‘I don’t think we’re going to make it’: Democrats’ hopes of a House majority dim

The publicly stated reasoning for many of those Republicans is the imminent Senate runoff among Democratic senators. Rafael Warnock and Georgia Republican Herschel Walker. While that December 6 election will not decide the majority in the Senate, it could have major implications for control of the chamber.

A significant difference from this year’s second round and the one in January 2021 – when Warnock defeated the then Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated then-Sen. David Perdue to give Democrats a Senate majority – is the timing. After the pair of second-round losses, Republicans in the state changed the law to shorten the time frame. Instead of a nine-week campaign, this year’s second round is in early December – a short four-week sprint.

One consequence of the shortened second-round campaign is a significantly shorter early voting period — including apparently no early Saturday voting in this election, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday. Voters will also have much less time to request and return mail ballots.

Former President Donald Trump looms over the fast-approaching runoff election, who is widely expected to announce a 2024 presidential run at his Florida estate on Tuesday night. That announcement, planned and planned ahead of last week’s midterms, has raised concerns among some in the GOP that the former president’s 2024 campaign could reactivate the same electorate that cost Republicans two Senate seats in 2021.

Outside of Georgia, there are only a handful of undecided statewide matches left. Perhaps the largest is in Arizona, where the gubernatorial race between Republican Kari Lake and Democrat Katie Hobbs has not been declared.

There, Hobbs, the outgoing secretary of state, clings to a small lead over Lake, a former TV host and Trump acolyte. While 93 percent of the votes have already been counted, the Secretary of State estimated late Sunday that there are 160,000 uncountable ballots left in the state. Sixty percent of the remaining vote will come from Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county, the Arizona secretary of state said.

Lake pinned her hopes on those Maricopa County ballots, long insisting that these later ballot totals would lean more Republican. And while that was true in a crucial table of nearly 100,000 ballots released Sunday eveningLake didn’t seem to win those ballots by a large enough margin to close the gap to Hobbs.

“Hobbs is the undeniable favorite to become Arizona’s next governor,” Hobbs campaign manager Nicole DeMont said in a statement Sunday night. “Katie has been leading since the first round of voting was counted, and after tonight’s results it is clear that will not change.”

Lake herself hasn’t tweeted since the release of the ballots last night, while her campaign “war room” account retweets messages encouraging voters to “heal” their ballots — leaving voters whose ballots were initially rejected due to things like a missing or not -matching signature to make their vote count.

Another significant batch of ballots is expected from Maricopa County on Monday night.

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