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Midterm election results: Top 25 highlights

Results, exit polls, long lines at polling places in the 2018 crucial midterms.
  1. A divided Congress: Democrats gained control of the House and Republicans maintained control of the Senate, NBC News projects.
  2. Red state Democrats Sen. Joe Donnelly, Ind., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, Mo., lost their seats to GOP challengers in states that Trump carried in 2016.
  3. Incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said he will deliver a "full statement" on Wednesday. His re-election race against outgoing GOP governor Rick Scott is too close to call and could be headed for a recount.
  4. Georgia Democratic candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, did not concede in a speech early Wednesday morning and told her supporters to brace for a runoff, even though her opponent, Brian Kemp, currently has exceeded the 50 percent bar to prevent a runoff.
  5. And Georgia voters are suing the state's secretary of state, Kemp, over his ability to impartially administer a potential vote recount.
  6. Mitt Romney is back, and this time in the Senate.
  7. A record number of women were elected to the House.
  8. An NBC News Exit Poll shows that for the first time in a decade, a majority of independent voters went for Democrats.
  9. NBC News projects ballot initiatives to expand Medicaid will pass in Idaho, Utah and Nebraska.

  10. Although Democrats gained control of the House, voters don't think Trump should be impeached, according to NBC News Exit Poll results.
  11. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat's rising star, lost to Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas.
  12. Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial race.
  13. Texas Democrat Colin Allred, a former NFL linebacker, is headed to Congress after defeating veteran GOP Rep. Pete Sessions.
  14. Michigan became the 10th state to legalize marijuana.
  15. Democrats and Republicans split governor races in key states.
  16. There were a lot of "firsts" Tuesday night, especially for women.
  17. Florida voted to pass Amendment 4, restoring voting rights for roughly 1.5 million ex-felons.
  18. NBC News Exit Polls show a gender gap over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation and a gender and partisan split on whether sexual harassment is a serious problem.
  19. For the first time in at least a decade, voters cited health care as their top priority, surpassing the economy.
  20. The majority of voters agree the U.S. is becoming more politically divided and say that the nation is on the wrong track.
  21. Trump factor: Two-thirds of voters said Trump played a role in their vote.
  22. Across the country voters reported broken machines, long lines, and other problems with casting their ballot, forcing some polling locations to extend their hours.
  23. Spending on traditional media ads increased by roughly $1 billion compared to the 2014 midterm election, with the most amount being spent in Florida.
  24. The 2018 election is not over yet. Mississippi will hold a Nov. 27th runoff for the special Senate seat election, NBC News projects.
  25. Trump tweeted "Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!"