"Not a red wave": John King explains what he's seen so far
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HeWahl 2022 See MoreIt's in the books now thoughThe vote count continuesin many places with so many races to go, and not what most politically handicapped people expected.
Democrats, who were expected to suffer significant losses in the House of Representatives, appear to have fought back, but are still likely to end up in a minority.
The battle for control of the Senate is back and forth, with the Democrats currently winning a single seat in Pennsylvania. Major races in Arizona and Nevada are too early to announce, while CNN predicts the Georgia Senate race is heading to a runoff on December 6th.
Below, I've selected some of the biggest winners and losers from the midterm election results so far. As we get more results I will continue to update who had a good night and who leaves disappointed.
*Ron Desantis: On a disappointing night for Republicans, Florida's governor was avery clear point. Absolutely Crushed Former Governor Charlie Cristto win a second term. The win, and the margin he won by, could very well serve as a springboard for DeSantis' national hopes, allowing him to make the case that he can do nationally what he just did in Florida. DeSantis drew sweeping conclusions from his win, calling it a "win for good" (I mean...) and making Florida the "wake to die state." (He is well). DeSantis is clearly a politician with electoral momentum now, and now the GOP is waiting to see what he does next.
*Joseph Shapiro: If you're looking for the next generation of Democratic rock stars, look no further than Shapiro, theled to victoryin the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race on Tuesday. Shapiro is eloquent, intelligent, and has a clearly demonstrated appeal to voters in a swing state. Shapiro's victory is also a victory for election security. Pennsylvania's governor appoints the state's election commissioner, and Shapiro's opponent, Republican Doug Mastriano, was a 2020 draft evader.
*Marjorie Taylor Greene: If Republicans had recognized the wave many of them predicted before the election, the party would be well on its way to enjoying a comfortable majority seat. But that doesn't seem to be the case across the country. The most likely outcome, and there are still many important races to be called too soon, appears to be a narrow Republican majority. that couldGood news for Greenand fellow House Freedom Caucus. Because that group represents a solid voting bloc, Greene and his ilk could use their support of the Republican leadership to win concessions and gain influence. In that scenario, any Republican who became Speaker of the House, with Kevin McCarthy as the frontrunner, would have to make sure he was right about the Freedom Caucus before any major vote.
*Simon Rosenberg:Rosenberg, a longtime Democratic strategist, told anyone who would listen that the apparent movement toward the Republicans in the final weeks of the race was misleading, fueled by a series of Republican-sponsored polls that skewed poll averages in a more dire direction. favorable to the Republican Party. Was he right. Period.
*Gretchen Whitmer: The Michigan governor had her ups and downs during her first term. But on Tuesday he convincingly beat Republican Tudor Dixon to come out on top.almost 10 pointsfrom Wednesday morning. Whitmer, who was on Joe Biden's list of possible 2020 vice presidents, cemented his status as a force to be reckoned with in the Democratic Party's future.
*Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump's former White House press secretary became the next governor of Arkansas after winning the general election. What was expected. Now see what Sanders is doing to expand his appeal across state lines. He is definitely someone who is likely to end up in the national candidate pool at some point in the not-too-distant future.
*Joe Manchin:Regardless of what happens in the remaining unconvened Senate races, we know that the Senate majority will again be very small. Which means Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, is likely to cast a swing vote on major legislation again in the next couple of years. Which, if the past two years are any indication, is a very powerful place to be. Add another fold? Manchin is running for re-election in 2024 for a third term...
*Donald Trump: It's hard to imagine things getting worse for the former president on Tuesday night. Republicans did not sweep the country on their oft-predicted Republican wave, and DeSantis' rise was one of the big stories to emerge on Election Day. (Not to mention the fact that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, two Republicans who drew Trump's ire, were re-elected.) And you can tell Trump is getting nervous about DeSantis and sending to him awarning shotabout the 2024 presidential race on Tuesday. I don't think anything, including last night's results, will change Trump's course in 2024. But for all his bluster (and there will be plenty), it's clear that Tuesday was not the night Trump had hoped.
*Beto O´Rourke: O´Rourkehe fell shortin his challenge against Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday night, meaning he has lost three consecutive elections: 1) the 2018 Senate race against Ted Cruz; 2) the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries; 3) the gubernatorial race in 2022. In politics, as in baseball, it's usually three hits and you're out. It's hard to imagine O'Rourke running for another office so soon, a remarkable downturn for someone who was considered a rising Democratic star just a few short years ago.
*Stacy Abrams: Speaking of faded stars, Georgia Democratlost the gubernatorial racewith strength, as they were unable to repeat the coalition that brought them closer to victory four years ago. Abrams, who emerged from that first race as the rage among Democrats nationally, looks much less impressive this time around. And with two defeats in the last two races, it's hard to see where a political turnaround for them begins.
*Charlie Cristo: It's hard to imagine Democrats don't regret their decision to nominate the former Republican governor as their party's nominee against DeSantis. Crist, who lost the governorship to Rick Scott in 2014, never stood a chance against DeSantis and offered almost no resistance during the campaign. That appears to be the end of the road for Crist in Florida politics.
*Kevin McCarthy: Yes, it's a little strange to have the man who could stand in linebe the next mayorin the losing group. But consider the situation McCarthy would find himself in if the Republicans gained control of the House and he was elected leader of the party: a potentially small majority controlled, or at least heavily influenced, by the more extreme elements of his party. (See Marjorie Taylor Greene above.) These forces would exert significant influence over any attempt to vote for McCarthy. Doing anything, let alone doing the things the House Freedom Caucus might be pushing for, like impeachment of Biden, would be a tall order.
* Republican Senate Map Expansion:In the closing stages of the campaign, some Senate Republican strategists suggested that they, too, might put three reach the states - New Hampshire, Colorado and Washington - in play and give yourself more paths to the majority. None of the three races were that close. The incumbent Democrats not only won it all, but led by double digits on Wednesday morning.
* Electoral Rejecters:several high profileConscientious objectors run for governorthe whole country sided with the losers. Tim Michels lost at Wisconsin. At Michigan, Dixon failed. Mastriano was crushed in Pennsylvania. The same goes for Dan Cox in Maryland. And Darren Bailey in Illinois. While CNN didn't announce Arizona's gubernatorial race, Republican Kari Lake trails behind.
This story has been updated with additional information.
The Republican Party, led by Kevin McCarthy, won control of the House, defeating Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party, which had held a majority in the House since 2019, as a result of the 2018 elections.
In the 117th Congress, the current party alignments as of December 13, 2022,6 are as follows: House of Representatives: 222 Democrats (including 4 Delegates), 215 Republicans (including 1 Delegate and the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico), and 4 vacant seats.
In the 2022 elections, Republicans took back control of the House, winning a slim majority.Who holds the Senate in 2022? ›
|Leader||Chuck Schumer||Mitch McConnell|
|Leader since||January 3, 2017||January 3, 2007|
|Leader's seat||New York||Kentucky|
With the Republicans holding a majority of seats and the Democrats holding a minority, the current leaders are Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Majority Whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, and Minority Whip Katherine Clark of Massachusetts.Who holds the House in 2023? ›
|Leader||Kevin McCarthy||Hakeem Jeffries|
|Leader since||January 3, 2019||January 3, 2023|
|Leader's seat||California 20th||New York 8th|
|Last election||222 seats, 50.6%||213 seats, 47.8%|
With more than 59 years of service, Representative John Dingell, Jr., of Michigan, holds the record for longest consecutive service. Longest-serving Speaker of the House: Sam Rayburn of Texas served as Speaker for a total of 17 years, two months, and two days.Who is the youngest US senator? ›
Jon Ossoff (D-GA) is the youngest sitting senator at 36, replacing Josh Hawley, who at 41 was the youngest senator of the 116th Congress. Ossoff is the youngest person elected to the U.S. Senate since Don Nickles in 1980. The average age of senators is higher now than in the past.Who is the oldest US senators? ›
At 89, Feinstein is the oldest sitting U.S. senator and member of Congress. In March 2021, she became the longest-serving U.S. senator from California, surpassing Hiram Johnson. Upon Don Young's death in March 2022, she became the oldest sitting member of Congress.Who is the most powerful person in the House of Representatives and why? ›
Elected by the whole of the House of Representatives, the Speaker acts as leader of the House and combines several roles: the institutional role of presiding officer and administrative head of the House, the role of leader of the majority party in the House, and the representative role of an elected member of the House ...
IV. Section-by-Section Analysis Section 1 This is the operative section that limits congressional terms to two terms in the Senate and to six terms in the House of Representatives.What power does the House of Representatives have over the president? ›
The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers.Who is the majority whip of the Senate? ›
Current floor leaders
The Senate is currently composed of 49 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and 3 independents; all the independents caucus with the Democrats. The current leaders are Senators Chuck Schumer (D) of New York and Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky.
Mitch McConnell is the United States Senate Republican Leader. On January 3, 2023, he became the longest-serving Senate Party Leader in American history, elected to lead the Republican conference nine times since 2006. From 2015 to 2021, McConnell served as Senate Majority Leader.What do Republicans believe in? ›
The Republican Party has generally associated with socially conservative policies, although it does have dissenting centrist and libertarian factions. Social conservatives advocate for laws that uphold traditional family values, often rooted in Christianity.What are the six states with only one representative? ›
4 Seven states have one Representative: Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Delaware. The total U.S. population cannot simply be divided by number of members (435) to determine apportionment.Who is the most powerful member for the majority party in the House? ›
Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Elected by the entire membership of the House of Representatives, the Speaker presides over the House as its administrative head and serves as the leader of the majority party in the chamber.Who is the current majority leader? ›
On January 20, 2021, Democratic vice president Kamala Harris took office. Her tie-breaking vote established a Democratic majority in the Senate, making Charles Schumer the majority leader and Mitch McConnell the minority leader.How much does a clerk of the US House of Representatives get paid? ›
The average salary for a Clerk is $33,504 per year in United States, which is 20% lower than the average United States House of Representatives salary of $42,349 per year for this job.Which House is voted in every 2 years? ›
Members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are considered for reelection every even year. Senators however, serve six-year terms and elections to the Senate are staggered over even years so that only about 1/3 of the Senate is up for reelection during any election.
Members of the House are elected every two years and must be 25 years of age, a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and a resident of the state (but not necessarily the district) they represent.Who is the oldest living former member of Congress? ›
Wolff was the oldest living current or former member of Congress until his death in May 2021, and the last living member born in the 1910s.Who is the longest serving Republican Speaker of the House? ›
On June 1, 2006, Hastert became the longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history, surpassing the record previously held by fellow Illinoisan Joseph Gurney Cannon, who held the post from November 1903 to March 1911.Who was the first female senator? ›
Appointed to fill a vacancy on October 3, 1922, Rebecca Felton of Georgia took the oath of office on November 21, 1922, becoming the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.How much are U.S. senators paid? ›
|2023 (present)||$174,000||per annum|
Cawthorn is the youngest Republican and one of the youngest members ever elected to the House of Representatives. He is also the first member of Congress born in the 1990s.How much does a U.S. representative make annually? ›
Since 2009, the COLA increases have been denied, leaving the salaries of rank-and-file legislators serving in the US Congress at $174,000 annually. Leaders of the House and Senate are paid a higher salary than other Members.
ArtI. S3. C3. 1 Overview of Senate Qualifications Clause
Article I, Section 3, Clause 3: No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
There are currently 435 representatives, a number fixed by law since 1911. The most populous state, California, currently has 52 representatives. There are six states with one representative: Alaska, Delaware, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. Each representative serves for a two-year term.What is the average age of the US House of Representatives? ›
The average age of Members of the House at the beginning of the 117th Congress was 58.4 years; of Senators, 64.3 years. The 117th Congress is made up of 437 Representatives (not including 4 vacant seats) and 100 Senators, with Democrats holding the House majority.
The Constitution grants Congress the sole authority to enact legislation and declare war, the right to confirm or reject many Presidential appointments, and substantial investigative powers.Who follows the vice president in succession to the presidency? ›
Order of Presidential Succession
Vice President. Speaker of the House. President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Secretary of State.
The majority leader is second to the Speaker of the House in party hierarchy. Although not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, the first majority leader was seen during the 56th Congress (1899–1901).What government positions do not have term limits? ›
Judicial appointments at the federal level are made for life, and are not subject to election or to term limits. The U.S. Congress remains (since the Thornton decision of 1995) without electoral limits.Can a governor serve 3 terms? ›
How long does the Governor serve and can he or she serve more than one term? The governor holds the office for four years and can choose to run for reelection. The Governor is not eligible to serve more than eight years in any twelve-year period.Who can declare war? ›
3 Declarations of War. Article I, Section 8, Clause 11: [The Congress shall have Power . . . ] To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; . . .Can the president override the House and Senate? ›
The President, however, can influence and shape legislation by a threat of a veto. By threatening a veto, the President can persuade legislators to alter the content of the bill to be more acceptable to the President. Congress can override a veto by passing the act by a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate.Who can impeach the president? ›
If a federal official commits a crime or otherwise acts improperly, the House of Representatives may impeach—formally charge—that official. If the official subsequently is convicted in a Senate impeachment trial, he is removed from office.Can the House of Representatives override the President? ›
A regular veto occurs when the President returns the legislation to the house in which it originated, usually with a message explaining the rationale for the veto. This veto can be overridden only by a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and the House.What does Whip stand for? ›
The term is taken from the "whipper-in" during a hunt, who tries to prevent hounds from wandering away from a hunting pack. Additionally, the term "whip" may mean the voting instructions issued to legislators, or the status of a certain legislator in their party's parliamentary grouping.
Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party in Parliament to help organise their party's contribution to parliamentary business. One of their responsibilities is making sure the maximum number of their party members vote, and vote the way their party wants.What is the current makeup of the Senate? ›
|United States Senate|
|Political groups||Majority (51) Democratic (48) Independent (3) Minority (49) Republican (49)|
|Length of term||6 years|
Current floor leaders
With the Republicans holding a majority of seats and the Democrats holding a minority, the current leaders are Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Majority Whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York, and Minority Whip Katherine Clark of Massachusetts.
|Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee||Gary Peters||MI|
|Vice Chair, Senate Democratic Outreach||Catherine Cortez Masto||NV|
|Deputy Secretary, Democratic Caucus||Brian Schatz||HI|
|Senate Democratic Chief Deputy Whip||Jeff Merkley||OR|
Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States (1829–1837) and the first Democratic president.What do liberals believe in? ›
believing in equality and individual liberty. supporting private property and individual rights. supporting the idea of limited constitutional government. recognising the importance of related values such as pluralism, toleration, autonomy, bodily integrity and consent.What are the most Democratic states? ›
As of 2018, Massachusetts was the most Democratic state, with 56% of residents identifying as Democrat, while only 27% of residents identified as Republican.What are the beliefs of a Democrat? ›
From workers' rights to protecting the environment, equal pay to fighting the special interests, Democrats believe we can and should make life better for families across our nation. fairness, justice, and equality for all by standing up for all middle-class Americans and those struggling to get there.What does the Senate control vs House of Representatives? ›
In most cases, House rules will limit debate so that important legislation can be passed during one legislative business day. In the Senate however, the majority has the power to schedule when various bills come to the floor for voting but a single Senator can slow legislation from coming to the floor for a vote.What is the difference between the Senate and the House of Representatives? ›
Senators represent their entire states, but members of the House represent individual districts. The number of districts in each state is determined by a state's population. Each state has a minimum of one representative in Congress. The House and Senate have evolved into very different bodies.
Right now, as of today, the US is a divided government, in that the POTUS is a democrat; the House is controlled by the democrats; and the Senate is controlled by the republicans. In the 117th Congress, women and minorities hold more seats in Congress than any of the previous 116 Congresses.Does the Speaker of the House control the House of Representatives? ›
The speaker in the United States, by tradition, is the head of the majority party in the House of Representatives, outranking the majority leader. However, despite having the right to vote, the speaker usually does not participate in debate.What are three ways the President can be removed from office? ›
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.What can the Senate do that the House Cannot? ›
The Senate has the sole power to conduct impeachment trials, essentially serving as jury and judge. Since 1789 the Senate has tried 20 federal officials, including three presidents.How much do U.S. senators make? ›
|2023 (present)||$174,000||per annum|
If a federal official commits a crime or otherwise acts improperly, the House of Representatives may impeach—formally charge—that official. If the official subsequently is convicted in a Senate impeachment trial, he is removed from office.Why is House higher than Senate? ›
The House of Representatives is referred to as the lower house of the United States Congress, because it has more Members than the Senate. It also has powers not granted to the Senate, like the ability to elect the President if the Electoral College is tied.What is the purpose of a filibuster? ›
A filibuster is a tactic used in the U.S. Senate to delay or block a vote on a measure by preventing debate on it from ending. The Senate's rules place few restrictions on debate; in general, if no other senator is speaking, a senator who seeks recognition is entitled to speak for as long as they wish.What is it called when one party controls the presidency but does not control both houses of Congress? ›
In the United States, divided government describes a situation in which one party controls the White House (executive branch), while another party controls one or both houses of the United States Congress (legislative branch).Which party dominates the House and Senate? ›
|117th United States Congress|
|Senate majority||Republican (until January 20, 2021) Democratic (from January 20, 2021)|
|Senate President||Mike Pence (R) (until January 20, 2021) Kamala Harris (D) (from January 20, 2021)|
|House Speaker||Nancy Pelosi (D)|
The gains in seats in the mid-term election resulted in the Republicans gaining control of both the House and the Senate in January 1995. Republicans had not held the majority in the House for 40 years, since the 83rd Congress (elected in 1952).Who has the power to remove the Speaker of the House? ›
The House of Representatives, by clause 7 of rule I, has provided for appointment and election of Speakers pro tempore. A Speaker may be removed at the will of the House, and a Speaker pro tempore appointed, 2 Grey, 186; 5 Grey, 134.Who was the last Republican Speaker of the House? ›
|Official portrait, 2018|
|54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives|
|In office October 29, 2015 – January 3, 2019|
|Preceded by||John Boehner|
The Speaker of the House is by law second in line to succeed the President, after the Vice President, and 25th Amendment makes the Speaker a part of the process announcing presidential disability.