Welcome, everyone, to RRH Elections’ coverage of this year’s November races, both major and minor. You can read Shamlet’s excellent previews of tonight’s various contests here, here, and here. I’m Son_of_the_South and I’ll be your master of ceremonies for most of tonight, handing off the baton to Greyhound for the home stretch later in the evening. Now, without further ado, commence refreshing five different tabs every third minute!
7 PM EST: Polls have now closed in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.
7:18 PM EST: Smyth County in rural SWVA is the first to drop its absentees. Gillespie leads there 66-33. Of note, Hyra is only pulling 1%.
7:21 PM EST: As is now customary, Pinellas County, FL is counting quickly. The early vote and 16 precincts are in so far, and Kriseman (D) leads Baker (R) 51-49 for St. petersburg Mayor.
7:26 PM EST: After a big vote dump from Chesterfield and some smaller counties, Northam leads Gillespie 50-49.
7:28 PM EST: Another big dump from Chesterfield puts Gillespie up 51-48.
7:30 PM EST: Polls in Charlotte, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toledo have just closed.
7;35 PM EST: Contrary to predictions, Vogel and Adams seem to be outrunning Gillespie by about two points.
7:40 PM EST: As Northam seems to be over performing his benchmarks, Lyles (D) wins the early vote with 65% over Smith (R) in Charlotte.
7:45 PM EST: Northam is up on Gillespie by 3, Fairfax and Herring are barely up on Vogel and Adams.
7:54 PM EST: As we approach the next round of poll closings, I’m calling VA-Gov for Ralph Northam (D). There are still a lot of votes to count, but Gillespie just isn’t getting the margins that he needs.
8:00 PM EST: Polls have now closed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and Mississippi.
8:02 PM EST: Democrats have held the Mayor’s office in St. Petersburg, FL and picked up the same office in Manchester, NH.
8:15 PM EST: I’m going to go ahead and call VA-LG and VA-AG for the Democrats. Vogel and Adams are running ahead of Gillespie, but not by nearly enough to prevail.
8:20 PM EST: In the first batch of results from NJ, Guadagno is leading Murphy by 20, but it’s just a few votes from rural and very Republican Sussex County.
8:23 PM EST: This thread is getting a little full. Please take the discussion over the Liveblog #2.