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Update on George Allen/Jim Webb race: From Fox News: The Allen campaign says that networks transposed raw vote totals, that Allen is up 5,000 votes.

According to Carl Cameron, in Louden county, a bigger and more conservative county, the registrar packed up and went home without counting all the ballots from the original count.

From the Llama Butchers:

12:10 AM Wednesday 1865 vote spread for Allen on the state's website


Cue Twilight Zone music....

Bumped and Updated Webb pulls ahead of Allen by a few thousand votes with 99% of the precincts reporting. This race will go to a recount. Also, Fox calls Tennessee for Corker.

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Boldems although it's not unexpected. I don't have the numbers yet.

Also Fox called Mendendez (52% 41,672) over Tom Keane Jr. (48% 38,446) but only 3% of the precincts are reporting.

Update: Fox News has called Sherrod Brown defeating Mike DeWine in Ohio. That sucks. He's the second Tom Noe/Bob Taft casualty after Blackwell fell to Strickland. That means higher taxes here in Ohio.

Update II: Allen is up again in Virginia 50% - 49% with 65% precincts reporting. I don't know if the liberal parts of VA, the northern areas and the DC suburbs, have reported yet.

Update III: In CT, Lieberman is leading Lamont 49% - 49% with 2% precincts reporting.

Update IV: Fox has just called the race for Lieberman.

Update V: Fox is calling Cardin over Steele in MD, although Steele is ahead by 11% with only 1% of the precincts reporting. What!? Are they going on flawed exit polls again? Fox just said that the decision desk is not relying on exit polls but are only using the numbers from the precincts. The only thing I can think of is that the numbers from Steele are coming from a heavily pro-Steele areas and that they expect Steele won't maintain that lead in the other areas. Still, that's big speculation with only 1% of the votes in.

Update VI: Fox projects that R Lincoln Chafee loses. As Brit Hume noted, his views were virtually identical to those of D Sheldon Whitehouse, but the loss is, nonetheless, not good news for Senate Republicans.

Update VII: Just when I thought Bouchard could pull it off, Debbie Stabenow was projected to hold her seat. Ugh. Lorie said her heartbreak of the night was Michael Steele, Mine was Mike Bouchard. He was gaining such momentum, I thought he could win. I'm sure he got all the rural areas of Michigan, which is almost the entire state, but certainly Stabenow, got Detroit. Unfortunately, as Detroit goes, so goes the entire state of Michigan.

Update VIII: Rep. Sen. Jim Talent is leading Dem Claire McCaskill 54%-43% with 29% of the votes in. Rep. Bob Corker is still ahead of Harold Ford, Jr. 51%-47% with 69% of the votes in. No one has called either of these seats when the Republicans have comfortable leads but called others that were much tighter where Democrats were leading.

Also Rep. Sen. George Allen is leading Dem. Jim Webb with a 28,000 vote lead with 95% of votes in. Again, Fox isn't calling this because of outstanding precincts that either are not in or are too close too call. Michael Barone this race will probably trigger a recount and go to court, especially if the Senate leadership is in the balance.

Update IX: Senator John Ensign has defeated Jimmy Carter's son, Dem. Jack Carter in Nevada.

Update X: Both Democrats Daniel Akaka and Dianne Feinstein have kept their seats. Akaka's win may be surprising, but Feinstein's sure wasn't.


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The only Ohio results avail... (Below threshold)

The only Ohio results available seem to be from Ashtabula County and were probably released before the gag order went into effect that said, nobody reports anything until after 9pm when the polls close in Cuyagoga.

Just so you know Ashtabula went for Kerry 53-46 in '04.

He'll probably lose, Kim, but geez, have a drink or something until he actually does.

Who would vote for someone ... (Below threshold)
Craig:

Who would vote for someone with the name Sherrod anyway?

This "exit poll" crap is ge... (Below threshold)
BrandonInBatonRouge:

This "exit poll" crap is getting to be unbelievably stacked against the Republicans.


I find it amazing that they can call Pennsylvania and Ohio with only 1% of the vote in, as well as calling New Jersey for Menendez with Kean up by a few percent with 20% of the vote in.


Calling Florida for Bill Nelson is more reasonable, considering that he's up by 200,000 votes with 33% of the vote in.


If these exit polls blow up on the networks for the 4th election in a row, will they FINALLY admit they're either unreliable or being used incorrectly?

A reasonable person would n... (Below threshold)

A reasonable person would not call a race with 98% of the vote uncounted.

The numbers on the Santorum... (Below threshold)

The numbers on the Santorum race that are posted at the PA website come almost exclusively from Philly.

The exit polls are biased t... (Below threshold)
robert:

The exit polls are biased toward Dems.

Dem voters are proud of their vote and seek out the pollsters.
Nobody wants to admit they voted for a racist, homophobe, xenophobe so Republicans vote in private and skulk away into the night without speaking to the pollsters.

Could one of the better pol... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Could one of the better political folks out there explain to me how it is they call Cardin in Maryland when currently Steele leads in the vote?

There's another one too where the Republican leads 54% to 46% yet the Democrat is the projected winner.

How does this happen? What is the methodology here?

Obviously i don't need to p... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Obviously i don't need to post this, but i would also like to add a 'wtf' to what the media is doing tonight. how are they calling all these states for democrats when under 10% of precints have even been counted. Especially with all the big deal made about absentee and early voting...

I think over the next few days and weeks the tune will change quite a bit.

Are they counting the absen... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Are they counting the absentee?

I thought the absentee vote was the first bit of votes that got counted. Or?

Yeah, lord knows I'm not a ... (Below threshold)
seamus:

Yeah, lord knows I'm not a bigfan of agreeing with you nutjobson here, but I think you're exactly right. I'd love for someone to explain to me how they can call an election with 2% of the results.

Could someone like Lee expl... (Below threshold)

Could someone like Lee explain to me why the democrats who seem to be picking up seats are more conservative than their republican opponents?

Good riddance Chafee. Fric... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Good riddance Chafee. Fricking RINO. At least we can call a lib a democrat now.

The folks in Rhode Island deserve what they ask for. Perhaps after a term of a lib who's not afraid to be called a democrat, the folks will wake up and elect a real conservative.

See ya Chafee, ya asshole. Don't bother turning out the lights.

Jeff:Having lived ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Jeff:

Having lived in the most corrupt state, ie Rhode Island, I'm surprised they kept electing Chafee as long as they did. Ok, they were probably thinking about his dad more than him but, nah, they'll never really vote a "real" republican.

The unions in the state won't allow it....lol

Talent needs really big mar... (Below threshold)

Talent needs really big margins, because the St. Louis and Kansas City Democratic fraud machines hold their votes until late so they can fake the maximum number.

Steve: "Could someone li... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Steve: "Could someone like Lee explain to me why the democrats who seem to be picking up seats are more conservative than their republican opponents?"

No data on conservative Democrats. Does not compute.

I know! It must be that legendary GOP Get Out the Vote! It's just too bad the GOP ignored the polling data that told them Republicans weren't happy with Bush's performance. Consequently they "got out" voters that, in a significant enough number it appears, voted against them.

And I just have to take a poke at GWB. Why in the world would he strut all over the country last week saying the GOP will hold onto both the House and Senate? Was he lying, or stupid? Or both?

Either way he was wrong, again.

In my view Crist won in Florida because he dissed President Bush. He appears to be the smartest one in the bunch. Good thing he isn't running for the White House in '08. As a Democrat I'd be worried about that one. He waited until the last day, which was the best thing for the Party, but in the end he did the right thing by flipping Rove the one-finger salute, eh?

"All I know is that yesterday morning they apparently made a decision that, rather than being with the governor and the president and 10,000 people in Pensacola, they made it a last-minute decision to go to Palm Beach," Rove told reporters.

"Let's see how many people show up in Palm Beach on 24 hours notice versus eight or nine thousand people in Pensacola," Rove said.

Serious hat-fitting problem there...

Lesson learned. Steve? Is this resonating?

I'm not so much dismayed at... (Below threshold)

I'm not so much dismayed at the elections as I am with the smarmy garbage coming from people like you Lee.

And don't worry Lee, I'm the sure the party of Jimmy Carter actually has a plan, right? I mean, need to figure out if "doing a better way" has any substance to it.

Could one of the better ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Could one of the better political folks out there explain to me how it is they call Cardin in Maryland when currently Steele leads in the vote?

I'm not saying it's accurate, but I believe the theory is that Steele didn't win (or didn't win by enough) in some precincts that were required in order to prevail. So even with much of the vote uncounted, the predictions are that the remaining precincts will go to Cardin.

And this "call it at 10%" happens every election day, for both parties. So let's not all act like it's just for the Dems.

Could someone like Lee e... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Could someone like Lee explain to me why the democrats who seem to be picking up seats are more conservative than their republican opponents?

Without knowing the specific races you're referring to, my guess is that the voters realized that those Republicans were not really conservatives, but instead were Bushies. You know... they didn't leave the party, the party left them. Meanwhile, the party of the center-left was there for them.

Hate to tell you - people a... (Below threshold)
Soupy2c2:

Hate to tell you - people are still voting in Tn!

Not reported yet are Ford strongholds, parts of Shelby and Davidson Co. as well.

Looks like we've loss both the House and Senate.

Meanwhile, the party of... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Meanwhile, the party of the center-left was there for them

Ted Kennedy...

Nancy Pelosi...

Harry Reid...

Barbara Boxer...

Ditched Joe Lieberman...

As Lee said, DOES NOT COMPUTE.

Well, perhaps we shall finally get to hear the super-secret plan for solving the terrorist problem in the middle east, especially now with Iraq...perhaps we could send Carter over to negotiate the sale of some more nuclear plants.

Sorry, Israel, looks like for the next two years you are on your own. You know what to do, you did it in 1991.

"And don't worry Lee, I'... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"And don't worry Lee, I'm the sure the party of Jimmy Carter actually has a plan, right? I mean, need to figure out if "doing a better way" has any substance to it."

Steve. Glad to see that even after the voters have spoken, Republicans like you will continue to "stay the course" and ignore the simple reality that the American public is no longer willing to be terrorized by the Republican Party. Keep driving those voters in our direction. Tell them how terrorists will be knocking on their front doors now that the Democrats are back.

President Bush will start kissing some serious blue butts, beginning at his press conference tomorrow but you and your fellow Wizbangers -- I hope you knuckleheads never change.

The voters have spoken. No Carter to blame, no Clinton to blame (and we threw in John Kerry with his foot in his mouth at no extra charge). The Republicans failed.

Well, perhaps we shall f... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Well, perhaps we shall finally get to hear the super-secret plan for solving the terrorist problem in the middle east

You mean you think Bush will now tell us his plan?

Unlikely!

Fox News has called She... (Below threshold)

Fox News has called Sherrod Brown defeating Mike DeWine in Ohio. That sucks. He's the second Tom Noe/Bob Taft casualty after Blackwell fell to Strickland. That means higher taxes here in Ohio.

Not only does Ohio get higher taxes with Strickland, but amendment 2 passed. A minimum wage indexed to inflation is now part of the constitution. Ohio just codified a poor economy into their constitution. High taxes and a creeping minimum wage, just screams 'businesses are not welcome'. Good luck with that local economy thing.




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