DemDaily: The Final Count

December 19, 2022

The final results of the 2022 elections are in! When lawmakers take office in January, the balance of power will stand as follows:

US Senate51 Democrats to 49 Republicans
(Includes three Independents who caucus with the Democrats)

With incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock's victory over GOP challenger Herschel Walker, 51.4% to 48.6% in the December 6th US Senate runoff, the Democrats now have outright control of the US Senate.

Most significantly, they now have majority control of committees and a pathway to passing future legislation under the Biden agenda.

US House: 213 Democrats to 222 Republicans
Although Republicans won control of the US House, Democrats defied the historical headwinds against the party in the White House during midterms, losing less than a dozen net seats. This means the chamber will be up for grabs again in two years.

The tally was complete December 13 following the final results of Colorado's Third Congressional District recount in which Republican incumbent Lauren Boebert won by 546 votes over Democrat Adam Frisch.

In California's 13th District, Democrat Adam Gray conceded on December 2 to Republican John Duarte, who won 50.2% to 49.8%.

A special election will be held February 21, 2023 for Virginia's Fourth Congressional District vacated by the death of Democratic Congressman Donald McEachin (D) November 28 after a battle with cancer. Last Saturday, State Republicans chose nominee Leon Benjamin, who ran against McEachin twice, receiving 35% to McEachin's 65% November 8. Democrats will elect their nominee in a primary this Tuesday, December 20, choosing from State Senators Jennifer McClellan and Joe Morrissey, former State Delegate Joseph Preston, and civil rights advocate Tavorise Marks in the reliably blue district.

Governors: 24 Democrats to 26 Republicans
Flipped: Of the 36 governor races held on November 8, Democrats flipped three seats. In Maryland Wes Moore (D) easily defeated ultra-right contender Dan Cox, and in Massachusetts, Maura Healey (D) trounced GOP nominee Geoff Diehl.

In Arizona, the last gubernatorial to be called, Democrat Katie Hobbs triumphed over Trump accolyte Kari Lake (R).

Republicans flipped one seat, Nevada, where incumbent Democrat Steve Sisolak lost to Trump-endorsed Joe Lombardo.

State Secretaries of State: 22 Democrats to 25 Republicans
Of the country’s 47 Secretary of State offices, 27 were up for election and eight offices’ appointment authorities were on the ballot.

Flipped: Democrats flipped Nevada with the election of Cisco Aguilar (D) over Jim Marchant (R), and flipped the Maryland gubernatorial, giving them appointment control.

State Attorneys General: 22 Democrats to 28 Republicans
Flipped: Of the 34 State Attorney General races held on November 8, Democrats flipped two seats.

In the open seat in Vermont, Charity Clark (D) handily defeated Michael Tagliavia (R), and in Arizona, Democrat Kris Mayes edged out Republican election denier Abraham Hamadeh by 510 votes.

Republicans flipped Iowa where Brenna Bird (R) defeated incumbent Tom Miller (D).

Mayors: Nationwide, there are over 1,400 mayors representing cities with a population of 30,000 or more. At the conclusion of the 2022 midterm election, the mayors of 62 of the country's 100 largest cities were affiliated with the Democratic Party. Republicans held 26 mayoral offices, independents held four, and eight mayors were nonpartisan or unaffiliated. With the inauguration of Karen Bass in Los Angeles next month, the four largest cities in the country will have black mayors: Bass, Eric Adams of New York, Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, and Sylvester Turner of Houston. All are Democrats.

State Legislatures: Democrats 40 to Republicans 57
State Democrats made history this election: for the first time since 1934, the party controlling the White House did not lose a single state legislative chamber.

Flipped: Of the 88 of the country's 99 state legislative chambers that held elections on November 8, Democrats held all 36 of their current chambers and flipped an additional four.

In flipping the Michigan State Senate and House, and the Minnesota State Senate, Democrats secured a trifecta in both states. In the last undecided contest, Democrats prevailed in flipping control of the Pennsylvania State House with 102 to Republicans' 101 seats.

Democrats also maintained their majorities in Colorado, Maine and New Mexico and won a supermajority in the Vermont State House and Nevada State Assembly, while preventing Republicans from gaining veto-proof supermajorities in the North Carolina and Wisconsin state legislatures.

Republicans maintained their narrow majority in Arizona and New Hampshire's House and Senate.

In the 2022 midterms, 140 statewide ballot measures were certified for election in 38 states. Progressive initiatives prevailed, revealing voter preference for the fundamental individual and civil rights of the people, from abortion and marijuana to healthcare and minimum wage. See: DemDaily: Ballot Victories 12/13/22

DemDaily: Warnock Wins Georgia 12/7/22
DemDaily: DNC Reshuffles Presidential Primary Calendar 12/5/22
DemDaily: House Members Look to New Leadership 12/1/22
DemDaily: Update on the Undecided 11/30/22
DemDaily: Counting Down To Georgia 11/28/22
DemDaily: The Peaceful Transition of Her Power 11/21/22
DemDaily: Where Women Won 11/17/22

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Sources: AP, New York Times, Ballotpedia, NCSL, US Conference of Mayors

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