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    On November 6, US voters will cast ballots to fill 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, one-third of the 100-member Senate and other local and state positions.

    The outcome of the 2018 midterms will determine if the Republican Party can maintain control of both chambers of Congress.

    Both the House and the Senate are currently controlled by Republican majorities, though some polls are expecting major gains by the Democrats.

    Besides voting for members of Congress, Americans are also electing 36 out of 50 state governors.

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    • 13:23

      Republican Chris Sununu Thanks New Hampshire After Projected Re-Election As Governor

      Republican Chris Sununu thanked the state of New Hampshire as the preliminary results indicated he had been re-elected as governor in the midterms.

      According to Fox News broadcaster, Sununu is ahead with 52.2 percent of the vote with 94 percent of the ballots counted. His key opponent, Democrat Molly Kelly secured 46.4 percent of the vote in the midterms held Tuesday.

      "Thank you, New Hampshire! Serving as your Governor is the greatest honor of my life, and I couldn't be more thrilled to serve you for another two years," Sununu wrote on Twitter.

      According to media reports, Kelly has already conceded and congratulated Sununu on his victory.

    • 13:01

      US Democrat Evers Unseats Republican Incumbent in Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race – Reports

      US Democrat Tony Evers has defeated Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker by a margin of just over 1 percent, local media reported.

      Evers, Wisconsin's state superintendent of public instruction, secured 49.6 percent of the vote, while Walker’s received 48.5 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Axios news website.

      Evers said in September he was open to raising a number of taxes, including those on personal income and gas, as part of his plan to reduce the tax burden for working families and repair roads. He changed his course in the campaign's final days, however, and said he would no longer pursue this pledge.

      Walker, who US President Donald Trump had personally endorsed and campaigned for, was running for a third term.

    • 12:40

      Results of US Midterm Elections Unlikely to Complicate Relations With Russia, Everything is Very Difficult Even Without Them - Peskov

      "We can assume quite confidently that ... there are no bright prospects for normalization of the Russian-US relations on the horizon. But this does not mean that we do not aim for dialogue, that we do not want this dialogue, as we are still facing many problems that call for the Russian-US dialogue. These are the problems of stability and weapons control. These problems will not be resolved without effort, without dialogue," Peskov told reporters.

    • 11:59

      US Democrats Seize House, Republicans Keep Senate in Midterm Split

      The United States Capitol, the meeting place of the US Congress in Washington, DC The Capitol's foundation stone was laid by George Washington on September 18, 1793

      US Democrats Seize House, Republicans Keep Senate in Midterm Split

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US midterm elections left Congress a legislative branch divided after the Democratic Party flipped 34 seats to take control of the House of Representatives while Republicans kept a majority in the Senate.
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    • 11:58

      Texas Democratic Voters Inspired Despite Candidate’s Loss in Senate Race

      Democratic Texas U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke gestures as he concedes to Senator Ted Cruz at his midterm election night party in El Paso, Texas, U.S., November 6, 2018

      Texas Democratic Voters Inspired Despite Candidate’s Loss in Senate Race

      EL PASO (Sputnik) - Supporters of Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s bid for the Senate see his effort in a positive light because it boosted participation and unity despite his loss to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.
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    • 10:56

      No Winner Will be Announced in Arizona Senate Race on Tuesday Night

      Matthew Roberts, director of communications at the Arizona Secretary of State's office said that "easily hundreds of thousands" of ballots have not been counted, as quoted be the Hill.

    • 10:35

      Democrat Jacky Rosen Unseats US Senator Heller in Nevada

      Democrat Jacky Rosen is expected to win the Senate seat for Nevada currently held by Republican Dean Heller, the CNN broadcaster projected.

      According to the latest media reports, Republicans are set to maintain their hold on the Senate, but will lose control of the House of Representatives to Democrats.

    • 10:05

      Stacey Abrams Suggests Recount Will Take Place in Georgia Governor's Race

      "I want to say this: if I wasn't your first choice or if you made no choice at all, you're gonna have a chance to do a do-over," Abrams said.

    • 10:04

      Michigan Voters Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

    • 09:08

      Women, Minority Candidates Make Historic Gains in US Midterm Elections

      Women and US minority groups including gays and Muslims achieved historic victories during the midterm elections at the federal and statewide levels.

      On Tuesday, Democrat Rashida Tlaib was elected to an open House seat in the US state of Michigan and Ilhan Omar was elected in Minnesota from the state's venerable Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, making them the first two Muslim women to become members of Congress.

      In addition, the state of Colorado elected to office the country's first openly-gay governor, Jared Polis.

      New York City's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an avowed socialist, will become the youngest ever woman to sit in the US Congress at age 29.

    • 08:52

      Trump Calls US Midterm Elections 'Tremendous Success'

      U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally in Richmond, Kentucky, U.S., October 13, 2018

      Trump Calls US Midterm Elections 'Tremendous Success'

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Congress is projected to be divided, with Democrats seizing a majority of seats in the House of Representatives and Republicans maintaining control of the Senate after midterm election voting, several media outlets projected, based on exit polls.
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    • 08:48

      Democrat Janet Mills Elected Maine Governor

    • 08:04

      Republican Rick Scott Defeats Democratic Incumbent Nelson in Florida Senate Race

      Republican Governor Rick Scott defeated Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson on Tuesady in the Senate race in the US state of Florida Senate, Fox News projected.

    • 07:19

      Midterms Divide Congress Between Republican Senate, Democratic House - Projections

      US Congress is projected to be divided with Democrats seizing a majority of seats in the House of Representatives and Republicans maintaining control of the Senate after midterm election voting, several news organizations projected based on exit polling. House Democrats are projected to win 229 seats and the Republicans 206 as a result of Tuesday’s midterm elections, according to several networks such as NBC, ABC and FOX News.

      Republicans are projected to keep at least 50 seats in the 100-member US Senate, which gives them control as Vice President Mike Pence will be the tiebreaker. Democrats will win at least 39 seats, according to projections, leaving 11 contests still undecided.

    • 07:16

      Democratic Senator Feinstein to Defeat Democrat Opponent in California – Projections

      Incumbent Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is expected to defeat her Democratic rival Kevin de Leon in the California Senate race, according to US media projections. Feinstein will win over her opponent Kevin de Leon, according to Fox News and ABC projections on Tuesday.

      California’s voters were choosing between two Democratic candidates in this year's midterm elections.

    • 07:11

      Republican DeSantis Elected Florida Governor - Reports

      Ron DeSantis won the Florida governor's race on Tuesday, Reuters reported. DeSantis, 40, a former congressman, defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum, 39, liberal mayor of state capital Tallahassee who was seeking to become Florida's first black governor.

    • 06:31

      Cruz Keeps Texas Seat Leading to Republicans' Senate Victory - Reports

      US Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz is projected to defeat his Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke in a key US Senate race in Texas, bringing Senate victory to the Republican party, US media projected. Cruz is projected to keep his seat in the US Senate by defeating O'Rourke 50.9 percent to 48.4 percent with 81 percent of votes counted, NBC News reported on Tuesday.

      NBC News reported that US Republicans are projected to control of the Senate. ABC News has also projected that Republicans will keep control of the US Senate.

    • 06:29

      Republican Cramer to Win North Dakota Senate Seat - Projection

      Republican Kevin Cramer is expected to win the Senate race against Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the US state of North Dakota, major news networks projected. With 54 percent reporting, Cramer received 58.4 percent, while Heitkamp secured 41.6 percent, according to New York Times exit Poll.

      Cramer's victory was widely seen as cementing Republicans' control over the Senate.

    • 06:28

      First Two Muslim Women Elected to US Congress - Reports

      Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, won a House seat in a heavily-Democratic district in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, where she will succeed Keith Ellison, himself the first Muslim elected to Congress, AFP reported, citing exit polls. Rashida Tlaib, also Democrat, a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, won a House seat in a district where she ran unopposed by a Republican candidate.

    • 06:19

      Kansas Democrat to Be First Native American Woman in US Congress - Reports

      Kansas Democrat Sharice Davids on Tuesday became the first Native American woman elected to US Congress, defeating Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder, AFP reported, citing exit polls. Davids, 38, is an attorney by training and a former mixed martial arts fighter.

    • 06:15

      Ex-Presidential Nominee Romney Expected to Win Senate Seat – Projection

      Former Presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to win in Utah’s Senate race, major US news networks projected. Republican Romney will likely defeat his Democratic rival Jenny Wilson in this year’s midterm elections, according to CNN's projection.

      US President Donald Trump has endorsed Romney as his favored candidate for the post of senator from Utah.

    • 06:14

      Republican McSally Leads in Arizona Senate Race With 38% of Votes Counted

      Republican candidate Martha McSally is taking the lead over her Democratic rival Kyrsten Sinema in the race for a Senate seat in the US state of Arizona with 38 percent of votes counted.

      McSally has so far secured 49.3 percent of votes, while Sinema has gained 48.5 percent, according to data provided by Fox News. McSally and Sinema are engaged in a neck-to-neck race for the Senate seat to replace Republican Senator Jeff Flake. The road for Republicans to keep – or Democrats to gain - control of the Senate could well run through Arizona.

    • 06:13

      Democrats Topple Two Republican Incumbents in Pennsylvania House Elections - Projection

      Two Democratic Party challengers have toppled Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives in races in the US state of Pennsylvania, US television news networks projected.

      Democrats Conor Lamb and Mary Gay Scanlon were both projected to run their election contests in the Keystone State, CNN and CBS projected.

      Lamb, a former US Marine and federal prosecutor, was leading incumbent Republican Keith Rothfus by a wide margin of 59.4 percent to 40.6 percent with just over two-thirds (67 percent) of the votes counted. Scanlon, a veteran civil rights lawyer with three children was sweeping to victory with 61.1 percent of the vote compared to 38.9 percent for Republican Pearl Kim with 48 percent of the votes counted.

    • 06:12

      Colorado Democrat Jared Polis to Become First Openly Gay US Governor - Reports

      Democratic five-term congressman Jared Polis will be the new governor of the western state of Colorado, ABC News Projected. Polis is reportedly the first openly gay man to win a gubernatorial race.

    • 06:07

      Republican Cramer Leading in Race Against Democrat Heitikamp in North Dakota - Exit Poll

      Republican Kevin Cramer is leading in the House race against Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the US state of North Dakota, with 11 percent of the vote recorded, exit polls showed on Tuesday. Cramer has gained 60 percent of the vote, while Heitkamp secured 40 percent, according to an ABC exit poll.

    • 05:55

      Cuomo to Win Governor Race in New York State - Projection

      Incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will remain in his seat for the third term, according to US news networks projections. CNN reported that Cuomo, who is running against Republican Marc Molinaro, is headed to keep his post.

      Cuomo has been a vocal critic of US President Donald Trump, including on his immigration and environmental policies.

    • 05:53

      Democrats in New York, Two Other States to Win Re-election - Exit Polls

      Democratic candidates from the US states of New York, New Mexico and Minnesota are projected to win their reelection bids, exit polls revealed.

      Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is projected to win in New York, Senator Martin Heinrich is projected to take New Mexico, and Senator Amy Klobuchar is projected to take Minnesota, according to CBS News. The Republicans, despite these wins, still reportedly appear well-positioned to maintain control of the Senate.

    • 05:45

      Democrats Flip 2 Seats in House, Republicans Gain 1 in Senate

      US Democrats scored two early victories in elections for the House of Representatives as Republicans won a key seat that could cement their control over the Senate, major news networks reported. The Republican Party is projected to lose two of 23 seats the Democrats need to win to take control of the US House of Representatives, exit polls revealed on Tuesday.

      Democrats will win the majority of the US House of Representatives, major US news networks projected. In particular, Fox News Channel said that Democrats will likely take more seats than Republicans in the lower chamber of Congress.

    • 05:41

      Tammy Baldwin Wins Re-Election to US Senate in Wisconsin Race - Projection

      Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin won her race for re-election in the US state of Wisconsin, defeating Republican challenger Leah Vukmir, major US news networks projected.

      “Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin re-elected,” NBC News said in a Twitter message on Tuesday night. With 2percent of the vote counted, Baldwin had staked out a commanding lead with 68.3 percent of the vote, compared to 31.7 percent for Vukmir.

      President Donald Trump came to Wisconsin to campaign on behalf of Vukmir, who trailed by wide margins in opinion polls throughout the campaign.

    • 05:33

      Democratic Senator Manchin Re-Elected in West Virginia, Beating Republican Morrisey

      Incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is projected to win re-election after defeating his Republican opponent Attorney Patrick Morrisey in the midterm vote. A number of major US news networks, including, FOX News projected that Manchin will defeat Morrisey in a tough fight in this year's midterm elections. Manchin has gained 50.9 percent of the vote, while Morrisey is trailing with 44.9 percent, according to a Politico exit poll.

    • 05:31

      New Jersey Senator Menendez Projected to Win Third Term - Exit Polls

      US Democratic Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey will win reelection for a third six-year term, exit polls revealed. Menendez won by capturing 49.8 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Bob Hugin, who won 47 percent with 26 percent of ballots counted, ABC news projected citing exit polls on Tuesday. Despite Menendez’s victory, the Republican Party still appears well-positioned to maintain control of the Senate.

    • 05:24

      O'Rourke Leading Cruz in Tight Texas Race for Senate Seat

      Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke is leading incumbent Republican Ted Cruz in a key US senate race in the state of Texas with a little more than half of the votes counted. O'Rourke is leading Cruz 50.1 percentage points to 49.3 percentage points with 53 percent of the votes counted, according to data provided by CNN on Tuesday.

    • 05:14

      Rick Scott Ahead in Florida Senate Race After 95% of Votes Counted – Exit Poll

      Republican Governor Rick Scott has pulled ahead of Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in the Senate race in the US state of Florida Senate with 95 percent of the votes counted. Scott has secured 50.4 percent of the vote, while Nelson has gained 49.6 percent, according to a CNN exit poll.

    • 05:13

      Democrats ‘Flip’ Two of 23 Seats Needed to Control US House

      The Republican Party is projected to lose two of 23 seats the Democrats need to win to take control of the US House of Representatives, exit polls have revealed with more than 300 races yet to be called.

      Democrat Jennifer Wexton has ousted Republican Representative Barbara Comstock in the US state of Virginia’s 10th congressional district, according to CBS News on Tuesday with 75 percent of votes counted.

      In Florida, Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, won an open House seat that had previously been held by a Republican.

      Republicans, who currently control both chambers of Congress, have a 240 - 195 majority in the House of Representatives, hence Democrats need to flip a net of 23 seats from Republican "red" to Democratic "blue" to reach the 218 threshold needed to seize control of Congress. Fifteen other Democrats were reported leading Republicans in some of those key seats with votes from Western US states yet to be counted.

      Pollsters had predicted that Republicans would likely maintain control over the Senate, therefore a Democratic House victory would divide Congress and likely hinder President Donald Trump from implementing his policy agenda over the next two years.

    • 05:10

      Republican Candidate Braun Projected to Oust Democrat in Indiana Senate Race - ABC News

      ABC News projects Mike Braun will oust incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly, significantly lowering the chances of Democrats taking control of the Senate.

    • 05:09

      Republican Hawley Leading Over Democrat Senator McCaskill in Missouri

      Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley is leading over Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in the race for a Senate seat in the US state of Missouri, early exit polls revealed. Hawley has secured 64 percent of the vote, while McCaskill got 34 percent, an ABC exit poll revealed on Tuesday.

      McCaskill was among the most vulnerable Democrats in a state that supported President Donald Trump by a 20-point margin in 2016. Republicans were counting on a win for Hawley in their efforts to retain control of the Senate.

    • 04:48

      Casey Projected to Win Pennsylvania Senate Race - Exit Polls

      Incumbent Senator Bob Casey is projected to win the Senate race in the US state of Pennsylvania, according to the exit polls. Casey will likely win re-election in Pennsylvania, according to CBS News. The race is considered non-competitive.

    • 04:47

      Dems Win US Senate Races in Massachusetts, Ohio, Delaware, Rhode Island - Reports

      Democratic party candidates are projected to win in Senate races in US states of Massachusetts, Ohio, Delaware and Rhode Island, CBS News reported. Senator Tom Carper is set to win Delaware, Senator Elizabeth Warren leads in Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse is projected to take Rhode Island, and Senator Sherrod Brown is set to take Ohio. All are incumbent senators, and the races were non-competitive.

    • 04:30

      Republican Blackburn Takes 30-Point Lead in US State of Tennessee Senate Race

      Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn leads by more than 30 points in the state of Tennessee’s senate race, early exit polls revealed. Blackburn has captured 66 percent of the vote versus Democratic rival Phil Bredesen who has about 32 percent of the vote with 21 percent of votes counted, according to CNN exit polls on Thursday.

    • 04:28

      O'Rourke Leading Incumbent Senator Cruz in US Senate Race in Texas

      Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke is leading incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz in a key US senate race in the state of Texas with 13 percent of votes counted. O'Rourke is leading with 58.5 percentage points while Cruz has gained 40.9 percentage points, according to CNN.

      Democrats bid to gain control of the Senate could depend on whether O’Rourke can unseat. The race is not only considered a tossup, the contest is among the most ideologically polarized, with Cruz appealing for last minute support in the state’s Trump-loving suburbs and O’Rourke seeking votes from liberal voters in big cities.

    • 04:09

      US Democrat Brown Takes Early Lead in Ohio Senate Race - Exit Polls

      Democrat Sherrod Brown has taken an early lead over Republican challenger Jim Renacci in the US senate race in the state of Ohio, early exit polls revealed. Brown has secured 58 percent of votes cast versus Renacci’s 40 percent with less than 20 percent of ballots accounted for, according to CNN exit polls on Tuesday.

    • 04:07

      Democrat Nelson Pulls Ahead of Republican Scott in Florida After 75% of Votes Counted

      Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson pulled ahead of Republican Governor Rick Scott in the Florida race for a US Senate seat with 75 percent of votes counted.Nelson has garnered 51,13 percent of votes with Scott trailing with 48,87 percent.

      The situation changed over the last hour. As the first results were coming in, Scott was leading over Nelson.

    • 04:02

      Polling Stations Close in 19 More US States

      Polling stations in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachussetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas have closed.

    • 03:58

      With 5.5 Million Votes Counted, Andrew Gillum Takes Lead in FL Race

      With 30 percent of precincts reporting their votes, for a total of 5.5 million, Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum has pulled ahead of Republican Ron DeSantis, with 50.3 percent of votes.

    • 03:53

      Three Ohio Democrats Win House Reelection

      Democratic incumbents Joyce Beatty, Marcy Kaptur, and Marcia L. Fudge all won their reelection campaigns, retaining their seats in the US House on behalf of Ohio.

    • 03:49

      Incumbent Dem Senator Tim Kaine Projected to Win VA Seat

      Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is expected, according to CBS, to win his reelection campaign against Republican challenger Corey Stewart. The projection is based on exit polls taken across the state. Kaine was also the vice presidential candidate on the Democratic presidential ticket in 2016, alongside Hillary Clinton for president.

    • 03:41

      Incumbent Brett Guthrie Keeps Kentucky House Seat

      Brett Guthrie, the Republican congressman representing Kentucky's Second district, defeated Democratic challenger Hank Linderman by gaining 66.6 percent of votes cast to retain his seat.

    • 03:36

      Republican Kemp Showing Huge Lead Over Abrams in Georgia Gov Race

      Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp, who is also the state's Secretary of State, is showing a huge early lead over Democrat Stacy Abrams. With only 23,000 votes counted, 72.8 percent of them have been for Kemp and only 28.5 percent for Abrams. 

    • 03:30

      North Carolina, West Virginia and Ohio Close Their Polls

      Voting ended at 7:30 local time in Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina Tuesday. All three were important battleground "swing" states in the 2016 US presidential election, signaling their voters could support either major party.

    • 03:23

      Ron DeSantis Showing Early Lead Over Andrew Gillum in Race for Florida Gov.

      As the first Florida ballot counts come in, Republican candidate Ron DeSantis is showing an early lead over Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum. With 1.1 million votes counted, DeSantis is showing 52.4 percent while Gillum is behind at 46.1 percent. The difference between them is about 60,000 votes.

    • 03:18

      Republican James Comer Retains Kentucky's First House District

      Republican incumbent James Comer retained his seat in the US House of Representatives, AP reported, taking 71.7 percent of votes with 5 percent counted. Democratic challenger Paul Walker received only 28.4 percent of votes.

    • 03:07

      Vermont Senator Sanders, Virginia Rep. Scott Retain Seats

      Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has won his re-election campaign and Virginia Representative Bobby Scott, who ran uncontested, retained his seat as well, in the House. In addition, Georgia Reps. John Lewis (D) and David Scott (R), who ran uncontested, retained their seats.

    • 03:00

      Polls Close in Seven US States

      Polling stations have closed in the remainder of Kentucky and Indiana as well as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

    • 02:46

      Incumbent Kentucky Republican Harold Rogers Retains House Seat

      AP has reported that, with 2 percent of votes counted, incumbent Kentucky congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers has won his reelection campaign to retain his seat in the US House of Representatives. Rogers represents Kentucky's fifth district. Rogers has received 80 percent of the 10,000 votes counted so far.

    • 02:40

      Preliminary Exit Polls Show Record High Nonwhite Voter Turnout in Georgia

      An ABC preliminary exit poll showed that turnout among nonwhite voters in Georgia was at a record high of 40 percent, of which the previous high was 36 percent in 2014. Twenty years earlier in 1994, it was only 18 percent, the network noted. The governor's race between Democrat Stacy Abrams, who would become the first Black female US governor in history, and Republican Brian Kemp, who is presently the state's Secretary of State, is one in which racial tensions have run high, including with multiple instances of alleged voter suppression and purging of large numbers of black voters from voter ranks.

    • 02:18

      Republicans Show Early Leads in KY, IN

      As the first precincts in Kentucky and Indiana report their ballot counts after the closing of polls, Republican candidates are showing strong results, with Republican Mike Brown leading Democrat Joe Donnelly for Indiana senator and Republican Andy Barr leading Democrat Amy McGrath to represent Kentucky's 6th District in the House of Representatives. Four of Kentucky's six House districts show Republican leads and three of Indiana's nine show Republican leads. Together they comprise all reported votes so far, but only a tiny fraction of either state's total votes.

    • 02:03

      First Polls Close in Kentucky, Indiana

      The first polls have closed in the US 2018 midterm elections as Indiana and Kentucky cease voting at 6 p.m. 

    • 01:49

      Poll Station Staffers Fail to Find Voting Machine at Detroit Precinct - Reports

      Voters at a precinct in Detroit, Michigan, were forced to wait an hour and a half if they showed up to cast their vote when polls opened at 7:00 a.m. (12:00 p.m. GMT), local media reported.

      Election workers were unable to open the voting site because they could not find the voting machine, WXYZ TV reported on Tuesday.

       

      An electronic billboard displays a vote hashtag at Times Square in New York, U.S., November 7, 2016

      Poll Station Staffers Fail to Find Voting Machine at Detroit Precinct - Reports

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Voters at a precinct in Detroit, Michigan, were forced to wait an hour and a half if they showed up to cast their vote when polls opened at 7:00 a.m. (12:00 p.m. GMT), local media reported.
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    • 01:36

      Midterms Day Turnout High in All Places Democrats Have to Win - Pollster

      Election Day turnout has been very high in all districts that Democrats need to win to recapture chambers of the US Congress, leading pollster John Zogby said on Tuesday.

      "There is a high turnout in all places the Democrats need to win," the pollster, who leads the John Zogby Strategies polling firm, told foreign reporters at a briefing in Washington, DC.

       

      The mascots of the Democratic and Republican parties, a donkey for the Democrats and an elephant for the GOP, are seen on a video screen at Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio March 8, 2016

      Midterms Day Turnout High in All Places Democrats Have to Win - Pollster

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Election Day turnout has been very high in all districts that Democrats need to win to recapture chambers of the US Congress, leading pollster John Zogby said on Tuesday.
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    • 01:32

      Exit Poll: 65 Percent of Voters Motivated by Trump, 55 Percent Oppose POTUS

      A CNN exit poll Tuesday found that 65 percent of voters were at the polls because of US President Donald Trump - who is not on the ballot - either to support or oppose his policies, and 55 percent of voters said they explicitly disapprove of them. However, Trump's approval rating of 44 percent is about where his predecessors, George W Bush and Barack Obama, polled during their first midterm elections. One third said Trump wasn't a factor in their turnout for the midterm elections, which feature local and state level candidates along with US congress members. In addition 56 percent of voters said they felt the country was moving in the wrong direction.

    • 00:50

      More Than Half of Hispanic Americans Do Not Vote in Midterms - Pew Research

      Fewer than half of Hispanics and Mexican Americans vote in US elections, Mark Hugo Lopez, Director Of Global Migration and Demography Research at Pew Research Center told Sputnik on Tuesday.

      "In reality more than half of Hispanics, more than half of Mexican Americans do not turn out to vote," Lopez said. Lopez pointed out, however, that there has been an increase in interest in this year's election compared to the 2014 midterm vote.

       

      An electronic billboard displays a vote hashtag at Times Square in New York, U.S., November 7, 2016

      More Than Half of Hispanic Americans Do Not Vote in Midterms - PewResearch

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Fewer than half of Hispanics and Mexican Americans vote in US elections, Mark Hugo Lopez, Director Of Global Migration and Demography Research at PewResearch Center told Sputnik on Tuesday.
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    • 00:12

      Alleged Voter Intimidation in Virginia Beach by Man With Barking Dog

      A man parked outside the 68th and Atlantic Avenue polling station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Tuesday with a German shepherd on the roof of his truck that "angrily" barked at voters as they approached the building to vote. A representative for the Republican Party of Virginia Beach said the man was a "known, excited Trump supporter" and dismissed allegations that he was intimidating voters away from voting. Election officials told WVEC the man wasn't breaking any laws as he was beyond the minimum distance campaigners are allowed to be.

    • 00:01

      Antioch, Tennessee, Precincts Clogged, Two-Hour Wait (VIDEO)

      With seven voting machines and one of them broken, record numbers are clogging the voting process in Antioch, Tennessee, southeast of Nashville, where voters reported a two-hour-long wait. The line in the video stretches the length of the school hallway and doubles back down the other side. 

    • 23:40

      Homeland Security: Voter 'Misinformation' Seen in Limited Social Media Activity

      An official from the US Department of Homeland Security told Reuters Tuesday that "misinformation" targeting voters had been seen in limited social media activity, but it had not yet been determined who was behind it. They said that law enforcement and social media companies are working together to respond to the misinformation.

    • 23:25

      Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Threatening Polling Center

      Christopher Queen, 65, was arrested just before 9 a.m. local time at South Franklin Fire Hall in Pennsylvania's Washington County after he threatened to shoot up a polling place, WXPI reported. He allegedly told workers he was promised a gun and money if he voted "straight party." After poll workers told him he wasn't registered to vote there, he threatened to come back shooting. Pennsylvania State Police is carrying out the investigation.

    • 23:12

      'Glitchy' Machines in South Carolina County Randomly Switch Votes - Reports

      Voters in the state of South Carolina's Richland County are being urged to review their final selections on glitchy touch-screen machines before submitting final ballots amid reports of votes being changed, a local television station reported on Tuesday.

      Voters said the final voting submission page failed to reflect their intended vote, saying their vote was "flipped" to a different candidate, News 19 television reported.

       

      Voters in Ohio cast their ballots electronically during the 2018 midterm elections

      'Glitchy' Machines in South Carolina County Randomly Switch Votes - Reports

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Voters in the state of South Carolina’s Richland County are being urged to review their final selections on glitchy touch-screen machines before submitting final ballots amid reports of votes being changed, a local television station reported on Tuesday.
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    • 23:04

      Chicago Wards May Extend Voting Hours

      Following reports unconfirmed by officials that precincts in Chicago's 19th Ward had received incorrect ballots Tuesday, Chicago Board of Elections spokesperson Jim Allen said he was going to court Tuesday to try to win a last-minute voting period extension in the necessary precincts.

    • 22:34

      DHS Chief: No Signs of Breaches in US Election Infrastructure

      "At this time, we have no indication of compromise to our nation's election infrastructure that would prevent voting, change vote counts or distrust the ability to tally votes," US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

    • 22:32

      Rhode Island Polls Opened Late Due to Hard Passwords

      Rhode Island's board of elections tweeted Tuesday that several polls opened late because the voting machines required entering complex passwords before they could be used. The tweet also said that some poll workers showed up late for work.

    • 22:27

      Humidity, Ballot Size Affecting North Carolina Voting Machines

      North Carolina's state board of elections said Tuesday that high humidity may be the cause of some paper ballots not feeding properly through tabulators in Wake County. However, it might also be due to the ballot's 17-inch length. At least 15 precincts have reported problems.

    • 22:16

      Texas Voting Location Runs Out of Paper Ballots After Machines Fail

      A voter told CNN that their Arlington, Texas, voting station didn't have enough paper ballots to compensate for the failure of its voting machines. "Once that info was shared, most of the people in line decided to leave," they said.

    • 22:04

      Voters Face Problems at Polling Locations in Fulton County, Georgia - Reports

      Heavy turnout in Fulton County, Georgia caused lengthy delays at certain polling locations during midterm election in the United States, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported on Tuesday.

      Fulton County Elections Director Rick Barron admitted that his staff sent the wrong number of voting machines to one precinct, causing extra long lines, US media reported.

       

      A voter fills in her ballot as she votes in the U.S. midterm elections at a polling place in Westminster, Colorado November 4, 2014

      Voters Face Problems at Polling Locations in Fulton County, Georgia - Reports

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Heavy turnout in Fulton County, Georgia caused lengthy delays at certain polling locations during midterm election in the United States, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported on Tuesday.
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    • 21:45

      Homeland Security Dept: Only 'Sparse' Reports of Tech Failures

      An official from the US Department of Homeland Security told Reuters that the agency had only received "sparse" reports of voting technology failures and that they appear to have had no significant impact on the ability of Americans to vote.

    • 21:42

      Voters Turned Away from Detroit Polling Location Due to Missing Voting Machines

      Voters at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Detroit, Michigan, were turned away this morning when polls were scheduled to open because the polling station had no voting machines, WXYZ reported. Workers reportedly lacked the keys to open the closet where the machines were located. It took about an hour and a half before the situation was sorted out and locals were able to cast their ballots.

    • 21:31

      North Dakota Polling Location Refusing Tribal Letter IDs - Reports

      There are reports that new ID cards printed by Native American tribal leaders in North Dakota to comply with a sudden change in voting registration rules are being refused at a polling location in Fort Yates, where the headquarters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are located.

    • 21:18

      Oops! US TV Channel Airs 'Results' of Florida Gubernatorial Race a Day Early

      The fake vote tally, attributed to an accidental "misfire," appeared on Chris Hayes' program on Monday evening, prompting Republican-leaning social media users to claim that the network was engaging in fake news.

      Hayes' Monday show featured a graphic reporting Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum winning the next day's election with 49.4 percent of the vote, defeating Republican opponent Ron DeSantis by a seemingly random 45,664 votes, or 48.8 percent.

       

      MSNBC screengrab showing governor's race 'results'.

      Oops! US TV Channel Airs 'Results' of Florida Gubernatorial Race a Day Early

      The fake vote tally, attributed to an accidental "misfire," appeared on Chris Hayes' program on Monday evening, prompting Republican-leaning social media users to claim that the network was engaging in fake news.
      Read more
    • 20:59

      Issues at 3 Polling Places in Arizona Resolved - Maricopa County Recorder

      The reported issues at three polling locations in the US state of Arizona, one of the key states in the US Senate race, have been resolved, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said in a message on Tuesday.

      A man leaves the Carefree Town Council building after voting at a polling station in the mid-term general elections in Carefree

      Issues at 3 Polling Places in Arizona Resolved - Maricopa County Recorder

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The reported issues at three polling locations in the US state of Arizona, one of the key states in the US Senate race, have been resolved, Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes said in a message on Tuesday.
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    • 20:50

      Border Patrol 'Crowd Control' Exercise Near El Paso Polling Place Postponed

      Widespread outrage by civil rights advocates and members of Congress led US Border Patrol to indefinitely postpone a planned "crowd control" exercise it was going to hold Tuesday in the Texas city of El Paso, which is adjacent to the US-Mexico border and the Mexican city of Juarez. Critics objected that the "mobile field force demonstration," which an agency news release said would happen "at the railroad crossing west of the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry," would take place within half a mile of a polling location on Election Day and have a chilling effect on voter participation in the city. El Paso's population is 57 percent of Hispanic origin.

    • 20:40

      FBI Monitors Midterm Elections for Terrorist, Hacker Threats - Justice Dept.

      FBI agents and lawyers at a command post in Washington, DC will analyze intelligence reports and coordinate responses to terrorists or hackers that attempt to disrupt the US midterm elections, a Department of Justice said.

      FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC

      FBI Monitors Midterm Elections for Terrorist, Hacker Threats - Justice Dept.

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - FBI agents and lawyers at a command post in Washington, DC will analyze intelligence reports and coordinate responses to terrorists or hackers that attempt to disrupt the US midterm elections, a Department of Justice said.
      Read more
    • 20:32

      Republican Candidate for Illinois: We Need Someone to Fight for Common Folk

      Voting centers have opened on November 6, 2018 in the US. Speaking to Sputnik, John Elleson, Republican candidate for Illinois' 9th Congressional District in the US House, stressed that he wants to fight for the everyday common folk and to really be a person to unify the people.

      A voting booth

      Republican Candidate for Illinois: We Need Someone to Fight for Common Folk

      Voting centers have opened on November 6, 2018 in the US. Speaking to Sputnik, John Elleson, Republican candidate for Illinois' 9th Congressional District in the US House, stressed that he wants to fight for the everyday common folk and to really be a person to unify the people.
      Read more
    • 20:24

      Early, Absentee Votes by 18 to 29-Year-Olds Skyrocket Compared to 2014

      Aggregate polling data shows a dramatic increase in absentee and early voting - methods typically done by mail - among 18 to 29-year-olds as compared to that age group in the 2014 midterm elections. Results are shown as a percentage of 2014 numbers, with some dramatic results, such as in North Dakota.

    • 19:52

      Democrats Fear Republican Congress More Than Conservatives Fear Rival Win - Poll

      Voters wait to cast their ballots at a fire station serving as a voting place for the midterm election in Detroit

      Democrats Fear Republican Congress More Than Conservatives Fear Rival Win - Poll

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A worry factor in US midterm elections over which party will gain control of Congress - especially the House of Representatives - appears to be greater among Democratic voters than their Republican counterparts, a new Gallup Organization poll revealed on Tuesday.
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    • 19:22

      Former FBI Director James Comey Tweets That He's Going to "Knock on Doors to Urge Everyone to Vote"

    • 19:15

      Humid Conditions Causing Ballot Problems in North Carolina - Elections Board

      A voting booth

      Humid Conditions Causing Ballot Problems in North Carolina - Elections Board

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - High humidity is causing problems with tabulating ballots in some precincts of Wake County, the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement said in a press release on Tuesday.
      Read more
    • 18:51

      'Donde Votar' ('Where to Vote" in Spanish) is the Most Popular Google Search Today - Report

      According to Google Trends, the phrase "Dónde votar" ("where to vote" in Spanish) became the top trending search on Google in the US today.

      As the Google Trends show, "where do I vote today?" is one of the most trending questions in Google.

    • 18:34

      "Voting Should Be Easy": Clinton on Election Protection

    • 18:30

      'Arizona is at Crossroads When it Comes to Getting Things Done'- Republican Sergio Arellano

    • 18:11

      Info on 62 Million US Voters Up for Sale on Darknet - Report

      Keyboard

      November Surprise: Info on 62 Million US Voters Up for Sale on Darknet - Report

      An Israeli cybersecurity firm made the discovery just days before Tuesday's vote, when millions of Americans go to the polls to elect House and Senate lawmakers, as well as a host of state and local representatives and officials.
      Read more
    • 18:08

      'You're F*cked': Ex-Hillary Clinton Aide Berates Trump as Midterms Heat Up

      U.S. President Donald Trump waves to supporters at a campaign rally on the eve of the U.S. mid-term elections at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S., November 5, 2018

      'You're F*cked': Ex-Hillary Clinton Aide Berates Trump as Midterms Heat Up

      Midterm elections in the US generally garner far less attention than the presidential ones, but this year, not surprisingly, the situation is different as there is a lot at stake for both parties. The Blue seek to regain control of Senate and House, while the Red are set to expand their narrow majority.
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    • 17:34

      Celebrities Go to Polling Stations

    • 16:42

      US Midterm Congressional Elections Choice Between Results, Resistance - Pence

      Vice President Mike Pence takes the stage

      US Midterm Congressional Elections Choice Between Results, Resistance - Pence

      WASHINGTON(Sputnik) - US Vice President Mike Pence said in an opinion piece on Tuesday that if voters in the United States want results instead of resistance, they must choose Republican congressional candidates in the midterm congressional elections.
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    • 16:32

      Midterm Mayhem: What Are the Most Crucial Contests to Keep an Eye Out For?

      Voters in Ohio cast their ballots electronically during the 2018 midterm elections

      Midterm Mayhem: What Are the Most Crucial Contests to Keep an Eye Out For?

      Voting is under way in the US midterm congressional elections, with the polls being seen by many as a test of President Donald Trump's popularity. Sputnik looks at some of the key contests which are taking place across the US.
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    • 16:23

      Beyond Congress: US Voters Also Choose State Governors and Legislators

    • 15:33

      Global Markets Turn Lower Ahead of US Midterm Elections

    • 15:10

      Around 250 Million Americans are Eligible to Vote

      The turnout in midterm elections is typically about 40 percent.

    • 14:54

      Huge Queues Reported at Polling Stations Across US

    • 14:25

      Results Midterm Elections Widely Viewed as a Referendum on US President’s Performance During His First Two Years in Office

      Some polls have indicated that the Democrats are likely to capture the House of Representatives. If so, such a development would divide the US legislative branch and likely hinder President Donald Trump's policy agenda for the next two years. However, some 30 or so House races are considered "tossups" and polls were dramatically wrong in 2016.

    • 14:17

      Polling Stations Across United States Will Stay Open for Voters for 12 to 13 Hours on Tuesday

    • 14:05

      Polling Stations Open in New Jersey and New York

      Most of the remaining states in the east and across the country will open polling stations at 7:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. local time.

    • 13:23

      First Polling Stations Opened at 05:00 in Vermont

    • 12:52

      No False Hopes Regarding Upcoming US Midterm Elections - Kremlin

      This photo taken on May 7, 2013 shows Russian and the US flags running up as the US Secretary of State arrives at Moscow Vnukovo Airport

      No False Hopes US Midterms Will Bring Prospects to Normalize Relations - Kremlin

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow believes that so far there are no prospects for normalizing the Russian-US relations and the US midterms will not help solve bilateral tensions, Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday.
      Read more
    • 12:42

      US Voters Weigh Trump's Controversial Immigration Message Ahead of Midterms

      Children watch their mother vote during the U.S. general election in Greenville, North Carolina, US on November 8, 2016.

      US Voters Weigh Trump's Controversial Immigration Message Ahead of Midterms

      HARRISBURG (PENNSYVLANIA) (Sputnik) - As Republicans and Democrats made their final campaign pushes in the last hours ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections, US President Donald Trump was drilling a familiar message.
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    • 12:38

      US Intel Community Sees No Election Infrastructure Compromised Ahead of Midterms

      An electronic billboard displays a vote hashtag at Times Square in New York, U.S., November 7, 2016

      US Intel Community Sees No Election Infrastructure Compromised Ahead of Midterms

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US intelligence community has affirmed that no election infrastructure has been compromised ahead of the 2018 midterm election, the heads of the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence said in a joint statement.
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    • 12:37

      Immigration, Healthcare & Jobs: The Issues Driving US Midterm Voter Turnout

      Election 2018 Midterm Sprint

      Immigration, Healthcare & Jobs: The Issues Driving US Midterm Voter Turnout

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Issues such as healthcare, the economy, immigration and foreign policy will be critical determining factors for US residents when casting their ballots in Tuesday’s midterm elections, voters told Sputnik.
      Read more
    • 12:36

      100+ Facebook, Instagram Accounts Blocked Ahead of US Midterm Vote

      The entrance sign to Facebook headquarters is seen in Menlo Park, California, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

      100+ Facebook, Instagram Accounts Blocked Ahead of US Midterm Vote - Statement

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over 100 Facebook and Instagram accounts were blocked on the eve of the US midterm elections amid concerns of possible foreign interference, Facebook said in a statement.
      Read more
    • 12:31

      The Top 10 Scandals of the 2018 US Midterm Elections

      United States Congress

      The Top 10 Scandals of the 2018 US Midterm Elections

      The past several months have been especially turbulent for US politics, with national senate and congressional candidates actively campaigning to win favor as Election Day looms. However, many campaigns, in both Republican and Democratic camps, appear to be rife with controversy.
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