Election 2016 – Missouri and Illinois

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- It is election day in the United States and voters are casting their ballots for president, senator, governor, and many more offices. They are also weighing in on local and statewide propositions. FOX 2 is covering all the candidates and issues in Missouri and Illinois and will keep you updated through the day and night.

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Vote While You float: An Astronaut Voting Story – With the excitement of getting to the polls on Election Day many people will have a hard time keeping their feet on the ground, but astronauts who vote literally have to strap themselves down so they don't float away. Astronauts orbit the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour, but thanks to a bill passed by Texas legislatures in 1997 that put in place technical voting procedure for astronauts – nearly all of whom live in Texas – they also have the ability to vote from space! For astronauts, the voting process starts a year before launch, when astronauts are able to select which elections (local/state/federal) that they want to participate in while in space. Then, six months before the election, astronauts are provided with a standard form: the "Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request – Federal Post Card Application." While astronauts don't have to wait in line for their ballot like the rest of us, there is one disadvantage to voting in space: they miss out on the highly coveted "I Voted" sticker. Credit: NASA #nasa #space #spacestation #vote #voted #electionday #electionday2016 #govote #iss #astronauts

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FOX 2’s Erika Tallan is heading to Kansas City to report on the Kander election watch party.

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FOX 2’s Jeff Bernthal is at Roy Blunt’s watch Party:

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Don’t forget to grab our app for updates on election results: https://fox2now.com/apps

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Don’t forget to grab our app for updates on election results: 

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As of 6pm, over 7.5 million people on Facebook in the US have shared that they voted.

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“I Voted” stickers left at grave of well-known St. Louis women’s suffragist

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The presidential candidate’s share of conversation on Facebook in the states in which polls have closed.

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Polls close in 16 states (AL, CT, DE, FL, IL, MA, MD, ME, MO, MS, NH, NJ, OK, PA, RI, TN) and District of Columbia at 7 p.m.

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Donald Trump wins Missouri’s 10 electoral votes

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Hillary Clinton wins Illinois presidential race

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Tammy Duckworth defeats Mark Kirk as Democrats seek to retake U.S. Senate – https://youtu.be/IB4VQvLfPyk

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Tammy Duckworth defeats Mark Kirk as Democrats seek to retake U.S. Senate – https://youtu.be/IB4VQvLfPyk

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Sen Mark Kirk gives concession speech

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LIVE Video: Illinois Senator elect Tammy Duckworth gives victory speech

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FOX 2’s Shawndrea Thomas went to the St. Louis City Board of Elections to ask about long lines this morning. This is her report:

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Frequently the issue of getting rid of the electoral college is raised. Imagine candidates only campaigning in New York, California, Texas, and Florida (well, basically). The reason we keep it is because there really is no good system to replace it. Joe Cernik

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It was expected that Trump would look good, and ahead, in the Electoral College vote count, in the early part of the evening. As the evening goes along, California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii start to matter for her–and we’ll see where the election then stands. Joe Cernik

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New Hampshire is a state to follow. About 38% of the vote is in and Trump leads. One of the ways I looked at the election was that she could lose Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Nevada, Arizona, and still win–but in that situation she needs New Hampshire. Joe Cernik

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99% of the vote is in regarding Florida, so declaring the state might come soon. Joe Cernik

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Illinois Senator elect Tammy Duckworth gives victory speech

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It is possible that Gary Johnson can suddenly play a significant role in this election in states such as Florida, North Carolina, and New Hampshire. Joe Cernik

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Michigan and New Hampshire are states to follow. In both states Gary Johnson has 4% of the vote. Now, it is not clear that all his votes would have gone for Clinton, but there has always been speculation that Johnson might have attracted more Clinton-leaning voters than Trump-leaning voters. Joe Cernik

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It was expected he would win Ohio and the 5% difference between Trump and Clinton was expected as well. Right now this is showing that polls on Ohio were close to accurate. Joe Cernik

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In the case of Missouri, right now Trump has a commanding lead. No one expected her to win the state, but a closer race might help Kander (and maybe even Koster). Joe Cernik

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The past week the web site 538 with Nate Silver was being severely criticized because he was giving Trump more of a chance of winning the Presidency than the Huffington Post. Now some of what Silver was saying, and showing in his site, is starting to be seen. Joe Cernik

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North Carolina was going to be a close state. That Trump has been declared the winner is not really a surprise–it was that close to go one way or the other.
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Obama won Florida with .87% of the vote in 2012. What we see with this, once again, close race in Florida is that the state continues to be “up for grabs.” Joe Cernik

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New Hampshire is still out there and Trump is leading. Joe Cernik

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That this was expected to be a close race is what we are seeing. Joe Cernik

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It would be interesting if, at the end of the night, Democrats start to see Gary Johnson the way they looked at Ralph Nader after the 2000 election. Joe Cernik

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The Missouri election results for Trump are helping in the Senate and Governor’s races. Anything close was seen as helping Democrats, but a big lead for Trump is acting like coattails for other Republicans. Joe Cernik

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One way or the other, a Clinton win or a Trump win, it will be interesting to see what Paul Ryan’s future as leader of the House of Representatives looks like. Joe Cernik

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Wisconsin going for Trump–now this is my first surprise. Again, forget national popular vote totals–it the states that matter. I was looking at her path to 272 Electoral votes, but that included Wisconsin. Joe Cernik

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The loss of Wisconsin is a big blow for Clinton. Pennsylvania+Minnesota+Michigan are 46 Electoral Votes which gets to 255. Nevada can get her to 261. New Hampshire is 4, so that gets Clinton to 265. I see 3 in Maine (Trump should get 1). I see 268. Alaska is not in here (which tends to go Republican). Joe Cernik

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How quickly will the issue of him essentially promising have his Attorney General prosecute Hillary Clinton on the emails issue going to disappear? Joe Cernik

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Yesterday Trump talked about punishing American businesses that go overseas and then sell to the American market. He threatened to impose a 35% tax on them–obviously seen as a threat to keep them from relocating overseas. It will be interesting to see, using issues such as this, how quickly a public begins to understand the gap between what can realistically be achieved and what is simply wishful thinking. Joe Cernik

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Looking at the Electoral map. First off, Clinton is slightly behind in Pennsylvania and Michigan and tied in New Hampshire. Starting with 215 (for Clinton), assume she wins Pennsylvania (20), Michigan (16), Minnesota (10), New Hampshire (4), and Maine (3 not 4). That comes to 268. Alaska will determine who becomes President–which tends to go Republican. Joe Cernik

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The New York Times has Trump as having a greater than 95% chance of winning the Presidency. Joe Cernik

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It is possible that Trump could win the Presidency with a minority of the popular vote. Joe Cernik

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Missouri voters pass measure limiting campaign contributions

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Trump has a slight lead with 99% of vote counted in Pennsylvania. I’m sure Democrats are going to wonder how they got this so wrong. Joe Cernik

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It was, in many cases, covered poorly on the 24-cable TV news shows–but arguments over polling methods is an issue that, perhaps, needed more attention. In print, polling methods and the arguments over them received attention but not enough on TV. I tend to believe this creates an impression to a broader public that doesn’t have the time be exposed to these arguments, that there is a SCIENCE to polling when, in fact, some of it is an ART. Joe Cernik

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