BLOG: Updates from the 2016 election

BLOG: Updates from the 2016 election

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Election Day 2016 is well underway, and it's a big night for candidates across the nation.

Tonight, the spotlight is on the presidential race between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Sec. Hillary Clinton. Analysts are predicting a tight race to the finish. Clinton and Trump also face-off against third-party candidates Gary Johnson, who is running on the Libertarian ticket, and Jill Stein, who is running on the Green Party ticket.

In East Texas, several high-profile races top the ballot. Voters are deciding on a U.S. Representative for the District 1 House seat, a new State Board of Education representative for the District 9 seat and a sheriff for Smith County. And dozens of East Texas candidates are running unopposed. We take a closer look at those uncontested races here.

To see more information on area candidates and key races, scroll down.

We'll be covering election results as they roll in. View election results here.

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LIVE BLOG: Where things stand
(All times central.)

6 p.m.

Polls are closed in some states across the country. Polls in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia have closed.

Early CNN projections show Trump winning the states of Indiana and Kentucky. The station's projections also show Clinton winning Vermont.

6:15 p.m.

To secure the election, a presidential candidate must secure 270 out of 538 electoral votes. ABC News reports Trump has secured 19 electoral votes, to Clinton's three. Polls remain open in Texas for the next 40 minutes. However, voters who are in line before 7 p.m. will still be allowed to cast their ballots.

6:30 p.m.

CNN is projecting Trump has won West Virginia, securing another five electoral votes.

7 p.m.

Polls are closed in Texas, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Washington DC, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

ABC News reports Clinton has won Illinois, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C. Projections show Trump has won Oklahoma and Mississippi.

The outcome was not unexpected, according to the Associated Press. Mississippi has voted for Republicans in every presidential election since 1972. That is with the exception of Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Clinton has now secured 68 electoral votes to Trump's 37.

7:10 p.m.

Early voting numbers show incumbent Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith leading in the polls with 72 percent of the vote. Challenger Gary Pinkerton as received 27 percent of the vote. Ballots are still being counted.

In the Texas State Board of Education race, early numbers show Keven Ellis in the lead with 45,171 votes. Rudolph trails with 15,450 votes and Wilford has secured 1,327 votes.

7:20 p.m.

ABC News shows South Carolina residents have voted overwhelmingly in favor of Donald Trump, with 90,013 voters thus far casting votes for the Republican candidate. Those numbers have pushed Trump up to 57 electoral votes. Clinton has received 61,715 votes thus far. Johnson has received 2,400 votes.

7:30 p.m.

Early voting numbers are beginning to roll in. Get updates here.

Nationwide, Trump is leading by a slim margin with 50 percent of the vote to Clinton's 46 percent. Johnson has 3 percent of the vote and Stein trails with 1 percent. In Texas, Trump is also leading in the polls, with 61 percent of the vote to Clinton's 35 percent. Johnson has 3 percent and Stein has 1 percent. Only a small number of precincts have reported.

The Associated Press reports early voting numbers show John Ratcliffe has won the District 4 seat.

7:31 p.m.

ABC News reports Donald Trump has won Alabama and Tennessee. Clinton now leads in electoral votes by a slim margin with 68 to Trump's 66.

7:40 p.m.

We're live on Facebook with Sen. Kevin Eltife. Tune in here.

7:45 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has won Rhode Island, according to ABC News.

The Associated Press is reporting that early voting numbers show incumbent Rep. Louie Gohmert has won the U.S. House of Representatives District 1 seat. Gohmert has secured 81 percent of the vote to Shirley McKellar's 18 percent and Phil Gray's 1 percent. These results are based on early voting numbers. Ballots are still being counted.

7:50 p.m.

The Associated Press is reporting Incumbent Brian Babin, R-Texas, as the winner of the U.S. House of Representatives District 36 race based on early numbers. Babin has secured 93 percent of the vote to Hal Ridley's 7 percent. Ridley is running on the Green Party ticket.

8 p.m.

Polls have closed in New York, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota.

Donald Trump has won the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota, according to the Associated Press. Clinton won the state of New York, taking 78 percent of the early vote. Trump has secured much of the Midwest, pushing his electoral votes to 123 to Clinton's 97.

We're live on Facebook with the latest updates. Watch a review from KLTV 7's Cody Lillich here. Remember, we're updating voting numbers for key state races and local elections here.

8:15 p.m.

Early voting ABC News numbers show Trump winning in Arkansas with 57 percent of the vote to Clinton's 38 percent.

Clinton has won Connecticut, according to AP projections. Clinton secured 54 percent of the early votes to Trump's 41 percent, Johnson's 3 percent and Stein's 1 percent.

8:20 p.m.

Twitter shows stock prices plummeting as election numbers roll in. Clinton and Trump are locked in a tight race. Clinton has secured 104 electoral votes to Trump's 129.

8:30 p.m.

Numbers are close in Florida. Trump has 49 percent of the vote to Clinton's 48 percent. Johnson trails with 2 percent. The Associated Press reports that 94 percent of precincts have reported.

Numbers in Pennsylvania show Clinton in the lead with 63 percent of the vote to Trump's 33 percent.

In Texas, the Associated Press has called the State Board of Education District 9 race, calling Keven Ellis the projected winner.

AP also projects Trump will win Louisiana. Trump has 137 electoral votes to Clinton's 104.

8:40 p.m.

Travis Clardy, R-Texas, is the projected winner of the State House, District 11 seat, AP reports.

8:50 p.m.

CNN projects Republicans will retain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Locally, early voting for Mount Pleasant's Proposition 1 shows 1,408 voters for the proposal and 1,176 against.

9 p.m.

Polls have closed in Iowa, Utah, Nevada and Montana.

CNN and ABC are projecting Trump will win Montana's three electoral votes. Montana is considered a "safely Republican state," the AP says, and the result was not a surprise.

Electoral college update has 26 states projected - Trump with 140, Clinton with 104.

Early voting numbers show Clinton has won New Mexico and Trump has won Missouri. Trump now has 150 electoral votes to Clinton's 109. The result was not as a surprise, AP says, as the last Democratic victory in the Show Me State came in 1996.

In state elections, Michael McCaul, R-Texas, is favored to win the U.S. House, District 10 seat according to early numbers.

9:20 p.m.

Final Gregg County early voting numbers show the residents overwhelmingly voted Republican, with Trump and Pence taking home 24,179 votes and or 70.9 percent of the vote and the Clinton-Kaine ticket taking home 8,986 votes or 26.37 percent of the vote. Johnson took home 632 vote or 1.85 percent of of the vote and Stein took home 108 votes and .32 percent of the vote.

9:25 p.m.

ABC News projects Donald Trump will win Ohio.

Donald Trump now has 168 electoral votes to Clinton's 109. No Republican has won Ohio and not won the presidency since Richard Nixon.

9:30 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has won New Mexico and Virginia, according to ABC News. She now has 122 electoral votes to Trump's 168. Keep up with votes as they come in here. Keep up with the action on Twitter here.

9:40 p.m.

ABC News projects Clinton will win Colorado, bumping her electoral votes to 131. She still trails behind Trump, who has 168 electoral votes.

9:50 p.m.

Upshur County residents have voted in favor of Pct. 2 proposition for the legal sale of beer and wine off-premises.

9:54 p.m.

The Associated Press is reporting Trump has won the key battleground state of Florida.
"Trump on Tuesday was awarded 29 electoral votes. He now has 197 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton has 131. Both candidates have spent an extraordinary amount of time in Florida, one of the most important prizes on the map. Trump calls Florida his "second home" and his campaign acknowledged that a win there is vital to his White House hopes," the news agency says.
President Barack Obama captured the state in both 2008 and 2012.

10 p.m.

Polls have closed in California, Idaho, Oregon , Washington and Hawaii.

The electoral college update with 34 states projected has Clinton leading with 190 votes to Trump's 172.

10:05 p.m.

AP reports Clinton won Oregon, Hawaii, Virginia and California and Trump won North Carolina and Idaho. Clinton has 197 electoral votes to Trump's 187 votes. Those numbers do not include Florida.

10:10 p.m.

Donald Trump has won battleground North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes, AP reports.
"North Carolina was one of the hardest-fought contests of the election and is one of the map's newest swing states. It consistently went for Republicans until Barack Obama captured it in 2008. Republican Mitt Romney narrowly won the state in 2012," the agency says.

At least 270 electoral votes are needed to win the presidency. Currently, Clinton has 197 and Trump has 187.

10:25 p.m.

Trump has won Utah. Boosting his electoral college votes to 193.

Locally, a total 79,152 people voted in Smith County - 58,357 people early voted and 20,795 voted Tuesday.

10:30 p.m.

AP is reporting that Clinton will take the state of Washington. ABC is reporting votes are in for Florida. Where the electoral votes stand - Clinton, 209, Trump 222.

10:40 p.m.

ABC News reports Trump is projected to win Iowa.
"Iowa had voted for a Republican only once since 1984 but polls remained tight throughout the campaign," AP says. "Trump proved popular with the state's sizable evangelical population while Clinton and her allies campaigned frequently in its college towns."

Incumbent Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith has won his re-election bid. Smith County numbers are now final. To see those results and other county results, click here.

Take a look at what's happening across the country.

10:45 p.m.

Whitehouse ISD voters have passed two bond propositions. The first will issue $87.4 million in bonds for construction of school facilities and the second would issue $7.39 million in bonds for construction of an athletic complex and multi-use facility at the high school campus.

10:50 p.m.

Trump has won Georgia, according to Associated Press data. Thus far, Trump has 52 percent of the vote in that state and Clinton has 45 percent of the vote. Johnson has 3 percent.

Trump has 244 electoral votes to Clinton's 209.

11 p.m.

Electoral college update with 41 states projected: Trump 244, Clinton 209. All eyes on Michigan, Wisconsin.

11:25 p.m.

AP reports Hillary has won the state of Nevada. Trump now has 244 votes to Clinton's 215 votes.

The latest from AP shows Republicans have clinched continued House control for Congress. Results are still coming in, but early numbers show Republicans have won 218 House seats so far.

11:30 p.m.

Remember many candidates ran unopposed in the General Election, essentially ensuring their win. You can find out who ran unopposed here and check local election results here.

Clinton won the west but Trump wont the Midwest and much of the south. In Texas, Trump fared well in the polls, winning more than 4.2 million votes as of 11:35 p.m. By that same time, Clinton had secured 3.5 million votes.

11:50 p.m.

Texas has officially set a record for number of votes cast in a presidential election, according to Texas Election Source. The group says 8.1 million votes have been counted, breaking the 2008 voting record.

12 a.m.

Polls have closed in Alaska. All polls across the country have closed.

It remains a tight race with Trump leading in electoral votes, 244 to Clinton's 215. However, the latest numbers from polling site FiveThirtyEight show Trump with a 77 percent chance to win the election. Republicans are favored to win the Senate, according to the site.

12:41 a.m.

Trump wins Pennsylvania, according to AP; meanwhile, CNN projects Donald Trump will win Alaska.

Michigan, New Hampshire and Wisconsin remain too close to call analysts say. Stay with KLTV on air and as we bring you the latest on the election.

1 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman says it has nothing more to say even as votes turn against her.

1:22 a.m.

Donald Trump is expected to address the crowd gathered at his election night headquarters.

1:31 a.m.

Trump wins Wisconsin, AP reports.

Donald Trump elected president of the United States, according to AP.

1:40 a.m.
Clinton calls trump to concede election, ABC News reports.

1:50 a.m.

Donald Trump says it's "time for us to come together," pledges to be president "for all Americans," according to AP.

3 a.m.

Leaders from nations around the world are sending their congratulations and reacting to news of the U.S. presidential election. Russian President Vladimir Putin told the AP he has "confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington that is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other's positions, in the interests of our peoples and the world community."

Key Races

U.S Rep. District 1

In East Texas, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert is defending his seat against Democratic candidate Shirley McKellar and Libertarian Candidate Phil Gray.

Gohmert is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives. Gohmert currently serves on numerous House committees and subcommittees. Shirley McKellar served as a professional nurse in the U.S. Army. This is her third time running for the District 1 congressional seat. The first district of Texas encompasses over 12 counties and stretches nearly 120 miles down Texas' eastern border.

Read more about the candidates and the District 1 race here.

State Board of Education, District 9

There's a three-way race in East Texas for the District 9 State Board of Education seat.

Republican candidate Keven Ellis, Democratic candidate Amanda Rudolph and Libertarian Anastasia Wilford are all vying for the position. though all three are divided on national issues, they agree that the state needs to evaluate its current standardized testing system. For more on that race, click here.

Smith County Sheriff

Another race of note to East Texans is the Smith County sheriff's election. Incumbent Sheriff Larry Smith is taking on Democratic challenger Gary Pinkerton.

Smith has been in office since Jan. 1, 2013. He previously defeated Pinkerton in a 2012 bid for sheriff. Smith has more than 37 years of experience in local and federal law enforcement. Smith has said that his 2016 campaign has been different than his 2012 campaign because he has had to balance campaigning with sheriff's duties. He also noted that the county has had many high profile cases during the campaign season.

Pinkerton started his career in law enforcement in 1985. He retired after 28 years of service. He says his goals are to build partnerships with the community and to continue to bridge the gap between citizens and law enforcement.

Check out which way Texas counties voted below.

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