Tuesday’s Election Day results saw things go according to plan. Republicans have control of the House while Democrats held on to control of the Senate. New Mexico elected America’s first Hispanic female governor and legalization of marijuana is toast in California.
John Boehner, the likely new House majority leader, had some strong words for President Obama. The hard work starts with “cutting spending…reducing the size of government…and reforming the way Congress works.”
Now comes the hard part. Our leaders have to get back to work and get our jobs back. We have to prevent jobs from going to China, India, and Mexico. We have to compete on a global stage and show the world we mean business.
Thank you for joining us on this Election Day and good night.
12:05 a.m. ET–Yahoo! News reports that Republicans need to pick up all six of the remaining states to takeover the Senate. Illinois, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii are the only states that haven’t been called yet. Looks like Democrats keep the Senate.
Midnight ET–Yahoo! News and the Washington Post have called Pennsylvania for the Republicans in the Senate while California and Oregon go for the Democrats. If Washington and Nevada stay in favor of Reid and Patty Murray then the Dems maintain control of the Senate.
11:45 p.m. ET–Could this election season be so insane that control of the Senate will come down to Hawaii? Incumbent Daniel Inouye goes against Cam Cavasso. Early results in Nevada have Harry Reid ahead. The key will be the Hispanic vote in the Silver State.
11:23 p.m. ET–New Mexico has elected the first female Hispanic governor in our nation’s history.
11:17 p.m. ET–Look at Pennsylvania–with 94 percent of precincts reporting Republican Pat Toomey leads Joe Sestak by less than 50,000 votes.
11:10 p.m. ET–Early returns in the state of Washington show Dino Rossi ahead of Patty Murray but results may not be finalized for a week depending upon how many mail ins are received. California’s results are still pending.
10:55 p.m. ET–Polls will be closing in California, Nancy Pelosi’s home state. The strong rhetoric between incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina will end tonight as voters decide which one will win.
10:45 p.m. ET–Who knew West Virginia would be so important? Democrats have got to be sighing with relief that Governor Joe Manchin has been projected as the winner in the Mountaineer State. If he loses the other toss up states might not go the Dem’s way.
10:35 p.m. ET–As of this moment the Democrats just need to pick up four more seats to maintain control of the Senate without the need of Joe Biden’s tiebreaking vote. The Associated Press reports the House belongs to the Republicans while the Senate should still be in Democratic control.
10:20 p.m. ET–Rand Paul’s victory speech has already been picked apart by Time Magazine. In his victory speech he said “Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘That government is best that governs least.'” Too bad Henry David Thoreau is attributed to that statement according to Jefferson’s estate. Thomas Paine is also attributed with making such a statement. Maybe Rand Paul needs to study “those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.” Or get a better speech writer. Or follow the advice of the statement he quoted and not govern, which he paradoxically will be doing when the joins the Senate.
10:12 p.m. ET–Some interesting races to watch on the west coast are going to be Arizona’s governor’s race to see if controversial Jan Brewer is re-elected. California’s governor comes down to Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman.
10:08 p.m. ET–Fox News projects Roy Blunt wins in Missouri. Fox News also projects 60 seats gained for the Republicans and they needed 50 to take control of the House. If Republicans want the Senate they need the state of Washington, California, and Nevada. It will be a late night, folks.
10:03 p.m. ET–It looks like the House is going to the Republicans. Even with California’s liberals.
9:30 p.m. ET–Marco Rubio in his acceptance speech has let the Senate know that he will not forget his roots as a Cuban American. He talked about his parents who were exiled from Cuba. If he has to butt heads with Sharron Angle in the Senate I feel sorry for the Tea Party.
9:12 p.m. ET–Turning to House races, Ike Skelton in Missouri is in a dead heat with Vicky Hartzler in west central Missouri. No results on Roy Blunt’s former seat in the 7th District. So far the Yahoo! map has 75 GOP, 31 for Dems in the House. Liberal states like New York and California haven’t shown any clear winners yet. The entire state of Illinois is leaning towards Republicans now, the home state of President Barack Obama.
9:01 p.m. ET–Polls are closing in Michigan and other Midwestern states. Blanche Lincoln has lost her bid for a third term in Arkansas. The GOP is brimming with confidence right now. Tea Party candidates have won so far except in Delaware for the Senate.
8:42 p.m. ET–O’Donnell’s expected loss has been projected by The Washington Post and others. Right now, West Virginia is leaning towards the Democrats in the Senate in one state that is considered a toss-up.
8:37 p.m. ET–One thing to consider in this election. The U.S. Census was taken earlier this year which means in 2012 there will be new districts drawn for the U.S. House of Representatives. Individual states control the borders of U.S. House districts and voting precincts.
8:30 p.m. ET–More polls are about to close. So far the states are definitely leaning more towards the Republicans according to Yahoo! News. In my home state, Roy Blunt has an early 65 to 29 percent lead.
8 p.m. ET–More polls are closing so 15 more states will close down voting locations in the east. So far NPR news says there are 19 Republicans and 2 Democrats in the House.
7:42 p.m. ET–Breaking News, Ohio’s Senatorial election has a projected winner of Rob Portman, the Republican who was expected to win. So far it is a red-letter day for Republicans as they are sweeping Senate races. This map comes from Yahoo! News and the Washington Post.
7:37 p.m. ET–Ohio and West Virginia are both too close to call. Yahoo! News reports Marco Rubio is now ahead with 53% of the vote and his next closest competition is Charlie Crist with 29 percent. One percent of precincts are reporting.
7:23 p.m. ET–Key states with polls closing at 7:30 p.m. ET include Ohio and West Virginia. Expect some stations to call either of these Senate races should exit polls claim huge leads.
7:20 p.m. ET–Marco Rubio has a HUGE lead in Florida with 68 percent in early returns according to Yahoo! News. It’s just one county though.
7:17p.m. ET–Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont is the only projected winner on the Democratic side so far this evening.
7:12 p.m. ET–Dan Coats of Indiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Jim DeMint are project winners according to Yahoo! News who links to a nice map of the United States.
7:06 p.m. ET–FOX news is reporting a victory for Rand Paul for Kentucky. A victory for the Tea Party in what will be the first of many if the Tea Party has their way.
6:43 p.m. ET–In early Indiana results, Republican Dan Coats leads Democrat Brad Ellsworth for the U.S. Senate 3,716 votes to 2,312. It’s still very early.
6:34 p.m. ET–Indiana and Kentucky results are starting to trickle in. The Associated Press declares Hal Rogers a winner in eastern Kentucky with only one percent reporting.
6:12 p.m. ET–In less than an hour we should start to see some results from Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. So far only Indiana and South Carolina have their websites ready for results to be posted out of these early poll closings. Vermont’s election website says official tallies won’t be posted until Noon ET tomorrow. Each election official should offer updated press releases throughout the night as to who wins important races.
6 p.m. ET–Technology companies have given elections a new spin this year. If you want to follow “trending topics” on the Internet, the Daily Beast Election Oracle has determined what races are popular based upon millions of hits on web traffic. Check it out–Rand Paul and Roy Blunt’s stocks have gone up.
5:47 p.m. ET–Major television networks will start their election coverage at 9 p.m. ET according to TV Guide. CBS, NBC, and ABC will have coverage of the election on network tv after regular programming. If you want your politics fix sooner many cable stations have been covering all aspects of the election throughout the day and will continue late into the night.
5:32 p.m. ET–One major exit poll is out. The Associated Press reports the economy weighed heavily on voter decisions. Four in 10 voters said they are worse off now then they were two years ago according to 9,000 interviews.
5:13 p.m. ET–Call it a good sign for voters and investors, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and stock markets around the world all rose today. Key to the investments were U.S. elections and awaiting word that the U.S. Federal Reserve will try to shore up recovery efforts. The Dow was up nearly 80 points.
4:57 p.m. ET–News media outlets are gearing up for election returns. Yahoo! News has a piece on the most interesting races to watch this evening as you digest your dinner and election results on television. Nevada, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and California are all Senate races that could end up making for a dramatic night as they could go for Democrats or Republicans in tight pre-election day polling.
4:42 p.m. ET–Voter turnout in Massachusetts appears to be high according to the MetroWest Daily News out of Framingham. In the Boston suburb of Natick, one polling place has so far seen over 38 percent voter turnout and has called for more ballots. In an informal exit poll of 15 voters, seven were there to cast ballots on the entire election, six came to vote for governor, and three to vote on ballot questions.
4:27 p.m. ET–Legalizing marijuana is on the ballot in four states, none of which is more prominent than California which once again tries to legalize marijuana for recreational use. This time proponents say pot can be a boon to California’s tax revenues and ease the drug trade in Mexico. Even rapper Snoop Dogg is weighing in his support for California’s Prop 19 up for a vote today.
4:07 p.m. ET–The key to this election, as with ever election, will be independent voters. For the first time, independent voters may be leaning 60 percent for the Republicans in a complete reversal from the 2008 Presidential Election. Party faithfuls will always come out and vote. Independent voters are the key again to determining this country’s political future.
3:42 p.m. ET–Pew Research has determined Christine O’Donnell was the most covered candidate during the 2010 midterm election. Her upset over the Republican establishment plus her replays on “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” were media fodder for two months. When O’Donnell proclaimed in her first television ad “I’m not a witch” the media kept pursuing her in earnest. O’Donnell was about 11 percentage points behind her rival Chris Coons for Delaware’s Senate seat in mid-October according to Rasmussen Reports.
3:30 p.m. ET–Something to think about: salute to our troops serving in uniform both home and abroad on this day. Election Day is secured by the Armed Forces who fight to protect our freedom every day. The sacrifices made by men and women in uniform prove once again that freedom is not free.
3:10 p.m. ET–Yahoo! News is out getting voter reaction. Many people are disappointed in Obama’s performance in his two years in office and are voting how they feel although there is plenty of blame to go around. My opinion is that Congress is to blame as opposed to Obama–Congress didn’t stand up to Bush’s policies and they didn’t bother listening to their unemployed constituents in 2009 when the economy tanked.
3:05 p.m. ET–Something to consider this Election Day: when your kids get home from school explain to them who you voted for today and why. If you did not cast your ballot, explain that as well. Political discourse doesn’t start when a candidate announces he or she is running for office–it begins at home when you talk to your children about America’s political process.
2:35 p.m. ET–Women are leaning more towards the GOP as Hispanic and African-American voters may not turn out as heavily as they did in 2008. Check out the story here on NPR.
2:15 p.m. ET–Sarah Palin may have summed up voters’ emotions when she said this on Fox News Sunday. “You blew it, President Obama.” Whether or not that statement is true doesn’t matter at this point since voters are unemployed and angry regardless of who is at fault.
1:55 p.m. ET–My official best and worst polling places for today are based upon the weather. My idyllic place to get out and vote is Key West, Florida, with a high of 84 today and a 20 percent chance of showers. Worst would be the Barrow, Alaska, area with a chance of snow flurries and a high of 10 degrees above zero. Early voting in Alaska should have started in June….
1:35 p.m. ET–Interested in early returns? NPR News has a relevant rundown of early poll closings to see how the night might turn out for Republicans. The first ones with results at 7 p.m. ET should include Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.
1:21 p.m. ET–Latest opinion polls for my House district shows Billy Long, Republican business owner, way out in front over Democrat Scott Eckersley by 52 percent to 23 percent for U.S. Congress. Long has name recognition as one of the eminent business men in southwest Missouri and Eckersley is a relative unknown. Other races to watch nationwide can be found here.
1:07 p.m. ET–Two states on the east coast receiving national clout are New York and Florida. You can monitor official election results from the states’ respective election pages. Florida’s election website states initial results won’t be posted until after 8 p.m. to give polls in the Central Time Zone a chance to close New York’s official results page is here.
12:55 p.m. ET–The new Congress will likely see gridlock. If it does, how will that affect the fragile recovery going on in America right now? Will a Republican-led Congress spar with Obama or with the two sides work with each other?
12:30 p.m. ET–My own polling place in Branson, Missouri, was decently busy at 7:30 a.m. local time. It was a family event as we stood in line for my wife and I to vote and my children could observe. The weather was sunny but chilly in the mid-40s. There were lots of business people voting.
12:15 ET–Major questions for Election Day. How will Tea Party candidates do? Three U.S. Senate races to examine will be Florida, Kentucky, and Nevada. Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Sharron Angle seek to topple Democratic rivals and show mainstream Republicans the conservative right wing is back.
Will independents splitting votes favor Republicans or Democrats? Charlie Crist in Florida likely won’t help Kendrick Meek win as he is a distant third in recenty polling. Crist has predicted a “surprise” in Florida’s polling today.
Can Lisa Murkowski use name recognition to win? One particular race for U.S. Senate will have a particularly unique perspective. Lisa Murkowski is running in Alaska’s General Election as a write-in candidate. The dramatic race in Alaska may have some political pundits up long into the night.
Noon ET–Be sure to vote today. Voting in America is a right and a fundamental part of our Republic. If you don’t know your polling place you can contact your local county offices or view your state election authority’s website for more information. Polls are already busy in pre-dawn voting from New York to Florida. John Boehner, House Minority Leader, said “This is going to be a big day” as he eyes Nancy Pelosi’s job from his polling place in Ohio.
Introduction–One of the most-watched midterm elections in United States history takes place today, Nov. 2, 2010. I’ll be blogging all day and into the night with updates and big stories as the General Election unfolds from around America.
Feel free to comment with your own stories and takes on the election but please keep it clean and cordial. Relevant comments would be how the mood was at your polling station, how many people were there, or even your choices and why on this Election Day.