In Sight

The quiet power of Americans voting — and the rush of victory and defeat

Four hundred thirty-five congressional races, 35 senate seats and 36 governorships. Two years after Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency, millions of Americans have gone to the polls Tuesday to select their representatives in one of the most contested midterm elections in American history.

Since the early hours of Nov. 6, two dozen photographers for The Post have been crisscrossing the country, from California to Florida, capturing the last hours of an election that will affect President Trump’s remaining years in office and set up the competitive 2020 presidential race.

Here are their photos.

cover photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post

Gubernatorial race in Georgia

Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Senate race in Tennessee

Brandon Dill for The Washington Post

William DeShazer for The Washington Post

William DeShazer for The Washington Post

Brandon Dill for The Washington Post

Senate race in Missouri

Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post

Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post

Senate race in Massachusetts

Sarah Rice for The Washington Post

Senate race in Arizona

Dominic Valente for The Washington Post

Elijah Nouvelage for The Washington Post

Gubernatorial race in Florida

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

House race in Kentucky

Philip Scott Andrews for The Washington Post

Philip Scott Andrews for The Washington Post

Senate race in Texas

Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post

Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post

Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post

Senate race in Nevada

Mikayla Whitmore for The Washington Post

Mikayla Whitmore for The Washington Post

Senate race in Utah

Kim Raff for The Washington Post

Gubernatorial race in Maryland

Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post

Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

Senate race in Virginia

Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post

Pete Marovich for The Washington Post

Pete Marovich for The Washington Post

Mayoral race in Washington, D.C.

Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post

Calla Kessler/The Washington Post

At the end of a long evening, the Democrats won the seats necessary to regain a majority in the House. “Thanks to you, tomorrow will be a new day in America,” said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to reclaim the speaker’s gavel she lost eight years ago. The Republicans, however, will continue to hold the Senate.

Calla Kessler/The Washington Post

Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post