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
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— David Beard (@dwbeard) November 8, 2017
Washington state Senate: There’s also very good news out of Washington, where the special election in SD-45 decides control of the currently GOP-held Senate. (The GOP had a one seat majority thanks to a rural Dem who caucuses with them. Democratic candidate Manka Dhingra leads Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund 55-45, in this affluent suburban district that’s very blue at the presidential level but likes moderate Republicans at the state level. Washington is a vote-by-mail state where the count takes a long time to complete, but given the size of the margin and the way that (unlike Seattle municipal races) the numbers tend not to budge much as the days of counting go on, this is almost certainly going to go in Dhingra’s favor (and the DLCC has already called the race).
This means that Democrats have regained the trifecta in Washington, where they already control the state House and the governor’s chair.
Seattle mayor: Seattle’s non-partisan mayoral race was a very civil affair between two different flavors of progressive: former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and urban planner/activist Cary Moon. Durkan (the more establishment-linked of the two) is winning after the first ballot drop by a large 61-39 margin. Seattle, however, is notorious for the more left-ish candidate closing the gap as the count goes on (as apparently younger voters tend to wait until the end to mail their ballots), so expect the race to get closer. But the gap seems extremely large for Moon to have any hope of making up.
Nassau County (NY) Executive: We have another race moving in the Democratic direction. After trailing most of the night, Democrat Kelly Curran now leads Republican Jack Martins 50-49. The raw vote margin is around 2700 votes with 86% of precincts reporting.
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