LIVE MIDTERM UPDATES: Voters Turn Out To Decide Key Races, Balance Of Power

LIVE MIDTERM UPDATES: Voters Turn Out To Decide Key Races, Balance Of Power

The midterm elections are here. Democrats have held the House and Senate since 2020, but with the economy, crime, and border security on voters’ minds, Republicans have a chance to take power in Washington and stop the Biden agenda in its tracks. Voters will also be electing governors in 36 states, choosing legislators, and selecting a host of other local representatives.  From the halls of Congress to local school boards, today’s voters will decide the direction of the country for the coming years. Welcome to The Daily Wire’s 2022 midterms live blog: Refresh for updates. 

A number of voting machines in Maricopa County, Arizona, were malfunctioning Tuesday morning, with local outlets and county officials estimating as many as one in five machines were affected. Hours later, Maricopa officials now say they’ve found a solution and are deploying it to affected polling locations.

Full statement below:

Update: Maricopa County spokesperson says they have found a solution.

— Jen Fifield (@JenAFifield) November 8, 2022

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, speaking to reporters, says she will be the “worst nightmare” of the press for the next eight years. “We will reform the media as well. We’re going to make you guys into journalists again.”

The first Republican pick-up for the night is Guam. It is a non-voting delegate position in the U.S. House of Representatives but has been represented by a Democrat since the early 1990s.

Former President Trump tells Fox News that he would support Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as speaker of the House, should Republicans regain control of the chamber. McCarthy is currently the minority leader, and Republicans are largely expected to gain a majority in the lower chamber.

BREAKING FOX23 — @TCSO and Tulsa Election Board reports at one precinct all workers were dismissed after 25+ Republican voters were not given city council ballots for District 5. Criminal investigation underway.

— Rick Maranon (@RickonFox23) November 8, 2022

The website for the Nevada Secretary of State’s office is down. They say they’re working on a fix but did not disclose a cause.

The White House hasn’t lifted its lid, but now says Joe Biden spoke with DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He spoke with other Democratic officials as well. The White House didn’t say what they discussed.

Leading political prognosticator David Wasserman believes that early turnout isn’t looking good for Democrats.

It’s pretty apparent from precinct-level data in VA and county-level data in FL that Democrats have a turnout problem today – one that’s unlikely to be solved in the next six hours.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 8, 2022

In recent years, R voters have generally enjoyed their largest turnout advantage in the first 2-3 hours of EDay voting. So, it’s possible these gaps will narrow – and these are just two states.

But, these are just large differentials for Dems to overcome in the next few hours.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 8, 2022

Former President Donald Trump says he voted for Ron DeSantis to be governor of Florida. Trump nicknamed DeSantis “De-Sanctimonious” on Saturday but declined to use the nickname again the next day.

Former President Donald Trump confirmed that he voted for Ron DeSantis’ reelection after he and Melania exit a polling station in Palm Beach.

“Yes I did.”

— Gabby Orr (@GabbyOrr_) November 8, 2022

Joe Biden is calling a “lid” the morning of election day. The “lid” signals to reporters that the president doesn’t plan on making any more news for today.

Biden admitted Monday that he thought it would be tough for Democrats to keep control of the House. His “lid” suggests he doesn’t believe there will be many opportunities for his party to brag about as the night goes on.