Election Day 2017 – Live Coverage

11:25 – Good Night! Here is the look at all of our calls tonight

I would expect to see some Republican retirements in the house in the coming weeks, because tonight was an absolutely disastrous night for Republicans. Of my “Fifteen Most Important Races Tonight” Democrats won 13, Republicans won 1, and the final one is headed to a runoff that seems to favor Democrats. Democrats also look poised to tie or take control of the Virginia House of Delegates, which was held by a Republican supermajority, I had rated that as “Likely Republican” the second-safest rating possible, only behind “Safe Republican”. The next time I will join you for election results will probably be in a few weeks (December 12th) for the Alabama US Senate election, assuming the polling is close.

Virginia Governor – Democrat
Virginia Lt. Governor – Democrat
Virginia Attorney General – Democrat
Georgia’s Sixth State Senatorial district – Democrat
Atlanta Mayor – Headed to a runoff
St. Petersburg Mayor – Democrat
Manchester Mayor – Democrat
Charlotte Mayor – Democrat

New Jersey Governor – Democrat
Maine Question 2 (Medicaid Expansion) – Yes
New York City Mayor – Democrat
New York Question 1 (Constitutional Convention) – No
Westchester County Executive – Democrat

Utah’s Third Congressional District – Republican
Washington’s 45th State Senatorial District – Democrat

Virginia House of Delegates

Democrats – 49
Republicans – 47
Headed to recounts – 4

11:16 – Democrats now control the entire West Coast

The only legislative body on the west coast not controlled by Democrats is the Washington State Senate, and right now, the Democrat Manka Dhingra looks to be poised to take over the 45th district, which would put the Dems over the top.

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11:12 – New Jersey

Democrats were never going to lose New Jersey’s state senate, but they do pick up one Republican-held seat, increasing their majority.

10:53 – Coming up on the final race of the day

Manka Dhingra is the Democrat running for Washington’s 45th state senate seat, the 45th is a Republican held seat, and a win for Dhingra would mean a Democratic majority in the Washington state house, the only legislative body held by Republicans on the West Coast.

10:50 – Results slow in Atlanta Mayoral

While the race will go to a runoff, it’s looking like the Democrats will win that. The “Republican” in the race, Mary Norwood, is 18 points behind the leading Democrat.

Mayor – Atlanta – General
5 of 170 Precincts Reporting – 3%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Bottoms, Keisha Lance Dem 12,039 34%
Norwood, Mary Ind 5,672 16%
Mitchell, Ceasar Dem 4,362 12%
Woolard, Cathy Dem 4,248 12%
Fort, Vincent  Dem 4,092 12%

10:35 – Update on the House of Delegates

I can now call Districts 68 and 85 as Democratic pickups. As it stands.

Democrats – 49
Republicans – 47
No Call – 4

The four seats in question are all within 200 votes and will probably be recounted.

House of Delegates – District 27 – General
21 of 22 Precincts Reporting – 95%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Robinson, Roxann (i) GOP 13,815 50%
Barnett, Larry Dem 13,677 50%
House of Delegates – District 28 – General
23 of 23 Precincts Reporting – 100%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Thomas, Robert GOP 11,824 50%
Cole, Joshua Dem 11,720 50%
House of Delegates – District 40 – General
22 of 23 Precincts Reporting – 96%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Tanner, Donte Dem 14,644 50%
Hugo, Timothy (i) GOP 14,459 50%
House of Delegates – District 94 – General
24 of 24 Precincts Reporting – 100%
Name Party Votes Vote %
Yancey, David (i) GOP 11,597 49%
Simonds, Shelly Dem 11,585 49%
Bartley, Michael Lib 675 3%

10:29 – Some other news out of Georgia (HD-119)

This didn’t make my list of the 15 most important races of the day, but Democrat Jonathan Wallace beat Tom Lord by over 35 points in what was a Republican held district, an incredible swing.

Name Party Votes Vote %
Wallace, Jonathan Dem 4,482 57%
Lord, Tom GOP 1,573 20%

10:27 – Dems ends Republican supermajority in Georgia

Earlier I called this race as heading to a primary with a probable Democratic pickup, now we can reclassify it to a guaranteed D pickup, as the top two vote getters are both Democrats, meaning that the runoff will be guaranteed to produce a Democratic pickup.

10:13 – The First Republican Win

Third parties have picked up a significant part of the vote, but while Democrats are going to make some gains in the margins, Utah’s Third congressional district will remain red.

(Rep) John Curtis: 59.4%
(Dem) Kathie Allen: 25.2%
(UUT) Jim Bennett: 9.2%
Other Third Parties: 6.2%

10:04 – Polls close in Utah-03

This should be a sure thing as Republican’s first win in our list of the 15 major races tonight, but I thought the same thing about the House of Delegates, who knows? Jason Chaffetz won this seat by nearly 50 points a year ago, so even in what has been a wave day for Democrats, this should be an R win.

10 – Razor thin in the remaining six districts

District 27 – Republican leads by 138 votes
District 28 – Republican leads by 104 votes
District 40 – Democrat leads by 135 votes
District 68 – Democrat leads by 465 votes
District 85 – Democrat leads by 447 votes
District 94 – Republican leads by 12 votes

9:48 – Two more calls in the Democratic Checklist

Westchester County Executive

(R) Rob Astorino 40%
(D) George Latimer 60% (CALLED)

Maine Question 2 (Medicaid Expansion)

Yes – 59% (CALLED)
No – 41%

9:30 – More Updates!

Kelly Convirs-Fowler is Democrat’s 13th pickup, and Riley Ingram wins on the Republican side in District 62

Democrat – 47
Republican – 47
No Call – 6

9:24 – Updated VA-HD numbers

I can make a call in District 86 for Republican Chris Stolle. That brings our total to this

Democrat – 46
Republican – 46
No Call – 8 (Democrats lead in four)

9:14 – We can make a call on if there will be a constitutional convention

Yes – 24%
No – 76%

And that is still without New York City in, another, while expected, win for Democratic groups.

9:04 – Call in NYC Mayor

Democratic incumbent Bill De Blasio has won the NYC Mayoral race, and I would expect he wins by 30+ points

9:02 – How I see the House Of Delegates

Republican – 45
Democrat – 46
No Call – 9

9 – Calls made so far

Virginia Governor – Called Democrat
Virginia Lt. Governor – Called Democrat
Virginia Attorney General – Called Democrat
Virginia House of Delegates – No call, current rating: Toss-Up
Georgia’s Sixth Legislative district – Called, headed to a run-off
Atlanta Mayor – Called, headed to a run-off
St. Petersburg Mayor – Called Democrat
Manchester Mayor – Called Democrat
Charlotte Mayor – Called Democrat

New Jersey Governor – Called Democrat
Maine Question 2 (Medicaid Expansion) – No call, current rating: Lean Yes

8:53 – Democrats could break Supermajority in Georgia State Senate

GA-6 State Senate
Howard, Jaha Dem 319 35%
Jordan, Jen Dem 241 27%
Bentley, Matt GOP 150 17%
Aldridge, Leah GOP 84 9%

8:47 – Maine Medicaid Expansion?

Maine’s ballot initiative on medicaid expansion currently leads by seven points over the no votes, I would expect that to tighten as more rural areas come in, no call yet.

8:43 – This is looking like a catastrophic night for Republicans

Democrats have already picked off 12 Republican delegates, they lead in five more, and are down with a chance in about eight after that. A note, they need 17 to take control of the house, I rated that as a safe bet for Republicans to take control of. Ten seats would’ve been a great night, the fact that 25 are still in play is shocking.

8:36 – Updated Margins in my top ten potential VA-HD pick ups

VA-2 (Prince William) – D+53 (CALLED)
VA-12 (Blacksburg) – D+17 (CALLED)
VA-13 (Prince William) – D+9 (CALLED)
VA-31 (Prince William) – D+15 (CALLED)
VA-32 (Loudoun) – D+18 (CALLED)
VA-42 (Fairfax) – D+12
VA-50 (Manassas) – D+9 (CALLED)
VA-67 (Fairfax) – D+17
VA-85 (Virginia Beach) – D+1
VA-94 (Newport News) – R+2

Democrats lead in 14 (!!!) Republican held state house districts, that outperforms even the most outrageous projections.

8:20 – Projected Margin in Virginia

I can officially call the state of Virginia’s margin as a 8-12 point win for the Democrat Ralph Northam, the race was called overall for Northam close to an hour ago.

8:11 – Shocking results in Virginia

Not only did I call all three races for Democrats in the first hour, D’s look like they have a shot to take the state house, not a great chance, but a chance, which seemed unthinkable coming into the night. This was the map after the last elections.

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8:03 – Calls made in NJ Gov, VA LtGov, and VA Attorney General

Projection: Democrats Phil Murphy, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring all are projected winners. Fairfax and Herring looking like five point winners, Murphy by a 15-20 point margin.

8:01 – Charlotte mayoral race looks good for Dems

(D) – Vi Lyles 64%
(R) – Kenny Smith 34%

7:57 – Looking like a really good night for D’s in Virginia

Here is a look at the results in my ten potential Democratic pickups.

VA-2 (Prince William) – D+56
VA-12 (Blacksburg) – D+10
VA-13 (Prince William) – D+7
VA-31 (Prince William) – D+9
VA-32 (Loudoun) – D+18
VA-42 (Fairfax) – No Results
VA-50 (Manassas) – D+16
VA-67 (Fairfax) – D+10
VA-85 (Virginia Beach) – R+3
VA-94 (Newport News) – R+4

7:54 – A milestone in VA-13

We have called Virginia’s 13th legislative district for Danica Roem, who unseats incumbent Bob Marshall by six points. Roem is the first transgender person to hold a seat in any state house.

7:53 – We make a call in Manchester, NH

Democrat Joyce Craig has unseated incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas in Manchester by about six points.

7:47 – Northam wins

Northam is only up a half point statewide, but he is dominating in Northern Virginia, where Gillespie needed to be competitive, this race is over. Northam up 31 in Fairfax and 21 in Loudoun, far outperforming Clinton, who won by five statewide.

(D) Ralph Northam – 49.6%
(R) Ed Gillespie – 49.2%
(L) Cliff Hyra – 1.2%

7:45 – Some bad news for Gillespie

Gillespie is down 19 in Loudoun, that is extremely bad news for him, he needed to be within five there to win statewide. It is still early, but if he can’t close that gap it looks like a tough path for him.

7:40 – First Race Call

First Official Call: (D) Rick Kriseman looks to have won reelection in an expensive reelection campaign by about two points.

7:37 – My thoughts on the early Virginia results

It is so, so early, but Northam is in a good spot right now. He is losing statewide, but if you remember back to 2016, Democrats always fall behind early. Northam is outperforming Clinton in Northern Virginia.

7:18 – Some of the smaller races

Atlanta Mayor – you need to get 50% to win here, and in what is essentially a jungle primary, nobody seems to have a chance to do that, with the highest vote-getter receiving just 25% in the polls. I would guess Democrat Keisha Lance Bottoms wins the primary, but independent Mary Norwood also has a shot.

Charlotte Mayor – The incumbent Democratic mayor was defeated in the primary by Vi Lyles. The only polling in the race shows Lyles with just a one point lead over Republican Kenny Smith, even though Charlotte is a heavy Democratic city.

Manchester Mayor – This has increased interest because of multiple 2020 candidates campaigning. Democrat Joyce Craig has a chance to unseat Republican mayor Ted Gatsas, who has held the mayorship since 2009.

Westchester Executive – Republican incumbent Robert Astorino, who ran for governor a few years ago, looks to hold on against Democrat George Latimer, in what is a heavy Democratic town, the most recent polling gives Latimer a three point lead.

Atlanta Mayor rating: Toss-Up
Charlotte Mayor rating: Lean Democrat
Manchester Mayor rating: Likely Democrat
Westchester Executive rating: Lean Democrat

7:06 – Potential D Pickups in the Virginia House of Delegates

Here are some House of Delegates races to watch in Virginia, all are REPUBLICAN held at the moment, I note the district, area, and the Democratic nominee.

VA-2 (Prince William) – Jennifer Carroll Foy
VA-12 (Blacksburg) – Chris Hurst
VA-13 (Prince William) – Danica Roem
VA-31 (Prince William) – Elizabeth Guzman
VA-32 (Loudoun) – David Reid
VA-42 (Fairfax) – Kathy Tran
VA-50 (Manassas) – Lee Carter
VA-67 (Fairfax) – Karrie Delaney
VA-85 (Virginia Beach) – Cheryl Turpin
VA-94 (Newport News) – Shelly Simonds

6:54 – New Jersey Preview

Here is a look at the polling in the past week in New Jersey

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and a look at the 2016 election map

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New Jersey Gubernatorial Rating: Safe Democrat

6:47 –  Virginia Preview

Here is a look at all the polling done in the past week.

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and here is a look at the 2014 senatorial map, when Gillespie came within a couple points of defeating Democratic incumbent Mark Warner.

2014_virginia_senate_election_map

Northam is going to run up the margins in Northern Virginia, Richmond, Norfolk, and college towns like Harrisonburg and Charlottesville. This race will come down to turnout, Northam is from Eastern Virginia, and in Eastern Va and Richmond, black turnout is the key to Democrats getting elected statewide, and with Justin Fairfax on the ballot at the Lt. Governor spot, Northam hopes to energize that base. The far left wing of the party however, will be less energized after Northam flipped positions on sanctuary cities, saying that he now opposed them after Gillespie hit him with attack ads referencing gangs like MS13.

Virginia Gubernatorial Rating: Toss-Up
Virginia Lt. Gubernatorial Rating: Toss-Up
Virginia Attorney General Rating: Likely Democrat
Virginia House of Delegates (overall): Likely Republican

6:15 – What we are watching tonight

We will be watching 15 individual races tonight, as well as the Virginia House of Delegates in general, as Democrats attempt to break the Republican supermajority.

Red – Polls close at 7
Orange – Polls close at 7:30
Yellow – Polls close at 8
Green – Polls close at 9
Blue – Polls close at 10
Purple – Polls close at 11

Virginia Governor 
Virginia Lt. Governor
Virginia Attorney General
Virginia House of Delegates in general
Georgia’s Sixth Legislative district
Atlanta Mayor
St. Petersburg Mayor
Manchester Mayor
Charlotte Mayor

New Jersey Governor
Maine Question 2 (Medicaid Expansion)

New York City Mayor
New York Question 1 (Constitutional Convention)
Westchester County Executive

Utah’s Third Congressional District
Washington’s 45th State Senatorial District

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