Well, the big night has finally (thank God) arrived, and you think I’d miss it—after covering the race for the White House, and some other contests literally every day for months? The Nation has its own special blogging coverage, but mine is quite separate. I will keep a running blog right here. Also, rapid-fire tweeting @GregMitch. And much more at my Pressing Issues blog, go here. Already voter ID/suppression controversies in PA. See you soon!
11:55 CNN gives Obama both Virginia and Florida which, if that holds, means he won every state he gained in his easy 2008 win, except for North Carolina (a very narrow loss tonight) and Indiana. CNN puts gender gap at 12%. And Latino vote for Obama at over 70%.
11:15 NBC first, and then Fox and CNN all call it for Obama after he wins Ohio! Possible landslide as he seems set to win Fla and Virginia, too, as well as Colo, Iowa, Nevada…. Tim Kaine wins in Virginia.
10:30 Great night for women (and therefore all America) as Warren and Baldwin win, among others, plus Tammy Duckworth in her House race. Bob Kerrey lost as expected in Neb. Ohio, Va., Fla. too close to call but Obama looking good in Ohio and Fla at least. Also he has nice leads in Colo, Nev, Iowa. N. Carolina still not called.
9:30 Major updates. Obama wins PA, Wisc., Mich, now only needs to take Ohio, Virginia or Florida to wrap it up….Also leads in NH… AP declares Sherrod Brown winner in Ohio, and Casey in PA. Fox calls Donnelly over Mourdock in Indiana–God intended it! Various outlets say GOP will keep House.
8:30 Obama still holding 3% lead in Fla with more than 50% in. More states called but no surprises. Dems get big win in CT with McMahon losing to Murphy. Nelson beats Mack in Florida. King wins in Maine. Exits polls very good for Warren in Mass. and Casey in PA and some other Dems for Senate.
7:55 David Gergen: exit polls and votes upholding pre-election polling, foretelling good night for Obama, Dems for Senate–and I'd add, Nate Silver. Also showing strong Dem edge in self-ID–which was mocked as "skewed" for weeks by GOPers.
7:40 CNN says exit polls has Obama up 3% in Ohio, even in N.C. Obama up 3% in real vote in Fla. with 30% in.
7:15 Exit polls: only 4% care much about foreign policy. Would be different if we had soldiers in war zones. Oh, we do?
6:55 Tweeters seem convinced Mourdoch going down badly in Indiana, as God intended. Running way behind Romney in votes already counted.
6:30 Taegan Goddard, relatively sober, got some exit polls from GOP friends which are not great for Romney. Drudge has his own. CNN has some showing economy top issue–duh! But aren't many of them even less reliable than ever, thanks to early voting? CNN reporter Peter Hamby says he got internal polls from Romney friend showin
g Obama with 5% lead in Ohio yesterday.
4:50 Deadspin bring us who jocks are voting for. To the show of no one, I hope, we learn Derek Jeter for Obama and ARod for Romney. Michael Jordan and LeBron and Michael Vick for Obama and Jay Cutler and Wes Welker and Peyton Manning for Romney. Etc.
4:40 David Schuster: "State election officials in both Virginia and New Hampshire now say turnout is "exceeding" 2008 levels."
4:30 Hottest video of day–shows voting machine in PA switching a vote for Obama to one for Romney.
Note: The first e-book on Obama-Romney race has been published–and it's mine! "Tricks, Lies and Videotape" covers the contest right up to Sunday. Or wait for update on Wednesday.