Split-ticket voting for U.S. Senate and governor

Welcome to the Monday, November 14, Brew. 

By: Samuel Wonacott

Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day:

  1. Five states elected a U.S. Senator and governor from a different party (so far)
  2. An update on SCOTUS and federal vacancies  
  3. Intern at Ballotpedia—and get paid to provide critical information to voters!

Five states elected a U.S. Senator and governor from a different party (so far)

Twenty-six states held elections for governor and U.S. Senate on Nov. 8. As of this writing, we have results for 23 of them. Races in Alaska and Arizona are, as of this writing, uncalled. The U.S. Senate race in Georgia is headed for a Dec. 6 runoff and isn’t included in this analysis. 

Five of those 23 states elected a U.S. Senator and governor from a different party:

The chart below shows the share of the vote that the winning U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates won in each of the states that voted for both offices. 

In states where members of the same party won both offices, Senate candidates on average won a higher percentage of the vote than candidates for governor—59.4% to 57.9%.

Across all 23 states, nine had a gap of less than two percentage points between the winning gubernatorial and senatorial candidates, seven had a gap of between two and five percentage points, and seven had a gap of more than five percentage points. 

The five states with the largest ticket-split gap were:

  • Kansas: Gov. Kelly (D) won with 49.4% and U.S. Sen. Moran (R) won with 60.2% (10.8% gap). 
  • Ohio: Gov. Mike DeWine (R) won with 62.8% and J.D. Vance (R) won with 53.3% (a gap of 9.5%). 
  • Oregon: Tina Kotek (D) won with 47.0% and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D) won with 56.0% (9.0% gap).
  • Oklahoma: Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) won with 55.5% and U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R) won with 64.3% (8.8% gap). 
  • Hawaii: Josh Green (D) won with 63.2% and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D) won with 71.2% (a gap of 8.0%). 

The five states with the smallest ticket-split gap were:

  • Nevada: Joe Lombardo (R) won with 48.9% and U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) won with 48.8% (a gap of 0.1%).
  • Idaho: Gov. Brad Little (R) won with 60.5% and U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R) won with 60.7% (a gap of 0.2%). 
  • Alabama: Gov. Kay Ivey (R) won with 67.4% and Katie Britt (R) won with 66.8% (a gap of 0.6%). 
  • Wisconsin: Gov. Evers (D) won with 51.2% and U.S. Sen. Johnson (R) won with 50.5% (a gap of 0.7%). 
  • Maryland: Wes Moore (D) won with 62.2% and U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D) won with 63.3% (a gap of 1.1%). 

You can read more about split-ticket voting at the link below. 

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An update on SCOTUS and federal vacancies  

The wheels of justice don’t stop turning—even for midterm elections. So, here’s some news on the federal judiciary.  

U.S. Supreme Court 

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is currently in its 2022-2023 term. On Nov. 4, the court granted review in the following cases: 

To date, the court has agreed to hear 39 cases this term. 

SCOTUS heard arguments in five cases last week. 

Nov. 7

Nov. 8

  • Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. concerns the 14th Amendment’s due process clause and whether a state can require a corporation to agree to personal jurisdiction in order to do business in that state. Personal jurisdiction refers to a court’s authority to issue rulings over the parties in a case. The parties must have minimum contact with the court’s forum—the state—in order for the court to exercise this authority.
  • Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana v. Talevski involves the U.S. Constitution’s Spending Clause, allowing Congress to raise taxes and spend money.

Nov. 9:

The court will next hear arguments on Nov. 28, when its December argument sitting begins. 

Federal judiciary vacancies 

As of Nov. 1, 87 of 890 active federal judicial positions were vacant. There were two new judicial vacancies since our Oct. 1 report. Including U.S. territorial courts, there were 89 federal judicial vacancies. 

The two new vacancies were created when U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Judge Charles Norgle and U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut Judge Stefan Underhill assumed senior status. 

Here’s how President Joe Biden’s (D) Article III judicial appointments compare to his predecessors at this point in his presidency.

  • Presidents have appointed an average of 77 judges through Nov. 1 of their second year in office.
  • President Bill Clinton (D) made the most appointments through Nov. 1 of his second year with 128. President Barack Obama (D) made the fewest with 43.
  • President Donald Trump (R) made the most appointments through four years with 234. President Reagan made the fewest through four years with 166.

Click below to learn more about federal judicial vacancies. 

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