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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Midterm election 2018 live updates: Trump says ‘success’ despite Democrats projected to take House  —  President Donald Trump is claiming “tremendous success” on Twitter — even as his party loses control of the House to Democrats according to ABC News projections.  —  Democrats will pick up at least 23 seats.
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
Ted Cruz wins reelection over Beto O'Rourke  —  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz locked in a second term Tuesday by defeating Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, seeing off Democrats' most aggressive attempt in decades to win a statewide office in Texas.  —  Cruz had 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent …
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump tells confidants Ryan is to blame for Republican election setbacks  —  Hours before polls closed on Tuesday, President Trump already was blaming retiring Speaker Paul D. Ryan for not doing enough to support his agenda and keep the House in Republican hands.
Richard Cowan / Reuters:   Pelosi urges bipartisanship as Democrats win U.S. House
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Mike Braun elected to US Senate: Republican wins Indiana race over centrist Democrat  —  Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly fell short in his reelection bid in the Midwest's reddest state.  —  Republican state lawmaker Mike Braun will be the next senator from Indiana after defeating Democratic …
Discussion: ABC News, Mother Jones and Axios
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James Arkin / Politico:
Marsha Blackburn beats Phil Bredesen to retain Tennessee seat for GOP
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Beast
ABC News:
Republican Mike Braun defeats incumbent Democrat in Indiana Senate race
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
ABC News:
Republicans will retain control of the Senate, ABC News projects
Discussion: Townhall
Axios:
Republicans secure Senate after flipping North Dakota
Discussion: The Daily Beast
EndPlay / WSB-TV:
All eyes on Georgia: Showdown for governor could come down to the wire  —  ATLANTA - Georgia voters are turning out today to decide a number of key races on the ballot, including the heated showdown for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams, Republican Brian Kemp and Libertarian Ted Metz.
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Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Georgia GOP candidate Brian Kemp was foiled by his own state's voter ID law when he tried to vote  —  Georgia Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp had problems with his voter ID when he went to cast his ballot on Election Day.  —  “It turns out his voting card was invalid …
NBC News:
Live blog: Midterm election 2018 results, news and analysis  —  Watch Live: NBC News coverage of the 2018 midterm elections  —  Tuesday's pivotal midterm elections will determine control of Congress — and while President Donald Trump's name doesn't appear on the ballot, his presidency and his policies are on the line.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Election 2018 exit poll analysis: 56 percent say country on ‘wrong track’  —  Donald Trump and control of Congress are front and center in this election, and preliminary results from the national exit poll touch on both of them:  —  In results so far, 44 percent of voters approve of Trump's job performance …
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CNN:
Exit polls: This election is about Donald Trump  —  (CNN)More voted opposing Trump than supporting him  —  More than 40% of voters in the 2018 election approve of the job Trump is doing as President, according to the preliminary results from CNN's national exit poll.
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Election Day 2018 LIVE UPDATES: Exit polls show Trump is on voters' minds
Discussion: The Daily Caller, HuffPost and Vox
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘It disturbs me to my core’: Fox News staffers express outrage over Hannity's rally appearance  —  New York (CNN)Fox News journalists were outraged and disgusted after Sean Hannity, the network's star host, campaigned with President Donald Trump on Monday night ahead of the midterm elections …
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Schiff: Democratic House will tackle the oversight that GOP ‘abdicated’  —  California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff vowed Tuesday to ensure that the House Intelligence Committee reclaims its duty to conduct oversight of the Trump administration — a job he said the GOP “completely abdicated.”
Discussion: Breitbart
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
House Dems Already Have Their List of Trump Scandals to Investigate. Here It Is.
Discussion: Townhall
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:   Trump will awaken to unfriendly House, and Dems poised to investigate
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Steve King bars ‘leftist propaganda’ outlet Des Moines Register from election night event  —  Rep. Steve King nearly halted his visit to an Iowa candidate forum after a man asked about similarities between King and the alleged synagogue shooter  —  U.S. Rep. Steve King has barred …
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Adam Rubenstein / Weekly Standard:
Did Steve King Just Refer to Immigrants as ‘Dirt’?
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Houston Chronicle:
Poll worker directs racist language at a north Houston voter  —  A poll worker has been relieved of her duties and faces a criminal assault charge after she bumped into a voter and yelled racist remarks at her after some confusion over her voter registration.
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CNN:
Election Night in the US … Need cash?  How to access your home's equity  —  Your best refinance rates for November 2018  —  Experts urge FHA borrowers to refinance  —  VA Mortgage with No Down Payment.  Do you qualify?  —  Voting day guide: Polling hours, where to vote and more
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Washington Post:
Trump readies for 2020 campaign with no plans to change his approach
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Will Wright / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kim Davis, clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, loses to Democrat  —  MOREHEAD  —  Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk made famous by her refusal to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, lost Tuesday in her reelection bid for the Rowan County clerkship.
WXYZ-TV:
Rep. Mike Bishop concedes race to Democrat Elissa Slotkin in MI's 8th Congressional district  —  (WXYZ) - Republican incumbent Mike Bishop has conceded the race for Michigan's 8th Congressional District to Democrat Elissa Slotkin.  —  Slotkin, from Holly, previously worked in both the George W. Bush …
Justin Wingerter / Daily Oklahoman:
Kendra Horn upsets Steve Russell in an Oklahoma City stunner  —  For a complete list of all the statewide results, visit our ELECTION RESULTS page.  —  In a political upset for the history books, Kendra Horn has broken a 44-year Republican hold on Oklahoma's 5th congressional district …
Washington Post:
Ryan Zinke's house guest impersonated the secretary Monday night.  Then he called Park Police on the neighbors.  —  Neighbor: 'Dude, you're not Zinke.  Who are you?'  —  Living next to Cabinet officials can be tough on Washingtonians.  But the events that unfolded Monday night in front …
Discussion: Political Wire
German Lopez / Vox:
Jared Polis becomes first openly gay person elected governor in America  —  The Democrat ran on a progressive platform, contrasting himself from his Republican opponent.  —  Jared Polis has won the Colorado governor's race, becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor in America.
New York Times:
Live Forecast: Who Will Win the House?  —  We expect we will begin around 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Eastern time, after votes have been counted in some early-reporting races.
Discussion: Vox, Mashable, The Week and Political Wire
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Democrat Tony Evers elected Wisconsin governor, denying Republican Scott Walker a third term  —  Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, left, and his Democratic challenger Tony Evers.  —  Democrat Tony Evers ousted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, denying the polarizing Republican …
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
‘Just like Hillary’: Senate candidate Josh Hawley casts Claire McCaskill as out-of-touch liberal  —  ST. LOUIS — In the final hours of campaigning before polls open Tuesday morning, U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley sought to cast his opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill, as an out-of-touch coastal liberal elite …
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Democrat Laura Kelly wins in Kansas, defeating Kris Kobach  —  The legacy of former Gov. Sam Brownback proved too toxic for Kobach to overcome.  —  One of the reddest states in the country just elected a Democrat in its governor race, rejecting a hardline anti-immigration activist whose rhetoric echoed …
German Lopez / Vox:
Florida votes to restore ex-felon voting rights with Amendment 4  —  The victory means more than 1 million people will regain the right to vote.  —  Florida voters during Tuesday's midterm elections approved Amendment 4, automatically restoring voting rights in the state for people previously convicted of felonies.
NPR:
Discussion: The Week
Kansas City Star:
Sharice Davids makes history: Kansas' 1st gay rep, 1st Native American woman in Congress  —  Kansas voters made history Tuesday night when they selected Sharice Davids to be their next congresswoman.  —  Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, will be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress …
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
Florida governor's election live results: Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis  —  Florida voters will choose a new governor tonight.  Vox has live results.  —  Democrat Andrew Gillum has turned the Florida governor's race into one of the most hotly anticipated contests of 2018, as he runs against Republican Ron DeSantis.
 
 
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
With governor's race deadlocked, Milwaukee County has more than 45,000 uncounted absentee ballots
Discussion: Vox
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook ties newly suspended accounts to the Kremlin: A ‘timely reminder’ of election meddling threat
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Republican Dan Crenshaw, target of ‘SNL’ joke, wins Texas House seat
Discussion: The Daily Signal and twitchy.com
German Lopez / Vox:
Missouri votes to legalize medical marijuana
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Michigan Just Became The 10th State To Legalize Weed In The US
Discussion: Axios
Alexandra DeSanctis / National Review:
Kevin Cramer Unseats Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed News:
Beto O'Rourke May Be The Man Of The Hour In Texas, But Women Built His Campaign
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Amy Harder / Axios:
Carlos Curbelo, Republican leader on climate, loses tight Florida race
Discussion: Breitbart
ABC News:
Andy Barr expected to defeat Amy McGrath for Kentucky House seat
Discussion: Breitbart
Elizabeth Campbell / Bloomberg:
Billionaire Democrat Pritzker Wins Illinois Governor Race
Discussion: RedState
Pacific Daily News:
Leon Guerrero wins, takes more than 50 percent of vote
Discussion: Washington Post
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
A Best-Selling Conservative Author Spread A False Claim About “Illegals” Being Paid To Vote For Beto
S.E. Cupp / Vanity Fair:
The Conservative Coma
Discussion: Mediaite