2022 election recap: Democrats hold US Senate with win in Nevada


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Mon, 14 November 2022 at 8:55 pm

2022 Midterm Elections Live
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  • Democrats held control of the US Senate and could even gain a seat depending on a run-off race in Georgia.
  • A few outstanding races in the 2022 elections will determine control of the House.
  • The results were a disappointment for Republicans, who had hoped to win many seats in both chambers.

Washington Democrat Marie Pérez defeats Trump-backed Joe Kent, who ousted a pro-impeachment Republican

Photo of Marie Perez
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Democratic Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez defeated Republican Joe Kent to win the US House race for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Pérez’s win will flip the district from Republican to Democrat, a first in 12 years.

Control of the House still hangs in the balance, with only a handful of outstanding races yet to be called.


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Democrats hold US Senate with win in Nevada

Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has won one of the nation’s closest-watched Senate races in Nevada, deciding the fate of Senate control for the next two years.


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Catherine Cortez Masto defeats Adam Laxalt in Nevada Senate election

2022 Election Catherine Cortez Masto wins Nevada Senate
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Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Republican Adam Laxalt to win the Nevada senate election.

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Results: Rep. Kim Schrier defeats Republican Matt Larkin in Washington’s 8th Congressional District election

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Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier defeated Republican Matt Larkin in Washington’s 8th Congressional District.Read Full Story

Results: Sen. Mark Kelly defeats Republican Blake Masters in critical Arizona Senate contest

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Freshman Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona defeated newly-minted Republican candidate Blake Masters in a highly charged race for the state’s US Senate seat.


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Trump-endorsed Republican Joe Lombardo defeats Gov. Steve Sisolak in Nevada’s gubernatorial election

2022 Elections Joe Lombardo wins Nevada Governor
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Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak was defeated by Republican Joe Lombardo in Nevada’s gubernatorial election.

Once one of 14 Democratic trifectas in the country, Lombardo’s win overturned this status.


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Democratic Rep. Steve Horsford defeats Republican Sam Peters in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District election

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Democratic Rep. Steve Horsford defeated Republican Sam Peters in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

It marks the second critical house race taken by Democratic candidates Friday evening, along with Democratic Rep. Susie Lee, who defeated April Becker in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District election.


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Democrat Trone holds his seat in Maryland

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Rep. David Trone seen speaking during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, DC.Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Democratic Rep. David Trone held off a challenge from Republican Neil Parrott in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District in a rematch.

Trone — the millionaire owner of Total Wine & More retailers — is one of Congress’ wealthiest members.

He is also among dozens of members of Congress found since last year to have violated the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 for failing to properly disclose financial investments.

His victory shores up another seat for Democrats as control of the House remains too close to call.

Control of the Senate and the House remains too close to call

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A view of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. November 19, 2019Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images

As of Friday morning — three days after Election Day — neither party has taken control of the Senate or House just yet.

Democrats have amassed victories in 48 Senate races and need to eke out wins in two more states to keep power in the Senate with 50 senators and Vice President Kamala Harris serving as a tiebreaker.

Republicans, meanwhile, need to win two of those races to flip control.

As it stands, Senate races in Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada haven’t been resolved.

Georgia’s race between Republican Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is going to a December runoff election, making Nevada and Arizona the two most important states to watch at the moment.

In Nevada, Republican Adam Laxalt leads Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto by about 9,000 votes — less than 1% of the overall vote — with 6% of votes still left to be reported, according to Insider’s data partner, Decision Desk HQ.

In Arizona, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly holds a 5% lead, or about 115,000 votes, over Republican challenger Blake Masters with 84% of all votes reported so far.

On the House side, there are still 31 races that DDHQ has yet to call, many of which are in California and New York. As it stands, Republicans have netted 210 seats in the House so far, besting the Democrats’ 194.

Either party needs 218 seats to have a majority.

That the election remains so close is a stunning result considering economic headwinds and historic trends of the party in power losing seats in Congress during midterm elections. The GOP had hoped for a “red wave” of victories, but Republicans have been held to only a few pickups in razor-tight races.

A Maryland Republican who lost his race by 300K votes says he won’t concede. Most Republicans who lost have conceded.

A close-up shot of Michaek Peroutka, GOP nominee for Maryland's Attorney General in the 2022 midterm elections.
Michael Anthony Peroutka, the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Maryland in 2022, speaks at a Towson University event on October 3, 2022Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The GOP’s nominee for Maryland’s attorney general has refused to concede, despite trailing his opponent by more than 300,000 votes.

Right-wing candidate Michael Peroutka emailed his supporters suggesting without evidence that election fraud had taken place.

Meanwhile, the Maryland State Board of Elections said Marylanders can be “confident” in the result, according to a statement seen by the Washington Post.

Though many high-profile election deniers ran in the 2022 midterm elections, most Republicans who lost have quickly conceded their races.


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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Facebook’s Libra.Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

A New York Congressman who lost his seat in the midterm elections criticized New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying she didn’t do enough to help.

Sean Patrick Maloney has represented New York’s 17th congressional district in the House of Representatives since 2013 but lost to his Republican rival this week, a stunning defeat for the party.

When asked who was to blame for Democrats’ poor performance in the usually safe blue state, Maloney said of Ocasio-Cortez: “I didn’t see her one minute of these midterms helping our House majority” — noting that she endorsed a candidate who tried unsuccessfully to unseat him in the primaries.


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In a series of irate posts, Trump bashes DeSantis as an ‘average’ governor who is ‘playing games’ around his intention to run in 2024

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Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Dayton International Airport on November 7, 2022 in Vandalia, Ohio.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump ripped Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a flurry of posts on Truth Social on Thursday, calling him an “average Republican governor with great Public Relations.”

In a public statement also posted on Truth Social, Trump unleashed on his one-time ally, offering a taste of the potential insults to come if the two face off in 2024. The Florida governor is seen as a potential 2024 presidential hopeful, which could challenge the former president’s hold on the GOP should DeSantis decide to run for president.


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Trump also raged against DeSantis and said he unnecessarily chose to “close up” Florida during the pandemic

Trump appeared to criticize Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s COVID-19 response, which was widely praised and held up as a model by many on the right.

Trump made the comment in a statement provided to Insider and in a series of Truth Social posts in which he raged against DeSantis and the news media. The statement came after some Republicans blamed Trump for the GOP’s disappointing midterms performance, although DeSantis easily coasted to reelection.


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Republicans say they’re skeptical whether the party will abandon Trump after underperformance in midterms

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Republicans have been publicly souring on former President Donald Trump after candidates he endorsed underperformed in the midterm elections, but whether that drumbeat grows loud enough to drive him out as the party’s leader remains uncertain.

“There’s an old Frank Sinatra song where he says, ‘I’ve heard that song before.’ — We’ve heard this song before,” Doug Heye, a veteran GOP strategist, told Insider on Thursday. “What we don’t know is: what is that second verse going to be, and are Republicans going to actually stick to it?”


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Boebert shares meme, opponent urges voters to fix ballots in tight race

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) speaks during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit held at the Tampa Convention Center on July 23, 2022.
Colodaro Rep. Lauren Boebert gained 18,679 follower in the 24 hours before Elon Musk took over Twitter.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert broke two days of Twitter silence on Thursday morning as leads her race by just under 400 votes — a stunningly close situation for the incumbent Congresswoman who was widely expected to trounce her opponent in a heavily Republican district.

Her opponent, Democrat Adam Frisch, has tweeted a handful of times since polls first closed in Colorado.

His most recent update came Thursday night around 9 p.m. ET, when he urged Coloradans to cure their ballots — meaning fix errors that will allow the vote to be counted, as per state law — if needed.

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