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MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS HQ: ‘Not a Red Wave, That’s For Darn Sure’

Posted on | November 8, 2022 | 1 Comment

UPDATE 6:30 a.m. ET Wednesday: The headline quote is from South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, summarizing the results in which it appears that a runoff in Georgia will decide control of the Senate, while GOP gains in the House will probably be enough to take a majority, but by a disappointingly narrow margin.

UPDATE 6:55 a.m. ET: A bright spot in western Maryland:

Neil Parrott (R) ……. 102,669 (51%)
David Trone (D) …….. 98,122 (49%)

Parrott is the state senator from Washington County whom I knew from 2010, when he was first running for the state legislature. His narrow victory over Trone, a billionaire incumbent Democrat, demonstrates the power of a strong grassroots “shoe leather” campaign. There was no way Parrott could compete in television ads, where Trone vastly outspent him, but the Republican challenger had plenty of volunteers on the ground and his green yard signs were everywhere.


For weeks, Democrats have been solemnly warning of impending authoritarianism: “DEMOCRACY IS ON THE BALLOT!” But when I went to vote today, neither democracy nor authoritarianism were actually among the choices, and instead I voted for Republicans, which is what I think they really meant: If Republicans win control of Congress, there will be no more “democracy,” as far as liberals are concerned.

So now, nearing 7 p.m. Eastern, polls are about to close in six states and I’ll be compiling results here, while also bitching about the slowness of the vote-counting on a special six-hour edition of The Other Podcast.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m. ET: Ron DeSantis has been reelected in Florida.

UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: Almost everything is still “too close to call.”

UPDATE 7:20 p.m. ET: Sen. Rand Paul is reelected in Kentucky, Sen. Tim Scott reelected in South Carolina and Sen. Marco Rubio reelected in Florida.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m. ET: In the Indiana Senate race, incumbent Republican Sen. Todd Young is trouncing Democratic challenger Thomas McDermott by 20 points. Young has already been declared the winner, with fewer than 4% of precincts reporting.

UPDATE 6:50 p.m. ET: CNN has been going through their own exit poll numbers and — whoa! — democracy is completely dead:



One Response to “MIDTERM ELECTION RESULTS HQ: ‘Not a Red Wave, That’s For Darn Sure’”

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