Election 2010: This Just In

As results come in on Election Night we'll be highlighting the latest news and developments in this "live-blog." You can follow our updates on the NPR.org homepage, where they'll flow in automatically, and on this page. Here, we'll collect all the updates so that you can see how the story developed as the night went on. Just click your "refresh" button occasionally to ensure you're seeing our latest additions.

  • Some races won't be settled for days or weeks, but this much is clear: It was a big day for Republicans as they took over the House, almost took the Senate and swept into a majority of governors' mansions. Scroll down and read "up" if you want to see how this historic night played out. Nov 3 2010, 2:40am
  • Three legislative chambers in the South will be controlled by the GOP for the first time since the 1800s -- North Carolina's Senate and both chambers in Alabama. Nov 3 2010, 2:35am
  • At 2:30 a.m. ET, just 28 House races haven't yet been called. Thirty-eight Democratic incumbents so far have lost their re-election bids. Just one GOP incumbent was defeated. Nov 3 2010, 2:33am
  • "We're feeling pretty good," Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska tells NPR. She mounted a write-in campaign and "write-in" has collected 39% of the votes with 51% of precincts reporting. Nov 3 2010, 2:27am
  • Susana Martinez in New Mexico becomes the nation's first female Hispanic governor. And another Republican, Nikki Haley in South Carolina, will be her state's first female chief executive. Nov 3 2010, 2:19am
  • In Illinois, about 98% of votes are in and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has 46%. So does Republican Bill Brady. Nov 3 2010, 2:16am
  • "It won't be clear for weeks at least" how many voters in Alaska cast ballots by write-in for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the 'Anchorage Daily News' reports. Nov 3 2010, 2:07am
  • Florida's race for governor is another of the too-close-to-call contests right now. Republican Rick Scott, 49%; Democrat Alex Sink, 48%. Almost 100% of precincts have reported. Nov 3 2010, 2:03am
  • With 69% of precincts reporting, the Colorado Senate race is deadlocked. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, 47%; Republican Ken Buck, 47%. Nov 3 2010, 2:00am
  • Maryland voters have called a constitutional convention -- the first in any state since Rhode Island in the mid-1980s. Nov 3 2010, 1:57am
  • California voters have taken congressional redistricting out of the hands of state legislators. A commission will draw the lines. Nov 3 2010, 1:57am
  • "I think (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid is going to hang on to his leadership position," NPR's David Welna reports. Nov 3 2010, 1:55am
  • "I'm not finished fighting," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just told supporters in Nevada. Nov 3 2010, 1:53am
  • NPR's Martin Kaste reports there WILL NOT be a result tonight in Washington's Senate race. Too many mail-in votes to count. Nov 3 2010, 1:49am
  • Roughly half of voters told pollsters they were "dissatisfied, but not angry," Pew's Michael Dimock adds. Nov 3 2010, 1:47am
  • Pew Research Center's Michael Dimock says exit polls show only a minority of voters said they were "angry." Nov 3 2010, 1:46am
  • President Obama called likely-to-be House Speaker John Boehner to congratulate him on GOP's wins and pledge to find "common ground." Nov 3 2010, 1:44am
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, won re-election. But his son, Rory, lost his bid to be Nevada's governor. Nov 3 2010, 1:42am
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska mounted a write-in bid after losing the GOP primary. With 1/3 of vote counted, write-ins have 40% of the vote. Nov 3 2010, 1:38am
  • House Republican leader John Boehner: Today's results signal "a repudiation of Washington." Nov 3 2010, 1:29am
  • Iowa voters have ousted three state Supreme Court justices who voted to allow same-sex marriages, NPR's Alan Greenblatt reports. Nov 3 2010, 1:25am
  • "What will voters be angry about next?" That's the question many lawmakers will be asking tomorrow, says NPR Washington editor Ron Elving. Nov 3 2010, 1:19am
  • A high-profile retirement announcement in coming weeks? "I find it very unlikely that Speaker Pelosi stays in Congress," NPR's Andrea Seabrook just said. Nov 3 2010, 1:08am
  • California voters just said no to Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Nov 3 2010, 1:00am
  • Washington Senate race: Incumbent Patty Murray, the Democrat, 51%; Republican Dino Rossi, 49%. (61% of precincts.) Nov 3 2010, 12:57am
  • The Nevada Senate contest "was a strange and crazy race," NPR Washington editor Ron Elving says. Nov 3 2010, 12:48am
  • And moments after we said it was the race to watch, the AP projects that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been re-elected -- which keeps the Senate in Democratic hands. Nov 3 2010, 12:37am
  • What to watch now: Nevada's Senate race. Democrat Harry Reid, the Democrat, is ahead of Republican Sharron Angle 51%-44% with 30% of precincts reporting. Nov 3 2010, 12:34am
  • How to think about the Senate at this hour: Republicans can win enough seats to bring the count to 50-50. They can't get an outright majority. VP Biden could break ties, leaving the Senate in Democratic hands -- unless some Democrat switches parties. Nov 3 2010, 12:31am
  • How to think about the Senate at this hour: Republicans can win enough seats to bring the count to 50-50. They can't get an outright majority. VP Biden could break ties, leaving the Senate in Democratic hands -- unless some Democrat switches parties. Nov 3 2010, 12:30am
  • More math: To win outright control of the Senate, Republicans need to take 4 more seats now held by Democrats. Only 3 of the seats still up for grabs are now held by Democrats. Nov 3 2010, 12:20am
  • Democrats have now lost the Illinois Senate seat formally held by President Obama. Nov 3 2010, 12:18am
  • To control the Senate, Republicans need 5 more pickups. There are 5 races yet to be decided, in: Alaska, Illinois, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. Only 4 could be "pickups." Nov 3 2010, 12:06am
  • Three governor races settled, according to AP: Republican John Kasich wins in Ohio; Republican Nathan Deal wins in Georgia; Democrat Jerry Brown wins in California. Nov 2 2010, 11:58pm
  • From NPR's Beth Donovan: As of 11:45 p.m. ET, 31 Democratic incumbents in the House had been defeated. One Republican, Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana, lost his re-election bid. Nov 2 2010, 11:53pm
  • "A big, solid, historic win" for Republicans today, NPR's Mara Liasson adds. Nov 2 2010, 11:52pm
  • House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "were the architects," NPR's Mara Liasson says of the GOP's wins today. Nov 2 2010, 11:49pm
  • Longtime Rep. Ike Skelton, D-MO, has been defeated, AP projects. Republican Vicky Hartzler takes his seat. Nov 2 2010, 11:48pm
  • Independent Lincoln Chaffee has been elected governor of Rhode Island, AP says. Nov 2 2010, 11:45pm
  • Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California has been re-elected, AP projects. Nov 2 2010, 11:44pm
  • Republican Pat Toomey has been elected to the Senate from Pennsylvania, the AP projects. Nov 2 2010, 11:44pm
  • "This is not a time for celebration," soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just told fellow Republicans. "The American people are demanding a new way forward." Nov 2 2010, 11:43pm
  • On the Senate: NPR political editor Ken Rudin also notes that Republicans could get control by picking up nine seats and getting Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska to switch parties. Nov 2 2010, 11:39pm
  • Republicans have now won enough seats to control the House of Representatives. The GOP has picked up 39 seats that were held by Democrats. Nov 2 2010, 11:36pm
  • NPR's Martin Kaste in Washington State: Put an asterisk on results you hear from the state today because mail-in ballots will take several days to count. Nov 2 2010, 11:23pm
  • Polls are open in only two states now -- Alaska and Hawaii. Nov 2 2010, 11:21pm
  • Looking ahead: If today's results put the Senate at 50-50, as might happen, will Republicans press Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson to come to their side? Nov 2 2010, 11:18pm
  • If you're keeping score, now's the time to watch closely: Republicans need just five more "pickups" to take control of the House. Nov 2 2010, 11:15pm
  • Results still aren't in from Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been challenged by Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. Officials say long lines forced them to keep some polling places open past their official closing times. Nov 2 2010, 11:12pm
  • Fox News projects wins for Democrats Jerry Brown (governor) and Sen. Barbara Boxer in California. No calls on those races yet from AP. Nov 2 2010, 11:10pm
  • With Ron Johnson's win in Wisconsin, Republicans now would need six more "pickups" to take control of the Senate. Eight races remain to be called. Nov 2 2010, 11:06pm
  • Illinois voters have approved an amendment allowing recalls of governors, less than two years after Rod Blagojevich was impeached. Nov 2 2010, 11:01pm
  • NPR's Alan Greenblatt reports: It’s still official: Rhode Island voters rejected a measure to shorten the state's official name from "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." Nov 2 2010, 11:00pm
  • Words of caution from NPR political editor Ken Rudin: "2012 is a lifetime away from now. Let's not read any results into 2012 from what happens in 2010." Nov 2 2010, 10:55pm
  • Will President Obama's old Senate seat go to a Republican? With 78% of Illinois precincts reporting, Republican Mark Kirk has 48% of the vote; Democrat Alexi Giannoulias has 47%. Nov 2 2010, 10:55pm
  • Republican Ron Johnson has beaten Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold in Wisconsin, Reuters, MSNBC and Fox News project. The AP has not yet "called" that race. Nov 2 2010, 10:46pm
  • In central Pennsylvania, Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski, first elected in 1984, has been defeated by Republican Lou Barletta. Nov 2 2010, 10:40pm
  • From NPR's Martin Kaste: "It seems voter turnout here in Washington State is going to be huge. There's been a late rush to the drop-boxes for the mail-in ballots." Nov 2 2010, 10:37pm
  • Historic note: "South Carolina voters have elected the first black Republican to Congress from the Deep South since the 1800s," AP writes. He's State Rep. Tim Scott. Nov 2 2010, 10:35pm
  • There's a tight Senate battle in Pennsylvania: With 84% of precincts reporting, Democrat Joe Sestak has 51% of the vote and Republican Pat Toomey has 49%. Nov 2 2010, 10:33pm
  • Latest on the battle for control of the House: With 205 races still to be called, Republicans need 20 "pickups" to take control. Nov 2 2010, 10:31pm
  • Another can't-be-tighter race: Rep. Ben Chandler, D-KY, and GOP challenger Andy Barr each have 50% of the vote with 98% of precincts reporting. Nov 2 2010, 10:27pm
  • Looking for a skin tight race? With 91% of precincts reporting, Democratic Rep. Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Republican challenger Keith Fiman each have 49% of the vote. Can't get any tighter. Nov 2 2010, 10:19pm
  • The race for Missouri's Senate seat was between members of two political dynasties in the state -- Republican Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan. Blunt prevails. Nov 2 2010, 10:17pm
  • Rep. Barney Frank, D-MA, has won re-election, AP projects. Nov 2 2010, 10:13pm
  • As expected, Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Charles Grassley of Iowa have been re-elected, AP projects. Nov 2 2010, 10:02pm
  • A little Senate math: 16 races remain. There are 9 Democratic-held seats still at stake and Republicans need to win 7 to take control of the Senate. Two of the Democratic seats are rated "safe" for Democrats by NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin. Nov 2 2010, 10:00pm
  • NPR Washington editor Ron Elving on the results so far: "It does fit the narrative of a big wave year for Republicans." Nov 2 2010, 9:45pm
  • From today's exit polls, via AP: "Roughly 4 in 10 voters consider themselves supporters of the conservative Tea Party." Nov 2 2010, 9:44pm
  • Latest House math: Republicans have a net pickup of 11 seats so far. Twenty-eight more would give the GOP control. Nov 2 2010, 9:38pm
  • All three cable news networks -- CNN, Fox and MSNBC -- are now projecting a GOP takeover of the House. Nov 2 2010, 9:37pm
  • Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, has been re-elected, AP projects. Nov 2 2010, 9:31pm
  • Democrats had hoped that Houston Mayor Bill White could take the governor's race in Texas. But GOP Gov. Rick Perry prevailed. Nov 2 2010, 9:29pm
  • Rick Snyder's projected win in the race for governor in Michigan puts what was a Democratic-held seat in GOP hands. Nov 2 2010, 9:27pm
  • "Republican Rick Scott is holding on to a slight lead over Democrat Alex Sink in the Florida governor's race," the AP reports. Nov 2 2010, 9:19pm
  • Despite GOP gains, Democrats will hold on to a small majority in the Senate, Democratic Sen. Robert Mendenz of New Jersey predicts to NPR. Nov 2 2010, 9:15pm
  • Latest math: Republicans have a net gain of 3 Senate seats so far. Nov 2 2010, 9:14pm
  • "It's clear that the Republicans are on a pace ... to pick up the seats that they would need to take the majority in the House," says NPR Washington editor Ron Elving. Nov 2 2010, 9:09pm
  • Sen. John Thune, R-SD, easily wins re-election. Nov 2 2010, 9:08pm
  • NPR Washington editor Ron Elving: It's striking that many key governors' contests -- such as Ohio's -- remain too close to call. Nov 2 2010, 8:52pm
  • Tennessee elects Republican Bill Haslam, first GOP pickup among governors so far tonight. Nov 2 2010, 8:47pm
  • On the House math: At this moment, Republicans have a net gain of 3 seats. Nov 2 2010, 8:45pm
  • Rep. Tom Perriello, D-VA, had been one Democrat who strongly embraced President Obama's agenda. Nov 2 2010, 8:43pm
  • Keeping track of the Senate math: So far, Republicans have a net gain of two seats. Nov 2 2010, 8:40pm
  • Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat, will leave office after two terms if AP's projection holds. Nov 2 2010, 8:38pm
  • Numbers from a key race: With 74% of precincts reporting, Virginia Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello trails Republican Robert Hurt 52%-45% Nov 2 2010, 8:28pm
  • From Illinois, AP reports that exit polls suggest "about one-third of Illinois voters see neither of the top two candidates for Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat as honest and trustworthy." Nov 2 2010, 8:25pm
  • Connecticut Senate race "became a referendum" on GOP candidate Linda McMahon, NPR's Robert Smith reports. Nov 2 2010, 8:23pm
  • Chris Coons' win in Delaware's Senate race keeps Vice President Biden's old seat in Democratic hands. Nov 2 2010, 8:12pm
  • Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, a Republican, re-elected, AP projects. Nov 2 2010, 8:09pm
  • Republican/Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell comes up short in Delaware. Nov 2 2010, 8:06pm
  • Rep. Mike Pence, R-IN, tells NPR the election's message is that millions of Americans are "tired of runaway federal spending, borrowing, bailouts and takeovers." Nov 2 2010, 8:03pm
  • A GOP win in the Senate race in Florida keeps that seat Republican. Nov 2 2010, 8:02pm
  • Polls are now closed in nearly half the states. Republicans have a net gain of one Senate seat so far. Nov 2 2010, 7:54pm
  • From West Virginia, NPR's Brian Naylor reports officials say there was a "pretty good turnout" for a midterm election. Maybe as high as 50%. Nov 2 2010, 7:40pm
  • Win in Ohio Senate race for GOP keeps that seat "red." Republican Sen. George Voinovich did not seek re-election. Nov 2 2010, 7:37pm
  • Republican Rob Portman, the projected winner of Ohio's Senate race, is a former congressman. Nov 2 2010, 7:33pm
  • Race to watch in next few minutes: West Virginia's Senate contest. Nov 2 2010, 7:24pm
  • NPR's Robert Siegel: "People disapprove of both parties," early exit polls show. Nov 2 2010, 7:16pm
  • Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne tells NPR that the "older electorate" today doesn't bode well for Democrats. Nov 2 2010, 7:15pm
  • As expected, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina has been re-elected, AP reports. Nov 2 2010, 7:13pm
  • The fact that AP called the Senate races in Kentucky and Indiana so quickly is "big news for the Republican Party" because of what it may signal about the night ahead, says NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin. Nov 2 2010, 7:09pm
  • Republican Dan Coats, declared by AP the winner in Indiana, returns to the Senate. Nov 2 2010, 7:08pm
  • Rand Paul, son of Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, is a Tea Party favorite. Now he's senator-elect from Kentucky. Nov 2 2010, 7:06pm
  • Brace for a slew of results shortly after 7 p.m. ET. Polls close in several states with key races, including Ohio and West Virginia. Nov 2 2010, 6:59pm
  • The presidential effect: 38% of voters in early exit polls saw their vote as an expression of opposition to President Obama, 24% as support for Obama. Nov 2 2010, 6:52pm
  • If you're just joining us, we'll be updating this box throughout the evening. Nov 2 2010, 6:44pm
  • Republicans and Democrats both got 53% "disapproval" ratings in early exit polls. Nov 2 2010, 6:41pm
  • 73% of voters in early exit polls disapprove of the job Congress has been doing. Nov 2 2010, 6:40pm
  • More analysis from early exit polls: A solid majority of voters said the government is "doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals." In '08, most said the government "should do more to solve problems." Nov 2 2010, 6:34pm
  • First three "calls" from the AP all gave wins to heavily favored Republican members of the House from Indiana, even though few votes had been counted. Exit polls and experience led to AP's decisions. Nov 2 2010, 6:32pm
  • More observations from early exit polls: 41% of voters call themselves conservative, up from 32% in 2006 and 34% in 2008. Nov 2 2010, 6:28pm
  • From exit polls of voters who cast ballots earlier today -- Percent of voters under 30 was 9%, vs. 18% in 2008 election; percent of voters over 65 was 25%, vs. 16% in '08. Reminder: Those are early exit polls. Numbers may change as day goes on. Nov 2 2010, 6:21pm
  • In Kentucky, where some polls have closed, officials are starting to report some numbers. Nov 2 2010, 6:15pm
  • More from the early "exit polls" of voters, via AP: "Nearly all said the economy is in bad shape and expressed concern about its condition over the next year." Nov 2 2010, 6:09pm
  • Good evening, if you're just joining us, we'll be posting updates throughout the night -- and they'll automatically flow into this box. No need to refresh your screen. Nov 2 2010, 5:54pm
  • Voters are "expressing dissatisfaction with Obama and Congress, and they don't have a favorable view of either political party," early exit polls say, according to the AP. Nov 2 2010, 5:38pm
  • Four in 10 voters "say they are worse off financially than they were two years ago," AP adds, as it sifts through early "exit polls." Nov 2 2010, 5:27pm
  • Also from the exit polls, via AP: "Voters say the economy eclipses any other issue as their top concern." Nov 2 2010, 5:13pm
  • The AP on early exit poll findings: "Voters around the country are intensely worried about the economy and dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working." Nov 2 2010, 5:11pm
  • There are a record 37 races for governor today. More than ever are up for grabs because of unexpired terms being filled and some changes in state election cycles. Nov 2 2010, 5:01pm
  • If you'd like to listen to NPR's special coverage, it goes on the air at 8 p.m. ET. Tune in an NPR station or NPR.org's stream. Nov 2 2010, 4:36pm
  • NPR's Frank James will be posting on the It's All Politics blog throughout the evening. He'll have news and observations from around the nation. Nov 2 2010, 4:21pm
  • How will NPR determine when to "call" a race? Washington editor Ron Elving explains. Nov 2 2010, 4:19pm
  • NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin shared his "how to watch the returns" advice earlier. He's got his eye on House races in Indiana and Virginia, where polls close at 7 p.m. ET. Nov 2 2010, 4:17pm
  • Good evening. We'll be "live-blogging" all evening, so check back here frequently. Updates should flow in automatically. Nov 2 2010, 4:15pm

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