Republicans just 1 win away from taking the House

Republicans just 1 win away from taking the House

The publicly stated rationale for many of these Republicans is the impending Senate runoff between the Democratic senator. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia. Although this Dec. 6 election will not decide the majority in the Senate, it could still have major consequences for control of the chamber.

A significant difference between this year’s qualifiers and those of January 2021 – when Warnock beat then Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated then-Sen. David Perdue to win the Democratic majority in the Senate – now is the time. After the pair of runoff losses, Republicans in the state changed the law to shorten the deadline. Instead of a nine-week campaign, this year’s second round takes place in early December – a short four-week sprint.

One consequence of the condensed runoff campaign is a significantly shorter early voting period — including apparently no Saturday early voting in this election, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday. Voters will also have significantly less time to request and return mail-in ballots.

Former President Donald Trump, who is expected to announce a 2024 presidential race at his Florida estate on Tuesday evening, looms over the fast approaching runoff. The announcement, planned and timed ahead of last week’s midterms, sparked concern among some GOP members that the former president’s 2024 campaign could rekindle the same electorate that cost Republicans two seats in the Senate in 2021.

Monday night also ended the biggest uncalled race outside of Georgia: the Arizona governor’s race, where Democrat Katie Hobbs narrowly beat Republican Kari Lake.

Hobbs – the state’s outgoing secretary of state – walked past Lake, a former TV anchor and Trump sidekick. His victory was projected by most media Monday night after the final vote tally for Maricopa County, the state’s largest county, was released. Lake was unable to make up enough ground to beat Hobbs in those final counts, making Hobbs the first Democratic governor in more than a decade.

The race between the two women was incredibly contentious. Lake was arguably the loudest statewide pro-Trump candidate in the country this cycle, proudly repeating Trump’s lies about a “stolen” 2020 election that Hobbs, in part, , oversaw in Arizona as Secretary of State.

“To those Arizonans who did not vote for me, I will work just as hard for you, because even in this divisive moment, I believe there is so much more that connects us,” Hobbs said in a statement shortly. after his victory.

There were significant fears before the election that Republican candidates like Lake, who repeated false claims of a rigged electoral system, would not concede their own losses. But for the most part, even those who clung to the mythology of a stolen election in 2020 have quietly conceded their own contests this year.

Lake did not immediately post a public concession to Hobbs on Monday night, instead tweeting, “Arizonans know BS when they see him.”

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