Democrats overperform expectations in midterm races

The 2022 midterm election took place on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Although Democrats were expected to lose, the results were more mixed. In Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers (D-Wis.) was re-elected, while Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) retained his seat as well. 

Outside of Wisconsin, Governor J.B. Pritzker (D-Ill.) handily defeated State Representative Darren Bailey (R-Ill.). In Pennsylvania’s hotly contested race to replace retiring Senator Patrick Toomey (R-Penn.), Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D-Penn.) defeated TV personality Mehmet Oz by 3 percentage points. The Republican candidate for governor in the state, who participated in the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, was resoundingly defeated. 

In Arizona, Republican candidates who falsely claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from former president Donald Trump were defeated, including Senate candidate Blake Masters and Secretary of State Candidate Mark Finchem, who is affiliated with the far-right Oath Keepers militia.

Several incumbent members of the House were also defeated, including Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Elaine Luria (D-Va.) and Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.). 

Additionally, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y), who hopped districts to run against progressive Representative Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y), who lost in a different district in June, was narrowly defeated for reelection. All members of the progressive “Squad” were reelected.

Many other elections remain too close to call.