Arizona Democrat Katie Hobbs wins governor’s race, defeats Republican election denier Kari Lake: live updates

Written by on November 14, 2022

Amid the uncertainty over management of the following Congress, legislators return to Washington on Monday to begin the lame-duck session.

Over the weekend, Democrats cemented a majority within the Senate for the following two years with incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s win in Nevada. However the Home stays in flux. 

With all 435 seats up for election within the midterms, 20 stay uncalled. Republicans have 212 seats secured, Democrats 203, primarily based on the most recent race tallies. Republicans are nonetheless forecasted to regain management of the chamber, however any GOP majority is predicted to be as slim because the Senate.

A celebration wants 218 seats to have the majority.

How did far-right candidates carry out? Far-right candidates struggled in midterm election. Who’s to blame? Experts say Trump, GOP

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Hobbs defeats Lake in Arizona governor’s race

Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs gained the race for Arizona governor, beating out Republican nominee Kari Lake.

Hobbs, a veteran of Democratic politics, served as Arizona secretary of state and gained a nationwide profile defending President Joe Biden’s victory in 2020.

Lake is a former tv information host turned politician whose embrace of false claims that the 2020 election was stolen helped her win the endorsement of former President Donald Trump and the votes of a lot of his hardline supporters.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 08: Arizona Democratic gubernatorial nominee Katie Hobbs arrives to an election night watch party at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel on November 08, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. Hobbs is running against Republican candidate Kari Lake, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump.

– Anna Kaufman

Watchdog says Trump violating marketing campaign finance regulation

A nonpartisan watchdog group alleges that former President Donald Trump and his affiliated fundraising teams have been violating marketing campaign finance legal guidelines.

A complaint that the Campaign Legal Center filed with the Federal Election Commission alleges that Trump determined way back to run for reelection, and that triggered sure federal restrictions on how cash his teams raised may very well be used.

The grievance says his management PAC Save America transferred $20 million to MAGA Inc. in October in “a brazen try to bypass the fundraising restrictions that apply to federal candidates, that are essential to stopping corruption and its look.”

The grievance says there’s a “robust probability” that Save America will ship extra of its $69 million remaining money to MAGA Inc. to help Trump’s presidential candidacy “which might end in further violations.”

– Erin Mansfield

Marjorie Taylor Greene alerts help for McCarthy

Far-right conservative firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., signaled on Monday she would vote for Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for speaker of the Home. McCarthy is warding off opposition and anger from Home Republicans’ most conservative members within the Home Freedom Caucus after lackluster election outcomes.

However Greene, one of many caucus’ most outspoken members, disavowed the efforts to cease McCarthy and referred to as for the social gathering to unify behind him.

“It’s very dangerous proper now to supply a management problem, particularly for speaker of the Home,” mentioned Greene on Steve Bannon’s “Battle Room” podcast. “I can’t do it. There is no such thing as a approach in hell I’ll stand there and permit that to occur.”

– Ken Tran

Georgia runoff regulation might give GOP the sting

ATLANTA — Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock’s first runoff in 2021 was a titanic nine-week conflict to manage the Senate that included three weeks of early in-person voting and plenty of mail ballots.

Warnock’s victory towards Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler – and Democrat Jon Ossoff’s tilt towards Republican David Perdue – led to two Democratic victories that gave the social gathering management of a 50-50 Senate, due to Vice President Kamala Harris’ skill to interrupt ties.

However the Dec. 6 runoff will not be for Senate management this time, with Democrats retaining seats in Arizona and Nevada earlier this month. Successful reelection bids by Sens. Mark Kelly and Catherine Cortez Masto have been what Democrats wanted to maintain the slimmest of margins within the chamber.

Georgia requires a runoff if a candidate doesn’t win a majority within the social gathering major or within the common election. Neither Warnock nor Republican Herschel Walker bought to 50%.

Below Georgia’s 2021 election regulation, there might be solely 4 weeks earlier than the runoff — with Thanksgiving within the center. Many Georgians might be supplied solely 5 weekdays of early in-person voting starting Nov. 28. And June’s major runoffs confirmed time for mail ballots to be acquired and returned could be very tight.

These adjustments might drawback Democrats, who are likely to push early voting and vote-by-mail greater than Republicans. As a result of the 2021 regulation makes it more durable to use for a mail poll, Democrats urged supporters to vote early in individual in October.

– Related Press

Congress resumes as election depend continues

Congress is again in session almost every week after Election Day, as counting continues to find out which main social gathering will management the U.S. Home.

Home and Senate Republicans are slated to carry management elections Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, although they’re going through rising calls from some members and different conservative leaders to delay these elections.

These GOP bids are occurring towards a backdrop of mounting questions on how and why the social gathering underperformed within the midterms – and whereas the social gathering’s chief, former President Donald Trump, is predicted to announce a reelection run Tuesday.

Democrats are usually not scheduled to carry management elections till Nov. 30.

– Sweet Woodall

Trying to 2024:Trump is under fire over the midterms. DeSantis is rising. And a 2024 rivalry is just beginning.

Republicans achieve Home seat in Oregon

Republicans flipped Oregon’s fifth Congressional District, with Lori Chavez-DeRemer profitable the open seat that had been held by reasonable Democrat Rep. Kurt Schrader.

He misplaced the Democratic major to progressive candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner. She conceded the race to Chavez-DeRemer on Sunday.

— Katie Wadington

The Capitol is seen as Congress resumes following a long break for the midterm elections, early Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Washington. Lawmakers are returning to an extremely volatile post-election landscape, with control of the House still undecided, party leadership in flux and a potentially consequential lame-duck session.

Lake makes positive factors in Arizona, however nonetheless trails Hobbs

Democrat Katie Hobbs held a slim lead over Republican challenger Kari Lake on Sunday within the Arizona gubernatorial race as the variety of ballots left to depend shrinks, making a path to victory for Lake harder. 

Hobbs led Lake by simply over 26,000 votes on Sunday night time, with a slim 1 proportion level hole between the 2. The race was nonetheless too near name, which means the suspense will proceed.

The course of the day Sunday, with extra vote counts coming in throughout the state, noticed Lake whittle away at Hobbs’ lead, which at one level Sunday was 36,000 votes.

Lake gained floor amongst Maricopa County voters, the place officers reported an enormous replace of 97,000 votes within the night. Lake gained the vast majority of these, over 54%, consuming into Hobbs’ lead within the county and chopping it from about 57,000 votes to 48,500.

– Stacey Barchenger, Arizona Republic 

What’s forward for the lame-duck session?

Democrats are jockeying to push via no matter they will in upcoming weeks earlier than the brand new Congress is seated.

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., mentioned Sunday on “Face the Nation” that Democrats are going to attempt to move the Electoral Rely Reform Act, laws that seeks to take away authorized ambiguity that Trump and his allies tried to take advantage of to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.

“That’s the naked minimal of what we have to do,” mentioned Raskin.

Anita Dunn, senior adviser to Biden, additionally informed Brennan the White Home will push for added funding for Ukraine and emergency funding for Florida and Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Ian and Fiona.

In an op-ed within the New York Occasions reacting to Democrats securing the Senate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., referred to as for her colleagues to make the following “lame-duck session of Congress the most efficient in a long time.”

“The place we will pursue legislative motion, we must always battle aggressively,” Warren wrote. “When Republicans attempt to impede such motion and the president can act by government authority, he should.”

– Ken Tran

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