YOU DECIDE: 2022 Midterm Election Results
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Several key elections still hang in the balance after polls closed Tuesday for the 2022 midterm elections. FOX Carolina has a breakdown of how you can view election results.
More than 42 million voters cast ballots across the country in an election that will decide control of the U.S. House and Senate. Data shows reports of record-breaking early voter turnout in both South Carolina and Georgia.
Education was a big issue on the ballot for South Carolina and many were anticipating the results of the Superintendent of Education race. Democrat Lisa Ellis has spent the last 20-plus years working in schools, mainly as a teacher. Republican Ellen Weaver previously chaired the state’s education oversight committee and heads a conservative think tank.
The Associated Press projects that Republican Ellen Weaver will defeat Democratic challenger Lisa Ellis.
Still waiting for the state superintendent of education race to be called, but @ellenfored giving a victory speech here in Columbia. Weaver says students’ educational future is her top priority and gets big applause when she says her message to parents is “help is on the way.” pic.twitter.com/L8Cqm98q5H— Mary Green (@MaryGreenNews) November 9, 2022
Weaver has been backed by incumbent Governor Henry McMaster, who defeated Democratic challenger Joe Cunningham to win a historic reelection. McMaster has held the office since 2017. He previously served as the state’s Attorney General and later Lieutenant Governor.
Recently FOX Carolina spoke with both candidates one-on-one.
Another key election was for one of South Carolina’s Senate seats. Incumbent Republican Tim Scott won reelection, knocking off Democratic challenger Krystle Matthews, who has been embattled in controversy since audio was leaked by Project Veritas.
Scott has said the upcoming term will be his last serving South Carolina, with many speculating he has ambitions for a higher office.
The race for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats is being watched nationwide. Republican nominee and former University of Georgia football player, Herschel Walker, is headed to a runoff election with incumbent Raphael Warnock, who won the seat in 2021. The seat is critical in determining the balance of power in the Senate.
On Wednesday afternoon, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said 10,000 votes in the election were still waiting to be counted but the outstanding ballots would not be enough to get either candidate to the required 50-percent threshold.
In Georgia, a candidate must break the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver earned 2 percent of the votes in the election so neither Warnock nor Walker have met the required majority.
Officials began preparing ballots on Wednesday for Georgia’s runoff election on Dec. 6.
CNN projects Republican incumbent Brian Kemp will win reelection in what could be the nation’s most-watched governor’s race after Georgia flipped blue in the last presidential election. Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams conceded the election late Tuesday night.
In Northeast Georgia, the Associated Press projects that Republican Andrew Clyde will defeat Democrat Mike Ford and win the U.S. House District 9 seat.
Arguably the biggest story in North Carolina to follow on Election Day was the race for one of their U.S. Senate seats. Republican nominee Tedd Budd is projected to beat Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley in the statewide election. Budd is a House representative for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District. Beasley is the former Chief Justice for the North Carolina Supreme Court who served from 2019 to 2020.
In addition to the Senate seat, multiple nearby House seats were up for grabs.
Republican Virginia Foxx is projected to beat Democratic challenger Kyle Parrish for NC U.S. House District 5, according to the Associated Press. Foxx has served as the district’s representative since 2005.
The Associated Press projects that Patrick McHenry will win reelection for NC U.S. House District 10 over Democratic challenger Pam Genant. McHenry is currently serving in his ninth term as the representative for District 10.
Republican Chuck Edwards is projected to defeat Democratic nominee Jasmine Beach-Ferrara to win NC U.S. House District 11. Edwards is currently a North Carolina State senator for District 48.
Greenville County said there is a delay with counting absentee ballots due to a corrupted thumb drive. Elections officials say they have to recount 3,600 absentee ballots.
Voters were still in line at County Square in Greenville more than two hours after polls closed.
Greenville County officials explained the issue on Tuesday night.
Residents in Pickens County voted in favor of two referendums determining whether to allow the sale of beer and wine on Sundays at approved stores. Pickens County was one of eight counties in South Carolina where Sunday alcohol sales were not allowed countywide.
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