Trump’s entire agenda is at stake in the 2018 midterms. Here’s when polls close and results will start to come in.

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crowd cheered as Donald Trump looked at them at a campaign rally
for GOP midterm candidates in Florida.

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  • The
    2018 midterm elections
    are upon us, and the country is
    anxiously awaiting to hear the results of an array of
    consequential elections nationwide.
  • Most
    polling places open
    between 6 and 8 a.m. and close between
    6 and 9 p.m. local time. Times vary based on location.
  • It can take hours, days, and sometimes even weeks for results
    to come in based on numerous factors.
  • Given
    polling will start to close
    in many states between 8 and 9
    p.m. ET, we may have an idea of whether Democrats have a chance
    of flipping the House by sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight
    ET.

The
2018 midterm elections
are upon us, and the country is
anxiously awaiting to hear the results of an array of
consequential elections nationwide.

There’s a lot at stake on Tuesday, November 6. If Democrats are
able to retake either the House or Senate, it has major
implications for President Donald Trump’s agenda over the next
two years.


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Follow our live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections
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When polls close

Most
polling places open
between 6 and 8 a.m. and close between 6
and 9 p.m. local time. Times vary based on location.

If you’re not sure where your local polling place is or
what time it opens and closes
, Vote.org and

Google
offer easy ways to search for more info (click the
links here or search “where is my polling place” on Google).

If you’re not sure if you’re registered to vote, you can also
easily search for this information via Vote.org.


when polls open and close every state midterms 2018Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

When we’re likely to know the outcome of races

It could take hours, days, and sometimes even weeks for outcomes
of races to become official. This is affected by factors such as
the size of states and time zones, the total number of absentee
ballots, and various state rules that can lead to
runoff elections if candidates don’t get at least 50% of the
vote
.

There are also a number of tight races this year, which can also
play a big role in terms of final results. 


Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz (left) and Beto
O’Rourke (right).

Tom Fox/The Dallas
Morning News via AP, Pool, File


A number of key races are occurring in eastern states like
Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
Given that polling will start to close in these states
and many others between 8 and 9 p.m. ET, we may have an idea of
whether Democrats have a chance of flipping the House by sometime
between 11 p.m. and midnight ET.

But there are some competitive races in California as well, where
polls won’t close until 11 p.m. ET. With that said, the
results of many races may not be available until the wee hours of
Wednesday morning.


Read more:

9 Senate races that are shaping up to be nail biters and will
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California has a notoriously long ballot-counting process and

a large number of mail-in ballots
. In 2014, it took
two weeks
for the state to announce the results of two House
elections. 

Many polls predict
Democrats will take the House
.

The Associated Press called the Senate for Republicans at
11:25
pm ET
in 2014, so it’s possible we’ll know results in that
regard before midnight.

Republicans are expected to maintain
control of the Senate.


Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum with his wife, RJ, won the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday.
Tallahassee
mayor Andrew Gillum with his wife, RJ, won the Democratic
nomination for governor on Tuesday.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The gubernatorial races in Georgia and Florida are among the most
closely-watched this election cycle with Democratic candidates —
Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum — poised to make history in
either state if they win. Polls begin to close in both
states as early as 7 p.m. ET, meaning we may know the results of
these races fairly early into the night. 

It’s true that exit polls come in quite quickly, but
as we learned in 2016 they can be misleading
and it’s better
to wait for full results. 

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2018 Midterm Election
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