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Election results, Nov. 2, 2021

Republicans gain ground in VA and NJ

  • The Republican nominee won in the Virginia gubernatorial race, against a strong Democrat who was expected to win.
  • The Democratic nominee won in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, but the Rpublican performed much stronger than expected.
  • Both outcomes suggest that the Republicans will regain control of both houses of Congress in 2022.
  • But look at the previous six elections for which party won these two off-year governorships -- not much of a pattern!

Virginia gubernatorial races New Jersey gubernatorial races

Source: See VA debate and NJ debate.


Late 2021 Political Books: Oct. 9, 2021

More political biographies for 2021 and 2022 races


Our crop of political biographies for 2022 Gubernatorial and Seantorial races

Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward
, September 10, 2019

Our Time Is Now, by Stacey Abrams
, Jun. 9, 2020

Speaking for Myself, by Sarah Huckabee Sanders
, September 1, 2020

Persist, by Elizabeth Warren
, May 4, 2021

The Democrats

Education and Equality, by Danielle Allen, Feb. 9, 2018

Madam Speaker, by Susan Page
, Apr. 20, 2021

Kamala's Way, by Dan Morain
, Jan. 12, 2021

This Is What America Looks Like, by Ilhan Omar
, May 26, 2020
Source: See additional political biographies from the 2020 camapaigns.


Hot Mayoral races: Oct. 2, 2021

Mayoral contests on Nov. 2, 2021 (and more in 2022-23)


Some mayors are elected in odd years and some in even years. OnTheIssues covers some of the largest cities' mayors, including the races below.

Mayoral raceCandidates
Los Angeles, California Incumbent Eric Garcetti resigning to become Ambassador to India
U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, Democrat for L.A. Mayor
State Senate President Kevin de Leon, Democrat for L.A. Mayor
Chicago, Illinois
Election Feb. 2023
Former mayor Rahm Emanuel, resigning to become Ambassador to Japan
Lori Lightfoot, mayor since 2019
New York City, New York
Election Nov. 2, 2021
Incumbent Bill de Blasio, term-limited in 2021
Borough President Eric Adams, Democratic nominee
Jersey City, New Jersey
Election Nov. 2, 2021
Incumbent Steven Fulop, first elected 2013
Lewis Spears, non-partisan opponent
Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Election Nov. 2024 Incumbent Tom Barrett, resigning to become Ambassador to Luxembourg
Special election to be called after Ambassadorial process is completed.
Cleveland, Ohio
Election Nov. 2, 2021
Former Mayor Dennis Kucinich; served as mayor 1977 to 1979; ran in primary 2021
Cincinatti Mayor John Cranley; served as mayor since 2013
Justin Bibb (progressive Democrat) vs. Kevin Kelley (centrist Democrat)
Atlanta, Georgia
Election Nov. 2, 2021
Incumbent Keisha Bottoms; served as mayor since 2018; retiring 2021
City Councilor Antonio Brown vs. City Councilor Andre Dickens vs. former Mayor Kasim Reed, and several others running
Aurora, Colorado; Election Nov. 2022 Former U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, incumbent Republican

Source: See additional 2021-2022 Mayoral coverage.


Hot Governor races: Sept. 15, 2021

California results: "No" on recall


There are three gubernatorial races in 2021: CA, NJ, and VA. The other races listed below are early reporting for the November 2022 races.

The California recall results are listed below -- all of the candidates listed are expected to run again in 2022. The percentage for Gov. Newsom indicates the result of "Question 1: Shall Gavin Newsom be recalled from the office of governor?" The other percentages are from "Question 2", who shoudl replace the Governor, if Question 1 passed (which it did not, so Newsom remains governor).

Gubernatorial raceDemocrat(s)Republican(s)
California (Sept. 2021 results) Gov. Gavin Newsom (66%)
CEO Kevin Paffrath (10%, top-placing Democrat)
Talk-show host Larry Elder (45%, top-placing Republican)
Mayor Kevin Faulconer (9%)
Talk-show host John Cox (5%)
Olympian Caitlyn Jenner (1%)
New Jersey (Nov. 2021) Gov. Phil Murphy (incumbent) State Rep. Jack Ciattarelli
Virginia (Nov. 2021) Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe CEO Glenn Youngkin
Florida (Nov. 2022) Former Gov. Charlie Crist Gov. Ron DeSantis (incumbent)
Georgia (Nov. 2022) State Rep. Stacey Abrams Gov. Brian Kemp (incumbent)
State Rep. Vernon Jones
Massachusetts (Nov. 2022) State Sen. Ben Downing
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz
Gov. Charlie Baker (incumbent)
State Rep. Geoff Diehl
Maryland (Nov. 2022) MD Comptroller Peter Franchot
Education Secretary John B. King
Labor Secretary Tom Perez
State Del. Robin Ficker
MD Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz
Ohio (Nov. 2022) Mayor Nan Whaley Gov. Mike DeWine (incumbent)
Rep. Jim Renacci
Texas (Nov. 2022) Rep. Beto O`Rourke Gov. Greg Abbott (incumbent)
State Sen. Don Huffines
Talk-show host Chad Prather
Rep. Allen West

Source: See additional 2022 Governor race coverage.


Hot Senate races: Sept. 3, 2021

Early 2022 Senate race coverage


It's early in the Senate election cycle (the election that will be held in November 2022) but plenty of states have hot races already. Our early coverage:

Senate raceDemocrat(s)Republican(s)
Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell Ambassador Lynda Blanchard
Rep. Mo Brooks
Alaska (No Democrat declared yet) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (incumbent)
Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka
Florida Rep. Val Demings Sen. Marco Rubio (incumbent)
Iowa Rep. Abby Finkenauer Sen. Chuck Grassley (incumbent)
State Sen. Jim Carlin
Kentucky State Rep. Charles Booker Sen. Rand Paul (incumbent)
Missouri State Sen. Scott Sifton
Marine Officer Lucas Kunce
Gov. Eric Greitens
Rep. Vicky Hartzler
North Carolina Justice Cheri Beasley
State Sen. Erica Smith
Gov. Pat McCrory
Rep. Ted Budd
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan Treasurer Josh Mandel
Author JD Vance
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (incumbent) QAnon supporter Jo Rae Perkins
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman
Commissioner Val Arkoosh
CEO Everett Stern
CEO Jeff Bartos
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes
Treasurer Sarah Godlewski
Sen. Ron Johnson (incumbent)

Source: See additional 2022 Senate race coverage.


Ambassadorial Appointments: Aug. 25, 2021

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett nominated as ambassador to Luxembourg


President Biden has nominated numerous politicians as foreign ambassadors -- the full lis so far appears below.

We wondered if Biden's number of political appointments was higher than usual -- so we made a list of Trump's political ambassadorships too.

The answer is: Both Biden and Trump made numerous political appointments, and that's fairly normal for ambassdorships.

We define "political appointment" as "a person who was covered by OnTheIssues for their elected role or campaign role, prior to their nomination as Ambassador."

Biden Ambassadorial AppointmentsTrump Ambassadorial Appointments

Source: See 2021 Biden Ambassadors' Confirmation Hearings for full issue coverage.


New York Gubernatorial Impeachment: Aug. 3, 2021

Governor Andrew Cuomo may resign


Update: Gov. Cuomo announced his regination on Aug. 10; Lt. Gov. Hochul will be sworn in on Aug. 24.
New York Attorney General Letitia James investigated allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo, and released a public report of their findings. Status of resignation and impeachment:
New York or related CandidateUpdate
Gov. Andrew CuomoGovernor would be up for re-election in November 2022; he says he will not resign, and will run for re-election
Lt. Gov. Kathy_HochulLieutenant Governor would step in if Cuomo resigns or is impeached
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio"Severe misconduct" is "disqualifying"
President Joe Biden"I think he should resign"
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi"I call upon the Governor to resign"
Governors Ned Lamont (D-CT), Dan McKee (D-RI), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Tom Wolf (D-PA)Joint statement from four governors that "Governor Cuomo should resign from office."

Source: See 2022 New York Gubernatorial race for full issue coverage.


CPAC Conference, July 9-11, 2021

Straw Poll results from Conservative Political Action Conferences

  • The American Conservative Union holds the "CPAC Conference" annually, with a wide range of conservative speakers and candidates.
  • The ACU conducts a "straw poll" at each CPAC conference, indicating preferences for the next Republican presidential primary. While indicative mostly of conservative sentiment, this poll is widely reported in the media.
  • In 2021, for the first time, the ACU held two CPAC conferences: one in February and one in July, due to COVID restrictions.
  • We report on the poll results from both 2021 conferences below, with links to CPAC excerpts or additional excerpts.
  • Figures are from the "without Trump" poll for all candidates other than Donald Trump.

July 2021 CPAC straw pollFeb. 2021 CPAC straw poll

Source: See 2020-2021 CPAC Conference recent coverage, or from 2016-2019, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, or 2009.


Hot House races: July 2, 2021

Challengers take on rematches and redistricting


OTI covers "hot" House races where at least two contenders are well-known; there are already a batch of hot races for 2022 shaping up....
Congressional DistrictIncumbentChallenger(s)
California's 21st District
Rematch from 2020
Rep. David Valadao (R) Former Rep. T.J. Cox (D)
California's 48th District
Rematch from 2020
Rep. Michelle Steel (R) Former U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda (D)
Georgia's 10th District
Open Seat: incumbent running for Georgia Secretary of State
Rep. Jody Hice (R) Former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R)
Maine's 2nd District
Rematch from 2020
Rep. Jared Golden (D) Former Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R, announced Aug. 4)
Montana's 2nd District
New from census redistricting
Rep. Matt Rosendale (R,MT-0) Former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke (R)
vs. Former Gov. challenger Al Olszewski (R)
New Jersey's 7th District
Rematch from 2020
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D) State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R)
vs. Former Senate nominee Rik Mehta (R)
Rhode Island's 1st District
Hot race
Rep. David Cicilline (D) 2020 Senate nominee Allen Waters (R)
Washington's 4th District
Rematch from 2020
Rep. Dan Newhouse (D) Former Senate nominee Brad Klippert (R)

Source: See additional 2021 House redistricting and 2022 retirements.


NYC Mayoral Primary: June 22, 2021

NYC's first RCV election


New York City held its Democratic mayoral primary on June 22 and the winner is... UNKNOWN as of June 30! NYC used a "ranked choice voting" system where every voter chose up to 5 candidates, in ranked order. The new system has proven to take a long time to count. We'll report results when known; some of the candidates:
NYC Democratic Mayoral CandidateHistory
Bill de BlasioTerm-limited incumbent
Andrew YangFormer Presidential contender, 2020
Shaun DonovanHUD Secretary and director of OMB
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia
Frontrunners in RCV as of June 30
Some other mayoral races we're currently covering, or have covered and the mayor is moving up....
Other Mayors and Mayoral CandidatesCity / Election
Tom BarrettFormer Milwaukee Mayor running(?) for 2022 Wisconsin Governor
Julian CastroFormer San Antonio Mayor running(?) for 2022 Texas Governor
Steven FulopJersey City Mayor running for re-election in 2021
Eric GarcettiLos Angeles Mayor resigning for appointment as Ambassador to India
Dennis KucinichFormer Presidential contender running for Mayor of Cleveland
Antonio VillaraigosaFormer L.A. Mayor running in 2021 California Recall
Marty WalshResigned as Boston Mayor in 2021 for appointment as U.S. Secretary of Labor

Source: See other Mayors and mayoral candidates for full issue coverage.


Early 2021 Political Books: May 21, 2021

Political biographies for 2022 and 2024 races


    OnTheissues excerpts political biographies to discover candidates' issue stances.

  • Full-length books allow candidates to provide more substance and context than shorter TV-oriented and newspaper-excerpted blurbs -- we include both the longer and the shorter versions on candidate pages so that voters can read the summary blubr and then the details with more context.

  • Following is our current crop of political biographies excerpted in early 2021 -- we'll add similar crops every few months in the lead-up to upcoming elections.

  • In this crop, we focus on retrospectives of the 2020 presidential race (three books on the Trump Administration); analyses of the Biden administration (two books); biogrpahies of candiadtes for 2022 (one book now, with more to follow); and philosophical underpinnings of current campaigns (two books).

  • Our book excerpts are intended to not only to provide issue-based excerpts, but also to give readers a flavor of the book in question, for which we include brief book reviews focused on helping voters decide if they'd like to read the full book.

Lead from the Outside

by Stacey Abrams

Too Much and Never Enough

by Mary L. Trump Ph.D

A Very Stable Genius

by Philip Rucker & Carol Leonni

Piety & Power

by Tom LoBianco

The Democrats

by Alexander Moore

Barack and Joe

by Steven Levingston

Saving Capitalism

by Robert B. Reich

Rules for Radicals

by Saul Alinsky
Source: See additional political biographies from the 2020 camapaigns.


President Biden's Cabinet: May 3, 2021

Cabinet finalized as confirmed by Senate


House membership finalized for 117th Congress: Feb. 11, 2021

Last contested House election resolved; but more special elections to follow...

Source: See 117th Congress membership list for ongoing updated coverage.


State of the State speeches: Jan.5-Jan.21, 2021

Excerpts from early January speeches


Each state's governor delivers a state-of-the-state speech each year. We excerpt the speeches scheduled early below; more will follow through February and March.
Democratic Governor SOTS speechesRepublican Governor SOTS speeches

Source: See additional 2021 SOTS speeches throughout February.


President Biden and V.P. Harris inaugurated: Jan. 20, 2021

Democrats take "Trifecta" today: Presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives

Source: See President Biden's incoming Cabinet for nascent coverage.


117th Congress inaugurated, Jan. 3, 2021

100 Senators and 434 Members of Congress sworn in

Source: See House members' policy stances.


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