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WOSU Liveblog: Election Night Results

It's Election Night, and WOSU is staying up late with you. We'll be live-blogging local, state, and national results here, as well as updating our Twitter and Facebook.

Make sure to refresh this page often, because it does not auto-update. 

Major News:

  • As of 2:30 a.m., it was official: Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States.
  • Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine officially conceded in a speech late Wednesday morning.
  • Republicans have also retained control of the House and Senate. 
  • In the Franklin County prosecutor race, Ron O'Brien has defeated Democratic challenge Zach Klein.
  • Republican Rob Portman won the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio.

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November 9 @ 2:57 PM

We're going to be winding down this liveblog - it's been a long two days for many of us, but of course WOSU will keep reporting on what happened, what is happening now, and what will happen in the future. 

Speaking of which, here are two very notable NPR stories.

Shades of 2000? Clinton Surpasses Trump In Popular Vote Tally

As of 2 p.m. ET, Clinton had amassed 59,626,052 votes nationally, to Trump's 59,427,652 — a margin of 198,400 that puts Clinton on track to become the fifth U.S. presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election.

Trump Can Kill Obamacare With Or Without Help From Congress

One of the biggest challenges Trump faces is that about about 20 million people today have health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The uninsured rate hit an all-time low of 8.9 percent this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

November 9 @ 12:52 PM

All Sides With Ann Fisher leapt right into the conversation today, with back-to-back episodes on what last night meant for the country and what it will mean for two of the biggest political topics. You can listen to those here:

November 9 @ 12:29 PM

President Obama addresses the country from the White House.

November 9 @ 12:06 PM

As of Wednesday afternoon, a number of states had yet to be called. Clinton finally took Minnesota, and with all of the vote in New Hampshire, it looks like that will be called for her as well—with a very small margin. Meanwhile, Michigan and Arizona are still too close to call, but may go to Trump.

One remarkable story after another, though: Clinton may very well end up with the popular vote victory even as Donald Trump has won the electoral college and the presidency. Obviously that's somewhat of a repeat of 2000, with the same parties in each position. But as of noon, Clinton had about 200,000 more votes than Trump in total.

November 9 @ 11:36 AM

Live video: Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton address supporters in their official concession speech.

November 9 @ 11:26 AM

Also this morning, we'll continue to cover some of the local races and issues that were decided on Election Night, like the Columbus school levy that passed. So keep an eye out on our site for more coverage.

November 9 @ 11:17 AM

Donald Trump Clinches The Presidency In Major Upset

The rise of Trump, a candidate with no prior experience in the military or elected office, confounded nearly everyone in politics. Improbably, the real estate scion turned reality TV star had not even been a member of the Republican Party for long. That made his victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton even more stunning, preventing her from becoming the nation's first female president.

Also from this morning: With Help Of Small And Medium-Sized Counties Around The State, Trump Trounces Clinton In Ohio

The pattern that first showed up in the GOP primary in March held and expanded for Trump in Ohio. He was especially strong in the blue-collar counties along Ohio’s border including some, like Trumbull, that have traditionally voted Democratic.

November 9 @ 1:23 AM

It's late, and we're going to bed. Unless a big upset happens with the few swing states - Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Arizona - still being counted, Donald Trump will be President of the United States. We'll update this liveblog in the morning when we know more.

November 9 @ 1:04 AM

O'Brien Wins Franklin County Prosecutor Race

After a close competition for Franklin County prosecutor, longtime incumbent Ron O'Brien won re-election. It was the first race for Franklin County Prosecutor in 16 years. Ron O'Brien has held this position since 1997 and has run unopposed in the last three elections.

November 9 @ 12:56 AM

A lot of people are wondering "what happened?" right about now. Taking a look at CNN's exit polls, we might have a few answers.

According to those surveys, Clinton's gender gap in Ohio was only 51% to Trump's 46%. The only age group she won was 18-29, and while black and Hispanic voters went for her handily, Trump got that white vote 60-35%. White women, which Clinton hoped to carry, went for Trump too.

Some fascinating numbers, though, from education levels. Apparently Clinton won people with a high school level or less, while Trump won college and postgraduate voters. Curious to see if those numbers hold up with other exit polls.

November 9 @ 12:25 AM

Looking at Ohio, it's a pretty good day for Republicans. From AP:

Republicans again will have enough seats in the Ohio House to override vetoes and more easily place constitutional amendments before voters. The Republicans currently hold such power in the General Assembly. Having won at least 60 seats in Tuesday's election means they will keep it.

On the Supreme Court, Republican Pat DeWine has won over Democrat Cynthia Rice. And AP says that Republican Pat Fischer leads Democrat John P. O'Donnell for that other Court seat with about two-thirds of the vote counted.
November 9 @ 12:20 AM

Hillary Clinton has won Nevada. That's a big deal, after Trump has swept almost every other swing state.

November 9 @ 12:00 AM

NPR: Financial Markets Plunge Amid Uncertainty About Election Outcome

Across the board, it turned ugly for equities, currencies and Treasurys. The CBOE Volatility Index, a measure of investor fear, showed a 30 percent spike.

November 8 @ 11:32 PM

There is almost no path for the Democrats to retake the Senate tonight. And for Clinton, she needs to win Wisconsin, Michigan and Nevada to pull off a victory.

Clinton took Washington state, while Trump has clinched Georgia finally.

November 8 @ 11:11 PM

North Carolina has been called for Trump. 

This race is coming down to Michigan and Wisconsin.

November 8 @ 11:04 PM

With polls closed in all but one state (Alaska), Trump is up quite a lot. Clinton just took California, Oregon and Hawaii, no surprises, but she has very little room to maneuver now.

November 8 @ 10:56 PM

Zach Klein has conceded the Franklin County prosecutor race to longtime incumbent Ron O'Brien, reports WOSU's Esther Honig.
November 8 @ 10:52 PM

Donald Trump is projected to win Florida, despite reports of big Hispanic turnout. That means Clinton has fewer and fewer paths to victory tonight.

November 8 @ 10:43 PM

Ohio has officially gone to Donald Trump with 66% of the vote counted, according to AP.

Clinton is trailing him 131 votes to 168, even after winning Virginia and Colorado.

November 8 @ 10:24 PM

Hillary Clinton has won New Mexico, but it's not looking good for her. FiveThirtyEight has her chance of winning down to 51%.

Financial markets are dropping rapidly with the possibility of a Trump presidency - the DOW is down over 600 points.

November 8 @ 10:15 PM

Columbus, Hilliard, Bexley and Westerville school levies are winning right now. COTA bus levy seems to be up, as well as a all of the Columbus bond issues.

November 8 @ 10:00 PM

Polls have closed in Iowa, Montana, Nevada and Utah. 

November 8 @ 9:46 PM

Ohio has Trump up by a 10 point margin with half of votes reported - but hang in there. Big Democratic-heavy counties like Franklin and Cuyahoga only have about 40 percent of the vote in. Can't be sure if that will be enough to make up the difference, but it'll keep us up late for sure.

November 8 @ 9:30 PM

We're paying attention here to a number of local races, as well. You can keep track of Franklin County voting - including county prosecutor, commissioner, and some Columbus bond issues - on the Secretary of State's website.

November 8 @ 9:03 PM

So far polls have closed in 40 states, with Trump picking up a number of new states: Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. Clinton took Illinois and New York. 

November 8 @ 8:59 PM

Time for another presidential race update. Trump is leading Clinton in electoral votes, 66-48, according to the AP. Trump has collected Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Clinton picked up Delaware and Rhode Island.

Ohio is, you guessed it, too close to call.

November 8 @ 8:50 PM

All but one of Ohio's Congressional races have been called. In Central Ohio, Joyce Beatty, Pat Tiberi, Steve Stivers, Jim Jordan and Bob Gibbs have been projected to win re-election by wide margins, according to the AP. 

The only Ohio race that hasn't been called yet is District 1 in the Cincinnati area where Republican incumbent Steve Chabot holds a 58.9 percent to 41.1 percent lead over Democrat Michele Young. 

November 8 @ 8:38 PM

Here's a fun fact: the Secretary of State's office is showing that write-in candidates in Ohio are getting more votes than Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is just above, in third.

November 8 @ 8:34 PM

AP has called that the House of Representatives will remain in GOP control. Still waiting on enough races to call the Senate, but you can keep track below in our balance of power widget.
November 8 @ 8:27 PM

AP: Sen. Rob Portman wins reelection over Ted Strickland.

Minutes after The Associated Press projected the race, Strickland conceded the race and issued a statement saying he called Portman to congratulate him and wish him well. Strickland says the result wasn't what he hoped for, but he is grateful to have had the opportunity to speak out for hardworking Ohioans.

November 8 @ 8:12 PM

We're starting to get more state results in, but mostly expected so far. Oklahoma and South Carolina have gone to Trump, while Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Maryland have been called for Clinton. Ohio's polls closed at 7:30PM, but votes are still being counted. It might be a while.

November 8 @ 8:00 PM

Early voting tallies from Jon Husted, Ohio Secretary of State, show Hillary Clinton with a lead.

November 8 @ 7:36 PM

Republican Rob Portman is projected to have won the U.S. Senate race in Ohio. He was a heavy favorite to win over former Ohio governor Ted Strickland; the last Quinnipiac poll showed Portman leading by 18 points.
November 8 @ 7:20 PM

As Senate and House races are called tonight, you'll be able to track the Congressional balance of power in our widget.


November 8 @ 7:15 PM

A quick reminder how this works: WOSU, like NPR, will be going off of Associated Press election calls. Here's how their election-counting works.

November 8 @ 7:04 PM

AP has projected that Donald Trump has won the states of Indiana and Kentucky, and Hillary Clinton has won the state of Vermont. See complete results on our Presidential Big Board.

November 8 @ 6:13 PM

The first polls have closed in Kentucky, Indiana, and New Hamphire.

All Sides With Ann Fisherwill be live at 7PM to talk elections. They'll have Mike Thompson, WOSU's chief content director for news and public affairs, and Joe Hallett, retired Senior Editor at the Columbus Dispatch, as guests. 

Beginning at 8PM, you can catch NPR's nightlong election special coverage. Both of those are on 89.7, or you can stream live on our website. On WOSU TV and on our website, PBS NewsHour will have special coverage beginning at 7PM as well. 
November 8 @ 5:53 PM

Hi there. Our reporters have been busy today, and the past few days, reporting Election Day stories from around Columbus and the rest of Ohio. Let's catch you up.

Gabe Rosenberg joined WOSU in October 2016. As digital news editor, Gabe reports breaking news and edits all content for the WOSU website, as well as manages the station's social media accounts.