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Iowa sets new general election voter turnout record

Secretary of State Paul Pate tweeted that the record was broken by at least 80,000 votes.

IOWA, USA — Complete election results are available at this link or by texting VOTE to 515-457-1026.

Election Day is over, but that results in Iowa and across the country are still being counted.

The 2020 election shattered early voting records, but there were still plenty of people that casted their ballot Tuesday. 

The Associated Press has projected Donald Trump and Joni Ernst as winners in Iowa.

Keep in mind: because of the massive amounts of absentee and early voting throughout this election, it's very likely that results will not be final on election night. 

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12:30 a.m. Wednesday

Iowa has set a new record for voter turnout in a general election, according to Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

Pate tweeted that the record was broken by at least 80,000 votes.

11:30 p.m. Tuesday

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds fires up the GOP watch party with a speech praising President Donald Trump. Shortly after, the Associated Press projects his victory in the state. 

11:00 p.m.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate anticipates the results coming in on election night will be an accurate representation of how Iowa will look after absentee ballots have been counted.

Pate says 95% of those who requested absentee ballots filled them out and turned them into their local election offices.

8:45 p.m.

According to Dallas County Auditor Julia Helm, more than 34,000 absentee ballots have been processed in Dallas County so far.  Helm expects a total of over 50,000 votes to come in, which would set a new record.

6:30 p.m.

Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert tweeted the county has now set a new record for voter turnout.

6:20 p.m.

Not much of a crowd at the Heartland Presbyterian Church in Clive Tuesday night. 

5:50 p.m.

Local 5's Brandon Lawrence and Matthew Judy catch up with a first-time voter in West Des Moines.

5:30 p.m.

Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald tweets that more than 100,000 people have voted in the county. 

5:00 p.m.

Local 5's Eva Andersen and Leziga Barikor are at U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield's watch party. No one from the public is allowed in. 

RELATED: Ernst, Greenfield battle for pivotal spot in US Senate

3:15 p.m.

Polls close at 9 p.m., so Iowans who haven't voted yet have less than six hours to do so.

To locate your polling place, click here.

2:07 p.m.

Des Moines hit an all-time high temperature at 77°, which is also a record-high for an Election Day in Iowa.

1:30 p.m.

Voting totals continue to climb in Polk County, with over 68,000 casting their ballot as of 1:30 p.m.

11:15 a.m.

Nearly one million Iowans have voted as of Tuesday morning based on absentee ballots alone, according to Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

"What we're seeing right now is even a better turnout than I think any of us could have anticipated," Pate said.

Pate believes that because of early voting and the thoroughness of county auditors, results should be totaled relatively quickly Tuesday night.

"I am pretty confident you will have the Iowa preliminary results tonight," he said.

1,581,371 Iowans voted in the 2016 general election

11:00 a.m.

Getting started early on Election Day seems to be the theme for Iowans, as the wait time at some polling places has been an hour or longer.

10:30 a.m.

Kevin Hall, spokesman for the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, said their office received a report a voicemail was left on someone’s phone telling them to “stay safe and stay home”.

Hall said their office referred the matter to the FBI and the State Fusion Center.

The Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center is a division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

9:15 a.m.

Polk County has recorded more than 29,000 voters in the first two hours of polls being open, according to Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald.

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