Welcome to IJR Red’s election night live blog! Be sure to check back frequently for updates throughout the night.
UPDATE [11/7/18,10:45 a.m. ET]:
In the only red Senate seat to flip blue so far, Republican incumbent Dean Heller suffered a loss to Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen:
Democrat Jacky Rosen flipped a seat in Nevada's Senate race, defeating Republican Dean Heller. Rosen will be the state's second-ever female senator and wants:
? $15/minimum wage
? "Common-sense" gun safety laws
? College loan debt relief pic.twitter.com/tSB2qm7TtL
— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/7/18, 7:36 a.m. ET]:
In an unexpected upset, Florida Governor Rick Scott pulled off a win in his Senate race against incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, giving Republicans yet another victory in the Senate:
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) November 7, 2018
The heated battle for the next governor of Georgia continues on as Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams appears to be declining to concede to Republican Brian Kemp and implying a runoff election is ahead:
Stacey Abrams, Democratic Georgia governor nominee, says "votes remain to be counted" and vows to wait for them all. She implies a runoff with Republican Brian Kemp is likely, saying voters will get a "do-over." Follow @AP's full #Election2018 coverage. https://t.co/Sr35cVUbeQ
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 11:13 p.m. ET]:
It looks like Republicans scored another big win as GOP candidate Josh Hawley is projected to defeat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill to flip her Missouri Senate seat red:
The Fox News Decision Desk can now project that Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley will oust two-term Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in one of the most closely watched races in the country. pic.twitter.com/TaWK5PE3xM
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:58 p.m. ET]:
In one of the more heated gubernatorial races of the season, Republican Ron DeSantis appears to have pulled off a win against Democrat Andrew Gillum, who reportedly conceded the race. DeSantis will replace Governor Rick Scott as he battles incumbent Bill Nelson for his Florida Senate seat:
Breaking: Andrew Gillum has conceded in the race for Governor. Ron DeSantis will be the next Governor of Florida.
— Stewart Moore (@Stewartmoore) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:30 p.m. ET]:
Republicans are projected to stay in power in the Senate as they hold onto another two Senate seats and pick up another:
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 7, 2018
Deb Fischer (R) will continue serving the people of Nebraska, while John Barrasso (R) will keep his Senate seat in Wyoming:
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) November 7, 2018
BREAKING: John Barrasso (R) wins re-election in Wyoming Senate race – CBS projection
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 7, 2018
In a crucial win, Republican Kevin Cramer ousted North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who came under fire from many of her constituents after voting against Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination:
Thank you North Dakota. Representing you in the United States Senate will be the honor of a lifetime. pic.twitter.com/r6Xi9qCQMS
— Kevin Cramer (@kevincramer) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:15 p.m. ET]:
In one of the most highly anticipated Senate races of the 2018 midterms, Senator Ted Cruz fended off Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke and is projected to win re-election and to continue serving the people of Texas for another six years:
BREAKING: Republican incumbent Ted Cruz will win Texas' U.S. Senate race, defeating Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, @ABC projects based on vote analysis. https://t.co/QF15MHa8Bu #ElectionNight pic.twitter.com/A32oVdpb5S
— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018
While the GOP kept yet another Senate seat with the win of Senator Roger Wicker (R) in Mississippi over his Democratic challenger, the special election for the former Republican Senator Thad Cochran will proceed to a runoff election in three weeks after no candidates secured a majority of votes.
BREAKING: @NBCNews projects Roger Wicker (R) wins Mississippi Senate.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 7, 2018
Frontrunner and senator currently filling the seat Cindy Hyde-Smith’s campaign responded to the news saying, “This is the result we expected and we will work extremely hard the next three weeks to encourage people to vote for Sen. Hyde-Smith”:
Reaction to news of the runoff from @cindyhydesmith’s campaign: “This is the result we expected and we will work extremely hard the next three weeks to encourage people to vote for Sen. Hyde-Smith.” Espy and Hyde Smith will face off again on Nov. 27.
— Emilie Ikeda (@emilie_ikeda) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 10:05 p.m. ET]:
He and Trump may have a bumpy past, but Republicans will be pleased to know former presidential nominee Mitt Romney has defeated Democrat Jenny Wilson to fill outgoing Senator Orrin Hatch’s (R) vacant Utah Senate seat:
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney elected to Senate in Utah, defeating Democrat Jenny Wilson.
— Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 9:55 p.m. ET]:
Although a Trump critic, Carlos Curbelo’s (R) defeat in a key House race against Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for Florida’s 16th District comes as a blow to Republicans as they attempt to keep a grasp on the chamber.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 9:20 p.m. ET]:
Taylor Swift may have “Bad Blood” with Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, but Tennessee voters sure don’t! She landed a victory against Democrat Phil Bredesen and will fill Senator Bob Corker’s (R) vacant seat despite the pop star’s surprise endorsement:
BREAKING: Marsha Blackburn (R) wins Tennessee Senate race. Republicans hold onto a seat that Democrats were hoping to flip. #ElectionNight #Midterms2018 https://t.co/moYOfg9CCw pic.twitter.com/9vy09JM7dI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 9:08 p.m. ET]:
In a tight race for Kentucky’s 14th district, Republican incumbent Rep. Andy Barr managed to edge out Democratic challenger Amy McGrath:
BREAKING: Republican Andy Barr wins re-election to U.S. House in Kentucky's 6th congressional district. #APracecall at 8:43 p.m. EST. @AP election coverage: https://t.co/miEWlbTVZW #Election2018 #KYelection
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 8:52 p.m. ET]:
Republicans managed to flip a major Senate seat in Indiana, as ABC News projects Mike Braun as the winner over Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly:
— ABC News (@ABC) November 7, 2018
Donnelly was recently called out on Twitter by President Donald Trump for reportedly bought Facebook ads in support of the state’s Libertarian candidate for Senate Lucy Brenton.
UPDATE [11/6/18, 8:35 p.m. ET]:
Veteran and incumbent Republican Rep. Brian Mast is projected to hold onto his House seat following a challenge from Democrat Lauren Baer in Florida’s 18th district:
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 8:25 p.m. ET]:
In one of the most-watched gubernatorial races of the season, Fox News projects Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker to defeat incumbent Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R):
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 7, 2018
UPDATE [11/6/18, 7:55 p.m. ET]:
The first inklings of a potential blue wave made a few drops when several news outlets projected that the Democrats successfully flipped their first district, Virginia’s 10th District, as Democratic challenger Jennifer Wexton is expected to oust Republican incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock:
NBC News projects Democrats pick up VA-10, Comstock loses to Wexton
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) November 7, 2018
Many Americans are still casting their ballots as the first polls begin closing at 6 p.m. ET, but soon, the 2018 midterm election results will start pouring in — and IJR’s Red election night live blog is your go-to source for updates on how Republicans are doing in tonight’s key races.
The House, however, may prove more challenging for the GOP, as they need to stop Democrats from flipping 24 seats in order to stay in power. With 435 seats up for grabs, Republicans are on the defensive, while Democrats are gaining steam in the polls amid blue wave predictions.
But if there’s one thing we learned from 2016, it’s not to trust the polls, so stay tuned!
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