It's election night in several key states

By Adrienne Vogt, Maureen Chowdhury, Leinz Vales, Josiah Ryan, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Melissa Mahtani, CNN

Updated 8:51 a.m. ET, November 3, 2021
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11:50 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Michelle Wu on historic Boston mayoral race: "It wasn't my vision on the ballot, it was ours, together"

From CNN's Rachel Janfaza and Lauren Dezenski

(Josh Reynolds/AP)
(Josh Reynolds/AP)

Boston mayoral candidate and city councilor Michelle Wu spoke Tuesday night declaring her historic victory, moments after City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George conceded in the Boston mayoral race.

“From every corner of our city, Boston has spoken. We are ready to meet this moment. We are ready to become a Boston for everyone,” Wu said to a crowd of supporters Tuesday night.

“I want to be clear, it wasn’t my vision on the ballot, it was ours, together,” she said. 

While CNN has not yet projected a winner in the race, Essaibi George congratulated Wu Tuesday on becoming the first woman and the first Asian American to be mayor of Boston, which has long been led by White men.

Wu, whose parents came from Taiwan, grew up in Chicago and attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she was a student of then-professor Elizabeth Warren — the Massachusetts senator whom Wu calls one of her personal heroes and her biggest backers. She was just 28 years old when she was elected to the Boston City Council in 2013, later serving as council president.

“I want to offer a great big congratulations to Michelle Wu,” Essaibi George said to a crowd of supporters at her election night party.

CNN's Maeve Reston contributed reporting to this post. 

11:24 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

CNN Projection: Justin Bibb will win the Cleveland mayoral race

From CNN's Adam Levy

(Tony Dejak/AP)
(Tony Dejak/AP)

Justin Bibb will win the Cleveland mayoral race, CNN projects.

11:41 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

CNN's David Chalian: "We are learning a lot about where voters are in the Democratic Party right now"

From CNN's David Chalian

With the Minneapolis ballot measure to replace the police department rejected and the more moderate mayoral candidate in Boston remaining in the race, CNN's Political Director David Chalian said that this election "we are learning a lot about where voters are in the Democratic Party right now and how Democrats are going to, in Washington, start to position themselves around this."

Chalian said that tonight's results are making clear of how voters believe the Democratic Party should be positioned.

"We have spent the last several months in Washington observing a battle between moderates and progressives up on Capitol Hill. Voters, I think, are making clear, again, not just tonight, which they are doing that. But in this year's primary season, in the presidential primary of where they believe the Democratic Party should be positioned," he said.

Chalian continued, "And you know, add in to that, the panic that will ensue inside the Democratic Party because of how well the Republicans are doing in these key two big gubernatorial contests. And you've got — and the tradition of the Democratic Party doing the circling of the firing squad thing — and you've got now Joe Biden, if he thought he had headaches before he went overseas, before this trip, he is coming home to dealing with a massive amount of political headaches inside his own camp."

CNN is yet to project a winner in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races.

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10:56 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Murphy camp waiting on Democratic counties to come in and expects numbers to move in their favor

From CNN's MJ Lee

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's campaign assessment right now is that the northern, heavily Democratic New Jersey counties have not yet reported, and they believe that they’ll need another hour or so for those tallies to come in, one aide says. They’ve seen heavily GOP counties come in so far.

Once those Democratic areas come in, they expect the overall numbers to move in their favor, the aide said.

Earlier in the evening, every time New Jersey numbers came on screen, there was cheering — but those cheers have not been heard in a while.

 CNN has not yet made a projection in this race.

11:01 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Annissa Essaibi George concedes in historic Boston mayoral race, but the race is still too close to call

From CNN's Adam Levy and Lauren Dezenski


Annissa Essaibi George conceded the Boston mayoral race to Michelle Wu with a large share of the vote still waiting to be counted.

CNN has not yet projected a winner in the race.

“I want to offer a great big congratulations to Michelle Wu,” Essaibi George said to a crowd of supporters at her election night party. “She’s the first woman and first Asian American elected to be mayor of Boston.”

No matter who wins, Boston will make history with the city's voters set to elect a Democratic woman of color after a long history of leadership by White men.

Both Wu and Essaibi George have highlighted their family roots as the daughters of immigrants. Wu's parents came from Taiwan. Essaibi George is the daughter of a Tunisian father and a Polish mother, who was born in a displaced persons' camp in Germany.

11:17 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Van Jones: McAuliffe didn't run "a great campaign"

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe ran the wrong kind of campaign for Virginia's current political climate, said CNN political commentator Van Jones, as Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin continued to enjoy a lead.

"I think that he did not run a campaign that fit his time, and that fit the state," said Jones, speaking on CNN. "I think he was trying to run against Donald Trump."

Specifically, Jones criticized McAuliffe's approach to education and his suggestion at a debate in September that parents shouldn't have the right to tell schools how to educate their children, a moment seen as a major turning point in the race.

"This guy was able to run as a champion for parents," said Jones of Youngkin.

"You've got a lot of parents who just spent a year home schooling their kids and forced to do so. To tell those people 'look, we don't care what you think about education,' that is a big insult," he said.

"I think he might have been a great governor, I hope he gets a chance to be a governor, but I don't think he ran a great campaign," Jones concluded.

The Virginia gubernatorial race is still too early to call and CNN has not made a projection.

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10:31 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

CNN Projection: Aftab Pureval will win Cincinnati mayoral race

From CNN's Adam Levy

(John Minchillo/AP)
(John Minchillo/AP)

Aftab Pureval will win the Cincinnati mayoral race, CNN projects.

His opponent, David Mann, wrote in a tweet conceding the race, “Congratulations to Aftab on his well-deserved victory. I have spoken with him and wish him nothing but the best, and it has been the honor of my lifetime to serve this community as a councilman, mayor, and member of congress throughout my career. Thank you, Cincinnati!”

10:46 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

McAuliffe tells supporters: "The fight continues"

From CNN's Leinz Vales

(Steve Helber/AP)
(Steve Helber/AP)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who is running for Virginia governor, thanked his supporters at his campaign headquarters and said "the fight continues."

"Let's count all these votes," McAuliffe said Tuesday night.

"The fight continues," McAuliffe added. "We've got to make sure we've got to protect women's right to choose here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We've got to make sure that everybody gets quality, affordable health care here in the Commonwealth of Virginia."

CNN has not yet called the Virginia governor's race.

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10:20 p.m. ET, November 2, 2021

Republicans excited at Youngkin campaign headquarters as race tightens

From CNN's Eva McKend

Loud cheers are breaking out every few minutes in a packed ballroom of Republican Glenn Youngkin supporters. 

The Virginia gubernatorial race is tight, but still too early to call. CNN is yet to make a projection.

“It’s an exciting night,” says Marc Short, who served as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence. “It seems as though there is a referendum against the policies being pursued in Washington as well,” added Short who lives and votes in Virginia. 

Republicans, who have long felt the governor’s mansion was out of reach, are feeling victorious tonight even though the race has not been called by CNN.

Virginia GOP Chair Rich Anderson said, “I’ve been saying for months that it would be the great Republican clean sweep of 2021.”

“The party, as any party does in order to remain relevant, retools itself from time to time. And it brings new and fresh blood with vision on board, and the people will respond to that,” he added.