Meet the history makers of the 2022 midterm elections
The race for control of Congress, as well as the governorship and key statewide positions, has defined the 2022 midterms.
In Washington, Republicans wanted to break the Democratic troika by winning one or both houses of Congress. In battleground states, Democrats are looking to defend embattled governorships and win key contests that could prove pivotal in future election battles.
Ahead of Election Day, both parties also wanted to diversify their ranks of elected officials, both in Congress and beyond. Republicans were excited about increasing the number of female governors and electing more Latino members to the US House of Representatives. Democrats expected an increase in the number of black U.S. senators and progress in LGBTQ representation in governor’s offices. Both parties also sought to welcome their first members of Congress from Generation Z – those born after 1996.
Election results are still coming in, and many races won’t be called for days, if not weeks. But for now, here’s a look at the candidates whose CNN projects will make history in the 2022 midterms.
This list will be updated as more winners are predicted.
AL-SEN: Republican Katie Britt will be Alabama’s first senator-elect, CNN projects, winning an open race to succeed her one-time boss, retiring GOP Sen. Richard Shelby. Britt is the former executive director of the Alabama Business Council and was a heavy favorite in the deep-red state’s general election. Two women previously represented Alabama in the Senate, but both were appointed to fill vacancies.
AR-GOV: Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be the first woman elected governor of Arkansas, CNN projects, winning the post her father previously held for more than a decade. Sanders, who rose to national profile in her role as Trump’s White House press secretary, is also the first daughter in American history to serve as governor of the same state her father once led.
FL-10: Democrat Maxwell Frost will be the first member of Generation Z elected to Congress, CNN projects, winning the open seat for Florida’s 10th Congressional District. Generation Z refers to those born after 1996. Frost will succeed Democrat Val Demings, who left the seat to run for the Senate.
MD-GOV: Democrat Wes Moore will be Maryland’s first black governor, CNN projects, becoming only the third black governor elected in US history. Moore, an Army veteran and former nonprofit executive, will succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
MD-AG: Anthony Brown to be first black person elected Maryland attorney general, CNN Project. Brown, who currently represents Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, has long been involved in state politics, having also served as the state’s lieutenant governor and in the state House and ran for governor in 2014.
MA-GOV: Democrat Maura Healey will be the first lesbian governor in American history, CNN projects, by winning the Massachusetts governor’s race. Healey, the current attorney general of Massachusetts, will also be the first elected female governor of the commonwealth.
OK-SEN: Republican Markwayne Mullin will be Oklahoma’s first Native American senator in nearly 100 years, CNN projects, by winning a special election to succeed GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe, who is resigning in January. Mullin, a member of the Cherokee Nation, currently represents the state’s 2nd Congressional District. Democrat Robert Owen, also a member of the Cherokee Nation, represented Oklahoma in the Senate from 1907 to 1925.
This story has been updated with additional developments.
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