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Joe Biden projected to win 2020 presidential election

Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, according to a consensus call from ABC News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, and The New York Times. Projected to win Pennsylvania, Biden has won at least 273 electoral votes, putting him over the threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. President Donald Trump (R) won at least 213 electoral votes.

Biden will be the oldest president to take office on January 20, 2021, at 78 years old. His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), will be the first Black woman and person of South Asian descent to serve as vice president.

George H.W. Bush (R) was the last president to lose his re-election campaign in 1992.

Races remain too close to call in four battleground states: Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina. Biden currently leads in the first three states, totaling 33 electoral votes. Trump leads in North Carolina, which has 15 electoral votes.



Nehls defeats Kulkarni, LeBlanc in Texas’ 22nd Congressional District

Troy Nehls (R) defeated Sri Preston Kulkarni (D) and Joseph LeBlanc (L) in the general election for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District on November 3, 2020. 

Incumbent Rep. Pete Olson (R) did not run for re-election. This was the second time Kulkarni ran as the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 22nd. In 2018, Olson was re-elected with 51% of the vote to Kulkarni’s 47%.

Nehls has worked in law enforcement and had served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 21 years. He was endorsed by President Donald Trump (R).

Heading into the election, Democrats have a 232-197 majority in the House. Republicans need to win a net 21 seats to win control of the chamber. Texas’ 22nd was one of 35 open Republican seats. 



Thissen wins re-election to Minnesota Supreme Court

Incumbent Paul Thissen defeated challenger Michelle L. MacDonald for a six-year term on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

One of the seven seats on the Minnesota Supreme Court was up for nonpartisan election this year. Thissen, a former Democratic speaker of the state House, is one of five justices currently on the court to have been appointed by a Democratic governor. Thissen’s win maintained the court’s 5-2 liberal majority.

MacDonald previously ran for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The Minnesota Republican Party endorsed her 2014 campaign.



Knudsen defeats Graybill in Montana attorney general race

Austin Knudsen (R) defeated Raph Graybill (D) in the election for Montana attorney general. Incumbent Tim Fox (R) did not run for re-election. Montana’s attorney general is the state’s chief legal officer, chief law enforcement officer, and director of the Montana Department of Justice.

The results of Montana’s gubernatorial, attorney general, and secretary of state elections transitioned the state from divided triplex control to Republican triplex control. Before the election, both the secretary of state and attorney general were Republicans and the governor was a Democrat. Greg Gianforte (R) won the gubernatorial race, and Republicans won both other offices.



Christi Jacobsen (R) defeats Bryce Bennett (D) in Montana secretary of state race

Christi Jacobsen (R) defeated Bryce Bennett (D) in the general election for Montana Secretary of State. Incumbent Corey Stapleton (R) did not run for re-election, instead running in the Republican primary for Montana’s At-Large Congressional District.

The results of Montana’s gubernatorial, attorney general, and secretary of state elections transitioned the state from divided triplex control to Republican triplex control. Before the election, both the secretary of state and attorney general were Republicans and the governor was a Democrat. Greg Gianforte (R) won the gubernatorial race, and Republicans won both other offices.



Roger Williams elected to fifth term in Texas’ 25th Congressional District

Incumbent Roger Williams (R) defeated Julie Oliver (D) and Bill Kelsey (L) in the general election for Texas’ 25th Congressional District.

The race was one of 56 rematch elections in the U.S. House. Oliver challenged Williams in the 2018 election, losing 54% to 45%. In 2016, Williams carried the district 58% to 38% as Donald Trump (R) defeated Hillary Clinton (D) 55% to 40%.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) indicated it would target the district in 2020, adding Oliver to its ”Red to Blue” program. As of Oct. 14, Williams had raised $2.2 million to Oliver’s $1.8 million.



Stephanie Bice defeats Kendra Horn in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District election

Stephanie Bice (R) defeated incumbent Kendra Horn (D) in the general election for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. 

Horn was first elected in 2018 after defeating incumbent Rep. Steve Russell (R) 51% to 49%. Oklahoma’s 5th was one of 43 seats that flipped from Republicans to Democrats in 2018.

Bice had served in the Oklahoma state senate since 2014. She was endorsed by President Donald Trump (R).

Heading into the election, Democrats had a 232-197 majority in the House. Republicans needed to win a net 21 seats to win control of the chamber. Oklahoma’s 5th was one of 30 seats Democrats were defending in districts Donald Trump carried in 2016. Trump won by a margin of 13.4 percentage points, the third-widest among these districts.



Don Bacon wins re-election in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District

Incumbent Don Bacon (R) defeated Kara Eastman (D) and Tyler Schaeffer (L) in the general election for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District.

The race was one of 56 U.S. House rematches taking place in 2020; Bacon and Eastman were their parties’ nominees for the seat in 2018. That year, Bacon defeated Eastman 51% to 49%. Bacon was first elected in 2016, defeating incumbent Brad Ashford (D), who endorsed him over Eastman this year.

An October 7 article in Roll Call listed Bacon as the most vulnerable member of the U.S. House in the 2020 elections.



Ann Wagner wins fifth term in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District

Incumbent Ann Wagner (R) defeated Jill Schupp (D), Martin Schulte (L), and write-in Gina Bufe (I) in the general election for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) each spent more than $2 million in the district in the 2020 election.

Wagner was first elected in 2012. She was re-elected 51% to 47% in 2018, down from her 59% to 38% win in 2016.

In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump (R) carried the 2nd District by a margin of 10 percentage points.



Michelle Fischbach defeats incumbent Collin Peterson in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District

Michelle Fischbach (R) defeated incumbent Collin Peterson (D) and Slater Johnson (Legal Marijuana Now Party) in Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District. Peterson was first elected in 1990 and last won re-election by a 52% to 48% margin in 2018. He was one of two Democrats to vote against both articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. The other, Jeff Van Drew, later joined the Republican Party.

This was one of 30 U.S. House districts Democrats were defending this year that President Trump (R) carried in 2016. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton (D) 62% to 31% in MN-7; his widest margin of victory in any such district.



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