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2:33 a.m. | The Associated Press has declared Donald Trump will be the nation’s 45th president.

2:00 a.m. | John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, just told supporters to go home because the race is too close to call.

1:45 a.m. | The Associated Press has called Pennsylvania for Donald Trump. CBS News has not made a call in that race.

1:17 a.m. | Ted Nesi reports that Democrats may pick up seats in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

12:32 a.m. | CBS News reports Hillary Clinton has won Nevada. We are waiting on Arizona, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

12:25 a.m. | Quick, get to a television. We could know who the next president will be in the next hour or so. Current electoral college update: Donald Trump 244 Hillary Clinton 209.

11:40 p.m. | The Associated Press reports Massachusetts has legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

11:18 p.m. | CBS News reports Hillary Clinton has won Oregon and Donald Trump has won Utah. It’s 197-193 for Clinton in the electoral college.

11:06 p.m. | CBS News reports Donald Trump has won North Carolina. 190-187 for Clinton in the electoral college.

11:05 p.m. | CBS News now has the electoral college 190-172 for Hillary Clinton.

11:00 p.m. | The polls have just closed in California, Hawaii and Washington. We’re now just waiting for results everywhere except Alaska.

10: 56 p.m. | CBS News is calling for California for Hillary Clinton and Idaho for Donald Trump.

10:55 p.m. | The Associated Press has called Donald Trump for Florida.

10:49 p.m. | CBS News reports Hillary Clinton has won Colorado. It’s now 168-131 for Trump in the electoral college.

10:45 p.m. | Here’s Ted Nesi on the Rhode Island Senate landscape.


10:40 p.m. | Tim White breaks down the communities Donald Trump won in Rhode Island.


10:35 p.m. | A whopping 7,925 Rhode Island voters wrote in a candidate for president today. By comparison, there were only 1,381 write-ins in 2012.

10:30 p.m. | CBS News reports Donald Trump wins Ohio. Hillary Clinton has won Virginia. It’s now 168-122 for Trump in the electoral college.

10:20 p.m. | The proposal to expand charter schools in Massachusetts has gone done.

10:16 p.m. | National update: Trump 149 Clinton 109.

Clinton wins: Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Trump wins: Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.

10:07 p.m. | Team Trump watching the returns.


10: 00 p.m. |The polls have just closed in Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Utah.

9:45 p.m. | CBS News is reporting that Republicans will keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

9:30 p.m. | With all precincts reporting in Tiverton, the casino is 52% to 48%. We still don’t know the results of the mail ballots.


9:25 p.m. | Bob Raposa, acting director of the R.I. Board of Elections, tells us no mail ballots are counted in any of the results tonight. He said we may not know all of the mail ballot results until Thursday. Walt Buteau reports that no more mail ballots will be counted tonight.

9:21 p.m. | Congressman Joe Kennedy has been re-elected in Massachusetts House District 4.

9:15 p.m. | National update: CBS News Reports Donald Trump is up 129-97 in the electoral college.

9:11 p.m. | We still don’t have a final tally in House District 15, but House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has already claimed victory. Mattiello is currently down when only today’s machine vote is counted, but his team is claiming it will push ahead with mail ballots.

9:10 p.m. | Eyewitness News projects Question 2 (ethics), Question 3 (veterans), Question 4 (URI investments), Question 5 (port funding), Question 6 (green economy) and Question 7 (affordable housing) have all been approved. Statewide voters have also approved the casino in Tiverton, but we are still waiting on results for the town of Tiverton.

9:05 p.m. | Providence voters have overwhelmingly approved a $40-million infrastructure bond. But because Mayor Jorge Elorza and the City Council were unable to reach a deal on how to spend the money, the city will be unable to borrow the money.

9:02 p.m. | We have our first victroy statement of the night. Here’s Common Cause Rhode Island executive director John Marion on Question 2: “By saying ‘yes’ on Question 2 today, voters said ‘yes’ to ethics, transparency, and a better Rhode Island. Because of this victory once again our lawmakers will be held accountable for any conflicts of interest, and citizens will know that legislators are serving the public interest, not their own self-interest. We send our sincere thanks to everyone involved with this effort. Whether you put up a yard sign, passed out literature, or filled in the bubble on Election Day, you helped make Rhode Island a better place to live and a better place to do business.”

9: 00 p.m. | The polls have just closed in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

8.58 p.m. | It can’t get much tighter in Tiverton, where the casino question is tied at 50% with six of seven precincts reports. Remember, the voters there must approve the casino for it to move forward.

8:55 p.m. |

8:50 p.m. | Nothing is going to change tonight in Rhode Island’s mayoral landscape. The incumbents in Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket, Warwick and Woonsocket have all won re-election.

8:45 p.m. | Democrat Marcia Ranglin-Vassell has easily defeated write-in challenger Rep. John DeSimone and Republican Roland Lavallee, Eyewitness News projects.

8:40 p.m. | Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian  have won re-election, Eyewitness News projects.

8: 35 p.m. | Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien have won re-election, Eyewitness News projects.

8: 32 p.m. Rhode Island has voted to restore Ethics Commission oversight over the General Assembly, Eyewitness News projects.

8: 30 p.m. | The polls have just closed in Arkansas.

8: 29 p.m. | State Sen. Hanna Gallo has won re-election, Eyewitness News projects.

8:20 p.m. | Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline have won re-election, Eyewitness News projects.

8:15 p.m. | Hillary Clinton has won in Vermont, CBS News projects. Donald Trump has picked up Mississippi. 68-57 Clinton.

8:10 p.m. | CBS News calls Rhode Island for Hillary Clinton.

8:07 p.m. | CBS News has called Illinois for Hillary Clinton and Tennessee for Donald Trump. 64-51 Clinton.

8:05 p.m. | CBS News has called Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Washington D.C. for Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump has won South Carolina and Oklahoma. 51-44 Trump in the electoral college.

8:01 p.m. | CBS News has called Massachusetts for Hillary Clinton.

8: 00 p.m. | And here we are. The polls have close in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In addition, polls just closed in Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

7:50 p.m. | More from Susan Campbell in Pawtucket. Voters tell her there are still hundreds of people in line at St. Cecilia’s. One voter tells her, “it’s chaos.”

Susan Campbell | WPRI-TV
Susan Campbell | WPRI-TV


7:40 p.m. | The New York Times Upshot is predicting Hillary Clinton will win 60% of the vote in Rhode Island.

7:35 p.m. | The scene at the Biltmore where Rhode Island Democrats will gather.

7:31 p.m. | CBS News calls West Virginia for Donald Trump. 24-3 in the electoral college.

7:30 p.m. | Thirty minutes until polls close in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Find your polling place here for RI and here for Mass. Polls have just closed in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.

7:20 p.m. | This is the most adorable thing ever.

7:03 p.m. | CBS News is calling Indiana and Kentucky for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton will take Vermont. That gives Trump an early 19-3 electoral college lead.

7:01 p.m. | The long lines continue in Pawtucket. Here’s Susan Campbell with an update.

7:00 p.m. | Polls close in one hour. Find your polling place here for RI and here for Mass. The polls have just closed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

6:40 p.m. | Update from the Board of Elections: Approximately 42,000 mail ballots were requested and 27,000 have already been counted.

6:20 p.m. | Walt Buteau is stationed at the Board of Elections all night.

6:05 p.m. | Polls have closed in Indiana and Kentucky. You can view presidential results here.

6:00 p.m. | Polls close in two hours. Find your polling place here for RI and here for Mass.

5:45 p.m. | Steph Machado is all over the big House District 15 race between House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Republican Steve Frias.


5:35 p.m. | Some national context as we close in on the final two hours of voting.


5:25 p.m. | We’ve been getting images back from polling places throughout the state to ReportIt – check out the gallery we put together:

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5:20 p.m. | Embattled Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson isn’t on the ballot today, but a group of constituents in Ward 3 (East Side) are out collecting signatures for their attempt to remove him from office. Art Norwalk, a spokesman for the Recall Jackson group, told me the group has supporters working each of the four polling places in Ward 3.

Norwalk said he thinks the group can collect more than half of the roughly 2,000 signatures they need to move forward with the recall of Jackson. They have four months to collect the signatures.

Don’t expect Jackson to go down without a fight, however. His lawyers spent weeks challenging the initial 300 signatures collected by the group, but the Board of Canvassers allowed the group to move forward.

Fun fact: Norwalk knows a thing or two about recalls. He helped lead an unsuccessful effort to remove former Mayor Buddy Cianci from office in the 1980s.

5:05 p.m. | The scene from Pawtucket’s Varieur Elementary School, which has received a second voting machine due to long lines.

5:00 p.m. | Polls close in three hours. Find your polling place here for RI and here for Mass.

4:55 p.m. | Ted Nesi tweets that the R.I. Board of Elections has no estimate on voter turnout statewide, but the board’s vice chair told him “We know that there is a good turnout.”


4:50 p.m. | Here’s a sneak peek at tonight’s Republican Party event at the Shriners in Cranston.


4:35 p.m. | Kim Kalunian is in Tiverton for the big casino vote. For that question, approval is needed from voters statewide and in the town itself. For what it’s worth, just under 8,000 Tiverton residents voted in the 2012 presidential election.


4:30 p.m. | Our reporters have been tracking problems at polling places all day. If you encounter any issues at the polls, you can send your reports, photos and videos to or use the ReportIt function on the Eyewitness News App.

4:12 p.m. | The polling location at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence was evacuated for about an hour this afternoon after a “suspicious” backpack was left in the lobby. Director of Marketing Cheryl Cohen confirmed that state and local bomb squad members responded and determined the backpack was harmless.


4:00 p.m. | Polls close in four hours. Find your polling place here for RI and here for Mass.

3:50 p.m. Remember, this is Rhode Island’s first presidential election with a voter identification law in place. (The law was approved in 2011, but didn’t take effect until 2014.) If you’re heading to the polls later today, make sure you bring a driver’s license, state ID, passport or some other form of photo ID. And for a fascinating story about how the voter ID law came to Rhode Island, read Brown University alum Simon van Zuylen-Wood’s piece in the New Republic from 2012.

3:35 p.m. | Long lines have been a constant theme throughout the day in Rhode Island, as voters adjust to the new ballot machines. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea tells our Susan Campbell extra machines are being sent to four different locations.

3:30 p.m. | WPRI 12 political analyst Joe Fleming will join Ted to call the races as results come in, and I’ll post the winners here as they get announced. The pace of updates will get faster here as we get closer to 8 p.m., when polls close in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Haven’t cast your ballot yet? If you need to find out where your polling place is, check this website for Rhode Island and this website for Massachusetts. (In Rhode Island, you also need to bring a valid photo ID to the polls.) For more information about the candidates, check out our Voters’ Guide, which has breakdowns of each major race.

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