New York (CNN) - Despite record election achievements by African-Americans in the House, the United States Senate will not have an African-American in its ranks.
All three black Senate candidates, Kendrick Meek (D-FL), Alvin Greene (D-SC) and Mike Thurmond (D-GA) are projected to lose tonight. The only incumbent black senator, Roland Burris (D-IL), is retiring.
New York (CNN) - An ethnic first is at stake tonight. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Louisiana Republican, was the first and only Vietnamese candidate in the U.S. House of Representatives. Will he keep his seat?
He is running in a predominantly Democratic and African-American district - the 9th Ward and Pontchartrain Park –against a black Democrat, state Rep. Cedric Richmond.
(CNN) - There are 123 openly gay people running for public office this election year, a record number according to the Victory Fund which finances openly gay candidates.
They include David Cicilline who is running in Rhode Island for the 1st Congressional District seat. The former mayor of Providence, R.I. could become just the seventh openly gay person to serve in Congress, and only the third to be elected for the first time as an openly gay candidate.
New York (CNN) - A record number of African-American Republicans are on the ballot for congressional seats tonight, more than have run since reconstruction, according to the Republican National Committee.
According to the Frederick Douglass Foundation, there are 14 black Republicans running tonight. There were 38 before the primaries.
New York (CNN) - An election eve poll of likely Latino voters in Florida shows they favored Republicans in the U.S. House, Senate and governor's races.
According to a poll conducted by the country's largest Latino civil rights group, National Council of La Raza, 62 percent of Latinos say they planned to vote for the U.S. Senate candidate, 61 percent for the Republican U.S. house candidate and 51 percent for the Latino Republican gubernatorial candidate. Marco Rubio, a Latino, was projected by CNN to win the U.S. Senate race in Florida.
New York (CNN) - An election eve poll of likely Latino voters in eight key states shows that immigration and the anti-immigration campaign played a major role in mobilizing Latinos to vote.
The poll was conducted by the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States. Latinos said the immigration issue was what was driving them to vote tonight. They said the number one issue affecting them was the economy and jobs, with immigration issues a close second.