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Stacey Abrams, Georgia's Democratic candidate for governor. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

While the bottom line of Tuesday's midterm elections is clear — Democrats have taken control of the House while Republicans added to their majority in the Senate — a number of significant races have still yet to be called as the sun rises on Wednesday.

Driving the news: In Georgia's gubernatorial race, Democrat Stacey Abrams has vowed not to concede against her Republican opponent Brian Kemp until "every vote gets counted." Kemp currently holds 50.5% of the vote, but the race could face a runoff if neither candidate ultimately ends up over 50%. The race has been marred by voter suppression and conflict of interest allegations against Kemp, who has presided over the election as Georgia's secretary of state.

Other outstanding high-profile races:

  • In Arizona's Senate race, Republican Martha McSally is up on Democrat Kyrsten Sinema 49.3%-48.5% with about 99.3% reporting. Per The Arizona Republic, "an official victor may not be known for days — and maybe longer, if the final tally were to trigger a recount or legal challenge."
  • In Florida's Senate race, former Republican governor Rick Scott is up on Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson 50.2%-49.8% with 100% reporting. Scott has declared victory, but the race is statistically too close to call and an automatic recount will take place if the margin of victory remains less than 0.5%.
  • In Montana's Senate race, incumbent Democrat Jon Tester is down 48.2%-48.9% against Republican challenger Matt Rosendale with about 82% reporting and the race still too close to call.
  • In Texas' 32nd district, one of Axios' 8 for 2018, the AP withdrew its call for Republican incumbent Will Hurd at about 4 a.m. ET. The margin between him and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones is only about 700 votes.

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Symone Sanders leaving VP's office

Vice President Kamala Harris and her press secretary Symone Sanders. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesperson to Vice President Kamala Harris, is leaving the VP’s office by the end of this year, three White House officials told Axios on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The VP has faced an onslaught of criticism in her first year centered on her leadership and staff, adding to the suggestion, she’s not the Democratic Party’s preferred nominee for 2024.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Updated 2 hours ago - Health

Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The travel bans and border closures prompted by the Omicron variant likely won't fully prevent its spread, but that won't stop countries from leaning on the measures.

Why it matters: The rapid speed at which countries turned to travel bans with the emergence of Omicron indicates border controls will increasingly become a weapon against infectious disease — whether or not public health experts agree they are effective.

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

GOP fights itself on shutdown politics

Reporters question Senate Minority Whip John Thune before the Republican Party's weekly lunch on Tuesday. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are scrambling to reach a deal with a bloc of 15 Senate Republicans threatening a government shutdown to force a fight over the Biden administration's vaccine mandates.

Why it matters: The push to defund the mandates — by holding the short-term government funding bill hostageis largely symbolic, and highly controversial within the Republican Party. A shutdown as early as midnight Friday could trigger everything from national park closures to delays in receiving Social Security checks.