I just got to the Ale House, and will provide commentary and results as I find ’em. Feel free to scream, shout, celebrate, and weep in the thread.
7:02: Okay…according to Lee’s twitterfeed here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from all around:
47% voter turnout predicted by Sam Reed.
KY Governors race is a 21% spread for Democrat Steve Bashear.
With 1/3 of precincts reports in Mississippi, Initiative 26 (fetal personhood) is going down 60% to 40%.
In AZ, it looks like Russell Pearce (author of the anti-immigration law, SB 1070) is on his way out…53% to 45% with an unknown percent reporting.
7:12: Pro-union is voting to reject Ohio’s “Issue 2” that would repeal limits on collective bargaining. I mean…if The Twitter can be believed.
7:15: Virginia Senate is currently 22 D to 18 R. It is starting to look like Dems will retain their Senate majority.
7:17: It looks like Republican Phil Bryant wins for Mississippi Gov. Too bad…I heard an NPR piece about Democrat Johnny DuPree last night, and he was very intriguing. Sadly, Mississippi will have to wait to have its first black Governor.
7:24: As an aside…It seems to me that there is some type of metaphor here: Herman Cain reaching up the skirt for America’s genitals. On the other hand, Herman Cain pulling America’s head toward his crotch seems like an even better metaphor….
7:56: Just before WA results start coming in, I’ll shamelessly steal a summary from DailyKos on called races:
- All KY statewide races (D), except Ag Commish (James Comer, R)
- All MS statewide races (R), except AG (Jim Hood, D) & Treasurer (uncalled)
- OH Issue 2 (good guys)
- ME Question 1 (good guys)
- MS Initiative 26 (good guys)
8:15: Very early results from a couple of counties (Franklin, Lewis, Kitsap, some of Pierce):
I-1125 (Kill transportation infrastructure): 52% yes to 48% no
I-1163 (Health care workers): 66% yes to 33% no
I-1183 (Costco’s Law): 62% yes to 38% no
8:26: I-1125 is now down by 1.5% with just under a million votes counted. Tim “Biggest Lie of My Life” Eyman is reportedly already trying to spin this as a “moral victory”. And by that, we mean, he got rich hawking the initiative.
8:30: AP calls I-1183. Get ready to cancel your Costco membership!
8:34: Jane Hague is up over Richard Mitchell 54% to 46% with 28% reporting. Booooooooooo!
8:41: In King County, with 25% reporting, I-1125 is losing 60% 40%.
8:42: For Seattle City council I hear incumbents all the way. Being a Redmond resident, I don’t really care.
8:44: I’m sitting next to Lee, and he is FORCING me to let you know that Initiative 1 in Tacoma (Makes pot possession lowest priority for law enforcement, like a similar thing in Seattle some years ago) is winning big time! [Update: 65% to 35%]
8:49: The other statewide recall this election is in Michigan HD-15, where Republican Rep. Paul Scott is being recalled. I’m seeing tweets that it is very close, but it looks like he has been recalled.
8:52: Dem. Reardon is winning in Snohomish. I’m not really a fan of Reardon, but Hope (R) is one scary motherfucker!
8:54: The most important statewide issue on the ballot this election is I-1125, that would restrict tolling, shut down light rail, and cripple Washington’s transportation infrastructure for years. As the vote trickles in, it becomes clear that the initiative is going down.
8:58: Old news now, but in Arizona, Wingnut author of anti-immigration law, Russell Pearce (R) is outta dare! This election has a certain amount of “extremism will not go unpunished” to it
9:17: In case you were wondering, Sherril Huff will continue to be KC elections director.
9:25: I-1125 is still down, but the margin has narrowed to 51% NO to 49% YES.
9:33: Surprise of the night: I-1125 is losing in Garfield County. Really? Garfield joins King, Snohomish, San Juan, and Jefferson counties? Well, it is only losing by 2 votes out of 864 (so far). But still….