Election Night in the US

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6:44 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

He was told he couldn't vote in his Trump shirt, so he voted without it

From CNN's Christina Zdanowicz

A man was asked to remove his Trump shirt before voting at the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department in South Carolina, according to Todd Price, who was in line to vote.

“When this gentleman got up to the poll worker, they told him he couldn't come in with his shirt on, so he just took it off, tossed it down on the ground there and voted shirtless and then came out and put it back on,” Price told CNN.

But here's the thing: South Carolina Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire told CNN the man’s shirt did not violate the rules about campaign materials because the T-shirt advertised Donald Trump, who is not on the Midterm election ballot.

“The shirt in question didn’t relate to a candidate in this election,” Whitmire told CNN. “It’s an understandable mistake. Poll managers are volunteers that are working hard out there, trying to do the right thing. If you closely read the handbook on campaign material, that didn’t violate the definition of material."

6:03 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

JUST IN: Polls are closed in most of Indiana and Kentucky

From CNN's Dan Merica and Eric Bradner

Polls have closed in most of Indiana and Kentucky. Parts of both states are in the Central time zone, so it'll take time to see whether Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly survives a challenge from Republican businessman Mike Braun.

The one we'll all be talking about first: Kentucky's 6th District. Amy McGrath, a former combat pilot, is challenging Republican Rep. Andy Barr.

It might not be a great national bellwether. In an unusual twist -- in part due to the brutal ads Barr has aired -- the race has largely become about McGrath and whether she is too progressive for the district, rather than a referendum on Trump or the incumbent congressman. But it will be an early indicator of the environment, and a Barr loss would give Republicans reason to panic.

Expect to see McGrath up early as the city of Lexington's results come in first -- but the margin is likely to tighten up quickly.

6:37 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Parents whose son was killed in Florida school shooting vote for the first time

From CNN's Meridith Edwards

Manuel and Patricia Oliver, whose son Joaquin Oliver was killed in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, voted for the first time today in Parkland, Florida. 

They are immigrants from Venezuela, and this is their first opportunity to vote as US citizens.

They became citizens 24 days before their son was killed.

The Olivers started a nonprofit organization called "Change the Ref" in their sons honor. The Olivers have crisscrossed the country with powerful art installations and messages to stop violence. They said they cast their vote for their son and the others who were killed in Feb. 14 shooting. 

Here's why they are voting today: “We are leading a fight in my son's honor," Manuel Oliver said. “I am sad but needed to make my voice active (and) make these politicians accountable.” 

He believes in democracy and wants other Latinos to get out and vote. 

“You are not criminals and you can make a change. We have the opportunity to do that by voting," Manuel Oliver said.

“I am mad because my son would’ve been 18 and voted today for the first time too," he added.

Manuel Oliver said they will not stop their fight.

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5:47 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Beyoncé is for Beto

From CNN's Hunter Schwarz

With four hours before polls will close in Texas, Beyoncé came out in support of Beto O'Rourke in a series of Instagram posts wearing a "Beto For Senate" hat.

"I'm feeling grateful for everyone before me who fought so hard to give us all the right to have a voice," she wrote in the caption. "We can't voice our frustrations and complain about what's wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right. We need you."

A Texas native, Beyoncé has backed politicians before, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, but she's remained mum on her home state's Senate race until Election Day.

On Monday night, she sent a call to vote with a link to vote.org to her email list.

O'Rourke is running against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in one of the nation's most anticipated and closely-watched races.

Watch below: Chris Cillizza explains why Texas Senate race is a big deal

5:38 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Voters visit Susan B. Anthony's grave, leave "I voted" stickers

From CNN's AJ Willingham


On November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony voted in a presidential election. At the time, it was an illegal act, and two weeks later she was charged with and fined for illegal voting.

It took nearly 50 years for the efforts of the women's suffrage movement to finally come to fruition with the passing of the 19th Amendment, which enshrined women's right to vote.

On Tuesday, 146 years later, women are visiting her final resting place in Rochester, New York, to place their "I voted" stickers on her grave.

Susan B. Anthony's gravesite has long been a hot destination during election season, and was particularly popular during the 2016 presidential election, when hundreds made the pilgrimage and left flowers and tributes.


Watch below: Voters pay tribute to suffragist

5:30 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Exit poll: More voted opposing Trump than supporting him

From CNN's Z. Byron Wolf

More than 40% of voters in the 2018 election approve of the job Trump is doing as President, according to the preliminary results from CNN's national exit poll. About three-in-10 said they strongly approve of Trump while almost half said they strongly disapprove of him.

Almost two-thirds said that Trump was a factor in their vote for the House today. About a quarter said their vote was in support of the President — and almost 40% said that their vote was in opposition to him.

A majority, a little more than half, said things in the country are on the wrong track. About 40% say they're going in the right direction.

5:15 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Exit polls: This election is about Donald Trump

From CNN's Z. Byron Wolf

Two-thirds of voters say their vote in today’s congressional election is about Donald Trump, according to early exit polls, and more say they’re showing up at the polls to express opposition than support for the President.

The President’s approval rating is net negative among the nation’s voters, and more say things in the country are on the wrong track than that they are going in the right direction. Still, nearly 7 in 10 say the economy is in good shape, and those who say their personal finances are in better shape now than two years ago outnumber those who feel their finances have worsened.

About 4 in 10 voters turning out to vote across the country choose health care as the most important problem facing the country, and more, 7 in 10, say the nation’s health care system needs major changes. About 2 in 10 each choose the economy and immigration as their top issue, and 1 in 10 say it’s gun policy.

With a historically diverse slate of candidates on ballots nationwide, about half of voters say it’s very important to them that more women are elected to public office and that more racial and ethnic minorities are elected.

A sizeable 1 in 6 voters say this election is the first time they’re casting a ballot in a midterm contest.

Watch below: CNN's David Chalian breaks down first exit polls

4:57 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

Facebook removes false posts about ICE at voting locations 

From CNN's Donie O'Sullivan

Facebook has set up a "War Room" to fight against misinformation and outside interference in the US elections.
Facebook has set up a "War Room" to fight against misinformation and outside interference in the US elections. NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook said that earlier today it removed posts falsely claiming that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were patrolling polling locations looking for undocumented immigrants. 

The rumor had previously been confirmed to be false by ICE. The agency tweeted last month and again on Tuesday: “ICE does not patrol or conduct enforcement operations at polling locations. Any flyers or advertisements claiming otherwise are false.”

Facebook says it has also removed posts telling members of both parties the wrong day to vote. 

The company did not suggest the posts had come from outside the US. It’s unclear how widespread the activity is.

A Facebook spokesperson told CNN: "The team is closely monitoring the election from our war room and are in regular contact with our partners in government. So far we haven’t seen anything unexpected. We will continue to review activity and act quickly against content that violates our policy.”

Earlier Tuesday, a Department of Homeland Security official told reporters that disinformation relating to the election had “been rapidly addressed” by social media platforms. 

Facebook says it is continuing to monitor for misinformation targeting voters.

Take a look inside Facebook's election war room:

5:27 p.m. ET, November 6, 2018

A California state Senate candidate's office was burglarized on election morning

From CNN’s Cheri Mossburg and Tatiana Diaz

The Merced, California, campaign office of Democratic state senate candidate Anna Caballero was burglarized in the early hours of Election Day, according to Merced Police.

Computers and other property worth about $24,000 were stolen in the break-in, along with 9,500 door hangers, according to Lt. Alan Ward. He adds that there are no suspects in the incident.

“I am more determined than ever,” Caballero said in a tweet. “They can steal our door hangers but they can’t steal this election.”

In a video posted on Twitter, California Sen. Bill Monning called the break-in "an act of desperation."

Caballero’s opponent, Rob Poythress, also addressed the burglary. “There is no place for this kind of behavior in politics or in our community. Campaigns should be run and won on the issues and the hard work of candidates as determined by the voters. I condemn this kind of behavior,” he said in a statement.