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2018 Midterms

Appalachian Midterm Results

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The early results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and while not every race has been finalized, results so far confirm the predictions of many pollsters. At the national level, Democrats were able to take back the House while sustaining loses in the Senate.

But the “blue wave” that the Democratic leadership foresaw – a reckoning after almost two years of Trump’s presidency filled with what Democrats and their voters see as transgressions and attacks on the very fabric of democracy – never materialized.

Many of the races across the nation proved to be extremely close, challenging some of the traditional wisdom about American politics, the most prominent of which may be the Texas Senate race, where the incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz barely escaped defeat to a fresh Democratic face in Beto O’Rourke.

Appalachia went primarily red, with most of the GOP incumbents, who were already  in the majority, keeping their respective seats. Overall, however, incumbents across the region – regardless of party affiliation – had a good Tuesday.

Among the more surprising results were races for the Governor of Georgia, where as of Tuesday morning, the race is still deemed too close to call.

There, Democrat Stacey Abrams managed to generate a powerful  momentum through traditional grassroots campaigning and with the aid of some top names in Hollywood (including Oprah), but it seems that the GOP’s final push for Brian Kemp in the race has kept the tally close. That push included a rally led by Pres. Donald Trump in Macon, Georgia, last Sunday and Kemp’s last minute accusation and investigation into hacking of the Georgia voter registration system, which he blamed Democrats for. Kemp currently serves as Georgia’s secretary of state.

Also Richard Ojeda, an unlikely contender for the House seat out of West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District, fell short on Tuesday. Despite the great enthusiasm Ojeda was able to generate among important voter blocks like teachers’ and workers’ unions, he lost by a significant margin of around 12 percent.

Below you will find all the results for Appalachian races we have followed and highlighted ahead of voting Tuesday.

The candidates bolded  in the below chart have been declared winners in their races.

 

Alabama

 

U.S. House Governor
GOP  

D2–Martha Roby (incumbent)

D3–Mike Rogers (incumbent)

D4–Robert Aderholt (incumbent)

D5–Mo Brooks (incumbent)

D6–Gary Palmer (incumbent)

 

Kay Ivey (incumbent)

DEM  

D2–Tabitha Isner

D3–Mallory Hagan

D4–Lee Auman

D5–Peter Joffrion

D6–Danner Kline

D7–Terri Sewell (incumbent)

D7–Terri Sewell (incumbent)

 

Walter Maddox

 

Georgia

 

U.S. House Governor
GOP  

D3–Drew Ferguson (incumbent)

D6–Karen Handel (incumbent)

D7–Rob Woodall (incumbent)

D9–Doug Collins (incumbent)

D10–Jody Hice (incumbent)

D11–Barry Loudermilk (incumbent)

D14–Tom Graves (incumbent)

 

Brian Kemp

DEM  

D3–Chuck Enderlin

D6–Lucy McBath

D7–Carolyn Bourdeaux

D9–Josh McCall

D10–Tabitha Johnson-Green

D11–Flynn Broady Jr.

D14–Steven Foster

 

Stacey Abrams

 

Kentucky

 

U.S. House
GOP  

D1–James Comer (incumbent)

D2–Brett Guthrie (incumbent)

D4–Thomas Massie (incumbent)

D5–Hal Rogers (incumbent)

D6–Andy Barr (incumbent)

DEM  

D1–Paul Walker

D2–Hank Linderman

D4–Seth Hall

D5–Kenneth Stepp

D6–Amy McGrath

 

Maryland

 

U.S. Senate U.S. House Governor
GOP  

Tony Campbell

 

D-6 Amy Hoeber

 

Larry Hogan (incumbent)

DEM  

Ben Cardin (incumbent)

 

 

D6–David Trone

 

 

Ben Jealous

 

 

Mississippi

 

U.S. Senate U.S. House
GOP  

Roger Wicker (incumbent)

 

D1–Trent Kelly (incumbent)

D3–Michael Guest

 

DEM  

David Baria

 

 

D1- Randy Wadkins

D2–Bennie Thompson (incumbent)

D3- Michael Evans

 

 

New York

 

U.S. Senate U.S. House Governor
GOP  

Chele Farley

 

 

D19- John Faso (incumbent)

D22–Claudia Tenney (incumbent)

D23–Tom Reed (incumbent)

 

 

Marcus Molinaro

DEM  

Kirsten Gillibrand (incumbent)

 

D19–Antonio Delgado

D22–Anthony Brindisi

D23–Tracy Mitrano

 

 

Andrew Cuomo

 

North Carolina

 

U.S. House
GOP  

D5–Virginia Foxx (incumbent)

D10–Patrick McHenry (incumbent)

D11–Mark Meadows (incumbent)

D13–Ted Budd (incumbent)

 

DEM  

D5–Denise Adams

D10–David Wilson Brown

D11–Phillip Price

D13–Kathy Manning

 

Ohio

 

U.S. Senate U.S. House Governor
GOP  

Jim Renacci

 

 

D2–Brad Wenstrup (incumbent)

D6–Bill Johnson (incumbent)

D7–Bob Gibbs (incumbent)

D13–Christopher DePizzo

D14–David Joyce (incumbent)

D14–David Joyce (incumbent)

D15–Steve Stivers (incumbent)

 

 

Mike DeWine

DEM  

Sherrod Brown (incumbent)

 

 

D2–Jill Schiller

D6–Shawna Roberts

D7–Ken Harbaugh

D13–Tim Ryan (incumbent)

D14–Betsy Rader

D15–Rick Neal

 

 

Richard Cordray

 

Pennsylvania

 

U.S. Senate U.S. House Governor
GOP  

Lou Barletta

 

 

D9–Dan Meuser

D10– Scott Perry (incumbent)

D12–Tom Marino (incumbent)

D13–John Joyce

D14–Guy Reschenthaler

D15–Glen Thompson (incumbent)

D16–Mike Kelly (incumbent)

 

 

 

Scott Wagner

 

DEM  

Bob Casey Jr. (incumbent)

 

 

D7–Susan Wild

D8–Matt Cartwright (incumbent)

D17–Conor Lamb (incumbent 18th District)

D18–Michael Doyle (incumbent)

 

 

Tom Wolf (incumbent)

 

 

South Carolina

 

U.S. House Governor
GOP  

D1–Katie Arrington

D2–Joe Wilson (incumbent)

D3–Jeff Duncan (incumbent)

 

 

Henry McMaster (incumbent)

 

DEM  

D1–Joe Cunnigham

D2–Sean Carrigan

D3–Mary Geren

 

 

James Smith

 

 

Tennessee

 

U.S. Senate U.S. House Governor
GOP  

Marsha Blackburn

 

 

D1–Phil Roe (incumbent)

D2–Tim Burchett

D3–Charles J. Fleischmann (incumbent)

D4–Scott DesJarlais (incumbent)

D6–John Rose

D7–Mark Green

 

 

Bill Lee

DEM  

Phil Bredesen

 

D1–Marty Olsen

D2–Renee Hoyos

D3–Danielle Mitchell

D4–Maria Phillips

D6–Dawn Barlow

D7–Justin Kanew

 

Karl Dean

 

Virginia

 

U.S. Senate U.S. House
GOP  

Corey Stewart

 

 

D5–Denver Riggleman

D6–Ben Cline

D9–Morgan Griffith (incumbent)

 

DEM  

Tim Kaine (incumbent)

 

 

D5–Leslie Cockburn

D6–Jennifer Lewis

D9–Anthony Flaccavento

 

 

West Virginia

 

U.S. Senate U.S. House
GOP  

Patrick Morrisey

 

 

D1–David McKinley (incumbent)

D2–Alexander Mooney (incumbent)

D3–Carol Miller

 

DEM  

Joe Manchin III (incumbent)

 

 

D1–Kendra Fershee

D2–Talley Sergent

D3–Richard Ojeda