Nov 7, 2018

3. Midterm madness: The election results we still don't know

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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Tariff worries hit record high amid coronavirus outbreak

Data: CivicScience, margin of error ±1 percentage points; Chart: Axios Visuals

Concern about President Trump's tariffs on U.S imports grew to record high levels among Americans last month, particularly as more lost their jobs and concern about the novel coronavirus increased.

Driving the news: About seven in 10 people said they were at least somewhat concerned about tariffs in March, according to the latest survey from CivicScience provided first to Axios.

U.S. coronavirus updates: Largest 24-hour spike in fatalities

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New York's death toll from the novel coronavirus surged to its highest one-day total on Tuesday, as the U.S. saw its largest 24-hour spike in fatalities, per Johns Hopkins data. Recorded deaths across the U.S. surpassed 12,900 early Wednesday.

Why it matters: State officials have stressed that lockdowns must continue even if cities begin to see slight improvements from social distancing. Several hot spots, including New York, New Orleans, and Detroit, are expected to peak in the coming days.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 a.m. ET: 1,430,453 — Total deaths: 82,133 — Total recoveries: 301,385Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 a.m. ET: 399,081 — Total deaths: 12,907 — Total recoveries: 22,461Map.
  3. Federal government latest: Acting Navy secretary resigns over handling of virus-infected ship — Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill — Trump said he "didn't see" memos from his trade adviser Peter Navarro warning that the crisis could kill more than half a million Americans.
  4. States latest: California Gov. Gavin Newsom is confident that more than 200 million masks will be delivered to the state "at a monthly basis starting in the next few weeks."
  5. Business latest: America's food heroes in times of the coronavirus crisis. Even when the economy comes back to life, huge questions for airlines will remain.
  6. World updates: China reopens Wuhan after 10-week coronavirus lockdown.
  7. 2020 latest: Polls for Wisconsin's primary elections closed at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, but results won't be released until April 13. Thousands of residents cast ballots in person.
  8. 1 Olympics thing: About 6,500 athletes who qualified for the Tokyo Games will keep their spots in 2021.
  9. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  10. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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