Calling it a night. What a night!

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Midnight update

Final updates tonight on some national races of interest.

In Georgia, Warnock and Walker are locked in a tight race that will most likely require a runoff. Ballots are still being counted but at midnight there’s only a few thousand votes separating the two candidates. Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams has conceded to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

JD Vance has won a seat in the Ohio Senate. The author of “Hillbilly Elegy” endorsed by former President Donald Trump defeated 20-year Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who represents Akron and Youngstown, and made the contest surprisingly close by appealing to swing voters in eastern Ohio.  

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be the next governor of Arkansas, becoming the state’s first female governor. You might recall her previous job as White House press secretary in the Trump administration.

Marco Rubio won reelection in his Florida Senate race,

That’s it for us here at WATE 6 for tonight. Thanks for joining us. We’ll bring more update your way on Good Morning Tennessee starting at 4:30 a.m. Watch it live here.

Knox County winners

11 p.m. update

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Gloria Johnson has won State House District 90. She defeated David “Pozy” Poczobut by earning 58% of the vote in Knox County. More on that race here.

J. Adam Lowe wins the State Senate District 1 race in McMinn County over Patricia Waters.

Republican Tim Burchett wins re-election in the US District House 2 race. With 88% of precincts reporting, Burchett collected 67.35% of the vote. Opponent Mark Harmon received 32.65%. Nearly 200,000 votes were cast in this race, per state data.

In the TN House of Reps District 18 race, Elaine Davis received 10,905 votes to Gregory Kaplan’s 9,253. This one is just a tad too close to call at this time.

Head over to the full results page, where we’re updating as fast as information comes in.

How people voted on those amendments

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Knox County results are expected around 10:30 p.m., officials said. So look for another update from us around that time.

in the meantime, four amendments to the Tennessee Constitution were on the ballot for Tennesseans this time around. Let’s take a look and see how those are faring.

WATE 6 has a map showing how each county voted on these amendments.

Amendment #1 would make it illegal “to deny employment to any person because of their membership in, affiliation with, resignation from, or refusal to join or affiliate with any labor union.”

With 42% of precincts reporting:

  • Yes: 69.4%
  • No: 30.6%

Amendment #2 adds a process for the temporary exercise of the powers and duties of the governor by the Speaker of the Senate (or Speaker of the House) should the governor become incapacitated at some point.

With 15% of precincts reporting:

  • Yes: 74.8%
  • No: 25.2%

Amendment #3 would remove a slavery exception from the TN Constitution. Currently is says that says slavery and involuntary servitude are forbidden “except as punishment for a person convicted of a crime.”

With 42% of precincts reporting:

  • Yes: 78.9%
  • No: 21.1%

And finally Amendment #4 deletes a portion that prevents ministers and priests from holding a seat in the TN House or TN Senate.

With 15% of precincts reporting

  • Yes: 64.8%
  • No: 35.2%

In the meantime, this image of Gov. Bill Lee and his wife, Maria, is making the rounds. Her appearance at his victory speech. The Lees married in 2008, and Maria is undergoing treatment for lymphoma.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee kisses his wife, Maria, as he speaks to supporters after he was declared the winner in his bid for re-election, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Franklin, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Knox Co results still on hold, other local elections decided

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10 p.m. update

Quite a few local elections have been decided. Check out the county page links above for what’s happening in your neighborhood..

While Knox County results are pending, let’s take a look at the US House District 2 race. Incumbent Tim Burchett, Republican, holds about 32K votes. Opponent Mark Harmon, Democrat, has around 9600. Only 15% of precincts are reporting and none of those are in Knox County, we know.

Burchett has held the office since 2019. He’s known for advocating for increased transparency in government, including unidentified flying objects.

Knox County voters still in line

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9:35 p.m. update

Knox County election officials tell WATE 6 that there are voters still in line at polling locations.

By law, election results can’t be released until everybody has completed their ballot, said Chris Davis, with Knox County Elections office. Bearden Elementary and Ritta Elementary still have people in line, he said.

So how did the day go so far?

“No issues,” said Davis.

In the meantime, catch up on results over on the WATE election results page.

East Tennessee small towns vote for mayors, city councils, alderman and more

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9:30 p.m. update

We’re getting some results for local elections worth noting. (To find elections in your county, just click the link above.)

Friendsville voters narrowly approved retail package stores 52% to 48%. The opportunity arose with legislation passed in 2021 that lowered the population requirement from 925 down to 700. Friendsville has 901, according to 2021 data. Liquor is also on the ballot for Niota, that remains to be seen.

Oak Ridge is considering posting their city council minutes and official notices online instead of printing them in their local newspaper. To do that, they need permission from residents. With 50% of the vote counted, 83% are in agreement with the online posting.

Votes are close right now in the Alcoa School Board race between Brandy Bledsoe and Julie Bramblett Rochelle — just 12 votes separate the two candidates.

Votes are even in the Cumberland Gap alderman race. Bill Linn has 49, while John D. Douglas and John Ravnum have 48 each.

And over in Sevier County, John Steve McCarter has 28 votes for Pittman Center alderman to Kevin R. Howard’s 27.

WATE 6 has several ways you can keep up with election results. Find every election result, from the Tennessee governor’s race to the 4 Tennessee Constitution amendments, to county-level races, you’ll find it all on WATE.com this evening.

Harshbarger, Fleischmann win US House district seats

8:55 p.m. update

Tennessee 1st Congressional District race has been called for incumbent Republican Rep. Diana Harshbarger. Endorsed by former President Donald Trump, the pharmacist had never held political office before becoming winning a bid for US Congress.

Chuck Fleischmann has also won his re-election campaign for US House District 3. Fleischmann defeated Democrat Meg Gorman by nearly 2-to-1.

“I want to thank all the voters in Tennessee’s 3rd district for your continued support. I’m honored to serve you and look forward to continuing to fight for our Tennessee conservative values in Washington.,” Fleischmann tweeted.

Gov. Bill Lee wins re-election, early look at amendment results

8:15 p.m. update

AP has called Gov. Bill Lee as the winner in the race for Tennessee governor. Lee has more than 80% of the vote tallied at this time. Lee’s nearest competitor is Democrat Jason Martin, who earned 18% of the vote thus far. Interesting to note that candidate Charles Van Morgan, a Knoxville man arrested earlier last month after a disturbance call at a Hamilton County voting site, earned 30 votes. A total of 10 candidates were on the ballot for the Tennessee governor’s seat.

In the race for US House District 3, the top two vote-getters are Republican Chuck Fleischmann with 63% of votes counted thus, and Democrat Meg Gorman, who has earned about 35%.

Early votes on Constitutional Amendments show that votes are 3-to-1 in favor of banning a union requirement. Amendment #3, removing the slavery exception, is showing 78% in favor. Keep up with the amendment votes as they are counted.

Polls close, those in line will be allowed to vote

8 p.m. update

Polls are closed now in Tennessee. Remain in line if you are already there.

FiWATE 6 has several ways you can keep up with election results. Find every election result, from the Tennessee governor’s race to the 4 Tennessee Constitution amendments, to county-level races, you’ll find it all on WATE.com this evening.

Voter turnout and candidates who have already (sorta) won

7 p.m. update

With one hour until Tennessee polling locations close, polling locations are still hopping. A WATE 6 staffer told us she cast a ballot at West View Elementary School in Knoxville just a few minutes ago. A poll worker told her they had planned for 56 voters today but had seen more than 200.

How was your voting experience? Tell us your story.

Now let’s take a look at races around our area that have already been decided. How? Because there was no opposition from the opposing party. 43 candidates technically-but-not-officially won their election at the August primary.

We’ve compiled a list of them. It includes at least 12 seats in the Tennessee House.

When polls close and a look at national news

6 p.m. update

Two hours remain until polls close in East Tennessee, but if you’re in line — stay there. As long as you are in line by 7:59 p.m. you will be allowed time to vote.

WATE 6 has learned that at least one polling place is struggling a bit to keep up with demand. Precinct 64, Solway Church of God, is printing ballots off one-by-one, according to Chris Davis with Knox County Elections. “We have a printer on the way,” he said via text.

Now, a look at what’s happening in national news.

Midterm elections will decide which party will have control of the US House and US Senate, which impacts the extent and effectiveness of President Joe Biden’s agenda for the next two years.

ABC News is reporting that inflation is the single most important issue drawing voters to polls today. Do you agree? Tell us your story. For September, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was up 8.2% over September 2021. The next data release is Nov. 10.

In other national news, former President Donald Trump said Tuesday his endorsements won Ron DeSantis the Florida governor’s seat. Both have signaled interest in a run for president in 2024. Trump also said he will be making a “very big announcement” on Nov. 15.

We’ll be back with another update at the top of the hour.

Longer wait times at some Knox County locations

5 p.m. update

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Election Day 2022 is here and Americans are casting ballots in midterm elections. Long lines are being reported in some East Tennessee polling places. One person reported a 40-minute wait at a polling location at Cedar Bluff Middle School.

How was your voting experience? Tell us your story.

WATE 6 has several ways you can keep up with election results. Find every election result, from the Tennessee governor’s race to the 4 Tennessee Constitution amendments, to county-level races, you’ll find it all on WATE.com this evening.

Earlier today a voting machine at Shoreline Church went down but Chris Davis, with the Knox County Election Commission, said it was back in operation by 1 p.m. Voting machines were down in Alcoa this morning, as well, but were back up and running by 8:20 a.m.

We’ll bring you live updates here throughout the evening. Stay with us here and on air!