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.