by Steven Hale
The polls close at 8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST and for now most of the candidates have plans to hold a Victory Party tonight with their supporters.
Shortly after the polls close, some of those will become Watch Parties, which, as the final results come into view, will transition into something more like that awkward gathering 30 minutes before the prom starts.
But for now, hope or feigned optimism springs eternal.
For our coverage of the returns, follow @PithInTheWind and @post_politics on Twitter, where we'll be posting results, analysis, and the like. Below are the details on the victory parties we've been told of so far:
Lamar Alexander (Republican, U.S. Senate): Bella Napoli, 1200 Villa Place, in Nashville
Joe Carr (Republican, U.S. Senate): Murfreesboro Embassy Suites, 1200 Conference Center Boulevard, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129
Gordon Ball (Democrat, U.S. Senate): Hutton Hotel's 1808 Grille on West End Avenue
Jeff Yarbro (Democrat, state Senate District 21): M.L. Rose West, 4408 Charlotte Ave.
Mary Mancini (Democrat, state Senate District 21): Campaign Headquarters, 2843 Logan Street (between Foster Ave. and Simmons Ave. off of Thompson Ln.)