Election Night in the US

By Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner, Sophie Tatum, Maegan Vazquez and Jessie Yeung, CNN

Updated 1:29 PM ET, Wed November 7, 2018
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10:00 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Jake Tapper: "This is not a blue wave"

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

With numbers still flowing in this evening, CNN’s Jake Tapper said that results so far do not indicate the “blue wave” many Democrats had hoped for and predicted.

“It’s entirely possible that the Democrats will regain control of the House today, but I have to say, when you look at what’s going on here tonight, this is not a blue wave,” he said. “This is not a wave that is knocking out all sorts of Republican incumbents.”

In particular Tapper pointed to the race in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District as an indicator of how the night is going. In that race, Republican Andy Barr successfully fended Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.

“It does look as though Republicans have been able to build something of a wall in certain parts of the country, especially in these states that President Trump won,” said Tapper, surveying broader swath of races across the country. “That said, Democrats still have a decent chance of winning back the House.”

CNN political commentator Van Jones called some of the losses as "heartbreaking."

"This is not over. People need to stay out there and continue the fight," he said.

Watch more:

9:45 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin wins re-election in Wisconsin

From CNN's Eric Bradner and Paul LeBlanc

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin bested her Republican challenger Leah Vukmir, CNN projects, overcoming a late push from President Donald Trump to mobilize Republican voters in the state.

Her win came in a state Democrats were determined to move back into their column after Trump toppled the “blue wall” of Midwestern states -- Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania -- two years earlier.

Watch below: Wisconsin Democrat claims Senate victory

9:46 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

GOP’s Mike Braun defeats Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana

From CNN's Eric Bradner

Republican Mike Braun will defeat Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, CNN projects, giving Republicans a major pick-up to bolster their Senate majority in a state President Donald Trump won handily two years earlier.

Trump’s 19 percentage point victory in Indiana underscored just how difficult the state would be for a Democrat to hold in 2018.

Watch: GOP picks up a big seat in Senate

9:35 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

The Forecast: The House is still leaning Democratic

From CNN's Harry Enten

The House is still leaning Democratic, but it is looking better for Democrats at this hour.

The bottom line: They are winning where they need to.

9:39 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Exit polls: Voters didn't support Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court

From CNN's Z. Byron Wolf

Almost half of voters opposed Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, according to preliminary data from CNN's national exit polls.

A little over 40% supported his appointment. Around half of men supported Kavanaugh's confirmation compared to fewer than 40% of women who voted in this election, a significant gender divide.

On Roe v. Wade, two-thirds of 2018 voters said they would like to keep the landmark Supreme Court decision in place while only a quarter want it overturned. More than 80% said that sexual harassment is a very or somewhat serious problem in our country today and almost half said it's very serious.

Watch below: What voters say about Kavanaugh's confirmation

9:41 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

GOP's Marsha Blackburn withstands challenge from Bredesen to win Tennessee Senate race

From CNN's Dan Merica

Rep. Marsha Blackburn will win the race to represent Tennessee in the US Senate, CNN can project, outlasting a challenge from former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat who looked to run against his party to win in a state President Donald Trump won by 26 percentage points in 2016.

She will be the first female senator from the state.

Democrats had hoped to pick up Tennessee as part of a narrow path to retaking the Senate.

Watch CNN's Political Director David Chalian explain why the Tennessee seat was a big loss for Democrats:

9:15 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

There's higher support for Trump in these key states

From CNN's Z. Byron Wolf

In Indiana, around half of voters approve of the job Trump is doing as President around the same as in Missouri, slightly higher than the nationwide average.

Both states feature tight Senate races where Democrats are trying to hold on to seats in states Trump won in 2016.

Voters in Indiana and Missouri are split between whether their vote for Senate was in support of the President, opposition, or whether Trump isn't a factor in their vote. Around a third in both states said that their Senate vote was in opposition to Trump while around three-in-ten said it was in support of him or Trump wasn't a factor.

9:11 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Democrat Joe Manchin wins re-election in West Virginia

From CNN's Eric Bradner

Sen. Joe Manchin will win re-election in West Virginia, CNN projects, defeating Republican challenger Patrick Morrisey and keeping in Democratic hands a seat in a state that voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump.

West Virginia was long seen as a top Republican target for one reason: Trump won there by 42 percentage points in 2016.

The state, once a Democratic stronghold, has become so heavily Republican that the sitting governor, Jim Justice, switched to the GOP last year.

Manchin, though, built a reputation as one of the Senate’s most conservative Democrats. He broke with the rest of the party to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, though he waited to announce his position until Kavanaugh’s confirmation was already guaranteed.

9:29 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Republican Andy Barr wins re-election in closely watched Kentucky 6th

From CNN's Eric Bradner

Republican Rep. Andy Barr will hold off a challenge from Democratic former Marine combat pilot Amy McGrath in Kentucky's Lexington-based 6th District, CNN projects.

Barr's win comes in a district President Donald Trump carried by 15 percentage points in 2016. It was seen as a must-win for the GOP's hopes of holding onto control of the House.

McGrath, who defeated Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in a Democratic primary, was part of a surprisingly strong crop of Democratic political newcomers, many of whom had military experience.

Watch analysis below: