Below you will find time-stamped updates that showcased some of the biggest moments from Election Day as it unfolded in Northeast Ohio. You can click HERE for all of the final results. We also have put together a special recap section here.
12:15 a.m. - Mike DeWine gives his acceptance speech after being elected governor of Ohio
Watch as 71-year-old Mike DeWine speaks to an enthusiastic crowd in Columbus after defeating Richard Cordray to become the next governor of Ohio.
11:46 p.m. - Re-live WKYC's live election coverage
It was certainly an eventful night across Ohio and America. Re-live all of the drama with a replay of WKYC's election coverage.
11:35 p.m. - Notable national races
With the Republicans maintaining control of the Senate, Texas' Ted Cruz also held onto his seat, despite a furious challenge from young Beto O'Rourke.
Possible 2020 contenders Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren also held onto their seats by sizeable margins.
And Colorado's Jared Polis made history, becoming the nation's first openly gay governor.
11:20 p.m. - Brown's victory speech
Watch Sen. Sherrod Brown's entire speech following his reelection victory, during which he made an impassioned plea on behalf of American workers and may have given a hint as to his plans for 2020.
10:45 p.m. - DeWine elected governor
NBC News projects Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will succeed John Kasich as the state's next governor. This means Republicans will control the office for not only the next four years, but all but four between 1991 and 2023.
Republicans swept all statewide offices:
- Dave Yost - Attorney General
- Keith Faber - Auditor
- Frank LaRose - Secretary of State
- Robert Sprague - Treasurer
10:40 p.m. - More local house results
Republican Dave Joyce has won reelection in the 14th district, while former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez will succeed fellow GOP member Jim Renacci in the 16th. The only local race yet to be called is the 12th district matchup between incumbent Republican Troy Balderson and Democratic challenger Danny O'Connor.
10:32 p.m. - Sherrod Brown looks ahead
Did Sherrod Brown possibly let slip his plans for 2020 in his victory speech?
10:24 p.m. - Democrats gain control of House, Republicans keep Senate
NBC News is projecting that Democrats will gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. The result had been trending in that direction for months.
10:09 p.m. - These women are making history on election night
There was a record 239 women still in the running for the U.S. House of Representatives according to the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University -- 187 Democrats and 52 Republicans. There were 23 running for the Senate and record 16 nominated for governor. That's not to mention those running for state and local offices.
Read more HERE.
9:34 p.m. - Bob Gibbs wins reelection
Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs, of Ohio's 7th district, has won his race against challenger Ken Harbaugh. Three local house races remain up for grabs.
9:24 p.m. - VP Pence's brother elected to Congress
Greg Pence, the brother of Vice President Mike Pence, has won the election to become Indiana's 6th district U.S. Rep. It's the same seat his brother held before becoming Indiana's governor and later VP.
9:15 p.m. - Issue 1 fails
Ohio Issue 1, which would have changed the state's constitution to reduce drug penalties and send fewer people to prison, has failed by a decisive margin.
9:10 p.m. - Renacci concedes
Rep. Jim Renacci spoke earlier to concede his race to Sen. Sherrod Brown. He was steadfast in his support for President Trump and his agenda.
Watch the full speech below:
8:43 p.m. - Social media reacts to Brown's victory
Given the quick nature of Sherrod Brown's victory over challenger Jim Renacci, it didn't take long for social media to react to the outcome of the race.
See the reactions HERE.
8:37 p.m. - Dems flip first house seat in Virginia
The first major victory for Democrats came in Virginia's 10th Congressional District as Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock. Democrat Donna Shalala also defeated Maria Elvira Salazar in Florida's 27th District.
Read more HERE.
8:30 p.m. - WKYC's live election coverage
WKYC's live election coverage will be streaming on our site and on Facebook for the next two hours. You can watch below:
8:22 p.m. - Local U.S. Reps.
The following local U.S. Reps. have all been reelected, according to the Associated Press:
- 4th district - Jim Jordan (R)
- 6th district - Bill Johnson (R)
- 9th district - Marcy Kaptur (D)
- 11th district - Marcia Fudge (D)
- 13th district - Tim Ryan (D)
7:58 p.m. - Sherrod Brown reelected
Less than a half hour after the polls closed, NBC News can project that incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown will comfortably win his race against Rep. Jim Renacci. It's Brown's third term, making him Ohio's longest serving U.S. Sen. since John Glenn.
7:57 p.m. - Behind the scenes
Ever wonder what a newsroom looks like on election night? Our own Dave "Dino" DeNatale and Lindsey Buckingham decided to give our viewers a live peak!
7:30 p.m. - POLLS CLOSED
The polls are now closed throughout Ohio. Get all of your live election results here.
7:20 p.m. - Terminal Tower lights
A beautiful sight: Terminal Tower lit up in red, white, and blue for election night.
6:34 p.m. - Youth voter turnout
Much has been made about whether or not voters under the age of 30 will turn out in higher numbers this election, after less than 20 percent did so in 2014. WKYC's Amani Abraham decided to investigate.
6:22 p.m. - Cuyahoga voter turnout over 50 percent
In what seems to be an unprecedented mark, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reports just over 50 percent turnout with more than 450,000 ballots cast. That shatters the 39.5 percent figure of 2014.
Read more here.
5:57 p.m. - Tom Beres returns
Former WKYC chief political correspondent Tom Beres is back tonight to assist with our coverage of the midterms! Earlier he spoke with Dave "Dino" DeNatale about what we can expect tonight.
5:37 p.m. - Watch parties
WKYC's Andrew Horansky is live at Democratic headquarters in Columbus, where Sen. Sherrod Brown and gubernatorial nominee Rich Cordray will speak later tonight.
Lynna Lai is with the Republicans in the same city, where Mike DeWine will address the crowd.
WKYC will stream all speeches live on our site, Facebook, YouTube, and Periscope.
4:18 p.m. - Power outages affecting some precincts
With more than 30,000 people currently without power across Northeast Ohio, the Trumbull County Board of Elections says 21 of its 158 precincts have been affected by the situation. However, citizens are still able to vote, and contingency plans are in place to make sure the ballots get counted. The state of Ohio has also been notified of the situation.
Read more here.
3:30 p.m. - Voter turnout up in Cuyahoga County
According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 40.2 percent of county residents have so far cast ballots in this year's election. The polls don't close for another four hours, but that already tops the county-wide mark of 39.5 percent for the 2014 midterms.
Read more here.
12:49 p.m. - Geauga County Board of Elections working through Absentee Ballot issue
Over the past four days, there was “an issue with a supplemental file” that showed people requested absentee ballots when in fact they did not, and the issue came to light this morning when citizens were being directed to a “Voter Assistance Table” at the same polling location to cast a provisional ballot.
According to Dorothy M. Stange, Deputy Director of Geauga County Board of Elections, the system has “adjusted and are updating the record.”
Read more here.
12:30 p.m. - Now that we're six hours into Election Day, please remember that people fought for your right to vote. It's important. Encourage your friends and family to cast their ballots today.
12 p.m. - He may have retired, but he's not done with politics. That's right, baby! Tom Beres is back for our election night coverage.
11:30 a.m. - We're now five hours into Ohio's midterm elections. With polls closing at 7:30 p.m., that leaves just eight hours left for you to make your voice heard.
11:29 a.m. - TEGNA's Ian Hill reports that voting in Cleveland Heights was very busy.
10:47 a.m. - WKYC's director of news content, Jonathan Adkins, said he waited "in the longest line ever to vote" at his polling place in Kirtland.
10:40 a.m. - Did you see this yet? Google has changed its name for Election Day as a cute reminder to go vote. Check it out HERE.
10:30 a.m. - The polls have now been open for four hours in Ohio. Only nine hours left to vote!
10 a.m. - Jim Renacci arrives to vote at the Church of Nazerene in Wadsworth.
9:40 a.m. - What is on the ballot? We have a complete guide to everything you need to know before going to the polls HERE.
9:17 a.m. - Sherrod Brown arrives with his family to vote at the Mill Creek Community Center in Cleveland.
8:54 a.m. - WKYC's director of digital content, Denise Polverine, says it was jam-packed when she went to vote.
8:30 a.m. - Confused about Issue 1? We've got you covered with an in-depth explanation of what it really means HERE.
8 a.m. - We want to see your "I voted" sticker! Post your pics and we may use them on TV / online. Wear that voting sticker with pride (it can get you some freebies today, too). Be sure to use #3Election when posting your photos on social media, and be sure to tell us what your experience at the polls was like. How long did you wait in line to vote? Was it more crowded than usual?
7:30 a.m. - Reminder: Don't post a photo of your ballot.
6:30 a.m. - Polls open throughout Ohio. That gives voters 13 hours to cast a ballot before polls close at 7:30 p.m.