In addition to casting their ballots for president, voters in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will decide a number of races across the federal, state and local levels.
Voters in New Jersey will decide three ballot questions, including whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the Garden State.
UPDATE as of 11/3/2020 at 10 p.m. New Jersey voters have overwhelmingly approved recreational marijuana with two-thirds of the votes landing in the 'Yes' column.
Poll sites are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in New York and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Connecticut and New Jersey.
New York's Key Races
Each of New York's 27 congressional districts are on the ballot this year, as well as 63 seats in the state Senate and 150 seats in the state Assembly.
New York City
Rep. Max Rose (D) is battling for a second term representing New York's 11th Congressional District versus state Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R). Both Rose, a 33-year-old Army veteran and active-duty captain in the National Guard, and Malliotakis, who is running with President Trump's support, have been highly critical of Mayor Bill de Blasio during the campaign. The 11th district is the only swing district in NYC.
UPDATE as of 11/3/2020 10:30 p.m. Malliotakis has a 16 point lead and is projected to defeat Rose. Rose refuses to conceded citing several thousand absentee and mail-in ballots.
UPDATE as of 11/3/202011:00 p.m. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) wins re-election in New York's 14th District against republican challenger John Cummings (R).
UPDATE as of 11/3/2020 10:30 p.m. Ritchie Torres (D) wins in New York's 15th District over republican Patrick Delices. Torres makes history as the first openly gay Black man elected to Congress.
Rep. Peter King (R) is retiring after nearly 30 years serving New York's 2nd District. King's choice for his successor State Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino is in a close race with retired U.S. Army lieutenant Jackie Gordon (D).
UPDATE as of 11/4/2020 at 8:10 a.m. Garbarino has a commanding 17-point lead with 97 precincts reporting.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R) is searching for a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1st District amid a challenge from Stony Brook University chemistry professor Nancy Gordon (D), who is running for public office for the first time.
UPDATE as of 11/4/2020 at 8:10 a.m. Zeldin leads Goroff with almost a quarter of the vote left to be counted.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) is looking for a fifth term in Congress representing the 18th District, but he'll have to defeat Chele Farley (R) to secure it. Farley came up short in the campaign for U.S. Senate in 2018 against incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
UPDATE as of 11/4/2020 at 8:10 a.m. Maloney has won easily, garnering nearly 80 percent of the vote.
New Jersey's Key Races
Garden State voters cast 3.5 million early votes ahead of Election Day, amounting to nearly 90 percent of total turnout in the 2016 election. Voters going to the polls are allowed to drop off a mail-in ballot or fill out a provisional one. The state put heavy emphasis on early voting due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Sen. Cory Booker (D) is expected to win handily against Rik Mehta (R). Booker is a popular former mayor of Newark, NJ, who campaigned for the democratic presidential nomination last year. Mehta is a political newcomer with a background in the pharmaceutical industry, a doctorate in pharmacy and a law degree.
Southern New Jersey
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R) made news in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District when he switched political parties to oppose democrats' efforts to impeach President Trump. Van Drew later pledged his "undying support" to the president. Challenger Amy Kennedy (D) is a former public school teacher and wife to former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy. The latest polls show Kennedy leading Van Drew by a point but firmly within the margin of error.
UPDATE as of 11/4/2020 at 8:10 a.m. Van Drew has a slight lead over Kennedy with roughly a quarter of the vote left to count.
Rep. Andy Kim (D) was significantly ahead of challenger David Richter (R) in the campaign for NJ's 3rd District, in the most recent polls.
UPDATE as of 11/4/2020 at 8:10 a.m. Kim has emerged victorious with an 11-point advantage.
Central New Jersey
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D) is campaigning against NJ state Senate minority leader Tom Kean Jr. (R) to keep NJ's 7th District blue after flipping it for the democrats in 2018.
UPDATE as of 11/4/2020 at 8:10 a.m. The 7th District race has been called for Malinowski; the incumbent has a 10-point lead with 60 percent of precincts reporting.
Ballot Question: New Jerseyans have three ballot questions to answer this Election Day: whether to legalize recreational marijuana, whether to delay redistricting if the Census is delayed and whether to offer property tax breaks to veterans who served during peacetime.
Connecticut's Key Races
Connecticut expanded use of absentee ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic, directing residents to place their ballots in their municipality's drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. Polling locations are open until 8 p.m.
Incumbent democrats are heavily favored in all five of Connecticut's legislative districts.
UPDATE as of 11/4/2020 at 8:10 a.m. Democrats appear on a path to victory with all seats from CT.
Rep. John Larsen (D) is up against Mary Fay (R) in CT's 1st Congressional District.
Rep. Joe Courtney (D) is up against Justin Anderson (R) in the 2nd District.
Rep. Rosa DeLaruo (D) is up against Margaret Streicker (R) in the 3rd District.
Rep. Jim Himes (D) is up against Jonathan Riddle (R) in the 4th District.
Rep. Jahana Hayes (D) is up against David Xavier Sullivan (R) in the 5th District.
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