As votes continue to get counted, we get more clarity on how America voted. Before I break down the latest results, I want to share this important message from Katie Mack, an cosmologist I follow on Twitter:
“This is not the day after the election, this is the election. Mail-in ballots are not late ballots, they are ballots. The election & counting are working the way they were designed to work: all the ballots that were validly cast must be counted; they are votes. It just takes time.”
Language matters and I hope you’ll join me in framing the election the way Mack does.
Attention: Voters in GA, NV, NC
If you voted in Georgia, Nevada, or North Carolina, PLEASE take a moment right now to double check that your ballot was counted and if anything is amiss, call 866-OUR-VOTE so they can help you fix any issues. These states are TIGHT and every vote matters!
Georgia: Check on your ballot HERE
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North Carolina: Check on your ballot HERE
Biden inched closer to the magic 270 Electoral Votes threshold yesterday. As of the writing of this post, Biden has 253 to Trump’s 214. It was GREAT to see Michigan and Wisconsin get called for Biden, especially after losing both states in 2016.
Left to call: Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, and Alaska.
The Democrats have 48 seats, the Republicans 48.
Left to call: Alaska will go to the Republicans. The race in North Carolina is too close to call. Perdue’s race in Georgia is too close to call and if he falls under 50%, it’ll go to a runoff. (He’s currently at 50.1%.) And the special election for the other Georgia seat will be going to a runoff on January 5. If Biden wins the presidency, Democrats need to win two of these seats to take the Senate. It’s possible but we’re a ways off.
The Democrats have won the House back. As of this writing, the Republicans have flipped more seats than the Democrats have, but there are a lot of races still to be determined.
The Democrats held onto 3 out of 4 of their governorships (Washington, Delaware, and North Carolina) but Montana flipped. Gov. Bullock (D) was termed out and ran for the Senate. The state went red for Trump, the governorship, and Senator.
The Republicans held onto all 7 of their governorships: Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Wisconsin voters prevented the GOP in the state legislature from gaining veto-proof majorities. This was important as we go into redistricting; this means that Governor Evers (D) can veto unfair maps. Wisconsin has terribly gerrymandered maps and this will make the process much fairer.
Michigan flipped their state Supreme Court.
Democrats Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres won their congressional races in New York. They will join Congress as the first openly gay Black men in the U.S. House.
Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush won the election to Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, making her the state’s first Black congresswoman.
Democrats won a supermajority in the Delaware Senate, securing a supermajority in both chambers of the state General Assembly. The Republicans had been blocking various voting rights efforts there, so this opens the door to getting Automatic Voter Registration, no excuse mail balloting, and more.
Mississippi has voted to end a Jim Crow-era constitutional provision intended to ensure white voters would be able to choose governors and other statewide officials. Until now, gubernatorial candidates couldn’t just win the popular vote. The winning candidate ALSO needed to win a majority of the 122 state house districts.
Stephanie Byers, a retired teacher, made history and become the first transgender legislator elected not only in Kansas but in the entire Midwest.
Voters in Utah and Nebraska approved measures Tuesday stripping references to slavery from their state constitutions. Nebraska approved it by 68%, and Utah by 80%.
Mauree Turner won her election for state House in Oklahoma’s 88th district, making history as the first Muslim person elected to the state’s legislature.
Linda Anderson has the historic honor of being the first Black candidate elected to the Hollywood Commission. The city was founded 95 years ago.
Stay tuned for more results, both big and small.