Thursday, August 22, 2019

***Live Updates*** 2018 Midterm Election Results

Welcome to the Breitbart News LiveWire of the 2018 midterm elections. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take back the House of Representatives and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is looking to regain her Speakership, said earlier in the day that she is 100% certain that Democrats will win back the House. As David Axelrod said on CNN, Trump will either win the House tonight or retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will lose it.

Democrats are less optimistic about taking back the Senate, especially after President Donald Trump barnstormed across the country in recent weeks to stump for key Republican Senate candidates. Odds favor Republicans maintaining control of the Senate and perhaps even gaining a few seats.

All eyes will also be on key gubernatorial races in states (Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin) that will have huge 2020 ramifications.

Precincts across key states have seen record turnout while voting machines have malfunctioned from Georgia to Texas, forcing voters to stand hours in line to vote. Exit polling revealed that health care was the top issue for midterm voters while immigration was the most important issue for GOP voters.

Stay tuned throughout the evening for live updates of all of the important races. All times eastern.

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12:12 AM: Love trailing:

#MiaLove just spoke briefly with us but did not take questions. #KUTV2News#ElectionNight@KUTV2Newspic.twitter.com/xOe9ADa6Ai

— Brónagh Tumulty (@BronaghTumulty) November 7, 2018

12:10 AM: IOWA: Steve King survives:

NBC News projects Rep. Steve King has won reelection. Looked close earlier in the night, but still very conservative district.

— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) November 7, 2018

12:05 AM: Trump calls Pelosi:

President Trump called Leader Pelosi at 11:45 p.m. this evening to extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority. He acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks.

— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) November 7, 2018

11:48 PM: DeSANTIS GIVES FIRST INTERVIEW AFTER WINNING RACE TO BREITBART’S AARON KLEIN:

DeSantis did his 1st interview after winning with me at Breitbart. Here is part of it: pic.twitter.com/4XpvwJ9hrh

— Aaron Klein (@AaronKleinShow) November 7, 2018

11:35 PM: Pelosi takes the stage at the DCCC party and the crowd chants “Speaker!” Pelosi recognizes the Dem. leadership. Pelosi says Democrats “owned the ground” and “tomorrow will be a new day in America.”

“Remember this feeling. Know the power to win,” Pelosi talks about how Democrats will protect health care and awkwardly says, “let’s hear it more for preexisting medical conditions.” She claims Democrats will “strive for bipartisanship” and talks about a “bipartisan marketplace of ideas” that will “bring us together.” Her left-wing base may not agree.

‘Let’s hear it … for preexisting medical conditions,’ Pelosi says, raising her fist. Not as snappy as jobs/mobs or stopping the invasion.

— Dennis Romero (@dennisjromero) November 7, 2018

11:30 PM: PENNSYLVANIA:

BREAKING: Republican Scott Perry wins re-election to U.S. House in Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. #APracecall at 11:27 p.m. EST. @AP election coverage: https://t.co/miEWlbTVZW#Election2018#PAelection

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 7, 2018

11:25 PM: Pelosi, Dems getting ready to celebrate:

Expect Pelosi and Dems to take the stage at this DCCC watch party in 15 minutes. It's a party-like atmosphere in here right now.

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 7, 2018

11:15 PM: TRUMP:

Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018

11:10 PM: MIZZOURI: Hawley projected to defeat McCaskill (D-MO).

FOX News calling #MOSEN race for JOSH HAWLEY. Huge win for McConnell. Guarantees at least a two seat Senate R pickup.

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) November 7, 2018

11:02 PM: VIRGINIA: Spanberger defeats Brat:

#VA07: Abigail Spanberger (D) defeats Rep. Dave Brat (R). Dem PICKUP. This district voted for Trump 50%-44% in 2016.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 7, 2018

11:01 PM: IOWA:

NBC NEWS projects IA-01 has flipped from red to blue – Abby Finkenauer defeated Rep Rod Blum. Still waiting on IA-3 call.

— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) November 7, 2018

11:00 PM: Polls closed in California, Hawaii, Washington.

10:59 PM: CNN Projects Democrats will win back the House “with a very high degree of confidence.”

10:55 PM: CNN projects Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) will lose his House race.

10:53 PM: OHIO: DeWine (R) projected to win. Huge for 2020.

JUST IN: @NBCNews projects Mike DeWine (R) wins Ohio Governor.

— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) November 7, 2018

10:50 PM: IOWA: Axne (D) projected to win House race.

WHO-TV is projecting a Cindy Axne win. Major House pick-up for Democrats here in #IA03. David Young loses

— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) November 7, 2018

10:48 PM: IOWA UPDATE (Steve King) from BINDER:

With 6% reporting, Democrat JD Scholten is leading Republican Steve King in Iowa’s 4th District by 4 percentage points. King will need his base of support and the rural areas of the district to come out tonight.

10:46 PM: MONTANA:

In Montana, not only is Sen Jon Tester D-MT winning by 18%, but Rep Greg Gianforte R-MT (the body slammer) is losing 54-44% with 11% reporting

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 7, 2018

10:45 PM: IOWA update from BINDER:

With 5% reporting, Democrat Abby Finkenauer is beating Republican Rod Blum in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District by 21 percentage points.

10:40 PM: FLORIDA: DeSantis projected to win:

DESANTIS WINS: FOX 13 is calling the governor's race for Ron DeSantis.

☑️ FULL RESULTS: https://t.co/tDqqpFyos3

📺 WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/G0GMdHQkBOpic.twitter.com/2ziFN2xwZi

— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) November 7, 2018

Crowds hyped at @RonDeSantisFL campaign watch party here in Orlando pic.twitter.com/5IqydrHyQE

— Aaron Klein (@AaronKleinShow) November 7, 2018

.@AndrewGillum's chief of staff lost the race to become Tallahassee's next mayor. https://t.co/e1XGGaXydy

— Lawrence Mower (@lmower3) November 7, 2018

10:28 PM: CNN PROJECTS REPUBLICANS WILL MAINTAIN CONTROL OF SENATE.

10:27 PM: VIRGINIA:

HOUSE RACE WATCH: Elaine Luria (D) defeats incumbent Scott Taylor (R) in VA-2. That's a pickup for the Democrats. #ElectionNight#Midterms2018pic.twitter.com/qTgx2TWWVF

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2018

10:26 PM: Bad night for Never Trumpers.

.@jaketapper just noted that Republicans who've lost seats are critics of Trump. There's a "chicken-and-egg" problem here — they may be more critical because their seats were already more vulnerable — but it's worth noting that running away from Trump did not seem to help much.

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) November 7, 2018

10:25 PM: UTAH:

Worth watching: Ben McAdams (D) is up 8pts over Mia Love (R) with 58% of the vote in in UT-4

— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) November 7, 2018

10:23 PM: TEXAS: Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) loses:

In Texas, ABC News can project that Democrat Colin Allred will defeat Rep. Pete Sessions in #TX32. A competitive race, but still something of an upset there.

— Adam Kelsey (@adam_kels) November 7, 2018

10:19 PM: UTAH: Mitt (R-Never Trump) Headed to Senate:

BREAKING: @NBCNews calls the #TXSEN race for @tedcruz.

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 7, 2018

10:15 PM: TEXAS: Cruz projected to defeat Beto (D-Hollywood). Cruz win like a team favored to win by two+ touchdowns barely winning by a field goal. Great teams cover.

BREAKING: Republican incumbent Ted Cruz will win Texas' U.S. Senate race, defeating Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, @ABC projects based on vote analysis. https://t.co/QF15MHa8Bu#ElectionNightpic.twitter.com/A32oVdpb5S

— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018

10:05 PM: NORTH DAKOTA: Cramer projected to defeat Sen. Heitkamp (D-ND).

Fox can now project that Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer will unseat one-term Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, scoring a crucial Senate pickup for the GOP.

— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 7, 2018

10:03 PM: KANSAS: Kelly (D) defeats Kobach:

#KSGOV: Laura Kelly (D) defeats Kris Kobach (R). Democrat flip. Kansas voted 58%-36% for Trump in 2016.

— CookPoliticalReport (@CookPolitical) November 7, 2018

10:01 PM: The Democratic-Socialist from Westchester is headed to Congress:

HISTORIC FIRST: New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the youngest woman elected to Congress, CNN projects https://t.co/AzrH2GfqYl#CNNElectionpic.twitter.com/0GZxroyUej

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 7, 2018

10 PM: Polls closed in Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah.

9:59 PM: FLORIDA: Curbelo (R) loses.

#BREAKING: Rep. Carlos Curbelo concedes to Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for US House seat in District 26 pic.twitter.com/9Jv9tCB3NB

— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) November 7, 2018

9:50 PM: INDIANA:

Dem IN Sen Donnelly: I called Mike Braun and congratulated him on winning a hard-fought race. I’d like to thank every single American who believed in this campaign and worked to make it successful, and every Hoosier whom I have come across over the last six years

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 7, 2018

9:39 PM: FOX NEWS PROJECTS DEMS WILL TAKE HOUSE before polls close in Western states?

This is interesting. ⁦@FoxNews⁩ calls the House while California is still voting for 90 min. They could be right, but if Republicans continue to turn out in the Golden State, things could shift. The network will face a lot of questions after tonight and this is one of them. pic.twitter.com/QPU4vks4wM

— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) November 7, 2018

The Fox News Decision Desk can now project that Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, dealing a major setback to President Trump’s legislative agenda

— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 7, 2018

9:37 PM: NEW JERSEY: AP calls race for Menendez (D).

AP: Dem. Sen. Bob Menendez, wins re-election in New Jersey, against Republican Bob Hugin. #Midterms2018

— Sabrina Franza (@sabrinafranza) November 7, 2018

9:36 PM: WISCONSIN: Baldwin (D) wins re-election, defeats establishment GOP candidate Vukmir:

JUST IN: Tammy Baldwin wins reelection in Wisconsin Senate race #Midterms2018#ElectionNighthttps://t.co/moYOfg9CCwpic.twitter.com/2PdVoqukQF

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2018

9:35 PM: Breitbart’s Binder on VIRGINA–BRAT v. SPANBERGER:

As 95% is now in for Virginia’s 7th District, Dave Brat is trailing Democrat Spanberger by less than 300 votes.

9:33 PM: “Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order, and common sense.”

On @NBCNews special coverage of #2018, @LindseyGrahamSC says "The Kavanaugh-effect is real…I think the caravan was a nightmare for Trump-state democrats"

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 7, 2018

9:30 PM: GEORGIA GOV:

Modeling suggests right now that Kemp in GA will end up with more votes and avoid a runoff, but it is within the margin of error.

— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) November 7, 2018

9:29: TEXAS: Beto vs. Ted

ummmm…. Texas Senate with 58% in:

Beto O'Rourke 49.7%
Ted Cruz 49.7%

— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 7, 2018

9:27 PM: More signs that the Blue Tsunami ain’t happening:

11% in and John James is up in Michigan by 20k votes. This should not be happening #Michigan#ElectionDaypic.twitter.com/YSUoPCnRQA

— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) November 7, 2018

With 25% in, MacArthur is up in #NJ03 by 25!!! points. This was suppose to be a Dem pickup #ElectionDaypic.twitter.com/xXlsiDtnIL

— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) November 7, 2018

9:25 PM: Pobrecita! CNN’s Van Jones heartbroken. He thought “antibodies” would kick in against the “infestation” of hatred… Elite media members look very sad yet again. They still haven’t figured out how much regular people hate their smugness.

Van Jones on CNN: This is heartbreaking. (NO BLUE WAVE.)

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 7, 2018

9:20 PM: TEXAS TIGHT:

Tight Senate race continues between incumbent @tedcruz and challenger @BetoORourke. LATEST: https://t.co/eHtt20MSnO#CBS11Electionpic.twitter.com/VGi88eEmlP

— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) November 7, 2018

9:10 PM: NEW JERSEY:

Among the supporters tonight ⁦@SenatorMenendez⁩’s HQ is Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, a juror on his federal corruption trial. She achieved some fame when she left the jury last year during deliberations to go on vacation. She would’ve voted for acquittal. ⁦@northjerseypic.twitter.com/mVNSJdwGtK

— Scott Fallon (@NewsFallon) November 7, 2018

9:08 PM: TENNESSEE: Taylor Swift doesn’t move the needle. MARSHA BLACKBURN (R) projected to win Senate seat.

NBC News projects Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., defeats former Gov. Phil Bredesen, D, in #TNSEN

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) November 7, 2018

State Senator Jack Johnson performing for the crowd at Marsha Blackburn’s election party in #Franklin. pic.twitter.com/ib8ExUrmEu

— Brittany Weiner (@BrittanyNBC) November 7, 2018

9:07 PM: TEXAS: Race easily called for Abbott:

BREAKING: AP: Republican Greg Abbott wins re-election for governor in Texas. #kens5eyewitness

— James Keith (@James_Keith) November 7, 2018

We are setting up for a Texas-Size victory party tonight at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin. Join us at 7:00 for a celebration. pic.twitter.com/maqbt3TcG7

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 6, 2018

9:06 PM: WEST VIRGINIA: MANCHIN wins re-election with help from Coach Nick Saban, Coach Bob Huggins, and The Logo:

NBC News: Joe Manchin re-elected in WV-SEN

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) November 7, 2018

9:05 PM: VIRGINA–BRAT v. SPANBERGER:

The Dave Brat-Abigail Spanberger race is still very tight.

Chesterfield, where she should pick up a few thousand votes, still hasn't completely reported.

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) November 7, 2018

9:03 PM: FLORIDA

BREAKING: Florida just passed Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to 1.4 million people with a past felony conviction. Not only does this repeal one of the country’s worst Jim Crow laws, it’s also the largest expansion in voting rights since the Voting Rights Act. pic.twitter.com/Mi19hRAAtT

— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) November 7, 2018

9:01 PM: MICHIGAN:

John James is down in early Wayne County only 54 to 40.

— Richard Baris (@Peoples_Pundit) November 7, 2018

9:00 PM: Polls now closed in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

8:50 PM: VIRGINIA: BRAT v. SPANBERGER update from Breitbart’s Binder:

With only 6% percent of the vote still out in Virginia’s 7th District, GOP Dave Brat is behind Democrat Abigail Spanberger by 533 votes.

8:49 PM: INDIANA: BRAUN (R) PROJECTED TO WIN KEY SENATE RACE OVER INCUMBENT DONNELLY (D-IN).

JUST IN: Republican Mike Braun will win the U.S. Senate race in Indiana, @ABC projects based on vote analysis. https://t.co/QF15MHa8Bu#ElectionNightpic.twitter.com/shodjgmqKd

— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018

8:47 PM: KENTUCKY: Barr (R-KY) projected to win re-election.

NBC News projects Andy Barr reelected in KY-6 over Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.

— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) November 7, 2018

8:41 PM: Breitbart’s John Binder on KANSAS:

With 1% reporting in Kansas gubernatorial race, Democrat Laura Kelly leads Republican Kris Kobach by only 774 votes. Kobach needs Sedgwick County to come out strong for him to make up for Kelly’s stronghold’s in the Kansas City metro region.

Kris #Kobach arrives at watch party at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, greets supporters. #kslegpic.twitter.com/567DRy5gZE

— JILL TOYOSHIBA (@JTOYOSHIBA) November 7, 2018

8:30 PM: Good news for GOP:

#BREAKING:
98% that GOP wins the SENATE
70% that GOP wins the HOUSE

— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) November 7, 2018

Dems "are still slight favorites" to take the House, @NateSilver538 says, but early races are not breaking their way in big numbers

— Rick Klein (@rickklein) November 7, 2018

James Carville on MSNBC RN: “this will not be a wave election” – Florida not going as well as he hoped pic.twitter.com/4HBV9nX3wX

— Gabe Hoffman (@GabeHoff) November 7, 2018

8:26 PM: VIRGINIA: Brat vs. Spanberger:

Brat leads by 2,500 votes with 80% of the votes in…

As I'm looking at some of the results coming in, I honed in on the Chancellor Precinct in Spotsylvania County where I've voted. In 2016, Dave Brat won that precinct. Now? Spanberger won, to my surprise. (Spotsy is still very red for #VA07 it looks like though) pic.twitter.com/z6uxIdo6vT

— Meghin Moore (@meghin_) November 7, 2018

8:23 PM: FLORIDA:

There were probably 8 million votes cast in Florida's 2018 election. With 7 million votes in,
DeSantis leads Gillum by 28,754
And
Scott leads Nelson by 11,334

At this rate, it's looking strongly Republican

— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 7, 2018

8:15 PM: VIRGINIA: GOP Holds on to House Seat; Olivia Wilde’s Dem. Mom Loses:

#VA05: Denver Riggleman (R) defeats Leslie Cockburn (D). GOP hold. This district voted 53%-42% for Trump in 2016.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 7, 2018

Now: @oliviawilde talking to supporters. @NBC29https://t.co/tj8QfQGl2r

— Lowell Rose NBC29 (@LowellRoseNews) November 5, 2018

8:13 PM: FLORIDA: GOP holds on to House seat:

NEW: Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is projected to win re-election in Florida's 25th Congressional District. https://t.co/aEbQQMVVRYpic.twitter.com/FPgqnwWOqH

— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) November 7, 2018

8:10 PM: FLORIDA: Scott, DeSantis take leads as votes from the Florida panhandle come in…

8:09 PM: TEXAS: Beto has a very, very, very early lead over Cruz.

JUST IN: CBS News exit polling shows the majority of women and voters under 30 are voting for Beto O’Rourke. However, more men are voting for Ted Cruz. @adrianasdiaz#ElectionNight#Midterms2018https://t.co/moYOfg9CCwpic.twitter.com/cVeVo86eVq

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2018

Big cheers at Beto O'Rourke results party as (very) early results show him with a big lead against Ted Cruz. Long way to go.

— Harry Horton (@harry_horton) November 7, 2018

8:05 PM: ILLINOIS: Race called for Pritzker in gov. race.

#BREAKING: Democratic billionaire @JBPritzker is projected to win the Illinois governor race against @BruceRauner , according to Fox News' Decision Desk

— Brooke Singman (@brookefoxnews) November 7, 2018

8:03 PM: FLORIDA: Shalala projected to win FL House seat.

NBC News: Donna Shalala is the winner in FL-27. Dem pickup

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) November 7, 2018

8:00 PM: Polls closed in Connecticut, Delaware, the rest of Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.

7:58 PM: INDIANA:

"Mike Braun is clobbering Joe @SenDonnelly right now" says GOP Steve Shine from Fort Wayne. Adding Pres. Trump's visit yesterday "was the icing on the cake" it was one of the "largest crowds ever" at the Memorial Coliseum#Decision2018

— Anne Marie Tiernon (@AnneMarieWTHR) November 7, 2018

7:55 PM: OHIO SENATE: NBC Calls for Sen. Sherrod Brown (R-OH):

NBC News projects that Sherrod Brown is re-elected

— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) November 7, 2018

7:50 PM: VIRGINIA: Spanberger (D) vs. Brat (R-VA) going down to the wire:

BARNBURNER in #VA07: 36% of precincts in, Brat (R) leads Spanberger (D) by 0.5 points — but Trump beat Clinton by 7 in same slice of district in 2016 while winning #VA07 by 6.5. VERY close so far

— Scott Bland (@PoliticoScott) November 7, 2018

7:45 PM: VIRGINIA: Wexton (D) projected to win in Northern Virginia:

Just In: Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeats incumbent GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock in a Va. race that could help determine the balance of power in the US House, @NBCNews projects. https://t.co/Gt7AvwoMZQ#ElectionDaypic.twitter.com/YJSpOtsDZX

— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) November 7, 2018

NBC News projects Democrats pick up VA-10, Comstock loses to Wexton

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) November 7, 2018

Looking like Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) is on track to lose by double digits, which is…exactly what we expected all along, despite the NRCC inexplicably spending $5 million there.

Gotta be one of the NRCC’s most questionable decisions of the cycle.

— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) November 7, 2018

7:40 PM: West Virginia, Ohio Senate races leaning Dem:

JUST IN: The West Virginia Senate race between Joe Manchin (D) and Patrick Morrisey (R) leans Democrat #midterms2018#ElectionDayhttps://t.co/moYOfg9CCwpic.twitter.com/NhXMIc2eov

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2018

JUST IN: The Ohio Senate race between Sherrod Brown (D) and Jim Renacci (R) leans Democrat #Midterms2018#ElectionNighthttps://t.co/moYOfg9CCwpic.twitter.com/5kQXfU2drM

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2018

7:30 PM: Polls now closed in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.

7:27 PM: INDIANA:

Greg Pence, the older brother of Vice President Pence, has been elected to Indiana's 6th Congressional District, @ABC has projected

— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) November 7, 2018

7:20 PM: Gillum and Nelson have slights leads in Florida.

7:15 PM: KANSAS:

Kris Kobach, who oversees Kansas elections as secretary of state, said early voting appears to have set records for a midterm. He also said there was high turnout today in conservative and liberal counties. Both sides expect a close race. Polls close in most of KS in 127 minutes. pic.twitter.com/svlcSbNWUj

— Mitch Smith (@MitchKSmith) November 6, 2018

7:03 PM: Scott jumps out to early lead as first numbers come in:

.@FLGovScott’s party starting to fill up. I see lots of red & some ‘MAGA’ hats. @ActionNewsJax@WOKVNewspic.twitter.com/lWD7a6rQet

— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) November 7, 2018

7 PM: Polls now closed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia.

What a mess. Security evacuating @AndrewGillum sagging press tent because of the torrential downpour. Cables and electrical wires are on soaking wet grass. #ElectionDay#Florida#TheBadPlacepic.twitter.com/LYIcrFNc7b

— Richard Madan (@RichardMadan) November 6, 2018

BREAKING: Poll hours have been extended in Gwinnett County! 🚨

Annistown Elementary School NOW OPEN UNTIL 9:25pm
Anderson-Livsey Elementary School NOW OPEN UNTIL 7:30pm
Harbins Elementary School NOW OPEN UNTIL 7:14pm

— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 6, 2018

Dems asking voters to stay in line:

If you are in line by 7pm, you ARE allowed to vote. Long lines have long-term value — this election isn't about the next 4 years, it's about the next 40. Don't leave the polling place until you case your ballot and #BringItHome

— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) November 6, 2018

Remember, Georgia: If you’re in line when the polls close at 7pm, you can still cast a ballot—so stay in line and vote! While the GOP has been trying to make this election about anything but the future you want for your families, you are on the verge of making history.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 6, 2018

NO Surprises in VT, VA Senate races: Races called for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) right after polls close.

NBC News calls VA-Sen for Tim Kaine, VT-Sen for Bernie Sanders.

Indiana Senate too close to call at this hour.

— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 7, 2018

6:50 PM: KENTUCKY:

Here's a little spreadsheet I've been using as I've covered the McGrath/Barr race in Kentucky's 6th. It shows how big Barr won each county in 2016 and the number of registered voters. pic.twitter.com/jHkjUwCdx3

— Daniel Desrochers (@drdesrochers) November 6, 2018

KY06, Barr winning every area so far except Franklin pic.twitter.com/iiUKnWOKaJ

— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) November 6, 2018

6:47 PM: INDIANA: Braun doing well:

Context for some early county results in #INSEN:

Miami County – Braun +39 (Mourdock +12 in 2012, Romney +31, Trump +54)
Lawrence County – Braun +34 (Mourdock + 13 in 2012, Romney +33, Trump +51)
Bartholomew County – Braun +9 (Mourdock +8, Romney +25, Trump +33)

— Ryan Matsumoto (@ryanmatsumoto1) November 6, 2018

6:45 PM: FLORIDA, TENNESSEE: Huge turnout:

BREAKING: Leon County with 65.5 percent turnout — highest mid-term turnout in 24 years.

— Skip Foster (@skipfoster) November 6, 2018

JUST IN: According to the Davidson County Election Commission voter turnout in Nashville has surpassed Election Day turnout from 2016 #GoVoteTN#Election2018#TNSen

— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) November 6, 2018

6:35 PM: KENTUCKY: AP calls race for Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY):

BREAKING: Republican Hal Rogers wins re-election to U.S. House in Kentucky's 5th congressional district. #APracecall at 6:32 p.m. EST. @AP election coverage: https://t.co/miEWlbTVZW#Election2018#KYelection

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 6, 2018

6:20 PM: INDIANA SENATE: 52% of Hoosiers approve of Trump, according to CNN’s exit polling.

Breaking: With just 34 of 5,375 precincts reporting, @ap reports:

Braun: 13,389 votes
Donnelly: 6,895 votes

— IndyStar (@indystar) November 6, 2018

All of the counties reporting so far in Indiana are rural, more Republican counties. They have staked Braun to a healthy lead over Donnelly.

— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) November 6, 2018

Locked in an extremely tight race with Republican Mike Braun U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly(D) makes brief remarks at the Hyatt Regency in Indy this evening. Asked about the high voter turnout here's his response: pic.twitter.com/nUoueAUK0g

— Brian Conybeare (@conybearetv) November 6, 2018

6:12 PM: TEXAS: Harris County polling places ordered to remain open late:

BREAKING: A state district judge has ordered Harris County to extend voting hours at nine polling locations that failed to open on time this morning. #Midterms2018#ElectionDay#Election2018#tx2018#txlegehttps://t.co/SAXaN3bbgw

— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 6, 2018

6:11 PM: GUAM

In the first call of 2018, Guam elects its first woman governor – a D pickup. #Midterms2018https://t.co/tYFdf03B28

— Michael Li (@mcpli) November 6, 2018

6:10 PM:

Here are the #ElectionDay poll closes for tonight, starting with Indiana and Kentucky at 6pm. I see you Cass County, N.D. pic.twitter.com/vYyfHinW8v

— Brian McGill (@brian_mcgill) November 6, 2018

Polls have closed in Indiana and Kentucky. Results are being reported. Fox News has a countdown till 7pm when they say the "First Polls Close" — c'mon man, do better.

— Glen Bolger (@posglen) November 6, 2018

6:09 PM: Breitbart’s Sean Moran: Braun (R) and Barr (R-KY) have early leads in Indiana and Kentucky, respectively:

Mike Braun early lead with 2,750 votes, Joe Donnelly 1,801, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton 244.
Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) has an early lead with first polls in Kentucky with 304 votes, while Amy McGrath has 207 votes.

6:08 PM: The media and establishment Republicans have done everything they could to downplay the obvious in past elections. Immigration matters to Americans:

LATEST: @NBCNews exit polls show immigration was the most important issue among 41% of Republican voters. pic.twitter.com/MLwdKE3oUA

— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 6, 2018

6:05 PM: Exit polling from ABC:

Party ID: Democrats account for 38 percent of voters in exit poll results so far, Republicans for 32 percent and independents for 30 percent. That compares with 36-37-27 percent in 2014, and 37-33-29 percent in 2016.

Ideology: Liberal-moderate-conservative group sizes in results so far are 27-38-36 percent. That compares with 22-39-38 percent in the 2014 midterms. (And 26-38-36 percent in 2016.)

Sex: Women account for 52 percent of voters in preliminary results, matching their previous high in a midterm from 2010.

Race: Nonwhites account for 28 percent of voters nationally in preliminary results. The highest in any previous midterm was 25 percent in 2014. These compare with a low of 9 percent in 1990.

More Early @NBC Exit Poll results: One In Four Hispanics Say They Cast a Midterm Ballot for the First Time in 2018. 1 in 5 for African Americans. 1 in 10 for whites.

— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiPrzybyla) November 6, 2018

6:02 PM: According to CNN’s exit polls, 16% are first-time voters and 65% made up their minds about House races more than a month ago.

6 PM: Polls are closed in some parts of Indiana and Kentucky. The first close race of the night will be between Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Democrat Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s 6th District.

KY-6 isn't really a bellwether, but one reason Republicans have been watching it closely is that many have quietly assumed Amy McGrath, the Democrat, could challenge Mitch McConnell for his Senate seat in 2020 if she wins.

— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) November 6, 2018

Election history of Kentucky's 6th District, where Rep. Andy Barr (R) faces Amy McGrath (D). #ky06 is a 55-39% Trump district. #kypolpic.twitter.com/xbOOPbwl6S

— Greg Giroux (@greggiroux) November 6, 2018

We’re inside the Marriott in Lexington. The signs are up and lights ready for Rep. Andy Barr’s election night party. The party starts here at 6 p.m. sharp. #ElectionDay#KY06#BarrElectionPartypic.twitter.com/QGVWqQM9K6

— Kelsi Thorud (@KelsiThorud) November 6, 2018

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