After a night of historic wins and surprising losses, Congress control remains up in the air.

Happening in the World: Norway Princess Märtha Louise relinquished her royal duties to focus on her alternative medicine business with her fiance. While she is keeping her official title, she surrendered her official duties in order to more clearly divide her private and royal role. Her fiance (serving as her business partner) has promoted “unfounded medical practices,” including suggesting that cancer is a choice. She has been the center of controversy in Norway for decades surrounding her involvement in alternative treatments. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Results from yesterday’s midterm elections are still being declared, with Congress control left unclear. Republicans are likely to take control of the House of Representatives, but the Senate fight remains up in the air, with incredibly close races in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Wisconsin. Overall, voter turnout in this midterm was the second highest in more than 50 years, only lower than the last midterms in 2018, with a turnout of slightly less than 50% of eligible voters. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Governor Kathy Hochul became New York’s first duly elected woman governor, defeating Lee Zeldin in a “nail-biter of an election contest.” While Zeldin achieved his target of collecting 30% of the New York City vote, he did not receive enough votes total to win. New Yorkers also overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to allow the state Legislature to borrow $4.2 billion to fund climate resiliency projects, backed by a margin of 60% to 28%, making a huge win for environmentalists. Down-ballot races are a mixed bag for both parties, with some left too close to call. (Gothamist).

Happening in Our Community: Barnard’s Big Sub returns tomorrow! One of Barnard’s most iconic traditions, students will share a 750 foot subway sandwich stretched across campus. Lineup begins at 2:30 pm (enter through the 119 gates), and the sandwich countdown begins at 3 pm.

Voting via Bwog Archives