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Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Missouri Attorney General Jason Kander (D) conceded his race for the state's U.S. Senate to Sen. Roy Blunt (R). Kander was among the Democrats' most hyped recruits in a cycle that they hoped they could win back the Senate.

But on an election night where Donald Trump vastly over-performed on expectations, Kander was not able to unseat Blunt, even as polling showed the race at essentially a tie in the weeks leading up the Election Day.

In the relatively red state of Missouri, Blunt was not considered particularly vulnerable in a cycle that featured a number of GOP incumbents defending their seats in purple state. But Kander became a break-out recruit for Democrats, especially after a TV ad where the military veteran assembled a rifle, blindfolded. The polling narrowed to a near tie for the final weeks, and outside money poured into both sides of the race. According to the Kansas City Star, $42 million was spent by outside groups, a record for a U.S. Senate race in Missouri.

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This story has been updated as results have come in throughout the night.

Donald Trump has exceeded expectations in a number of key swing states he would need to win the White House, suddenly and dramatically shifting the terrain that will determine the outcome of the election.

After hours during which Florida was too close to call, Trump was projected to win the state around 11 p.m. ET. North Carolina -- another crucial toss-up -- was called in his favor soon thereafter. As Wisconsin and Michigan remain too close to call, it appears that the blue firewall of Rust Belt states Clinton was depending on is in serious jeopardy.

Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, two other state Hillary Clinton could use to shut Trump out from his path to 270, are still too close to call.

At the very least, both campaigns are in for a long night.

Clinton's campaign finally got some good news Tuesday evening when Virginia was called in here favor. At first, the state -- which was barely treated as a swing state, given her consistent lead in the polls -- was too close to call. But her victory there, at least, means that no state expected to be in her column has been upset by Trump.

Trump also has been projected to win Ohio a state that was leaning towards him, but that Clinton supporters hoped she could have pulled out, had the presidential race turned into a Clinton landslide.

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A man in Fort Bend, Texas was arrested Tuesday for trying to vote twice, Click2Houston reported. The 62-year old man, Phillip Cook, had already voted early last week, but returned to his polling site again Tuesday, officials said. When the poll workers saw his name on the voter rolls as having voted already, he said he was trying to vote to "test the system,” according to the report.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's office confirmed the arrest on Twitter, where they said the man claimed to work for Donald Trump.

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections approved a request to extend the voting time in eight precincts in Durham, after reports there of technical issues with electronic books used to check voter registrations, causing long lines.

The county elections board had voted in favor of keeping the poll sites open later, and the state board held a meeting on the issue Tuesday evening.

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A state court judge in Nevada on Tuesday expressed skepticism about a lawsuit filed by the Donald Trump campaign the day before that alleged that the closing times at certain early voting poll sites in Las Vegas had been illegally extended.

The judge, Gloria Sturnam, denied the Trump campaign's request for a court order after it had already received an informal confirmation that the information about poll workers at the sites relevant to the case would be preserved.

"I am not going to issue any order. I am not going to do it," Sturnam said.

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The Donald Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Monday against election officials in Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas, CNN reported.

The Trump campaign is suing Joe P. Gloria, the Clark County registrar of voters, claiming that he kept polling locations open for “two hours beyond the designated closing time,” according to CNN.

Early voting surged in the Las Vegas area, particularly in locations in Latino communities, like a Hispanic grocery store where voters waited in lines for hours, according to reports.

Nevada elections officials deny the Trump campaign's claims. A Clark County spokesman told CNN that officials only allowed those who arrived at the polling place by the official closing time to vote. He denied that the closing times were extended.

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In an Election Day tweet, the Republican National Lawyers Association labeled the Brennan Center -- a non-partisan public policy institute that advocates for voters and studies other justice issues -- an "anti-democracy hate" group.

The Twitter account of the GOP lawyers linked to a right-wing blog's post on the Brennan Center being the recipient of contributions from George Soros, while decrying Brennan as "vote fraud deniers." A few hours later, Republican National Lawyers Association walked back the "hate groups" comment on Twitter.

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Federal judges in North Carolina and Pennsylvania ruled in favor of the Republicans in lawsuits brought by the states' Democratic parties against their GOP counterparts, the Trump campaign, Trump ally Roger Stone, and Stone's group Stop The Steal.

Democrats had asked the courts to intervene in what they described as vigilante voter intimidation tactics. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles, in Greensboro, N.C., and U.S. District Court Judge Paul Diamond, in Philadelphia, issued decisions Monday declining to get involved.

Both judges said the Democrats hadn't brought forward enough evidence to show the Republicans were planning voter intimidation activities.

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The Supreme Court denied the request by Democrats to reinstate a restraining order that had been placed on the Trump campaign by a federal judge in an order, an order that was later blocked by an appeals court panel. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg included a statement in the denial that noted that Ohio law already prohibits the voter intimidation tactics that the original order blocked the Trump campaign from committing.

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