It’s Election Day in America! We’ll be liveblogging the results of all the key races nationwide and tweeting as well. You can also track the top contests on our new election results big board. In addition, we’ve put together a list of key resources you’ll want to keep open as you follow the returns:
Hour-by-hour guide to the major races
Cheat-sheet listing all competitive elections, with poll closing times
Virginia county benchmarks, to see if candidates are hitting their targets
Summary preview of legislative special elections
ME Ballot: The AP has called it for the “Yes” side in Maine’s Question 2, which will make it the first state to expand Medicaid coverage via a ballot initiative. The measure is leading 59-41 with 68 percent of precincts reporting.
Man, it’s been almost a clean sweep for Democrats. Latest and greatest summary right here:
— David Beard (@dwbeard) November 8, 2017
Outside of Virginia, we’re still keeping an eye on a bunch of races, three of which are classic D vs. R contests: PA Supreme Court, Nassau County, NY executive, and Westchester County, NY executive. There are several mayoral races still up, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, and Seattle, as well as an interesting race for city clerk in Detroit.
PA Supreme Court: With 64 percent reporting, Democrat Dwayne Woodruff leads appointed Republican incumbent Sallie Mundy by just 51-49. Unfortunately, the biggest Democratic strongholds of Philadelphia and Allegheny County have already almost entirely reported. There’s a strong chance Mundy closes the gap once redder areas of the state fully report in.
Westchester County, NY Executive: Democratic challenger George Latimer is holding onto an early 59-41 lead against Republican incumbent Rob Astorino with 22 percent reporting.
Um, holy crap. From the executive director of the DLCC:
Flipping 14 seats from red to blue in VA is the biggest Democratic pick-up since 1899.
— Jessica Post (@JessicaPost) November 8, 2017
VA House: Almost inconceivable, but we might be a recount in a race decided by 12 votes away from a Democratic majority in the Virginia House.
Since we last updated, two additional GOP-held seats have been called for the Democrats: HD-68 (where Dawn Adams upset veteran GOP Del. Manoli Loupassi) and HD-73 (where Debra Rodman beat longtime GOP Del. John O’Bannon). That gets the Democrats to a 14-seat gain on the night. That is the best Democratic performance since…wait for it…1899.
And there are several races left to call. Democrats have leads in two of them, which would get them to a 50-50 tie in the House of Delegates. And they are within 150 votes of three more seats that will certainly go to recount. All of these races are with all precincts counted, save for absentees or provisionals.
HD-27: Roxann Robinson (R) leads by 138 votes.
HD-28: Bob Thomas (R) leads by 102 votes.
HD-40: Donte Tanner (D) leads by 185 votes.
HD-84: Glenn Davis (R) leads by 657 votes.
HD-85: Cheryl Turpin (D) leads by 447 votes.
HD-94: David Yancey (R) leads by 12 votes.
Detroit, MI City Clerk: With 89 percent reporting, incumbent Clerk Janice Winfrey is holding onto a razor-tight 49.82-49.8 margin over challenger and fellow Democrat Garlin Gilchrist, a lead of just 22 votes.
Nassau County, NY Executive: New York is still slowly reporting, but Republican Jack Martins just barely leads by 50-49 against Democrat Laura Curran for this open-seat race with only 20 percent reporting.
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