Tagelection results

Tom Malinowski wins re-election to Congress

Incumbent Tom Malinowski (D) defeated challenger Thomas Kean Jr. (R) in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.

Malinowski was first elected in 2018, when he defeated incumbent Leonard Lance (R) 52% to 47%, becoming the first Democrat to win election in the district since 1978. Preliminary returns suggest Malinowski expanded on his 2018 margin this year, winning 54% of the vote to Kean’s 46%.

Both parties’ national committees targeted the district this year, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) naming Malinowski to its Frontline program and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) naming Kean to its Young Guns program. The DCCC and House Majority PAC spent a combined $3.8 million in the district, while the NRCC and Congressional Leadership Fund spent a combined $4.3 million.



Elaine Luria re-elected in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District

Incumbent Elaine Luria (D) defeated challengers Scott Taylor (R) and David Foster (I) in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

The race was one of 56 U.S. House rematches this year; Luria defeated Taylor 51% to 49% in 2018. Taylor was the incumbent in that election, having first won election to the seat 61% to 39% in 2016. Preliminary results suggest Luria expanded her margin over Taylor this year, winning 51% to 47%.

This was one of 30 U.S. House districts held by a Democrat that Donald Trump (R) carried in 2016. That year, he defeated Hillary Clinton (D) by a margin of 3.4 percentage points, expanding on Mitt Romney’s (R) 2.3 percentage point margin over Barack Obama (D) in 2012.

Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) included this district on their target lists this year. The DCCC and House Majority PAC spent a combined $1.5 million, while the NRCC and Congressional Leadership Fund spent a combined $3.5 million.



Rodney Davis elected to fifth term in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District

Incumbent Rodney Davis (R) defeated challenger Betsy Londrigan (D) in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, winning a fifth term in the U.S. House.

The race was one of 56 U.S. House rematches taking place this year; Londrigan was Davis’ challenger in 2018 as well. That year, he won 51% to 50%, down from 60% to 40% in 2016 and 59% to 41% in 2014. Preliminary results suggest Davis expanded his margin over Londrigan this year, winning 55% to 45%.

Both parties’ national committees targeted this district; the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) named Davis to its Patriot Program and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) named Londrigan to its Red to Blue program. The NRCC and Congressional Leadership Fund spent a combined $5.5 million on the race, while the DCCC and House Majority PAC spent a combined $6.2 million.



Tony Gonzales (R) wins election to succeed Will Hurd (R) in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District

Tony Gonzales (R) defeated Gina Ortiz Jones (D) and Beto Villela (L) in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. The seat was left open following Will Hurd’s (R) retirement.

The district was one of five held by Republicans that Hillary Clinton (D) had carried in the 2016 presidential election. That year, she defeated Donald Trump (R) 50% to 46% in the district.

This was Gina Ortiz Jones’ second time running as the Democratic nominee in this district; in 2018, she lost to Hurd 49.2% to 48.7%. Preliminary results suggest Gonzales expanded on Hurd’s 2018 margin, defeating Ortiz Jones 50.7% to 46.5%.

Both parties’ national committees targeted this district, with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) naming Ortiz Jones to its Red to Blue program and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) naming Gonzales to its Young Guns program.



Meijer defeats Scholten in MI-03 

Peter Meijer (R) defeated Hillary Scholten (D) in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. Incumbent Justin Amash (L) did not run for re-election. Amash was elected to represent the district as a Republican and changed his affiliation to independent in 2019 and Libertarian in 2020.

Michigan’s 3rd is one of 10 House seats that have changed party hands as a result of the 2020 elections. Republicans have won eight of those seats and Democrats, two. Before the election, Democrats had a 232-197 majority in the chamber.

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Republican Kim Wyman wins third term as Washington Secretary of State

Incumbent Kim Wyman (R) defeated Gael Tarleton (D) in the election for Washington Secretary of State, winning a third term as the state’s top elections administrator.

Wyman was first elected to the office in 2012 and won re-election over challenger Tina Podlodowski (D), 55% to 45%, in 2016. Preliminary results suggest Wyman won by a narrower 54% to 47% margin this year.

Wyman’s win continues Republicans’ winning streak in Washington Secretary of State elections. No Democrat has won election to the office since 1960.



Kelly declared winner over McSally in AZ special Senate election

Mark Kelly (D) defeated incumbent Martha McSally and 17 write-in candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Arizona. Kelly will fill the rest of the late-Sen. John McCain’s (R) term. The seat will be up for election in 2022.

In the 2018 general election, McSally ran for Arizona’s other Senate seat, losing to Kyrsten Sinema (D) 47.6% to 50.0%. After the election, interim Sen. Jon Kyl (R) announced his resignation and Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced McSally as Kyl’s replacement in December 2018.

Before the election, Republicans had a 53-47 majority in the Senate. As of noon ET on November 6, two other seats besides Arizona’s had changed party hands. Tommy Tuberville (R) beat incumbent Doug Jones (D) in Alabama, and John Hickenlooper (D) beat incumbent Cory Gardner (R) in Colorado. Five races remain uncalled. 

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Perry wins re-election in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District

Incumbent Rep. Scott Perry (R) defeated Eugene DePasquale (D) in the general election for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District. 

Perry was first elected to represent Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District in 2012. Following court-ordered redistricting in 2018, he was elected to the 10th District. In 2018, Perry defeated George Scott (D) 51.3% to 48.7%.

Heading into the election, Democrats had a 232-197 majority in the House.



Burgess defeats Lewis in special election for Florida State Senate District 20

Daniel Burgess (R) defeated Kathy Lewis (D) in the special general election for Florida State Senate District 20 on November 3. Burgess secured 54.9% of the vote to Lewis’s 45.1%. 

The special election was called after Tom Lee (R) announced his retirement, effective Nov. 3. Lee served from 2016 to 2020. 

Ballotpedia identified the Florida State Senate as a battleground chamber in the 2020 election. Democrats needed to gain four seats to overcome the 23-17 Republican majority. As of November 6, Democrats had not gained any seats, with one race remaining to be called in the chamber.

Florida has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers. 

As of November, 59 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in 27 states. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year. Florida held 24 state legislative special elections from 2010 to 2019.

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Election deadlines for the week beginning Nov. 9

In the week beginning Nov. 9, 11 states and the District of Columbia have absentee/mail-in ballot receipt deadlines:

  • Nov. 9: Iowa and West Virginia
  • Nov. 10: Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, and New York
  • Nov. 12: North Carolina
  • Nov. 13: Alaska, D.C. Maryland, and Ohio

Also next week, eight states will observe election certification and/or canvassing deadlines:

  • Nov. 10: Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, and Virginia
  • Nov. 11: South Carolina and Wyoming
  • Nov. 13: Mississippi

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