Polls are open across the country for the 2018 midterm elections, the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Locally, polling locations started seeing a steady stream of voters as soon as they opened at 6:30 a.m.
Ohio County Commissioner Tim McCormick says there’s been no issues in Ohio County, and there haven’t been too long of lines. He also excited about the large turnout. “There seems to be a trend out there. There’s some excitement, there’s some interest, and that’s good thing because that’s what voting in a democratic society is all about.”
It’s been a turbulent election season that has tested President Donald Trump’s political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance.
We spoke with certain voters today about why it’s important to vote.
Susan Brossman says, “I think it’s important that everybody gets out to, and I’m so impressed with the way people have been following all the national elections and the local elections. I think we live in a wonderful country where we have the freedom to do this, and every one should take advantage of the freedom they have in this country.”
Larry says, “Well it’s the best country in the world, and it’s the only country where you get the chance to vote in whatever you believe in.”
George says, “Every day, day to day, we cooperate, and I think getting good personalities elected leads to good government.”
Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted is also urging voters to turn out, “Search your heart, and say ‘hey look, this is America. We have this freedom. There are things I care about, and I have a right and a responsibility to get out there and at least make my voice heard’ and I hope every one will feel that way.”
As voters head to the polls today, nothing is certain.
7News is your local election headquarters — we are following several big races for you:
- WV U.S. Senate Race between incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican Patrick Morrisey.
- WV State Senate District 1 race between incumbent Republican Senator Ryan Ferns and Democrat William Ihlenfeld.
- Ohio Governor’s between Democratic candidate Richard Cordray and Republican Mike Dewine.
Locally we will be keeping a close eye on the public safety building levy in Wheeling and the school bond levy in St. Clairsville, plus many more races.
Across the nation, anxious Republicans have privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but fear the House is slipping away.
Control of 36 governor’s offices and both chambers of Congress are up for grabs. Some races are expected to be too close to call, it could be days or weeks before the final tally is known.
You can watch special coverage of the midterms on WTRF CBS from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. followed by 7News at 11 with results and reaction from local winners.
Results will also be posted to our site WTRF.COM once they start to come in.