The 1010 WINS Election Day blog

David Caplan
November 06, 2018 - 7:14 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- It's election day -- and 1010 WINS will have all the latest updates here, from who's accusing who of voter intimidation to 1010 WINS' live interviews to who's voting and how. 

11:55 PM: PELOSI SAYS TOMORROW 'A NEW DAY IN AMERICA'

Nancy Pelosi is telling Democratic lawmakers and supporters that elections are about the future and "thank you all for making the future better for all of America's children.''

Pelosi spoke as Democrats closed in on control of the House. Pelosi said the election Tuesday was about more than Republicans and Democrats. It was about restoring the Constitution and providing a balance to the Trump administration.

11:52 PM: EX-NFL STAR WINS

Democratic ex-NFL linebacker Colin Allred defeats Republican House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions in Dallas race.

10:50 PM: WOMAN WHO ACCUSED TRUMP LOSES IN OHIO HOUSE RACE

A woman who during the 2016 presidential election accused Donald Trump of sexually harassing her a decade earlier has lost her bid for a seat in Ohio's legislature.

Democrat Rachel Crooks lost on Tuesday to incumbent Republican state Rep. Bill Reineke in her first attempt at a public office.

The former Trump Tower receptionist said she met Trump in 2006 when she was 22 and he kissed her "directly on the mouth'' against her will. Trump denied the accusations when they first surfaced a month before the 2016 election. (AP)

9:45 PM: OCASIO-CORTEZ WINS 

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has defeated a little-known Republican opponent in a district representing part of New York City.

Her victory Tuesday over economics professor Anthony Pappas was widely expected after Ocasio-Cortez scored an unanticipated upset over 10-term U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary in June.

9:00 PM: NY, NJ WINS PROJECTED

- Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is projected to win, according to ABC News and AP, beating Republican challenger Chele Farley

- Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is predicted to win, according to ABC News and AP, beating Republican Marc Molinaro

6:54 PM: WHITE HOUSE RELEASES ELECTION NIGHT STATEMENT

5:12 PM: BEYONCE POSTS INSTAGRAM PHOTOS SUPPORTING O'ROURKE

Beyonce has endorsed Texas Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke over Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the final hours before her home state's polls close.

The native Houstonian released a series of Instagram posts with a black and white "Beto" cap partially covering her face on Tuesday afternoon.

O'Rourke himself then retweeted one of the pictures under the caption "Thank you, Beyonce."

5:08 PM: HOTLINE LOGS 17,500 CALLS ABOUT VOTING PROBLEMS

By Tuesday afternoon, the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline had received some 17,500 calls from voters experiencing problems at their polling places.

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which helps run the hotline, says that is on par with the number of calls received during a presidential election. The hotline had received about 10,400 calls by the same time during the last midterm election in 2014.

Clarke says most reports of voting problems were connected to malfunctioning voting machines. (AP)

4:21 PM: TEXAS POLL WORKER CITED ASSAULTING VOTER, MAKING RACIST COMMENT

A deputy in Harris County, Texas, has cited a poll worker for misdemeanor assault after she allegedly bumped a voter during an argument and made a racist comment.



The Houston Chronicle reports the dispute began over a discrepancy with the voter's address. The confrontation escalated and the worker, who is white, made a racist comment to the voter, a black woman. Witnesses confirmed to the newspaper that the worker said, ``Maybe if I'd worn my blackface makeup today you could comprehend what I'm saying to you.''

The election judge at the site separated the two. Harris County authorities are investigating the matter.

5:03 PM: POLL: HEALTH CARE, IMMIGRATION HIGH ON VOTERS' MINDS

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.

Health care was at the forefront of voters' minds: 26 percent named it as the most important issue facing the country in this year's midterm elections. Smaller shares considered immigration (23 percent), the economy (19 percent), gun policy (8 percent) and the environment (7 percent) to be the top issue. (AP)

4:45 PM: MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO CALLS INTO 1010 WINS, SLAMS BOARD OF ELECTIONS

"The situation at our poll sites is absolutely unacceptable," de Blasio told 1010 WINS. "We had poll sites that didn't open, machines that didn't work today. There's a culture on the Board of Elections that accepts these failures."

He added, "I'm vey frustrated with the Board of Elections, they could have foreseen a larger turnout. The board is simply not a modern agency that knows how to provide this service."

Speaking about BOE director Michael Ryan, the mayor said, "I do think he has tried to make some changes, I don't think he has all the power that he needs." The mayor stopped short of saying Ryan needs to step down, as suggested by NYC City Council speaker Corey Johnson, but he did coyly say, "If he cannot provide ways to change things, there's no reason for him to continue."

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4:05 PM: PENN. MAN THREATENS TO SHOOT POLL WORKERS

A man is accused of threatening to shoot workers at a western Pennsylvania polling place after they told him he wasn't registered to vote.

Forty-eight-year-old Christopher Thomas Queen of Claysville was charged Tuesday with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

Washington county assistant elections director Melanie Ostrander says Quinn came to the South Franklin Volunteer Fire Department in South Franklin Township at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. She says he became irate when he was told he wasn't registered to vote.

Ostrander says the man allegedly ``became upset, told the poll workers he was going to go get a gun and come back and shoot them.''

3:45 PM: TRUMP ENDORSES GOP CANDIDATE BOB HUGIN IN NJ SENATE RACE

President Donald Trump endorsed Republican Bob Hugin in blue New Jersey's Senate contest, leading Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez to tweet out his gratitude.

The Republican president said Tuesday that Hugin, a former executive at drug maker Celgene, would be a ``Great Senator.'' Menendez is seeking his third term in Tuesday's election.

Hugin has kept his distance from Trump, who's unpopular in New Jersey. He even said during the campaign that he's not a ``Trump Republican.'' (AP)

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3:23 PM: REP. DAN DONOVAN ACCUSES CHALLENGER MAX ROSE OF VIOLATING ELECTIONEERING RULES:

Donovan, the Republican incumbent, and Democrat Rose, are in close battle for the voters of Staten Island and South Brooklyn.

1:31 PM: NYC CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER COREY JOHNSON SLAMS BOARD OF ELECTIONS:

12:30 PM: LONG ISLAND NATIVE AMY SCHUMER'S "I VOTED SELFIE"

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10:41 AM: "HAMILTON" PRODUCER (AND NEW YORKER) LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA'S "I VOTED" SELFIE

7:45 AM: NJ SEN. BOB MENENDEZ: IGNORE THE RAIN, GO OUT AND VOTE!

New Jersey's senior U.S. senator is calling on voters to ignore rainy conditions and cast their ballots.

Democrat Bob Menendez made the remarks Tuesday morning shortly after he voted in Harrison. He told reporters that he hopes it ``pours with votes,'' noting the only way a ``blue wave'' can occur in New Jersey is if people get out and vote. (AP)

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