In the Senate, where about a third of the 100 seats were up for election, the count of AP race calls meant the chamber stood evenly at 49-49. If Democrats keep control of 50 seats, they keep the Senate because of Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote.
Key races, like contests for governor in Arizona and U.S. Senate in Nevada, remained uncalled Friday as officials there continue to tally votes, including mail-in ballots. Late Friday, AP called Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly as the winner of Arizona's U.S. Senate contest.
In other close congressional races, runoff contests are either pending or probable. The Georgia Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, for example, will be decided in a runoff set for Dec. 6.
In Alaska, where incumbent Democrat Mary Peltola won a special election this summer to fill an open House seat held for decades by Republicans, a second round of vote tabulating could take place.
That's because Alaska has ranked choice voting in which voters rank candidates. If no one gets more than half of the votes cast Nov. 8, the person with the fewest votes gets eliminated and voters' choices count toward their second pick. The rounds continue until two candidates are left and the one with the most votes wins.
Peltola was leading Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich in a race too early to call.
In 2020, former President Donald Trump challenged outcomes in close races across the country. Those challenges failed in courts, though Trump continued to insist falsely that the race was stolen.
So far, nothing like those kinds of objections has materialized.
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