Some Midterm Races Are Still Too Close To Call

Media outlets have projected that Republicans will maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate and Democrats will take back the U.S. House of Representatives. However, there are still many important races that are still too close to call. In the House, Democrats are projected to win 225 seats, while Republicans are projected to win 197 seats; thirteen seats remain undeclared. In the Senate, it is projected that Republicans will have at least 51 seats, while Democrats will have at least 46 seats; three Senate races have yet to be called.

The U.S. Senate Special Election race in Mississippi will go to a runoff on November 27 as none of the candidates met the 50% threshold. According to Politico, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith received 41.6% of the vote, winning more votes than all other candidates. Democrat Mike Espy earned 40.6% of the vote and will challenge Hyde-Smith in the runoff election later this month. Most political analysts believe Republican Hyde-Smith is likely to win the runoff election.

In Florida, the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Rick Scott is still too close to call. With 99% of precincts reporting, Scott narrowly has the edge with 50.1% of the vote, comparing to Nelson’s 49.9%, according to Politico. Despite Scott’s growing popularity as governor since Hurricane Maria last fall, Nelson was originally considered to be the favorite in this race. This Senate race will likely go into a recount as Florida state law mandates that all races within a 0.5% margin must be recounted.

Additionally, media outlets have not called the U.S. Senate race in Arizona. The winner of this race will replace Senator Jeff Flake, who decided not to run for re-election. Currently, with 99% of precincts reporting, Republican Martha McSally is up 1.0% over Democrat Kyrsten Sinema (49.4% to 48.4%), according to Politico. Despite Arizona historically being a red state, this race was very competitive and viewed as a potential pick-up for Democrats.

Lastly, Democrat Stacey Abrams ran a competitive gubernatorial race against Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia. Although Georgia is a conventionally Republican state, Kemp is up with 50.3% of the vote, while Abrams has earned 48.7%, according to Politico. If neither candidate reaches 50% of the vote, Georgia state law mandates a runoff election between the top two candidates.

Fortunately, Republicans are up in each of these races. However, the election is not over until all votes are counted.

 

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