Election 2020 memorable races: Miami helps Trump, McConnell returns to Senate

EMILY SHAPIRO
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From Miami helping President Donald Trump in Florida to a swift reelection for the Senate majority leader, here are some of the races to remember from the 2020 election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell easily won reelection in Kentucky, despite Democrat Amy McGrath putting up a competitive challenge.

PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accompanied by his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, holds a post election news conference as he declares victory, in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 3, 2020. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters)
PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accompanied by his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, holds a post election news conference as he declares victory, in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 3, 2020. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters)

McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, raised an astonishing $88 million in the race, and spent $73 million in her unsuccessful effort to oust McConnell.

McConnell, a 36-year veteran of the Senate, wields significant power over Congress and frequently touts that he is the only senior congressional leader not from New York or California.

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a staunch supporter of President Trump, won an unexpectedly competitive contest against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.

PHOTO: Sen. Lindsey Graham gives a thumbs-up as he takes a group picture at his election night party in Columbia, S.C., Nov. 3, 2020. (Sam Wolfe/Reuters)
PHOTO: Sen. Lindsey Graham gives a thumbs-up as he takes a group picture at his election night party in Columbia, S.C., Nov. 3, 2020. (Sam Wolfe/Reuters)

Harrison, the first Black chair of South Carolina's Democratic Party, was relying on Black turnout in the Palmetto state to pull him over the finish line, but Graham has now secured a fourth term.

In the key battleground state of Florida, where Trump is projected to win, the president received unexpected support from Latinos in Miami-Dade County.

PHOTO: Supporters of President Donald Trump rally in front of Cuban restaurant Versailles in Miami, early Nov. 4, 2020. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images)
PHOTO: Supporters of President Donald Trump rally in front of Cuban restaurant Versailles in Miami, early Nov. 4, 2020. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Vice President Joe Biden is winning Miami-Dade County, a Democratic stronghold, by only about 84,800 votes as of Wednesday morning.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried Miami-Dade County by about 300,000 votes.

In Colorado, Democrat John Hickenlooper defeated incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner after a competitive general election.

PHOTO: John Hickenlooper, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, speaks during a car rally in Denver, Oct. 8, 2020. (David Zalubowski/AP, FILE)
PHOTO: John Hickenlooper, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, speaks during a car rally in Denver, Oct. 8, 2020. (David Zalubowski/AP, FILE)

Hickenlooper had to battle against some ethics violations brought down during his time as governor, but his general popularity and assistance from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee helped him through the final months of the election. The race shaped up to be the 10th most expensive at $95,670,908, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In Maine, following a tight Senate race, Sara Gideon, a Democrat and speaker of the Maine house, conceded Wednesday to longtime Maine Sen. Susan Collins.

Collins Tuesday touted her history of never missing a vote in the Senate, more than 7,400 votes over 24 years.

In the U.S. House races, Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres both won their districts in New York, making history by becoming the first two openly LGBTQ Black members of Congress.

PHOTO: Democratic candidate Mondaire Jones campaigns on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, in Tarrytown, N.Y. (Jessica Hill/AP)
PHOTO: Democratic candidate Mondaire Jones campaigns on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, in Tarrytown, N.Y. (Jessica Hill/AP)
PHOTO: Ritchie Torres, the Democratic nominee for New York's 15th Congressional District, speaks to the media, Nov. 3, 2020, Bronx, N.Y. (Adam Hunger/AP)
PHOTO: Ritchie Torres, the Democratic nominee for New York's 15th Congressional District, speaks to the media, Nov. 3, 2020, Bronx, N.Y. (Adam Hunger/AP)

There are currently seven openly LGBTQ members in the U.S. House and two openly LGBTQ U.S. Senators.

"Mondaire and Ritchie have shattered a rainbow ceiling," Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said in a statement. "Their elections will end any doubts about the electability of Black LGBTQ men to our nation’s highest legislative body. It will also inspire more young LGBTQ leaders and leaders of color to run and serve."

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In Tennessee, Democrat Torrey Harris and Republican Eddie Mannis won seats to the state House, becoming the first two openly LGBTQ people ever elected to Tennessee's state legislature.

Tennessee had been one of five states to have never elected an openly LGBTQ person to the state legislature.

A race with a third openly LGBTQ Tennessee state House candidate remained undecided late Tuesday night.

ABC News' Kendall Karson, Allison Pecorin and Meg Cunningham contributed to this report.

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