LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Today is the day... ELECTION DAY! It's the 2018 Arkansas Midterm Elections and THV11 has you covered.
Here you will find a LIVE BLOG with real-time updates on everything that you care about.
This includes local races, issues on the ballot and more.
Nov. 7 - Little Rock mayoral candidates Frank Scott Jr. and Baker Kurrus share their thoughts about the runoff.
Kurrus plans to gain votes by getting his message out more. He noted that his campaign was a relative late-comer. Mostly, he wants to stick to his original strategy and let his accomplishments speak for themselves.
"I've got a background and a resume," Kurrus said. "I wanna make sure everyone sees my resume."
Scott was three percentage points from taking the election outright. He was excited for the impressive turnout and is looking forward to the run-off.
Scott plans to remain focused on job growth to help him win in the run-off.
11:20 p.m. - Issue 4, casinos, has passed. Now, all three issues on the ballot have been passed.
11:06 p.m. - There will be a runoff in the LR mayoral race between Frank Scott Jr. and Baker Kurrus. Frank Scott Jr. with 37 percent, Baker Kurrus with 29 percent and Warwick Sabin with 28 percent. The runoff will be on Dec. 4.
10:59 p.m. - Courtney Goodson, NP, elected Supreme Court, Position 3 in Arkansas.
10:50 p.m. - The AP has announced that French Hill, GOP, was re-elected to U.S. House, District 2.
10:31 p.m. - Andrea Lea, GOP, was elected Auditor, Arkansas.
10:28 p.m. - John Thurston, GOP, has been elected Secretary of State.
10:26 p.m. - Issue 2, voter ID, and Issue 5, minimum wage, have passed.
10:24 p.m. - AP announces Leslie Rutledge, GOP, is elected Attorney General.
10:16 p.m. - Votes now showing Scott Jr. with 34 percent, Kurrus with 31 percent and Sabin with 30 percent in the LR mayoral race.
10:12 p.m. - Frank Scott Jr. and Baker Kurrus are now tied for the LR mayoral race with 32 percent. Warwick Sabin is also a close call with 31 percent. Less than 100 votes separate Scott Jr. and Kurrus.
10:09 p.m. - CBS News is projecting that Democrats will take control of the House. Republicans are projected to take control of the Senate.
10:08 p.m. - Both Issue 2 and 5 (voter ID and minimum wage) are vastly leading with at least 68 percent.
10:06 p.m. - Issue 4, casinos, is now 54 percent in favor. It is winning by over 44,000 votes.
10:02 p.m. - French Hill is leading the District 2 congressional race by 19,207 votes.
9:59 p.m. - Frank Scott Jr. addresses his watch party crowd.
9:58 p.m. - The AP has called Bruce Westerman for District 4's congressional race.
9:53 p.m. - Frank Scott Jr.'s lead has lowered to 33 percent, while Kurrus and Sabin are tired at 31 percent.
9:45 p.m. - The Little Rock mayoral race is a 3-way race between Warwick Sabin, Frank Scott Jr & Baker Kurrus. Each candidate has at least 30 percent.
9:31 p.m. - Baker Kurrus said that he's hopeful for a runoff, as he believes he can get more votes with more time.
9:29 p.m. - Frank Scott Jr. arrived to his campaign party. He is still ahead with 38 percent, but he will need at least 40 percent of the votes to win.
9:27 p.m. - French Hill is still leading the District 2 race, though he is now ahead by 7,000 votes instead of 9,000.
9:26 p.m. - The AP has officially called Rick Crawford for District 1.
9:07 p.m. - Issue 2, voter ID, is leading by a large margin: 77.35 percent for and 22.65 percent against.
9:04 p.m. - Issue 4, casinos, is becoming a close race with 52.44 percent for and 47.56 percent against.
"We expected the early vote, which tends to be a little older to be close, but we expect the rest of the votes to lean in our favor," Nate Steel with Driving Arkansas Forward said.
9:01 p.m. - Issue 5, minimum wage, is the most searched issue in Arkansas, according to Google. Currently, the issue is leading with 68.39 percent.
"There are moms and dads and families that don't make enough money to feed their families. And this is just the right thing to do," David Couch said.
There are concerns that passing this would increase the unemployment rate.
8:58 p.m. - French Hill leads the District 2 race by 9,425 votes.
8:53 p.m. - The AP has officially announced that Steve Womack won the District 3 congressional race.
8:48 p.m. - French Hill has taken the lead over Clarke Tucker by 2,000 votes.
8:37 p.m. - Courtney Goodsen for State Supreme Court Justice is ahead with 56 percent. David Sterling is her opponent.
8:35 p.m. - Clarke Tucker comments on the tight race between him and French Hill.
8:29 p.m. - REMINDER: For a candidate to win the LR mayoral race, the candidate must get 40 percent of the votes. Frank Scott Jr. is currently at 38 percent.
8:24 p.m. - Campaign parties for the LR mayoral race are filling up.
8:21 p.m. - John Boozman congratulates Gov. Hutchinson on his win.
8:17 p.m. - Henderson responds to his gubernatorial race loss.
8:15 p.m. - Frank Scott Jr.'s watch party brings in high energy after early voting numbers.
8:02 p.m. - French Hill, the Republican candidate for the District 2 Congressional race, has been confident all day. Though only 48 of 2607 precincts are reporting, he's leading the race 49.39 percent to 48.92 percent.
8:00 p.m. - Clarke Tucker, the Democratic candidate for the District 2 Congressional race, is currently neck and neck with his opponent, French Hill. However, there are still lots of votes to be counted.
7:56 p.m. - Gov. Hutchinson and his family take the stage to speak after the win. He continued to thank his staff, campaign team and financial advisors and volunteers. He is only the second Arkansas GOP governor to win a second term.
"Being elected four years ago was the highlight of my political career," he said. "Being selected tonight with the majority of the vote was even more gratifying because Arkansans are saying, 'We're doing great. Let's keep going.'
"It's truly a mandate for improving education and teacher salaries. It's truly a mandate for improving highways infrastructure."
7:55 p.m. - Frank Scott Jr. takes the lead with 37.9 percent, though he needs 40 percent to win.
7:46 p.m. - Frank Scott Jr.'s mother joined at the campaign party.
"It's an awesome experience just knowing that he had an interest in serving the city. And then to know that he made the decision. It's just awesome," she said.
7:45 p.m. - Baker Kurrus arrived at his watch party and commented on the campaign.
"We have good candidates. We have interesting candidates," Baker Kurrus said.
7:44 p.m. - Warwick Sabin, a LR mayoral candidate, is starting to get a crowd at Stickyz.
7:41 p.m. - Lance Turner and Craig O'Neill talk about Issue 2, voter ID law. So far, 62 percent are for the issue. Currently, Issue 4 is also leading with 57 percent in early voting numbers. Minimum wage is also ahead, strictly speaking of early numbers.
7:39 p.m. - French Hill is returning to his campaign parting. Rolly said that Hill's strength is in the rural areas, which is likely to show as Election Day numbers roll in.
7:38 p.m. - The early voting numbers show Clarke Tucker, candidate for District 2 congressman, is ahead of current Congressman French Hill.
7:35 p.m. - The AP officially called the governors race for Arkansas: Asa Hutchinson.
7:30 p.m. - Polls closed in Arkansas.
7:11 p.m. - People are trickling into Sabin's LR mayoral candidate party at Stickyz.
6:53 p.m. - Lance Turner with Arkansas Business talks with Craig O'Neill about the LR mayoral race.
Turner commented that this race is unlike any other recent mayoral races in Little Rock. They all have strong personalities and leading potential. Turner said there are a lot of torn communities, with such a mix of voters throughout Little Rock.
6:51 p.m. - Lance Turner with Arkansas Business talks with Craig O'Neill about the gubernatorial race.
They both commented on Hutchinson's popularity, and that he's sitting on a 61 percent approval rating. He's among the top 10 governors in the country.
Craig noted that Henderson tried to bring up issues in Hutchinson's last term, but Hutchinson was transparent with his responses.
6:42 p.m. - Lance Turner with Arkansas Business talks with Craig O'Neill about Issue 4, casinos.
Turner said that with casinos surrounding the state, there are arguments that money is leaving the state. He said the lottery likely also contributed to this proposal. Craig also mentioned that if it passed, there are still several steps to be taken before doors open.
6:22 p.m. - Melissa Zygowicz said that LR mayoral candidate Frank Scott Jr.'s candidate watch party is starting to fill up, but Scott Jr. won't be there until 8 p.m. His plan is to hit 50 polling locations, encouraging people to vote.
"It's exciting," he said. "This is a great mayoral race. We're looking forward to sharing our vision of unifying our city and encouraging job growth."
6:20 p.m. - Stephanie Esquivel is following LR mayoral candidate Baker Kurrus, who is out talking to voters. He said that he anticipates a close race, which is why every vote counts.
"I see the value of cultural diversity," Kurrus said. "So, what I'll do is be out in the community a lot."
6:19 p.m. - Michael Aaron said LR mayoral candidate Warwick Sabin feels confident, thanks to his experience and meeting voters at polling places across Little Rock. He will be out talking to voters until 8 p.m.
"I'm really proud of the campaign we've run," Sabin said. "It's been really positive and I think it's mainly been about the issues."
6:15 p.m. - David Lippman said that Clarke Tucker made an appearance at his watch party before heading to the polls.
6:11 p.m. - Jordan Howington is following Issue 5, minimum wage. She said that polls are leaning toward an approval.
"My hope is that people get a raise so that when they get up in the morning they don't have to worry about getting food for their kids," David Couch said.
6:09 p.m. - Erika Ferrando is at the watch party for Issue 4, which would bring casinos to Arkansas. Ferrando said that supporters are enthusiastic about bringing money to Arkansas, which they said could go toward roads. Ferrando did mention that there's no way to be sure that the money would go to roads specifically.
6:07 p.m. - Vanessa Paige talks Hutchinson's challenger, Jared Henderson, who plans to campaign until the polls close. Paige said that one of his main concerns is education, including teacher pay.
"They want their children to get a great, 21st-century education," Henderson said.
6:05 p.m. - Back to Rolly Hoyt, who is also following the gubernatorial race, specifically current Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Rolly said that Hutchinson is confident and has spent the day "low-key" campaigning and working.
"This is a little bit nostalgic just because I've been on the ballot box for decades," Hutchinson said.
6:03 p.m. - THV11's David Lippman is following Hill's Democratic opponent, Clarke Tucker, who also spent his day in Faulkner County and Little Rock. Lippman said that Tucker is a cancer survivor and campaigns largely on healthcare.
"People are concerned about having access to affordable health care, especially if they have a pre-existing condition," Tucker said.
6:01 p.m. - Rolly Hoyt is also following the Republican District 2 Congressional candidate, French Hill. Rolly said that though Hill started campaigning in the city, he later went to Faulkner County to cover both suburban and rural areas.
"I believe that our citizens, our cities and our state is much better off than they were two years ago," Hill said.
Rolly noted that Hill didn't mention health care, though that's something his challenger focuses heavily on.
5:15 p.m. - THV11's Michael Aaron is following mayor candidate Warwick Sabin. Aaron said that Sabin is running on an attitude of experience and positivity.
5:14 p.m. - THV11's Melissa Zygowicz is at the Frank Scott Jr., who is a mayoral candidate. watch party at Copper Grill. She said that Scott Jr. calls himself "a product of Little Rock." He plans to hit at least 50 polling places today.
5:13 p.m. - THV11's Stephanie Esquivel said that mayoral candidate Baker Kurrus is hosting his watch party at Cajun Wharf. She said that he will be making phone calls and visiting polling places until they close.
"Little Rock needs somebody who can execute right now, that has a proven track record," he said.
5:07 p.m. - THV11's Erika Ferrando is following Issue 4, which would allow casinos in Arkansas. Ferrando said polls are fairly split. However, Erika said that supporters are feeling confident as the polls close.
5:05 p.m. - THV11's Jordan Howington is covering Issue 5, or the Minimum Wage Act at the Vino's watch party. According to David Couch, the latest poll said 67 percent of the people asked were in favor of increasing minimum wage.
5:03 p.m. - THV11's Vanessa Paige is following Hutchinson's opponent, Jared Henderson, D, at his campaign party at 42 in Little Rock. Paige said Henderson plans on campaigning until polls close
Paige said that Henderson is also campaigning largely on an education-based platform.
5:01 p.m. - THV11's Rolly Hoyt talks talk the Gubernatorial race in Arkansas as he follows along at current Gov. Asa Hutchinson's campaign party.
"First thing we have to do is raise teacher pay," Hutchinson said.
Rolly said that Hutchinson is confident in his chances with tonight's race.
5:00 p.m. - The calm before the storm! Our on-air election coverage begins, with our eight reports are covering nine candidates and issues. We'll be updating on our website and Facebook Live.
4:45 p.m. - Rolly Hoyt talks elections with Gov. Asa Hutchinson at GOP Headquarters in Little Rock
4:42 p.m. - Warwick Sabin for mayor watch party joined by Michael Aaron at Stickyz in downtown Little Rock
4:38 p.m. - Vanessa Paige keeps up with Jared Henderson, Democratic governor candidate, at 42 Bar and Table
4:35 p.m. - Little Rock mayor candidate Baker Kurrus is joined by Stephanie Esquivel at Cajun's Wharf
4:24 p.m. - THV11's Melissa Zygowicz is set up at Copper Grill for Frank Scott Jr.'s campaign party.
4:18 p.m. - Clarke Tucker is setting up at the Lafayette Building in Little Rock for his campaign party.
4:12 p.m. - Melissa Zygowicz stops by Little Rock mayor nominee Frank Scott Jr.'s watch party at Copper Grill
4:05 p.m. - David Lippman joins the Clarke Tucker campaign, Democratic nominee for Arkansas's District 2
3:59 p.m. - Jordan Howington begins coverage of Issue 5 at Vino's in downtown Little Rock
3:57 p.m. - Erika Ferrando prepares for Issue 4 results with Driving Arkansas Forward at the Capital Hotel
2:16 p.m. - THV11's Rolly Hoyt reports that French Hill is spending the afternoon campaigning in Faulkner County.
2:14 p.m. - THV11's News Director David Parker tweeted about the calm before the storm in the newsroom.
12:45 p.m. - THV11's Jordan Howington is covering Issue 5 and spoke with the act sponsor.
12:07 p.m. - Little Rock Mayoral candidate, Frank Scott Jr. is campaigning on the corners of University and Colonel Glenn.
11:31 a.m. - Little Rock Mayoral candidate, Warwick Sabin, casts his vote at West Side Baptist Church.
11:24 a.m. - Clarke Tucker campaigns in Conway.
10:10 a.m. - David Lippman headed to the polls to cast his votes.
9:07 a.m. - We have the full team out in the field this Election Day, ready to bring you up-to-the-minute results from the midterms. To see our on-air talent's coverage plan, click here.
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8:13 a.m. - According to a poll by the Washington Post, in the 2014 midterms, 65 percent of people who registered to vote actually voted. This year, that number is closer to 80 percent who said they planned to vote or already have. This year's elections early voting numbers have far exceeded previous midterms. In Pulaski County alone, 65,000 people early voted. During the last midterm, 57,000 early voted.
8 a.m. - Whether you plan to vote or not, this midterm is likely to change the makeup of politics in the United States. Every House seat is up for election. That's more than 400 races and could change the balance of power. Whether we see a blue wave or a red wave, certain issues are gaining more attention nationwide and more people are voting.
7:30 a.m. - Voting in the election will open on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and polls will stay open until 7:30 p.m. To check your registration and polling location, click here.
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