(The Press of Atlantic City election team will be reporting results on the congressional, county and local races once the polls close tonight. Check back for updates.)

10:00 p.m.: Republicans Frank Balles and Andrew Parker won three-year seats on the Egg Harbor Township Committee. The pair defeated Democrats Crystal S. Mays and Nadine M.V. Flynn.

Balles and Parker replace longtime Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough and Committeeman Frank Finnerty who announced early this year they would not seek re-election.

9:40 p.m.: Pleasantville voters approved a ballot question that would clear the way for the governing body to spend $195,000 annually for the next three years on ShotSpotter.

It works by monitoring sounds to rapidly identify and locate gunshots. It is estimated to cost a homeowner living in a $100,000 home to pay about $25 more annually each year.

9:30 p.m.: Results are coming in across Atlantic and Ocean counties. Check out the results across South Jersey here.

8:45 p.m.: At the Linwood Country Club, Atlantic County Freeholder Frank Formica told Press of Atlantic City reporter Vincent Jackson that he's worried after former Atlantic City Councilman Craig Callaway told him he had collected 4,000 votes against him.

Callaway has been known for running large messenger ballot campaigns in past local races, including the 2017 Atlantic City mayoral race. Callaway, reached by phone on Tuesday night, did not confirm that he told Formica about 4,000 votes, but said he was confident in Democrat success.

“Wait till the numbers come out,” Callaway said. “I think that he is going to lose. This is a great day for the Democratic party.”

8:30 p.m.: NBC news and ABC news are both projecting Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez will win the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey over Republican Bob Hugin.

8:15 p.m.: Supporters of Jeff Van Drew are starting to gather at The Claridge. Meanwhile, over at the Linwood Country Club, the crowd is also growing. Republican Freeholder candidates Frank Formica and Maureen Kern just entered.

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said from the Linwood Country Club that he has never seen this kind of turnout in an off year election.

8 p.m. : Polls around the state close. 

6:45 p.m.: The stage is set for Congressional candidate Jeff Van Drew at The Claridge Atlantic City.

4:40 p.m.: Steady voter traffic was reported in Northfield. One poll worker commented how this was the best turnout they have seen for an election, more than the 2016 election

4:30 p.m. Just three-and-a-half hours until the polls close, but there's still time to vote. Here's a list of polling locations in South Jersey, in case you're having trouble.

4:15 p.m. State Senator Jeff Van Drew, also the Democratic candidate in the 2nd Congressional district, voted in Dennis Township at the Ocean View Firehouse.

His opponent, Republican Seth Grossman, previously told us that he'd voted by mail.

3:45 p.m. President Donald Trump endorsed Republican Bob Hugin in blue New Jersey's Senate contest, leading Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez to tweet out his gratitude, according to the Associated Press.  The Republican president said Tuesday that Hugin, a former executive at drug maker Celgene, would be a "Great Senator." Menendez is seeking his third term in Tuesday's election. Hugin has kept his distance from Trump, who's unpopular in New Jersey. He even said during the campaign that he's not a "Trump Republican." Menendez campaigned in part on Trump's unpopularity and said Hugin would be a "rubber stamp" for the president. In response to the president's tweet, Menendez tweeted, "Thank you."

1:45 p.m. Jane Limone, 86, of Northfield, has voted in many elections throughout her lifetime, saying it is a privilege that does not exist in some other countries. 

"No matter what you're voting--Democrat, Republican, Independent or other--it is very important to vote," she said earlier today outside the polling place at Northfield Community School.

At Alder Avenue Middle School, Sarah Azegzan accompanied her mother Bouchra Lkniksi to the polls Tuesday morning. At 17 years old, Azegzan isn't eligible to vote yet, but she's looking forward to it.

"A few years ago, there weren't as many young people who voted," she said. "I'm going to come out and vote like a proud woman, and get that sticker."

"Nobody is going to do it for you, you have to fight for it," Lkniksi added.

1:15 p.m. At Zion Lutheran Church, they are holding an all-day interfaith community prayer next to the polling location in Egg Harbor City.

Pastor Kathleen Harris says her faith does not preach politics from the pulpit, but encourages the community to exercise their civic duties.

12:40 p.m. Nationally, some precincts are experiencing long lines and malfunctioning machines

12:15 p.m. Steady voter turnout in both Northfield and Egg Harbor Township this morning. Voters are commenting on how it seems busier this year than in the last midterm election.

"I've seen more about the election than any other year," said Brock Burns, 24 of Egg Harbor Township. "Especially for our generation. I've seen more people vote who've I've never seen vote before."

Burns voted at Alder Avenue Middle School Tuesday morning with his wife Sarah, 24, and their 8-month-old daughter.

11:45 a.m. Need a ride to the polls? Ride sharing app, Uber, is offering $10 off a single ride to the polls with promotional code VOTE2018. 

11 a.m. The Claridge Hotel is offering a free drink to locals who voted in the midterm elections. To claim the drink — valued at $10 — show proof of voting. The drinks are available Tuesday and Wednesday at VÜE Rooftop Bar and Lounge, located on the 23rd floor of the hotel. 

10:30 a.m. Northfield Community School still sees a steady turnout of voters heading into mid-morning. 

9:30 a.m. Voters continued to show up at Roland Rogers Elementary School in Galloway to cast their ballot. 

"I think it's very important to choose the right candidate," Naseem Patel, 57, of Galloway, said. "You have to know why you're voting and who you're voting for."

Some Atlantic County schools closed today to making voting more accessible, she added, saying that "everybody was looking forward to it."

9 a.m. A poll worker at Northfield Community School said there was a line of voters waiting to get in when the polls opened at 6 a.m. 

8:30 a.m. Polling locations in Galloway Township are seeing a steady stream of voters. 

This morning was Kate Gutshall’s first time voting in a New Jersey midterm, although she has voted in other states before. “If I don’t vote, someone else gets a bigger say than I do,” the 40-year-old Galloway resident said of why her vote matters.

"It's a pivotal time in our country," she added. "It's not just about the presidential election. We need to do things on the state level."

For Shanell Gebon, 42, of Galloway, her right to vote matters. “I became a U.S. citizen in 2008,” she said. “I take it very seriously.”

“Every vote matters,” Tom Smith, 67, of Galloway, said. “I’ve seen elections that were decided by 10 votes. Every vote matters.”

8 a.m. Poll workers in Mays Landing said turn out so far was greater than in the past. There was a line of voters ready to cast their ballot at the Victoria Crossing polling location.  

7 a.m. In Atlantic City voters are trickling in and out of Richmond Avenue School.

“This election is particularly important,” Donna Andersen, 62, of Atlantic City, said. “Things are going in a good direction and I don’t want to see that change.”

“Even if your candidate does or doesn’t win, at least you did something,” Raven Frazier, 31, of Atlantic City, said. “It’s not that hard (to vote).”

For Christina Delcher, 26, and David Dwyer, 25, both of Atlantic City, it’s not their first time voting in a midterm election.

“We both feel we need someone to balance out the executive branch at the moment,” Dwyer said. “It starts at the local level.”

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

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435 seats in the U.S. House are up for re-election, as well as 35 Senate seats and 40 governor positions.

New Jersey voters, who haven't already filed absentee or mail-in ballots, head to the polls to vote in several contests including the 2nd District Congressional race between Jeff Van Drew (D) and Seth Grossman (R), 3rd District Congressional race between incumbent Tom MacArthur (R) and Andy Kim (D) and the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Bob Menendez (D) and Bob Hugin (R).

In Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Cumberland counties, positions for town council, school board members and Freeholders will be on the ballot.

Press reporters will be at GOP and Democratic headquarters as elections results come in, as well as at various polling locations throughout the day. 

Check back for updates. 

Contact: 609-272-7286

LCarroll@pressofac.com

Twitter @ACPress_LC

Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

Previously interned and reported for Boston.com, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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