Many experts thought the 2022 midterm election would result in a “red wave” of Republican success in many races. But according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, that “definitely” didn’t happen. CBS News projects that the Democrats won a number of key seats.
On NBC News Tuesday, Graham was asked by Savannah Guthrie how he was “reading these tea leaves” as the voting results began to come in.
“There’s definitely not a Republican wave, it’s just for sure,” Graham said. “… I think we’ll be at 51, 52 when it’s all said and done in the Senate.”
His statement came as his home state remained a GOP stronghold. CBS News projections suggest GOP Sen. Tim Scott wasOn Tuesday, as was Gov. Henry McMaster. The race for the state’s House seats also leaned mostly Republican, with only one — between Democrat Jim Clyburn and Republican Duke Buckner — leaning left.
CBS News projections also show the House of Representatives, As of 3 a.m. on Wednesday, the GOP had 212 seats and needed to win just six more to secure a majority. However, the Senate majority remained a toss-up, and the race for governors was not conclusively breaking out toward either party.
And while Republicans had some notable projected victories—Marco Rubio’s Senate victories in Florida and JD Vance in Ohio, for example—Saw the same Wes Moore and Maura Healy were projected to be the new governors of Maryland and Massachusetts, respectively, while Maxwell Frost, 25, of Florida, is projected to be the first Gen Z to head to Capitol Hill, and incumbent Sen. Alex Padilla became the first. Elected to the Latino Senate in California.