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Midterm Election Day 2022: What You Need To Know Before The Polls Close

Plus a List of The Most Important State Election Results You Need To Watch The Night of November 8, 2022

Article Written By Jett James Pruitt


With 257,605,088 American citizens between the voting eligible ages of 18 and 100+, both Democrat and Republican election pollsters and campaign managers will agree:

The result of the 2022 Midterm Elections will be determined exclusively by who actually shows up at the polls today.

In light of Trump's announcement last night in Ohio that all but confirms his 2024 run for president, and late-season Hurricane Nicole missing voters in Florida by one day, there is barely a shortage of eleventh hour news to influence voters in the final minutes of the 2022 Midterm Elections.


With several states like Pennsylvania and Georgia typically being able to commit one hundred percent to being able to declare a winner tonight, here is our list of the most notable races to watch that will determine the ultimate fate of our country over the next two years:


BELLWETHER ELECTION RESULTS TO WATCH

(Eastern Standard Time Poll Closings)


6:00 PM - IN, KY

7:00 PM - VA, GA*

7:30 PM - NC, OH

8:00 PM - FL, NH, NE, PA**

9:00 PM - AZ, WI, NY, MI, TX

10:00 PM - NV

11:00 PM - CA, WA, OR


* Either Warnock or Walker must win at least 50 percent of the vote to prevent a runoff election on December 6.


** Pennsylvania usually needs an extra 48-72 hours to count mail-in votes.

As mentioned in my latest report, The Pruitt Report: Midterm Election Predictions for 2022, this election may be the second most important election cycle of our lifetimes.


With inflation, war, crime, abortion, education, insurrection, and gender issues making their way into daily conversations around the breakfast table, no one knows for certain just how divided America is at this very moment . . . but we can certainly all feel it.


For the first time in modern history, a significant but unknown percentage of Republican voters are refusing to voice their political opinions outside of their homes — citing distrust of the government and fears of "being canceled" in the workplace.


For this reason, we believe there is a whopping 7 to 9-point margin of error across most national polls, undercounting the number of independent voters who will side with Republicans in states with extremely tight races. More importantly,

The number one factor that will determine the outcome of this election is the AGE of voters who actually turn up to the polls today.

Why? Because one's age typically determines the order in which a voter ranks the importance of key issues on the ballot.


For example, voters over the age of 50 will be much more concerned with looming recession and rising inflation than reproductive rights and student loan debt forgiveness. Voters under the age of 25 will typically reverse the ranking, prioritizing abortion rights and climate reform over concerns about the economy.


In addition, some pollsters claim that older American voters tend to subconsciously lean towards masculine leaders in times of fear (looming war, economic volatility, etc.) and towards feminine leaders in time of peace and recovery.


Therefore, in extremely tight races, the perceived masculinity or femininity (i.e. the boldness/fearlessness or caring/nurturing nature of the candidate, regardless of sex) may impact the outcome among older voters, whereas younger generations do not appear to carry this bias into the polling booth.


Therefore, if Gen Z and Millennials fail to visit the polls in full force on November 8th, Gen X and Baby Boomers will turn the House and Senate Red just by showing up.

Ohio Senate Candidates Tim Ryan (L) and J.D. Vance (R)


Either way, today's election results will be the harbinger of the pivotal 2024 Presidential Election, which may be the most important election of our lifetimes.


It will be the first chapter of a specific course for America that will lean prominently in one direction or another starting January 20, 2025.


Exactly what will that direction be? Only time will tell. But for now, we'll take a look at today's most interesting races:


The Senate

35 Seats Up For Grabs

Projected Winners Listed in BOLD


Our Prediction:

Republicans Will Win The Majority

51 Republicans / 49 Democrats



Alabama

Will Boyd (D) vs. Katie Britt (R)


Alaska

Patricia Chesbro (D) vs. Lisa Murkowski (R-Incumbent)


Arizona

Mark Kelley (D-Incumbent) vs. Blake Masters (R)


Arkansas

Natalie James (D) vs. John Boozman (R-Incumbent)


California

Alex Padilla (D-Incumbent) vs. Mark Meuser (R)


Colorado

Michael Bennet (D-Incumbent) vs. Joe O'Dea (R)


Connecticut

Richard Blumenthal (D-Incumbent) vs. Leora Levy (R)


Florida

Val Demings (D) vs. Marco Rubio (R-Incumbent)


Georgia

Raphael Warnock (D-Incumbent) vs. Herschel Walker (R)


Hawaii

Brian Schatz (D-Incumbent) vs. Bob McDermott


Idaho

David Roth (D) vs. Mike Crapo (R-Incumbent)


Illinois

Tammy Duckworth (D-Incumbent) vs. Kathy Salvi (R)


Indiana

Thomas McDermott (D) vs. Todd Young (R-Incumbent)


Iowa

Michael Franken (D) vs. Chuck Grassley (R-Incumbent)


Kansas

Mark Holland (D) vs. Jerry Moran (R-Incumbent)


Kentucky

Charles Booker (D) vs. Rand Paul (R-Incumbent)


Louisiana

Gary Chambers (D) vs. John Kennedy (R-Incumbent)


Maryland

Chris Van Hollen (D-Incumbent) vs. Chris Chaffee (R)


Missouri

Trudy Valentine (D) vs. Eric Schmitt (R)


North Carolina

Cheri Lynn Beasley (D) vs. Ted Budd (R)


New Hampshire

Maggie Hassan (D-Incumbent) vs. Don Bolduc (R)


Nevada

Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Incumbent) vs. Adam Laxalt (R)


North Dakota

Katrina Christensen (D) vs. John Hoeven (R-Incumbent)


New York

Chuck Schumer (D-Incumbent) vs. Joe Pinion (R)


Ohio

Tim Ryan (D) vs. J.D. Vance (R)


Oklahoma #1

Madison Horn (D) vs. James Lankford (R-Incumbent)


Oklahoma #2

Kendra Horn (D) vs. Markwayne Mullin (R)


Oregon

Ron Wyden (D-Incumbent) vs. Jo Rae Perkins (R)


Pennsylvania

John Fetterman (D) vs. Mehmet Oz (R)


South Carolina

Krystle Matthews (D) vs. Tim Scott (R-Incumbent)


South Dakota

Brian Bengs (D) vs. John Thune (R-Incumbent)


Utah

Mike Lee (R) vs. Evan McMullin (I)


Vermont

Peter Welch (D) vs. Gerald Malloy (R)


Washington

Patty Murray (D-Incumbent) vs. Tiffany Smiley (R)


Wisconsin

Mandela Barnes (D) vs. Ron Johnson (R-Incumbent)

The House

435 Seats Up For Grabs


Our Prediction:

Republicans Will Win The Majority

221 Republicans / 214 Democrats


Key Races to Watch:


Georgia's 14th District

Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Incumbent) will win back her seat against Marcus Flowers (D) signaling to the Democratic party that MAGA candidates are not going away anytime soon.


California's 27th District

If Mike Garcia (R-Incumbent) is somehow re-elected in this solid blue territory, the Democrats will certainly need a new strategy to win back the public in 2024. But our bet is that abortion will the key topic in this district, making Christy Smith (D) the winner.


Iowa's 3rd District

Cindy Axne (D-Incumbent) will be ousted by Zach Nunn (R) in a quickly changing territory that includes Des Moines.


Virginia's 7th District

Abigail Spanberger (D-Incumbent) will be replaced by contender Yesil Vega (R) due to major parent concerns about education in her district. Vega is part of a larger trend of conservative Latinx candidates who strike a chord with voters who fled from communist/dictatorship countries.

Candidate for New York Governor, Representative Lee Zeldin (C)


The Race for Governor

36 Seats Up For Grabs


Our Prediction:

Republicans Will Win The Majority

29 Republicans vs. 21 Democrats


Arizona

Trump supporter, Kari Lake (R) will beat Katie Hobbs (D) by at least 5 points, showcasing Arizona's return to Red.


Florida

With a thousand new residents moving from Blue states to Florida each day since April 2020, Ron DeSantis (R-Incumbent) will beat Charlie Christ (D) by more than 10 points, solidifying his position as the 2024 Presidential Candidate runner-up to Trump.


Georgia

Sadly, voters will not reward Stacey Abrams (D) for her perseverance and dedication to the state by giving her a win over Brian Kemp (R-Incumbent). Her important role in politics is probably best served at the national level, such as serving as DNC National Chairperson or similar.


Michigan

Incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) will surprisingly withstand the Red Wave seen in other states, making her a possible Biden replacement for the 2024 Presidential election. However, this will not be the last time contender Tudor Dixon (R) hits the national stage.


Pennsylvania

This open seat may be the best litmus test for the rest of the country. If MAGA Republican candidate Doug Mastriano somehow pulls off a win in this popular purple state, it will create a momentum to strengthen the GOP's bid for the White House in 2024. However, we believe Josh Shapiro (D) will be the victor.


New York

Shockingly, Republican contender Representative Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is closing in on incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY). A win in this solid blue state would mean Democrats are going to have to fight for their lives in 2024. This is the most important gubernatorial race to watch this evening.


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Today is last day to vote. Be sure to get out and make your voice count!

Born in 2005, Jett James Pruitt is a Native American, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of the book Through The Eyes of a Young American. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheGenZPost.com, and is a political strategist specializing in Generation Z voting trends. His next book The Progressive Conservative is due in bookstores late next year.

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