In case you missed it, here’s what you need to know about Tuesday’s elections in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia:
- Kentucky’s governor’s race: Democratic state Attorney General Andy Beshear claimed victory in the race, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said he is not conceding. CNN has not made a projection in the race. Bevin had aligned himself with President Trump, who won the state by 30 percentage points in 2016.
- So what’s next? There is no automatic recount of a governor’s race in Kentucky. A candidate can request a recanvass of the vote, but not a full recount. A recanvass is a reprint of the receipts from voting machines to check. There is no threshold to request a recanvass. Certified votes from the counties are due to the secretary of state’s office on Friday. The deadline to request the recanvass to the secretary of state’s office is Nov. 12.
- Democrats win big in Virginia: CNN projected that the party will flip both chambers of the Virginia legislature, taking control of the state Senate and the House of Delegates. It has huge implications and opens the door for state lawmakers to pass measures Republicans have long opposed, including gun legislation reform and raising the minimum wage. It also positions the party to control the next round of redistricting ahead of the 2020 census.
- Mississippi’s governor’s race: CNN projected that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will defeat Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat. Hood spoke at his election watch party on Tuesday, congratulating Reeves on his victory.
- What Trump said: Trump tweeted his congratulations to Reeves. “Our big Rally on Friday night moved the numbers from a tie to a big WIN. Great reaction under pressure Tate!” Trump won Mississippi by about 18 points in 2016.
The cyclist who flipped off President Trump’s motorcade in 2017, and lost her job because of it, has won her bid for local office in Virginia.
CNN projected that Juli Briskman on Tuesday night won her race to become supervisor for the Algonkian District in Loudoun County, Virginia.
The win comes just over two years after a photo of Briskman flipping off the President’s motorcade as it made its way back to the White House from Trump’s golf course in Sterling, Virginia, went viral in October 2017. Her lawyer said she was forced to resign from her job as a marketing executive at Akima LLC over the photo.
Briskman was able to leverage her viral rebuke of Trump into Tuesday’s win with a campaign that made the image central to her political message.
President Trump is tweeting tonight about the election results in Kentucky and Mississippi.
Trump gave some credit to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, who he said “picked up at least 15 points in last day.” But Trump added that it was “perhaps not enough.”
Democrat Andy Beshear has claimed victory in the governor’s race, but Bevin said he is not conceding.
#ElectionNight Won 5 out of 6 elections in Kentucky, including 5 great candidates that I spoke for and introduced last night. @MattBevin picked up at least 15 points in last days, but perhaps not enough (Fake News will blame Trump!). Winning in Mississippi Governor race!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2019
Trump also tweeted congratulations to Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who is projected to win the Mississippi’s governor’s race tonight against the state’s attorney general Jim Hood.
Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood spoke at his election watch party tonight, congratulating Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on his victory.
“Looks like the next governor will be Tate Reeves, I just called Tate and congratulate him on a good race,” Hood told the audience at his headquarters. “I’ll be praying for him and his administration and I intend to work with them in the transition.”
Background on this race: President Trump endorsed Reeves and held a rally for him in Tupelo, Mississippi, ahead of today’s election. Vice President Mike Pence made an appearance at a rally in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Monday.
The Republican Party currently controls the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers in Mississippi.
Democrats will now control Virginia’s Senate, House of Delegates and governor’s office for the first time in more than two decades.
Earlier tonight, CNN projected that Democrats will win at least 21 seats in the Virginia state Senate. They also flipped the House of Delegates.
Democrat Ralph Northam has held his seat at the governor’s office since 2017 when he defeated Republican Ed Gillespie.
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will defeat the state’s attorney general Jim Hood, a Democrat, in the Mississippi governor’s race, CNN projects.
Hood just conceded in remarks to supporters. Reeves will succeed fellow Republican Phil Bryant.
The crowd at Reeves’ headquarters ran to the front of the room while erupting into applause when a local news station projected he would win the governor’s race. They shouted “Reeves!”
More about the race: President Trump endorsed Reeves and held a rally for him in Tupelo, Mississippi, ahead of Tuesday’s election. The Republican Party currently controls the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers in Mississippi.
Danica Roem, Virginia’s first openly transgender candidate, is claiming victory tonight.
Roem thanked voters for reelecting her and having the confidence they’ve shown in her team.
To the people of the 13th District:
Thank you so much for the confidence you’ve shown in my team and me by such an overwhelming margin.
I’m grateful to represent you because of who you are – never despite it. #NoH8
I’ll see you Nov. 20 at our next #fixRoute28 public hearing.
— Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) November 6, 2019
Roem rose to prominence in 2017 after she defeated incumbent delegate Bob Marshall, who had been elected 13 times over 26 years, according to Marshall’s website.
More on Roem: She is the first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature in the US, according to Monica Roberts of the TransGriot blog, which covers issues in the transgender community. Althea Garrison, elected in Massachusetts, was the first openly transgender person to serve in a state legislature, but did not campaign as an openly transgender person during her race in 1992.
Shelly Simonds, who lost a “lot draw” in the 2017 race for Virginia’s House of Delegates, ousted incumbent David Yancey tonight, CNN projects.
The 2017 quirk stemmed from a 1705 Virginia law, which the Virginia Board of Elections used to settle the 11,608-to-11,608 tie between Yancey and Simonds for the seat.
“I think the most important thing here is that every vote counts, and I hope everyone in Newport News writes that on their heart…and remembers that for 2020,” Simonds said, according CNN affiliate WTKR.
The atmosphere at Attorney General Jim Hood’s headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi, remains upbeat as they wait for results.
The Democratic candidate is currently mingling with supporters in a small ballroom area at the King Edward hotel. The crowd, much like at Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ headquarters, is eating and drinking while the results crawl in.
Hood is currently behind Reeves, but several large counties are still not in.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tweeted congratulations to Democrats in Virginia tonight.
CNN is projecting that Democrats will flip both chambers of the Virginia legislature. They will likely take control of the state Senate and the House of Delegates.
Read Warren’s tweet below:
Woo-hoo! Congratulations to the people of Virginia for flipping both the state House and state Senate. Voting is what our democracy is all about, and Virginia proved that today as they elected @VADemocrats up and down the ballot. #FlipVABlue https://t.co/mqB40OC7eB
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 6, 2019
President Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale issued a statement on the Kentucky governor’s race tonight, saying that “the President just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end.“
“President Trump’s rally helped five of six Kentucky Republicans win clear statewide victories, including Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron, who will be the first black A.G. in Kentucky history and the first Republican to hold the office since 1948. The President just about dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end. A final outcome remains to be seen,” Parscale said.
Earlier tonight: Democrat Andy Beshear has claimed victory in the Kentucky Governor’s race, but Bevin said he is not conceding. As of 10:45 p.m. ET with 99% of precincts reporting, Beshear led Bevin with 49.2% of the vote compared to 48.8%, according to CNN’s election tracker.
Beshear was elected attorney general of Kentucky in 2015, and is the son of Steve Beshear, who was the 61st governor of Kentucky, serving from 2007 to 2015.
The Pennsylvania Republican Party filed an emergency request for injunctive relief to address alleged voting irregularities reported across the state, according to the party’s counsel Rebecca Warren.
Warren, speaking at a news conference Tuesday night, said they received multiple reports of voting irregularities across the state via their election hotline and they have pursued legal action against the Pennsylvania Department of State and the York County election board, which received the most complaints.
They are asking that all ballots be secured, that they be transported appropriately, and that they be properly counted.
“We want to ensure that no voter was disenfranchised and that every vote was being properly cast and counted,” Warren said.
Warren said that there was “chaos” reported at voting stations across the state as a result of the new election voting machines that were implemented by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, adding that the new election machines do not appear capable of handling the volume of votes that citizens were trying to cast.
Warren said today that Wolf’s mandate to use the new machines was “unfunded” and did not give the counties enough time for countries to ensure that machines would be working properly.
“We will not concede the fundamental rights of our citizens to the short sighted whims of our Governor,” the Pennsylvania GOP said in a statement. “We will exhaust all available remedies — including litigation if necessary — to ensure that every voter that intended to cast a ballot in Pennsylvania today was able to do so, and that every ballot cast was counted and can be accounted for — because all voters must be able to trust the electoral process.”
Following news that Democrats will win at least 21 seats in the Virginia state Senate to take control of the chamber, Twitter has been flooded with messages of hope that the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) will pass in the state.
The amendment declares that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.” Supported by the #MeToo movement and a body politic filled with women energized about making their constitutional equality a reality, support for the ERA has seen a revival in the past two years across the country.
Democrats poured a record-breaking amount of money into Virginia’s state Legislature races. Virginia has long been a bellwether for national wins but has drifted left in recent years.
Republicans controlled Virginia’s Senate with 20 seats to Democrats’ 19. Republicans have held on to the Senate since 2014 and House since 1999 by slim margins.
More on ERA: The ERA is a simple concept: enshrining the idea that women and men should not receive different treatment under the law. Federal laws such as Title IX and the Equal Pay Act prohibit sex discrimination in schools and workplaces, while some states have adopted their own versions of the ERA.
Here’s some of the reaction on Twitter:
The Democratic victories today in both houses of the Virginia legislature mean that the state will soon become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and make it officially part of our Constitution. The ERA lost by just one vote in that body earlier this year.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 6, 2019
For the first time in decades, the Virginia House of Delegates will be controlled by Democrats, it will be led by the first woman Speaker in its history, and it most assuredly become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Elections matter. Voting matters.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 6, 2019
This. If VA ratifies the ERA, the House can lift the deadline. Then it’s on the Senate. McConnell could ignore it, but it’s one thing to ignore a House-passed bill – it’ll be several orders of magnitude different to stand in the way of the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. https://t.co/jpXmFzXiJE
— Adam Jentleson 🎈🐢 (@AJentleson) November 6, 2019
Democrats will flip both chambers of the Virginia legislature, taking control of the state Senate and the House of Delegates, CNN projects.
Some background: Republicans controlled the House of Delegates with 51 seats to Democrats’ 48, and the state Senate with 20 seats to Democrats’ 19, with one vacancy in each chamber. All 140 seats were on the ballot today. Republicans have not won a statewide race since 2009, but they have held on to the Senate since 2014 and House since 1999 by slim margins.
Democrat Andy Beshear has claimed victory in the Kentucky Governor’s race, but Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said he is not conceding.
“With respect to our race, would it be would it be a Bevin race if it wasn’t a squeaker I mean come on. I mean really and truly, this is a close close race. We are not conceding this race by any stretch,” Bevin told supporters in Louisville, Kentucky.
Beshear was elected attorney general of Kentucky in 2015, and is the son of Steve Beshear, who was the 61st governor of Kentucky, serving from 2007 to 2015.
Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, the son of the former governor, has beaten incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin after a bitter race, according to Kentucky’s secretary of state.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told CNN’s Chris Cuomo her office has called the race, and they do not believe the difference in the vote can be made up by Bevin. A recanvass could still be requested.
CNN has not yet made a projection in the race.
Bevin, a sometimes polarizing figure who had faced political struggles in his first term, had tied himself to President Trump in his campaign, in a state where Trump by nearly 30 points. The President went to Lexington to hold a rally for Bevin on the eve of the election.
Democrats will win at least 21 seats in the Virginia state Senate, taking control of the chamber, CNN projects.
Democrats have poured a record-breaking amount of money into the state Legislature races. Virginia has long been a bellwether for national wins but has drifted left in recent years.
Some background: Republicans controlled the state Senate with 20 seats to Democrats’ 19. Republicans have held on to the Senate since 2014 and House since 1999 by slim margins.
Jubilant is one way to describe the scene at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Richmond, Virginia.
Democrats started streaming into the event shortly after the doors open at 7 p.m. ET when that polls close. At first nervous optimism quickly turn into bright smiles, hugs and high-fives as one by one Democrats became more and more confident that the races were tilting in their favor.
While Democrats in the room were not prepared to declare victory quite yet, there was a strong sense in the building that the party was in a strong position to regain control of both houses of the state’s General Assembly.
“Based on the numbers and turnout, we are feeling really excited — and I think we are about to make history,” said Sen. Jennifer McClellan who easily cruised to re-election and is considered a possible statewide candidate.
On the Republican side, there was very little reason for optimism. The GOP did not organize an election night party and one GOP operative involved in several races simply said.
“Not good, Dems having a good night,” the GOP source said.
By Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN
Sources from: CNN
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