Here's what just happened: Early reactions to the election results

Here's what just happened: Early reactions to the election results

November 09, 2022

Yesterday and in this election season, voters like you turned out in massive numbers to help Democrats across the country defeat conventional wisdom and partisan polls — winning a chance to maintain control of the Senate and minimize losses in (or even win) the House.

While we don’t yet know the final balance of power in Congress, this is a historically strong showing and it’s because of organizers and people like you.

Thank you to everyone who put their souls into this election season, whether you voted, helped other voters, donated, or spread the word to your neighbors.

Here’s some of what we accomplished together:

🗳️ Bend the Arc leaders and volunteers took action to support a historic slate of candidates and ballot measures.

🤝 We built power with incredible partners like New Georgia Project, People’s Action Wisconsin, Durham for All, Black Futures Lab, Seed the Vote, and so many more.

🎉 We elected new progressive leaders like Summer Lee, who will be the first Black woman elected to the House in Pennsylvania, and defeated MAGA Republicans like Dr. Oz.


Now is a great moment to join together with Jews and allies to keep fighting for a country with safety, freedom, and thriving for everyone. View the map and connect with your local Bend the Arc chapter.

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What we were up against this election season:

The MAGA movement is working to shrink who has rights in this country, whose voice counts, and who belongs.

The Senate failed to pass legislation to protect the freedom to vote, and multiple state legislatures passed laws to sabotage fair elections.

Politicians and pundits used anti-Black racism and antisemitism to spread fear and division, targeted progressive candidates of color, and campaigned on bigotry, disinformation, and intimidation.

Despite these deliberate barriers erected to stop us from voting — especially Black, brown, and young people — our communities turned out in record numbers.


Georgia's Senate race is going to a runoff. We won in 2020 and we can do it again. Donate to fund Bend the Arc's work to hold the Senate.

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Our work together isn’t done yet. No matter the result, we are still obligated to build the world to come.

Over the coming days and weeks, we must make sure every vote is counted.

Then, we’ll organize to hold the new Congress accountable and keep pushing the Biden administration to take meaningful action to protect our freedoms and invest in our communities.

We know the MAGA takeover of the Republican party means antisemitism, anti-Black racism, and white nationalism will continue to threaten our communities. This election has shown that when we join with our neighbors across lines of difference, we can build powerful coalitions that make history.

At Bend the Arc, we’ll be there for the fights we have ahead — for Black liberation, against white supremacy, and for the inclusive multiracial democracy we all deserve.

With gratitude and solidarity,

The Bend the Arc team

P.S. Please save the date for Sunday, December 11 for a special call with Bend the Arc on the post-election landscape and how you can get involved.