National Election Results Open Thread / Live Blog

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    The polls are about to close on the Eastern United States.  At 7pm EST we’ll see polls close in Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and across most (but not all) of Florida.  Virginia is of course, the first of the major swing states to close.  So, to start out the night the big question:  Are “you on your own” or we “all in this together”?

    IF YOU ARE IN LINE, STAY IN LINE.  DO NOT LEAVE THE LINE!

    Electoral College Total of Called Races:  Obama 303 – Romney 203.

    Update 1:00am:

    President Obama’s Victory Speech:  

    *  “These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty.”

    *  “Our economy is recovering, a war is ending, and a long campaign is over. Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to your voice … and I will return to the White House more determined than ever.”

    *  The President identifies his Second Term Agenda:  Deficit Reduction, Immigration Reform, Energy Independence.

    Update 1:00am:

    Mitt Romney concedes, graciously.

    Barack Obama Wins Virginia!

    Update 12:15:

    Mitt Romney is disputing the election results in Ohio, but with the President’s victory in Colorado this point is now moot.  With or without Ohio, President Obama has been reelected.

    Update 12:00:

    President Obama wins Colorado and Nevada.

    President Obama leads Virginia and Florida but they are still too close to call.

    In an astonishing and pitiful move, the Romney campaign is disputing the Ohio result.  A fitting end to a truly despicable campaign.  

    Update 11:12:

    PRESIDENT OBAMA REELECTED!

    OBAMA WINS OHIO, IOWA, OREGON

    Update 11:00:

    Obama Wins California, Washington, and his home state Hawaii.

    Romney Wins Idaho and North Carolina.

    Oregon, Iowa, Nevada Too Early to Call, Leaning Obama

    Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado Too Close to Call.

    Update 10:00:

    CONGRATULATIONS SENATOR ELECT TIM KAINE (D)!

    Obama wins Minnesota

    Romney wins Missouri

    Update 9:50:

    NEW HAMPSHIRE GOES FOR OBAMA!

    Update 9:45:

    OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Wins!

    MA-Sen: Elizabeth Warren (D) Wins!

    IN-Sen: Joe Donnelley (D) Wins!  Richard “Rape is God’s Will” Murdock (R) ends his political career with a whimper.

    Update 9:15: OBAMA’S RUST BELT FIREWALL HOLDS:   PROJECTED TO WIN PENNSYLVANIA, WISCONSIN, AND MICHIGAN.  

    “Romney’s pathways to 270 are closing and they are closing fast!” – Obama Spokesperson Stephanie Cutter.

    President Obama just took the lead in the Electoral College projections.  He will not give up that lead again.  period.

    Update 9:00:

    NBC PROJECTS: REPUBLICANS WILL KEEP CONTROL OF US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

    Too close/early to call: Arizona (Romney Leads)

    Too close/early to call: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania (Obama Leads)

    Too close to call:  Ohio, Virginia, Florida, New Hampshire, Colorado, Missouri – STAY IN LINE!!!

    Obama takes Michigan, New Mexico, New Jersey

    Romney takes Kansas, Nebraska (4 of 5 ECV), Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming.

    PA-Sen:  Bob Casey (D) wins!

    Update 8:30pm: CT-Sen Chris Murphy (D) wins! How many millions did Linda McMahon waste.  If things keep going this way, this will be a huge  story from 2012:  Wasted GOP $$$$.

    Also:  Romney takes Arkansas.  Not a surprise.

    Update 8:16pm: Bill Nelson (D) will win FL-Sen.

    New Jersey voting will be extended until FRIDAY due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. So, we may not get a projected winner there tonight.

    Update 8:00pm: Obama projected to win CT, ME, MD, DE, RI, DC, MA, IL.

    Romney projected to win MS, OK.

    NJ, MO, PA too early to call.  

    Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida still too close to call.

    Update 7:49pm: Polls are about to close across the heartland from Maine to Kansas, including swing states Pennsylvania and the rest of Florida.  Get ready for some amazing numbers…

    Update 7:37pm: CNN exit polls of Ohio — Obama leads state by three, Sherrod Brown leads by more than five.  REMEMBER THESE ARE EXIT POLLS

    Update 7:30pm: NBC calls WV for Romney.  Ohio, NC, and VA are still too close to call.  GA and SC, too early to call.  Joe Mansion (D) holds his US Senate Seat in WV.  ECV Totals:  Obama 3, Romney 33.

    Update 7:22pm: Polls close in 8 minutes in West Virginia, North Carolina, and OHIO!!!  

    Update 7:01pm: NBC Calls Vermont for Obama, Indiana, Kentucky for Romney.  Obama 3, Romney 19.  Bernie Saunders I-VT will hold his US Senate seat.  Virginia is too close to call.  South Carolina too early.

    • KathyinBlacksburg
    • KathyinBlacksburg

      according to Rachel Maddow.

    • KathyinBlacksburg
    • KathyinBlacksburg
    • pol

      Ben is from Nebraska.

      Go, Bill Nelson!

      TPM is exit polling is VERY good for Obama.

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      48.55 Obama

      50.38 Romney

    • KathyinBlacksburg
    • aznew

      Turn on Fox. It’s like attending a funeral.

    • aznew
    • aznew

      Mighty Romney has struck out (in Pennsylvania, at least)!

    • http://www.getenergysmartnow.com A Siegel

      open polls — where, what sort of lines …???

      Polls closed over 2 hours ago … are there D districts in VA where we need to be getting hot chocolate, food, etc …

    • http://thegreenmiles.blogspot.com TheGreenMiles

      I think we can all agree that the GOP clearly wasn’t extreme enough. First thing tomorrow, they gotta recommit to alienating women, Hispanics, gays, youth, conservationists & people who live in cities.  

    • aznew

      as I surf the cable channels, Fox is proving itself to be a better news source than CNN.

      It is time to retire the Wolf.

    • aznew
    • aznew

      Sherrod Brown, one of my favorite senators, projected to win, beating Josh Mandel, one of the lamest senate candidates I have seen since Christine O’Donnell.

      Also, FWIW, Tammy Baldwin is looking good, but race not called for her yet. Tommy Thomson is horrible piece of work.

    • aznew

      Rob Portman addressing Romney headquarters via what looks like Skype.

      It sounds like a concession speech. Thanks for the effort, blah, blah, blah. He says some numbers encourage him, but his body language says… wait for it…loser.

    • aznew

      Tammy Baldwin will win.

      It is looking more and more like a rout.

    • aznew
    • aznew

      Dick Morris insists Penn. and Wisc. called too soon. Says we should stick around and wait for final counts.

      In other news, Morris asserts that 1964 returns remain up in the air, and it remains to be seen whether Goldwater actually beat LBJ.

    • aznew

      Jennifer Rubin has not tweeted in 40 minutes.

      Can someone up there in NOVA go to her house and make sure she is OK?

    • aznew

      Florida “is looking very tough for Mitt Romney.”

      James Carville says if Florida goes to Obama, that’s all she wrote.

    • KathyinBlacksburg
    • mechenvy

      Chesterfield County almost identical to 2008 results, Henrico very close to 2008, Richmond close to 2008. Henrico close to 2008. Loudoun close to 2008. The 2008 statewide margin will shrink, but hopefully it will not disappear in 2012. Should be OK — Obama by a shade, to perhaps as much as 1% in VA.

    • aznew

      I saw on CNN earlier that at Romney headquarters this evening, there was a cash bar.

      Seriously, in light of the returns, they may want to rethink that.

    • http://www.getenergysmartnow.com A Siegel

      What a nice thing to have … YES!!!!!!!!!!

    • aznew
    • aznew

      Dick Morris is standing by his prediction of a Romney landslide.

    • KathyinBlacksburg

      think highly of Steve Schmidt? Class Act.

    • normanva

      and turned to fox.  karl rove is arguing that President Obama has not yet won Ohio and romney can still win the state.

    • aznew

      I do need to report that over on Fox, Charles Krauthammer just called Romney a “Northeastern liberal.”