• Election Day 2018 live updates: Dems seize House, Trump spars with media

    By: Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated:

    Thirty-five Senate seats, 435 House seats, 36 gubernatorial races and more than 6,000 state and local races were decided Tuesday in a high-stakes election that will reshape Congress and heavily influence President Donald Trump’s next two years in office. 

    Below is the latest on the races. 

    Note: Some results are still being tabulated.

    Live updates continue below:

    Tester wins Montana Senate race

    2:39 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana is re-elected to a third term, defeating Republican Matt Rosendale.

    Nancy Pelosi holds press conference

    2 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Democratic leader Pelosi says Democrats running the House next year “must stand our ground” but will seek compromise with Trump. She also says she is the 'best person' for House speaker job and is confident of winning enough support.

    Lucy McBath declares victory in Georgia 6

    1:50 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018:

    CNN responds to Trump’s exchange with Acosta

    1:34 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: 

    In closing, on the press

    1:25 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump says he wants to get along with the press, but that the problem with their relationship is the press. “I have the right to fight back. ... I’m fighting back for the people of this country.”

    Trump on his immigration policies

    1:23 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: “The people of the United States are very happy with the job I am doing. ... We have to get strong immigration laws.”

    He again offers support for Pelosi

    1:08 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump, for at least the third time this afternoon, says he admires Nancy Pelosi.

    A racist question

    1:05 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump says a question he is asked about using the term “nationalist” is “such a racist question.” Nationalist, he explains, means he loves his country.

    Trump says again he is happy with the election

    12:59 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: “If I weren’t happy, you’d know it.”

    What role does God play?

    12:57 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump is asked what role God plays in his life. “God plays a big factor in my life and He plays a very big factor in the lives of people in this room. 

    Trump bemoans treatment by press

    12:54 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump goes back to his treatment by the press and says President Barack Obama would not have been treated that way. “I would love to see unity – even with the media.”

    Lindsey Graham weighs in on Trump’s exchange with CNN

    12:48 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: 

    Trump asks Pence if he will be his running mate

    12:39 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Pence said yes.

    What Trump said about the midterm election

    12:35 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018 p.m.: In a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said:

    • The Republican party “defied history… while significantly beating expectations in the House.”
    • The media coverage about him was and has been “hostile.”
    • Retirements in the house as one factor that contributed to the GOP loss.
    • He likes Oprah Winfrey and noted she campaigned in Georgia for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
    • “The candidates I supported achieved amazing success.”
    • The way Kavanaugh was treated was a factor in candidates’ losses, he said.
    • Those who support his administration did well in the election.
    • He mostly did not campaign for House members.
    • He named people who did not want his help on the campaign trail and lost. He mentioned Rep. Mia Love. “Too bad, sorry about that Mia.”
    • He was looking forward to working with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
    • He will have an easier time with legislation because the Democrats will bring their legislation to him and “we will negotiate.”
    • If investigations continue in the House, he will use the Senate to investigate those doing the investigating. “They can look at us and then we will look at them, and it will go back and forth.”
    • He hopes legislators will put partisanship aside and “keep the American economic miracle alive.”

    Trump gets into confrontation with CNN reporter

    12:32 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Trump got into a verbal confrontation with CNN reporter Jim Acosta after Acosta continued to question the president over the “migrant caravan.” 

    Trump grew angry and backed away from the podium as a White House aide tried to get the microphone from Acosta’s hand. 

    “CNN shouldn’t have you working for them, you are a rude person,” Trump said. “They should be ashamed.” Trump went on to repeat a charge he has leveled at journalists before, saying, “When you report fake new, you are he enemy of the people.”

    He later told reporter April Ryan to sit down because she had not been called on.

    Trump to speak about election

    11:43 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Trump wil be speaking any moment now about the results of the midterm elections.

    McConnell: It's a ‘good morning’ for Republicans 

    11:22 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said a day after the GOP held control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections that it was a “good morning” and that President Donald Trump was ‘very helpful’ in the campaign.

    Offering a suggestion

    10:45 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Trump is suggesting to Democrats that they select Nancy Pelosi, D-California, as the next speaker of the House.

    Nelson asks for recount

    10:07 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Sen. Bill Nelson (D) says he wants a recount in Florida’s Senate race. Nelson's campaign called for the recount Wednesday morning. Scott, the state’s governor, claimed victory late Tuesday.

    Florida Senate race hasn’t been called yet

    9:30 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: The Florida Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Florida Gov. Rick Scott has yet to be called. Scott is leading Nelson by more than 34,000 votes. A vote recount would take place if Scott does not win by more than one-half of one percentage points.

    One more message from Trump

    8:18 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: And the president is tweeting again.

    Still too close to call

    8:08 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: The race between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale for the U.S. Senate seat in Montana remains too close to call.

    7:59 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: The president has tweeted again this morning.

    Trump to hold press conference 

    7:15 a.m EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Donald Trump will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to talk about the results of the midterm elections.

    Trump reacts on Twitter

    6:30 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to react to the midterm election results.

    “Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals,” Trump tweeted. “Now we can all get back to work and get things done!”

    He has not yet tweeted about Democrats regaining control of the House.

    5:44 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Here are some of the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press:

    • Dead brothel owner Dennis Hof, a Republican, defeats Democrat Lesia Romanov in the race for Nevada's 36th Assembly District. Another Republican will be appointed to take his place by county officials.
    • Democrat Steve Sisolak defeats Republican Adam Laxalt to win the Nevada governor’s race.

    AP: Democrats have won House majority

    3:40 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: The Associated Press has joined other outlets in reporting that Democrats have secured at least 218 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, winning majority control. Democrats gained at least two dozen House seats Tuesday. 

    Latest races that have been called

    3:16 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Here are some of the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press:

    • Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada defeats Democrat Clint Koble to keep House seat.
    • Democrat Steven Horsford of Nevada defeats fellow former congressman Cresent Hardy, a Republican, to win House seat.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska defeats Independent candidate Alyse Galvin to win 24th term.
    • Democratic U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen of Nevada wins U.S. Senate seat, defeating Republican Dean Heller.
    • Although the AP has not yet called the Nevada governor’s race, Republican Adam Laxalt has conceded to Democrat Steve Sisolak.

    Republican Brian Kemp ‘confident’ of victory in Georgia governor’s race

    3:03 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: From The Atlanta Journal Constitution:

    Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, didn’t outright declare victory during a short speech to a crowd of hundreds of supporters early Wednesday, but he came close.

    Declaring he was “confident” that victory is near, he told the crowd his lead was insurmountable. 

    "There are votes left to be counted, but we have a very strong lead," he said. "And folks, make no mistake: The math is on our side to win this election."

    With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Kemp has a lead of about 95,000 votes over Democrat Stacey Abrams. But her campaign said tens of thousands of absentee ballots from metro Atlanta still need to be counted.

    "If I wasn’t your choice or if you made no choice at all: You’re going to have a chance to do a do over,” said Abrams, predicting a Dec. 4 runoff. 

    >> Read more here

    Latest races that have been called

    2:51 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Here are some of the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press:

    • Democrat Tony Evers wins the Wisconsin governor’s race, defeating Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
    • Democrat Susie Lee defeats Republican Danny Tarkanian for U.S. House seat in Nevada.
    • U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, defeats fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon to win fifth full term.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan defeats Democrat Gretchen Driskell to keep his House seat.
    • Democratic U.S. Rep. Dina Titus defeats Republican Joyce Bentley to keep her House seat.
    • Democrat Haley Stevens defeats Republican Lena Epstein to flip U.S. House seat in Michigan.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska defeats Democrat Kara Eastman to keep House seat.
    • Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine defeats Republican Eric Brakey to keep Senate seat.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona defeats Democrat Hiral Tipirneni to keep House seat.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois defeats Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan to keep House seat.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart re-elected in Utah after defeating Democrat Shireen Ghorbani.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho re-elected to 11th term, defeating Democrat Aaron Swisher.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. John Curtis of Utah wins first full term after defeating two challengers.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York defeats Democrat Liuba Gretchen Shirley to win 14th term.
    • Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, elected governor after defeating Democrat Paulette Jordan.
    • Republican Russ Fulcher of Idaho defeats Democrat Cristina McNeil and other challengers to win U.S. House seat.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem defeats Democrat Billie Sutton to become governor of South Dakota.
    • Democrat U.S. Rep. Chelli Pingree of Maine defeats two challengers to keep House seat.

    Democrat Stacey Abrams refuses to concede Georgia governor’s race

    1:51 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, is refusing to concede the race to Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and appears to believe the race is headed to a runoff. 

    “We’re going to make sure that every vote is counted,” she told supporters early Wednesday.

    With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Kemp leads Abrams by about 115,000 votes, WSB-TV is reporting. Kemp had 51 percent of the vote; Abrams, 48 percent; and Libertarian Ted Metz, 1 percent.

    There were roughly 284,000 mail-in ballots cast statewide, including about 110,000 in DeKalb, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. It’s unclear how many have been counted, but Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’ campaign manager, said tens of thousands were from her supporters.

    In Georgia, a race goes to a runoff if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote.

    Latest races that have been called

    12:51 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Here are some of the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press:

    • Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case of Hawaii defeats Republican Cam Cavasso to head back to Congress.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa defeats Democrat J.D. Scholten to win ninth term.
    • Republican Pete Stauber of Minnesota flips U.S. House seat opened when Democrat Rep. Rick Nolan retired.
    • Democrat Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii defeats Republican challenger Brian Evans.
    • Democrat Janet Mills defeats Republican Shawn Moody in Maine governor’s race.
    • Democrat Jahana Hayes becomes first black woman from Connecticut elected to Congress.
    • Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa defeats Democrat Fred Hubbell.
    • Republican Steve Watkins of Kansas defeats Democrat Paul Davis in congressional race.
    • Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher of Texas defeats Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson for House seat.
    • Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bost of Illinois defeats Democrat Brendan Kelly for third term

    Democrats win 23 seats

    12:14 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: As of just after midnight Eastern time, the Democratic Party has won 23 seats and taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Rick Scott gives victory speech

    12:11 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Florida Gov. Rick Scott claimed victory in the tight Florida Senate race. Scott teared up when he spoke of his late mother.

    Newsom elected governor of California

    12:08 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California elected governor, defeating Republican John Cox.

    Josh Hawley beats McCaskill 

    12:06 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Republican Josh Hawley wins the Missouri Senate race, ousting Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.

    Nancy Pelosi vows ‘tomorrow will be a new day’

    11:52 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a speech to supporters late Tuesday that 'tomorrow will be a new day in America' as Democrats closed in on control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Pelosi has indicated that she will run for speaker of the House should Democrats wind control of the House.

    Rep. Pete Sessions defeated

    11:42 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democratic ex-NFL linebacker Colin Allred defeated Republican House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions in Texas race.

    Latest races that have been called

    11:31 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: 

    • Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire wins re-election, defeating Democrat Molly Kelly.
    • Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont wins re-election, defeating Democrat Christine Hallquist.
    • Gretchen Whitmer takes back Michigan governor’s seat for Democrats, defeating Republican challenger Bill Schuette.
    • Republican Mike Braun wins Indiana Senate seat, defeating Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.
    • Republican Kay Ivey elected governor of Alabama.
    • Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland wins re-election, defeating Democrat Ben Jealous.
    • Democrat J.B. Pritzker elected Illinois governor, unseating Republican Bruce Rauner.
    • Freshman Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb ousts 3-term GOP Rep. Keith Rothfus in race between incumbents near Pittsburgh.
    • Democrat Max Rose defeats U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, ousting New York City’s only Republican congressman.
    • Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii wins a second term, defeating Republican Ron Curtis. 
    • Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan wins fourth term, defeating Republican John James.
    • Democrat Laura Kelly elected Kansas governor, defeating Republican Kris Kobach and flipping party control of seat.
    • Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state wins re-election, defeating Republican Susan Hutchison.

    The president weighs in

    Cindy Hyde-Smith and Espy in Mississippi Senate race

    11:14 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy advance to a Nov. 27 runoff in a Mississippi Senate race.

    Ron Desantis wins Florida governor’s race

    11 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Ron DeSantis won the Florida governor’s race, one that took several hours to count.

    Democrats are half way to taking the House

    10:59 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democrats have won half of the seats they need to claim the House majority, according to the count by The Associated Press.

    Bob Menendez keeps New Jersey Senate seat

    10:51 p.m. EST Nov. 6 2018: New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez won re-election to the Senate despite being admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee this year.

    With Cruz win, Republicans will retain control of the U.S. Senate

    10:31 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Ted Cruz defeats Democrat Beto O’Rourke to keep his Texas Senate seat. The race went back and forth throughout the night, but Cruz pulled away late in the evening as Republican-leaning counties began to report vote tallies. With Cruz’s win, it looks like the Republicans will keep control of the U.S. Senate.

    Heidi Heitkamp loses Senate seat

    10:27 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Heidi Heitkamp lost her North Dakota Senate seat to U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer. 

    Dems need only 11 more seats

    10:08 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democrats now need to flip 11 seats to take the U.S. House.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins seat

    10:04 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeats Republican Anthony Pappas in New York City House race.

    Mitt Romney wins Utah Senate race

    10 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Mitt Romeny, a former Republican presidential candidate, has won the Senate seat from Utah.

    Democrats leading in House race

    9:49 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: With the wins by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida and Democrat Mary Scanlon in Penslyvania, Democrats need 17 more seat flips to take the House. They are leading in 31 hours.

    Barrasso, Gillibrand win re-election

    9:39 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Republican John Barrasso of Wyoming and Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have been re-elected to the Senate.

    Fox News calls House for Democrats

    9:34 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Fox News has called the U.S. House for the Democrats even before polls have closed in the far west.

    Wicker re-elected in Mississippi

    9:33 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi wins re-election, defeating Democrat David Baria.

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf re-elected

    9:29 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania has been re-elected, defeating Republican Scott Wagner.

    Marsha Blackburn wins in Tennessee

    9:19 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Republican Marsha Blackburn wins Tennessee Senate seat of retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

    Joe Manchin wins re-elction

    9:17 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Sen. Joe Manchin wins re-election in West Virginia Senate race.

    Bob Casey re-elected in Pennsylvania

    9:15 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democrat Bob Casey of Pennsylvania wins third Senate term, beating Republican Rep. Lou Barletta.

    Florida votes to give felons their voting rights back

    9:12 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Florida voters approve constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons.

    Beto O’Rourke is still ahead of Ted Cruz

    9 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: In Texas, Democrat Beto O’Rourke is ahead of incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R) 50.1 percent to 48.3 percent.

    Andy Barr wins Kentucky District 6

    8:49 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Incumbent Republican Andy Barr defeats  ex-fighter pilot Amy McGrath in a widely-watched House race.

    Latest races that have been called

    8:41 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: 

    • Republican businessman Bill Lee is elected Tennessee governor, defeating former Nashville Mayor Democratic Karl Dean.
    • Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island wins second term, defeating Republican Allan Fung.
    • Greg Pence, Vice President Mike Pence's older brother, elected to Congress in Indiana.
    • Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island wins second term, defeating Republican Allan Fung.
    • Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, jailed in 2015 over gay marriage licenses, loses re-election to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr.

    8:34 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018:

    • Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is re-elected to a seventh term in Florida’s 16th District.
    • GOP U.S. Rep. Brian Mast re-elected to second term in Florida’s 18th House District.
    • Republican Morgan Griffith of Virginia re-elected to the US House, defeating Democrat Anthony Flaccavento.
    • Republican Asa Hutchinson wins second term as Arkansas governor, defeating Democrat Jared Henderson.

    Shalala wins in Florida

    8:25 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Donna Shalala, ex-cabinet secretary for President Bill Clinton, wins a U.S. House seat in Florida, turns it Democratic. The Democrats need 21 more seats to take control in the U.S. House.

    Voting hours extended in Georgia

    8:19 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Voting hours have been extended at three polling places in Georgia’s Fulton County, home to much of Atlanta.

    Races that have been called

    8:13 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: 

    • Democratic Rep. Wasserman Schultz re-elected to eighth House term in Florida's 23rd District.
    • Republican Greg Steube wins open US House seat in Florida.
    • Republican Michael Waltz wins open Florida House seat, keeping 6th District in GOP control.
    • Republican US Rep. Francis Rooney wins second term in Florida.
    • Republican Charlie Baker re-elected to second term as Massachusetts governor, defeating Democrat Jay Gonzalez.
    • Republican US Rep. Neal Dunn re-elected to seat in sprawling north Florida House district.
    • Ayanna Pressley wins election unopposed, completing quest to become Massachusetts' first black woman in Congress.
    • Republican Thomas Massie defeats Democrat Seth Hall, wins another term in Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District.
    • Incumbent Republican US Rep. Matt Gaetz has been re-elected to the House in Florida.

    Democratic senators re-elected 

    8:06 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democratic senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Tom Carper of Delaware and Seldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island have been re-elected.

    First Democrat House pickup

    7:50 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Jennifer Wexton (D) defeats incumbent Barbara Comstock (R) for the Virginia District 10 seat. The Democrats now need 22 seats to take control of the U.S. House.

     

    Florida senate race

    7:32 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: With a third of the vote reported, Nelson has 51.4 percent; Scott has 48.7 percent.

    7:18 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: With 15 percent reporting: Nelson - 52.8 percent; Scott - 47.2 percent.

    Florida Governor’s race

    7:08 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: With 3 percent reporting: Ron DeSantis (R) - 49.1; Andrew Gillum (D) - 52.4 percent.

    Florida senate numbers

    7:04 p.m.EST Nov. 6, 2018: With 3 percent reporting: Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) - 47.2 percent; Sen. Bill Nelson (D) - 52.8 percent.

    Senate projections

    7:02 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: CNN is projecting that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) have been re-elected to the Senate.

    Kentucky Dist. 6 update

    6:47 p.m. Nov. 6, 2018: With 1 percent reporting, a switch: McGrath (D) - 49.8; Barr (R) - 49.4.

    Indiana Senate update

    6:42 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Mike Braun (R) - 59.5 percent; Joe Donnelly (D) - 36.3 percent. This is with 2 percent of the vote reporting.

    Kentucky Dist. 6 update

    6:34 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Still early results: Barr (R) - 59 percent; McGrath (D) - 40 percent.

    Indiana Senate update

    6:30 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Still in early returns, Mike Braun has 58 percent; Joe Donnelly has 37 percent.

    Voting issues seen

    6:19 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: The AP is reporting: “By Tuesday afternoon, the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline had received some 17,500 calls from voters experiencing problems at their polling places.”

    >> LONG LINES IN FULTON COUNTY, GEORGIA: Fulton County using 700 fewer voting machines … here's why

    Indiana’s Senator race:

    6:11 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Very early results: Republican Mike Braun - 63.6 percent; Democrat Joe Donnelly - 32.2 percent.

     

     

    Election results are coming in now

    6:05 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Kentucky’s District 6 U.S. House race early results: Andy Barr (R) - 58 percent Amy McGrath (D) - 40.9 with 1,000 votes counted.

    First-time voters

    5:19 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Sixteen percent of those surveyed in exit polls said that this election is the first one they have ever participated in. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed said the economy is good.

    First exit polls are out

    5 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Some voters were asked as they left polling places how they felt about President Donald Trump’s job performance. Forty-four percent approve of his handling of the country and 55 percent disapprove, according to early polling.

    Sixty-five percent of those polled say they made up their mind as to how they would vote in the midterm election more than a month ago.

    Pelosi says she's confident Democrats will win the House

    4:39 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that she is "100 percent" sure Democrats will take the U.S. House in the midterm election.

    "I'm confident we will win," she told reporters. "When we win, on the opening day, our Democratic Congress will be transparent," Pelosi said.

    Democratic PAC translate ads into Spanish

    4:24 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: A Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA Action, translated digital ads to Spanish in real time on election day once they saw “Dónde votar,” or “where to vote,” was the top Google search Tuesday morning.

    According to the group, the ads were translated after seeing the tweet, specifically for voters in Arizona and Florida Josh Schwerin of Priorities USA Action told The Washington Post.

    President, first lady vote absentee

    4:04 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump voted by absentee ballot in New York.  

    Father of Parkland victim urges people to vote

    3:29 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was one of 17 people killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14, is urging people to vote. He says he wants candidates who favor gun control measures to be elected to office.

    Problems with voting machines not abnormal

    3:11 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Officials at the Department of Homeland Security  say reports of voting machine issues are likely not out of the norm. 

    "They (state officials) did not share any widespread issues or trends with specific machines," a Department of Homeland Security official who has been working with vendors who sell and service election machine told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. 

    There are "typical machine issues," he said. 

    Wil this be the year of the female candidate?

    2:10 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: 

    Taylor says you need to go vote

    2 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Singer Taylor Swift is urging her fans to get out and vote. She took to Instagram to reminded fans to participate.

    Turnout is reported to be heavy nationwide

    1:39 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Turnout at polling places across the country has been heavy today, according to reports. This comes on the heels of early voter turnout that looks to have set a record. 

    “This is not a normal election,” University of Florida professor Michael McDonald told Politico. “The best guess is that we’re looking at some sort of hybrid midterm/presidential election” in terms of turnout.

    McDonald tracks voter turnout.

    8 a.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: If you are unsure where to vote or how long your polling place is open, check out this story:

    Election Day 2018: Where do I vote, how do I vote, when do I vote? 

    It will tell you how to find out the specifics for your polling place.

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