Senate Stays in Limbo
US voters woke up this morning to an undecided battle for control of the Senate, following months of intense campaigning during the midterm election cycle. Republicans entered needing to gain one seat to claim a majority in the chamber—as of this writing, projections suggest the outcome may come down to a runoff in Georgia.
In Georgia, incumbent Rafael Walker (D) leads Herschel Walker (R), 49.4% to 48.5%, with Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver taking about 2.1%, with 98% of the vote counted. If no candidates reach the 50% threshold—which appears likely—state law mandates a runoff election, which will be held Dec. 6.
In Pennsylvania, John Fetterman (D) beat Mehmet Oz (R) by 2.5%, with 90% of the vote counted as of this writing. More than 1 million early votes were cast, with state law requiring officials to wait until the morning of Election Day to begin processing them. Fetterman will replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R).
In Ohio, JD Vance (R) topped Rep. Tim Ryan (D, OH-13), 53%-47%, while in North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd (R, NC-13) beat Cheri Beasley (D) by almost 4%. Incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R) leads Mandela Barnes (D) in Wisconsin by 1.2%.
As of this early this morning, Arizona incumbent Mark Kelly (D) leads Blake Masters (R) by roughly 4.5%, with 65% of votes in. In neighboring Nevada, challenger Adam Laxalt (R) leads incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto (D) by 2.7% with 75% of the vote counted.
See current returns from all races here.