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As Democratic control of Congress hangs in the balance as polls close this Election Day, here is what you need to know about the timing for closures and which competitive races to watch.

Races are considered “competitive” based on ratings from the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, and poll closure times are based on what time the first polls close in each state.

Polls close 6 p.m. Eastern

Indiana

When the Associated Press called the presidential result in 2020: 8:52 p.m.

Races to watch: In the First Congressional District, incumbent Democratic Rep. Frank Mrvan’s chances of winning another term are rated as a “toss-up” by the Cook Political Report. MarketWatch visited that district, adjacent to Chicago in the northwest corner of the state, for an August feature story on its House contest.

Kentucky

AP presidential call in 2020: 7 p.m.

7 p.m. Eastern

Florida

AP presidential call in 2020: 12:35 a.m.

Races to watch: One House seat is rated as “lean” Republican — Rep. Maria Salazar’s district in Miami-Dade County.

Georgia

AP presidential call in 2020: More than two weeks after Election Day (Officials told the New York Times that results will be reported faster this year due to fewer people voting by mail.)

Races to watch: All eyes are on the state’s Senate seat as Democratic Rep. Raphael Warnock seeks to fend off a challenge from Republican Herschel Walker, who is backed by former President Donald Trump. Should neither Senate candidate obtain at least 50% of the vote — which recent polling indicates may occur — then the race would go to a Dec. 6 runoff.

Related: Senate control may not be determined until December due to Georgia law

New Hampshire

AP presidential call in 2020: 10:54 p.m.

Races to watch: Democrat Rep. Chris Pappas’ seat is rated as a toss-up. On the Senate side, Democrat Maggie Hassan’s re-election bid has attracted national attention due to her marginal lead in recent polls. Cook Political Report rates her seat as “Lean D.”

South Carolina

AP presidential call in 2020: 7:56 p.m.

Vermont

AP presidential call in 2020: 7 p.m.

Virginia

AP presidential call in 2020: 7:36 p.m.

Races to watch: Two Democratic-held congressional seats are toss-ups: those held by Reps. Abigail Spanberger, whose district was heavily impacted by redistricting, and Elaine Luria, who faces a competitive challenge from Republican Jen Kiggans.

Check out: If Spanberger’s seat flips red, Republicans will have ‘probably won a relatively comfortable House majority’

And see: Luria-Kiggans race could tell us early on if Republicans are going to have a big night

7:30 p.m. Eastern

North Carolina

AP presidential call in 2020: Three days after Election Day

Races to watch: Rep. Ted Budd’s Senate bid is rated as “lean” Republican by the Cook Political Report. The House seat he vacated for his campaign, however, is rated as a “toss-up.”

Ohio

AP presidential call in 2020: 12:19 a.m.

Races to watch: Longtime Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who has represented Ohioans since 1983, is in a race that leans Democratic, according to CPR. Another two House seats in Ohio are rated as toss-ups: Republican Steve Chabot’s seat in the First Congressional District, and the seat left open by Rep. Tim Ryan in the 13th district. Ryan vacated his seat to run for Senate; polls show him down against Republican J.D. Vance by an average of 8-points.

West Virginia

AP presidential call in 2020: 7:30 p.m.

8 p.m. Eastern

Alabama

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Connecticut

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Races to watch: Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat, is in a close contest against  Republican state Sen. George Logan. The race is considered a “toss-up” by CPR.

Delaware

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Illinois

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Races to watch: The race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos in Illinois is a “toss-up.” Three other seats “lean” Democratic — Reps. Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood’s seats, as well as the seat for Republican Rodney Davis, who lost in the GOP primary.

Kansas

AP presidential call in 2020: 9:59 p.m.

Races to watch: Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids’ seat leans Democrat, according to Cook Political Report.

Maine

AP presidential call in 2020: 3:06 a.m.

Races to watch: Two-term Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat, is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Poliquin, who he beat in 2018 by about 3,000 votes through ranked-choice voting.

Maryland

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Massachusetts

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Michigan

AP presidential call in 2020: 5:58 p.m. the next day

Races to watch: Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s race is rated a toss-up as she faces a challenge from Republican state Sen. Tom Barrett. Two other House seats in the state are rated “lean” Democratic — Democrat Dan Kildee’s seat and its Third Congressional District, held by Republican Peter Meijer, who lost his August primary by about 3 points.

Mississippi

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Missouri

AP presidential call in 2020: 10:31 p.m.

New Jersey

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Races to watch: Two Democratic-held congressional seats are competitive in New Jersey. They are rated as “lean” Democratic and “lean” Republican respectively: those held by Rep. Andy Kim and Rep. Tom Malinowski.

North Dakota

AP presidential call in 2020: 9 p.m.

Oklahoma

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Pennsylvania

AP presidential call in 2020: Four days after Election Day

Races to watch: On the House side, three Democratic-held seats are considered “toss-ups.” Those incumbents are Reps. Susan Wild, Matt Cartwright and Conor Lamb, whose seat is open due to his unsuccessful Senate bid. On the Senate side, Pennsylvania may ultimately play a role in determining which party holds control of that chamber. Republican Mehmet Oz holds a narrow edge over Democratic nominee John Fetterman in recent polls, and the race could go either way as a “toss-up,” per CPR.

Rhode Island

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Races to watch: Rhode Island may have a Republican House representative for the first time in three decades following the retirement of Democratic incumbent Jim Langevin. Candidate Allan Fung is widely viewed as a moderate Republican, and has maintained a competitive race against Democratic state treasurer Seth Magaziner. CPR rates the match-up as a “toss-up.”

South Dakota

AP presidential call in 2020: 9 p.m.

Tennessee

AP presidential call in 2020: 8 p.m.

Texas

AP presidential call in 2020: 1:06 a.m.

Races to watch: The recently merged 34th Congressional District is a toss-up that will see two incumbents face off: Republican Mayra Flores and Democrat Vicente Gonzalez. One other House seat is rated as “lean” Democratic; it’s held by Rep. Henry Cuellar, who scraped by in his June primary by fewer than 300 votes.

8:30 p.m. Eastern

Arkansas

AP presidential call in 2020: 8:30 p.m.

9 p.m. Eastern

Arizona

AP presidential call in 2020: 2:51 a.m.

Races to watch: Republican Rep. David Schweikert’s seat could flip, as it is a toss-up and he has been out-fundraised by his Democratic opponent, Jevin Hodge. Two other House seats are rated as “lean” Republican: the redrawn Sixth Congressional District and Democrat Tom O’Halleran’s seat. The Senate contest, considered a toss-up, will also be a key race to watch to see whether incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly fends off a challenge from Peter Thiel-backed venture capitalist Blake Masters.

Colorado

AP presidential call in 2020: 9:37 p.m.

Races to watch: The newly created Eighth Congressional District is a toss-up, in which a Democratic state House member and a Republican state senator are facing off. And Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s seat leans Democratic, although polls show the two-term senator with a comfortable lead of 5.7 points on average.

Iowa

AP presidential call in 2020: 12:21 a.m.

Races to watch: Three House seats in Iowa are rated by CPR as “lean” Republican, one of which is held by Democrat Cindy Axne. The other two competitive seats are held by Republican Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Ashley Hinson.

Louisiana

AP presidential call in 2020: 9 p.m.

Minnesota

AP presidential call in 2020: 12:13 a.m.

Races to watch: Democratic Rep. Angie Craig is a “toss-up” race. She faces the same Republican challenger as she did in 2018, when she won with 48.2% of the vote.

Nebraska

AP presidential call in 2020: 9 p.m.

Races to watch: Republican Rep. Don Bacon’s seat is a toss-up, as he faces off against Democratic state senator Tony Vargas.

New Mexico

AP presidential call in 2020: 9 p.m.

Races to watch: Freshman Rep. Yvette Herrell, a Republican, is running for re-election in a “toss-up” race.

New York

AP presidential call in 2020: 9 p.m.

Races to watch: New York has a number of competitive congressional seats following several hotly contested primaries. Four toss-up races feature open seats in the third, fourth, 19th and 22nd districts. One seat leans Republican — the seat left open by Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin’s gubernatorial bid — and one seat leans Democratic, the seat narrowly won in a special election this summer by Democrat Pat Ryan.

Wisconsin

AP presidential call in 2020: 2:16 p.m. the following day

Races to watch: There are no competitive House races in Wisconsin, but Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ bid against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is much closer. That race leans Republican, and polling shows Johnson with an average lead of less than 4 points.

Wyoming

AP presidential call in 2020: 9 p.m.

10 p.m. Eastern

Idaho 

AP presidential call in 2020: 11 p.m.

Montana

AP presidential call in 2020: 12:20 a.m.

Races to watch: The new congressional seat in Montana leans Republican, meaning former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is somewhat favored.

Nevada

AP presidential call in 2020: Four days after Election Day

Races to watch: Democratic Reps. Susie Lee and Dina Titus are at risk of losing their “toss-up” House seats. Democrat Steven Horsford similarly faces a challenge, though his seat leans Democratic. On the Senate side, Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has been neck to neck in the polls with Republican challenger Adam Laxalt. That contest is a “toss-up,” per CPR.

Oregon

AP presidential call in 2020: 11 p.m.

Races to watch: Three open House seats in Oregon are competitive. The new sixth congressional district is a toss-up, and the Democratic-held 4th and 5th districts “lean” Democratic and Republican respectively.

Utah

AP presidential call in 2020: 11:08 p.m.

11 p.m. Eastern

California

AP presidential call in 2020: 11 p.m.

Races to watch: Five congressional seats in California are “toss-ups,” including districts that incumbent Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Mike Levin and Republican Reps. David Valadao and Mike Garcia are running in. The open 13th district seat is a toss-up as well. Four other seats are rated as “lean” Democratic and “lean” Republican: California’s ninth, 26th, 41st and 46th districts.

Washington

AP presidential call in 2020: 11 p.m.

Races to watch: Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier’s seat is a toss-up, and Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s seat is “lean” Republican. Beutler, one of the 10 House Republicans to vote for impeachment, lost her primary bid in August.

12 a.m. Eastern

Hawaii

AP presidential call in 2020: 12:06 a.m.

Alaska

AP presidential call in 2020: About a week after Election Day

Races to watch: Democrat Mary Peltola is slightly favored to win reelection. She won a special election in August to replace the late Republican Don Young. The state’s new ranked choice voting system, however, may mean results won’t be known until Nov. 23 if no candidate wins the majority of first-round votes.

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