Live updates on 2022 midterm Election Day

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wins reelection, NBC News projects

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer talks to supporters during a campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. November 4, 2022. 

Rebecca Cook | Reuters

Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer won a second term after defeating Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, NBC News projected.

Whitmer led by about 6 percentage points with more than 70% of the vote in, according to NBC.

The election marked the first time that women have been at the top of the ticket for both major parties in Michigan. The incumbent was consistently ahead in the polls, though her lead shrank as Election Day approached.

— Emma Kinery

Biden calls victorious Democrats from the White House to congratulate them

President Joe Biden started calling Democrats who had won their races in the House, Senate and state houses to congratulate them.

Among the Democratic officials Biden called were New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey, Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas, and Representative-elect Maxwell Frost of Florida.

The White House tweeted a photo of Biden on the phone.

Many of the closest congressional races were still outstanding, but Democrats had already outperformed what many analysts predicted would be a terrible night for the party, in no small part because of Biden’s low approval ratings.

— Christina Wilkie

Early NBC News model estimates Republicans will win 219 House seats and Democrats will win 216, with a 13-seat margin of error

U.S. President Joe Biden laughs at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections, in Washington, October 24, 2022.

Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters

A new NBC News model of party control within the U.S. House of Representatives estimates that Republicans will ultimately win 219 seats and Democrats will win 216, with a 13-seat margin of error.

While these numbers are merely estimates, they offer a window into what is turning out to be a better-than-expected night for Democrats in the House. Many in the party and in the Biden White House began the day expecting to lose the razor-thin Democratic House majority by at least 20 seats.

But unexpected wins by Democrats such as incumbent Rep. Abigail Spanberger in Virginia and challenger Wiley Nickel in North Carolina, according to NBC News projections, changed their calculus.

NBC’s new model also suggests there is still a possibility that Democrats could maintain a majority, an outcome that seemed unthinkable just a few hours ago.

President Joe Biden spent the night at the White House, calling victorious Democratic candidates to congratulate them.

Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump hosted an election night party at his Florida resort with a full pool of reporters present.

Trump has endorsed hundreds of Republican candidates running for office on his MAGA platform. But instead of celebrating scores of victories on Tuesday night, the former president gave a very short speech before spending several hours mostly at a table in the reception room, surrounded by friends and aides.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reserved a party room in Washington, D.C., for what was expected to be a speech celebrating the Republican takeover and his future title of House speaker.

As of 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday, however, McCarthy had not shown up at his own event.

— Christina Wilkie

Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman defeats GOP rival Dr. Mehmet Oz in pivotal Pennsylvania Senate race, NBC News projects

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will defeat Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in a pivotal Senate race that could prove a decisive blow in the battle for control of the upper chamber of Congress, NBC News projected.

Fetterman will succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey, moving a Republican-held Senate seat into Democratic hands.

Democrats, who held the slimmest-possible Senate majority heading into Election Day, were banking on flipping the seat in the key swing state, where President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump two years earlier.

The projected verdict deals another blow to Trump, who backed Oz in a hard-fought GOP primary election and campaigned for him in the general election.

Kevin Breuninger

Democrat Jocelyn Benson wins Michigan secretary of state race, NBC News projects

Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will win reelection against her Trump-backed Republican challenger Kristina Karamo, NBC News projected.

Karamo, who sought to become Michigan’s top elections official, has spread claims bolstering the falsehood that former President Donald Trump won the state in the 2020 presidential election.

Kevin Breuninger

Oz predicts victory, even as NBC says Pennsylvania Senate race is too close to call and Fetterman leads

Republican Senate hopeful Dr. Mehmet Oz told his supporters that he is still predicting victory over Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the neck-and-neck race in Pennsylvania.

“When all the ballots are counted, we believe we will win this race,” Oz said in a brief speech delivered before midnight Tuesday.

The Keystone State’s must-win Senate race, which could determine control of the upper chamber of Congress, is still too close to call, NBC News projected, with 88% of the vote in.

But Fetterman is leading Oz, according to NBC’s projection.

Kevin Breuninger

Michigan approves constitutional amendment to protect abortion, reproductive rights, NBC News projects

Press Assistant of the RFFA (Reproductive Freedom for All) Beth Bowen sits for a portrait before going out to canvass on November 06, 2022 in Dearborn, Michigan.

Brandon Bell | Getty Images

Michigan voted to approve a constitutional amendment that protects the right to abortion and to reproductive rights more broadly, NBC News projected.

The amendment includes protections for abortion, contraception, prenatal care, postpartum care, miscarriage management, sterilization and infertility. Michigan could regulate abortion for a viable fetus but cannot prohibit abortion if a woman’s life, physical or mental health is at stake.

Activists have spent more than $28 million through the political action committee Reproductive Freedom for All to support the amendment, according to campaign filings. Opposition has spent more than $16 million through the PAC Citizens to Support MI Women and Children.

— Jack Stebbins

California passes constitutional amendment protecting abortion and contraception access, NBC News projects

A billboard reads, ‘Welcome to California where abortion is safe and still legal’ on July 12, 2022 in Rancho Mirage, California.

Mario Tama | Getty Images

Vermont passes constitutional amendment protecting abortion access, NBC News projects

Political candidate and referendum posters are placed along a main road November 2, 2022 in Shelburne, Vermont. A sign in favor Article 27 would enshrine a woman’s reproductive rights in the Vermont state constitution following the US Supreme Court’s declaring Roe v. Wade as unconstitutional after 50 years of abortion rights. US midterm elections will be held on November 8, 2022.

Robert Nickelsberg | Getty Images

Vermont voters will pass a state constitutional amendment protecting abortion access, NBC News projected.

The amendment has 76% support among Vermont voters with 72% of the vote currently in, according to NBC. The amendment guarantees an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy.

While abortion rights were not in immediate jeopardy in the largely liberal state, the referendum guarantees the right is maintained even if the state’s political situation changes in the future.

— Jack Stebbins

Brad Raffensperger wins Georgia secretary of state race, NBC News projects

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger of Georgia, who clashed with former President Donald Trump over the state’s election results in 2020, will win his bid for another term, NBC News projected.

Raffensperger came into the national spotlight after the 2020 presidential election, when Trump called him and asked him “to find 11,780 votes” to reverse President Joe Biden’s win in Georgia. Raffensperger pushed back on Trump in that call and afterward. That call is now part of a criminal investigation.

Kevin Breuninger

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul beats Republican Zeldin, NBC News projects

Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin in her bid to keep her office, NBC News projected.

Hochul assumed the governor’s office in 2021 after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned. She served as lieutenant governor to Cuomo from 2015 to 2021.

Zeldin currently represents New York’s 1st Congressional District in the House. Hochul was leading by about 11 percentage points with more than 70% of the vote in, according to NBC.

— Chelsey Cox

Republican Ted Budd wins Senate seat in North Carolina, NBC News projects

U.S. Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), the North Carolina Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, takes the stage to deliver remarks ahead of a rally by former President Donald Trump at Wilmington International Airport in Wilmington, North Carolina, September 23, 2022.

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

Republican Ted Budd won his bid for Senate in North Carolina, defeating Democrat Cheri Beasley, NBC News projected.

Budd will replace GOP Sen. Richard Burr, who is retiring from his seat.

He had garnered nearly 51% of the vote in North Carolina with more than 90% of the state reporting.

— Jack Stebbins

High-stakes Senate race in Georgia is too close to call, NBC News projects

The make-or-break Senate race in Georgia between incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican rival Herschel Walker is too close to call, NBC News projects.

With 86% of the vote in, Walker and Warnock appear to be inching toward a majority of the vote, separated by a margin within 1 percentage point. Chase Oliver, a Libertarian candidate, holds 1.9% of the…

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