This is what democracy looks like.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
BuzzFeed News Photo Essay Editor
Posted on November 7, 2018, at 2:10 p.m. ET
Voters wait to get a ballot at a polling station in Hillsboro, Virginia.
People wait in line to cast their ballot at a polling station in San Diego.
People vote at the Venice Beach lifeguard station in Los Angeles.
A resident of Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, North Carolina, casts her ballot.
Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke talks with a supporter after he cast his ballot in El Paso, Texas.
Barry Robin holds a mini surfboard supporting Harley Rouda, a Democratic congressional candidate for California's 48th District, at a rally in Laguna Beach.
A man displays his "I Voted" sticker after voting in Los Angeles.
An American flag hangs on the back of a pickup truck on Election Day as a motorist drives through Woodstock, Georgia.
Democratic congressional candidate Deb Haaland, who became the first Native American woman in the US House of Representatives, hugs Dottie Tiger in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Supporters of Republican congressional candidate John Culberson pray with his pastor in Houston.
Kwali Daniel-Speid, 7, from Tacoma, Washington, gathers with others at an election night party for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams in Atlanta.
Gary Bruce shows his support for the Republican Party at Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp's election night party in Athens, Georgia.
Supporters of Democratic congressional candidate Conor Lamb celebrate after hearing that CNN projected Lamb as the winner in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District.
Attendees celebrate poll results during an election night rally for Rick Scott, governor of Florida and Republican Senate candidate.
Democratic congressional candidate — and eventual winner — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embraces supporters at her election night party in New York City.
Beto O'Rourke concedes to Sen. Ted Cruz as his wife Amy looks on during his election night party in El Paso, Texas.
Republican supporters cheer after Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds wins reelection in Des Moines.
Kate Tores (left) and Cris Aragon react during a viewing party in San Francisco as CNN announces Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won reelection.
Democratic congressional candidate Jahana Hayes at her election night party in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Supporters of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz react at his election night party in Houston.
Democratic congressional candidate Abby Finkenauer at her election night party in Dubuque, Iowa.
Democratic congressional candidate Deb Haaland, with her daughter Somah at her side, thanks her supporters after winning her election in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A man impersonates President Donald Trump at the election night party for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis in Orlando.
Democratic congressional candidate — and eventual winner — Ilhan Omar is greeted by her husband's mother at her election night party in Minneapolis.
A smartphone shows a tweet by President Donald Trump saying "Tremendous success tonight" after most of the results of the midterm elections were called in Washington, DC.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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