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It’s been a long hard slog, and polls are closing in one of the most raucous national elections in just a few minutes.

Who will become next President of the United States?

Will Republicans hold the House and Senate?

What does the future of the Second Amendment look like in decades to come when the next President puts at least one Justice on the United States Supreme Court?

We’re going to be right there with you, live-blogging it here on the fly, helped by our colleagues tracking the election results over at Townhall.com/Election.

They’re also providing a livestream below.

Let’s do this.

7:00 PM: Indiana and Kentucky are immediately called for Trump, which are hardly surprises. Clinton takes Vermont.

Clinton: 3 Electoral Votes
Trump: 19 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Not yet started

7:30 PM: Trump takes West Virginia by a large margin. Clinton out to an early lead in North Carolina, which is a race that is not expected to be called until very late. Two districts had voting extended due to technical problems early in the day.

Clinton: 3 Electoral Votes
Trump: 24 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Pouring now

8:00 PM: 18 states close their polls, including Pennsylvania and Florida. Clinton is projected to have won the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Trump has taken Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Clinton: 68 Electoral Votes
Trump: 67 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Sipping.

8:30 PM: Alabama is called for Trump. Florida is very close, with Trump in a very narrow lead at the moment.

Clinton: 68 Electoral Votes
Trump: 76 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Sipping.

9:00 PM: Anyone expecting an early blowout of Donald Trump by Hillary Clinton bet wrong, bigly. Virginia and Pennsylvania, both expected to go for Clinton early, are competitive. Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio are too close to call. Trump is outperforming Romney’s 2012 numbers in rural areas.

Clinton adds Delaware, Massachusetts, and New York.

Trump adds Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming

Clinton: 97 Electoral Votes
Trump: 139 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: One down. Second one poured.

9:22 PM: Clinton picks off Connecticut.

Clinton: 104 Electoral Votes
Trump: 139 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: One down. Second one halfway gone.

9:40 PM: Clinton picks up New Mexico, while Trump grabs Louisiana. All the key swing states remain undecided.

Clinton: 109 Electoral Votes
Trump: 147 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: One down. Second one just sitting there.

10:00 PM: Clinton finally pulls out Virginia, where her running mate Tim Kaine was governor. Montana goes for Trump.

Clinton: 122 Electoral Votes
Trump: 150 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Rounds three begins.

10:30 PM: No swing states have been called yet. Donald Trump has won Ohio. Clinton won Colorado.

Clinton: 131 Electoral Votes
Trump: 168 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Halfway through beverage number three.

10:45 PM: Fox News has just called Donald Trump the winner of the vital swing state of North Carolina.

Clinton: 131 Electoral Votes
Trump: 183 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Halfway through beverage number three.

10:56 PM: Donald Trump has won Florida. He’s up over 2 million in the popular vote nationwide.

Clinton: 131 Electoral Votes
Trump: 197 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Halfway through beverage number three.

11:00 PM: Clinton pulls California, Hawaii, and Washington. Trump wins Idaho.

This is now Trump’s race to lose. He clearly seems to have the momentum.

Clinton: 202 Electoral Votes
Trump: 216 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Beverage number four being poured.

11:09 PM:  Trump has taken Utah.

Clinton: 202 Electoral Votes
Trump: 222 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Beverage number four.

11:24 PM:  Clinton takes Utah, which is no surprise.

Clinton: 209 Electoral Votes
Trump: 222 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Halfway through number four. I’m enjoying this election.

11:30 PM:  The “Blue Wall” has shattered. Donald Trump has taken Wisconsin and Iowa. This is Trump’s race.

Clinton: 209 Electoral Votes
Trump: 238 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Halfway through number four.

11:39 PM:  Donald Trump has taken Georgia.

Clinton: 209 Electoral Votes
Trump: 254 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Number four done.

12:25 AM:  Hillary Clinton has won Nevada, which is not a surprise.

Clinton: 215 Electoral Votes
Trump: 254 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Number five. Feeling very hopeful.

1:32 AM:  Hillary Clinton has won 3 of 4 of Maine’s electoral votes.

Clinton: 218 Electoral Votes
Trump: 254 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Number five. Or is it six? I’ve lost count.

Alaska, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania are still outstanding.

1:40 AM:  Donald Trump just won Pennsylvania and Alaska.

Clinton: 215 Electoral Votes
Trump: 277 Electoral Votes
Bourbon Count: Irrelevant.

It’s OVER.

Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.