Election Night in the US
President Trump is already blaming House Speaker Paul Ryan for what the President’s team is expecting to be a bad night for the GOP in the House, two sources close to the White House said.
“He is really angry at Ryan," one source close to the White House said of Trump’s feelings about Ryan.
When asked about what, the source said, "everything."
Trump obviously didn’t like Ryan distancing himself from the President on immigration. But it goes beyond that. Other sources close to the White House say Trump and his team are disappointed in GOP congressional fundraising and are blaming tonight on that as well.
A source close to the speaker pushed back on this:
On the question of whether Paul Ryan retired too early, the source says Wisconsin has one of the latest filing deadlines in the country, and those states with later filing deadlines the source added those members filed for re-election.
The source also noted more than 40 members retired before Ryan announced he would retire.
As for complaints about Ryan’s fundraising efforts, the source said the speaker brought in a record breaking haul…$110 million this cycle. The source also noted that Ryan and the Super PAC raise an additional $153 million, another record.
A separate source close to the White House said aides to Trump held a conference call with surrogates earlier this afternoon and blamed three factors: History, fundraising and retirements.
But the blame game had begun. And the White House is pointing the finger at Ryan. The uneasy marriage between the President and the speaker appears to be falling apart.
Note: This post has been updated.
Candidates on social media are reminding voters that even if a polling location closes, it is legally required to allow voters who are already waiting in line to cast their votes.
Democratic candidate for governor of Florida Andrew Gillum tweeted: "It's your right to make your voice heard! If you're in line by 7pm, stay there — you are legally entitled to vote. Let's #bringithome, Florida!"
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florid also took to Twitter to encourage voters to "#StayInLine until you vote"
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Steve Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, predicted that "we hold a slim majority" in a 12:59 p.m. ET email to staff this afternoon.
"It has been a tough fight and we will know the answer soon, but my prediction is that we hold a slim majority," he wrote. "We have 14 candidates winning inside the margin of error, and as long as most of them hang on, we are going to win."
We know that this rallying-the-troops message is not even close to unanimous at the NRCC or among Republican strategists more broadly.
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It's 7:30 p.m. ET and polls have now closed in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.
A Midwestern state-level resurgence? Democratic former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Richard Cordray will try to win the governor's office in Ohio, a state Trump won by 9 percentage points in 2016. He faces Republican state Attorney General Mike DeWine. It's the first of several such tests for Democrats, who also hope to reverse GOP gains in Michigan, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Midterm results are starting to roll in.
In the video below, CNN's Tom Foreman discusses the potential shift in control that could impact legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Mike Pence's older brother Greg Pence will win the vice president's former congressional seat in Indiana, CNN projects.
Greg Pence was elected in the deep-red 6th District to replace former Rep. Luke Messer, who vacated the seat in a failed bid for the Republican Senate nomination.
As they await results, White House officials are downplaying the polls and expressing skepticism, pointing to polls in 2016 as being off the mark.
They are hopeful it’s the same situation this time around.
“The President’s message on immigration is resonating and as we saw in 2016 I don’t think the polls reflect that," one White House official said.
The source also says President Trump is “laying low now and watching TV like the rest of us.”