teleSUR English will be providing the latest updates on the U.S. Midterm Elections.
All updates are in local times (Eastern Standard Time).
Update 1:25 a.m.
The Democratic victory opens-up a plethora of opportunities for an investigation into President Trump's dealings with Russia, North Korea, and the recent controversy in Saudi Arabia, according to Reuters.
Update 11:10 p.m.
According to AFP, CNN, & TeleSUR the Democrats take the House, while Republicans take the Senate.
Update 10:51 p.m.
Democrats are leading in gubernatorial elections and are staying strong in the House of Representatives. Illinois's Betsy Londrigan wins another seat in the House leaving just six more to gain the majority.
Update 10:41 p.m.
Polls are about to close in five more states.
Update 10:39 p.m.
With the senatorial win of Texan nominee, Ted Cruz, Republicans will keep control of the Senate.
In the House, numbers continue to climb for the Democrats with 137. Republicans are now in the lead with 138.
CNN is predicting an easy win for New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's general election race. The daughter of Puerto Rican parents will be the youngest women ever elected in Congress at 29 years old. With 82% of the vote counted she holds a massive lead of 79.3% over her closest competitor, Republican Anthony Pappas with 12.8%
Update 10:19 p.m.
The race for House remains tight and too early to call, however, Democrats maintain the majority seats with 121 wins against 120 Republicans. Democratic nominees have only 11 more seats to go to take the house.
In the Senate, however, Republicans are still ahead with 45 representatives versus the 38 elected Democrats. Republicans need only two more seats to take the Senate.
Update 10:13 p.m.
Pennsylvanian congressional nominee Mary Gay Scanlon wins a House seat with a strong 63.5 percent over her Republican counterpart, Pearl Kim.
Update 10:05 p.m.
Julia Salazar wins Senate in the state of New York.
Update: 10:04 p.m.
Another Democratic pick-up as Kansas nominee, Sharice Davids) triumphs over the incumbent Kevin Yoder (R).
Update 10:03 p.m.
Colorado sees a historic first with the election of Democrat Jared Polis, the first openly gay man elected governor.
Update 9:34 p.m.
Jason Crow flips a House seat in Colorado.
Update 9:28 p.m.
In the House, Democrats are at 73 representatives against the Republican's 78. While in Senate, 36 Democrats are fighting for seats against the 43 Republicans.
Update 9:25 p.m.
Muslim Palestinian-American candidate has been elected to Congress after Michigan's Rashida Tlaib won due to her progressive platform.
Making history with Tlaib, is Minnesota's Ilhan Omar who took the state's Fifth District.
Update 9:18 p.m.
Over 1 million ex-felons in Florida have won the right to vote after the voters approved Amendment 4.
Update 9:16 p.m.
Senator Joe Manchin was re-elected in West Virginia against his Republican rival, Patrick Morrisey.
Update 9:12 p.m.
In Kentucky, Kim Davis lost a re-election bid. The county clerk was in the spotlight after denying a marriage license to same-sex couples.
Update 9:10 p.m.
In the House, Republicans are making way, with 68 seats, while in the House, there are 62 Democrats so far. According to reports, there are 36 Democrats and 42 Republicans in the Senate.
Update 9:04 p.m.
Media sources report in Indiana, project Mike Braun (R) as the winner, while in New Mexico, the Martin Heinrich is expected to bring home a win for the Democrats.
Update 8:56 p.m.
Ayanna Pressley is confirmed as Massachusettes U.S. House of Representative after winning in the state's 7th District. She becomes the first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
Update 8:43 p.m.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has won New York's 14th District. With 98 percent reporting, the Puerto Rican candidate won 57.5 percent of the vote.
Update 8:40 p.m.
The race for House remains close, with 45 Democrats and 46 Republicans as results continue to stream in. So far, polls in 16 states have closed, while 14 others are soon follow. North Dakota, Missouri have begun counting ballots, both reporting a strong Republican lead.
Update 8:30 p.m.
In Georgia, voting times have been extended due to a triumphant lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in districts near Spelman and Morehouse historically Black colleges.
Update 8:25 p.m.
Results are starting to come in for a few of the northern and eastern states. Democrats are winning in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine. Also votes are showing a strong Democratic lead in Massachusettes, Deleware, West Virginia, and Virginia.
Polls are beginning to close in Texas.
Update 8:07 p.m.
Democratic Sherrod Brown wins reelection in Ohio for a third term in Senate. While in Florida, Donna Shalala's win contributed to another flip for the Democratic party in the House.
Update 8:05 p.m.
Polls are closing around the nation in Alabama, Connecticut, Illinios, Maine, Maryland, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee.
Update 7:52 p.m.
Democrats continue to hold a slight lead in the House with 26 seats, compared to Republican with 25. however in the Senate, they still seem to be lagging behind with 26, while Republican counterparts maintain 42.
Update 7: 50 p.m.
News sources confirm Virginia's 10 district flipped a House seat in favor of the Democratic party.
Update 7:40 p.m.
The Democrats are pulling ahead in the House, leading or elected in 16 seats vs 15.
Update 7:38 p.m.
The Houses are at a tie with 14 on each side.
Update 7:32 p.m.
Polls are closing in around the country in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Souther Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia, and Georgia, according to the New York Times.
Update 7:30 p.m.
In Florida, Amendment 4 which supports re-infranchising felon rights won voter approval with over the required 60 percent.
Update: 7:25 p.m.
As results begin to come in from Indiana, Virginia, Vermont, and Florida, Republicans are in the lead with 42 votes, while Democrats are farther behind with 25 representatives.
Update 7:17 p.m.
Virginia's Democratic candidate is the projected winner for these midterm elections.
Update 7:07 p.m.
Former Democratic Presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders wins vote in Vermont as senator.
Update 6:55 p.m.
In the beginning flow of results, Kentucky and Indiana show a strong lead for Republicans.
Update 6:40 p.m.
Voter suppression is alive and well in the United States.
Update 6:20 p.m.
Vote participation has increased during this year's elections compared to 2014 with almost 20 percent of Democrats arriving at polling stations, 2.8 percent of registered Republicans, and 10.5 percent of U.S. non-partisan citizens.
Update 6:15 p.m.
The first voter results are streaming in from Indiana.
Update 6:04 p.m.
The first polling stations are closing in Indiana and Kentucky and ballots are being counted. Although due to the change in time zones, some areas are still actively receiving voters.
Update 6:00 p.m.
Across the United States, Native Americans are facing innumerable difficulties at the polls. Hundreds on Twitter are denouncing the dramatic lack of ballots and denials of Tribal paper I.D.s at voting stations.
Update 5:30 p.m.
With the U.S. House of Representative position in her pocket, the ever-gracious, uncontested Massachusettes candidate, Ayanna Pressley, offers support to her progressive counterparts across the country.
Update 5: 20 p.m.
In Kansas, Sharice Davids, a Democrat from Ho-Chunk Nation, and her team wait anxiously in the last few hours before polling stations come to a close.
Update 5:15 p.m.
Supporters of Georgian Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams, tirelessly continue to go door-to-door to encourage citizens to vote. The author of the novel, "Minority Leader," the African American lawyer and politician stands a good chance of being the country's first female black governor.
Update 4: 44 p.m.
Minnesota's Native American candidate for lieutenant governor, Peggy Flanagan (Democrat), brought her young daughter to cast her ballot. She's running against Donna Bergstrom (Republican), also a member of the Ojibwe community.
Update 4:29 p.m.
U.S. musicians came together Monday night to encourage their fans to visit their local polling stations and vote.
Update 4:00 p.m.
Somali-American legislator, Ilhan Omar cheered her young supporters en route to the polls. Omar launched her political platform in Minnesota as a Democratic Socialist with a progressive approach to affordable higher education alternatives and Medicare.
Florida's polls close at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, said Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillium, whose progressive stance on marijuana legalization, felon disenfranchisement, and education have won him considerable support.
Update 2:54 p.m.
One candidate to look out for: Deb Haaland.
Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, is New Mexico's Democratic Congressional candidate for Congress. Is she wins, she could be the first Native American woman to hold a seat in Congress.
"I know what it's like to be on food stamps. My daughter and I both are paying off our student loans. So, I just felt like I know what it's like and we need more people who know what it's like to struggle,” she told NPR.
There are 7 hours until the polls close, New Mexico. If you need a ride to the polls ABQ Rides, Sun Van, and Lyft are offering free rides to the polls. To find your nearest polling location go to: https://t.co/7cSVhHfQLs #NativeVote18 #BeFierce #GoVote pic.twitter.com/h5AiQWfqiR— Deb Haaland (@Deb4CongressNM) November 6, 2018
Update 2:40 p.m.
For weeks, Native American officials and voter rights advocates in North Dakota have been battling against a voting law that has created barriers for Indigenous peoples. Today, Standing Rock casts their ballots.
If this bus doesn’t motivate you to vote, I don’t know what will. With NoDak Native voting rights challenged, Standing Rock once again is showing true resistance. I have a piece dropping tomorrow, and yes, there will be a colonized and Indigenous version. Stay tuned #NativeVote18 pic.twitter.com/WQWCjk3VX0— Jenni Monet (@jennimonet) November 3, 2018
Update 2:23 p.m.
The build-up of these elections has been widely seen as a pushback to Trump's far-right rhetoric that has stirred up white nationalists, and controversial policies that have harmed immigrants, for starters.
Update 2:05 p.m.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and a 29-year-old native of the Bronx, has shown it is possible to win by holding true to values that speak to disenfranchised and disillusioned classes without having a million bucks.
.@Ocasio2018 casts her ballot, if she wins it will send shock waves through the Republican and Democratic establishment, the first member of @DemSocialists to reach such a senior position #ElectionDay Live updates: https://t.co/GBhE26xIjs pic.twitter.com/9Chg5gPTHg— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 6, 2018
Update 12:57 p.m.
Survivors of the Parkland shooting, which occurred Feb. 14, have been advocating for young people to get out and vote as part of March for Our Lives.
"We cannot allow the normalization of gun violence to continue. We must create a safe and compassionate nation for our youth to grow up in," the movement's website states.
"It is vital to remember that our youth and communities of color are disproportionately affected by this violence, and we must focus more on preventing trauma than comparing it. Bullets do not discriminate and our response to violence cannot either."
Update 12:41 p.m.
Some states require employers to accommodate their workers so that they can vote on Election Day.
Don't see your state on the list? You might still be able to take time off work to go vote. As Workplace Fairness outlines, the laws are not so cut and dry.
Update 12:20 p.m.
Sharice Davids, looking to win a seat in the House of Representative, is an intersectional candidate due to her Native American heritage and sexuality.
Update 12:15 p.m.
Julia Salazar is a leading member of the DSA and is running in an uncontested election for the New York State Senate.
Thunder and rain can’t stop us from getting out to vote today!— Julia Salazar (@JuliaCarmel__) November 6, 2018
Make sure you have a plan to get to your poll site before 9:00PM tonight.
If you’re not sure where your NYC poll site is, check here:
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Update 12:05 p.m.
If you’re a resident of one of these 15 states or the District of Columbia, you can register for same-day voting on Election Day.
Key #ElectionDay info:— Kyle Lierman (@Kyle_Lierman) November 6, 2018
- Questions or problems voting? Call 866-Our-Vote
- Find your polling place by Texting “Where” to 97779
- Find our what/who is on your ballot at https://t.co/KJYF1VbnRg.
- And this map shows all the states where you can still register to vote today. pic.twitter.com/fFkJ0ZRBCW
Ilhan Omar could become the first Muslim woman and first Somali-American in Congress.
Leftist candidate Ilhan Omar arrives to vote, she represents the progressive turn within the Democratic Party away from the current centrist leadership #ElectionDay Live updates: https://t.co/GBhE26xIjs pic.twitter.com/luntSaKuFf— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 6, 2018
Update: 11:30 a.m.
In NYC, people are turning away from polling stations due to hours-long waits and broken machines.
Election day is not considered a holiday in the U.S. so people often have to squeeze in time around work and job obligations to cast their ballots.
Candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urges voting reform.
Because scanners are down, voters are asked to use the Emergency Ballot Box (their votes will be scanned later).— Jennifer Hsu (@jennhsu) November 6, 2018
“After waiting an hour and a half, I have no idea if my vote will count.” @WNYC #electionday pic.twitter.com/WNGJm43rwV
New York is a state *without* early voting, mail-in ballots, or no-excuse absentee.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 6, 2018
You can only cast a ballot from 6am-9pm. Election Day isn’t a holiday.
When pollsites break down, it has enormous consequences for election turnout.
Enough. We need voting reform in New York. https://t.co/TzvbAroXJX
Update 10:50 a.m.
Palestinian-American Congressional candidate, Rashida Tlaib cast her vote in Michigan. Tlaib has been endorsed by Clean Water Action, an environmental advocacy group.
Flint, Michigan, has been without clean drinking water for 1660 days. Residents are still lining up for bottled water, which since April is no longer supplied by the government.
Progressive Palestinian-American candidate @RashidaTlaib just voted in Michigan. She caused controversy when she declared that she would not supoport military aid to Israel #ElectionDay Live updates: https://t.co/OklmkLoh5d pic.twitter.com/MkcbkuIHFY— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 6, 2018
Update 10:22 a.m.
"Us winning tonight, I think, will send a message to Mr. Trump, and Mr. DeSantis, as well, that the politics of hatred, of division, of separation, that they’ve come to an end ... people are going out, they’re voting for something, and not against," Gillum told reporters after voting.
Leftist Bernie backed Florida candidate @AndrewGillum arrives with his family to vote. If he wins it would indicate a wider swing to the Democrats #ElectionDay Live updates: https://t.co/y5MNkFfxox pic.twitter.com/cD8IapHtM2— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) November 6, 2018
Update 10:15 a.m.
Stacey Abrams advises voters to stay in line at the polls until they cast their ballots, and offers the number to a voter protection hotline.
Abrams is running for Georgia governor against Brian Kemp. The state's controversial voting law, which has affected hundreds of thousands of voters, mostly minorities, has been a point of contention in the race.
Nearly 107,000 voters were purged from registration lists and over 53,000 voter applications were placed on hold in the lead up to the midterms. Republican candidate Brian Kemp, oversees the elections board as the Secretary of State.
If you are in line to vote, STAY IN LINE. Do not leave your polling place until your ballot is cast.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 6, 2018
Questions? Issues? Call the Voter Protection Hotline at 1-888-730-5816. RT now to spread the word. #TeamAbrams #GAGov #gapol pic.twitter.com/ef6znPHdwh
Update 10:05 a.m.
"For or a long time, U.S. and international leftists and progressives were stuck either voting for the lesser evil of two neoliberal and capitalist parties or simply refusing to vote or endorse either party.
However, these Midterm elections, although just a baby step, should give progressives and leftist reasons to be hopeful that a new way forward for the left and the country, is possible," Michael Blosser writes for teleSUR.
Update 9:50 a.m.
More than 6,000,000 people cannot vote because of prison convictions, which disproportionately affects minorities.
Bernie Sander's legacy can be seen in the rise of first-time politicians who identify as democratic socialists, like Alexandria Cortez who could become the youngest woman elected to Congress.
Update 8:00 a.m.
Polls begin to open across the United States. First stations to open were in the state of New York.
Update 2:00 p.m.
Figures by data analysis firm Catalist show that early voting this year has doubled compared to that of 2014, amounting to more than 12 million people voting ahead of Tuesday.
In 2014, 19,052,732 people voted early in the midterms, in 2018, the number so far is 31,299,060.
Update 12:00 p.m.
U.S. jails are home to 20 percent of the world’s prisoners and according to the constitution, more than six million convicted felons are disenfranchised and prohibited from voting, the Sentencing Project Organization said.
Update 6:00 p.m.
Armed anti-immigration groups of civilian volunteers have been reactivated at the call of President Donald Trump to protect the U.S. from the “invasion” of Central American asylum-seekers, and are preparing to install themselves at the border with their rifles.
Update 12:32 p.m.
According to Mark Trahant, the editor of Indian Country Today, the number of Native American candidates for Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections have increased by 80 percent in congressional races and 300 percent for statewide offices.
Update 12:00 p.m.
Update 8:52 a.m.
teleSUR has compiled a list of candidates that are invigorating the country's Left through their focus on economic and social equality.
Update 4:44 p.m.
Analysts and Donald Trump predict a blue wave could take over the House of Representatives.
“They will try to erase our gains and eradicate our progress, that’s what’s going to happen,” Trump told a crowd of supporters Friday, “They will work hard and we will be fighting.”
Update 3:00 p.m.
Noam Chomsky, the renowned intellectual and political activist, says the United States is responsible for the conditions that have led to the mass exodus from Central American countries.
Update 7:00 p.m.
Discrimination against Black people, Latinos, and Indigenous people reaches the polls ahead of the United States midterm elections.
With early voting for the U.S. midterm elections underway, turnout across the nation is staggering. Young voters are the main driver.
Update 11:00 a.m.
This election has the highest number of women candidates running in the history of U.S. politics. A record number of 257 women will be running for the House and Senate this year. There could be a greater presence of women in institutions, in a country far removed from equity in political power.
Women could make history in the House, where Democratic women won primaries at a higher rate than any other group.
But, this is not equity. Even if women win every race, they will still occupy fewer than half the seats in the House. There is still a lot to do.
Update 10:30 a.m.
Analysis | Polls are currently showing a sustained trend for Democrats to take hold of the House of Representatives, and for Republicans to keep control of the Senate, ahead of the November 6 midterm congressional elections.
US Midterm Elections: Red Senate vs Blue House Polling Trends
Update 9:00 a.m.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling that requires North Dakota voters to provide an I.D. with a residential address. The ruling has effectively made the process to vote next to impossible for Native Americans, who by-and-large do not have recognized addresses – but that’s not stopping them.
Update 2:41 p.m.
The daughter of former far-right Vice-President Dick Cheney, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, running for the top spot of GOP House leadership group, according to recent CNN report.
Update 1:00 p.m.
Update 12:00 p.m.
New Emerson Poll shows Far-right Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s lead over challenger Beto O’Rourke narrowing
The poll shows Cruz with a three-point lead. Cruz gets 50% of the vote, compared to 47% for O’Rourke.
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