Polls have closed, and the majority of races have been called, with Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives back from Republicans. Here, CGTN America kept a live tally of key races and updates throughout election day in the contentious U.S. midterms. U.S. 2018 Midterms.
Stacey Abrams, Democratic nominee in Georgia governor race: ‘Votes remain to be counted,’ vows to wait for them all.
Republican Ron DeSantis wins the Governor’s race in Florida, defeating Andrew Gillum, who was vying to become Florida’s first black governor.
Democrats will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
GOP retains Senate control for two more years.
Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer wins North Dakota Senate race, ousts Democratic incumbent Heidi Heitkamp.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas defeats Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Democrat Laura Kelly beats Republican Kris Kobach for Kansas governor.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney elected to Senate in Utah, defeating Democrat Jenny Wilson.
Democrat Ilhan Omar wins election in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. She, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who also won moments before Omar, become the first Muslim women elected to Congress in U.S. history. Omar is a former refugee, and becomes the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia wins a second full term, defeating Republican Patrick Morrisey.
Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib won, becoming the first Muslim woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, and one of a record number of Arab-Americans who ran in these 2018 midterm elections.
Anna Eskamani won the as the Democratic Rep. for House District 47 for Florida, both flipping the state district, and becoming the first Iranian-American elected to public office in Florida.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland wins re-election, defeating Democrat Ben Jealous.
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, jailed in 2015 over gay marriage licenses, loses re-election to Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr.
Democrat Jennifer Wexton of Virginia elected to U.S. House–defeating Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock.
Donna Shalala, ex-Cabinet secretary for President Bill Clinton, and one of many Arab-American candidates on the ballot this election, wins U.S. House seat in Florida, turning it Democratic .
Democrat Sherrod Brown re-elected to Senate in Ohio, defeating Republican Jim Renacci, the AP reports.
Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, wins re-election.
Former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate and current U.S. Senator from Virginia, Tim Kaine, wins re-election.
Former Presidential candidate and Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, has been re-elected to the U.S. Senate.
With two percent reporting, The Associated Press has reported Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers defeats Democratic challenger, and wins another term in eastern Kentucky’s 5th District.
The first polls have closed in parts of Kentucky and the east side of Indiana.
Meanwhile, a judge in Georgia ordered the Annistown Elementary School precinct near Snellville, one of four polling stations that had hours long delays with the electronic voting system, to remain open until 7:25 p.m., according to the Snellville Patch.
POLLING ISSUES CONTINUE ACROSS THE NATION
Less than an hour before first polls close on the east coast, voting issues are being reported in every region.
In Chicago, after numerous polling stations delayed opening by several hours, election officials are seeking a judge’s order to keep the polls open late this evening, NBC Chicago reported.
In Broward County, Fla, security guards have reportedly blocked voters without ID to a polling station inside a private gated community. According to WLRN, Miami, complaints of the same issue were made during the August primaries, but no action was taken by county officials.
Meanwhile, in Ohio, a computer glitch caused some Geauga County voters to be incorrectly told they already voted absentee. Affected voters were offered provisional ballots, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
COULD ISSUES AT THE BORDER INFLUENCE VOTING?
In El Paso, Texas, the U.S. Border Patrol cancelled a “crowd control exercise” in a Latino neighborhood following criticism from civil liberties groups it could scare residents from voting, AP reports.
VOTING ISSUES IN GEORGIA
NBC News confirms that the some of the voting issues in Snellville, Georgia–specifically at the Anderson Livsey Elementary polling location–was due to a lack of power cords for the voting machines. The machines ran out of battery power and couldn’t run without a power supply. They report that the machines are back up and running.
VOTING ISSUES IN GEORGIA
There are wide reports of malfunctioning voting machines and extremely long lines at the polls in Georgia. Voters have reported waiting up to three hours to take their turn at the polls.
At a polling place in Snellville, Georgia, more than 100 people took turns sitting in children’s chairs and on the floor as they waited in line for hours. Voter Ontaria Woods said about two dozen people who had come to vote left because of the lines, the Associated Press reports.
In addition to record turnout in early voting, polling stations are expecting a huge number of last minute, election day registrations. If you thought it was too late, check out our listing of the 37 states that allow election day registration.
SEVERE WEATHER ON ELECTION DAY THREATENS TURNOUT
As voters begin to queue up, heavy rains and severe weather threaten to depress election day turnout. Especially in areas heaviest hit by the weather, this may upturn many predictions on today’s outcome.
Associated Press reports a line of storms moved through the Deep South overnight and early Tuesday morning, knocking down trees and power lines from Louisiana to South Carolina. There were no serious injuries, but an estimated 11,000 residents were left without electricity.
The National Weather Service warned of a possibility of high winds, severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes Tuesday around Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and the Mid-Atlantic region.
CGTN COVERAGE FROM THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS