The Midterm Election Results Are In…Mostly

Elizabeth Whitman

On November 8th, the United States midterm elections were held. Usually, the party in the White Houses loses seats in the midterm elections. We can already see this pattern happening, even though not all the results are finalized yet. In the House of Representatives, the Republicans gained eight seats, while the Democrats lost nine. 218 seats are needed in order for one party to have the majority in the House. After this election, the Republicans now have 218 seats. In the Senate, the Republicans lost one seat and the Democrats gained one seat. There are also two seats held by independent senators. These two senators tend to agree with the Democrats more than the Republicans. Now, the balance in the Senate is 48 Democrats, two independents, and 49 Republicans. However, there is one seat in Georgia that has still not been called. In Georgia, neither party got 50% of the vote, so there is going to be a runoff between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker. This runoff election will take place on December 6th.

While New Jersey’s governor, Phil Murphy, was not up for reelection, many other states had their election for governor this year as well. The Democrats gained two seats and the Republicans lost two seats in the governor elections. In New Jersey, the elections for the House resulted in the Democrats taking nine seats and the Republicans taking three. In New Jersey District 3, which includes Marlboro, Andy Kim won the seat for the House. It will be interesting to see how the results of these elections impact our future.