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US Midterms: These are the big winners so far

Results from some key races overnight.

LAST UPDATE | Nov 9th 2022, 8:45 AM

THERE ARE OVER 500 Senate, House and Governor races in the US midterms, so we won’t be collating them all but here are some of the high profile winners so far. 

You can follow updates on the various counts here in our liveblog


JD Vance (Republican, Senate, Ohio)

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Republican JD Vance, the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy author backed by former president Donald Trump, won a contentious race for Ohio’s Senate seat. 

Kathy Hochul (Democrat, Governor, New York)

election-2022-new-york-governor Mary Altaffer / PA Images New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during an election night party. Mary Altaffer / PA Images / PA Images

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, the Democratic incumbent and the first woman to serve in the post, fended off a stiff challenge from Republican congressman Lee Zeldin to win election. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Republican, Governor, Arkansas)

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Trump’s former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been elected as Governor of Arkansas, a position formerly held by Bill Clinton and her own father Mike Huckabee.  

John Fetterman (Democrat, Senate, Pennsylvania)

election-2022-pennsylvania-senate Gene J. Puskar / PA Images Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Gene J. Puskar / PA Images / PA Images

Democrat John Fetterman defeated celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania giving the Democrats a huge boost in their hopes of keeping the Senate in their column.

Ron DeSantis (Republican, Governor, Florida)

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been tipped as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024, has been handsomely re-elected in the Sunshine State.  

Perhaps sensing a potential rival, Donald Trump has taken to insulting DeSantis.  

Maura Healey (Democrat, Governor, Massachusetts)

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Maura Healey was elected as as America’s first openly lesbian governor. She’s also the first female governor of Massachusetts. 

She told cheering supporters at her election night party in Boston that she was “proud” of her historic victory.

“To every little girl and every LGBTQ person out there, you can be anything you want to be,” Healey said.

Maggie Hassan (Democrat, Senate, New Hampshire) 

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There had been some speculation that Maggie Hassan, the incumbent, may lose out to Republican challenger Don Bolduc, who has made claims in the past that Joe Biden’s 2020 win was not legitimate.

Hassan’s victory six years ago had been close, but the result this time around is likely to be much clearer, according to projections.

- With reporting by Daragh Brophy

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