Polls are closing in the East, and we have ourselves a horse race!
The Montlake Alehouse has CNN on the TeeVee box, but I’ll sometimes switch to NPR when their election coverage starts.
(Note: Times in PST)
4:47: Via Twitter:
Larry Sabato @LarrySabato
OHIO: Vast majority of pre-election polls & now election exit poll show Obama up 1-3%. Either all wrong or Obama wins.
4:50: A few minutes ago, Wolf Blitzer called South Carolina for Romney. And when he showed the vote totals, Obama was leading by a 4 to 1 margin. There were only 10,000s or so total votes. Blitzer had some ’splaining to do!
4:57: Huh…Obama is still up by 57% in SC, with 40,000 or so counted.
5:02: CNN projects a bunch of states and it is Obama 64 EVs to Romney 40 EVs.
5:25: I just put on NPR and heard Matthew Continetti say that we are heading for a national vote/electoral vote split. E.J. Dionne expresses some skepticism….
5:31: I was wrong! Mitt Romney takes Tennessee!
5:43: It’s Romney 82, Obama 64 EV over at CNN. Prepare the capsules, my friends…..
6:02: Well…it would seem Romney did NOT have a good chance of taking Michigan. CNN calls it for Obama.
6:13: Geez…with Michigan out of the picture, Romney has a very tough road to 269!
6:25: Huh. Obama is way up in Colorado. How could that be? I thought Republicans were WAAAAAY ahead in the early voting?!?
6:42: Axelrod’s mustache breathes a sigh of relief! Pennsylvania is called for Barack Obama. Huh…what happened to that momentum the Romney camp had going in
Ohio PA (you know, without actually winning a poll)?
6:46: Elizabeth Warren beats Brown in MA! Ted Kennedy can now quit rolling over and over in his grave and be peacefully dead.
6:49: Donnelly is called for Indiana! It’s good for America when Republicans express their true feelings about women’s reproductive health issues…and religion.
6:57: Oh dear, Mitt Romney loses another home state…New Hampshire.
7:00: It isn’t a total loss for Mitt…they just called Utah for him!
7:02: Romney is up +2% in the popular vote. Somehow I think California will have something to say about that!
7:09: McCaskill is called for Missouri. Have I mentioned how good it is for Americans when Republicans express their true feelings about women’s reproductive health issues…and religion?
7:18: Down goes (not) Joe the (not) Plumber!
7:21: Obama gets New Mexico. Not a surprise, really, unless you are living in the 1990s or something.
7:24: They are getting at the crux of the issue in Florida. Whether Obama or Romney wins, why didn’t Romney WALK AWAY with Florida? The answer: Demography. Republicans rule the demographics that are, for the most part, shrinking.
7:51: Minnesota is called for Obama.
7:57: George Allen has conceded defeat in Virginia!
8:01: Obama gets a big batch of love (and electors) from the West coast: CA, WA, and HI
8:04: (via N in Seatle). We can now say that Paul Ryan’s major contribution to this election is that…it took an extra hour to call Wisconsin. And Wisconsin is called for Barack Obama.
8:06: CNN projects that Democrats will keep control of the Senate. This is a remarkable accomplishment. Over the past couple of years, our right wing trolls have spared no mercy pointing out how the math of hanging on to the Senate just doesn’t work. Shows what they know about math!
8:10: Romney gets North Carolina!
8:10: Obama gets Iowa!!!!
8:15: I hear that NBC has called the ELECTION for Obama.
8:16: In the mean time CNN calls Oregon for Obama.
8:18: And CNN now calls the race for Obama!
8:21: Ohio was called for Obama by PBS
CNN and it was that that put him over the top.
8:37: It is hard to get too excited about any of the state or King County races, because King County will only do a single ballot drop tonight.
8:44: On the other hand…now that KC has dropped, Inslee has a pretty hefty lead! Unfortunately the SOS web site is constipated, or I would have some details. DelBene 55% Koster 45%.
8:50: Nevada goes to Obama!
8:53: Back to WA: Inslee 51.7% and McKenna 48.3. Don’t get too excited though. There are many more votes to count, and King County was expected to process more ballots for their Tuesday evening drop than usual.