8:21 pm ET – Welcome to the live blog! I just arrived at Election Night HQ for the MN GOP. Just getting settled in, but I notice that we’re already seeing a call for Sherrod Brown in Ohio. Florida polls just closed 20 mins or so ago, so I’ll take a look and catch up soon.
Original post follows …
We’re finally down to the wire in all the key races. The ads have been aired, the candidates have been heard, the memes have all gone viral — so now it’s time to count the votes and then pick up the pieces. My Election Night coverage here will run in parallel with AM1280 The Patriot’s live broadcast from Republican election headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota. I’m planning to do a few Facebook Live interviews and vignettes during the evening, so be sure to like our Hot Air Facebook page in order to get notified when I go live. (I’ll try to embed them in the live-blog as we go along, too.)
I’ll be watching Minnesota’s races, of course, as well as Florida and Missouri. There are Senate pickups at stake for the GOP in all three states, and real shots at success in each one, too. Karin Housley’s a long shot but still within range of an unimpressive appointed incumbent, Tina Smith, while Josh Hawley and Rick Scott are in tight races for flips. Florida and Minnesota have key gubernatorial races as well, and of course all three have lots of House races to follow to see whether the GOP can hold its majority.
There are also ballot initiatives in Florida, which my friend Jess Clackum helpfully boils down for us:
— Jess Clackum (@JessicaClackum) November 6, 2018
Yeah … never mind. Turnout has been high all day in Florida, however, even with a massive increase in early voting this year. We’ll see if that plays into the Trafalgar poll from earlier today.
Polls start closing in my states at 8 pm ET. I’ll start live-blogging a little while after that, when I’m fully ensconced at the radio remote desk. Be sure to watch the top of the post for updates, latest on top, and listen to our broadcast!
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