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Live Election Coverage: Republicans win big in Tennessee while Presidential race is too close to call

Follow along with live updates in the presidential election and important races in East Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Election Day is here, and voter turnout has already set records in Tennessee.

You can find the latest election results here after the polls close. 

Follow along below with live updates in the presidential election and important races in East Tennessee. The most recent updates will appear at the top.

Midnight

With votes still being counted in key battleground states, the Presidential race remains too close to call.

With Joe Biden maintaining a 209-118 lead in electoral votes, races were too early to call in the most fiercely contested and critical states on the map, including Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

For live updates on the Presidential race, click here.

11:00 p.m.

Polls have closed on the West Coast, and more states have been called by the Associated Press.

The AP reports Joe Biden has won California, New Hampshire, Oregon and Washington. Donald Trump has won Idaho and Utah, per the AP. 

In Tennessee's state House races, Republican Eddie Mannis has won District 18 with 55% of the vote and 100% of precincts reporting. Democrat Gloria Johnson has won District 13 with 53% of the vote. In District 12, Republican Dale Carr won with 81% of the vote.

In District 14, Republican Jason Zachary has won with 65% of the vote. In District 15, Democrat Sam McKenzie won with 73% of the vote. In District 16, Republican Michele Carringer won with 69% of the vote.

You can find the full results from Tennessee's local races at this link.

10:30 p.m.

Democrat Marquita Bradshaw spoke to a crowd of supporters Tuesday night after Republican Bill Hagerty declared victory in Tennessee's U.S. Senate race earlier in the evening, saying she would not concede.

"We still got work to do, and I am going to make sure your vote is going to count. No, we cannot call this race," she said.

10:00 p.m.

Donald Trump has won Kansas, according to the Associated Press.

9:40 p.m.

The Associated Press has called Colorado for Joe Biden in the presidential race.

Congresswoman-elect Diana Harshbarger released a statement after winning the 1st Congressional District seat:

"I believe our steps are ordered and that nothing in this life is wasted. I am humbled that the people of East Tennessee have elected me to be their Congresswoman and I am ready to hit the ground running to represent our district. Thank you to all of the voters who supported and elected me," she said.

9:20 p.m.

The Associated Press has projected four U.S. Congressional races in East Tennessee. 

According to the AP, Republican Tim Burchett has won reelection for the 2nd Congressional District seat, Republican Chuck Fleischmann has won reelection in the 3rd Congressional District, Republican Scott DesJarlais has won in the 4th Congressional District, and Republican Diana Harshbarger has won election to the 1st Congressional District.

The AP also called a few more states in the presidential election. Joe Biden has won New York and New Mexico. NBC is also calling Colorado for Biden. Donald Trump has won South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Louisiana.

8:30 p.m.

Several people who got in line before the polling time cut-off are still waiting to vote in Knox County at a few polling places.

According to the Knox County Election Commission, results are now estimated to arrive between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m.. including at Farragut Middle School.

Polls in other states have closed. According to the Associated Press, Donald Trump has picked up a win in Arkansas and Indiana.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee congratulated Bill Hagerty on winning the state Senate seat. The Associated Press called for Hagerty to win shortly after polls closed. Lee spoke on stage at Hagerty's victory speech.

You can watch Hagerty's speech below:

8 p.m.

Polls have officially closed in Tennessee. According to Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, early voting results should begin coming out around 8:30 p.m. EST. 

The AP is projecting Donald Trump to win Tennessee, and Republican Bill Hagerty to win Lamar Alexander's Senate seat.

With more than half of the state's polls closed across the U.S., the Associated Press has called several more races. Trump has won South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, according to AP. 

Joe Biden has won Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, according to AP.

Republican Mitch McConnell won reelection to Senate, according to AP. 

7:30 p.m.

Polls have closed in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.

Shortly after the polls closed, the Associated Press called the presidential race in West Virginia for Donald Trump.

Joe Biden has won Virginia, according to the AP.

7 p.m.

Polls in Kentucky, Vermont, Indiana, Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina have closed.

As results come in, the Associated Press called President Donald Trump winning Kentucky, and Joe Biden winning Vermont. 

In Kentucky's eastern 5th District, Republican Harold Rogers has won reelection for his House seat, according to the AP. 

6:30 p.m.

Turnout is already breaking records in Tennessee and across the country. 

Some precincts in East Tennessee still had lines with people waiting 30 minutes to an hour to cast a vote as of 6:00 p.m.

More than half of all district voters in the state had cast ballots. That's nearly 2.3 million people --  a record for the state and also for Knox County. Turnout in Knox County is expected to surpass well above 200,000 people. That would be well above the record of 188,000 set in 2018. 

Polls will remain open until 8:00 p.m. EST / 7:00 p.m. CST. If you are in line to vote by 8 p.m., you cannot be turned away and will still be able to vote.