Midterm takeaways: Unusual elections end on unexpected turf – JP
Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to sway Republican primary voters in Colorado, but Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet still defeated the Republican challenger the party was trying not to face, Joe O’Dea.
Not denying these elections
There are still a whole slew of races remaining to be called (did we mention that already?), but some of the candidates who said they believed the 2020 election was stolen from Trump have lost and conceded their races. Among them are Bolduc and J.R. Majewski, who challenged Rep. Marcy Kaptur in Ohio’s 9th District. “Congratulations @RepMarcyKaptur. I wish you the best. Please deliver for #OH09. We need it,” Majewski tweeted Wednesday.
Gubernatorial races seemed to ripple down in some pivotal states. Vulnerable Democratic incumbents in Pennsylvania House races may have gotten a boost from having a controversial GOP candidate as the gubernatorial nominee. Meanwhile, even as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul won, her unpopularity in some districts may have helped Republicans, such as Lawler, who toppled Maloney.
Roe-ing the vote
Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who won a third term in Michigan’s 7th District, said an abortion referendum in the state helped turn out younger voters, especially at Michigan State University. Slotkin was leading state Sen. Tom Barrett by 5 points on Wednesday afternoon, a larger margin of victory than in her previous two elections.
“It was very clear that the overwhelming number of students who were waiting in line were women and the overwhelming motivating force to wait in line, up to four hours, was voting yes on Proposition 3 to codify Roe in the Michigan constitution,” she said of lines she saw at the university Tuesday. “It looks like at least 3,000 students registered and voted in the same day,” she said, “and if you think about, you know, I’ve gotten about 5,000 more votes than I got in my last two races, that’s where it is coming from. That’s the driver.”