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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1:30 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

Republican Rep. Kristi Noem will be the first woman elected governor in South Dakota

Republican Rep. Kristi Noem will win her bid to become governor of South Dakota, CNN projects.

She is the first woman elected governor in the state.

Watch below: Women elected to the House in record numbers

1:14 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

California voters will reject a measure to allow local rent control

A proposition to repeal a 1995 rent control law and allow cities and other local jurisdictions to regulate rent prices on residential property has failed, CNN projects.

If passed, it would have allowed local jurisdictions to set laws governing what rent owners may charge for new tenants, new construction, and single-family homes

You can read more ballot measure results here.

1:10 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

Alabama voters will pass a fetal rights measure

An amendment to the Alabama Constitution declaring that the state’s policy to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life, the rights of unborn children — including a right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful — and that the Constitution does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion will pass, CNN projects.

You can read more ballot measure results here.

1:06 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

Scott Walker is locked in a tight race with Democrat Tony Evers

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is locked in a tight race with Democrat Tony Evers in his bid for a third term.

Democrats have seen Evers are their best chance to defeat Walker, who is asking voters for their vote for the fourth time in eight years because Democrats unsuccessfully tried to recall the Republican in 2012.

Evers, the superintendent of Wisconsin schools, has hammered Walker throughout the campaign as a career politician who has been around too long with too few results.

Evers, like Democrats across the country, ran in clear opposition to the Republican health care plan, but he also seized on the widely held view in the state that education had suffered under Walker.

Walker regularly accused Evers of being a Democrat who wants to raise taxes on all Wisconsinite and arguing his attacks on Walkers’ health care views were inaccurate.

1:13 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

Kentucky clerk who refused to sign same-sex marriage certificates loses re-election bid

From CNN's Ray Sanchez

Republican Kim Davis, the Kentucky court clerk who became a conservative Christian heroine for refusing to sign same-sex marriage certificates three years ago, lost her re-election bid Tuesday, according to unofficial results posted by the state board of elections.

Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. appeared to defeat Davis by more than 650 votes in the race for clerk in Rowan County, according to the unofficial results, with all precincts reporting.

Davis spent several days in jail in September 2015 after refusing to abide by that summer's historic US Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

"It is not a light issue for me. It is a heaven or hell decision," Davis said in a statement at the time, citing her religion.

Watch below: Supporters came to Davis' defense, others rallied against her

You can read more on the race here.

12:49 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

Indicted Republican congressmen win re-election in New York and California

From CNN's Kate Sullivan

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins, both indicted in August on unrelated charges, won their re-election battles Tuesday night, CNN projects.

They were the first two members of Congress to support then-candidate Donald Trump.

Hunter was indicted on a series of charges including using campaign funds for personal use and counts of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy. Hunter has pleaded not guilty.

Collins was charged with 13 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements related to an alleged insider trading scheme. Collins has called the charges "meritless" and also pleaded not guilty.

12:40 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

Rep. Elijah Cummings says Democrats will hold Trump "accountable"

From CNN's Manu Raju

Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is set to be chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the Democratic majority, told CNN that he plans to use his committee in a thorough and methodical way to answer a range of issues that Republicans have ignored.

He also expressed interest in seeking President Trump's tax returns to determine whether there are conflicts with the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits federal officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments without the consent of Congress.

"We probably will," Cummings told CNN when asked if tax returns could help his investigation into whether Trump violated the emoluments clause, specifically with regards to his business with the Trump International Hotel and the FBI headquarters building in Washington.

"I don't see how you can look at it, and do a thorough job and do an effective job unless you do. Tax returns may tell you something else — that's why we would like to see them," he added.

Cummings said he wants to restore "accountability" to the Trump administration as chairman of the committee.

"Right now, we have a President who is accountable to no one," he said, adding that, "My plan is to use the subpoena as a method of last resort."

Still, Cummings insisted he would "work very hard" to approach his chairmanship in a deliberative and bipartisan manner.

"I don't want people to think we are going to rush in and beat up on Trump," he said.

Cummings said there would be two lanes to investigate:

  1. One, he said, would be to "defend our democracy," to look into voting rights and limitations facing under-privileged communities. He said they would also look into matters involving the use of security clearances in the Trump administration — whether it was for ex-aides Michael Flynn and Rob Porter as well as for Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and senior adviser.
  2. The other lane would look at day-to-day issues affecting many Americans, such as the high price of prescription drugs and insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions — as well as the U.S. Postal Service, Cummings said.

He said there would be a lot of coordination between the various House committees to ensure there isn't overlap — including on the Trump tax returns, which the House Ways and Means and Financial Services panels both may want as well.

"I would expect that this week, we will start to get all of that stuff and begin to organize," Cummings said. "And there will be coordination … The last thing we want to do is step on each other."

12:26 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

Arkansas approves voter ID amendment

Voters in Arkansas will vote to amend the state's Constitution to require a voter to present valid photographic identification when voting in person or casting an absentee ballot and that the state issue free photo ID to eligible voters without one, CNN projects.

You can read more ballot measure results here.

12:55 a.m. ET, November 7, 2018

Sighs of relief and just plain sighs for Democrats on a topsy-turvy night

From CNN's Greg Krieg

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Democrats got what they needed on Tuesday night, but not -- so far -- what they really, really wanted.

On another confounding election night in America, Democrats smashed the Republican House majority, and could win in the range of 35 seats by the time all is said and done.

But there is no howling catharsis. No partying in the streets tonight. Something is missing.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is projected to have lost the Florida governor's race. Ditto for Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke's bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz. Former Georgia House minority leader Stacey Abrams looks like she could fall short in her pioneering run to become the first female African American governor in US history.

Three rising stars -- each of them with a certain mixture of chops and personal magnetism -- demanding change in states that Democrats desperately wanted to win again, or win over after a generation on the outside, all fell short on Election Day.

Instead, the party will have to dig a little deeper for inspiration.

To Kansas, perhaps, where a Democrat, Laura Kelly, will be governor, breaking GOP control of the state. Or to Iowa, where Democrats are leading in three congressional races.

Or to Michigan, where Gretchen Whitmer is projected to reclaim the governorship for Democrats and become the new face of liberalism in the Midwest.

But that's all for tomorrow.

Tonight, even as Democrats breathe a sigh of relief, there will also be some plain old sighs. For what might have been.

Watch: CNN's David Chalian reacts to Dem losses and wins