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Midterm elections: Latest updates

By Emanuella Grinberg, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Mallory Simon, CNN
Florida Senate-elect Marco Rubio celebrates his win for the Republican party after Tuesday's midterm election.
Florida Senate-elect Marco Rubio celebrates his win for the Republican party after Tuesday's midterm election.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Republicans take control of House with at least 60 seats; Dems retain control of Senate
  • Campaigning reportedly totals $3.5 billion -- the most expensive nonpresidential vote ever
  • Voting has no direct bearing on the White House but is test of Obama's popularity
  • Voters choosing governors in 37 states, which could affect redistricting plans
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(CNN) -- Here's what you need to know right now as results come in for Tuesday's midterm election:

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives were up for the vote, with Republicans needing a net gain of 39 to take control. In the Senate, 37 of 100 seats were to be decided. While there is no direct bearing on the White House, the midterm elections are seen as a test of the popularity of President Obama and his handling of the economy. For the election basics you need to know, check out our Election Center.

Hawaii Democrat Neil Abercrombie has defeated Republican James "Duke" Aiona to win the gubernatorial race, CNN projects. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

Alaska Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell has defeated Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz in the race for governor, CNN projects.

You might expect applause and waving of campaign signs during speeches on election night and not bat-wielding. But a baseball bat is precisely what New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was holding at one point, when he conceded to Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

"I've always said my baseball bat is a metaphor for the people who want to take their government back. But this isn't my bat. After all, as our next governor you can grab this handle and bring the people with you to Albany or you can leave it untouched and run the risk of having it wielded against you," said Paladino, bat in hand.

"Make no mistake, you have not heard the last of Carl Paladino."

In a phone call with Rep. John Boehner, incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives, after Tuesday's results were in, President Obama said he was "looking forward to working with him and the Republicans to find common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people," the White House announced in a press release Tuesday night, after the GOP gained control of the House in the midterm election.

Here's Boehner's version of the phone call, according to his press office:

"President Obama called Leader Boehner at midnight to congratulate him. They had a brief but pleasant conversation. Leader Boehner said he's always been straightforward and honest with the president in the past, and said that's the way he'll continue to be with the president in the future. They discussed working together to focus on the top priorities of the American people, which Boehner has identified as creating jobs and cutting spending. "That's what they expect," Boehner said. He thanked the president for the call."

California Proposition 19, which would have permitted recreational marijuana use, will fail, CNN projects.

CNN projects that the GOP will pick up at least 60 House seats. This is the largest number of House pickups since Democrats picked up 75 seats in 1948.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has defeated Tea Party-backed Republican nominee Sharron Angle in Nevada's Senate race, CNN projects.

Ohio Republican John Kasich has defeated Democratic incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland in the gubernatorial race, CNN projects

Pennsylvania Republican candidate Pat Toomey has defeated Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak to win the Senate seat, CNN projects. The seat was vacated by Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter, who lost in the state's primary elections.

Arizona Republican incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer has won her bid for re-election in the gubernatorial race, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Terry Goddard.

Former California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has defeated Republican Meg Whitman in the race for California governor, CNN projects. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is term-limited.

California Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer has won a fourth term in the Senate, CNN projects, beating out GOP nominee Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008.

CNN projects that Democrats will retain control of the United States Senate.

Republicans appeared to have regained the majority of U.S. governorships Tuesday night, capturing seven in states where the previous executives were Democrats, according to CNN projections of exit poll data.

Rep. John Boehner, Republican-Ohio, will be the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, replacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi, California-D, as the GOP rolled in Tuesday's midterm elections, gaining a majority for the first time in four years.

Hunting and fishing have emerged as priorities in Arkansas and Tennessee, where voters have supported ballot measures to establish a constitutional right to hunt and fish, and in South Carolina, where voters have supported an initiative to establish a state-level right to hunt and fish.

It appears that Oklahomans will not be subject to Sharia law anytime soon. State news outlets are reporting that ballot initiative SQ755, which bars state courts from using Islamic or international law, is on the path to approval by more than two-to-one, with about 40 percent of the precincts in.

Wisconsin Republican businessman Ron Johnson has won the Senate race, CNN projects, ending Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold's bid for a fourth term. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker has defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Jim Boyle is retiring.

South Carolina Republican Nikki Haley has defeated Democrat Vincent Sheheen in the race for governor, CNN projects. Republican Gov. Mark Sanford is term-limited.

Pennsylvania Republican Tom Corbett has defeated Democrat Dan Onorato in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell is term-limited.

Despite record election achievements by African-Americans in the House, the United States Senate will not have an African-American in its ranks. All three black Senate candidates, Kendrick Meek (Democrat-Florida), Alvin Greene (Democrat-South Carolina) and Mike Thurmond (Democrat-Georgia) are projected to lose tonight. The only incumbent black senator, Roland Burris, Illinois-D, is retiring.

Only six black senators have served: three Republicans and three Democrats, including President Barack Obama (Democrat-Illinois).

Pennsylvania Republican Mike Kelly has defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper in the race for the 3rd Congressional District, CNN projects.

New Mexico Republican Susana Martinez has defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is term-limited.

Louisiana Republican Jeff Landry has defeated Democrat Ravi Sangisetty in the race for the 3rd Congressional District, CNN projects. Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon is running for U.S. Senate.

Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond has defeated Republican incumbent Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao in the race for the Louisiana 2nd Congressional District, CNN projects.

Several polling locations ran out of provisional ballots in Arapahoe County, Colorado, because of large voter turnout, Pat Waak, the head of the Democratic Party in Colorado, said. As a result, some residents were waiting in Arapahoe County while additional ballots were brought from an off-site warehouse.

Michigan Republican Rick Snyder has defeated Democrat Virg Bernero in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm is term-limited.

Massachusetts Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick has won re-election in the gubernatorial race, CNN projects, beating out Republican Charlie Baker.

Oklahoma voters have supported a measure that would prohibit the state from requiring all residents to have health insurance, CNN projects.

Oklahoma Republican Rep. Mary Fallin has defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Brad Henry is term-limited.

CNN projects that the Republican Party will gain control of the House of Representatives. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

New York Democratic incumbent Sen. Chuck Schumer has won his bid for a third term, CNN projects, defeating GOP opponent Jay Townsend, a political consultant.

Democratic incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has won New York's special election for U.S. Senate, CNN projects, beating Republican Joe DioGuardi. Gillibrand will serve out the rest of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's term.

New York Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has defeated Republican Carl Paladino in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. David Paterson is retiring.

Republican Gov. John Hoeven has won North Dakota's Senate race, CNN projects, beating Democrat Tracy Potter for the seat left open by retiring Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan.

Texas Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Perry has won his bid for re-election, CNN projects, beating Democrat Bill White.

Republican Sen. Sam Brownback has won the race for Kansas governor, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Tom Holland. Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson is retiring.

Oklahoma Republican incumbent Sen. Tom Coburn has won his bid for re-election to a second term, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Jim Rogers.

Tennessee Republican Bill Haslam has defeated Democrat Mike McWherter in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen is term-limited.

Florida Republican Dan Webster has defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Alan Grayson in the race for the 8th Congressional District, CNN projects.

Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith has defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Rick Boucher in the race for the 9th Congressional District, CNN projects.

West Virginia Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin has won his state's Senate seat, CNN projects, beating out Republican John Raese in a tight race for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat.

Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal has won the state Senate seat left open by retiring Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, CNN projects, beating out Republican Linda McMahon, a wealthy former professional wrestling executive.

Arkansas Democratic incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe has won re-election in his bid for a second term, CNN projects, beating out Republican Jim Keet.

Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Burr has defeated Democrat Elaine Marshall in North Carolina's Senate race, CNN projects.

New Hampshire Democratic incumbent Gov. John Lynch has won re-election, CNN projects, beating out Republican John Stephen.

Florida Republican Sandy Adams has defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Suzanne Kosmas in the race for the state's 24th Congressional District, CNN projects.

Maryland Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Mikulski has won her bid for re-election to a fifth term in the Senate, CNN projects, beating out Republican Eric Wargotz.

Alabama Republican incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby has won a fifth term to his seat in the U.S. Senate, CNN projects, beating out Democrat William Barnes.

Florida Republican Marco Rubio wins the state Senate seat left vacated by retiring Republican Sen. George LeMieux, CNN projects. Rubio beat out Gov. Charlie Crist, who was running as an independent candidate, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.

Delaware Democrat Chris Coons has beat out Tea Party-backed Republican Christine O'Donnell in the race to fill Vice President Joe Biden's old U.S. Senate seat, CNN projects. Democratic Sen. Ted Kaufman, who replaced Biden, is retiring.

Former New Hampshire State Attorney and GOP nominee Kelly Ayotte has defeated Democratic nominee Paul Hodes, CNN projects, in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Judd Gregg.

Senior Democratic officials with close ties to the White House say that after seeing a first wave of early exit polling data they have concerns over how the party is doing with several key groups, including women and senior citizens.

The officials said they are particularly apprehensive about numbers suggesting that women may not have turned out as strongly for Democrats. In addition, the officials said they have seen data suggesting that senior citizens may have come out in large numbers to express displeasure with health care reform, which they characterized as a troubling sign for the party.

Ohio Republican Rob Portman has defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in the state Senate race, CNN projects, taking the seat left vacated by retiring Republican Sen. George Voinovich.

Vermont Democratic incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy has won re-election to a seventh term, beating out Republican nominee Len Britton in the Senate race, CNN projects.

South Carolina incumbent Republican Sen. Jim DeMint has won his bid for re-election to a second term, CNN projects, beating out surprise Democratic nominee Alvin Greene.

Republican Dan Coats has defeated Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth to win Indiana's Senate race, CNN projects, to take the seat vacated by Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.

Republican candidate Rand Paul has won the Kentucky Senate race, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Jack Conway to become the first Tea Party candidate to win in the Senate.

Three Americans have cast their ballots from the most remote polling station in the solar system -- the International Space Station, 220 miles above Earth. Navy Capt. Scott Kelly, U.S. Army Col. Douglas Wheelock and physicist Shannon Walker used a special secure line to the Johnson Space Center, which relayed the votes to the astronauts' respective home counties.

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