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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Follow the KXAN election live blog as we track updates in the 2018 Midterm Election.

7 a.m. — Voters approve $150.5 million in Georgetown ISD bond

Voters approved Proposition A, which totals $150.5 million. Proposition B totaled $15.5 million and was rejected by voters.

11:27 p.m. — Tovo re-elected to city council seat

KXAN projects Kathie Tovo will win re-election to Austin City Council District 9.

11:20 p.m. — Tribune says John Carter wins District 31

The Texas Tribune reports John Carter is the projected winner over Mary “M.J.” Hegar for U.S. Representative District 31. Hegar concedes. 

11:15 p.m. — Sen. Schwertner wins re-election

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, sent a release saying he won re-election by a 55 percent to 42 percent victory against his democratic challenger. It will be his third term in the Texas Senate.

11 p.m. — Beto O’Rourke addresses disappointed crowd in El Paso after losing to Sen. Ted Cruz.

10:58 p.m. — Texas House member wins re-election from a jail cell

Rep. Ron Reynolds won re-election for the Texas House District 27 seat. He won while in the Montgomery County Jail, where he’s been since Sept. 7. He’s serving a year-long sentence after a 2015 conviction on five misdemeanor counts of using a middleman to chase ambulances in order to solicit clients for Reynolds’ law firm. Click here to read the full story.

10:50 p.m. — Paxton re-elected to attorney general post

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton won re-election. He was up against Democratic challenger Justin Nelson and Libertarian Michael Ray Harris.

10:48 p.m. — Texas Tribune projects Hegar re-elected as comptroller

The Texas Tribune has projected Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar was re-elected. He faced Democratic challenger Joi Chevalier and Libertarian Ben Sanders.

10:40 p.m. — Austin city council Districts 1, 3 and 8 to head to runoff

Candidates Sabino “Pio” Renteria and Susana Almanza will head to a runoff election on Dec. 11. Renteria and Almanza are siblings. There were a total of six candidates in that race. Districts 1 and 8 will also go to a runoff. Click here to see the full story.

10:27 p.m. — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wins re-election

The Associated Press reports Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick won re-election over Democrat challenger Mike Collier.

10:23 p.m. — Chip Roy defeats Joseph Kopser for House District 21 race

Republican Chip Roy will represent Texas District 21 in U.S. Congress, after beating Democrat Joseph Kopser in the election, according to the Associated Press, which called the election. Click here for the full story.

10:02 p.m. — Sen. Ted Cruz gives victory speech

10 p.m. — City of Austin’s proposition H passes

Austinites approved proposition H, which will amend the City Charter to make it easier to remove members appointed to the city’s Planning Commission.

9: 51 p.m. — AP reports Republican Roger Williams wins re-election

The Associated Press reports Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, won re-election to the U.S House District 25. He was up against Democrat Julie Oliver and Libertarian Desarae Lindsey.

9:41 p.m. — Austin residents vote to pass propositions A through G

Austinites have approved seven bond propositions on the ballot totaling $925 million. Propositions A through G have passed, while propositions H, I, J and K are still awaiting final results. Click here for details on how the funds will be used.

9:36 p.m. — Sheriff Lupe Valdez concedes defeat to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

9:26 p.m. — Election results update

9:12 p.m. — Cruz expected to win re-election to senate seat

NBC News calls the senate race between incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, saying Cruz is expected to win re-election. KXAN reporter Tom Miller is at Cruz’s watch party and says people are chanting “Ted.” Cruz is expected to give a speech at 10 p.m.

9:07 p.m. — Gov. Greg Abbott speaks after declaring victory in race for governor

8:56 p.m — Election results update

8:50 p.m. — Update on senate race between Cruz, O’Rourke

The senate race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz remains close with only about 8 percent of precincts reporting. Cruz, the incumbent, is up by two-tenths of a percent, with 49.79 percent of the votes.

8:45 p.m. — Adler confirms mayoral win

Austin Mayor Steve Adler won re-election and will lead the city for another term. His main competitor, Laura Morrison, called to concede Tuesday night. Click here for the full story.

8:35 p.m. — Gov. Abbott issues statement on win

Current Gov. Greg Abbott released the following statement following news of his re-election: “I am deeply honored to continue serving the people of Texas as governor of our great state. I want to thank all the voters and volunteers who made this victory possible. Tonight, voters across Texas sent a clear message. They voted to build on the success of the past four years and to keep Texas on a path toward greater opportunity and prosperity. We must always remember that what unites as Texans is far greater than our differences. With the election behind us, it is time for us to work side by side to build a brighter future for every person in our state. Together, we will elevate Texas to even greater heights.”

KXAN reporter Erin Cargile reports from challenger Lupe Valdez’s watch party, saying it’s turning into a Beto O’Rourke watch party.

8:26 p.m. — Election results update

8:15 p.m. — AP says Abbott wins Texas governor re-election 

Gov. Greg Abbott was re-elected and will lead the state of Texas for another term, after defeating Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez, the Associated Press reports. KXAN reporter Wes Rapaport is live at the governor’s watch party. Click here to read the full story.

8:13 p.m. AP says Doggett wins re-election

The Associated Press says Texas Democrat Lloyd Doggett won re-election to U.S. House District 35. He was up against Republican David Smalling and Libertarian Clark Patterson.

8 p.m. — Polls close in El Paso

Polls have closed in El Paso and the nine Harris County locations that were allowed to extend voting by an hour.

7:56 p.m.— Election results update

What the huge voter turnout means for the election

7:45 p.m. — Mayor Steve Adler leads race for re-election

Early reporting results for the City of Austin’s mayor race shows current Mayor Steve Adler with a strong lead. Adler garnered 144,874 — or 61.11 percent — of early votes. Laura Morrison came in a distant second with 45,365 — 19.13 percent — of early votes. There are five other candidates in the race who made up the remaining votes. Depending on the final results, there could be a runoff.

7:30 p.m. — Early update on statewide results

Very early results, with only 63 of 7,939 precincts reporting, shows incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz trailing slightly behind O’Rourke by two percent.

7:15 p.m. — Travis County early voting results

There were  372,768 Travis County residents who cast ballots during early voting in Travis County. Of those early voters, 229,192 submitted straight party tickets; 73.4 percent voted straight Democratic, 25.82 percent voted straight Republican and 0.78 percent voted straight Libertarian. 

7 p.m. — Central Texas polls are closed

Williamson County posts early voting results online, saying 161,490 ballots were cast. In the senate race between, O’Rourke got 51 percent of the votes and Cruz got about 48 percent of the vote. Williamson County totals show Gov. Greg Abbott ahead in the governor’s race, with 53 percent of the vote. Democrtic challenger Lupe Valdez received 44.5 percent of the vote and Mark Jay Tippetts received 2 percent of the votes.

6:50 p.m. — Polls close in 10 minutes

Several locations still have an hourlong wait time as voters continue to line up to cast their ballot in Travis County. The Texas Secretary of State’s office says unofficial Election Night results will be made available as soon as possible now that polls are closed across the state, with the exception of El Paso and Harris counties, which will not begin reporting results until 8 p.m. (Central Time) at the earliest.

6:30 p.m. — Collection of tweets from KXAN reporters in the field

Will DuPree speaks with a family in Round Rock

Tom Miller provides an update from Houston

Erin Cargile and Wes Rapaport follow watch parties for Texas governor race

6:15 p.m. — Cruz drums up support ahead of Election Night

6: 15 p.m. — O’Rourke prepares for election night

6 p.m. — Results for Cruz, O’Rourke’s hometowns expected 1 hour after the rest of the state

The Texas Civil Rights Project says after suing Harris County for “failing to open nine polling places on time,” a county judge ruled to keep those nine locations open an extra hour, until 8 p.m. today. With El Paso in a timezone one hour behind the rest of the state, that means voting totals from the hometowns of both O’Rourke (El Paso) and Cruz (Houston) are expected to come in later than the rest of the state.

5:30 p.m. — Top 5 busiest early voting locations

5:15 p.m. — Travis County on track to hit 100k voters today alone

5 p.m. — Setup continues for Cruz, O’Rourke watch parties

Setup continues at Southwest University Park in El Paso, which will be hosting Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s watch party Tuesday night. The stadium, which can fit 9,500 people, normally serves as the base for the city’s minor league baseball teams.

On the other side of the state, Sen. Ted Cruz’s camp is gathering before the polls close for an election night party in Houston.

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