An important state-level contest affecting K-12 education is still undecided: the race for Washington State schools chief, where incumbent Terry Bergeson is trailing.
Two controversial ballot measures in Oregon look to be headed for defeat, and a third is too close to call right now. Voters rejected one effort to limit instruction in languages other than English and another to redirect school money toward law enforcement. A third measure, limiting payroll deductions for political spending, hasn't been decided.
Rep. Mark Udall, a Democrat, has claimed the open U.S. Senate seat in Colorado, defeating former Rep. Bob Schaffer, who was an ardent opponent of the No Child Left Behind Act's expansion of the federal role in education.
Voters gave their public schools what could be a $660 million annual gift when they approved a measure to open five gambling halls throughout the state. The ballot question was the largest gambling-for-school-funding measure on various state ballots around the country today.
At least three Democratic freshmen on the House Education and Labor Committee appeared headed to victory, according to CNN's projections. All three pulled out narrow victories in 2006 and were considered possible Republican targets earlier in the cycle.
Massachusetts voters turned down a proposal to repeal the state's income tax, which local governments and the state teachers union warned would threaten education in the Bay State.
Most of the returns weren't even in yet, but already the National Education Association had sent around a press release bragging about its election efforts. The union, which endorsed Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama, distributed more than 21.3 million pieces of mail during the campaign.
If Democrats can hang on to the governor's seats in North Carolina and Washington State, then they'll have a good night in statehouses because they picked up Missouri.
Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, a Democrat, has claimed the Senate seat left open by retiring GOP Sen. John Warner. As the chairman of the National Governor's Association, Mark Warner made education a priority
Throughout Election Day and Night, Campaign K-12 will be tracking not only the presidential race, but also the 11 governors' races, five state chiefs' races, plus ballot measures that affect schools—and anything else on the education front that seems interesting.