Election Day 2018 is here! Polls are beginning to close across the United States, and the results are rolling in — check our live blog throughout the night to see who won in your states and districts.
Update Nov. 7: It’s the morning after the election and the Democrats are celebrating. The results are in and with 230 seats, the Dems have taken control of the House of Representatives, thus giving them a way to stand up to President Donald Trump. However, Republicans still control 205 seats in the House and the Senate. They actually added two seats to their majority and currently, the count stands with Republicans 51, Dems 45.
That number is likely to grow up to 54. Rick Scott looks to unseat Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson in Florida, while Matt Rosendale might edge out Democrat incumbent Jon Tester in Montana. The other race that’s “Too Close To Call” at the moment is in Arizona, as Martha McSally currently holds a slight edge over Kyrsten Sinema.
The Blue Wave might not have propelled Beto O’Rourke or Phil Bredesen to the Senate, but it helped the Democrats win 7 new governorships. Yes, Andrew Gillum conceded the Florida gubernatorial race to Ron DeSantis, but the Dems took the statehouses in Illinois (J.B. Pritzker), Kansas (Laura Kelly), Maine (Janet Mills), Michigan (Gretchen Whitmer), New Mexico (Michelle Lujan Grisham), Nevada (Steve Sisolak), and Wisconsin. Dems also retained the Connecticut governor’s mansion, as Republican Bob Stefanowski (47.1%) conceded the election, handing it to Ned Lamont (48.4%).
Wisconsin, by the way, is a huge win for the Dems, as Tony Evers sent Scott Walker packing. Scott Walker is best known for breaking unions in Wisconsin, and when the election was over, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka issued a six-word statement: “Scott Walker was a national disgrace.”
At the time of this update, Stacey Abrams trails behind Brian Kemp, 48.6% to 50.5%, in Georgia’s gubernatorial race. Stacey claims that three of the state’s largest counties “have reported only a portion of the votes that were submitted by early mail” and four other large counties “have reported exactly 0 votes by mail,” per CNN. Brian Kemp, Georgia’s current Secretary of State, has been accused of voter suppression, which apparently has only emboldened Stacey’s determination that all voters’ voices get heard.
A record number of women will now be in the House of Representatives, as 98 women (33 newly elected representatives and 65 incumbents) were elected in 2018. With two outstanding races featuring two women competing against each other, this means that 100 women will serve in the House next year. 84 of the projected female House winners will be Democrats.
While the Dems failed to take the Senate, it’s not all bad news for them: Rep. Jacky Rosen unseated senator Dean Heller. Additionally, Sharice Davids and Deb Haalands will be the first Native American women elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Republican Marsha Blackburn became the first female senator to represent Tennessee, while democrat Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are the first two Hispanic women to represent Texas in Congress.
South Dakota elected its first female governor, choosing Republican Kristi Noem. In Colorado, Jared Polis became the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States.
Out in California, there are a handful of House races that still need to be decided. Jeff Denham is leading Josh Harder while Katie Hill is ahead of Steve Knight. Republican Young Kim is slightly ahead of Gil Cisneros, while Mimi Walters leads Democrat Katie Porter. Mike Levin (D) is ahead of Diane Harkey, while Duncan D. Hunter is ahead of Ammar Campa-Najjar. Democrat Harley Rouda is ahead of Republican Dana Rohrabacher. While these races’ results won’t flip the House, it will be interesting to see what happens out in the Golden State when all is said and done.
Also, Kim Davis — the Kentucky country clerk who gained notoriety for her refusal to sign marriage licenses for gay couples — lost in her reelection bid for the Rowan Country clerkship. She lost to Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill Jr. by about 700 votes.
12:20am ET: Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, has won the governor’s race in California, defeating Republican John Cox and succeeding Governor Jerry Brown.
12:00am ET: Republicans are expected to retain their majority control of the Senate, adding three new seats to their majority. While it seems as if Georgia’s Stacey Abrams will lose to Brian Kemp, the race is too close to call at this time. Abrams’ camp believes there will be a runoff before the race is actually decided. If Abrams were to win, she would become the first black woman governor in United States history.
11:30pm ET: Andrew Gillum (D) has conceded to Ron DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial race. He invoked the words of his grandmother in his concession speech, telling his supporters, “it is not about me. … It’s about all of us [and] the belief that we can all do good.”
11:22pm ET: a night of many firsts — Democrat Sharice Davids takes the Kansas Congressional seat, becoming the the first Native American in Congress ever, as well as the first LGBT woman of color in Congress. Forty women were elected to Congress tonight, 19 of them women of color.
10:50pm ET: Remember Kim Davis, the city clerk who refused to give marriage licenses to gay couples and got thrown in jail for five days for being a miserable human being* (*breaking the law)? She just lost her reelection bid for the Rowan County clerkship to Democratic challenger Elwood Caudill Jr. by about 700 votes. Karma, babe.
10:36pm ET: Democrats are projected to take control of the House of Representatives. Republicans have maintained their majority since 2011, and have had full control of Congress since 2014.
10:26pm ET: Beto O’Rourke loses to incumbent Ted Cruz in the Texas senate race by one point. This loss greatly endangers Democrats’ chance of controlling Senate, though their chances of controlling the House are looking good.
10:07pm ET: Democrat Jared Polis has become the first openly gay governor in United States history. Well done, Colorado!
10:00pm ET: Democratic Virginia congressional candidate Leslie Cockburn has been beaten by Republican opponent and Bigfoot erotica enthusiast Denver Riggleman. Cockburn, a former journalist, also happens to be Olivia Wilde‘s mother and does not indulge in Bigfoot erotica.
9:50pm ET: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has just become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress!! We stan a progressive queen in New York (and the House).
9:10pm ET: Marsha Blackburn, the GOP candidate that Taylor Swift rallied against when she broke her silence on politics for being anti-LGBT, has been elected as Tennessee Senator. Blackburn makes history as the first female senator to represent Tennessee.
9:00pm ET: Democrat Andrew Cuomo has been elected to a third term as governor of New York. Just think; in a different timeline, we could have been reporting about Governor Cynthia Nixon.
8:40pm ET: Things are starting off well for the Democrats tonight. Before polls have officially closed on election night, there are already two certain winners. Democrat Jennifer Wexton has unseated Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock as Virginia’s representative. Democrat Donna Shalala, former president Bill Clinton‘s Secretary of Health and Human Services, will also take the House for Florida. Democrats need 23 seats to take majority of the House of Representatives. They will now need 21.
The race is neck and neck in Florida between gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis. With approximately 74% of the state’s districts reporting, DeSantis is leading only 50% to 48.8%. Regardless, Gillum’s momentum is shocking. While he has a strong following, Florida is a firmly red state, and considered Trump’s second home. Over in Texas, charismatic favorite Beto O’Rourke is actually ahead of Senator Ted Cruz. While results are just as close as the Florida race, O’Rourke’s lead is leaving pundits breathless. O’Rourke winning could play a crucial role in Democrats also taking the Senate.
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