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Chris Kelly speaks with Moe Sarmadi [Photo]

State Rep. Chris Kelly, right, speaks with supporter Moe Sarmadi during a watch party at Billiards on Broadway on Tuesday. Sarmadi said it was the first time he was able to meet Kelly. "He's a wonderful man," Sarmadi said.

Empty stage at Carnahan watch party [Photo]

The stage at Robin Carnahan's watch party, at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel, awaits a speaker.

Clint Zweifel with Clem Smith [Photo]

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, left, speaks with Patricia Bynes, center, and Clem Smith, who was elected to the Missouri House from a St. Louis County district. They were attending U.S. Senate candidate Robin Carnahan's watch party at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel on Tuesday.

SLIDESHOW: Election Day in Boone County [Slideshow]

Voters began turning out early Tuesday morning in Columbia and around Boone County. Polls opened at 6 a.m. and remained open until 7 p.m.

Check back with ColumbiaMissourian.com throughout the evening for further election coverage and results.

Media prepares for Blunt watch party [Photo]

Members of the media ready themselves for the Roy Blunt party at The University Plaza Convention Center as the polls closed on Tuesday.

Chris Kelly's friend Sessions [Photo]

Jonathon Sessions, Columbia Public Schools board member, helps set up wireless in Billiards on Broadway for Chris Kelly's watch party on Tuesday. Sessions is a friend of Kelly, the Democratic candidate for Missouri House of Representatives District 24.

Chris Kelly campaign at Billiards [Photo]

Vicki Hobbs, co-manager of the Chris Kelly campaign, tapes a sign up in Billiards on Broadway for the watch party on Tuesday. Kelly is a Democratic candidate for Missouri House of Representatives District 24.

Election judges make voting possible [Photo]

Tom Adams is an election judge at Missouri's Cattlemen Foundation polling location this election day. The Cattlemen Foundation is one of the many polling places in Boone County.

Election Judges [Slideshow]

Residents talk about what it is like to work at polling locations on Election Day, including what their day is like and why they got involved in the Election Day process.

Robin Carnahan visits the polls [Photo]

Robin Carnahan waits outside the no electioneering line to shake hands with Columbia voters as a last push in her race for the Senate seat against Roy Blunt at the Unity Center on Tuesday.

Polls are open [Photo]

A sign outside Fairview United Methodist Church alerts passers-by to the voting going on at the church on Tuesday.

Who did you vote for, Mom? [Photo]

Election volunteer Sandy Edlund, left, helps Alyssa Tauber and her daughter Erica Tauber, 6, with the voting machine at Fairview United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Tauber said that the ban on Tasers is an important issue for her because her husband works in law enforcement.

Checking in [Photo]

Erica Tauber, 6, waits while her mom, Alyssa Tauber, signs in with election worker Larry Wittenberger before voting at Fairview United Methodist Church on Tuesday.

Casting the vote [Photo]

Dak Ariyaratne votes at Fairview United Methodist Church before going to work on Tuesday. Blue tape marks off the voting area in which people are not allowed to cross while someone is voting.

Waiting for voters [Photo]

Election workers Larry Wittenberger, left, and Diane Booth wait to give voters their ballots at Fairview United Methodist Church on Tuesday.

Checking ballots [Photo]

Election worker Larry Wittenberger initials ballots at Fairview United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Wittenberger said all ballots must be initialed by a member of both political parties.

Voters make it to the polls early [Photo]

Diane Booth, left, has Lisa Richardson sign to receive her ballot at Fairview United Methodist Church on Tuesday. "There was no one particular issue, but I always make it a point to vote," said Richardson, who came in early before going to work.

Voters hit the polls at dawn [Photo]

Jodi Penfield holds the door open for Robert Penfield on their way in to vote at Fairview United Methodist Church in the early morning on Tuesday. Polls opened at 6 a.m.

Stickers ready for voters [Photo]

"I Voted" stickers are set out for voters at the Columbia Public Library on Tuesday morning. Polling opened at 6 a.m.

Sunrise on Election Day [Photo]

The sunrise reflects in the windows of the Missouri's Cattlemen Foundation on Tuesday morning. The Cattlemen Foundation is one of many polling places in Boone County.
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