Welcome to the 2023 Election Night! Today, at least 37 states have opened their polls,
and people are casting their votes on everything from American governor positions to local referendums. To provide you with live updates and analysis from races all over the country, we have 538 analysts here throughout the evening.
In the early races of the night, ABC News predicts that Democratic Governor Andy Beshear will defeat Republican Daniel Cameron once again in Kentucky. ABC News also forecasts that Ohio’s voters will approve Issue 1, which will enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution.
We maintain a vigilant watch on several crucial electoral battles, which encompass yet another gubernatorial showdown in Mississippi, state-level political competitions in Virginia, New Jersey, and Mississippi, the race for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as a number of distinctive congressional and state legislative special elections.
We will additionally pay attention to lower-tier contests such as mayoral and school board elections, and we will delve into the significance of these outcomes for both the Democratic and Republican parties, along with the broader implications they hold for the 2024 electoral landscape.
Reeves is projected to win the Mississippi Governor race by a small margin. ABC News estimates that Republican Governor Tate Reeves will defeat Democrat Brandon Presley once more, with a tight margin. This result maintains full Republican control over Mississippi’s state government.
“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has now shifted to a Democratic majority.” According to ABC News, Democrat Dan McCaffery will defeat Republican Carolyn Carluccio by winning approximately 53% of the votes.
While this race doesn’t change the party’s control of the seven-member court, Democrats will maintain their 4-2 majority by filling a vacant seat.
The Democratic party has assumed control of Virginia’s legislative body. Democrats have secured victories in both houses of Virginia’s General Assembly, potentially derailing any late-entry dreams of 2024 presidential ambitions for Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin.
However, with just 21 of the 39 State Senate seats and 51 of the 100 House of Delegates seats within their grip, the Democratic party’s lead seems to be tenuous at best.
In three tightly-fought races that remain unprojected, Republicans could still seize an opportunity, as suggested by assessments from the Virginia Public Access Project.
The Bridgeport mayor’s race shows more drama. For most of the night, Democrat Sean Gomes, the current mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was ahead of Independent John Ganim by a small margin. But after an order from a judge to re-run the Democratic primary in the wake of absentee ballot fraud allegations, Ganim has closed the gap and is winning the race.
This situation may not sit well, considering Ganim had initially won the Democratic primary amid allegations of absentee voter fraud. In reality, the late-counted absentees might make the difference here. Reeves in Mississippi, although by a narrow margin.
With 83% of expected votes reported, Reeves is ahead of Presley in the Mississippi Governor race with 52.6% to 46.0%. The margin may close as nearly 60% of the vote in heavily Democratic Hinds County has yet to be reported.
Nevertheless, Reeves has a slight edge in counties where 90% or more of the expected votes have been counted (out of 45 counties in the state) compared to his 5-point victory in 2019. However, he is still ahead in the crucial places he needs to win tonight, so pending the remaining ballots, Reeves will win, Reeves will win.”
In the Suffolk County executive race, the Republicans have emerged victorious.
Over the course of 2021 and 2022, Republicans made significant strides in Long Island, New York, as they clinched a notable win in the Nassau County executive race and fortified their dominant stance in the battle for the governor’s position.
Tonight, according to ABC News, they have taken a step forward and won the Suffolk County executive race. Republican Edward Romain defeated Democrat David Calone, marking the first time in 20 years that this seat has been won by a GOP candidate.
Texan voters reject the gerontocracy.
It went under the radar, but today, Texas voters paid attention to Proposition 13, which raised the mandatory retirement age for the state’s judges from 75 to 79 – effectively granting older officials permission to serve longer. Voters rejected the proposition with a vote of 62% to 38%.
This resounding declaration underscored a clear stance against what’s been termed the “gerontocracy,” precisely during a period when apprehensions about the age of prominent figures in politics, such as Biden, Trump, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, had become prevalent.
The Houston mayoral race heads to a runoff in the final round.
Forecasts from ABC News indicate that a runoff will likely be necessary if none of the candidates for mayor of Houston are able to receive more than 50% of the vote.
This clears the way for Democratic State Senator John Whitmire and Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee to face off in a mayoral contest that is, for the most part, still nonpartisan on December 9.
With 54% of the expected votes, Whitmire is leading with 43% ahead, followed by Jackson Lee with 37%.