US has voted in midterm elections that will help define the remaining two years of President Donald Trump’s first term in office.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives were up for grabs on Tuesday, as well as 35 seats in the Senate, and 39 governorships in 36 states and three US territories.
Trump’s Republican party lost a majority in the House of Representatives, but held onto the Senate.
Tuesday, November 6
Democrat wins Nevada Senate vote
Democratic Representative Jacky Rosen of Nevada elected to the Senate, ousting Republican incumbent Dean Heller.
Georgia race too close to call
The hotly contested race in Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams was seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor of a US state, remains too close to call early on Wednesday.
Abrams, 44, was locked in a tight battle with Republican Brian Kemp, the state’s secretary of state. There was a minor party candidate also in the race, and under Georgia law, if no candidate exceeds 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers advance to a December runoff election.
By 2am EST (07:00 GMT), Kemp held a three-point lead, but Abrams told her supporters that she expected a runoff once all votes were counted.
“I promise you tonight that we are going to make sure every vote is counted,” she said. “We are still on the verge of history, and the best is yet to come.”
Democrat Dianne Feinstein reelected as California Senator
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California wins reelection to a fifth full term, defeating Democrat Kevin de Leon.
Democrat Evers wins Wisconsin governor’s seat
Democrat Tony Evers won the Wisconsin governor’s race on Tuesday, ending the conservative Scott Walker’s eight years in power, according to data provider DDHQ.
Evers, 66, has been the state’s top education official since 2009.
GOP keeps Idaho, South Dakota governor’s offices
Republicans have kept control of the governors’ offices in Idaho and South Dakota by winning elections to succeed departing GOP incumbents.
Republican Kristi Noem turned back an unusually strong challenge from Democratic state Senator Billie Sutton to win South Dakota’s gubernatorial race Tuesday.
She will become the first female governor in state history and will succeed term-limited Governor Dennis Daugaard.
In Idaho, Lieutenant Governor Brad Little defeated former Democratic state lawmaker Paulette Jordon to become the next governor. Little will succeed retiring Governor CL “Butch” Otter, who has been in office since 2007.
Democrat Janet Mills wins Maine governor’s seat
Democrats have regained control of the Maine governor’s office with a victory in an open-seat election by Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills.
Mills defeated Republican businessman Shawn Moody and independent state Treasurer Terry Hayes in Tuesday’s gubernatorial race.
She will succeed Republican Governor Paul LePage, who was term-limited after eight years in office.
Republican Kim Reynolds win Iowa governor’s seat
Republican Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has won a full term in office by defeating Democratic businessman Fred Hubbell.
Reynolds’ victory on Tuesday makes her the first woman elected governor in Iowa.
She previously won two terms as lieutenant governor and was elevated to chief executive when Governor Terry Branstad was named by President Donald Trump to serve as ambassador to China in 2017.
Reynolds also previously served in the state Legislature. Iowa had been one of the states where Democrats thought they had a chance of flipping control of the governor’s office.
Democrat Gavin Newsom wins California governor’s office
Democrat Gavin Newsom has won the governor’s race in California, a state that has provided some of the strongest resistance to President Donald Trump.
Newsom defeated Republican businessman John Cox in Tuesday’s election to succeed outgoing Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. Brown and Newsom are critics of the Republican president.
Newsom served as lieutenant governor under Brown and has pledged to pursue universal health care and a surge in housing construction.
He previously was mayor of San Francisco, where he gained attention for ordering the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples before it was legal.
Governors in Vermont and Oregon keep their seats
Republican Governor Phil Scott won re-election on Tuesday in the traditionally Democratic state of Vermont by defeating Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist.
In Oregon, Democratic Governor Kate Brown won re-election over Republican challenger Knute Buehler.
Republicans had believed that Oregon provided one of their best chances to flip a Democratic governor’s seat in a year when Democrats generally have been making greater gains.
Democrats on Tuesday flipped governor’s offices in at least four states – Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and New Mexico.
Republicans entered Election Day holding 33 governor’s offices and two-thirds of the state legislative chambers.
Democrat Laura Kelly wins Kansas governor’s race
Democrat Laura Kelly has defeated a prominent ally of President Donald Trump, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, to win the Kansas governor’s race.
Kobach had built a national profile as an advocate of tough immigration policies and strict voter photo ID laws. He served as vice chairman of Trump’s now-defunct commission on voter fraud.
Kelly will be Kansas’ third governor in a year.
Republican Governor Sam Brownback resigned in January to accept a position in Trump’s administration.
He was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, whom Kobach defeated in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
Republicans win Arizona, New Hampshire and Ohio
In Ohio, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray on Tuesday to lead a GOP sweep of nonjudicial statewide offices.
DeWine will succeed term-limited Republican Governor John Kasich. Cordray had been an Obama-era consumer protection chief.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey defeated Democratic education professor David Garcia to win reelection in a race that focused on border security and education.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu won another two-year term by defeating former Democrat state Senator Molly Kelly.
Republican Ron DeSantis wins Florida governor’s seat
Republican Ron DeSantis will be Florida’s next governor, riding President Donald Trump’s support to a victory over Democrat Andrew Gillum.
The 40-year-old former congressman and Navy officer won on Tuesday after Trump went to Florida twice in the final six days of the election to help increase Republican turnout.
Gillum was hoping to become Florida’s first black governor. He conceded late on Tuesday.
DeSantis was considered an underdog until Trump injected himself in the Republican primary, helping DeSantis cruise to victory over better-funded and better-known Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
DeSantis stumbled after his nomination, most notably by saying Floridians shouldn’t “monkey this up” be electing Gillum.
Although he took a more moderate turn after the primary, he relied heavily on Trump in the last days of the election.
Democrats win in Minnesota and Hawaii
Democrats have held on to governors’ offices in Minnesota and Hawaii.
Minnesota Reperesentative Tim Walz defeated Republican Jeff Johnson on Tuesday to mark the first time since the 1950s that one of Minnesota’s political parties has held on to the office for at least three terms.
He will replace Governor Mark Dayton, who chose not to seek reelection.
In Hawaii, Governor David Ige won reelection by defeating Republican state Representative Andria Tupola. Hawaii is a heavily Democratic state.
Democrats win in Michigan, New Mexico and Illinois
Democrats JB Pritzker in Illinois, Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan and Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico won elections on Tuesday for seats previously held by Republicans.
Democratic gubernatorial candidates also were putting up strong challenges in the previously Republican-held states of Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and South Dakota.
Heading into Tuesday’s elections, Republicans controlled 33 governor’s office and two-thirds of all state legislative chambers. That included 25 states where they held a trifecta of power, compared with just eight for Democrats.
Whitmer’s victory breaks that Republican trifecta in Michigan. The Democratic gubernatorial victories in Illinois and New Mexico could give them trifectas there.
Republicans keep Nebraska governor seat
Republican Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has won re-election to another term by defeating Democratic state Senator Bob Krist.
Ricketts’ victory on Tuesday will extend a 20-year run of Republican governors in the conservative state.
Ricketts has pledged to keep pushing for lower taxes and limits on state spending. He will be paired with a state legislative chamber that is officially nonpartisan but also has a majority of Republicans.
Krist was previously a Republican but changed his affiliation after announcing his run for governor.
‘This is history’
Pelosi promises a ‘new day’
Democrat House leader, Nancy Pelosi, is speaking in Washington, DC. She promised that a Democrat-run House of Representatives will work towards better wages and lower prescription prices.”Tomorrow will be a new day in America,” she said.