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Live Blog: 2018 South Carolina election updates

Election day is in the books! Keep up with the results and latest updates right here.

The 2018 midterm elections are in the books! Keep up with all of the latest updates right here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11:05 a.m. 2018 Midterm Elections Result in Firsts

There were many firsts leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, and results have proved that its one for the record books. Related: How the 2018 midterms made history: A look at election night firsts

10:18 a.m. Sen. Bill Nelson Calls for Recount in Florida Senate Race

As of early Wednesday morning, only 34,537 votes separated Gov. Rick Scott from incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson in the race for the seat in Congress. Now, Nelson's office said Florida's U.S. Senate race is headed toward a recount based on the razor-thin margin of 0.43. Related:

10:06 a.m. Stocks Jump After Midterm Vote

U.S. stocks opened sharply higher Wednesday after the midterm elections resulted in a divided Congress. The Dow Jones industrial average was up more than 200 points in early trading. U.S bond prices also rose, pushing yields lower. Related: Stocks jump on midterm vote that results in divided Congress as Dems regain House

7:39 a.m. President Trump to Hold News Conference

President Trump will hold a post-election news conference at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

7 a.m. Who won the Georgia governor race?

The Georgia race for governor between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams has been one of the most-closely watched gubernatorial contests in the 2018 midterm elections. So who won? As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, we still don't know. And, while Kemp holds the lead, Abrams said she wouldn't concede the race.

12:36 a.m. Democrats take House, Republicans hold Senate in historic midterm elections

Democrats won control of the House Tuesday night, while Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.

ELECTION DAY l Tuesday, November 7, 2018

10:30 p.m. Alan Wilson Re-Elected as Attorney General in South Carolina

9:42 p.m. Republican Henry McMaster Wins SC Governor's Race

Henry McMaster has won the South Carolina governor’s race, clinching his first election victory as the state’s leader after ascending to the position nearly two years ago. Related: Henry McMaster wins South Carolina governor’s race, defeating Democratic rival James Smith

9:00 p.m. Incumbent US Reps. James Clyburn, Jeff Duncan Win SC Races

8:10 p.m. Virginia First Major Win for Democrats

The first major victory for Democrats came in Virginia's 10th Congressional District as Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock. Related: Midterm results: Democrats flip first House seat in Virginia

8:07 p.m. Sen. Bernie Sanders Wins Re-Election

One of the first races to be called was Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., winning re-election as expected. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., also won re-election. Also in Virginia, Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock in the 10th Congressional District. Related: Virginia, Vermont Senate among first races called in 2018 midterms

8 p.m. Byron Gipson and Supporters Gather to Watch Results

7:00 p.m. Polls Closed in South Carolina

Voting polls have closed in South Carolina. Keep track of all the election results: South Carolina 2018 elections results: live, complete numbers

6:57 p.m. SC GOP Gathers at Hilton Columbia Center

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6:54 p.m. What Kershaw County Sheriff Candidate Anthony Bell Wants Voters to Know

6:52 p.m. Balloons Ushered In for SC GOP Party

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6:51 p.m. Party Set-up Begins for Fifth Circuit Solicitor Candidate Bryan Gibson

6:29 p.m. Party Starts Over at Democratic Headquarters

6:27 Kershaw County Sheriff Candidate Talks to News19 About Thoughts During Elections

5:52 p.m. Trenholm Park Sees More Voters

5:51 p.m. Over 287,000 Early Ballots Returned in South Carolina

5:48 p.m. President Trump Spends Election Night at Home

As Americans went to the polls to cast their votes, the president was calling allies, tweeting endorsements and following news coverage. Related: This is how President Trump is spending election night

5:47 p.m. Stars Show the Moment They Voted

It’s 2018 and celebrities are no longer afraid to get political, and the midterm elections are no exception. Related: Midterms: Celebrities cast their vote and encourage fans to do the same

5:45 p.m. AP Survey Shows Health Care and Immigration High on Voter's Minds

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered President Donald Trump a factor in their votes. Related: AP survey: Health care, immigration high on voters' minds

5:22 p.m. Second K9 Security Sweep

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5:20 p.m. News19 Talked to James Smith About Voter Turnout

3:45 p.m. News 19 Coverage from SCGOP Victory Party

Follow News 19's Susan Ardis (Twitter: @SusanArdis, Instagram: @sardis62) for coverage from the SCGOP Victory Party in Columbia.

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3:20 p.m. News 19 Coverage from SCDP Victory Party

Follow News 19's Jacob Reynolds (Twitter: @JRFromTheSouth) for coverage from the SCDP Victory Party in Columbia.

12:58 p.m. NC Voting Machines Experiencing Difficulties Due to Humidity, Officials Say

NC election officials say humidity is causing problems at some precincts, preventing tabulators from reading ballots. Related: Humidity Causing Problems With Ballot Machines at Some NC Polling Places

12:30 p.m. Voting Problems Reported Across the Country

Voters across the country are reporting long lines and voting problems against a backdrop of concern that the election process might be vulnerable to hacking or tampering. By 11:30 a.m. EST, a national hotline for problems at the polls already had fielded 10,000 calls. They included reports from voters and volunteers in Georgia, Arizona, New York, Michigan and Texas. Related: Problems at the polls? Here's what's happening now

12:23 p.m. UPDATE: Richland County Says Review Your Ballots

Richland County election officials say they believe voting issues were caused by a calibration issue with the voting machines and voters should carefully look over their review screen before casting final ballots. Related: Richland County says review your ballots after voting issues reported

10:25 a.m. Rep. James Smith Votes

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate James Smith tweets pictures as he and his wife vote.

9:45 a.m. Candidates Vote

Several candidates are beginning to share pictures of them voting Tuesday morning. Governor Henry McMaster's running mate, Lieutenant Governor candidate Pamela Evette, and Attorney General Alan Wilson have tweeted pictures of them voting.

9:11 a.m. BREAKING >> Officials Investigating Voting Issues in Richland County

Richland County officials say technicians are working to recalibrate voting machines after reports that votes were being cast for the opposite party than the one selected on ballots Tuesday morning. Richland County Elections Director Rokey Suleman told News 19 that other malfunctions involved flashcards, cords and non-functioning outlets. RELATED: Richland County technicians responding after voters say their votes were changed

8:40 a.m. News 19 Update from Lexington County.

News19's Whitney Sullivan provides the latest information from a Saxe Gotha Presbyterian on Sunset Blvd. in Lexington County.

8:16 a.m. News 19 Update from N. Forest Acres Precinct in Richland County

News 19's Susan Ardis reports just three of five machines working at North Forest acres precinct at Trenholm Park. It took her just about an hour to vote there this morning.

7:59 a.m. Share your #IVoted selfies!

Are you voting today? Share your #IVoted selfies with us. (You may see yours on air today!) As long as you're sharing, let us know how turnout is looking at your polling place, too!

7:42 a.m. CHANGE OF POLLING LOCATION - Ward 1, Orangeburg County

With the Orangeburg Arts Center under renovation, Ward 1 voters will vote at Chamber of Commerce.

7:32 a.m. 2 Richland County Polling Locations Reportedly Experiencing Difficulty

Callers are reporting machines down at two Richland County polling locations -- Carver Lyon Elementary School and Burton Pack Elementary School. News 19 has reached out to the Richland County Election Commission for additional information.

7:08 a.m. Statewide Constitutional Amendment Questions

Did you know there are two statewide constitutional amendment questions on the ballot? More: on.wltx.com/2yUPlz4


All polling places in South Carolina should be open for voting. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7 p.m. that day, you will be allowed the vote. Related: Find My Polling Place

6:35 a.m. Election Day Forecast

Trying to decide when to vote today based on the weather? Here's your Election Day forecast from News 19 meteorologist Efren Afante.

6:20 a.m. Live Look at the Polls

News 19's Whitney Sullivan is already out and about at the polls. Follow @Sullivan_Speaks on Twitter for updates.

6:05 a.m. IT'S ELECTION DAY! Keep up with all of the latest updates right here. In the meantime, take a look at these resources to answer questions you may have about voting.