LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Election Day 2016 is well underway, and it's a big night for candidates across the nation.
Tonight, the spotlight is on the presidential race between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Sec. Hillary Clinton. Analysts are predicting a tight race to the finish. Clinton and Trump also face-off against third-party candidates Gary Johnson, who is running on the Libertarian ticket, and Jill Stein, who is running on the Green Party ticket.
Check back here throughout the night, beginning at 7 p.m., for coverage of election results.
LIVE BLOG: Where things stand
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The Associated Press projects Wayne Christian will win the Railroad Commission seat.
Sheriff Kenneth Hammack has retained his office in Polk County.
The Trinity ISD school bond has passed, with 1,624 voting for and 946 voting against.
Angelina County results are final, with Terry Pitts taking over the vacant Pct. 3 county commissioner seat.
Stephen J. Wright has released the following statement in conceding to Travis Clardy:
"Even though our campaign came up short, we ran a strong, serious race to make sure public education is the top priority in East Texas and to give progressive-minded voters a real choice in this election. Most of all, we fought the good fight for our students, parents, and teachers. I congratulate Rep. Clardy on his victory and urge him to represent ALL East Texans, not just those of a particular political or religious stripe."
In Trinity County, early voting results are good for Trinity ISD, as their proposed bond is being approved, 1,136 votes for and 689 votes against.
The Associated Press has projected Keven Ellis to win the vacant State Board of Education seat.
The Associated Press has projected Louie Gohmert to retain his US House seat.
With nearly five percent of precincts reporting, Keven Ellis has 74 percent of the vote for the State Board of Education seat.
In Angelina County early voting, Republican Terry Pitts leads Democrat George Cartwright, 4,810 to 1,075 for the vacant Pct. 3 county commissioner race.
In Houston County early voting, Republican Pat Perry leads Democrat Reginald Berry, 736 votes to 562 for the Precinct 3 county commissioner race.
In very early state returns, Louie Gohmert has 81 percent of the vote to retain the US Representative seat.
Keven Ellis has 75 percent of the vote for the State Board of Education seat with just 1.55 percent of precincts reporting.
In Polk County, the incumbent Republican Sheriff Kenneth Hammack has a huge lead in early voting returns, beating Bobby Watson 11,203 votes to 2,943.
Early voting returns are in for Nacogdoches County and Republican Incumbent Jerry Don Williams has taken a big lead over Libertarian Joe Allport for the Precinct 1 County Commissioner race by a margin of 3,312 to 511. Republican Robin Dawley has 2,594 votes to Jared Cates' 1,491 for the Precinct 3 race..
In Sabine County, Butch Ellison leads the Precinct 3 County Commissioner race over Tommy Harley, 370 votes to 127.
Polls are closed in Texas, Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Washington DC, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
CNN is projecting Trump has won West Virginia, securing another five electoral votes.
To secure the election, a presidential candidate must secure 270 out of 538 electoral votes. ABC News reports Trump has secured 19 electoral votes, to Clinton's three. Polls remain open in Texas for the next 40 minutes. However, voters who are in line before 7 p.m. will still be allowed to cast their ballots.
Polls are closed in some states across the country. Polls in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia have closed.
Early CNN projections show Trump winning the states of Indiana and Kentucky. The station's projections also show Clinton winning Vermont.