Exit polls: Florida voters weigh in on Trump and DeSantis
From CNN's Terence Burlij
What do Florida voters think about the possibility two Florida men could run for president in 2024? Exit polls from the Sunshine State offer some clues.
With Donald Trump signaling a potential announcement next week, 33% of Florida voters said they want to see the former president run in 2024, according to the preliminary results of the Florida Exit Poll conducted for CNN and other news networks by Edison Research.
There appears to be more of an appetite for a bid by Ron DeSantis, with 45% of Florida voters saying they want the state’s governor – who CNN projects will win reelection – to seek the presidency in 2024.
DeSantis’ strength is reflected in the Florida exit polls, which show the governor winning Latinos in the state by 13 points. In 2020, Trump trailed Biden among Latino voters in Florida by 7 points. DeSantis also held a slight edge among independents, whom Biden carried in the state by 11 points. Those could be selling points if DeSantis and Trump collide in a 2024 GOP primary.
10:13 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022
Biden makes "congratulatory calls" to Democratic winners
From CNN's Nikki Carvajal
President Joe Biden made “congratulatory calls” to some Democratic candidates who have won their elections Tuesday evening, the White House said.
“This evening, the President has made congratulatory calls to Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, Senator-elect Peter Welch, Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Representative Abigail Spanberger, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer,” the White House said in a statement to the press pool.
10:17 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022
Warnock campaign has a close eye on the Atlanta suburbs
From CNN's Eva Mckend
CNN is at Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock's HQ and each time the Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker key race alert appears on the screen, loud cheers emerge from the crowd
Warnock's close aides are cautiously optimistic, staying largely mum and only offering the occasional update that they are "feeling good."
But a Democratic strategist working with the campaign offered a little more from Warnock HQ, telling CNN: "Look at DeKalb. Look at Fulton. Look at all of the majors around Atlanta. That's a huge piece."
"A lot of those folks who voted for Biden in 2020, are they going to stay with us," the strategist added, when asked what he's watching. "But we're seeing some of that split ticket trend I'm sure you're seeing."
The optimism was couched with the recognition that it is still early, and they are waiting for information from major counties.
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10:05 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022
CNN Projection: Republican Gov. Kristi Noem will win reelection in South Dakota
From CNN staff
RepublicanGov. Kristi Noem will win reelection in South Dakota, CNN projects.
10:11 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022
It’s 10 p.m. ET, and polls are closing in these states
From CNN’s Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo
It’s 10 p.m. ET, and polls are closing in these states.
Polls are also closing in Idaho's 2nd House district.
These are some of the key races in Nevada: As Nevada tries to recover from a pandemic downturn that hit the tourism industry especially hard, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto and Gov. Steve Sisolak are among the Democratic party’s most vulnerable incumbents.
Cortez Masto faces a challenge from former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who despite losing a bid for governor in 2018, won statewide in 2014. Sisolak is running against Joe Lombardo, the sheriff of the state’s largest county.
See an hour-by-hour guide to Election Night poll closings here.
CNN’s Priya Krishnakumar and Will Mullery contributed reporting to this post.
10:01 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022
CNN Projection: Republican Gov. Phil Scott will win reelection in Vermont
From CNN staff
Republican Gov. Phil Scott will win reelection in Vermont, CNN projects, and defeat Democrat Brenda Siegel.
11:40 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022
CNN Projection: Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt will win reelection in Oklahoma
From CNN staff
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma will hold off a surprisingly tough challenge from Democrat Joy Hofmeister, winning reelection in the deep-red state, CNN projects.
The race was surprisingly hard-fought in a state no Democratic presidential nominee has won since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, and where Republicans have held the governor’s office since 2011, when Democrat Brad Henry left office.
Hofmeister is a two-term state superintendent of public instruction who won both of her races, in 2014 and 2018, as a Republican, before changing parties in 2021 to run for governor this year.
The party switch came after Hofmeister and Stitt had feuded over education funding, private school vouchers and Covid-related health policies – most prominently over mask requirements in schools, which Stitt sought to make optional.
Hofmeister supports abortion rights, an issue that became a flashpoint in the race after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June and abortion rights supporters in neighboring Kansas won an August referendum over whether to retain the state’s constitutional protections for the procedure. Stitt opposes abortion but said he would sign into law an exemption to the state’s current ban for cases of rape and incest.
Hofmeister sought to portray herself as a moderate voice who would temper both parties’ extremes. Stitt, meanwhile, tried to latch her to President Joe Biden -- who lost Oklahoma to then-President Donald Trump in 2020 by 33 points.
“My opponent, she couldn't see a path forward for herself as a Republican, so she joined Biden's party,” Stitt said in a debate.
The late-October debate provided a viral moment when Hofmeister blamed Stitt for the state’s violent crime problem.
“The fact is, the rates of violent crime are higher in Oklahoma under your watch than in New York or California,” Hofmeister said.
A seemingly incredulous Stitt shot back: “Hang on, Oklahomans, do you believe we have higher crime than New York or California? That’s what she just said.”
Hofmeister was right: Oklahoma’s homicide rate of 9 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is higher than New York’s 4.7 deaths and California’s 6.1 deaths.
10:03 p.m. ET, November 8, 2022
Stock futures climb modestly as election results start rolling in
From CNN's Paul R. La Monica
US stocks were up in after-hours trading as results from Tuesday's midterm elections started rolling in.
Investors have been betting on a big Republican wave in the elections. If Republicans take at least one chamber of Congress, that will likely result in more gridlock, which the market usually loves. Investors are more than happy when politicians bicker but don't actually enact any new laws that may hurt corporate profits.
Dow futures were up 16 points, or about 0.1%. S&P 500 futures were up 0.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite was up 0.4%.
Early results on election night can be very different from the final outcome once all the votes are tallied. That process can take days.
"If Republicans do well and take back control of one or both chambers of Congress, we see the event as a positive for the stock market into year-end," Lori Calvasina, head of US equity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, said in a note to clients on Monday. "But if Republicans only take back control of the House, and not the Senate, we suspect the gains in the S&P 500 may be modest."
CNN Projection: Anthony Brown will be the first Black person elected attorney general of Maryland
From CNN's Andrew Menezes
Anthony Brown will be the first Black person elected attorney general of Maryland, CNN projects.
Brown, who currently represents Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, has a been a longtime fixture in state politics, having also served as state lieutenant governor and in the state House and run for governor in 2014.