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Join us for the latest returns from state legislative and ballot issue results. The latest information will be displayed here. Click on the headline for all previous updates. (All times MDT from NCSL's war room in our Denver office).

StateVote logo12:30 a.m.—Democrat Tony Evers defeats incumbent Scott Walker in Wisconsin governor's race.

11:48 p.m.—Idaho approves "historical horse racing" in which wagers are placed on races from the past with all identification stripped out.

11:28 p.m.—Medicaid expansions appeared well on their way to passage in Nebraska, Idaho, Utah and Montana.

11:25 p.m.—Brothel owner Dennis Hof, who died last month, was elected to the Nevada legislature as a Republican. County commissioners from the three states in his district will appoint his successor.

11:05 p.m.—West Virginia voters decided a woman's right to an abortion is not protected in the state. Sets the stage for the legislature to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade.

10:58 p.m.—New Mexico voters approve ethics commission.

10:46 p.m.—Washington voters passed a gun control measure, turned down a carbon tax, passed a ban on new taxes on groceries, passed a measure requiring mental health and de-escalation training for police and repealed an oil spill tax.

10:14 p.m.—This from Oregon: Voters declined to overturn an existing law stopping local and state police from enforcing federal immigration laws. Also turned down a measure requiring a supermajority for tax raises as well as a measure that would have stopped public funds from being used for abortion. West Virginia's abortion measure is on the fence at the moment.

10:05 p.m.—Colorado defeated the property devaluation compensation bill allowing people to sue over any reduction of any private property by any government action.

10:02 p.m.—New Hampshire Speaker of the House Gene Chandler has lost his race to Democratic challenger Anita Burroughs.

9:54 p.m.—Republicans expand their supermajority in the Alabama legislature. Won all statewide races, including Governor Kay Ivey and incoming Lieutentant Governor Will Ainsworth. Legislative leadership should remain.

9:53 p.m.—Connecticut Senate flips from tied to Democrats.

9:52 p.m.—Michigan passed its measure including a ton of election voting rights policies.

9:51 p.m.—Long time House Majority Leader Republican Al Carlson has lost his race by 105 votes in North Dakota.

9:50 p.m.—Minnesota House flips to blue. Likely biggest surprise of the night so far.

9:48 p.m.—Redistricting reform updates: Michigan redistricting just passed. Utah is last one uncertain. So three states have passed tonight (plus Ohio back in the primary election).

9:47 p.m.—Maryland passes election day registration, one of many election issues on the ballot. A good margin of victory at 67 percent. Also allotted gambling revenue to fund education, a more minor measure but with 80+ percent support.

9:42 p.m.—New York Senate flips from, well, blue to blue. It had been numerically Democratic but a coalition made things confusing.

9:39 p.m.—Colorado votes down reducing age for serving in legislature from 25 to 21.

9:37 p.m.—State legislators to Congress: Rashida Tlaib (D) Michigan is first Muslim woman and first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. She served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2008-2014. Chellie Pingree (D) Maine won re-election. She was a member of the Maine Senate from 1992-2000, serving as majority leader from 1996-2000. She is the first Democratic woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine.

9:36 p.m—Arkansas increased minimum wage to $11 phased in through 2021 and passes voter ID for in-person and absentee voting.

9:30 p.m.—The first of three big renewable energy measures fails in Arizona. Nevada has an identical one to this. The other one is Washington carbon fee.

9:29 p.m.—Early numbers show the Minnesota House could head for a chamber flip to the Democrats. Check back for updates!

9:28 p.m.—Redistricting revisions: Colorado passes  both measures, Missouri passes, Michigan on course to pass, Utah is close.

9:16 p.m.—New Hampshire appoves measures granting right to privacy and making it easier to sue the government.

9:15 p.m.—North Dakota defeats recreational marijuana.

9:12 p.m.—Missouri raises minimum wage to $12/hour, phased in over five years.

9:10 p.m.—Missouri passes one of three marijuana issues, the one allowing medical use with a 4 percent tax. Recreational use went down.

9:08 p.m.—Missouri passes redistricting revision.

9:05 p.m.—Halftime: No. 4 Duke 59, No. 2 Kentucky 42,

9:04 p.m.—CNN is calling that Ron De Santis and Jeanette Nunez will be the new Florida governor and Lieutenant Governor. Nunez is the former speaker pro tem of the Florida house and was recently honored with a 2018 Women in Politics Making a Difference Award from NCSL.

8:59 p.m.—Preliminary results indicate that Democrats appear to be on their way to taking control of the New Hampshire Senate after flipping three seats. Republicans gained control of the chamber in the 2010 election.

8:58 p.m.—Florida passes Marsy's Law to grant crime victims rights.

8:57 p.m.—Both Florida chambers stay Republican.

8:51 p.m.—Alabama approves measure that state policy is to support sanctity of unborn life and rights of unborn children.

8:37 p.m.—Louisiana bars felons from holding or seeking public office for five years after completing sentences; also required unanimous verdict in felony conviction (had been 10 of 12 jury votes).

8:33 p.m.—Florida voted to require a supermajority of both chambers to raise taxes or levy new ones.

8:29 p.m.—Alabama votes to allow Ten Commandments in schools and public property but public funds can't be used to defend it in court.

8:16 p.m.—Democrats flipped the governor in New Mexico as Michelle Lujan Grisham defeated Republican Steve Pearce, meaning Dems will almost certainly control the state.

8:14 p.m.—New York Democrat Assemblyman Joe Morelle won his Congressional race. Roughly half of all members of Congress are former state legislators.

8:12 p.m.—Michigan voters approve measure prohibiting prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in public places like hotels, restaurants, and retail stores.

8:07 p.m.—Three Kentucky state House districts were decided by less than 10 votes tonight. One race was decided by a solitary vote. Democrat Jim Glenn won House district 13 by 6319 votes to 6318 for Republican D.J. Johnson (pending recount). Every Vote Counts!!!

8:02 p.m.—CNN calls Kansas governor race for Democrat Laura Kelly over Republican Kris Kobach.

7:55 p.m.—Early returns show Democrats on the way to winning the majority in the Colorado Senate. Check back soon for update.

7:47 p.m.—indiana balanced budget issue wins big

7:43 p.m.—In the only election for Virginia House of Delgates, There was only one election for the Virginia House of Delegates, Republican Joe McNamara defeated Democrat Carter Turner in a special election to replace Republican Greg Habeeb who resigned earlier this year. By holding the seat, Republicans sustained their narrow 51-49 majority in the Virginia House

7:42—Florida bans offshore drilling, backing up their action in response to Trump administration decision to open offshore drilling.

7:36 p.m.—Marsy's Law passes in Georgia, Oklahoma and Florida. Had previously passed in South Dakota.

7:30 p.m.—Final: Kansas 92, Michigan State 87.

7:25 p.m.—No party control change in the Bluegrass state tonight. In fact, Republicans will maintain their supermajority in the Kentucky State Senate and possibly in the House also.

7:12 p.m.—Rhode Island Democratic Speaker Nicholas Mattiello out of won a close race against Republican Steven Frias (3101 votes vs. 2960 votes) with 50.9% of the vote.

7:07 p.m.—NBC projects Florida felon voting initiative passes.

6:30 p.m.—Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson wins re-election in Arkansas.

6:16 p.m.—Democrats will retain control of the Hawaii House. Thirty one Democrats were running unoppposed and they needed 26 for a majority. They will caucus tomorrow to choose leadership. Hawaii has the highest percentage of Democrati legislators of any state in the nation.

6:14 p.m.: Halftime: Kansas 50, Michigan State 36.

6:08 p.m.—CNN projects J.B. Pritzker defeats Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

6:07 p.m.—Fox News projects Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf wins re-election.

6:04 p.m.—CNN projects Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker wins re-election.

5:35—Fox News projects Henry McMaster wins South Carolina governorship.

4:15 p.m.—Guam elects its first female governor —former Senator Lou Leon Guerrero—as unofficial results are released.

4:15 p.m.—Guam elects 10 women to 35th state Senate, out of total 15 seats. The 34th Senate currently has five female members.

4 p.m.—Let the counting begin. Polls have closed in most of Indiana and eastern Kentucky.

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