Nov. 15, 2022 US election coverage

By Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 1217 GMT (2017 HKT) November 16, 2022
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7:17 a.m. ET, November 16, 2022

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11:47 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

The notable legal clouds that continue to hang over Trump as he announces 2024 presidential bid

From CNN's Dan Berman

(CNN Photo Illustration)
(CNN Photo Illustration)

Former President Donald Trump has launched another White House bid.

Prosecutors, investigators and lawmakers in Washington, DC, New York, Georgia, Florida and across the United States are among those who will be interested in what Trump has to say about the myriad legal issues facing the former president, his business and his allies.

Multiple federal and state investigations are ongoing regarding the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, his handling of sensitive government documents and his family business.

Trump and his company deny any wrongdoing or criminality in all matters, state and federal, and have aggressively maintained innocence. Trump has also won dismissals of two lawsuits this week in cases brought by his niece and his former attorney.

Here’s an updated list of notable investigations, lawsuits and controversies:

Mar-a-Lago documents: Did Trump mishandle classified material? The Justice Department investigation continues into whether documents from the Trump White House were illegally mishandled when they were brought to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after he left office. A federal grand jury in Washington has been empaneled and has interviewed potential witnesses to how Trump handled the documents. The National Archives, charged with collecting and sorting presidential material, has previously said that at least 15 boxes of White House records were recovered from Mar-a-Lago, including some classified records.

2020 Election and Jan. 6 insurrection: Probes by the House select committee: The House select committee investigating the US Capitol attack has uncovered dramatic evidence of Trump’s actions before and on Jan. 6, especially efforts to use the levers of government to overturn the election. The committee is expected to issue a report before the end of the year, presumably marking the end of its investigation — especially if the Republicans take over the House of Representatives.

2020 Election and Jan. 6 insurrection: Justice Department investigation: The Justice Department has an investigation of its own into the post-2020 election period. While the DOJ has not acted publicly during the so-called quiet period leading up to the midterms, a grand jury in Washington has been hearing from witnesses. Recently, the DOJ moved to compel additional testimony from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and deputy White House counsel Patrick Philbin.

Read about the other notable legal obstacles Trump faces here.

11:58 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Republicans need to win one more race to claim a House majority. Here's where things stand. 

From CNN staff

Republicans are one seat away from winning the 218 seats necessary to claim a House majority, according to CNN projections.

As control of the House still hangs in the balance, the GOP on Tuesday voted to nominate California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader since 2019, for speaker. 

Here's where things stand right now in House races:  

  • House seats held by Republicans: 217
  • House seats held by Democrats: 207
  • Number of uncalled House races: 11

Democrats would need to win all of the 11 remaining races to retain control.

Here's a look at what races have not been called yet:

  • There are six uncalled House races in California, the most populous state in the country. Counting there could take weeks because the official canvass is not due for a month after Election Day.
  • Two races are still too close to call in Colorado, including in the 3rd District where Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert is in a surprisingly tight race, leading by just over 1,000 votes with about 99% of ballots in.
  • Alaska and Maine still have one race each to call. Both states use a ranked-choice voting system.
  • Oregon has not yet projected the winner in its 6th Congressional District. The state conducts its elections entirely by mail.

CNN’s Andrew Menezes, Maeve Reston, Eric Bradner and Renée Rigdon contributed reporting to this post.

11:16 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Fact check: Trump repeats false claim about Obama taking presidential documents

By CNN's Daniel Dale

Complaining about how he is under criminal investigation for taking presidential documents to his Florida home and resort, former President Donald Trump repeated a debunked claim about former President Barack Obama’s handling of presidential documents. 

“Obama took a lot of things with him,” Trump said Tuesday night. 

Facts First: This is false – as the National Archives and Records Administration pointed out in August when Trump previously made this claim. Though Trump claimed that Obama had taken millions of records to Chicago, NARA explained in a public statement that it had itself taken these records to a NARA-managed facility in the Chicago area – which is near where Obama’s presidential library will be located. It said that, as per federal law, “former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.” 

NARA has also debunked Trump’s recent claims about various other presidents having supposedly taken documents to their own home states. In those cases, too, it was NARA that moved the documents, not the former presidents. It is standard for NARA to set up temporary facilities near where former presidents’ permanent libraries will eventually be located. 

11:12 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Fact check: Trump repeats false claim about deportations under Obama

From CNN's Daniel Dale and Paul LeBlanc

Former President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday evening that his administration, unlike former President Barack Obama’s administration, had convinced countries like Guatemala and Honduras to take back their gang members that had come to America.  

“The worst gangs are MS-13. And under the Barack Hussein Obama administration, they were unable to take them out. Because their countries where they came from wouldn't take them,” Trump said from Mar-a-Lago. 

Facts FirstIt’s not true that, as a rule, Guatemala and Honduras wouldn’t take back their citizens during President Barack Obama’s administration, though there were some individual exceptions.  

In 2016, just prior to Trump’s presidency, neither Guatemala nor Honduras was on the list of countries that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) considered “recalcitrant,” or uncooperative, in accepting the return of their nationals.  

For the 2016 fiscal year, Obama’s last full fiscal year in office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported Guatemala and Honduras ranked second and third, behind only Mexico, in terms of the country of citizenship of people being removed from the US. You can read a longer fact check, from 2019, here. 

11:09 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Fact check: Trump misleads about gas prices

By CNN's Daniel Dale

As he has on other occasions during President Joe Biden’s tenure, former President Donald Trump used misleading figures when discussing the price of gas on Tuesday night.

He said: “We were $1.87 a gallon for gasoline, and now it's sitting five, six, seven and even eight dollars, and it's gonna go really bad.” 

Facts First: This is misleading. While the price of a gallon of regular gas did briefly fall to $1.87 (and lower) during the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the national average for regular gas on Trump’s last day in office, Jan. 20, 2021, was much higher than that -- $2.393 per gallon, according to data provided to CNN by the American Automobile Association. And while there are some remote gas stations where prices are always much higher than the national average, the national average today is $3.759, per AAA data, not $5, $6, $7 or $8. California, the state with the highest prices, as usual, has an average of $5.423. 

11:14 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

As her father announces another run, Ivanka Trump says she won't be involved in politics

From CNN's Kate Bennett

Ivanka Trump listens during an event in Washington, DC, on August 4, 2020.
Ivanka Trump listens during an event in Washington, DC, on August 4, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/FILE)

Minutes after Donald Trump announced another run for the White House, Ivanka Trump released a statement to CNN, saying she didn't plan to be involved in the campaign. 

CNN was first to report last week that Trump's daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, would not campaign on behalf of Donald Trump. 

“While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside of the political arena,” said Trump, who did not attend Donald Trump’s announcement at Mar-a-Lago Tuesday evening. “This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family.” 

She added: "I am grateful to have had the honor of serving the American people and I will always be proud of many of our Administration’s accomplishments."


11:47 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

Fact check: Trump's false claim about the Russian-made missile that landed in Poland

From CNN's Paul LeBlanc

Former President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that a missile that was “sent in probably by Russia” landed 50 miles into Poland. “People are going absolutely wild and crazy and they’re not happy,” Trump said from Mar-a-Lago.  

Facts First: This claim is false. While Poland says a Russian-made missile did land in their territory Tuesday, killing two Polish citizens, the explosion happened about four miles west from the Ukrainian border.  

Additionally, it remains unclear where the missile was fired from, and why it fell in Poland. 

11:17 p.m. ET, November 15, 2022

CNN Projection: Democratic Rep. Josh Harder will win in California's 9th District 

From CNN's Ethan Cohen

Rep. Josh Harder speaking at an event in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2020.
Rep. Josh Harder speaking at an event in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2020. (Michael Brochstein/SIPA/AP/FILE)

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Josh Harder will win in California's 9th District, CNN projects, defeating Republican Tom Patti. This is a Democratic hold.

Here is where things stand now in House races:

  • House seats held by Republicans: 217
  • House seats held by Democrats: 207
  • Number of uncalled House races: 11

Republicans are one seat away from winning the 218 seats necessary to claim a House majority, according to CNN projections.