The battle for control of the House is now the biggest unanswered question of this year’s midterm elections after Democrats maintained their narrow Senate majority.
Which party reaches the 218 seats needed for a House majority will hinge on the race in states with the bulk of mail-in ballots—including California, where it can take weeks to identify winners in some races, Oregon and Arizona. .
Another high-profile contest is very close to the call: the Arizona governor’s race. Republican Kari Lake, a Donald Trump-backed election denial, is facing Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the defender of the state’s election process.
Democratic upheaval keeps hopes of majority in the House alive
Republicans seem to be slowly moving towards a majority, but Democrats’ hopes haven’t completely faded yet.
Republicans have won 211 of the 218 seats, according to CNN estimates, while Democrats have won 204, with 20 unspecified as of Saturday evening.
Big victory for Democrats In Washington’s Republican-leaning Third District, where CNN on Saturday projected that Democrat Mary Glusenkamp Perez would defeat Republican Joe Kent, who had associated himself closely with former President Donald Trump.
Several other undecided races are in California, where counting mail-in ballots can take weeks and significant changes to that process may be delayed. Other states with large amounts of mail-in ballots, including Arizona and Oregon, also have undecided races.
Arizona’s gubernatorial race still not decided
The race for governor of Arizona between Lake, one of the most prominent electoral denials on the ballot this year, and Hobbs, remains tight, with Hobbs leading by 34,000 votes as of late Saturday against an estimated 290,000 vote count. are glued together.
If she wins, Lake will be a rare Trump-backed election refusal to win a competitive statewide race this year.
In an interview with CNN Saturday afternoon, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates said that Maricopa County has about 190,000 votes left to count.
He said he was confident that about 95% to 99% of those votes would be recorded by Tuesday. He said the county would continue to report about 85,000 votes per night until they are done.
To keep an eye on other races:
In Alaska, the state’s largest House seat and one of its Senate seats will depend on rank-choice results.
Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, who won a special election this summer, is in a strong position to take the 50% mark. But Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski faces a tough challenge from Republican Kelly Tshibaka, who is endorsed by Trump as part of his bid for retaliation against Murkowski and others, who will leave the U.S. after January 6, 2021. He was impeached for the attack on the Capitol.
And in Los Angeles, Representative Karen Bass on Saturday widened her lead over developer Rick Caruso in the mayoral race.
If elected, Bass would become the first woman and the first black woman to head America’s second largest city.