The battle for control of the House of Representatives is now the biggest unresolved issue in this year’s midterm elections, as Democrats retain a slim majority in the Senate.
Which party takes the 218 seats needed for a majority in the House of Representatives will depend on races in states with a majority of mail-in ballots — including California, Oregon and Arizona, where determining a winner in some races may require counts. week time.
Another high-profile race remains close: the Arizona gubernatorial race. Republican Carrie Lake, an election denier backed by Donald Trump, faces Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a defender of the state’s election process.
Democratic discontent keeps narrow House majority hopeful
Republicans appear to be inching closer to a narrow majority, but Democrats’ hopes have not completely faded.
Republicans won 211 of the 218 seats they need for a majority, while Democrats won 204, with 20 still undetermined as of Saturday night, according to CNN projections.
major victory for the democrats In Washington’s Republican-leaning 3rd District, CNN predicted Saturday that Democrat Mary Glusenkemp-Perez would defeat Republican Joe Kent, who fought with former President Donald Trump. Pu is closely related.
Many of the other undecided races are in California, where counting mail-in ballots can take weeks and major changes could occur later in the process. Other states with large numbers of mail-in ballots, including Arizona and Oregon, also have undecided races.
Arizona gubernatorial race still up in the air
Arizona Gov. Lake, one of the most prominent election deniers on this year’s ballot, remains close to Hobbs, who held a 34,000-vote lead as of late Saturday, estimated to be ahead There are 290,000 ballots to be counted.
If she wins, Lake would become a rare Trump-backed electoral denier to win this year’s hotly contested statewide race.
About 190,000 ballots remain to be counted in Maricopa County, Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, said in an interview with CNN Saturday afternoon.
He said he believed about 95% to 99% of those votes would be recorded by Tuesday. The county will continue to report about 85,000 ballots a night until it’s done, he said.
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In Alaska, one of the state’s House of Representatives seats and one of its Senate seats will depend on the ranking selection outcome.
Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, who won a special election this summer, is well positioned to cross the 50 percent mark. But Republican Senators. Lisa Murkowski faces a tougher challenge from Republican Kelly Tsbacka, who Trump backed as he retaliates against Murkowski and others who impeached him after Jan. 1. part of man. On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked.
In Los Angeles, Rep. Karen Bass extended her lead over developer Rick Caruso in the mayoral race Saturday.
If elected, Bass would be the first woman and the first black woman to lead America’s second-largest city.