Democrat wins N.H. Senate, Republican takes Ohio Senate

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

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden won re-election against Republican challenger and businesswoman Jo Rae Perkins, NBC News projects, while the state’s gubernatorial race is too close to call.

Wyden, who was first elected to the Senate in a special election in 1996, currently serves as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and acts as a leading Democrat on several others.

The Democratic-leaning governor’s race, which was widely expected to favor Tina Kotek, a progressive, over Republican Christine Drazan, was made more competitive by a third candidate who ran with no party affiliation, 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.

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 has won re-election after a competitive race

Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has won re-election, 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

Texas Supreme Court orders Harris County to set aside ballots cast during extra hour of voting

The Texas Supreme Court has directed election officials in Harris County, Texas — which includes Houston and surrounding suburbs — to separate out ballots that were cast during an extra hour of voting that had been granted by a lower court.

The Supreme Court’s order was the latest twist in a day of voting challenges and confusion in the nation’s third-largest county. Both the NAACP and the Harris County Republican Party raised concerns about widespread reports of broken voting machines, paper ballot shortages, closed polling locations and long lines.

Based on those issues, a district court judge ordered the county to keep polls open an extra hour. But then, after those votes had been cast, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a petition with the Supreme Court to reverse the lower court’s order. 

It’s not clear how many votes were cast during the extra hour of voting.

NBC News Exit Poll: Most midterms voters support stricter gun control

As firearm deaths rise across the United States, 56% of midterm voters said they support stricter gun control measures, the NBC News Exit Poll found. That includes 76% of those casting ballots for Democratic candidates for House as well as about a quarter of Republican voters.

Gun ownership also influences views on gun control measures: 76% of those who do not own a gun favor stricter gun policies, compared to 42% of voters who do own guns.

In June, Biden signed landmark legislation aimed at preventing gun violence. The bill was a rare moment of bipartisanship — and included provisions for “red flag” laws and enhanced background checks in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. 

Ohio Senate race too early to call, but Republican J.D. Vance is leading

The Senate race in Ohio is too early to call, NBC News says, but Republican candidate J.D. Vance is leading. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Vance campaigned with Trump on Monday night. Vance faces Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in a competitive race to fill the seat that has been held by retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman.

Democratic Rep. Spanberger wins competitive Virginia race

Image: Rep. Abigail Spanberger Holds Press Conference With The Chamber Of Commerce As She Campaigns For Re-Election
Rep. Abigail Spanberger at a news conference on Nov. 3 in Fredericksburg, Va.Samuel Corum / Getty Images

Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger is the projected winner in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, NBC News projects, defeating Republican challenger Yesli Vega in a highly competitive and expensive race.

The seat was seen by Republicans as a prime pickup opportunity as the party hoped to cash in on President Joe Biden’s poor approval ratings in this deeply divided district.

While it doesn’t preclude a GOP-controlled House when all the votes across the country are counted, it signals that Democrats are holding their own in some challenging territory.

Democrat Josh Shapiro defeats Republican Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro greets supporters at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Nov. 1, 2022.
Josh Shapiro at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh on Nov. 1.Jeff Swensen for NBC News

Democrat Josh Shapiro defeated far-right Republican Doug Mastriano in the Pennsylvania governor’s race on Tuesday, NBC News projected, providing Democrats with a significant victory in a contest where oversight of the 2024 election and abortion rights took center stage.

Shapiro, the state attorney general, framed his opponent as an extremist and sought to make his campaign about protecting Pennsylvanians’ freedom to vote, to access abortion care and to unionize. Mastriano, a state senator who led the charge to try to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state, generated a core of grassroots GOP supporters during the primary but was unable to broaden his coalition.

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Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker wins re-election in Illinois

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has won re-election, defeating Republican challenger Darren Bailey, NBC News projects.

Pritzker was first elected in 2018.

Bailey is a state senator from southern Illinois who has previously called Chicago a “hellhole.”

He also drew scrutiny for remarks — later clarifying and apologizing — for saying that people should “ move on” and celebrate Independence Day after a gunman opened fire this year at a parade in Highland Park, killing seven people and wounding others.

Democrat Andrea Campbell is Massachusetts’ first Black female AG

Democrat Andrea Campbell is the winner of the Massachusetts attorney general’s race, NBC News projects, defeating James McMahon.

Early results showed Campbell leading McMahon by about 60% to 40%, according to the NBC News Decision Desk.

Her win makes her the first Black woman to serve as Massachusetts’ top law enforcement officer.

Campbell, a former Boston city councilwoman, made equity a focus of her campaign, saying she would look at every issue through that lens, NBC Boston reported.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott easily wins re-election, beating Democrat Beto O’Rourke

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has won re-election to a third term, NBC News projects, soundly defeating a challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

At one point, early in the cycle, pundits had regarded the contest as one of the more interesting matchups in the country, with O’Rourke brandishing much of the same gusto he employed four years earlier, when he nearly knocked out a different Texas conservative, Sen. Ted Cruz.

In May, O’Rourke crashed an Abbott news conference the day after a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, left 19 children and two teachers dead, approaching the stage to blame Abbott’s pro-gun policies before police escorted him out. Over the summer, he launched a 5,600-mile “Drive for Texas.”

But this time around, O’Rourke’s campaign never caught on. 

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Letitia James re-elected as attorney general in New York

Democrat Letitia James won a second term as New York’s attorney general, defeating Republican challenger Michael Henry, NBC News projects.

James has been in the national spotlight with high-profile legal battles against former President Donald Trump. In September, her office filed a sweeping lawsuit against Trump, his three eldest children and the Trump Organization stemming from her civil probe into the company’s business practices.

After polls close, Arizona Republicans pump up election night crowd, predicting wins

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — An energetic crowd packed into a Scottsdale resort this evening, optimistic that the four Donald Trump-endorsed candidates will sweep their races despite earlier polls showing them to be highly competitive.

“This is the election of our lifetime,” Kelli Ward, the Arizona Republican Party chair, told the crowd to cheers and applause.

Tucson voter Felix Moreira said he has supported Kari Lake for governor since day one. Drawn to her brashness, Moreira said he trusts her to protect Arizona from crime and illegal immigration.

“Just look around — we don’t want to turn into Venezuela,” he said.

Joe Generoso, who lives in a retirement community in Maricopa County, said he has attended every Donald Trump rally in Arizona over the years. He believes the 2020 election was rigged against Trump and is worried about this year’s results after reports of problems at dozens of voting locations throughout the county.

“I’m not saying we’re going to get violent, but we’re not going to take it,” he said. “We have to stop Democrats.”

Georgia Senate race too close to call

Georgia’s Senate race is too close to call about three hours after polls closed at 7 p.m. ET, according to NBC News.

The race between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker is among the most competitive in the country, and it could determine which party controls the Senate in the next Congress.

A runoff election would be held in December if no candidate gets at least 50% of the vote.

Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race is too close to call

The contest between Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican challenger Tim Michels is too close to call.

Evers defeated former Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, in 2018.

NBC News Exit Poll: DeSantis re-elected Florida governor with support from white men, rural voters

Ron DeSantis won re-election as Florida’s Republican governor with strong support from white men, Cuban voters, rural voters and voters age 45 and over, the NBC News Exit Poll found.

DeSantis’ level of support among Cuban voters is consistent with what he received in 2018. Where DeSantis appears to have gained support is among other Latino voters.

In 2018, the NBC News Exit Poll found that about 34% of Puerto Rican voters supported DeSantis, along with 34% of other Latino voters, which includes voters who trace their ancestry to Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and other Latin American countries.

This year, the exit poll found that about 55% of Puerto Rican voters supported DeSantis and 50% of other Latino voters supported him.

Inflation appeared to be a major issue motivating DeSantis’ supporters. DeSantis voters were more than twice as likely as voters for Democrat Charlie Crist to say that inflation was the issue that mattered most to them. In comparison, Crist voters were about six times as likely as DeSantis voters to say that abortion was the issue that mattered most to them in deciding how they would vote.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis with his wife, Casey DeSantis, at an election night watch party in Tampa.Giorgio Viera / AFP – Getty Images

New Hampshire’s Senate race is too early to call; Democratic incumbent leads

The Senate race in New Hampshire is too early to call, but incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan is leading, NBC News projects.

Hassan faces Republican challenger Donald Bolduc. Libertarian Party candidate Jeremy Kauffman is also on the ballot.

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