Liveblogging election results with frequent updates

This blog post provides rolling textual coverage of today’s presidential election results, with updates as developments arise.

Updates will occur with increasing frequency as the evening goes on and the flow of election data picks up.

9:31 p.m.: We’ll know more about all this tomorrow, but so far the pre-election polls generally seem to have been pretty accurate — thereby refuting the common right-wing refrain that they were unreliable.

9:24 p.m.: CBS reported a minute ago that Obama is “likely” to carry Nevada. Scott Pelley said it wasn’t a projection, but close to it. Whatever. Sounds like a projection to me.

9:19 p.m.: Slate is reporting that Democrat Tammy Baldwin, who is openly gay, has defeated former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson for an open U.S. Senate seat.

8:55 p.m.: Various sources are reporting that Obama’s prospects in Florida are looking better than expected. Nobody’s calling that race yet, and Romney still might win it. But if he doesn’t, his presidential chances are pretty much toast after also losing the swing states of New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

8:43 p.m.: In a closely-watched race in Massachussetts, Republican Sen. Scott Brown has lost to Democratic challenger Elizabeth Brown.

8:29 p.m.: Obama wins Wisconsin, Paul Ryan’s home state.

8:22 p.m.: Everybody’s declaring Obama the winner in Pennsylvania, where the Romney people had thought they had a chance.

8:11 p.m.: Exit polls have Obama up by six points in Wisconsin, three points in Minnesota and seven points in New Mexico. Colorado looks like a tie so far.

7:27 p.m.: Obama reportedly up by two points in New Hampshire exits.

7:02 p.m.: Obama reportedly doing better in South Florida than he did four years ago, an encouraging sign for him in that state. Overall exit polls have the president one point in ahead in the Sunshine State.

6:53 p.m.: According to Daily Kos, exits show that white percentage of Ohio electorate is four points lower this time than in 2008.

6:47 p.m.: Obama leading by three points in Ohio, according to exit polls. But networks say it’s too close to call that state.

6:38 p.m.: Exit polls show that about half the electorate blames George W. Bush more than Obama for the nation’s economic problems.

6:31 p.m.: West Virginia goes for Romney.

6:22 p.m.: Ed Kilgore of the Washington Monthly: “A little bird just told me from a source deep within Republican-land that Obama’s going to win pretty decisively, winning PA, OH, WI and IA. Romney may win FL, and VA is too close to call. But the ultimate prize isn’t in doubt. Don’t know how reliable this is, but still: wow. Source also says it will be called earlier than everyone has expected.”

6:19 p.m.: Pundit David Gergen tweets: “The news out of VA is not good for Mitt Romney.”

6:13 p.m.: Networks declare Kentucky and Indiana for Romney, Vermont for Obama.



  1. I believe the incumbent is going to follow the historical trend and keep his job. It appears the legislative branch will remain divided.

    Gridlock ensues.

    4 more years indeed.

    Next up. The looming fiscal cliff.

  2. Luke Fredrickson


    Thank goodness the economy looks safeguarded by the early returns.

  3. Luke – Agreed. Republicans have retained control over the House. So no more crazy left wing bills.

  4. Obama wins. The people win. Democracy lives. America cannot be bought.

  5. tex – America can’t be bought? Tell me again how much money the Democrats spent?

  6. Nef: Tell me how much the Koch brothers, Adelson, and Rove spent, trying to buy a win. All for their own benefit, not for the benefit of America.

  7. tex – We’re destined to become Greece. Too many sponges in America want stuff and they don’t want to pay for it. We live in a entitlement society now. Its not the small number of rich folk that are the problem, its the majority of leeches such as yourself.

    Even taxing the rich at 100% will not solve the escalating medicare and medicaid expenditures, both made worse by ObamaCare. Nor will it solve the deficit issues were everyday Americans who want government to take care of them instead of relying on themselves.

  8. Nef: I resent being called a leech. Is that one of your family’s names?

    Now I’ll tell you what a leech is.

    A leech is someone who lets others serve this country, but still enjoys the freedoms others fought for. Is that you, Nef?

    A leech is someone who enjoys a 40 hour work week, paid vacations, paid holidays, and safe working conditions, but didn’t fight for those. Is that you Nef?

    A leech enjoys the high standard of living this country affords, but had no part in building it. Nef?

    A leech expects others to work for low wages, so they, themselves can make more. Nef?

    A leech expects the middle class, the poor, and the aged, to pay more taxes, so they (the rich) can pay less.

    Someday you will avail yourself of the same government programs you have railed against, when you were still wet behind the ears.

    If you enjoy all the benefits of this country, but have done nothing to make it better, you are the leech.

  9. Luke Fredrickson

    Well said tex.

  10. tex – as usual, your instigations make no sense whatsoever.

    Are you saying you have to be in the military to serve your country? If so, why vote Obama?

    Not sure what you mean about the 2nd comment…probably something about unions, who in reality did very little to get us the freedoms you describe, and worse, only drive our state further into bankruptcy.

    I’ve done plenty to build this county’s high standard of living, not sure what you’re even referring to here.

    As far as wages go, people with better skills deserve to get paid more, its called capitalism. Unless you’re referring to minimum wage. I never have figured out what liberals think minimum wage should be if they had their way. $10/hr? $20/hr? More? They certainly haven’t considered the effects of their demands, such as skyrocketing inflation.

    Let me ask you, tex. Do you honestly think by tax the rich by an extra 3% its going to do anything to solve our deficit problems? Do you honestly think by taxing the rich more that money will make it through the government bureaucrats and into your own pockets?

    At what point are taxes too high?

  11. Look Luke,

    Your squirrel is getting really po’d.


    Stocks took a sharp nosedive across the board Wednesday in the wake of President Barack Obama’s re-election, triggered by worries over the looming “fiscal cliff” and as fears over Europe’s economy reemerged.

    The Dow fell below 13,000, while the S&P 500 traded under 1,400 for the first time since early September.

    “I don’t think there’s a long-term market reaction to the presidential election itself—it’s now how quickly we can focus on the ‘fiscal cliff’ and coming up with a resolution,” said Art Hogan, managing director of Lazard Capital Markets.

  12. expdoc – You know darn well that one day’s stock market drop, or even several in a row, is not a rebuke on the Obama presidency, especially after it admittingly grew so much under his watch. There are many other factors at play.

    However, I honestly think it may have peaked. We’ll probably see it bounce around +/- one to two hundred points around 13K for the Dow for the next 4 years. While Romney would probably have driven it up to over 20,000. For the sake of us all, I hope I’m incredibly wrong, but I just don’t see anything changing from the current status quo of the past year.

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