Democrat Robert Menendez Jr. to win race for New Jersey’s 8th congressional district
The race to control Congress, as well as governorships and key statewide positions, has defined the 2022 midterms.
As Election Day approached, in addition to taking control of the chambers of Congress, both parties were also seeking to diversify their elected ranks, both on Capitol Hill and beyond. Republicans were excited to expand their slate of female governors and elect more Latino members to the U.S. House. Democrats were planning to increase the number of black US senators and make a push for LGBTQ representation in governor’s offices. Both parties have also sought to welcome their first Gen Z congressmen – those born after 1996.
Election results are still coming in and many races won’t be called for days or even weeks. But for now, here’s a look at the contestants whose CNN projects will make history midway through 2022.
Alabama Republican Katie Britt will be Alabama’s first elected senator, CNN projects, winning an open-seat race to succeed her former boss, retired GOP Sen. Richard Shelby. Britt is a former CEO of the Business Council of Alabama and was the general election frontrunner in the dark red state. Two women have previously represented Alabama in the Senate, but both have been nominated to fill vacancies.
Florida Democrat Maxwell Frost will be the first Gen Z member elected to Congress, CNN projects, winning the open seat for Florida’s 10th congressional district. Generation Z refers to people born after 1996. Frost will succeed Democrat Val Demings, who left the seat to run for the Senate.
Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin will be Oklahoma’s first Native American senator in nearly 100 years, CNN projects, winning the special election to succeed GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe, who is stepping down 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.