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Midterms 2018 LIVE: Democrats take the House, GOP holds the Senate in a wild election night

November 07,2018 12:21

The 2018 midterm elections are upon us, and the country is anxiously awaiting to hear the results of an array of consequential races nationwide. There's a lot at stake on Tuesday, November 6. So far the results have been a resounding victory for ...

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The 2018 midterm elections are upon us, and the country is anxiously awaiting to hear the results of an array of consequential races nationwide.
There's a lot at stake on Tuesday, November 6. So far the results have been a resounding victory for neither side: with the GOP making unexpected gains in the Senate, but losing the House to Democratic control.
It can take hours, days, and sometimes even weeks for results to come in.
Follow our full coverage of the 2018 midterm elections here, and find live updates throughout the day and night below.

7:50 a.m. ET: Here are the results so far, according to the Associated Press.

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Senate: 45 Democrats (including 2 independents), 51 Republicans, 4 not yet called.
A majority is 51.
House: 219 Democrats, 193 Republicans, 23 not yet called.
A majority is 218.

4:03 a.m. ET: Democrat Steve Sisolak wins Nevada's gubernatorial race, according to the Associated Press' projections. During his campaign he repeatedly pledged to stand up against Trump, and Obama campaigned for him.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October 2018 as Steve Sisolak looks on.
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His Republican opponent, Adam Laxalt, conceded defeat around 3:15 a.m.

3:11 a.m. ET: Nevada Democrat Jacky Rosen beats Republican opponent Dean Heller in the Senate race. Nevada is a swing state with a history of electing moderates to Congress.

Rep. Jacky Rosen.
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Democrats have taken the House.

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The Democratic Party has won 218 seats in the House, hitting the number required for a majority in the chamber.
The Republican Party has the 51 seats required for a Senate majority.

11:50 p.m. ET: Trump calls Pelosi to congratulate her.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump.
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Trump on Wednesday night called Pelosi to offer congratulations.
The president called to "extend his congratulations on winning a Democratic House Majority. He acknowledged the Leader's call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks," Pelosi's deputy chief of staff said in a tweet.
The White House earlier said Trump would not call Pelosi if Democrats took the House.

11:40 p.m. ET: Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who's likely to be the next House Speaker, celebrates her party's victory.

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to be the next House Speaker, on Tuesday night celebrated her party's big victory in a speech.
"Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans. It's about restoring the Constitution's checks and balances to the Trump administration," Pelosi said.
Pelosi said Democrats will work for "solutions that bring us together because we have all had enough of division."
The Democratic congresswoman also touted her party's position on healthcare, making an awkward remark about "pre-existing medical conditions."

11:21 p.m. ET: Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein wins reelection.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
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Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, one of the most recognizable Democrats in the country, won reelection on Tuesday night.

11:15 p.m. ET: After remaining quiet throughout election night, Trump celebrated Republican victories in a tweet.

Trump was uncharacteristically quiet throughout election night, but tweeted shortly after 11 p.m. ET.
The president said, "Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!"
Trump did not mention the fact Republicans were poised to lose the House.

10:58 pm. ET: Republican Ron DeSantis defeats Democrat Andrew Gillum in Florida's gubernatorial race.

Ron DeSantis (left) and Andrew Gillum (right)
Republican Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum in one of the most closely watched gubernatorial races in the country.
DeSantis' victory is a win for Trumpism in Florida.

10:45 p.m. ET: Republicans expected to easily hold onto their majority in the US Senate.

10:35 p.m. ET: Democrats are expected to take the House.

By roughly 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, Democrats had picked up enough House seats it was predicted they would regain a majority.
Democrats have so far picked up 19 seats and need four more to officially gain a majority in the House.

10:29 p.m. ET: Sen. Ted Cruz defeats Rep. Beto O'Rourke in one of the most closely watched Senate races.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) shake hands after a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz defeated Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke in the US Senate election in Texas.
This is a major disappointment for Democrats after O'Rourke rose to national prominence as a charismatic progressive voice throughout his campaign.

10:17 p.m. ET: Democrats gain another House seat with Susan Wild's victory.

Democrat Susan Wild on Tuesday defeated Republican Marty Nothstein in Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district, gaining another seat for Democrats.

10:10 p.m. ET: Democrats pick up another House seat in New York.

Democratic candidate Max Rose defeated incumbent Republican incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan in New York's 11th congressional district.

10:08 pm. ET: Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp defeated in North Dakota.

10:05 p.m. ET: Democrat Laura Kelly wins gubernatorial election in Kansas.

Democrat Laura Kelly defeated Republican candidate Kris Kobach on Tuesday night to become the next governor of Kansas.

10:03 p.m. ET: Mitt Romney wins US Senate election in Utah.

Mitt Romney is headed to the US Senate.
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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the US Senate election in Utah on Tuesday night.

10:00 pm. ET: Democrats pick up two more seats in the House.

Democratic Debbie Mucarsel-Powell defeated incumbent Republican Carlos Curbelo on Tuesday night in Florida's 26th congressional district.
Mikie Sherill also picked up a seat for Democrats, defeating incumbent Republican Jay Weber.

9:40 p.m. ET: Democrats pick up multiple seats in the House.

Democratic candidate Jason Crow defeated incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado's 6th congressional district on Tuesday night.
Democrats also picked up two more seats with Conor Lamb's victory in Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district and Mary Gay Scanlon's victory in Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district.

9:24 p.m. ET: Texas Governor Greg Abbott wins reelection in Texas.

Republican Governor Greg Abbott won reelection in Texas on Tuesday night.

9:04 p.m. ET: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the youngest woman elected to Congress in US history.

New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a fundraiser in Los Angeles.
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9:00 p.m. ET: Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Governor Andrew Cuomo win reelection.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
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Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, one of the most prominent members of her party, won reelection in New York on Tuesday night.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who's somewhat of a divisive figure in New York, also won reelection.

8:57 p.m. ET: Democrats suffer a major defeat in Indiana.

Republican Mike Braun on Tuesday defeated incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly in the US Senate race in Indiana, dealing a major blow to Democrats.
Braun's victory makes it highly unlikely Democrats will upend the GOP's majority in the Senate.

8:53 p.m. ET: Republican Andy Barr wins Kentucky's 6th congressional district over Democrat Amy McGrath.

Republican Andy Barr on Tuesday night won reelection in Kentucky's 6th congressional district over Democrat Amy McGrath, an ex-fighter pilot.

8:32 p.m. ET: Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez wins reelection.

Sen. Bob Menendez.
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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez won reelection in New Jersey on Tuesday night, defeating Republican Bob Hugin.
President Donald Trump offered a last-minute endorsement to Hugin earlier in the day.

8:24 p.m. ET: The first Muslim woman in US history elected to Congress.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib won the election in Michigan's 13th congressional district, and will be the first Muslim woman in US history to serve in Congress.
She ran unopposed by a Republican.

8:08 p.m. ET: Donna Shalala flips another House seat for Democrats in Florida.

Democrat Donna Shalala won in Florida's 27th congressional district to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

8:00 p.m. ET: Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Chris Murphy, Ben Cardin, Bob Casey, Tom Carper, and Sheldon Whitehouse win reelection.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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Polls in multiple states close at 8 p.m. as it's announced a number of Democratic senators have won reelection, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Tom Carper of Delaware, and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

7:54 p.m. ET: Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown wins reelection in Ohio.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown won reelection in Ohio on Tuesday night.
Democrats can't afford to lose a single seat in the Senate if they have any hope of winning a majority. They need a net gain of at least two seats, but pollsters have widely predicted Republicans will maintain control of the Senate.

7:45 p.m. ET: Mike Pence's brother wins his former congressional seat.

Greg Pence, the brother of Vice President Mike Pence, won as the Republican candidate in Indiana's 6th congressional district.
The vice president previously held this seat for over a decade.

7:42 p.m. ET: Democrats flip important House seat in a competitive Virginia race.

Democratic House candidate Jennifer T. Wexton defeated Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock on Tuesday.
Democrats need to flip 23 seats in total to upend the GOP's majority in the House, and Wexton's victory brings them one step closer.

7:00 p.m. ET: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia win reelection.

Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, won reelection on Tuesday. Sanders is among the most prominent figures in the Senate after running for president in 2016.
Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, a former Democratic nominee for vice president, won reelection in Virginia.

6:33 p.m. ET: Republican Rep. Hal Rogers is the first winner in 2018 congressional midterms.

Republican Rep. Hal Rogers won reelection in Kentucky's 5th congressional district, The Associated Press reports.
For live updates of the House and Senate results as they come in click here.

5:45 p.m. ET: Health care is the top issue for US voters.

According to a national exit poll, 41% of US voters identified healthcare as the most important issue the country is facing, while 23% said immigration, 21% said the economy, and 11% said gun policy.
A separate national exit poll also identified health care as the top issue for voters, but by a smaller percentage (26%). A smaller share of voters said immigration (23%) was the most important issue, while others pointed the economy (19%), gun policy (8%), and the environment (7%).

5:37 p.m. ET: More than half of US voters say the country is on the wrong track, according to early exit polls, and many voted in protest of Trump.

US President Donald Trump meets with members of Congress and administration officials to discuss the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act in the Roosevelt Room at the White House August 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump did not take questions from members of the press during the event.Win McNamee/Getty Images
A majority of US voters (56%) said the US is not on the right track, according to a national exit poll.
About two-thirds of voters (65%) said their vote in the 2018 midterms was about Trump, and nearly four-in-ten voters (39%) said they showed up to the polls in protest of Trump.
A separate national exit poll found 64% of voters said Trump was a reason for their vote.

5:22 p.m. ET: Preliminary exit poll results indicate voters would much rather see Democrats in control of the House than Republicans.

Voters on Tuesday said they'd rather see Democrats than Republicans in control of the House of Representatives by 53% to 43%, according to preliminary national exit poll results.

5:11 p.m. ET: Early exit poll shows strong disapproval of Trump among US voters.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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A national exit poll showed nearly half of US voters (47%) participating in the 2018 midterm elections strongly disapprove of the president.
Meanwhile, the poll found 44% of US voters approve of Trump. This is roughly in line with recent national polls.

4:31 p.m. ET: Woman who was alive before women's suffrage votes in Washington, DC.

Margaret Norwood, who is 104-years-old, voted in DC's mayoral election on Tuesday.
Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is running for reelection, applauded Norwood in a tweet.
"Ms. Norwood was alive at a time when women did not have the right to vote so please take the time to vote today!"
Women in the US officially gained the right to vote in 1920. Based on her age, Norwood was born roughly six years before that.

4:30 p.m. ET: Democrat Lou Leon Guerrero elected as next governor of Guam.

Lou Leon Guerrero will be the first female governor of the US territory of Guam after winning on Tuesday.

4:10 p.m. ET: Voters in some states reportedly receive suspicious text messages directing them to the wrong polling place.

Voters in several states received suspicious text messages from people claiming to be affiliated with local political groups directing them to incorrect polling places, The New York Times reports.
If you need help finding your polling place click here for more information.

5:00 a.m. ET: First polls open in Vermont.

Voters wait in the rain to vote at Our Lady of the Lourdes Catholic Church for midterm elections in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The first polls opened at 5 a.m. local time in Vermont, and were followed an hour later in parts of Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and Virginia.
Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. local time in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Despite rough weather in many states, voters still lined up for the polls to do their civic duty.


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