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Election Day Fallout

A number of key races from Tuesday's midterm elections were called yesterday, though who will control each chamber of Congress—and by how much—will take weeks to decide.

Republicans appear on track to retake control of the House in the upcoming Congressional session, though the outcome has not been officially called. With 218 seats needed for a majority, the GOP has won 207, with 15 others projected as either likely or leaning Republican pickups (along with 10 remaining toss-up races).

In one of the most surprising results of the cycle, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) lost to state Rep. Michael Lawler (R). Maloney is currently the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a party leadership position. Separately, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R, CO-3) trails challenger Adam Frisch (D) by 64 votes, with 99% of the vote counted in an unexpected tight race.

In the Senate, three key races remain undecided. In Arizona, incumbent Mark Kelly (D) leads challenger Blake Masters (R) by 5%, with 30% of the vote remaining as of early this morning. In Nevada, challenger Adam Laxalt (R) leads incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto (D) by 2.2% with 21% of the vote remaining. State officials have signaled the results may be delayed for days as mail-in ballots are processed.

If either party wins both Arizona and Nevada, they will control the Senate. If they split the pair, Senate control will be decided by an extended contest in Georgia, where incumbent Raphael Warnock (D) topped Herschel Walker (R) by almost 1% but fell short of the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. The runoff election will be held Dec. 6.

Separately, voters in Kentucky rejected a measure that restricted the right to abortion under the state constitution, while Maryland and Missouri voted to legalize marijuana. See more state ballot measures here.

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