Election Day 2018: Voters Head to the Polls, and America Waits for Answers

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Election Day 2018: Voters Head to the Polls, and America Waits for Answers

In Texas, Beto O’Rouke’s campaign mobilized Democrats across the country, as he’s closed the gap with Senator Ted Cruz. In Michigan, an all-female Democratic ticket, led by Gretchen Whitmer, the candidate for governor, is expected to make gains. And in Florida, Andrew Gillum would become the state’s first black governor if he beats former Representative Ron DeSantis, a Republican.

Results will also start coming soon for tight Senate races in Tennessee and Missouri.

Democratic senators in Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut have won their re-election races, as widely expected. The winners include Senator Elizabeth Warren, who spent much of her re-election campaign all but openly running for president. This fall, Ms. Warren said she would “take a hard look” at running for the White House after the midterms are over.

She’s argued that a female president could fix a “broken Washington.”

At 7 p.m. polls closed in: Georgia, much of Florida, New Hampshire, the remainder of Indiana, Western Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

That means ballots will begin being counted in two of the most hotly contested governor’s races: Georgia and Florida. Democratic wins in both races would mark historic firsts for their states: Stacey Abrams would become the first black female governor in the country, and Andrew Gillum would become the first black governor in Florida.

Democrats are also hoping to pick up some House seats in Virginia, once a red state that’s become far more purple in recent elections. Virginia’s Seventh has been one to watch, with former C.I.A. agent Abigail Spanberger running a neck-and-neck race against incumbent Representative Dave Brat. Brat, a Republican, is famous for his surprise defeat of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in 2014. Strategists are also keeping a close eye on Representative Barbara Comstock’s Northern Virginia district. A large Democratic turnout in the affluent, highly educated area would show the power of the energized women whose opposition to Mr. Trump has powered much of the Democratic enthusiasm throughout the midterms.

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Election Day 2018: Voters Head To The Polls, And America Waits For Answers
Election Day 2018: Voters Head To The Polls, And America Waits For Answers
Election Day 2018: Voters Head To The Polls, And America Waits For Answers
Election Day 2018: Voters Head To The Polls, And America Waits For Answers
Election Day 2018: Voters Head To The Polls, And America Waits For Answers

Election Day 2018: Voters Head To The Polls, And America Waits For Answers

Election Day 2018: Voters Head To The Polls, And America Waits For Answers

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