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UPDATE 10:47p ET: Russ Feingold, Liberal Lion of the Senate, Unseated By Republican Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.
MSNBC has declared the Wisconsin senate race for Republican Ron Johnson.
They have also declared Indian-American Nikki Haley (R) the winner of the gubernatorial race in South Carolina, after a campaign marked by racist attacks.
UPDATE 10:00p ET: Tim Scott first Black Republican elected to Congress since Reconstruction
UPDATE 9:35p ET: Republicans to overtake house with a gain of 60 seats
Although relatively few tossup races have been called in the House, Republicans hold leads in most of them, and our model now expects them to somewhat overperform its expectations going into the evening. Read more here
UPDATE 9:15p ET: Tea Partiers allegedly harass Black students at polling stations
Tea party activists in South Carolina are allegedly intimidating black college students and other black voters at the polls, according to the South Carolina Democratic Party. Early this morning, self-identified tea party activists showed up at a polling station near Benedict College in Columbia, “basically harassing students—telling people not to vote and generally making voters feel uncomfortable,” says Keiana Page, press secretary for the state Democratic Party, who said that the party’s legal team is currently investigating the reported incident at the historically black college. Read more here…
UPDATE 9:00p ET: Christine O’ Donnell Goes Down While Rubio Wins Florida Defeating Meek, Crist
Democrat Chris Coons easily won Delaware’s Senate race Tuesday over Republican Christine O’Donnell, a tea party favorite who struggled to shake old cable-show footage in which she spoke out against masturbation and talked about dabbling in witchcraft as a teenager. Read more here…
UPDATE 8:25p ET: Cuomo defeats Paladino for NY Governor race; Connecticut sends Blumenthal to Senate
As Republicans move for control of the House, they’ve captured the seat that was held for 14 terms by Rick Boucher in Virginia. They’ve also taken Democratic seats in Indiana and Florida. Read more here…
UPDATE 8:00p ET: First openly gay mayor elected in Kentucky
Lexington voters turned out incumbent mayor Jim Newberry on Tuesday, opting for a fresh start with millionaire Jim Gray.
Gray, 57, a construction company executive who has been Lexington’s vice mayor for four years, defeated Newberry, a 54-year-old attorney, by a solid 6-point margin. Read more here…
UPDATE 7:37p ET: Democrats cruise to wins in SC, Vermont; Lose battles in Indiana, Ohio
UPDATE 7:08p ET: Rand Paul wins Kentucky Senate seat
One early result bore that out: Republican candidate Rand Paul has won the Kentucky Senate race, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Jack Conway to take the seat left vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jim Bunning. Read more here…
UPDATE 6:30p ET: Democrats admit House loss looks likely
While Democrats continued to offer upbeat assessments of their party’s chances Tuesday, multiple senior Democratic sources said privately that they expected to lose their House majority just four years after taking control of the chamber. Read more here…
UPDATE 6:00p ET: Electronic voting machine problems raise concerns
Early monitoring of voting around the country is raising concerns about electronic
voting machines in key battleground states — especially in Pennsylvania, where machines are registering Democratic votes instead of Republican, and vice versa. Read more here…
UPDATE 5:20p ET: Exit polls show voters unhappy with both parties, economy
With voting in the East beginning to wind down, exit polling is showing that two of every five people who cast a ballot Tuesday said they were financially worse off today than two years ago. Read more here
UPDATE 4:45p ET: Early reports of high turnout in urban areas
WASHINGTON — Early anecdotal reports of turnout at polling places indicates higher than expected activity in urban areas, which could bode well for Democrats and undercut the narrative about an enthusiasm gap among progressives. Read more here…
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