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Critical Midterm Election Draws Voters to the Polls

Americans cast their ballots in the most expensive midterm election cycle in our history, deciding whether Republicans get control of the U.S. Senate.

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Firefighter Cheyne Hansen takes a sign out of storage at a municipal garage while helping election officials scramble to set up a last-minute polling place, on Nov. 4, 2014, in Camden, Maine. Sunday's snow storm knocked out power to much of the town, including the usual voting location at the public safety building, so officials decided to set up a polling place at a nearby church hall.

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Virginia residents wait in line in the pre-dawn hours to vote in the 2014 US midterm elections at a historic property called the Hunter House at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Va. Virginia voters are choosing between Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie for the U.S. Senate.

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Four-year-old Audrey Klein, right, squats down while her two sisters watch their mother cast her ballot at a polling place at the Venice Beach lifeguard headquarters in Los Angeles.

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Sandy Anderson votes at Oakton Ice Arena in Park Ridge, Ill. Illinois voters are selecting a governor and a senator in this midterm election in addition to deciding on several state constitutional amendments.

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Voters wait in line beside an ambulance and firetruck before casting their ballots at a polling station located at a firehouse, in Arlington, Va.

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Barbara Hawkins is seen through an American flag as she walks into the Elmodel precinct to cast her ballot in Elmodel, Ga.

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A voter drops her election ballot at one of many ballot drop boxes in the Arvada suburb of Denver, Colo. Colorado has been deemed an important state in the midterm elections with a U.S. Senate seat and the governor's seat under contention. Colorado is one of several states that mails ballots to registered voters to be returned by mail or drop box.

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Image: Hands of poll workers are seen on a Bible as head precinct judge Deloris Reid-Smith reads the voters oath to poll workers before opening the polls at the Grove Presbyterian Church in Charlotte

Poll workers place their hands on a Bible as head precinct judge Deloris Reid-Smith reads the voter's oath before opening the polls at the Grove Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C.

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Voters fill out their ballots in a gym at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, in Albany, N.Y. New Yorkers will decide whether to send back Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a second term. If Cuomo wins he will be the first Democratic governor since his father, Mario Cuomo, to win re-election. Cuomo faces Republican Rob Astorino.

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Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, waits in line to check in to vote at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Senate race, with McConnell, a 30-year incumbent, facing a spirited challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, has been among the most combative and closely watched contests that could shift the balance of power in Congress.

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A voter casts her ballot at a fire station that serves as a polling place in Climax, North Carolina. Sen. Kay Hagan is running in a tight race against Republican opponent and Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Thom Tillis for her seat in the U.S. Senate.

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Schoolchildren register to cast their votes in a special "Kids' Vote" while their parents cast their votes in the nation's midterm election at Northside Elementary School in Midway, Ky. The "Kids' Vote" is designed to encourage children to exercise their right to vote when they reach legal voting age.

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Beverly Moore helps her grandson Johnah Karman-Moore vote for the first time at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

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Lauren Koepp and Kara Smyth pose for a photo after casting their votes on Election Day early Tuesday morning, in Austin, Texas.

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