How to watch the battle for the Senate on election night (and beyond)

In Colorado, where GOP Sen. Cory Gardner faces former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, results may be clear late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to The New York Times. Colorado is among a handful of states that conducted elections entirely by mail prior to the pandemic, and ballots are due by Election Day. Inside Elections rates the Senate race Lean Democratic.

Most polls in Kansas close by 8 p.m., but it’s crucial to wait until polls close an hour later in the rural, western part of the state, a GOP stronghold. That area will likely be friendlier to GOP Rep. Roger Marshall, who is locked in a competitive Senate race against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a former Republican. Inside Elections rates the contest Tilt Republican. Absentee ballots postmarked by Tuesday will be counted if received over the next three days. 

Michigan is the only other state where Democrats are on defense, with Sen. Gary Peters facing Republican Army veteran John James in a race Inside Elections rates Lean Democratic.

Absentee ballots are due Tuesday, and early ballots could be processed, but not counted, before Election Day. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson cautioned that unofficial results may not be clear for a few days.

Most Texas polls close at 8 p.m., but polls in its two westernmost counties, which fall in a different time zone, won’t close until an hour later. Absentee ballots can be counted if they’re received by Wednesday, while military ballots are due by Nov. 9. Texas has been more competitive at the presidential level than in the Senate race, where Democratic Air Force veteran MJ Hegar is taking on GOP Sen. John Cornyn in a contest rated Lean Republican.

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