Election Day Live Blog

Young voters waiting in line at the UT Coop (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)
Young voters waiting in line at the UT Coop (KXAN Photo/Todd Bailey)

Election Night Coverage

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Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20167:46 am CST

KXAN Viewers are reporting mostly smooth sailing as they cast their ballots this morning.

You can check poll wait times in Travis County here: http://kxan.com/current-wait-times-at-travis-county-early-voting-sites/
Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:01 am CST

If you find problems with a polling location you can call the ACLU voter concern hotline at 1-888-507-2970

Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:02 am CST

Here is everything you need to know before heading to the polls http://kxan.com/2016/11/07/election-day-what-you-need-to-know-to-cast-your-vote/

Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:03 am CST

Skip the lines with the Travis County Clerk’s best kept polling secret http://kxan.com/2016/11/08/skip-the-lines-with-the-best-kept-polling-secret/

Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:03 am CST

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Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:06 am CST

Wait times of over an hour at several polling locations. Track the wait times LIVE here: http://kxan.com/current-wait-times-at-travis-county-early-voting-sites/

Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:17 am CST

The campaigning hasn’t stopped for the Travis County Republican and Democratic parties. Austinites can likely expect a phone call or even a volunteer coming by their house encouraging community members to get out and vote.


Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:18 am CST

The campaigning hasn’t stopped for the Travis County Republican and Democratic parties. Austinites can likely expect a phone call or even a volunteer coming by their house encouraging community members to get out and vote.

Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:21 am CST

To cast a ballot in Texas you will need to present an approved form of photo ID, find out what you need to bring with you as you head to the polls

Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:25 am CST

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Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:30 am CST

Americans will vote for our next president on Tuesday and several restaurants and businesses are offering Election Day deals and freebies to those who cast their ballot.
http://kxan.com/2016/11/07/election-day-deals-freebies-for-voters/

Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:31 am CST

As Americans vote for the next president several restaurants and businesses are offering Election Day deals and freebies to those who cast their ballot.
http://kxan.com/2016/11/07/election-day-deals-freebies-for-voters/

Claire Ricke November 8, 20168:37 am CST

Several voting and ID verifying machines are down at Hill Elementary School.

We are working to get more information. The wait time is less than 30 minutes and they have a total of 6 voting booths.
Claire Ricke November 8, 20169:07 am CST

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Claire Ricke November 8, 20169:34 am CST

Hillary Clinton casts ballot in her home town in suburban New York saying “It is the most humbling feeling,” to vote for herself for president.

http://kxan.com/2016/11/08/clinton-casts-her-ballot-it-is-the-most-humbling-feeling/

Claire Ricke November 8, 20169:34 am CST

Hillary Clinton casts ballot in her home town in suburban New York saying “It is the most humbling feeling,” to vote for herself for president.

Clinton casts her ballot: ‘It is the most humbling feeling’

Claire Ricke November 8, 20169:42 am CST

The Secretary of State’s Office says Texas has 15.1 million registered voters going into the election, according to the Associated Press.

Claire Ricke November 8, 201611:44 am CST

Students waiting in line outside of the University of Texas Co-op to vote for Election Day.

Claire Ricke November 8, 201612:00 pm CST

Skip the lines with the best kept polling secret

Claire Ricke November 8, 201612:03 pm CST

Wait times still mostly under 30 minutes at polling locations across the Austin-area.

Claire Ricke November 8, 20161:06 pm CST

Problems reported at Hill Elementary School polling location

During the morning of Election Day laptop issues were reported at the Austin school.
Claire Ricke November 8, 20161:51 pm CST

As of 1 p.m. 51,000 voters have turned out to cast their ballot, according to the Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir

Claire Ricke November 8, 20162:25 pm CST

Full list of the best places to skip the lines for Election Day. Hear from the Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir who reveals her best kept polling secret.

Claire Ricke November 8, 20162:53 pm CST

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Claire Ricke November 8, 20162:53 pm CST

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Claire Ricke November 8, 20163:03 pm CST

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Claire Ricke November 8, 20163:16 pm CST

As of 3 p.m. 65,000 people have turned out to vote, according to the Travis County Clerk.

Claire Ricke November 8, 20163:20 pm CST

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Andy Jechow November 8, 20164:29 pm CST

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Andy Jechow November 8, 20164:30 pm CST

Worth noting: 2 of the 4 Travis County voting locations with a greater than 60 minute wait are on or near the UT Austin campus.

Andy Jechow November 8, 20164:34 pm CST

The other 2 long-wait locations are: the Senior Activity Center at North Lamar and W. 29th St. and the Randalls at Brodie and Slaughter.

Andy Jechow November 8, 20164:35 pm CST

Randalls at Steiner Ranch was downgraded from a 60+ min. wait to a 30-60 minute wait.

Andy Jechow November 8, 20164:36 pm CST

UT students who want to avoid a 1+ hour wait have other options. 10 blocks south of campus you have ACC Rio Grande Campus and the Travis County Granger building for voting locations, both with wait times of less than 30 minutes.

Dave Byknish November 8, 20164:39 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20164:42 pm CST

Roughly 50+ in line at the UT Coop waiting to vote

Dave Byknish November 8, 20164:42 pm CST

Election insiders are watching these key races as results roll in

Dave Byknish November 8, 20164:44 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20164:52 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20165:04 pm CST

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Andy Jechow November 8, 20165:07 pm CST

As of 5 p.m., according to the Travis County clerk, 79,500 voters have cast a ballot.

Dave Byknish November 8, 20165:09 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20165:32 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20165:55 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20166:17 pm CST

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Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20166:28 pm CST

Williamson County reports the Randalls on Gattis School Road in Round Rock has a 45-minute wait to cast a vote. There are several nearby polls with shorter lines, find the closest one to you here: http://www.wilco.org/default.aspx?tabid=3759

Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20166:35 pm CST

The AP has called West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton has won Vermont.

Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20166:37 pm CST

The AP has called West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton has won Vermont.

Electoral College
Trump: 24
Clinton: 3
Follow along on our interactive map
Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20166:38 pm CST

The AP has called West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton has won Vermont.

Electoral College
Trump: 24
Clinton: 3
Follow along on our interactive map
Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20166:39 pm CST


Trump: 23
Clinton: 3

*270 Needed to win
Follow along here: http://kxan.com/election-results/

Dave Byknish November 8, 20166:43 pm CST

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Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20166:44 pm CST

In just about 15 minutes, another handful of states will close their polls, including Florida.

Dave Byknish November 8, 20166:44 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20166:51 pm CST

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Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20167:01 pm CST

NBC News reports Florida is too close to call with 75% of the votes counted, less than 120,000 votes separate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20167:12 pm CST

Austin’s Prop 1 ‘For’ 60% vs. 40% ‘against’ in early voting totals

Dave Byknish November 8, 20167:17 pm CST
Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20167:18 pm CST

Additional Early Voting results show Travis County Sheriff candidate Sally Hernandez has more than double the votes of her nearest competitor.

Travis County
Sheriff
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Percent
Votes
Sally Hernandez (D) 62% 220,647
Joe G. Martinez (R) 31% 108,553
Eric Guerra (L) 4% 14,515
Debbie Russell (G) 3% 9,784
Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20167:19 pm CST

In Austin City Council District 4: Challenger Jimmy Flannigan leads Zimmerman 58% to 42%

Dave Byknish November 8, 20167:23 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20167:23 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20167:24 pm CST

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Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20167:27 pm CST
President
Texas Results
Percent
Votes
Donald J. Trump (R) 49% 492,713
Hillary Clinton (D) 47% 477,384
Gary Johnson (L) 3% 30,827
Jill Stein (G) 1% 7,937
Andy Jechow November 8, 20167:27 pm CST

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20167:27 pm CST

Early voting results show dead heat in Travis County Commissioner Precinct 3 race. Election day votes not counted yet.

Gerald Daugherty (R) – 60,921
David Holmes (D) – 60,528
Dave Byknish November 8, 20167:28 pm CST

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20167:37 pm CST

Pflugerville early voting shows citizens in favor of nearly all 28 propositions on the ballot except 21, 14, 11 and 2.

Mayoral candidate Victor Gonzales has a slight lead over Brad Marshall: 50.5% to 45%
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20167:42 pm CST

NBC News reporting Clinton has a slight lead over Trump in the electoral college, 75 to 72.

The candidates need 270 to win.
Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20167:43 pm CST

NBC News projects the US House of Representatives will remain in Republican control.

Dave Byknish November 8, 20167:45 pm CST

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20167:45 pm CST

Republican candidate for Railroad Commissioner, Wayne Christian, out to a big lead over Democrat Grady Yarbrough 54% to 38%.

NOTE: Railroad Commissioners oversee the state’s oil and gas industry, not railroads.
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20167:51 pm CST

Trump leads Clinton in Texas 49% to 47%. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson a distant third with 3% of the vote.

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20168:00 pm CST

Don Zimmerman’s Austin City Council opponent Jimmy Flannigan says he’s “overjoyed” with early voting results.

“We knew that all the hard work we’ve been doing for the last 6 months, all the outreach to district voters, all of the attention that was on this race, we knew that folks were going to be excited to vote,” Flannigan said.
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20168:02 pm CST

Trump wins Texas, according to Associated Press and NBC News.

Donald Trump has won Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska while Hillary Clinton has won New York and Illinois.
Trump also on Tuesday won two of Nebraska’s congressional districts. In the state that awards by congressional district, one remains too close to call.
Trump was awarded Texas’ 38 electoral votes, the second-largest prize on the map. He also won six from Kansas, four from his victories in Nebraska and three apiece from Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Clinton was awarded 20 from Illinois and 29 from New York, the state both candidates call home. Trump had declared he would try to win New York but never mounted a serious effort there.
The Republican nominee now has 123 electoral votes. Clinton has 97.
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20168:05 pm CST

Called: US Rep Lloyd Doggett retains his post. Doggett’s district stretches from Austin down the I-35 corridor to San Antonio.

Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20168:12 pm CST
MORE: A Democrat hasn’t won statewide office in Texas since 1994, the nation’s longest losing streak. The state hasn’t backed a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

MORE: http://kxan.com/2016/11/08/texas-stays-red-trump-wins-lone-star-state/

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20168:29 pm CST

Texas State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, retains his seat in the statehouse, besting Green Party candidate Katija Gruene, with 88 percent of the vote, so far. Rodriguez’s district encompasses much of East Austin and eastern Travis County.

Dave Byknish November 8, 20168:42 pm CST

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20168:45 pm CST

Don Zimmerman concedes Austin City Council race. Jimmy Flannigan wins District 6.

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20168:45 pm CST

Don Zimmerman concedes Austin City Council race. Jimmy Flannigan wins District 6 seat.

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20168:57 pm CST

Democratic candidate Gina Hinojosa wins State House District 49 seat (formerly held by longtime Democrat Elliott Naishtat). Hinojosa defeated Libertarian candidate Rick Perkins.

Patrick Tolbert November 8, 20168:59 pm CST

More on District 6:

“I’m going to be the first Williamson County resident to serve on Austin City Council, I’ll be the first gay man to serve on Austin City Council – there’s nothing “old Austin” about me serving on city council,” Flannigan said Tuesday night.
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:00 pm CST

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, wins and retains her District 48 seat. With 81 percent of the vote so far, Howard overwhelms Libertarian candidate Ben Easton.

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:09 pm CST

Austin City Council race updates:

Most Austin City Council incumbents appear on track to win.
Greg Casar, Delia Garza and Leslie Pool will retain their seats.
Jimmy Flannigan has unseated incumbent Don Zimmerman.

And the race for incumbent Sherri Gallo’s seat is still too close to call.

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:21 pm CST

US Rep. Michael T. McCaul, R-Austin, retains his District 10 seat. McCaul’s district stretches from North Austin to Houston.

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:31 pm CST

Trump wins Missouri, according to AP.

Dave Byknish November 8, 20169:33 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 20169:34 pm CST

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:34 pm CST

US Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, retains House District 31
seat. He has defeated Democratic challenger Mike Clark.

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:39 pm CST

And Trump takes Ohio, with its 18 electoral college votes, according to the Associated Press.

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:40 pm CST

And Trump takes Ohio, with its 18 electoral college votes, according to the Associated Press.

David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:41 pm CST

And Trump takes Ohio, considered a critical swing state with its 18 electoral college votes, according to the Associated Press.

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 20169:54 pm CST

Dave Byknish November 8, 20169:55 pm CST

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 201610:08 pm CST

Travis County race update:

Sheriff: Democrat Sally Hernandez wins
Tax Assessor-Collector: Democrat Bruce Elfant (incumbent) wins
District Attorney: Democrat Margaret Moore wins
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 201610:12 pm CST

The Pflugerville mayoral race is tight.

Victor Gonzales leads Brad Marshall 51% to 45%. (The winner must get over 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff.)
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 201610:13 pm CST

Trump wins swing state North Carolina and its 15 electoral
college votes, according to the Associated Press.

Dave Byknish November 8, 201610:25 pm CST
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 201610:44 pm CST

Update on presidential race:

Trump wins: Georgia (16 electoral votes)
Clinton wins: Oregon (7 electoral votes)
Dave Byknish November 8, 201610:53 pm CST

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Dave Byknish November 8, 201611:10 pm CST

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David-Barer David Barer November 8, 201611:14 pm CST

Update on Bastrop County and Smithville votes:

Bastrop County Sheriff – Maurice Cook (R) wins
Bastrop County Commissioner Pct. 1 – Melvin Hammer (R) wins
Bastrop County Constable Pct. 1 – Wayne Wood (R) wins
Bastrop County Constable Pct. 2 – August “Gus” Medina (D) wins
Bastrop County Commissioner Pct. 3 – Mark Meuth (D) wins
Bastrop County Constable Pct. 3 – Tim Sparkman (R) wins
Bastrop ISD School Bond – Failed
Bastrop ISD tax ratification election – Failed
Smithville ISD Bond Election – Passed
Bastrop ESD No. 1 Prop 1 – Passed
Bastrop ESD No. 1 Prop 2 – Passed
David-Barer David Barer November 8, 201611:25 pm CST

Clinton wins Nevada and its 6 electoral college votes, the Associated Press reports.

Patrick Tolbert November 9, 201612:11 am CST

Here’s a refresher on the Electoral College and what happens in the event of a tie: http://kxan.com/2016/11/02/the-electoral-college-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-dokey

Andy Jechow November 9, 201612:19 am CST

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Andy Jechow November 9, 201612:41 am CST

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Andy Jechow November 9, 201612:43 am CST

Campaign source tells NBC Nightly News Donald Trump is preparing to speak to the nation, but awaiting potential projection of 270 electoral votes.

Patrick Tolbert November 9, 201612:45 am CST
Donald Trump has won Pennsylvania and its prize of 20 electoral votes.
Trump’s stunning victory in the key battleground state gives him 264 electoral votes.
It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, has 215.
Pennsylvania last voted for a Republican for president in 1988. Trump repeatedly campaigned there, believing his populist message would resonate with the state’s working-class voters.
Clinton long viewed the state as a key part of her “firewall” and rallied in Philadelphia with President Barack Obama on Monday night. The Democrats also held their nominating convention in the city.
Andy Jechow November 9, 20161:09 am CST

A big update from the Clinton camp: Campaign Chair John Podesta has told the crowd to go home, Hillary Clinton is not speaking tonight and said every vote should be counted.

Andy Jechow November 9, 20161:27 am CST

Donald Trump is expected to speak shortly.

Andy Jechow November 9, 20161:36 am CST

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Patrick Tolbert November 9, 20162:04 am CST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on world reaction to the U.S. election (all times EST):

2:45 a.m.

Japan is sending a top official to Washington to try to meet with those who will be responsible for the next White House administration.

Katsuyuki Kawai, a political aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in charge of diplomacy, told reporters after meeting with Abe that he had been instructed to visit Washington as early as next week.

Abe’s instruction came when results showed Republican candidate Donald Trump with a clear lead. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it was not because Japan was unprepared for Trump’s win.

He said: “We have been preparing so that we can respond to any situation because our stance is that our alliance with the U.S. remains to be the cornerstone of our diplomacy whoever becomes the next president.”

Patrick Tolbert November 9, 20162:06 am CST

Now that the AP and NBC News have projected Donald Trump will win the presidency, it’s time to bring our live coverage to a close in this live blog.

The producers, reporters and anchors of KXAN News Today are already hard at work to bring you the latest reaction from around the world and here in Austin starting at 4:30 on KXAN.
Good night (morning)!

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