NEW YORK — Investors on Wednesday are weighing a less clear outcome in the U.S. midterm election, as a better-than-expected showing by Democrats muddies the outlook for issues such as fiscal spending and regulation.

SEATTLE — Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs — looking to become the first Democrat elected secretary of state in more than 60 years — led his nonpartisan challenger, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, 50% to 46.9% on election night.

SEATTLE — In a high-stakes race that could help determine control of Congress, U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier led Republican challenger Matt Larkin in Tuesday’s vote count in Washington’s swing 8th Congressional District.

DETROIT — Voters in at least three states, including the battleground state of Michigan, approved ballot measures in favor of abortion rights on Tuesday, ensuring access to the procedure within their borders after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

PHOENIX — Republicans made modest gains in U.S. midterm elections but Democrats did better than expected, leaving control of Congress and the future of President Joe Biden’s agenda unclear on Wednesday morning.

With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, both parties fought hard to gain ground, or at least maintain their seats. Here is a rundown of who won the most competitive races, based on results tabulated by The Associated Press.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The balance of power in both houses of Congress was still in question Tuesday, defying the historical precedent of punishing losses for the president's party and lending a fittingly uncertain air to the conclusion of this unsettled election season.

DETROIT — The eyes of the nation were on Michigan Tuesday night over its reproductive rights ballot initiative that would enshrine the right to an abortion in the state constitution.

SEATTLE — Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, seeking to win a sixth term that would place her among the longest-serving senators in American history, led Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley 58% to 42%, as Tuesday night’s results began to roll in.

The campaign for Washington’s top elections official has largely skirted the proverbial elephant in the room: the voters, egged on by some politicians and candidates, who increasingly believe the state’s elections are rife with widespread fraud.

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont School District anticipates receiving up to $24.7 million in state construction grants if everything goes according to plan and if voters approve the $185 million bond proposal next month.