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Read results and updates from the 2012 election below. This story was updated throughout Tuesday night with live numbers and information about state questions and candidates. We also tracked the presidential election.

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012

Read results and updates from the 2012 election below. This story was updated throughout Tuesday night with live numbers and information about state questions and candidates. We also tracked the presidential election.

Good evening everyone. We will be providing race results and tracking the presidential election throughout the night.

Polls close in 15 minutes. We'll have the latest election results as they come in.
6:46 p.m.
We're hosting a live video update with our editor Kelly Dyer Fry right now to talk about tonight's election and coverage. Watch it at NewsOK.com/Live
7:00 p.m.
Some of the races we're watching are:

Oklahomans are electing 12 state senators.

Seven incumbents are on the ballot. In five other seats, incumbents chose not to run or had reached their term limits.
7:10 p.m.
Also, House Republicans are hoping to at least reach their record high of 70 GOP members after Tuesday's election results are counted.

Thirty-four House seats will be decided in Tuesday's election. Twenty-two incumbents, 16 Republicans, and two Democrats, hope to return for another two-year term.
7:11 p.m.
It'll also be interesting to see if Barack Obama can win at least one Oklahoma County. The Republican presidential candidate won every county in the state in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections and topped 65 percent of the vote in each.
7:14 p.m.
Mitt Romney takes Oklahoma.
7:27 p.m.
In very early returns, Barack Obama leads in Comanche County.
Obama - 2,069
Romney - 1,808
7:32 p.m.
With only early and absentee ballotts in, it looks like the Senate District 7 seat - centered in McAlester - is going to be as close as expected.

J. Paul Lane, the Democtrat in the extremely blue district, has 1,264 early and absentee votes, while the Republican candidate Larry Boggs has 1,416 votes.
It would be an upset for that Democratic stronghold to fall to the GOP tonight.

7:33 p.m.
The Associated Press is reporting that Mitt Romney has won Georgia and Tennessee.
7:39 p.m.
An early look at sheriff races in outlying counties in the Oklahoma City metro area shows that incumbents are faring well. In Canadian, Logan and Lincoln counties, incumbents are ahead in early voting results.

In Grady County, where the incumbent is not a factor, Republican candidate Jim Weir is ahead in early voting results. Sheriff races in Cleveland and McClain counties have no results available at this time.
7:45 p.m.
In the U.S. Rep. District 5 race, James Lankford leads Democratic candidate Tom Guild 2,371-1,008.
7:49 p.m.
We're about to go live with our first Google+ hangout of the night. We'll be chatting with reporters about Oklahoma races and results that have been reported across the state. Tune in at NewsOK.com/Live.
7:54 p.m.
AP is reporting that Obama and Romney are splitting the early vote in Florida, which has 29 electoral votes up for grabs.
7:59 p.m.
In early voting, Danya Curtis is leading the county clerk race over Donna Pickle in Adair County, but only by 37 votes.
8:03 p.m.
Sam Chandler leads Jess Merriott in the county commissioner District 2 race, 104-54.
8:07 p.m.
Early results out of Payne County show that 75 percent of voters want to allow restaurants and bars to sell single servings of liquor on Sundays. Similar efforts in the Stillwater area failed in 1986 and 1988.
8:07 p.m.
Barack Obama wins New Jersey, according to the Associated Press. Mitt Romney takes Arkansas.
8:14 p.m.
About 59 percent of the voters are in support of a state question that would eliminate the Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Human Services Commission and the director, allowing the legislature to create a department to administer and carry out laws to provide for the care of the aged and the needy.
8:18 p.m.
About 57 percent of voters are in support of state question 762, which would remove the governor from the parole process for some nonviolent offenders. The Pardon and Parole Board would then be solely responsible for granting parole to nonviolent offenders, but the governor would still have final say in parole of other criminals.
8:19 p.m.
Check out our election tracker for results from all of the races across the state. http://newsok.com/politics/elections/results/
8:20 p.m.
All six state questions are drawing strong support from Oklahoma voters Tuesday in early election returns. http://newsok.com/article/3726266
8:25 p.m.
The four justices on the Oklahoma Supreme Court will be retained, along with three judges on the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and five judges on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. A majority of voters Tuesday decided to keep them in their positions.
8:30 p.m.
With two of three precincts reporting, Leslie Swinerton is ahead in the Geary mayor election with 30 votes. Next in line is Robert Smith, with 10 votes.
8:31 p.m.
Larry Montgomery, D, defeats David Kennedy, R, 659-634 for District 2 commissioner in Noble County.

8:36 p.m.
In Murray County, Jimmy Rackley beat Joe C. Garrison in race for District 2 commissioner, 1279-435, and Darrel L. Richardson defeated G. Dale Fullerton in the race for county sheriff, 3506-1617.

8:38 p.m.
Doug Sonenberg defeats Charles R. Price Jr 973-432 in race for Nowata County Commission.

8:41 p.m.
AP is projecting Republican Markwayne Mullin will defeat Democrat Rob Wallace in the eastern Oklahoma congressional district currently held by retiring Rep. Dan Boren. That will make the Oklahoma congressional delegation all Republican for first time since 2000.
8:51 p.m.
Barack Obama wins Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press.
8:52 p.m.
Jim Bridenstine has kept Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District in Republican hands, defeating Democrat John Olson and independent Craig Allen.
8:57 p.m.
It's official. Markwayne Mullin has defeated longtime state and federal prosecutor Rob Wallace on Tuesday, giving Republicans the open U.S. House seat in eastern Oklahoma.

8:59 p.m.
AP is calling Utah for Mitt Romney.
9:02 p.m.
Okfuskee County Commissioner Max Henry, D, keeps his seat after beating Republican challenger Dick Ladd, 812-588.

9:03 p.m.
Ottawa County Sheriff Terry Durborow, D, is elected to another term after defeating Republican challenger Jeff Wright, 5384-3375.
9:06 p.m.
Republican challenger Jim R. McCormick defeats J.T. Adams, the incumbent sheriff of Pawnee County, 1060-958.
9:08 p.m.
AP reports Barack Obama has won New Hampshire.
9:16 p.m.
Sandra Richardson, R, beats Shana Henke, D, 2692-1902, in the race for Noble County clerk; Incumbent candidate Charlie Hanger, D, beats challenger Carl A. Bunch, R, 2993-1639 in the race for Noble County sheriff.
9:21 p.m.
Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel takes an early lead in his reelection bid. With 53 of 257 precincts reporting, Whetsel, Democratic, leads his Republican challenger, Darrell Sorrels, 48,966-25,369.
9:23 p.m.
Associated Press reports Mitt Romney has won Nebraska and will claim at least four of the state's five electoral votes.
9:32 p.m.
AP: Barack Obama wins four electoral votes in Maine.
9:33 p.m.
Margarett Parman just won the Blaine County sheriff race, making her the first female sheriff Oklahoma has seen in four years.
9:39 p.m.
Mitt Romney wins Arizona, according to the Associated Press.
9:40 p.m.
Democrats in Oklahoma settled in Tuesday for what was expected to be a rough night in local elections, but favorable early results in swing states bolstered their hopes for the national election. http://newsok.com/article/3726286
9:45 p.m.
A Democrat from Oklahoma actually won a U.S. Senate race — it just wasn’t in Oklahoma. But state native Elizabeth Warren, who grew up in Oklahoma City, defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts on Tuesday to claim the Senate seat long held by Ted Kennedy.
9:46 p.m.
Social media fact from Twitter: With 20 million tweets, Election Day just became the most tweeted about event in US political history. #election2012
9:50 p.m.
The incumbent sheriff of Pawnee County, Mike Waters, Democrat, won his bid for reelection. Waters beat Republican challenger Forrest Smith, 3,301-2,727.
9:51 p.m.
Early election results showed that Corey Brooks, a Republican from Washington, OK, will likely be one of several new Oklahoma state senators.

Brooks, 33, had a commanding lead in Senate District 43, a newly created district in McClain County and parts of Stephens, Garvin, and Grady counties.

He had 15,060 votes to Mike Fullerton's 6,478 votes with 43 of 54 precincts reporting. http://newsok.com/article/3726204
9:51 p.m.
Incumbent sheriff of Pittsburg County, Joel Kerns, wins reelection by a wide margin.
Kerns, Democrat, defeated Independent challenger Tracy Parrott, 11,602-3,392 to win another four-year term.
9:58 p.m.
We're live for our last Google+ hangout of the night to discuss the election with reporters. Tune in now at NewsOK.com/Live.
10:00 p.m.
It appears Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel will win his fifth term in office.
With 198 of 257 precincts reporting, Whetsel, a Democrat, was leading Republican challenger, Darrell Sorrels, 130,457-69,678.
10:03 p.m.
Incumbent Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson won handily in his bid for reelection. Pearson won 76 percent of the vote, trouncing his Republican challenger, Roger N. Lee.
10:10 p.m.
House Republicans were on their way Tuesday to getting back to their record high of 70 GOP members, based on early returns on the 34 House seats being contested. All seven Democratic incumbents all appeared to be winning re-election. http://newsok.com/article/3726203
10:10 p.m.
AP reports that Barack Obama has won New Mexico. Mitt Romney wins Missouri.
10:18 p.m.
All six state questions drew strong support from Oklahoma voters and were headed for approval Tuesday night. http://newsok.com/article/3726266
10:19 p.m.
The evening at the Oklahoma Republican watch party was filled with applause and cheers when it was announced the state's congressional delegation would be entirely Republican.

But the outcome of the presidential election was the elephant in the room as partygoers mingled and talked the outcome of the state's races. http://newsok.com/article/3726331
10:23 p.m.
Early election results in Moore indicated voters likely approved a $25.1 million parks proposition, which promises to meet the needs of the fast-growing suburbs for years to come.

Tulsa County voters were also deciding whether to extend a massive countywide tax, while Payne County residents appeared ready to allow single servings of liquor to be sold on Sundays.

In Moore, voter approval of the parks package would translate into a 50- to 60-acre city park at 4th and Broadway streets. As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, the proposition was passing by a wide margin with 2 of 19 precincts reporting. http://newsok.com/article/3726343
10:30 p.m.
Way in the panhandle, the county sheriff race was close. Bob D. White won by 13 votes, with 512 votes over Leon Apple's 499 votes. Cynthia LeGrand was also in the race and received 184 votes.
10:32 p.m.
Republicans Markwayne Mullin, Jim Bridenstine win U.S. House seats in Oklahoma. Read more: http://newsok.com/article/3726208
10:42 p.m.
We're calling it. President Barack Obama wins re-election. http://newsok.com/president-barack-obama-wins-re-election/article/3726377
11:05 p.m.
Voters in Payne County approved a measure to allow restaurants and bars to sell single servings of liquor on Sundays. The measure passed Tuesday night by a margin of 15,436 to 9,695, meaning that 61.4 percent of voters approved of selling liquor by the drink on Sundays. Similar efforts in Payne County narrowly failed in 1986 and again in 1988.
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OK, we're going to wrap this up. Thanks for sticking with NewsOK.com for your election news. Be sure to check back with our site for more stories, blogs and videos from the election.
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