

“I’m telling you right now. I’m like Ricky Bobby. I don’t come to lose,” Walker said, referring to the cocky race car driver portrayed by Ferrell.

Walker is locked in a tight battle with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who took office last year. The race is too close to call, according to NBC News projections.

Walker implored his supporters to “hang in there a little bit longer” as the results are being tabulated.

“You can wake up tomorrow morning and see that the new senator for the great state of Georgia is Herschel Walker,” he said.

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom re-elected

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom won re-election Tuesday, NBC News projects.

Newsom defeated Republican challenger Brian Dahle, a state senator who represents a district in the northeastern part of the state.

Newsom easily defeated a recall effort last year in an election that included conservative radio host Larry Elder as an opponent. The recall was prompted in part by criticism of California’s restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Newsom and opponents of the recall called the move a right-wing power grab.

Newsom has attracted some attention this year with ads targeting the Republican governors of Texas and Florida over immigration and abortion rights. That has fueled speculation about plans for a possible 2024 presidential run, which Newsom has denied, including recently to CBS News.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks to reporters after voting in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Newsom is running for reelection against Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle.
Gov. Gavin Newsom after voting in Sacramento, Calif., on Tuesday.Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Republican Ted Budd defeats Democrat Cheri Beasley for Senate in North Carolina

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Ted Budd defeated Democrat Cheri Beasley in North Carolina’s competitive Senate race Tuesday, NBC News projects, keeping a Republican in the seat that will be vacated by retiring Sen. Richard Burr. 

The race flew largely under the radar, with more colorful candidates in other states capturing headlines, even as polls showed the contest neck and neck. Both parties spent heavily, although North Carolina Democrats accused the national party of abandoning Beasley in a tight election.

Republican Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina speaks on the last day of the annual "Road To Majority Policy Conference" held by the Faith & Freedom Coalition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center June 18, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. Former President Donald Trump's appearance on the first day of the conference came on the heels of the third public hearing by the House committee investigating the attack on our U.S. Capitol.
Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., in Nashville, Tenn., on June 18, 2022.Seth Herald / Getty Images file

Helped along by an endorsement from former President Donald Trump, who called Budd “rock solid” at a September rally in Wilmington, Budd remained favored going into Election Day. He had previously defeated former Gov. Pat McCrory in a contentious Republican primary.

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Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wins re-election

Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, has won re-election, NBC News projects.

Raffensperger had been to defeat Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen.

Raffensperger was thrust into the national spotlight last year after it was reported that he had an hourlong phone call on Jan. 2, in which then-President Donald Trump pressured him to “find” 11,780 votes for him in the state to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

Raffensperger survived a Trump-backed primary challenge in the 2022 cycle.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks to the media about early voting progress on October 25, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Early voting is taking place across the U.S. ahead of the midterm elections on November 8.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in Atlanta, on Oct. 25, 2022.Elijah Nouvelage / Getty Images file

NBC News Exit Poll: Moderates, abortion rights supporters propel Hassan in N.H. Senate race

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., leaned heavily on independents, moderates and voters who support abortion rights to defeat GOP challenger Don Bolduc, the NBC News Exit Poll found.

Independent voters — who made up about 4 in 10 New Hampshire voters this year — swung by double digits for Hassan, 54% to 43%. She performed even better among moderate voters, beating Bolduc by 63% to 36%.

Hassan swept New Hampshire voters who believe in legal abortion, getting 68% of their votes. The state’s electorate is strongly in favor of abortion rights: 33% of voters said abortion should be legal in all cases, while 35% more said it should be legal in most cases, the exit poll found.

The state’s youngest voters were firmly in the Democratic column in the Senate race: Hassan swept those ages 18 to 29 by 74% to 23%.

Arizona secretary of state says she is confident in election returns despite problems at some polling sites

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Despite glitches at polling sites throughout Arizona’s most populous county, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor, defended her office’s handling of Election Day.

“I have every confidence that the counties administering this election conducted a free and fair election, and their results will be accurate,” she said in a statement. “But they will take time, so we need to prepare for a long evening and a few more days of counting.”

Earlier in the day, technicians in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, were dispatched to fix machines that were not printing ballots properly. Republican candidates blamed Hobbs, with her opponent, Kari Lake, saying it was an example of her “incompetence.”

“I hope it wasn’t malice,” Lake told reporters earlier in the day.

Rep. Elaine Luria defeated by GOP opponent in competitive Virginia district

Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., has lost her re-election bid against Republican challenger Jen Kiggans, an important pickup for the GOP in its quest to capture control of the House.

Luria, who has become a national figure while serving on the House Jan. 6 committee, faced a difficult re-election bid after new boundaries made her district somewhat more Republican-friendly.

Oregon Senate and governor’s races too early to call

The Senate and governor races in Oregon are too early to call, according to NBC News, after polls closed at 11 p.m. ET.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is seeking another term against GOP challenger Jo Rae Perkins.

In the governor’s race, former state House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Democrat, faces Republican Christine Drazan and non-affiliated Betsy Johnson, who are both trying to break Democrats’ decadeslong grip on the governorship.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul wins competitive race

Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has won a second term, NBC News projects, defeating Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin.

Hochul, 64, has been governor since August 2021, following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo. Hochul had been his lieutenant governor, and she also served in Congress from 2011 to 2013.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at a campaign rally in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 5, 2022.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks at a campaign rally in Brooklyn on Saturday.Julius Constantine Motal / NBC News

The gubernatorial race had tightened significantly in recent weeks.

Zeldin, 42, has served in the House since 2015, representing New York’s 1st Congressional District, which covers the eastern half of Long Island. Former President Donald Trump endorsed him in mid-October.

Gov. Brian Kemp wins re-election, defeating Stacey Abrams in rematch

Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp wins re-election, NBC News projects, fending off a challenge from Stacey Abrams.

Because Kemp, who defeated Abrams in 2018, is expected to win more than 50% of the vote, there will not be a runoff.

The race had been seen as one of the marquee governor matchups in the country, with the candidates taking starkly different positions on voting rights, crime, gun laws, abortion and other issues.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Gov. Brian Kemp during a primary night election party in Atlanta on May 24, 2022.
Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp at a primary night election party in Atlanta on May 24.Joe Raedle / Getty Images file

In recent weeks, however, Kemp had pulled away in the polls, leading Abrams in most surveys by upward of 6 percentage points.

Kemp won decisively even though he was a constant target of attacks from former President Donald Trump.

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NBC News Exit Poll: Florida is divided over DeSantis’ running for president in 2024

Although Florida voters re-elected Gov. Ron DeSantis, the state is divided over whether he should run for president in 2024, with slightly more voters opposing a run than favoring it, the NBC News Exit Poll found.

Overall, 45% of Florida voters said they wanted DeSantis to seek the presidency in two years, compared with 53% who disagreed. Nearly 1 in 4 voters who supported his bid for a second term as governor said they did not want to see him run for president in 2024.

Compared to two other candidates who have signaled their interest in running in 2024, DeSantis fares relatively well. Only 1 in 3 Florida voters said they wanted to see former President Trump run again in 2024, and slightly fewer Florida voters said they wanted to see President Biden run for re-election.

Wisconsin Senate race too close to call

Wisconsin’s Senate race between GOP Sen. Ron Johnson and Democrat Mandela Barnes is too close to call, NBC News projects.

Barnes is the state’s lieutenant governor, and the race is one of the most competitive of the general election cycle.

NBC News has also projected that the governor’s race is too close to call.

Vermont votes to enshrine abortion rights in state constitution

Voters in Vermont overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative that explicitly protects reproductive liberty, including abortions, in their state constitution, NBC News projects.

The passage of Proposal 5 was expected in the state, where abortion is legal with no major limits, such as waiting periods, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights research organization.

Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, signed a law that preserves the right to abortion in 2019.

California and Michigan have similar propositions on the ballot.

Illinois elects its first Latina congresswoman, Democrat Delia Ramirez

Democratic state Rep. Delia Ramirez is the winner in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, NBC News projects, defeating Republican Justin Burau.

Her win made Ramirez the first Latina elected to Congress from Illinois.

“We just made history tonight,” Ramirez said Tuesday in front of a crowd of supporters. “We broke a glass ceiling.”

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DeSantis and Rubio make gains among Latino voters

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis won 57% of the Latino vote, a big swath of the electorate, in his re-election, according to NBC News exit polls.

Although his largest support came from Cuban American voters, who supported him by 68%, the number is consistent with what he received in 2018 (67%).

Where DeSantis gained was among non-Cuban voters. He won 55% of the Puerto Rican vote, a group that voted for him by 34% in 2018. Among “other Latinos,” voters who trace their ancestry to Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and other Latin American countries, DeSantis won 50% of the vote.

The other statewide Republican candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, also won a large percentage of the Hispanic vote — 55%.

About 67% of Cubans and 53% of Puerto Ricans voted for Rubio. The results build on Republican gains since 2020, when Trump won 47% of Latino voters in Florida.

J.D. Vance wins Ohio Senate race, defeating Democrat Tim Ryan, NBC News projects

COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.D. Vance, the “Hillbilly Elegy” author who was a searing Donald Trump critic before converting into one of his most loyal allies, has defeated Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in Ohio’s Senate race, NBC News projects.

Vance will succeed fellow Republican Rob Portman, who did not seek re-election. Unlike Portman, Vance has advanced unsubstantiated theories that a second term was stolen from Trump at the ballot box in 2020.

Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance speaks at a rally
Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance speaks at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio on Sept. 17, 2022.Jeff Swensen / Getty Images file

The race became an unexpected and expensive battleground in the fight for partisan control of the Senate. Portman’s prior success and Trump’s two comfortable Ohio victories made Ryan, 49, a heavy underdog. But the Democrat tailored his campaign to independents and moderate Republicans, presenting himself as a champion of the working-class.

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Kansas governor race too close to call

The race for governor in Kansas between Democratic incumbent Laura Kelly and Republican challenger Derek Schmidt is too close to call, according to NBC News.

Kelly is the only Democratic governor running for re-election in a state won by Donald Trump in 2020. She has focused her campaign against Schmidt, the state’s three-term attorney general, almost exclusively on the economy, tax cuts, education and her desire to work with Republicans.

That approach marked a notable departure from the one taken by Democrats in more purple states, who focused heavily on abortion — an issue they’d hoped would energize their base in November following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.

It also came despite the fact that it was Kansas — where voters overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional amendment that would have removed language enshrining reproductive rights in their state — that signaled the issue had the potential to drive Democratic turnout following the high court ruling.

Sen. Chuck Grassley re-elected in Iowa

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, will win re-election for an eighth term, NBC News projects.

Grassley is projected to defeat Democrat Mike Franken, a retired Navy admiral.

Grassley, 89, has served in the Senate since 1981 and is the second-oldest sitting senator after Dianne Feinstein of California.

Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan defeats Republican Don Bolduc in New Hampshire, NBC News projects

WASHINGTON — New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan won re-election Tuesday, NBC News projects, defeating Republican Don Bolduc and keeping a critical seat in Democratic hands.

While the race attracted less attention than some others, Hassan won her Senate seat six years ago in one of the closest races in the country, and Democrats had grown increasingly nervous in recent weeks as Bolduc seemed to gain strength in polls.

Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general backed by former President Donald Trump in the waning days of the campaign, has advanced false conspiracy theories about Covid-19 vaccines and the 2020 presidential election. After winning the nomination, however, he waffled on 2020, saying the election had not been stolen. 

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE - NOVEMBER 07: U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) attends an election eve campaign event on November 07, 2022 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Hassan is campaigning for re-election against Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc.
Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 7, 2022.Scott Eisen / Getty Images

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After Spanberger holds onto her seat in Virginia, eyes turn to second closely watched race in the state

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., narrowly held onto her seat Tuesday, defeating Republican Yesli Vega in a contest both parties saw as an early bellwether in the battle for the House.

NBC News has not yet projected the outcome in a second closely watched Virginia race, where Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria was battling Republican state Sen. Jen Kiggans.

But the political survival of Spanberger, a prominent player among the small band of moderate Blue Dog Democrats, counted as a welcome burst of good news for Democrats relatively early on election night.

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New Mexico Dem. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wins re-election

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has won her re-election race, NBC News projects.

She faced a competitive race for a second term against Republican Mark Ronchetti, a former meteorologist who ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2020.

The race had tightened in the days leading up to Election Day. President Joe Biden campaigned for Lujan Grisham last week. She has served as the state’s governor since 2019 and previously served in the House from 2013 to 2019.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at a campaign rally, in Albuquerque, N.M., on Thursday.Patrick Semansky / AP

Republican Eric Schmitt wins Missouri Senate seat

Republican Eric Schmitt has won Missouri’s open U.S. Senate seat, NBC News projects.

Schmitt, the state’s attorney general, defeated Democratic challenger Trudy Busch Valentine.

The seat opened up after Republican Sen. Roy Blunt announced his retirement.

BEDFORD, NH - SEPTEMBER 13:  New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu at a campaign stop for Republican Senate candidate Chuck Morse at the Bedford High School polling location on September 13, 2022 in Bedford, New Hampshire. Morse is facing Don Bolduc, who Sununu has called a "conspiracy-theory extremist."
Governor Chris Sununu in Bedford, N.H., on Sept. 13, 2022.Scott Eisen / Getty Images file

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