[Last update: 1:31 a.m. EST] We’ll keep you to date on the latest results from the midterm congressional elections and key gubernatorial races throughout this evening.
With control of the U.S. Senate poised to flip to the Republican Party, triggering GOP control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006, tonight’s election results have serious ramifications for the political agenda of President Obama, his signature health law, tax policy and stalled economic and environmental issues like the fate of the Keystone oil pipeline.
Meanwhile, future executive leadership of several key battleground states from Florida and Colorado to Wisconsin and Michigan hangs in the balance in close races for governor, an important position two years before the 2016 campaign for the next president begins
1:31 a.m. EST | Democrat David Ige has been elected governor of Hawaii.
1:26 a.m. EST | Polls have closed in Alaska, but it could take days to tally the results of the state’s competitive Senate race.
12:49 a.m. EST | Elise Stefanik, R, is the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. The 30-year-old will represent New York’s 21st District.
12:35 a.m. EST | Republican wins Tuesday night extended to executive mansions, even in some of the bluest states. Republican Larry Hogan won in Maryland, and in Vermont, incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin didn’t win 50 percent of the vote, so the legislature will decide the gubernatorial race. (Democrats control the legislature, so Shumlin will likely hold his seat). And in Maine, controversial GOP incumbent Paul LePage won reelection, beating out Democrat Rep. Mike Michaud and Independent Eliot Cutler.
12:25 a.m. EST | Oregon joins the District of Columbia in approving ballot measures on the use of marijuana by adults, according to the AP. Alaska is also voting on the legalization of pot.
12:14 a.m. EST | The Vermont legislature will pick the governor after neither candidate won a majority, reports the Associated Press.
11:36 p.m. EST | We’re still waiting on results from Virginia and Alaska.
11:33 p.m. EST | Republicans have picked up seven seats.
11:32 p.m. EST | Joni Ernst is the projected winner of Iowa Senate race, FOX and CBS report.
11:28 p.m. EST | Tom Udall, a Democrat, is the projected winner in New Mexico, FOX and NBC report.
11:25 p.m. EST | Stuart Rothenberg: “Calendar might say 2014 but this is 2010 all over again. It’s a Republican sweep.”
11:24 p.m. EST | Republican Thom Tillis is the projected winner of the North Carolina Senate race. That means Republicans take majority of the Senate.
11:23 p.m. EST | Mark Shields: Democrats spent a lot of months running away from Barack Obama. Today they ran into him.
11:22 p.m. EST | The challenge for Republicans now: they have to have a governing agenda, an alternative, Michael Gerson tells Judy.
11:17 p.m. EST | From NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins: It’s looking like Florida will not allow medical marijuana in its state. Arkansas has voted to increase its minimum wage, but not to repeal prohibition.
11:15 p.m. EST | CNN is reporting that it’s the first time the House will have at least 100 women
11:13 p.m. EST | Amy Walter: “The fact that Cory Gardner did as well as he did in Colorado. That has to be something Republicans are very excited about…. This could be eight, nine seats now for Republicans.”
11:11 p.m. EST | From Stu Rothenberg: “Somebody said this was an A-minus for Republicans. What a hard grader… Boy, it’s not just a breeze, Judy. This is a pretty strong win.”
11:08 p.m. EST | Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley is projected to keep his seat, as is Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat.
11:07 p.m. EST | This is not a “ringing endorsement” for Republicans; it’s a rejection of the establishment, says columnist Mark Shields.
11:06 p.m. EST | California Gov. Jerry Brown is projected to win reelection.
11:04 p.m. EST | Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is projected to keep his seat.
11:00 p.m. EST | In Wisconsin, Republican Scott Walker is the projected winner, according to ABC and FOX.
10:57 p.m. EST | It’s projected that Vincent “Buddy” Cianci has lost his bid for mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, Politico reports.
10:52 p.m. EST | As of 10 p.m., the race between Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie is too close to call. And it’s close enough that it could be weeks before Virginians know who their next Senator is, the National Journal reports in their live blog. Here’s how a recount of Virginia’s Senate race would work.
10:48 p.m. EST | Republican Pat Roberts is the projected winner in the Kansas Senate race, report CBS and FOX.
10:41 p.m. EST | David Perdue is projected winner in the Georgia Senate race, according to CNN and CBS. In Georgia, it’s an open Senate race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Perdue’s Opponent, Democrat Michelle Nunn, is a former nonprofit CEO and daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn.
10:40 p.m. EST | Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report: It’s tough to win on turnout if “you’re losing on message.” That has been the Democratic Party’s problem.
10:38 p.m. EST | Republicans now have five pickups, just one short of a majority.
10:37 p.m. EST | If Republicans gain control of the Senate, the Keystone Pipeline and the medical device tax will factor prominently in their strategy, says Lisa DesJardins, NewsHour political reporter. Alabama will benefit from senior Republicans potentially gaining high-profile seats in Senate leadership.
10:35 p.m. EST | Incumbent Rick Snyder, R, is the projected winner in the Michigan Governor’s race, ABC and NBC report.
In the Arizona Governor’s race, Republican Doug Ducey is projected winner.
10:31 p.m. | A measure to legalize marijuana has failed on the ballot in Florida, the AP reports.
10:30 p.m. EST | Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report: The fact that Republicans won in a state like Colorado demonstrates that it is not “just another red state victory.”
10:24 p.m. EST | Rick Scott, R, is the projected winner in the Florida Governor’s race, the AP reports. Scott defeated Charlie Crist, who was once an independent, once a Republican. Crist became known in this race for an unusually close relationship with a fan.
10:21 p.m. EST | Republicans are on the verge of winning the Senate. But according to Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, the GOP’s job is far from over.
10:19 p.m. EST | Republican Cory Gardner is the projected winner in the Colorado Senate race. Gardner takes the seat away from Democrat Mark Udall, in his first race for reelection. That is five out of the six needed for the GOP to gain control of the Senate.
10:16 p.m. EST | Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report: Good news for Democrats is they held onto New Hampshire, but the “map is still going to be tough for Democrats.”
10:14 p.m. EST | District of Columbia appears to be overwhelmingly in favor of marijuana legalization. However, that ballot initiative may become “tangled up” in Congress, says NewsHour political editor and reporter Lisa DesJardins.
10:10 p.m. EST | Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, is the projected winner in the Rhode Island Governor’s race, Associated Press reports.
10:03 p.m. | Senate races in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia remain too close to call.
10:01 p.m. EST | So far the GOP has taken four of the six seats they need to take the Senate, with Steve Daines’ projected victory in Montana.
9:59 p.m. EST | In Iowa, it’s an open Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat. State Sen. Joni Ernst, R, is leading in the polls in this race that few believed would be on the radar for Republicans a year ago.
Also, Rep. Bruce Braley, D. He was elected to the U.S. House in 2006, but has struggled on the campaign trail, landing in hot water for dismissing Chuck Grassley, R, the other Iowa senator, as merely a “farmer” from Iowa.
9:58 p.m. EST | In just minutes, polls will close in Iowa.
9:56 p.m. EST | We’re all in a state of shock over Virginia, Judy Woodruff says. Mark Warner was projected to win easily against Ed Gillespie. In fact, Real Clear Politics predicted an 11-point lead for Warner, as we reported in The Morning Line on Oct 28.
9:55 p.m. EST | Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report, says Northern Virginia still has “a lot of votes out” and “we still have a ways to go.”
9:54 p.m. EST | 100 women now have seats in the U.S. House of Representatives with election of Alma Adams from North Carolina, the Washington Post reports. This is the most women to serve in the House of Representatives at one time in U.S. history.
9:43 p.m. EST | Did Sen. Mark Udall run a blue campaign in a purple state? It remains to be seen, but syndicated columnist Mark Shields recalls Sen. Udall being called “Senator Uterus” by a local Colorado newspaper because of his focus on reproductive rights. “It was hurtful for his campaign,” said Shields.
9:42 p.m. EST | Mark Shields: Democrats have a gender gap with men, and that’s a problem.
9:39 p.m. EST | According to CNN and Fox, there will be a runoff in Louisiana where Incumbent Mary Landrieu (D), and Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness are competing.
9: 35 p.m. EST | If the gubernatorial or Senate candidates in Georgia don’t earn at least 50 percent of the vote, the state will go to a runoff election. That means there wouldn’t be a winner until December, or even January, as voters return to the polls over the holidays.
9:19 p.m. EST | According to our calculations, there are eight Senate races where polls have closed but races have yet to be called. Starting from 7 p.m. where Georgia and Virginia have yet to be called.
9:17 p.m. EST | President Barack Obama has invited a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to a meeting at the White House on Friday afternoon, a White House official told reporters Tuesday evening as midterm election results were rolling in.
9:15 p.m. EST | Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report: “More men voted than women voted in Colorado.”
9:13 p.m. EST | Republican Mike Rounds’ win in South Dakota brings the net GOP gain in the Senate to three. Remember, the magic number is six.
9:08 p.m. EST | In New Hampshire, this is incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s first race for reelection, having first been elected in 2008.
Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. Brown won a special election in 2010 after the death of former Sen. Ted Kennedy. But he lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in his bid for election to the seat in 2012.
9:04 p.m. EST | Another pickup for the Republicans: Mike Rounds is the projected winner in South Dakota, FOX and CNN report.
9:00 p.m. EST | Jeanne Shaheen is the projected Senate winner in New Hampshire, defeating Scott Brown.
8:53 p.m. EST | In about 5 minutes, polls will close in Colorado, Kansas and Louisiana. We’re watching these races closely.
8:43 p.m. EST | Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report: Arkansas numbers are “stunning” and tell you that voters are angry.
8:40 p.m. EST | Early exit polls indicate an older electorate, Amy Walter reports. And in Georgia and North Carolina, Democrat efforts seem to be paying off.
8:38 p.m. EST | Republicans have now picked up two seats: Arkansas and West Virginia. The magic number is six.
8:37 p.m. EST |Another issue? Blue dog Democrats are increasingly more rare, said Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson. Formerly blue states and districts are being taken by Republicans instead of conservative Democrats. “Parties are less ideologically diverse,” said Gerson.
8:36 p.m. EST | The latest projected Senate races include: Rhode Island — Jack Reed (Dem), Oklahoma – James Lankford, Oklahoma — Jim Inhofe (GOP), Alabama — Jeff Sessions (GOP), Tennessee — Lamar Alexander (GOP), Maine — Susan Collins (GOP), Illinois — Dick Durbin (Dem), Massachusetts — Ed Markey (Dem), New Jersey — Cory Booker (Dem) and Mississippi — Thad Cochran (GOP).
8:35 p.m. EST | “Arkansas has gotten more Republican since Clinton. It’s getting redder and redder against Gore, Kerry and Obama,” said syndicated columnist Mark Shields. “Mark Pryor ran a good campaign but you’re going against headwinds.”
8:32 p.m. EST | In Arkansas, GOP’s Tom Cotton is projected winner, according to FOX and CNN.
The Harvard Law School-trained Cotton was elected to the U.S. House in 2012. He’s also a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The incumbent in the Arkansas Senate race is Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, first elected in 2002. Pryor is son of former Sen. and Gov. David Pryor.
8:31 p.m. EST | In West Virginia, Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, became the state’s first elected female senator. Watch her victory speech here:
West Virginia elects its first female senator, Republican Shelley Moore Capito
8:28 p.m. EST | “We’re cautiously optimistic,” Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call tells Denver Post reporter Lynn Bartels.
8:27 p.m. EST | In Colorado, Incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, D, is in his first race for reelection. He was elected in 2008. Running against him is Rep. Cory Gardner, R, who was first elected to the U.S. House in the Republican wave year of 2010.
Colorado has had just one Republican senator in the last 40 years.
8:26 p.m. EST | Lisa DesJardins, NewsHour political editor and reporter: Arkansas has one of the lowest minimum wages in the U.S., and this midterm election’s ballot initiative is a real pocketbook issue for voters in that state.
8:21 p.m. EST | Here are the latest projected winners from gubernatorial races: Alabama — Robert Bentley (GOP), Tennessee — Bill Haslam (GOP), Ohio — John Kasich (GOP) and South Carolina — Nikki Haley (GOP)
8:20 p.m. EST | Michael Gerson tells Gwen and Judy that not having a winner in Virginia at this point is surprising. “That should be more decisive and the fact that we don’t have that news should indicate something.” But Mark Shields disagrees, saying Virginia is always slow.
8:19 p.m. EST | Democrat Jack Reed is the projected winner in Rhode Island, Associated Press reports.
8:17 p.m. EST | Republicans are up 40 to 37. What does that mean?, Domenico Montanaro asks. So far, Republicans only have one net pickup: West Virginia. Still waiting to hear from North Carolina, Georgia and New Hampshire.
8:16 p.m. EST | Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report: Democratic strategy is all about getting voters registered who fit Democratic profile.
8:14 p.m. EST | No Republican senator has held West Virginia since 1942. How did Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito clinch her victory? It had nothing to do with demographic change, says syndicated columnist Mark Shields. It was a change in attitudes towards both parties, coal and a sense that Democrats “don’t care about white, working people.”