Senate Voting Results | 2021 Current Senate Election Live Results

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2020 Key Senate Elections to Watch (Winner Declared)

AlabamaTommy Tuberville (R)Doug Jones (D)Watch Tommy Tuberville Victory Speech
AlaskaDan Sullivan (R)Al Gross (I)Watch Dan Sullivan Victory Speech
ArizonaMark Kelly (D)Martha McSally (R)Watch Mark Kelly Victory Speech
ColoradoJohn Hickenlooper (D)Cory Gardner (R)Watch John Hickenlooper Victory Speech
GeorgiaJon Ossoff (D)David Perdue (R)Watch Jon Ossoff Victory Speech
GeorgiaRaphael Warnock (D)Kelly Loeffler (R)Watch Raphael Warnock Victory Speech
IowaJoni Ernst (R)Theresa Greenfield (D)Watch Joni Ernst Victory Speech
KansasRoger Marshall (R)Barbara Bollier (D)Watch Roger Marshall Victory Speech
MaineSusan Collins (R)Sara Gideon (D)Watch Susan Collins Victory Speech
MichiganGary Peters (D)John James (R)Watch Gary Peters Victory Speech
MinnesotaTina Smith (D)Jason Lewis (R)Watch Tina Smith Victory Speech
MontanaSteve Daines (R)Steve Bullock (D)Watch Steve Daines Victory Speech
North CarolinaThom Tillis (R)Cal Cunningham (D)Watch Thom Tillis Victory Speech
South CarolinaLindsey Graham (R)Jaime Harrison (D)Watch Lindsey Graham Victory Speech
TexasJohn Cornyn (R)MJ Hegar (D)Watch John Cornyn Victory Speech
VirginiaMark Warner (D)Daniel Gade (R)Watch Mark Warner Victory Speech

2020 Senate Elections Likely Democrat or Republican (Winner Declared)

ArkansasTom Cotton (R)Ricky Harrington Jr. (I)Watch Tom Cotton Victory Speech
DelawareChris Coons (D)Lauren Witzke (R)Watch Chris Coons Victory Speech
IdahoJim Risch (R)Paulette Jordan (D)Watch Jim Risch Victory Speech
IllinoisDick Durbin (D)Mark Curran (R)Watch Dick Durbin Victory Speech
KentuckyMitch McConnell (R)Amy McGrath (D)Watch Mitch McConnell Victory Speech
LouisianaBill Cassidy (R)Adrian Perkins (D)Watch Bill Cassidy Victory Speech
MassachusettsEd Markey (D)Kevin O'Connor (R)Watch Ed Markey Victory Speech
MississippiCindy Hyde Smith (R)Mike Espy (D)Watch Cindy Hyde Smith Victory Speech
NebraskaBen Sasse (R)Chris Janicek (D)Watch Ben Sasse Victory Speech
New HampshireJeanne Shaheen (D)Corky Messner (R)Watch Jeanne Shaheen Victory Speech
New JerseyCory Booker (D)Rik Mehta (R)Watch Cory Booker Victory Speech
New MexicoBen Ray Lujan (D)Mark Ronchetti (R)Watch Ben Ray Lujan Victory Speech
OklahomaJames Inhofe (R)Abby Broyles (D)Watch James Inhofe Victory Speech
OregonJeff Merkley (D)Jo Rae Perkins (R)Watch Jeff Merkley Victory Speech
Rhode IslandJack Reed (D)Allen Waters (R)Watch Jack Reed Victory Speech
South DakotaMike Rounds (R)Dan Ahlers (D)Watch Mike Rounds Victory Speech
TennesseeBill Hagerty (R)Marquita Bradshaw (D)Watch Bill Hagerty Victory Speech
West VirginiaShelley Moore Capito (R)Paula Jean Swearengin (D)Watch Shelley Moore Capito Victory Speech
WyomingCynthia Lummis (R)Merav Ben-David (D)Watch Cynthia Lummis Victory Speech

Senate election results are announced by individual states, with states on the eastern coast typically being announced first and western states being announced later. One-third of the Senate is up for grabs every two years, with the winners serving a six-year term.

Winners are typically announce over the airwaves, but the two main organizations who actually make the official call in a given state are Reuters and The Associated Press.

Senate Election Results

Current Senate voting results are updated live by both the Associated Press and Reuters. They partner with local election experts to accurately track and predict who will win a given election.

The winner of the most votes is the winner of the election in the vast majority of states, with the exception of Georgia and Louisiana, which hold runoff elections if no candidate received fifty percent of the vote in the general election. 

Many states are not competitive in most election cycles, with the Democratic or Republican Party firmly being in control of a seat regardless of who the candidate is. Of the over thirty seats up for grabs each election cycle, ten to fifteen are usually a tossup with the remaining elections being firmly in either sides camp. 

Whether or not a state allows early and/or absentee (mail) voting will greatly impact when a given race will be called. States that allow early and absentee votes to be counted before election day will typically be able to declare a winner on election night, but states that don't begin counting early and absentee votes until election day may take extra time to count all the votes before being able to accurately declare a winner.

Quality Real Time Senate Election Results Publications:
The Associated Press
New York Times
Washington Post

Early, Absentee, and Mail-in Voting

Thirty-eight states and Washington, D.C. have some form of early voting and five states vote exclusively by mail. 

States have wide latitude when it comes to early voting. Many states allow their citizens to vote early for any reason while others require a valid excuse in order to vote early or by mail. Additionally, some states allow early, in-person voting for weeks before an election while others have a limited number of days they allow early in-person voting to take place.

Ballots cast early at an official polling site are counted immediately while ballots cast by mail are opened and added to the official total according to state law. States that wait until election day to begin opening ballots cast early may take longer to report the results compared to states that begin counting ballots as soon as they are received by state election officials.

Declaring Senate Election Winners

A winner is declared in a state when it is clear a candidate has or will have more votes than any other candidate in the state in every state other than Georgia and Louisiana, who require a candidate to win fifty percent of the vote before they will be declared the winner. Typically the winner of a state will be called by The Associated Press and/or Reuters and then relayed to the American people by media outlets. 

If a state is too close to call then most states give the losing candidate an opportunity to request a partial or full recount. The candidate requesting the recount is typically required to submit a deposit toward the cost of conducting the recount, which is then refunded if the recount reverses the result of the election. If a recount does not change the results then the candidate who asked for the recount is required to pay most, if not all, of the costs associated with the recount. 

Other states have automatic recounts when the election result between the top two candidates is within a certain percentage. In these cases, the state covers all costs associated with the recount.

In the vast majority of elections, Senate races are won by enough votes that a recount is not necessary.