Archive for the ‘Election Day 2008’ Category

Minnesota Senate Race Recount?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

The latest results from CNN show 100% of precincts counted and fewer than 600 votes separating Al Franken and Norm Coleman.

Georgia Senate Seat Appears Headed for a Runoff

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

And if it does, I’ll be encouraging everyone here to donate to Jim Martin. Saxby Chambliss is a sleazeball who won his seat in 2002 by questioning the patriotism of a veteran, and he deserves to be sent home with his tail between his legs.

Winds of Change Blowing in Alabama?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

CNN has called the 5th Congressional District for Democrat Parker Griffith.  Democrat Bobby Bright leads in the 2nd District with 97% of the vote counted.  Democrat Josh Segall garnered 47% of the vote in District 3 going up against incumbent Mike Rogers.  Wow.

Obama Wins!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

It’s a watershed moment.  We’re living history right now.  I’m looking at the faces of young people on TV right now.  They’re full of delight.  So much joy, so much — dare I say it? — hope.  I’m old enough to remember a time when the idea of electing an African-American president wasn’t just a long shot; it was unimaginable.  We’ve come a long way.  We still have a lot of work to do.  Let’s get to it.


John McCain is in the midst of a very classy concession speech.  Good on him.

Live Blogging

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Just like every other political blogger in the world — or most of them — I’ll be live-blogging as best I can tonight.  We’ll be in and out for a little while with kids’ activities, but I’ll settle in for the long haul in a couple of hours, if not sooner.


UPDATE 10:00 — CNN calls it for Obama!!!

UPDATE 9:58 — Obama takes VA.  First time it’s gone Dem since 1964.

UPDATE:  It looks like the Dems will pick up two Congressional seats — in Alabama.  Who’da thunk it?

UPDATE:  Mark Udall has a significant lead in the CO Senate race.

UPDATE 9:34 — Well, crap.  It looks like Chambliss will hold his seat in GA.  Franken is holding his lead over Coleman in MN.  Wicker is holding Trent Lott’s old seat for the Republicans.  Landrieu is holding her seat in LA.

UPDATE 9:21 — CNN calls TX for McCain.

UPDATE 9:20 — FL is looking good.  Fingers crossed.

UPDATE 9:01 — 206-89

UPDATE 9:00 — IA to Obama!!!

UPDATE 8:51 — Franken takes the lead in MN!

UPDATE 8:48 — New Mexico to Obama, Louisiana to McCain.  Popular vote is 50% Obama, 49% McCain at this point.

UPDATE 8:43 — 194-69.

UPDATE 8:34 — CNN calls OH for Obama!!!

UPDATE 8:33 — Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Obama is kicking fanny in PA.

UPDATE 8:19 — Oh shoot!  CNN just called the KY Senate race for McConnell.  By only 2 points though.

UPDATE 8:16 — McCain has taken the lead in AL.  Again, not stunning.

UPDATE 8:12 — McCain takes GA.  Disappointing, but not stunning.

UPDATE 8:10 — Obama is holding his lead in NC and FL, and he’s way ahead in OH.

UPDATE 8:04 — Udall takes the New Mexico Senate seat, another pickup for the Dems.

UPDATE 8:00 — Rhode Island, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York to Obama.  174-49 electoral votes per CNN.  We kept to our usual Tuesday night routine and grabbed dinner at the local Mexican restaurant while 10YOD went to gymnastics class.  Got to deal with a really drunk, obnoxious white guy who kept making nasty, vaguely threatening remarks and even commented that he was the reason why there was a city police officer on the premises.  Wait a minute — according to the cretins at, it’s the black people who are likely to get violent.

UPDATE 7:59 — Obama is up by 2 in Alabama.  Yeah, I know it won’t last.  :)

UPDATE 7:53 –  So, where were we?  Oh yeah, three pickups in the Senate.  Warner, Shaheen, and Hagan.  Yes!

UPDATE 6:18 — McCain has moved slightly ahead in Indiana with 9% counted.  And I’m off to gymnastics.  Back in an hour or so.

UPDATE 6:13 — Obama holds a slim lead in Indiana with 7% of votes counted.

UPDATE 6:07 — Virginia will have two Democratic Senators; CNN has called the race for Mark Warner.

CNN just called Vermont for Obama and Kentucky for McCain.  No surprises there.