Live blog: Final Knox County results are in, voters turn out in record numbers

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11:35 p.m.

The final results for Knox County are in.

Here are the Knox County results:

U.S. President*

Donald J. Trump 124,339 56.55%
Joseph R. Biden 91,09741.43%
Jo Jorgensen2,8761.31%
*Only includes candidates that got more than 500 votes.

U.S. Senate*

Bill Hagerty 128,46459.31%
Marquita Bradshaw84,55239.04%
Elizabeth McLeod 1,0140.47%
*Only includes candidates that got more than 500 votes.

U.S. House of Representatives District 2

Tim Burchett132,96761.40%
Renee Hoyos80,97437.39%
Matthew L. Campbell2,6331.22%

Tennessee Senate District 6

Becky Duncan Massey61,201 63.17%
Jane George 35,68036.83%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 13

Elaine Davis12,645 47.11%
Gloria Johnson 14,19752.89%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 14

Jason Zachary26,483 64.65%
Justin Davis 14,47935.35%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 15

Sam McKenzie13,139 72.91%
Troy B. Jones 4,88127.09%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 16

Michele Carringer21,420 69.26%
Elizabeth Rowland 9,50630.74%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 18

Eddie Mannis17,371 54.85%
Virginia Couch14,30145.15%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 19

Dave Wright24,326100%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 89

Justin Lafferty23,868 71.72%
Greg Mills 9,41128.28%

Knox County Board of Education District 6

Robin “Rob” Gray6,641 26.20%
Betsy Henderson11,27444.48%
Hannah Lizbeth Kirby 7,43429.33%

Proposed Charter Amendment No. 1 – Appointed Law Director

Yes 39,53818.91% 
No169,498 81.09%

Proposed Charter Amendment No. 2 – Contracts

No 109,49753.65%

The full list of results across East Tennessee can be found here.

10:48 p.m.

Knox County Administrator of Elections Chris Davis says it has been a record-breaking night in Knox County.

10:25 p.m.

WATE 6 On Your Side political analyst George Korda gives his thoughts on how the electoral college map is shaping up.

10:05 p.m.

Fifty-nine of the 89 Knox County precincts are reporting. We also have results from across East Tennessee.

9:45 p.m.

Tennessee U.S. Senator-elect Bill Hagerty gives his victory speech in Franklin.

9:25 p.m.

The Associated Press has called the Tennessee U.S. House of Representatives 2nd District race for incumbent Tim Burchett over Renee Hoyos. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has also won another term to represent the 3rd District, according to the AP.

Republican Tim Burchett and Democrat Renee Hoys are seeking to represent the 2nd Congressional District in Congress. (WATE)

9:20 p.m.

Eddie Mannis has claimed victory in the Tennessee House of Representatives District 18 race. Knox County Election Commission has only released absentee and early voting numbers. No precincts have been reported. The district is within West Knox County.

9 p.m.

Knox County early voting numbers are in.

President Donald Trump garnered 87,038 votes in early voting in Knox County. Former Vice President Joe Biden received 64,077 early votes.

In some other Knox County early voting totals:

U.S. Senate

Bill Hagerty89,30859.08%
Marquita Bradshaw59,74839.52%

U.S. House of Representatives District 2

Tim Burchett92,42360.99%
Renee Hoyos57,63138.03%
Matthew L. Campbell1,4940.99%

Tennessee Senate District 6

Becky Duncan Massey42,81562.64%
Jane George25,53237.36%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 13

Elaine Davis8,14445.34%
Gloria Johnson9,82054.66%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 14

Jason Zachary18,663 64.80%
Justin Davis10,136 35.20%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 15

Sam McKenzie9,63674.74%
Troy B. Jones3,257 25.26%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 16

Michele Carringer15,770 69.90%
Elizabeth Rowland6,790 30.10%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 18

Eddie Mannis11,694 54.00%
Virginia Couch9,96346.00%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 19

Dave Wright16,856 100.00%

Tennessee House of Representatives District 89

Justin Lafferty16,50671.73%
Greg Mills6,50628.27%

8:35 p.m.

Knox County Election Commission will soon release early voting numbers.

8:30 p.m.

Gov. Bill Lee has given his congratulations to Bill Hagerty for winning the open Tennessee U.S. Senate seat.

8:20 p.m.

The scene inside the Bill Hagerty party is a jovial one.

8:01 p.m.

The Associated Press has called Tennessee for President Donald Trump and Bill Hagerty has won the U.S. Senate race over Marquita Bradshaw. Hagerty will replace longtime Sen. Lamar Alexander.

President Donald Trump speaks before boarding Air Force One upon departure Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he departs for campaign rallies in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

7:45 p.m.

Tennessee polls are about to close in 15 minutes. You can still vote if you are in line by 8 p.m. Our election digital special is also set to begin at 8 p.m. Join us.

7:05 p.m.

The Associated Press has called Kentucky for President Donald Trump and Vermont for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams congratulated his fellow statesmen on their work on the election.

“I’m proud of the millions of Kentuckians who defied a pandemic to participate in a historic election, and I’m grateful to the bipartisan coalition who worked with me – the governor, the state board of elections, our tireless county clerks, and our heroic poll workers – over many months to make Kentucky’s election again a national model,” Adams said.

This combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden squaring off during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. (Photos by JIM WATSON and SAUL LOEB / AFP)

7 p.m.

Need a cheat sheet for the major races in our area. Here is the full list.

U.S. Senate:

  • Marquita Bradshaw – Democrat
  • Bill Hagerty – Republican

U.S. House:

District 2

  • Tim Burchett – Republican
  • Renee Hoyos – Democrat
  • Matthew Campbell – Independent

State Senate

District 16

  • Michele Carringer – Republican
  • Elizabeth Rowland – Democrat

6:30 p.m.

Kentucky and Indiana results are already coming in. You can see all of the races we are covering tonight here.

6 p.m.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said despite the rough start going into the 2020 presidential election, Election Day has been “very smooth.”

5:30 p.m.

Women and Black voters will be key to the presidential election tonight.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center President Rev. Renee Kesler shares some of the history that has been made by the two groups locally in elections.

4 p.m.

Weather across the country has been pretty quiet making it easier to get out and vote.

3:10 p.m.

Voting has been “steady” all day at Halls High School.

2:25 p.m.

Our WATE 6 On Your Side reporters are out across the area checking in on precincts and talking with candidates. You can follow along in real time here.

2 p.m.

Kentucky voters have just four hours left to vote. Kentucky and Indiana polls close at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Puerto Rico has just two hours left but does not have any points to contend for in the electoral college.

Tennessee polls close at 8 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

Going out to the polls today? Send us your Election Day photos.

1 p.m.

The Knox County Election Commission met at 1 p.m. to make a decision on rejected voter registrations.


WATE reporter Kirstie Crawford reported quick-moving lines and plenty of COVID-19 preventative measures at the polling place at Dogwood Elementary in North Knoxville around noon. One voter at Dogwood Elementary explained why she chose to vote on Election Day rather than during early voting.

“It’s not over until it’s over. Everything that leads up to this day still counts so I wanted to wait to the very last day so I could get all the information,” she said.

10 a.m.

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Bill Hagerty began his day in Knoxville with East Tennessee republicans including former Governor Bill Haslam and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs.

9 a.m.

Lines have begun to form at polling places across the country. Long voting lines on Election Day aren’t unusual or necessarily a sign of that something nefarious is afoot. They’re often the product of something as simple as heavier-than-expected turnout for an important election like Tuesday’s presidential, congressional and other races.

8:30 a.m.

The Lady Vols basketball team made their way to the polls today. The NCAA Division I Council approved in September the cancellation of athletic-related activities on the first Tuesday after Nov. 1 every year to allow student athletes the chance to vote.

8 a.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Polls are now open in the 2020 General Election.

While all polls in Tennessee close at 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CST, the opening time for polling places vary by county. Click here to check when polling places in your county open.

Tennessee saw recording breaking early voting numbers with more than half of registered Tennesseans across the state casting their ballots.

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden participated in two debates in the lead-up to the November 3rd election. The two first met on September 29 for the first debate in Cleveland. The final debate was held at Belmont University in Nashville on October 22.

The contest to replace retiring Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander pits President Donald Trump’s endorsed GOP candidate, Bill Hagerty, against Democrat Marquita Bradshaw, Tennessee’s first Black woman nominated for statewide office by either major party.

Republican Diana Harshbarger and Democrat Blair Walsingham are vying to replace retiring Republican Rep. Phil Roe in northeastern Tennessee in the only open congressional race. The state Legislature features several hard-fought defenses for Republicans, who hold supermajorities.

Tennessee’s three U.S. attorneys have each appointed officials to lead the Justice Department’s handling of election fraud and voting rights concerns on Election Day. In the Eastern District of Tennessee, the number to report problems is 423-385-1332.

When the polls close on Tuesday night, all eyes will be on the first states that start reporting results. Click here to see a state-by-state list of when polls close and estimates of how long the ballot counting process could take. With nearly 100 million votes already cast during the early voting period, here’s what to watch for Election Day in America.

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