MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — We tracked local and state election results in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi Tuesday night as Republicans sailed to early leads in major state races and local elections came down to the wire. Check below for the updates as they happened plus video of candidates as they claim victory. You can see all the election results by the numbers here.
10:41 p.m. – Alabama – Clarke County Sheriff
Clarke County Sheriff DeWayne Smith wrote in a victory statement tonight thanked family and supporters for a successful re-election campaign.
10:29 p.m. – Alabama – Conecuh Co. Sheriff candidates separated by 1 vote: Unofficial results
Incumbent Democrat Randy Brock leads Republican Maxwell “Mike” Blackmon by one vote, according to the state website. Brock received 49.93% of the vote with 2,224 votes and Blackmon received 49.91% of the vote with 2,223 votes. There were seven write-in votes.
9:22 p.m. – Alabama – Mobile Sheriff and District Attorney update
Retiring Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran introduced Paul Burch as the new Mobile County Sheriff at the Republican watch party Tuesday night. Meanwhile, at the Republican Mobile County District Attorney party, Keith Blackwood’s wife introduced him as the new Mobile District Attorney. At this time, 21% of the votes are in. You can track all Mobile County election result updates here.
9:03 p.m. – Alabama – Mobile results trickle in
Early returns trickling in for some Mobile races. Paul Burch has an early lead over LaBarron Perkins in the Mobile County Sheriff race. In the 13th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Race, Keith Blackwood leads Moshae Donald. Only 9% of the votes are in. Get real-time updates here.
8:29 p.m. – Florida – Associated Press calls Florida House race for Gaetz
The Associated Press has called Rep. Matt Gaetz’s victory over his opposition, Rebekah Jones, in Tuesday’s midterm election.
“The people that lied about me weren’t trustworthy,” Gaetz said at his watch party in Miramar Beach. “I could have told you that at the beginning. The people who have told lies about me have been discredited, defeated, indicted and in jail. Not a really great look for them. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to being sworn in to my next term in Congress.”
8:15 p.m. – Florida – Ron DeSantis Declares Victory
“We fight the woke,” Ron DeSantis declared in his victory speech Tuesday night. “Florida is where woke goes to die.” The governor sailed to re-election, success he said was based on leadership. Concluding his speech amid the cheers of his supporters, DeSantis said, “I have only begun to fight.”
8:08 p.m. – Florida – Key Races
7:08 p.m. – Florida – Key Races
The Associated Press called the Florida gubernatorial race for incumbent Republican Ron DeSantis. You can track this and other key Florida races here.
7:05 p.m. – Alabama – Key Races
7 p.m. – Alabama – Polls Closed
Polls in Alabama and northwest Florida closed at 7 p.m. Results are starting to be reported. You can find the live results here.
6 p.m. – Florida
Outside of our northwest Florida counties, polls are closed in most of the state and results are starting to be reported. You can find the live results here.
Alabama and northwest Florida polls close in another hour.
4 p.m. – Alabama
With less than three hours to go before polls close in Alabama, some polling locations have been busy Tuesday. Many seats are up for grabs in Mobile County, including the Mobile County Sheriff position and the District Attorney position. Long-time Sheriff Sam Cochran and Mobile District Attorney Ashley Rich are both retiring, meaning there will be new faces in both of these offices.
12 p.m. – Alabama
WKRG is on scene at Via Senior Center where Chad Petri reports more than 400 people have submitted their votes. It has relatively been a solid turnout so far. More than three dozen people were lined up outside the senior center when the polls opened at 7 a.m..
7 a.m. – Alabama
Voting precincts opened across Alabama at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Where you go to vote depends on where you live. Find your local election day polling place here. You can find your sample ballot here.
Election officials expect the busiest voting hours to be between 7 and 9 a.m. and 5 and 7 p.m.
6 a.m. – Florida
Voting precincts across Florida open at 7 a.m. ET and stay open through 7 p.m. ET. Where you go to vote depends on where you live. You can find your sample ballot here. Florida voters will make their voices heard in state-wide races and local elections. You can find live results as they come in after polls close here.