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Texas Election Day live updates: Latest results, coverage, analysis

Texas election polls closed at 7 p.m. Here are the latest updates and vote totals we're seeing.
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DALLAS — Election polls across Texas have closed. But the results and updates are streaming in from across the state, and we'll be here through the night as they happen.

We'll have all the updates from across the state, along with the latest election results as we get them, here.

For a look at the balance of power in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, you can visit WFAA's election map here.

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Texas Election Day 2022 live updates, results

11:44 p.m. - Incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wins reelection bid

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has won his reelection bid against Democratic candidate Mike Collier. 

11:06 p.m. - Rochelle Garza concedes in Texas Attorney General race

According to representatives for Democrat Rochelle Garza, she has conceded in the race for Attorney General to incumbent Ken Paxton. 

"We've already made history by nominating a Latina to the AG race," Garza said. 

10:30 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick claims victory against Mike Collier

Supporters at Patrick’s watch party in Houston gathered around to watch Greg Abbott‘s victory speech in McAllen. As soon as it ended, Patrick took the stage and claimed victory of his own for his third term as Lt. Governor.

He currently has a double-digit lead over Mike Collier though that could narrow due to the delay in Harris County, a traditionally blue county.

We talked to Patrick shortly after his address to supporters and he said the difference between this year‘s race against Collier and the one four years ago was the continued rejection of Democrats and their efforts to turn Texas into California.

He said criminal justice reform, specifically judges who let violent criminals out of jail, will be a priority in next year‘s legislative session. He also mentioned the power grid will be emphasized when lawmakers meet next year.

10:15 p.m. - Rep. Lance Gooden wins reelection bid

Republican Lance Gooden wins reelection to U.S. House in Texas' 5th Congressional District.

10:14 p.m. - Rep. Pat Fallon wins reelection bid

Republican Pat Fallon wins reelection to U.S. House in Texas' 4th Congressional District.

9:35 p.m. - ABC News projects incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott wins reelection

ABC News is projecting that Gov. Greg Abbott has won his reelection bid for Texas governor. 

The governor is expected to speak later tonight. 

Republican Texas Gov. Abbott won a third term Tuesday, defeating Democrat O’Rourke in a race that tested the direction of America’s supersized red state following the Uvalde school massacre and a strict new abortion ban.

The victory underlined Abbott’s durability after record spending that topped more than $200 million in a state where Republicans in recent years have seen their lopsided margins of victories shrink.

9:06 p.m. - Texas Supreme Court rules provisional votes cast in Harris County after 7 p.m. will not count 

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled the provisional votes cast in Harris County after 7 p.m. will not count. 

All Harris County voters who got in line after 7 p.m. will no longer be able to cast a provisional ballot. Those provisional votes that were cast after 7 p.m. will be separated from the Election Day votes and will not count.

Harris County Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum said Election Day votes are continuing to be pressed and will be released on hourly bases. 

9:01 p.m. - Supporters of Greg Abbott wait for his arrival 

Supporters of Greg Abbott are anxiously awaiting his arrival at his campaign watch party in McAllen.

They cheered watching numbers come across television screens showing Abbott in the lead.

His campaign staff has not indicated when he might make a speech.

If tradition is any indication, he could take the stage right at 10 p.m., when local newscasts across the state.

That was the timing of his victory speech when he won the Republican primary in March.

8:42 p.m. - Patrick widens lead in Lt. Governor race

Supporters of Dan Patrick starting to trickle in and watch the national networks’ coverage of the big races across the country while also keeping an eye on the results in the Lt. Governor race.

Right now, Patrick has a 7-point lead after the first 3.8 million votes counted. The margin between these two candidates 4 years ago was 51-46.

8:41 p.m. - O'Rourke arrives at watch party

Beto O'Rourke has arrived at his campaign's watch party in El Paso. Here's an update from WFAA's Morgan Young:

8:40 p.m. - Republican Michael Burgess wins reelection

Denton County Republican Rep. Michael Burgess has won reelection to Texas' 26th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press. 

8:35 p.m. - Democrats Veasey and Allred win reelection, per AP

Fort Worth Democrat Marc Veasey won reelection to the U.S. House in Texas' 33rd Congressional District, and Dallas' Collin Allred won reelection in Texas' 32nd Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

"I was born and raised in North Texas. This is my home, and it is where Aly and I are raising our two boys. I am honored and humbled to again have earned the support of voters and have won re-election to the 32nd District of Texas," said Allred, in a statement. 

8:20 p.m. - Clay Jenkins on "next four years"

The Dallas County judge stopped short of declaring victory over challenger Lauren Davis, but Jenkins' speech Tuesday evening focused on the "next four years" and improving county access to mental health care and expanded broadband reach.

"I will not focus on the negative or focus on the past, rather I will focus my doing my best to lead with fairness, compassion and as much grace as I can for all," Jenkins said.

8:05 p.m. - Manny Ramirez elected in historic election as Tarrant County Commissioner

Manny Ramirez made history Tuesday after he was elected as the next Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 4, the first-ever Hispanic candidate elected. 

“I am honored and humbled to have earned the support of many incredible leaders across Texas and Tarrant County. I am committed to providing the steady and consistent stewardship that has made Texas the greatest place in America. This election is not an individual victory but a victory for every citizen who recognizes the critical need for common sense and issues-based leadership at all levels of our government. This is only the beginning," said Ramirez in a statement. 

7:53 p.m. - Keith Self wins election to U.S. House in Texas' 3rd Congressional District

The Associated Press declared Republican Keith Self as the winner to the U.S. House in Texas 3rd Congressional District. 

7:20 p.m. - Jasmine Crockett wins Dallas U.S. House seat, per AP

The Associated Press has declared Jasmine Crockett the winner of Texas' 30th Congressional District U.S. House seat, replacing longtime representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, who is retiring. Crockett faced Republican James Rodgers and Independent Zachariah Manning. Crockett held a heavy 77% lead during initial voting returns.

7:15 p.m. - Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins plans announcement. 

Clay Jenkins' office says he'll provide a public statement at 7:30 p.m. as election voting concludes. We'll give an update on what he says.

7 p.m. - Polls close in North Texas 

Polls are officially closed in North Texas. If you were in line before 7 p.m., stay in line to cast your ballot. 

View the latest election results in Texas as they come in.

6:36 p.m. - Harris County polling hours extended due to delays

A state district judge has ordered Harris county to extend voting hours across the entire county due to delays at several polling places. 

The extension is until 8 p.m. 

6:20 p.m. - Tarrant County passes the number who voted on Election Day in 2018 

As of 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, the number of people who voted in the 2022 Election has surpassed the number of people who voted in the 2018 Election. 

More than 164,000 people cast their vote Tuesday. 

6 p.m. - Line grows at Oaklawn Public Library 

The line at Oaklawn Public Library continues to grow, with a steady 45-minute wait. 

5:48 p.m. - Nearly 156K people have cast their votes in Tarrant County.

As of 5:48 p.m., 155,806 people have cast their votes in Tarrant County.

5:40 p.m. - Nearly 174K voters have turned out for Dallas County 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said that 174,000 voters have voted, with less than two hours before polls close. 

5:36 p.m. - Nearly 150K voters have been cast in Tarrant County

Nearly 150,000 votes have been cast in Tarrant County, officials say. 

5:25 p.m. - Lt. Gov. arrives at Houston watch party 

The Dan Patrick campaign bus has pulled into the Post Oak parking lot and the Lt. Governor has arrived. He and his wife Jan walked to a nearby restaurant for dinner before the night’s festivities begin.

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5:14 p.m. - Almost 148K votes cast in Dallas County

Almost 148,000 votes have been cast in Dallas County on Tuesday, as of 4 p.m. according to Judge Clay Jenkins. Around 196,000 total votes were cast on election day in 2018 in Dallas County.

5 p.m. - Inside Attorney General Ken Paxton's watch party. WFAA's Matt Howerton is covering the Paxton watch party in Plano. Paxton, who remains under indictment on a securities fraud charge from 2015, faces Democrat challenger Rochelle Garza, an attorney from Brownsville.

Latest polling from the University of Houston Hobby School showed Paxton with a 12% lead.

4:35 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick holds watch party in Houston

WFAA's Chris Sadeghi arrived at the Post Oak Uptown in Houston, a luxury hotel playing host as the Dan Patrick Campaign’s election night HQ. Invited guests won’t be arriving until around 8 p.m. to watch results come in but t-shirts and a lot of red, white, and blue balloon arrangements await them.

Patrick is seeking his 3rd term as Lt. Governor. He faces the same challenger tonight as he did in 2018, Democrat Mike Collier. It was a close race in 2018 with Patrick winning by a 51-46% margin.

4:15 p.m. - Tarrant County voters share how they're feeling about Nov. 8 election. 

4 p.m. - Electrocution closes Harris County polling center 

The Melrose Park voting location in Harris County has been closed after officials said a city employee was electrocuted. The employee was not identified but the Houston Fire Department said it was a a Houston Parks and Recreation employee. 

3:49 p.m. - Latest Dallas County vote totals. Judge Clay Jenkins reported that there were no over 129,000 votes cast, as of 3:30 p.m. Jenkins said that a "vast majority of vote centers have a less than 15-minute wait." 

3:30 p.m. - Latest Tarrant County vote totals. Tarrant County has seen 105,265 Election Day voters, along with 389,304 during early voting, as of 3 p.m., officials said.

3 p.m. - Latest Dallas County vote totals. Judge Clay Jenkins reported 114,000 votes cast in Dallas County on Tuesday, as of 3 p.m. For reference, 196,000 people voted on election day in the 2018 midterm elections in Dallas County.

2:40 p.m. - Central Texas delays. Bell County reported issues with 8 voting center check-in systems, leading to a delay Tuesday morning. The county is giving residents an extra hour to vote and will close polls at 8 p.m., not 7 p.m.

2:10 p.m. - Denton County election numbers

WFAA's Tiffany Liou reported that Denton County ended early voting at 35% voter turnout. As of 1:39 p.m., the county's voter turnout was at 43%. 

1:40 p.m. - How does Texas count ballots? Our partners at The Texas Tribune explain how the process will work today.

1:30 p.m. - Sweaty ballots? It's a thing, apparently. A viewer sent us a tip about issues with vote-counting machines not accepting ballots in Arlington. An election judge told us the issue stemmed from the ballot paper being too humid. We explain here.

1 p.m. - Tarrant County Election Day numbers 

Tarrant County has reported 81,678 ballots in the first six hours of Election Day.

12:46 p.m. - Beto O'Rourke tells WFAA he's confident going into Election Day

WFAA Senior Reporter Jason Whitely asked congressman Beto O'Rourke about his confidence going into Election Night and whether or not he wished he did anything differently. Here's O'Rourke's answer

12:14 p.m. - Dallas County Election Day numbers

Dallas County has reported over 82,000 ballots in the first five hours of Election Day.

12:11 p.m. - Tarrant County Election Day numbers

Tarrant County has reported 70,350 ballots in the first five hours of Election Day.

11:52 a.m. - Beto O'Rourke arrives in Dallas ahead of Election Day watch party

Beto O'Rourke arrives in Dallas at one of his final campaign rallies before polls close tonight. He goes on to Houston and later to El Paso. 

Gov. Greg Abbott does not have any public appearances today before his watch party in McAllen, according to WFAA Senior Reporter Jason Whitely.

11:30 a.m. - Here's what polling locations look like across DFW

Dallas County: 

Tarrant County:

11 a.m. - Tarrant County Election Day numbers

Tarrant County has reported 54,904 ballots in the first four hours of Election Day.

10 a.m. - Tarrant County Election Day numbers

Tarrant County has had 40,862 ballots submitted in the first three hours of Election Day, officials say.

9:37 a.m. - Tarrant County Election Day numbers

WFAA's Sydney Persing reports that, as of 9:37 a.m., Tarrant County has just over 36,000 ballots submitted on Election Day.

9 a.m. - Follow WFAA's LIVE Texas election coverage starting at 6:50 p.m.

WFAA will have a live digital show starting at 6:50 p.m., where we'll follow race results, check in with our reporters who are positioned across Texas and chat with political experts on the impact of this midterm election. You can watch the coverage on WFAA+, WFAA's YouTube channel or on wfaa.com.

9 a.m. - Tarrant County Election Day numbers

Tarrant County has reported 27,231 ballots in the first two hours of Election Day.

8 a.m. - Lines at polling locations start to grow

WFAA has crews throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on this Election Day, and we started to see voting lines begin to grow.

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Voting line at Ben Milam Elementary School.
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Voting line in Grapevine, Texas.

7 a.m. - Having voting trouble at the polls? Let us know!

If you have any issues at your polling location, text the problem to WFAA at (214)977-6028. Our team will look into it and get answers.

7 a.m. - Where can I vote? Here's Texas polling locations by zip code

There is a handy tool on vote.org that allows you to enter your address and it will show you the nearest polling locations to you. Click here for the polling locations tool.

7 a.m. - Transportation to the polls

Those who are using public transportation to the polling centers can catch a free ride on Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). 

DART will be providing free transportation for free on buses, trains, the Dallas Streetcar, GoLink, Paratransit Services and the TRE between EBJ Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. 

No proof of voter registration is required to ride for free on Nov. 8.

5:05 a.m. - Election Day forecast

WFAA meteorologist Greg Fields posted the Election Day weather forecast. We're looking at mid-to-high 60s in the morning with a southeast breeze of 5 to 10 mph. By noon, we're looking at cloudy skies and 76 degrees. Later this evening, we dip a little to the low-70s. 

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