Update, 5pm PT: Voting has closed in Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, Massachusetts and 15 other states.
The hottest of these states is Pennsylvania, where Republican Mehmet Oz is seeking a Senate seat against Democrat John Fetterman.
Before: Voting is now closed in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is about to switch to a seat against Republican JD Vance, possibly going against the Republican state. The campaign was still early, but the network was quick to predict that Republican Governor Mike DeWine would win re-election.
In North Carolina, Rep. Ted Budd (R-North Carolina) faced Democrat Cheri Beasley and didn’t get much national media attention, but came in close in the polls.
Before: With polls closed in Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia, the first wave of results should unleash, presumably showing the prospects for Republicans and Democrats.
The closest interstate watch race is between Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia (D-Georgia) and Republican Herschel Walker, but if no candidate wins a majority, the race will be held on December 6. It may end in a runoff vote. Democrat Stacey Abrams is in a rematch with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who is leading in the polls.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis is being endorsed to win re-election against the state’s former governor, Rep. Charlie Christ (D-Florida). Rep. Valdemings (D-Florida) wanted Marco to overthrow Senator Rubio (R-F-Florida), but polls show Rubio in the lead. ing.
Before: With Republicans trying to regain control of the House and Senate, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate trying to defeat an election naysayer backed by Donald Trump, and Los Angeles deciding a hotly contested mayoral race, it’s been months. A slew of experts, analysis and polls will be replaced tonight with real interim results. .
According to initial exit poll data provided to the media by Edison Research/NEP, inflation and abortion were nearly evenly matched among the issues voters cited as most important to their vote.
Broadcasters and cable networks believe it will likely be the most important night of the year in hopes of winning back viewers who dropped out after Trump left the White House.
former president and former celebrity apprentice The host did not participate in the voting, but is present in the press. In his NewsNation interview scheduled to air tonight, Trump was asked about all the candidates he has endorsed for this cycle. he said with a slight smirk.
Eyes on 2024 have already begun, and Trump is expected to announce another presidential run soon, he told NewsNation, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced in 2018 that the statewide “I could have been kinder,” he said after endorsing him in the campaign. Having led in the polls for his own re-election, he is seen as perhaps Trump’s strongest challenger to the Republican nomination should he finally decide to run. called DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonias”.
The network spent much of the day tuning into reports of trouble with voting as well as concerns of election violence. increased after
Democrats, led by President Joe Biden, also have a lot of naysayers participating in statewide ballots in the 2020 election, which could give them power over voter turnout in the upcoming presidential election, so it’s not likely that the midterms will. He warns that democracy is in danger. selection.
Considering what happened in the last election cycle, Trump will also come under scrutiny as to how networks call election results as they advance false claims that the presidency was stolen from him. Arnon Mishkin, who heads News’ decision desk, explained the process of anchoring Martha MacCallum, providing an updated assessment.
“My gut is leaning toward the red,” Mishkin said. “On the other hand, we’re seeing some last-minute signs that it’s not going to be that fast. Some of these numbers give the Democrats a little more power than we thought. We’re somewhere in between that it could be a night, or at least an amazing night for the Democrats.
With all 435 seats in the House and 35 seats in the Senate on the ballot, Democrats hold a narrow majority in the former and a one-vote margin in the latter, with Vice President Kamala Harris taking the tie-breaking vote.
Perhaps the most watched Senate election is in Pennsylvania, where Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman faces off against prominent Republican physician Mehmet Oz. Fetterman’s campaign hoped to get a boost from recent endorsements from Oprah Winfrey, the man largely responsible for giving Oz a career break, but Oz sought his endorsement from mainstream Republicans and Trump. Their race was the most expensive, with nearly $374 million spent, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
In Georgia, Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Georgia) faces a tough challenge from another celebrity candidate from former football pro Herschel Walker. That race has been dominated by headlines that Walker, an ardent anti-abortionist, allegedly paid his girlfriend for her abortion. It also looks like the story didn’t sink his campaign, as polls still show the competition is tough: about $271 million was spent among candidates, according to the CRP.
Warnock wrote on Twitter this afternoon, “Come on, I can’t let Herschel Walker speak for my mom.”
Other Senate elections that have also drawn significant interest and funding from entertainment industry donors include a contest in Arizona. Wisconsin where Lieutenant Governor Mandela Burns is about to fire Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin). In Ohio, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Oh) is vying for a vacancy against his JD Vance, a writer.
Overall, entertainment industry donors donated $36.4 million to federal candidates. This surpassed what was paid in his 2018 midterm elections when Democrats, fueled by anti-Trump fervor, tried to reclaim the House of Representatives, and they did.
The ballot also includes 36 gubernatorial elections, including states where New York Governor and Democrat Kathy Hochul is seeking a first term for Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) . Ho-chul, who was elevated to governor after Andrew Cuomo’s resignation last year, appeared to be on a clear path to victory.
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to win her race for governor of Arkansas against Democrat Chris Jones. He is the first former press secretary to hold a statewide position since Pierre Salinger was appointed to the Senate by California in 1964.
The California gubernatorial race was uneventful with Gavin Newsom leading Brian Dahl by a wide margin in the polls.
The most high-profile race, backed by Biden and former President Barack Obama, faces a head-to-head race between Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass (D-California) and a long list of Democratic leaders. is that Property developer Rick Caruso is reportedly on track to exceed his $100 million campaign spending. Jeffrey Katzenberg helped fund the independent committee backing Bass, and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos put out an open letter ad to The Hollywood Reporter explaining his support for Caruso.
Another race that’s getting a lot of attention from the industry is the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Race, which pits controversial incumbent Alex Villanueva against Robert Luna.
Don’t forget the Ojai Mayor’s race. Anson Williams is the director and producer Happy days The star is about to fire incumbent Betsy Sticks.