I’m not sure if Goldy will be liveblogging tonight, so I’ll start a thread with sequel possibilities.
Hey! There’s an election going on. So far, not terrible for Democrats. Leave your observations in the comment thread.
Having lived in Pennsylvania for a decade I am personally quite pleased to see the Republican incumbent go down in ballots.
6:27: Food’s here. Good time for a break….
6:39: Next I’m hoping Wisconsin does what PA does. Walker (R) has the lead with 5% in, but the first 5% are very different than the last 5% of precincts reporting in Wisconsin.
6:41: Kansas! Kansas! Kansas! Kansas!
6:47: “U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) lost his reelection bid to Democrat Gwen Graham in Florida’s 2nd District Tuesday.” HuffPo
6:50: Looks like Portland residents won’t have to visit Vancouver for their recreational indulgences….
7:04: Maine! Maine! Maine!
7:06: Roughly one hour until the WA SOS will have some results for us.
7:08: Goldy has entered the house.
7:18: In my estimation, Democrats are still somewhat outperforming expectations. But the expectations have been so negative for the past month, that isn’t saying much.
7:20: Mark Udall goes down in Colorado. Darryl, “Yeah…his supporters are too stoned to bother voting.” Lee, “Nope…Udall hurt himself by not connecting with young voters in any way, including not getting behind legalization.”
7:24: Upon seeing that Cory Booker was re-elected Goldy quips, “President Booker wins!”
7:40: Boooooo. Scott Walker wins his THIRD gubernatorial election in FOUR years.
7:47: Rhode Island elects its first female Governor. And she is a Democrat.
7:54: Jeanne Shaheen is the project winner in NH. Playgirl model Scott Brown (R-MA) refuses to concede.
8:00: Kansas goes red. Boooooooo! The amazing thing is that Kansas was in play in the first place. So I’m grateful for the money diverted to Kansas from other states.
8:13: Early returns have I-584 winning in every county reporting except Walla Walla.
8:16: Oddly, I-581 is also losing in Walla Walla.
8:20: King County is thrown into the mix, and I-594 is up and I-591 is down.
8:22: My Representative, Suzan DelBene (D) is up 54% to 46%.
8:24: Looks like pseudo-Democrat Sen. Rodney Fucking Tom will be replaced by real Democrat Cyrus Habib in WA-48.
8:29: 57% in favor legalization on our southern border.
8:32: The U.S. Senate goes red. Okay…maybe tonight was as bad as the projections.
8:34: On the other hand, overreach by a rabidly Republican Senate can lead to more victories for Dems in 2016 when election results can have far greater consequences.
8:45: I mention to Goldy that Joni Ernst (R-IA) seems like she could be the most batshit crazy of the new crop of GOP Senators. Listening to her victory speech, Goldy quips, “She is the new Michele Bachmann.”
8:49 Kitzhaber survives!
8:50: If there is any question that I-591 was maliciously designed to confuse voters, consider this: Clallam, Mason, Pierce, Clark, Spokane and Asotin all voted YES on both I-591 and I-594. Q.E.D.
9:16: Washington saves face: Teabagger Clint Diddier loses to moderate Republican Dan Newhouse. This is “Doc” Hasting’s seat, so the Washington state congressional delegation likely got a whole lot more respectable.
9:30: What can you expect voters to do when we have a President that leaves us with dropping gas prices, led us out of the Bush Recession and brought us down to low unemployment, reduced combat deaths in Afghanistan to ZERO last month, and has provided the safety net of health insurance for 9.5 an additional Americans. I, for one, blame Obama.
9:43: Connecticut gubernatorial race has Tom Foley (R) 359,272 to Dan Malloy (D) 358,518.
You know, 4 out of the last 5 MA governors were Republican. So I'm having trouble seeing how Baker's victory is meaningful.
— Goldy (@GoldyHA) November 5, 2014
GOPers may be winning the Senate, but in the cities where most Americans live, min wage, pot legalization, and preschool are winning the day
— Goldy (@GoldyHA) November 5, 2014
10:04: As a person who grew up in, and still has family in, Wisconsin, I was feeling sorry for all my fellow Wisconsinites. Then I realized who the real victims of tonight’s Walker victory are: The 2016 G.O.P. presidential field.