Election Night

For more than a year the election has consumed the nation. On November 8 the votes will finally be counted. GPB News is delivering up-to-the-minute reports on state and national races as well as reaction and analysis throughout the night. Live election coverage starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Nov 8, 2016

Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time.

Follow along for up-to-the-minute election coverage from across the web.

The candidates aren't talking much about education. But we are.

Voters are, too — education is rated as one of the top campaign issues this election cycle.

Aside from the cliches that it all comes down to turnout and that the only poll that counts is the one on Election Day, one more truism that talking heads will repeat endlessly Tuesday is that demographics are destiny.

It may make you want to throw a shoe at the TV (or radio), but (as they say) cliches are cliches for a reason. Breaking the electorate into these smaller chunks tells a lot about what people like and dislike about a candidate, not to mention how a rapidly changing electorate is changing the fundamentals of U.S. presidential politics.

Hillary Clinton's path relies on winning traditionally Democratic states and has several potential ways over the top. Donald Trump has a much narrower path — he has to run the table in toss-up states and break through in a state that currently leans toward Clinton.

Here are seven ways Election Day could play out:

The day that everyone has been talking about is finally here. While millions of Americans have already cast their ballots in early-voting states, the majority of votes will be cast today.

NPR will have live results as polls close at 7 p.m. ET right here on NPR.org and on your local NPR station.

Election Day 2016: Georgia

Nov 8, 2016
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11:33 p.m.

Trump has won Georgia.

10:39 p.m.

Once Georgia voters got past the Clinton-Trump presidential showdown at the top of the ballot Tuesday, they still had plenty of races to settle — from picking a new congressman in west Georgia to deciding whether to impose a special tax on strip clubs.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson cruised to a third term over Democratic challenger Jim Barksdale. The Republican incumbent is well established in Georgia politics, having held various offices since 1977.

The U.S. Justice Department says it will have more than 500 monitors and observers out Tuesday watching polling sites in 28 states. They'll be looking for any voting rights violations, such as whether voters are discriminated against because of their race or language.

"The bedrock of our democracy is the right to vote, and the Department of Justice works tirelessly to uphold that right, not only on Election Day, but every day," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.

Finally. Election Day. It's almost here.

The campaign that many thought would never end is ending tomorrow. Here's our handy guide to some things that the results will tell us — and why they matter for the future.

1. What message do American voters want to send with their choice for president?

Yes, the presidential race is very close, and some public polls show it getting closer as we go into the final hours, but in one sense it's actually been stable for months.

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