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11/08/2016 18:11 EST | Updated 11/09/2017 00:12 EST

The Latest: House Republicans say majority is intact

DETROIT — The Latest on Election Day 2016 in Michigan (all times local):

11:10 p.m.

Republicans say they have retained their majority in the Michigan House of Representatives.

The GOP has controlled the chamber's agenda for nearly six years. Republicans currently lead the 110-member House and also control the Senate, which was not up for election this year.

Democrats needed to pick up nine seats in Tuesday's election to win the majority.

House Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Aric Nesbitt said Tuesday it was a "resounding victory" for the GOP.

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11 p.m.

Professional wrestler Rhyno has lost his longshot bid for a seat in the Michigan Legislature.

Democrat Abdullah Hammoud, a 26-year-old health care consultant, beat Dearborn Republican Terrance Guido Gerin in Tuesday's election for an open House district. The 41-year-old Gerin, who prefers the name "Rhino," currently appears on World Wrestling Entertainment's "Smackdown Live."

Gerin's campaign website says he is a "politician by day" and a "professional wrestler by night." He urged voters in the Democratic-heavy district east of Detroit to "be a Rhino-Democrat."

Hammoud, the son of Lebanese immigrants, says he will focus on public education, people without health insurance, pollution and economic development.

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10:45 p.m.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving member of Congress, has earned another term in his 13th District seat.

The 87-year-old Detroit Democrat won his 27th term on Tuesday, defeating Republican Jeff Gorman, Libertarian Tiffany Hayden and Working Class candidate Sam Johnson.

Conyers has served in Congress since 1965 and rarely has been tested in Democratic primaries or general elections over the past five decades. He had represented the 14th District for years and moved over to the 13th District, which covers parts of Detroit and Wayne County, after Republicans redrew boundaries in 2011.

Conyers is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and is the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

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10:40 p.m.

Preliminary results of an exit poll taken for The Associated Press and television networks show Michigan voters had reservations about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Only about half said they voted for someone they strongly supported. A majority said they were bothered by Clinton's use of emails while secretary of state and Trump's treatment of women.

About six in 10 voters described the nation's economy as "not so good" or poor. About four in 10 said it was more important for the next president to bring about needed change than to have experience or good judgment.

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9:15 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sander Levin has rolled to an 18th term in Congress.

The 85-year-old Levin defeated Republican Christopher Morse in the Detroit-area 9th District on Tuesday.

Levin was first elected in 1982 and has collected 60 per cent or more of the vote since 2000. Levin, known as "Sandy," is the brother of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.

The senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has influence over tax laws and trade policy, chaired the panel for a brief time in 2010 when Democrats controlled the House.

It was the first campaign for the 43-year-old Morse, who served in the Army and Navy for 18 years.

The 9th District encompasses parts of Macomb and Oakland counties.

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9:15 p.m.

Incumbent Democrat Brenda Lawrence has been elected to a second term in Congress.

The 61-year-old Lawrence of Southfield defeated Republican Dr. Howard Klausner, Libertarian Gregory Creswell and Green Party candidate Marcia Squier in Tuesday's general election for the 14th District seat.

Lawrence was elected to Congress in 2014. She was Southfield mayor from 2001-2014 and was running mate to Michigan gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero in 2010.

The 14th District leans Democratic and includes parts of Detroit, the Grosse Pointes, Southfield, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield and Pontiac.

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9 p.m.

All polls have closed across Michigan.

Four counties in the western Upper Peninsula are in the Central time zone and remained open an extra hour.

The state is a battleground for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump, who both campaigned in the traditionally "blue" presidential state in the final hours of their punishing 2016 race.

The election also caps two close U.S. House races at opposite ends of the state and a closely watched battle for control of one-half of the GOP-led Legislature.

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8 p.m.

Polls have closed across Michigan, except for voting precincts in the western Upper Peninsula that will remain open another hour.

Four counties in the U.P. are in the Central time zone.

Michigan was a battleground for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump, who both campaigned in the traditionally "blue" presidential state in the final hours of their punishing 2016 race.

The election also caps two close U.S. House races at opposite ends of the state and a closely watched battle for control of one-half of the GOP-led Legislature.

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5:50 p.m.

City Clerk Janice Winfrey says some voting machines in Detroit stopped working Tuesday morning and had to be replaced.

The delay caused long lines and waits of an hour or more to vote.

Winfrey says her office received about 50 calls for broken voting machines, but some were repeat calls for the same machines she describes as a decade old.

Northwest of Detroit, a malfunctioning computer and tabulator at a voting precinct in Waterford Township forced elections workers to put about 50 ballots into a bin.

Township Clerk Sue Camilleri says the computer and tabulator were fixed. She says the ballots that were set aside "will not be put through the tabulator until the end of the night."

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2:50 p.m.

Authorities say an argument between a woman supporting presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and another backing Donald Trump near a southeastern Michigan polling place led a man to shove one of the women and spur a larger fracas.

Washtenaw County sheriff's spokesman Derrick Jackson says the women started arguing outside Tuesday morning after voting in Ypsilanti. Jackson says a man "interjected himself" and shoved one of the women, who fell but wasn't injured.

After that, he says, other people "started getting into the fray," but no other violence was reported.

It wasn't immediately clear how many people were involved or which candidate the man was supporting.

Sheriff's deputies broke up the argument and took names, but nobody was arrested. Jackson says a report will be forwarded the prosecutor's office for review.

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11:45 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he's encouraged by what appears to be high voter turnout at his polling place on Election Day.

The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/2eJg2gi ) Snyder and his wife arrived at their polling location at Community High School in Ann Arbor on Tuesday morning and didn't have much of a wait. He noted, however, that a relatively large number of voters appeared to have cast ballots before him.

Snyder said: "It's one of our basic democratic rights and it's great seeing people exercise that."

The Republican didn't reveal his vote in the presidential race and said he interested in making sure the majority in the state House of Representatives stayed in favour of the Republicans.

He said there was a "lack of positive dialogue at the presidential level" in the campaign.

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10:30 a.m.

The early morning voter line was long but the mood was light at DuVall Elementary School in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. A diverse queue chatted, sipped coffee and snacked on sweets they bought from a student bake sale.

Kelly Jabbusch said she arrived about 10 minutes after the polls opened on Tuesday and was voter 67, waiting about 40 minutes to cast her ballot. The 38-year-old math professor at University of Michigan-Dearborn voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton because she agrees with her policies.

Thirty-four-year-old Amina Abboushi arrived a little later to join a slightly shorter but still lengthy line. The mortgage company worker says she voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein because Clinton and Republican Donald Trump "are embarrassing."

Long morning lines have been common at polling places across southeastern Michigan.

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9 a.m.

Many Michigan voters avoided lines at the polls on Election Day by casting absentee ballots.

Helen Kammeraad has known she would vote for Republican Donald Trump since the day he announced his candidacy nearly 17 months ago.

The 62-year-old retiree from Holland, Michigan, returned her absentee ballot two weeks before Election Day. She later attended separate rallies held by Trump and vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence.

For Michigan paramedic Bryan Carter, an independent with Libertarian leanings, his vote for president boiled down to the "lesser of two evils."

The 27-year-old from Lansing cast an absentee ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton in person six days before the election, despite not liking her and finding himself in agreement when co-workers criticized her private email server and her handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

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7:05 a.m.

Polls are opening across Michigan as voters cast ballots in national, state and local contests.

Michigan was a battleground until the very end for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump, who both campaigned in the traditionally "blue" presidential state in the final hours of their punishing 2016 race.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to: 8 p.m. local time.

The election also will cap two close U.S. House races at opposite ends of the state and a closely watched battle for control of one-half of the GOP-led Legislature — the outcome of which will influence Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's governing agenda in his last two years in office.

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1:40 a.m.

Donald Trump has a final message to his supporters in the election's waning hours: "We have to win."

The GOP nominee tells his final rally crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan that: "If we don't win, this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy and money in my life."

Trump's final event at a local convention centre was surprisingly staid, with none of the theatrics of an earlier rally in a packed arena in New Hampshire.

As he spoke, dozens of people streamed toward the exit, forming a procession in front of an area where reporters were stationed.

Some said they were trying to get closer to the door. But most said they were leaving because they were tired, wanted to beat traffic or had heard enough.

Trump says now that he's finished his campaign, his "new adventure" will be "making America great again."

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1 a.m.

The race for president, 14 U.S. House seats, two Michigan Supreme Court justice posts and control of the 110-member Michigan House are at stake in the election.

The spotlight Tuesday is on the presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Both candidates and their surrogates have campaigned for the state's 16 electoral votes.

Among the most competitive U.S. House contests is the 1st Congressional District in northern Michigan, where Democrats think they can take back the seat that is open due to Rep. Dan Benishek's retirement. Former Michigan Democratic Party chairman Lon Johnson faces Republican Jack Bergman, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general and airline pilot.

Democrats hope to cut into the Republicans' 62-45 edge in the statehouse, where there are also three vacancies.

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12:55 a.m.

Donald Trump is channeling Hollywood as he kicks off the final rally of his unconventional presidential campaign.

"Today is our Independence Day," Trump declares at a rally in Grand, Rapids Michigan in the early hours Tuesday. He says, "Today the American working class is going to strike back."

Trump had been expected to hold his last rally in New Hampshire — but added one last event to his calendar as his team made an 11th-hour push into traditionally Democratic states.

Trump says he doesn't need superstars like Jay Z, Beyonce or Lady Gaga to draw crowds like his rival Hillary Clinton. He says, "All we need is great ideas to make America great again."