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I feel like these fancy new voting machines definitely disfavor the poor and underprivileged. In my polling place, operating the machine required knowing how to use (1) a track wheel in conjunction with entry button; (2) a validation code; and (3) a "cast ballot" button which can only be accessed after you've jogged through a series of screens. I could barely figure out how to vote after investing nearly $300,000 into my education. I worry about those who don't have access to computers at home.
In one of the races where a Republican was running unopposed for a seat on the Texas Supreme Court, I wrote myself in. Stay tuned to see if I've been elected.
FYI, I will be Tivoing Shane Battier's return to Memphis while watching FoxNews for my election coverage...Yes, I enjoy watching the other side suffer...
I'm home and ready to roll. Interesting idea on Fox -- I may switch over for a little, but CNN is still my home.Great early exit polls, but we all know how that turned out two years ago.Still:Democrats leading in:* VA: 53-46* RI: 53-46* PA: 57-42* OH: 57-43* NJ: 53-45* MT: 53-46* MO: 50-48Republicans leading:* TN: 51-48* AZ: 50-46
Plenty of gloom and doom apparent on the face of Brit Hume... Loving it...It just whets the appetite for the expressions of Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly
From NY Observer:Casey (D) 61 - Santorum 38 (R)Cardin (D) 51 - Steele 48 (R)McCaskill (D)53 - Talent 46 (R)Webb 55 (D) - Allen 45 (R)The returns from Indiana and Kentucky will be key...in 30 seconds
Fox News says the following at 6CST on the key racesSenateVa: too close to call
MSNBC reporting from Steele headquarters in Maryland. Someone needs to ask Sostek how a Republican can win in a state that is 2-to-1 democrat.
Dems up in 2 of the first 3 Republican-held seats in IN and KY. CNN is showing VA exit polls and Webb won big among women.
Both FoxNews and MSNBC have touched on "corruption" being cited as a key issue for voters today. The signs are ominous for the GOP.The lesson? 50 year-old Congressmen shouldn't be using instant messenger; especially if you're using IM to arrange for lobbyist-paid trips to Scotland.
I don't understand how it's possible that the race to replace the soon-to-be-felon Tom Delay can be so close. It would literally take 5 minutes to write in Shelley Sekula-Gibbs' name using the trackwheel!!
MSNBC reports that two Missouri counties have run out of ballots, and it's a virtual mob scene in those places. It might be a late night in Missouri.
I think what they say and do are two different things -- especially among an elderly Republicans (all 4 of them). The same in Tennessee with Ford, but that's for different reasons.CNN's hyping their "blog party" with 30 of the top blogs sitting in a bar in D.C. Surely the dudes will be invited in '08.
FoxNews reports that Jean Schmitt is in for quite a dogfight to keep her seat...Remember Jean, only cowards cut and run...
Fox is clever -- I was watching the returns scroll in on their screen and tons of Republicans were winning. Then I realized that, unlike CNN, they're showing all races, not just the swing ones, and it gives the impression Repubs are ahead.
Yeah, Jean Schmidt is high on my list too. Heather Wilson in New Mexico too.Interesting from exit polls -- those who said terrorism is extremely important only favored Repubs by 53-46.
Ken Blackwell, the f-er from Ohio who was Sec of State in '04, just went down for Governor! He was high on my crap list too.
Two races I'm watching: MN governer and MN senateAmy Klobuchar is a UC Law alum projected win in MNMike Hatch is in a tight race for MN governor; his future son-in-law (of sorts) was a classmate of mine at Chicago
David Gregory describing Karl Rove & Bush's inner circle as "glum" Hmm... I'd like see how "glum" Dick Cheney compares with normal Dick Cheney
Saw a graphic on MSNBC where Allen was ahead by quite a few percentage points with 11% of precincts reporting. Hopefully, those are predominantly Rep. precincts
They are mostly rural Virginia, but still, I'd like to see it change. You reach a point where usually those big leads don't turn around. Arlington/Alexandria haven't been counted yet and those will break at least 2-1 for Webb.
We're ahead right now in all 3 incumbent Repub Indiana districts, up big in two of them, and close to clinching with Yarmuth in Kentucky
Official VA site (http://sbe.virginiainteractive.org/index.htm) has Webb up 1 with 19% of vote in.
Down goes Katherine Harris! We'll look forward to seeing the tell-all book.
At 7CST, according to CNNSo long Katherine Harris!! Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na;hey hey, good bye!!
And Webb takes the lead in Virginia on CNN!!!
it's really going to get harder to keep up with all the races now -- i was doing better with 4 congressional seats and 1 senator, but here comes the bulk of them...and here comes heath shuler!
down goes lynn swann!! back to the ABC sidelines!!
Howard Dean coming up on CNN. I'm normally not a huge Lou Dobbs guy, but I'll sit through this interview.My favorite interviewer, Tim Russert currently on MSNBC.
I'm not a big Dean guy, so I'm sticking with MSNBC right now. But clearly the Dems are confident if they're already doing interviews and Pelosi already appeared in public.
Allen ahead by roughly 1,000 votes with 32% of precincts reporting according to CNN
The state website has him up by 18,000 with 42% in -- needs to start changing.
Dean seems cautiously optimistic, but declined to make any predictions (after a conversation with Rahm Emanuel). He sidestepped John King's question about what the plan is for Iraq.I agree with Dean in that it's probably too early to discuss public policy at this point.Labelled Missouri and Virginia as the key Senate races and targeted the races in Indiana as the bellweather House races to watch
CNN projects the first Democratic pickup in Indiana!! Ellsworth1 down, 14 to go
Classic -- Barnes and Kondracke on Fox trying to explain how the seats REpubs are losing in Indiania aren't really Republican strongholds. It's INDIANA for pete's sake!
MSNBC gives PA to Casey!
FoxNews proudly trumpeting passages of the marriage amendment in Tennessee and Virginia.Hopefully, one of the few times where Fox anchors will have expressions of glee.
Rick Santorum was featured in a 2004 "People to Watch" article in Newsweek that I have framed in my office. That issue had Barack Obama on the cover, who was also featured in the same article.My, how those two stars have crossed in the night!!
CNN projects Menendez as the winner in NJ. But Va. results are not looking good. Over 50% of precincts reporting, Allen ahead 51-48
Santorum definitely had presidential aspirations.CNN just projected Menendez in NJ -- seems early, but a good sign.
One hope in VA -- just 12% of Arlington vote in and about 22% in Fairfax, plus none in Loudon County. Those will all heavily back Webb. But still, very worried.
Bill Frist interviewed on CNN, touting Corker as being mainstream... Umm... Since when the multimillionaire construction moguls were "mainstream Tennessee"??
Yeah, Frist is just trying to protect his legacy and flagging presidential hopes. Lame, and still early with no Memphis counted yet.Allen's lead is down to 11,000 - 50% of Arlington in now, but no Loudon County tet.
MSNBC Projects Brown as the winner. 1 down, 5 to go!!
Frist trying to claim on MSNBC that race playing no factor in Tennessee. Kind of like politics played no part in his diagnosis of Schiavo.
Chuck Schumer says that a lot of NoVa is yet to be counted, but I do agree; I'd like to see that number turn around sooner, rather than later.
The margin just isn't budging there, and we're past 60% counted. That would be bummer to night, since it puts the Senate out of play assuming TN holds up and there's no surprise in Arizona.
Hillary Clinton and Klobuchar (UC law Alum) projected as the winner by NBC!!
VA down to 4000!VA down to 4000!Still 50% left in Arlington and a +15000 margin for Webb will be coming.
There's a huge discrepancy in the vote tallies between CNN and the Va interactive sites. Any clues as to why?
For ex: on Va. interactive, the lead is up to 40,000
I just looked closer at the VA site -- they have fewer votes counted in Arlington, Fairfax and Richmond -- all Dem strongholds. But it is bizarre...and troublesome.
Ford has it down to 53-46 in TN, with still just 11% in.
This CNN v. VA State discrepancy grows more maddening by the minute. Hurry and catch up VA site!
NBC projects Lieberman as a winner in Ct. and that's being celebrated in the White House... A sign of the times...
David Gregory is fantastic -- his wife was a partner in Latham's DC office. He's always spot-in and likes to spar with Tony Snow and his predecessors.
Ken Mehlman on FoxNews, still fairly positive, characterizing the races as close.Brit Hume looks downright depressing.FoxNews now projects Cardin as the winner
On an aside, what the hell kind of a clock does blogger.com use? It's an hour and 53 minutes behind.We're back down in VA. Perhaps I got excited too soon -- but still 50% of Arlington left!
MSNBC called the Yarmuth race in Kentucky. Another one bites the dust!!I just canvassed all the remaining precincts in Virginia, and it is going to be very very very close. We still have a bump left in Richmond, but Allen still has Virginia Beach left.
We just got Rhode Island.Ironically, the count on VA site is now BETTER than CNN, though probably because it has more of Arlington. I'm not confident, which is a damn shame because the rest of the Senate map is breaking great.House still looking strong.
CNN Projects Rhode Island for Sheldon Whitehouse, ousting probably the most liberal republican. Still a win is a win
We got another one in Indiana. 3 down, 12 to go.3 down, incidentally, is also the Mavericks' current record
And we've got a lot of other leads, and close races. Lampson was up big early.
Good news -- TN is down to 3%
Jean Schmidt down big early.
why is Hannity and O'Reilly not on tonight??? I want to see them cringe and suffer!!
Jean Schmidt is back up; Lampson up early is encouraging.
they said on CNN a recount in VA is automatic if the count is within 0.5%, and right now it's 0.42%. perhaps dems were more likely to vote absentee, since Repubs in VA are rednecks and may not know how. could be like florida from '00, just not as significant.based on exit polls in TN, it looks like Ford would lose by about 2%. we'll see.
Down to 1,333 on VA site! And still 12% of Arlington left, and a good 1,000 vote advantage to come from Richmond City.
Great news from Va. website. Margin down to 2,500 with much of Richmond still to come!!
At the current pace, there are roughly net 8,000 votes to come out of Richmond city
WTF! VA Site just blew up to 27,000 margain. Damn Damn Damn
I just got home from work. Can I get an update on Vic's write-in campaign? I can't find it on any websites!
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Santorum concession speech on CNN!!
Yeah, I'm watching Santorum concede! My faith in my own state is now restored!
Wolf!! don't cut off Santorum; all he's done is thank god!!
time for the networks -- i'm on NBC/ABC
Brit Hume cuts of Jim Talent's speech with "Well, obviously, he doesn't really have much to say"
Jim Talent was already speaking?? About what??
Talent was talking about his son's high school football game when Brit cut him off.He is saying nothing
Did we want Lieberman to win or lose? He's not OFFICIALLY a Democrat...
The 3rd of 3 dominoes falls in Indiana!!! It's looking like the upper 20s for democratic gains
We wanted him to lose, but some far-lefters put too much energy in that race -- we were going to end up with a Dem regardless even if Lieberman wasn't playing fair. Joe lives on.
McCain just said on NBC that to blame the losses on Bush is unfair. Remember when he used to say how he actually felt? I liked that goy.
Obama on NBC
what did Barack have to say? I tuned over too late.He's gotta be one of the top 3 stars of the party right now, right? Clinton, Gore, Obama
I'm officially starting to get worried about Virginia... I don't think Webb has enough to catch up... damn the exit polls!!
CNBC syas the Dems still have hope in VA.
The bottom line is Obama said he'll make a decision in "the next few weeks" on running. I think if he runs, Gore's done.What in hell is taking Arlington so long? It's the most tech-saavy and educated county in all of Virginia, and yet the slowest.
And I like getting the CNBC perspective!
I want results from Montana! Everyone knows that my new favorite state.
Rahm Emmanuel has his number at +7 so far. He seems much more giddy than any of the other democratic faces so far tonight
Funny stuff on MSNBC. An actual question, "Why do people in the Northeast hate George Bush so much?"
Missouri isn't starting well, but at the current pace in St. Louis, McCaskill will gain an additional advantage of 2 million votes.
Also, I'm requesting that the phrase "the base" be officially retired before the '08 campaigns. We've been beaten over the head with it enough.
And, we can retire the almighty worship of Karl Rove. He lost the popular vote in 2000, won based on 9/11 in 2002, and won by the smallest margin a president has ever received for re-election in 2004. Now he lost in '06. What's so great about that record?
John Kerry speaking on CNN.Remember John, think before you speak!!!
Yeah, if Rove is so much of a genius they wouldn't be sweating things out today, IMO.
Everyone kept waiting for Rove's big October surprise, but he's never had one in any election. Too much worship for a guy whose strategy is to drive a wedge and win with 51%. It can't work every time.
Hillary on MSNBC, with Bill at her side. Where's Chelsea???Nice smirk Bill.
She's got your old job as a consultant.Allen's lead down to 11,000 on VA site.
I see Rove's genius. To elevate a candidate with Bush's horrible track record and unpolished public speaking skills to the Presidency, (albeit fraudulently), and to secure re-election (using dirty tactics, ahem, swift boaters) in the middle of the morass that was Iraq was quite a feat...
It was quite a feat, but these haven't exactly been landslides. If not for the butterfly ballot, Rove would've been 0-for-1 in the big leagues.Btw, just checked every locality in Virginia -- Webb can still get at least within 5,000 but will be hard to get even.
I've been waiting for MSNBC to cut in and give Britney-K-Fed updates, but to no avail.Looks like Virginia could be headed for an automatic recount...
Most of the outstanding votes from Va. are from pro-Webb counties, except for the mysterious Craig County, which, from its Wikipedia entry seems to be a solidly red county,
I think Ford is toast in Tennessee. Do we have any hope in Arizona?
Not likely. Dems made a run at Arizona but have never been closer than 6-8 points.And what genius of Britney's people to file for divorce on election day when some wouldn't notice.
Hmm, I just ran through the House races and we're not running the table as hoped. Still headed I think to a majority, but a narrow one.
Heath Shuler!! Touchdown!!!
Going back a few, I had the same wonderment about Craig County. You gotta figure it's only good for about 124 votes.
In a contested local state representative race, an up-and-coming Jewish candidate, Ellen Cohen, has ousted the incumbent republican Asian, Martha Wong...Mazel Tov!!!
MSNBC projects democratic takeover of the house!!! pop the bubbly!!!
NBC projects the final Dem House gain will be +29
Wow -- MSNBC says +29 seats. That would be incredible
Anyone notice the irony that the Senator from Hawaii who was just re-elected is Senator Akaka? What if he added an M?
The problem is, if the Republicans keep control of the Senate, which it looks like they just barely will, is anything going to get done the next two years?On the plus side, the unintentional comedy value of President Bush just got that much higher...
They finally gave Mark Foley's district to the Democrats. About time.
Head Dude was right - Kyl wins Arizona.
Kyl just got called in Arizona.Re: gridlock -- it's what forced Republicans and Clinton to compromise in the '90s. Either Bush is going to work with Dems for the first time, or his domestic presidency is unofficially over as of tonight. Regardless of whether the Dems get the Senate -- of course, that would still be nice. Montana's looking good so far.
NBC gives Arizona to Kyl
The comedy value of Bush perhaps exceeded by the comedic value of Dick Cheney being rebuffed over and over again
Russert just echoed what Head Dude said - the ball is in Bush's court as far as whether he feels like working with the House.
Speaker Pelosi, you have the floor!
CNN just projected the House.Thank all of our respective lords -- Bush's unchecked presidency is OVER!
Arlington just came in -- the margin is 12,000. Still an 8,000+ cushion to come from Richmond City.
New projection in the House is +32!
8,000 from Richmond, 1,300 from Norfolk, 500 from Newport News, 1,000 from Fairfax, 1,000 from Prince William. That's about as optimistic as we can get, about 12,000Webb can't get there.
12000 would just about do it
Yeah, right before MSNBC went to the last break, they showed +32 with a margin of error of +/-9 seats. Time for our fatso former Speaker to talk...
I think George Macacastein pulls it out in Va., unfortunately.
Was his son at Hastert's side?? I worked with him on a project...
My brother Nate is working for Patrick Murphy's campaign in PA District 8. He is leading the Republican incumbent but no winner has been called so far...
down to 7,700 in VA. remember, that doesn't include provisional and sone absentee ballots
But absentee ballots usually skew Republican, do they not?
Hilarious -- Fox guys saying Dems will cut funding for Iraq and start subpoenaing anything and everything. They just read the GOP talking points with no shame. What will they say about an increase in minimum wage? And what about when the Dems try to cut spending on NON-military pork?
Brit Hume making it sound like Maryland Senate might be back in play
It depends on the state. Provisional ballots usually skew Democrat, but in a state like VA, poorer people tend to be more REpublican, which is the opposite of most states and poor and/or less educated people tend to have to vote provisionally more often.
Can we take bets on if Morgan will ever join the LiveBlog?
I liked Tom Brokaw telling Matthews to calm down (politely, of course) about subpoena fever in the last segment...
Still waiting on 8000 cushion from Richmond City -- that would wipe out the difference!
down to 4700!!
As for Maryland, Steele is up 2% but heavily Dem places like Baltimore and Prince Georges County still have a ton left to count.
Automatic recount in VA regardless by the sound of it.
30,000 absentee ballots to be counted in Dem-leaning counties.
Go Webb go! And how can a guy with a flattop like Tester not win in Montana?
margin is at 5,000 in Va. The bump in Richmond is going to be around 1,500 to 2000 (a lot of precincts came in since my last update)
I hate the term "judicial restraint/activism"those terms are used very very arbitrarily, and are very much misnomers.
My brother's district is 50-50 with 87% of the precincts in. Good times there!
Tester is a flat-topped king!CNN has Webb down 6,800 but still 1/3 of Richmond City, which is predominatly black, left to come in and Webb won first 2/3 by 16K votes.
Last comment on Ken Mehlman's "concession" speech on CNN. I'll say this about him, he has made a lot of inroads into the black community for the Republicans.
Murphy has the edge!
what did Mehlman say?
Even though he is a Republican, I feel sorry for the guy who had to run in place of Mark Foley (Joe Negron). His name wasn't even on the ballot.
Mehlman maintained optimism on the House, but expressed his desire for the party to work with the Dems on reaffirming Republican principles like aggressive strategy on terrorism, judicial restraint, etc.
maintained optimism on the Senate, not the House (on prior comment)
Negron's fate can't be worse than Sekula-Gibbs, who had to run for Delay's seat and couldn't even get on the ballot, which required her supporters to write her in.
It's interesting, because what REpublicans want is for judges to be activists now (in banning abortion, gay marriage, etc.). Mehlman is a gay Jew -- no business being head of the Repubs.
Former RNC Chair Gillepsie said about Allen: "He's focused on 2006, and we've not thought about 2008."Of course not doofus, he has no shot at the Presidency
So are we thinking the Senate will be 51-49 republican? I hate coming that close and losing...
I've never heard that Mehlman is gay
I can't believe Matthews asked him about Allen's presidential prospects with a straight face!
Down to 3100 in VA!Tylwalk, here's the math: VA would make it 51-49, Tester would make it 50-50, then we'd need Missouri for the majority. I think at this point we're down 49-51 worst case, if Tester can win.
Webb margin down to 3,000
Down to 2,386
MSNBC website has Webb taking the lead!
Webb AHEAD ON CNN!!!
Carville relays that Missouri folks are telling him that McCaskill will probably win!
Carville says McCaskill's people feel confident in Missouri still, so it could all boil down to Montana -- and we'll be blogging for hours to come!
Sweet, pulling this off even without help from a backwards state like Tennessee would be awesome.And if Tester ends up being the key, I will take back some of the bad things I said about Montana...
Neal Morgan's missing a historic night in dude history!
Speaking of backwards, Nifong was re-elected? WTF?!?
Also, the abortion challenge in South Dakota has been turned away by voters.
Tester is whooping ass right now, but lots of horse-heavy precincts are still out, and we all know horses tend to vote Republican...
Tester seems to be ahead by 14,000 in Montana... Question, are there 14,000 people in Montana???
how much did Nifong win by?
Tylwalk, Barbaro was resting in Pennsylvania the last I heard... Did Barbaro vote for Santorum or Casey?
PA District 4 goes to the Dems! We could pick up 5 seats in my state when it's all said and done.
Here's a question: if Webb is ahead on CNN/MSNBC and losing on VA Site, which prevails?Jeff Toobin said on CNN that the last Senate recount (in WA) only changed 27 votes. But it took until mid-December.
Tylwalk, is the Mayor still doing work for Rendell?
Barbaro voted Casey and Rendell all the way!
Some guy on MSNBC just said, "Northern Virginia is trying its best to secede from the Confederacy"
Yes, the ex-Mayor still does work for Rendell. She is at his victory party tonight, I think.BTW, funny story, the Republican a__hole who beat my mom got kicked out of the state Republican Committee because he banded together with a group of Republican mayors and supported Rendell. So grudgingly I decided he can't be all bad...
I loved Northern Virginia -- it's a happy, mostly well-educated, diverse, progressive area. It's unfortunate it's stuck next to the grind of DC, but I'd recommend it as a good place to live.In local news, believe it or not, Dems won in Dallas (at least for judges).It's a sweep!
Harry Reid isn't a particularly good speaker.Fox's analyst just set the Dems carped their way to victory, and it was a winning strategy, but not a particularly admirable one.
An update on my campaign, the republican judge I was running against now has 1,835,978 votes. It looks like I have to keep my day job.
And they said most Americans were concerned about Iraq and border control. And that point shows how out of touch Republicans were -- most non-conservatives outside of the south and southwest could give two donkeys about who's crossing the border.
Pelosi speaking on CNN. She's definitely had some botox done.
Another important point -- we've also recaptured a majority of statehouses. That's crucial in the presidential race since the governors and secs of state control the state election (see, e.g., Katherine Harris, Jeb Bush, and Ken Blackwell).
Border security is a non-issue here in PA. We <3 Mexicans!
And since we are in the process of legalizing gambling, we REALLY <3 Asians!
What will the gambling act allow? Full-scale, or just slots?
That's the happiest bunch of Democrats I've ever seen!
Rahm Emmanuel busting some moves!!
Only slots will be allowed at first, but most people agree it's just a matter of time until table games follow... especially since we just re-elected Rendell!
It was a big night for PA!Obama on CNN now.
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