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Live Updates: US Senate Special General Election

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9:26 p.m.–APR projects Doug Jones will win Senate election.

9:25 p.m.–A little over 100,000 estimated votes left to be counted. Jones’ chance of victory shoots to 95 percent or above.

9:21 p.m.–Jones Passes Moore momentarily. As Jones-leaning counties come in, he’s expected to widen the gap.

9:16 p.m.–Jones tied with Moore. Jones has 84 percent chance of winning. 86 percent of precincts reporting.

9:10 p.m.–Moore leads by less than 1 percent. Less than 200,000 estimated votes left to be counted. Jones percentage chance of winning rises to 75 percent.

9:00 p.m.–Two hours since the polls closed. There are a little over 300,000 estimated votes left to count. NYT gives Jones a 63 percent chance to win. 77 percent of precincts reporting.

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8:50 p.m.–Moore leads by 5 percentage points but Jones-leaning counties are expected to start reporting soon. NYT gives Jones a 70 percent chance of winning.

8:40 p.m.–NYT gives Jones a 65 percent chance of victory. There are still potentially half a million votes left to be counted with most being in urban areas. 62 percent of precincts are reporting.

8:30 p.m.–Moore is leading by 4 percentage points but major cities Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville, and Mobile have yet to fully report.

8:22 p.m.–Jones has 74 percent chance to win according to NYT. 40 percent of all precincts reporting.

8:15 p.m.–Moore leads by 4 percentage points with 30 percent of precincts reporting. NYT give Doug Jones a 63 percent chance of winning.

8:10 p.m.–Moore leads by 8 percentage points with 25 percent of precincts reporting according to NYT.

8:05 p.m.–Moore leads by 5 percentage points with 21 percent of precincts reporting according to NYT. Write-in candidates pass 1 percent of the vote.

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8:00 p.m.–Moore leads by 1.5 percentage points with 15 percent of precincts reporting according to NYT.

7:55 p.m.–Moore leads by 6 percentage points with 9 percent of precincts reporting according to NYT.

Madison County begins reporting.

7:50 p.m.–Moore leads by 3 percentage points with 5 percent of precincts reporting according to NYT.

7:45 p.m.–Jones leads by 8 percentage points with 3 percent of precincts reporting according to NYT.

7:40 p.m.–Jones leads by 15 percentage points with 2 percent of precincts reporting according to NYT.

7:34 p.m.–Montgomery, Mobile, and Jefferson, the largest urban areas, begin to report. Waiting on Madison county to start.

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Jones is leading by 20 percentage points with less than 1 percent of precincts reporting according to NYT.

7:25 p.m.–Jones leading by 26 percentage points with 15 counties all reporting less than 10 percent reporting according to the New York Times.

Mobile, an urban center in Alabama, is beginning to report.

7:20 p.m.–Jones leading by 25 percentage point margin with 10 counties all reporting less than 10 percent according to the New York Times.

7:14 p.m.–First results from Senate race show Jones in the lead with Green, Butler, Coffee, Covington and Monroe Counties all reporting less than 10 percent reporting according to the New York Times.

7:00 p.m.–Polls closed in Alabama. Those still in line can vote. Results expected soon.

6:30 p.m.–Polls close in 30 minutes. The first results of tonight’s toss up election are expected shortly after. Exit polling by CNN, NBC News, and others show a higher turnout than previously expected.

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5:15 p.m.–Preliminary exit polling from CNN shows 30 percent of the electorate is African-American. David Chalian, political director of CNN, reports the turnout of African-Americans is similar to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 turnouts.

The African-American electorate has been a popular target demographic of Doug Jones, who campaigned on his prosecution of two Ku Klux Klan members 20 years ago.

4:38 p.m.–Exit polling from CNN shows a majority of Alabamians did not think the allegations against Moore were an important factor. Of those polled by CNN, 49 percent lean towards believing the Moore allegations.

A plurality, 48 percent, said Trump did not factor into their decision.

Polls will be open for another two hours.

3:00 p.m.–Voter turnout is higher than expected in the 2017 Special General Election. Polls close in 4 hours at 7:00 p.m.

Roy Moore and Doug Jones go head-to-head today to see who will fill the seat formerly occupied by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Polling averages by RealClearPolitics indicate a close race.

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