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Monday, Nov. 9 - GOP holds Arizona House and Senate.

4:31 p.m. - New Mexico has its first Black senator. Harold Pope Jr., a Democrat, defeated a three-term incumbent to win Albuquerque's District 23.

3:23 p.m. - Coloradans approve the state joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

2:48: Rhode Island Question 1 passes, and the state will remove "Providence Plantations" from its official name.

2:26 p.m. - Pennsylvania House and Senate will remain in Republican control. Margins still unclear. 

2:14 p.m. - Massachusetts ranked-choice voting citizen initiative fails.

12:33 p.m. - Wolf reintroduction in Colorado too close to call.

12:26 p.m. - Openly bisexual 25-year-old Alex Lee elected to California Assembly.

11: 30 a.m. - Democrats flip Michigan Supreme Court.

11:28 a.m. - GOP holds MIchigan House (Senate not up this year).

10:40 a.m. - North Dakota Governor just announced a replacement for winning HD 8 candidate David Andahl , who died of COVID a few months ago. Wade Boeshans will be the other new legislator for HD8. Battle is brewing over this. The governor believes he has the constitutional power to do this, the attorney general not so much

10:38 a.m. - Massachusetts Question 1 (right to repair) passed.

9:58 a.m. - Tarra Simmons becomes first person formerly convicted of a felony elected to the Washington Legislature.

10:38 a.m. - Massachusetts Question 1 (right to repair)

7:03 a.m - Missouri redistricting measure narrowly passes. This reverses the citizen initiative that voters passed in 2018.

7:01 a.m. - California Proposition 22 passed. The measure—the most expensive in American history—will require that most app-based transportation and delivery drivers be classified as independent contractors, not employees.

3:20 a.m. - New Hampshire House is currently 146 D to 133 R; NH Senate is currently 6 D to 3 R, but it has flipped. Arizona House is 25 D to 12 R; and the Arizona Senate is 13 R to 13 D.

2:39 a.m. - The Democratic majority in the California Assembly goes from 61 to 60 seats with 19 Republicans and 1 Independent party member. The same majority before and after the election.  

​2:29 a.m. - The California Senate will go from a 29-11 Democratic majority before the election to a 32-8 majority following the election as three Republican incumbents lost their races. By comparison, no incumbents in the Assembly lost their race on election night.

1:56 a.m.- Democrats managed to flip only one seat in the Texas Senate following the election. All other Texas Senate races went to the incumbent.

1:33 a.m. - Republicans appear to hold a 77-43 advantage in the 120 member Florida House of Representatives following the election.  Representative Chris Sprowls will serve as the new speaker. Republicans also appear to maintain their 23-17 edge in the Florida Senate with no seats flipping following the election, although the Senate District 37 race was less than 110 votes apart at the close of election night and may require an automatic recount. 

12:52 a.m. - In Texas, GOP holds state Senate; House not called yet, but all signs at this time point to continued GOP control there too.

12:28 a.m. - Speaker Johnny Mendez of the New Progressive Party in Puerto Rico appears to have lost by less than 100 votes in his District 36 House race.

And now it's Wednesday.

11:38 p.m. - California Proposition 17, to restore former felon vote passes.​

11:37 p.m. - Washington Referendum 90, which requires comprehensive sex education for all students, passes.

11:35 p.m. - Kansas Senate Majority Leader Anthony Hensley is trailing with 93 of 94 precincts reporting.

11:31 p.m. - From VTDigger: "Vermont Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson lost her reelection bid on Tuesday, coming in third by a mere 18 votes in the Grand Isle House race. Pending a recount, those results would leave the House Democrats scrambling to find a new leader ahead of a legislative session that begins in January."

11:16 p.m. - South Dakota Representative Jean Hunhoff, a member of NCSL's Executive Committee, is winning but the race in Senate District 18 has not been called. Hunhoff currently has 68% of the vote in her favor but 87% of vote reported.

11:11 p.m. - Minnesota Senate President Jeremy Miller is in a tight race that is too close to call.

11:00 p.m. - New Hampshire House Republican Leader Dick Hinch won reelection.

10:59 p.m. - Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat won his contested election for Senate District 47

10:55 p.m. - Colorado Proposition 116 to reduce the state income tax passes.

10:52 p.m. - Republican Greg Gianforte wins the Montana governor's race.

10:49 p.m. - Republicans have won majorities in both chambers of the North Carolina legislature, per Associated Press.

10:42 p.m. - Virginia Question 1, establishing a redistricting commission, passes.

10:38 p.m.: Colorado and Oregon both pass cigarette/tobacco/nicotine taxes.

10:36 p.m. - Legalized psilocybin passes in Oregon

10:34 p.m. - Colorado Proposition 118 which establishes paid medical and family leave has passed.

10:33 p.m.- Colorado passed Amendment 77 to allow voters in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to expand the types of games offered and raise the bet limit.

10:28 p.m. - Watch them process votes in Philadelphia.

10:12 p.m. - Shevrin Jones becomes first LGBTQ person of color elected to the Florida Senate and Michele Rayner-Goolsby becomes first LGBTQ person of color elected to the House.

10:07 p.m. - Colorado Amendment B - the Gallagher Amendment Repeal and Property Tax Assessment Rates Measure has passed

10:02 p.m. - Florida's top-two primary issue didn't pass because it needed 60% of the vote.

9:58 p.m. - Arkansas ballot measures: Issue 1: Support Permanent Transportation Sales Tax was approved. Issue 2: LImit Terms in Office was approved. Issue 3: Amend Ballot Initiative Process has failed

9:56 p.m.: Colorado ban on late-term abortions fails

9:55 p.m. - In Puerto Rico, the New Progressive Party (NPP) candidate for governor, Pedro Pierluisi has declared victory in a six way race for the governor's mansion. He secured 32.3% of the vote. No runoff is required after the general election. The NPP party retains the governorship. Results are not final, but it appears that the NPP will also retain its majority in the Puerto Rico House and Senate. Regarding the plebiscite question "Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the Union as a State?" the results are 52.2% in favor and 47.7% against. Similar to past plebiscite results on the issue of statehood, Congress would have to make a determination on statehood before anything happens. The results of the plebiscite are not binding. The race for resident commissioner also went to the NPP candidate, incumbent Jenniffer Lopez. The Popular Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor has not conceded the race as he trails Pierluisi by less than 1% of the vote with about 10% of the votes still waiting to counted. He awaiting a certification of the race results on Wednesday morning before conceding the race.

9:41 p.m. - Nebraska casino gambling initiatives all passing.

9:35 p.m. - Vermont Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas and NCSL Executive Committee member has won.

9:29 p.m. - In Vermont, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson’s race will likely go to a recount with her in third place by 18 votes in the two person district. All precincts reported.

9:17 p.m. - Colorado passes Amendment 76, clarifying that only a citizen may vote.

9:15 p.m. - Mississippi approves new state flag.

9:14 p.m. - Republicans hold the Arkansas House.

9:11 p.m. - Florida passes Amendment 2, raising the minimum wage to $15 (over time).

9:06 p.m. - Recreational Marijuana initiative has passed in Arizona

9:04 p.m. - Georgia House Minority Leader Bob Trammell has been defeated.

8:56 p.m. - Madinah Wilson-Anton won Delaware's HD-26. She worked as a legislative aide for her district and will be the first practicing Muslim in the General Assembly.

8:54 p.m. - Republicans have secured the Kentucky House, and control both chambers.

8:48 - Democrat Roy Cooper was reelected North Carolina's governor.

8:44 p.m. - Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is going to Congress, after winning the district five race.

8:39 p.m. - Sarah McBride (D) won a seat in the Delaware Senate, making her the first out trans state senator in the U.S. McBride, a Wilmington native, defeated Republican candidate Steve Washington to replace outgoing state Sen. Harris McDowell (D).

8:36 p.m. - Jabari Brisport is the first LGBTQ person of color in the New York Legislature (Senate District 35).

8:34 p.m. - Former state lawmaker Republican Spencer Cox is Utah's new governor.

8:11 p.m. - New Jersey legalizes recreational marijuana.

8:05 p.m. - Kentucky passes Marsy's Law, the crime victim's bill of rights, for second time since 2018.

7:55 p.m. - Washington, D.C. passes Initiative 81 which decriminalizes the use of magic mushrooms and other psychedelic substances after a months-long campaign in which supporters collected signatures during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

7:40 p.m. - Wyoming, Tennessee Senates stay Republican

6:51 p.m. - In an upset, Republican Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung has ousted Rhode Island's Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

6:42 p.m. - Republicans win four seats in Kentucky Senate.

6:41 p.m. - Vermont Governor Phil Scott reelected.

6:32 p.m. - New Hampshire Speaker Steve Shurtleff reelected.

6:25 p.m. - New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R) wins reelection.

6:24 p.m. - Delaware Governor John Carney reelected.

2:41 p.m. - NCSL's ballot issues expert Mandy Zoch wrote an "Ode to 'I Voted' Stickers" blog post with lots of background about the popular stickers.

Rep. Roy Edwards, R-Gillette, looks around the room in the Wyoming House of Representatives on Jan. 11, 2017, at the Jonah Business Center in Cheyenne.  Dan Cepeda, Star-Tribune1:13 p.m. - Wyoming Representative Roy Edwards (R) died a day before the election.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you Roy Edwards went home to glory. He passed at about 10:30 this morning,” read an email, sent by fellow Gillette Republican Representative Scott Clem. “Please keep his wife and children in your thoughts and prayers.”

12:57 p.m. - If you're seeking help withdrawing from political Twitter, this PolitiFact news media feed will not be helpful.

12:45 p.m. - In case you're still answering your phone, the FBI is investigating a wave of robocalls telling voters to "stay safe and stay home."

12:42 p.m. - In the "can't win for losing" column, the Des Moines Register reports voters with too much sanitizer on their hands are gunking up ballot counting machines.

12:37 p.m. - ABC News has a list of when the polls close in every state, which is helpful if you're keeping your own touch screen whiteboard.

12:26 p.m. - In case you're wondering, here's the Associated Press' explanation of how it calls races.

11:14 a.m. - A federal judge ordered the U.S. Postal Service to sweep facilities for remaining mail ballots and rush their delivery, as receipt deadlines close in.

10:40 a.m. - The Hill's ace Reid Wilson has a look at 10 under-the-radar races to watch.

9:10 a.m. - Days to report? Parsing exit polls? Lawyers on the courthouse steps? Not in rural, remote New Hampshire where Dixville Notch's five voters head to the polls at midnight. Former Vice President Joe Biden scored a clean sweep with all five votes, the first time a candidate has run the table since Richard Nixon in 1960. Shortly afterward, neighboring and comparatively heavily populated Millsfield weighed in, giving President Donald Trump a 16-5 victory. So American, so quaint, so New Hampshire.

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