Did You Vote with an Erection? A VOTS General Election Liveblog

Tonight is the big night! Who is going to win the White House? The warmongering Wall Street toolbag or the warmongering Wall Street toolbag?

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I'll be watch a few races very closely this evening, listed below in order of when the polls close.

At 7pm, polls close in six states, including two states with competitive Senate races, Virginia and Indiana. In Virginia, Nate Silver gives Democrat Tim Kaine a 87.7% chance of defeating Republican George "macaca moment" Allen. Nate Silver also gives to the Democratic candidate in the Indiana Senate race, where he gives Teahadist Richard Mourdock a 69.8% chance of being defeated by Democrat Joe Donnelly. I'm not a big fan of Blue Dogs like Joe Donnelly, but Richard Mourdock's comments about rape should disqualify him from public office.

At 7:30pm, polls close in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia. As a gay man fed-up with being treated as the red-headed step child of the Democratic Party, I hope and pray that the North Carolina Democratic Party is decimated by the GOP this year. They sold the LGB community the river this spring because they didn't want to be on the ballot with a gay marriage ban. Sherrod Brown is widely expected to win re-election to his Senate seat over his opponent, whose picture I think probably appears next to the word "dweeb" in many dictionaries. Ohio has an initiative to end gerrymandering that seems unlikely to pass. I'm sure that the confusing wording approved by the GOP is just a coincidence.

At 8:00pm, polls close in 16 states and Washington, DC. In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren is expected to defeat the centerfold turned bully, Scott Brown (Nate Silver: 93.7%). Although I'm not a big fan of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), I'll enjoy seeing him defeat Rep. Connie Mack IV (R), a spoiled bully who road his father's coattails into office. (Speaking of coattails, his wife, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) might lose her seat this evening, as well). The Florida legislature put a bunch of nasty amendments on the ballot this year including one to restrict abortion, one to give public money to churches, and one to oppose Obamacare. Hopefully, tonight will be the end of Linda McMahon, whose desperation knows no bounds. For me, the big races I'm looking at at 8pm are the marriage equality initiatives in Maryland and Maine. Most public polls put the pro-equality side in the lead, but the polls have disappointed the gay rights movement before. I know that Sen. Claire McCaskill has been a disappointment to some VOTS readers, but I admired her passionate defense of the Affordable Care Act in Missouri. And her opponent, Rep. Todd Akin, is a religious extremist and I will celebrate his defeat. Nate Silver gives Sen. McCaskill a 98.3% chance of holding her seat.

At 9:00pm, polls close in thirteen states, including Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. The sexual minority community will be paying close attention to the anti-marriage equality amendment up for a vote in Minnesota, where polls seem to suggest it might pass. One advantage for the "no" side is that blank ballots (where voters skipped the amendment) are effectively considered a "no" vote. We'll also be watching the senate race in Wisconsin, where voters seem poised to elect the first openly gay candidate to the US Senate. Nate Silver gives her a 78.7% chance of defeating Tommy Thompson. I know the party loyalists are crossing their fingers for a surprise victory by Bob Kerrey in Nebraska (Nate Silver says Republican Deb Fischer has a 99.4% chance of winning), but we have enough anti-Medicare, anti-Social Security Democrats in the caucus. I'm hoping for a double-digit loss to scare off other such "centrists". In Colorado, we have an initiative to de-criminalize marijuana. Polls seem to suggest that the initiative will pass. Am I the only one who thinks it would be HILARIOUS if pot got more votes than Obama?

At 10:00pm, polls close in Iowa, Montana, Nevada, and Utah. In Utah, Republican Mia Love seems poised to become the first black Republican woman in the House of Representatives. I'm hoping that tonight's big surprise happens in the Nevada Senate race, where Democrat Rep. Shelley Berkley is expected to fall short against Republican Sen. Dean Heller (Nate Silver gives Heller an 83.4% chance of holding his seat). GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson has spent millions trying to stop Rep. Berkley and it would warm my heart to see more of his fortune flushed down the toilet (after the tens of millions he threw at Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney). Democrat Christine Vilsak is trying to make history by becoming the first woman elected to Congress from Iowa. She is also running against one of the biggest assholes in the Republican Party. A recent poll gives Rep. Steve King the edge. In Montana, Sen. Jon Tester is narrowly trailing Rep. Rick Berg. Nate Silver gives the GOP a 65.6% chance of taking the seat, but I'm hoping that the beef-lovers come to his rescue.

At 11:00pm, polls close in six more states, including California, Oregon, and Washington. In Washington, initiatives to legalize gay marriage and decriminalize marijuana were leading in a recent poll. The marijuana decriminalization amendment in Oregon was trailing in recent polls. In California, GOP Rep. Mary Bono Mack may lose her seat to Democrat Raul Ruiz, MD. Apparently, telling 39.4% of your constituents that you won't talk to them until after the election is bad campaign strategy. Who knew? California also has some interesting ballot initiatives, including competing tax increases, an attempt by rich right wing assholes to keep unions from spending money in elections, and a food labeling initiative which, if passed, will keep food manufactures from labeling products with genetically-modified ingredients "natural".

Apparently, Alaska closes at 1:00am, but the only person who will be awake at that hour is priceman. I'll leave it to him to cover those exciting races.

So which races are y'all watching closely tonight?

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Indiana Update (7:10 pm). Richard Mourdock is in trouble:

Florida Update (7:21 pm). Of course it's a mess. Eff you, Rick Scott.

ZoomInto: Pictures, Images and Photos

Indiana Update (7:28pm). Indiana women did not like Mourdock's comments. Donnelly up 9% among women. President Obama is down 5% among women.

FYI (7:40pm).

Also from Chuck Todd (7:42pm).

LOL (8:04pm).

Maine Senate (8:08pm) race goes to Angus King. Connecticut, Missouri, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are too early to call. Bill Nelson won in Florida. One Mack down, one more to go. Let's do this California! Indiana Update (8:25pm).

Connecticut (8:34pm) goes to Chris Murphy. Does this mean that rich, clueless Republicans will stop wasting their fortunes on Blue State Senate races? Amen (8:37pm)

Alan Grayson (9:00pm) is up 62-38% with 30% of the vote in. Buh-bye (9:13pm)

MSNBC just called Pennsylvania for Casey. MA Senate Update (9:22pm) Looks like she isn't Senator Warren just yet.

Wisconsin Update (9:32pm). NBC called Wisconsin for Obama. Hopefully that bodes well for Tammy Baldwin! Still no call in Massachusetts, Virginia, or Indiana, but NBC just called Ohio for Sherrod Brown. No Senator Dweeb. Florida Update (9:37pm). Alan Grayson is back in Congress.

Hot Damn (9:45pm)

Missouri update (10:12pm). Another religious extremist is defeated!!!!

I guess Bob Kerrey (10:20pm) will have to go back to New York. I'm not shedding any tears over this.

Wisconsin Update (10:29pm). Apparently, Fox News called it for Baldwin almost 45 minutes ago, but nobody else has. Tim Kaine wins Virginia (10:33pm).

BREAKING (10:55pm)

It's official!!!

Maryland Update (11:38pm) Politico projects that the marriage equality initiative will pass! (11:40pm) Other sources are reporting different numbers with a much closer margin. Washington/Maine Update (12:10am)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Homophobia is defeated in Maryland!!!! (12:24am)

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And Colorado!!! (12:27am)

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Tammy Baldwin gives her victory speech.

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I don't have a banana. :)

I have a, uh ...

passion fruit?

No, no, that's not it ...

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PEANUT!

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Sorry, couldn't resist.

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A very recent development.

type1error's picture

The posting doesn't close for another month so it will be a while before I know anything. I'm also not talking about the job hunt in too much detail. Apparently, its bad luck.

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Oh.

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My bad then, and best of luck, babe! Mmwah!

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Denver is

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have a cousin that lives there now. Laid back kind of place also the scenery is awesome and access to the coast is really manageable

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Me too. :)

Colorado is the Shiznit's picture

Don't toy with me, woman. We'd be hanging out 24/7 and never see our other friends or family.

P.S. Yes, it's going to pass. You're all welcome. :P

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Looks yummy.

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I effed up my low-carb chocolates today. Looks like I'll have to turn to Miller Lite for dessert.

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LOL.

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Did you see my Halloween costume??? I went as "TBI type1error". I gave myself a headwound.

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Obama Announces We Are Invading Iran Right Now

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Addressing the nation from the Oval Office this evening, President Barack Obama announced that a full-scale U.S. military invasion of the Islamic Republic of Iran is currently underway. . . .  Obama went on to dismiss the invasion’s impact on the presidential election, sternly reminding citizens that “we are in a time of war right now.”

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Thanks, ohmyheck

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I'm belly-laughing here.  "All things are possible in a multi-verse of infinite possibilities.  Dems and Reps could unite and vote in such a way as to draw a huge penis on the electoral map."  And they sign off with, "and we now go to Arizona, where a confused John McCain is delivering concession speech."

Okay, I'll stop bringing them here.  So damn funn.

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May I insert . . .

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. . . a standing ovation in here for an over-the-top excellent essay.  It felt so good to read it, too.

This is a good thing, because I realized that I have not yet achieved electoral samadhi, as I had thought.  It sounds like a joke, but this is what happened.  I came home from a hike and realized that I'm frightened about this election.  Then I realized that I'm frightened that Romney will win and I'm frighened that Obama will win.  Seriously.

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I can't stand Joe Manchin.

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After he lost the gubenatorial primary in 1996, his supporters swung behind the Republican because his female opponent was "too liberal".

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i don't why they report too close to call...

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i dunno, maybe it's me, but i know that if a state hasn't been called, that it's either too close to call or the polls aren't closed yet... man - do they need that much filler?

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Ohio

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a guy says that there are alot of provisional ballots out there, and they have ten days to offically count them.  I read that Florida has alot of provisional ballots going as well.  What if this election doesn't get called til November 17?

Then again, I never believed the BS about this is a close election. I think Romney is much more unpopular than the MSM is telling.

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May I just inject

LaEscapee's picture

these people are idiots and I couldn't really care less what county went which way in 00 04 or 08 give me some numbers or STFU and show me some beer commerials with bikinis

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i have to admit....

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election day has always been exciting to me - since i was a little kid. it was a big deal in my house. the parents took us kids to vote, and we'd watch the returns that night... and the election was always discussed in the run up to it... my family was just really really political...

and i have to say, as much as i hate the system and think it's irretrievably broken, i still get excited to watch the returns come in... kinda stupid i know...

 

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When Pa was running it was

LaEscapee's picture

a big deal for sure I used to go to the courthouse with uncle Dale to watch returns pretty exciting stuff for a youngin'

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I'm rolling a big doobie to celebrate

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freedom of the doobie in Washington State.  Sort of anyway, as long as it's not too much doobie, doobie from or smoked in the wrong place, or doobie that bothers the Federal doobie gestapo. 

Doobie doobie doo man.

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Actually I think the fact that it will be over

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will release some frustration.  Kind of like waiting for the day to get all your teeth pulled, then when it's over, you're glad it's done but you feel like something's missing.

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oh yeah... it just i don't know...

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floors me to see how easily the lies just flow from their mouths... it's like second nature... did they ever have consciences ever?

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Heh

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NBC says they may not call NJ because of extended voting until Friday. WOOHOO extend silly season, I'm so excited

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OMG! OMG! I just lost a Hundred Dollars on the Election!

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Damn it!  They just called Mississippi for Romney!  I was sure that Obama was going to take it this time............looks like another year with canned cream corn stocking stuffers for my little ones..........

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Indy

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Angus King in Maine projected

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Popcorn!

catnip's picture

Where's the popcorn!!?

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Another

LaEscapee's picture

complete asshole that works against progress survives

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I can't believe...

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...that I didn't hear him yelling from up here. :)

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now I want cake..

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...and chocolate...and popcorn.

 

Oh, the anxiety!

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and the fun thing is that...

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...I can post comments on CBC's Facebook page and they might show up on my teevee! Ah, stardom...

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on the CBC crawl

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"Pennsylvania voting machine that switched votes now fixed"

 

Hello??

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What a relief to get that behind us

geomoo's picture

It looked for one dreadful moment as though there was going to be electoral fraud in America.  [Shudder].  Luckily, just like the few bad apples at abu ghraib, this was obviously just an isolated incident that in no way should create any concern about how this happened and certainly not result in any kind of investigation or comparing of machine results with exit polls.

One lesson from this is--document with video and post it on the internet.

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Wait, what?

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Wait, what?

Connecticut (8:34pm) goes to Chris Murphy. Does this mean that rich, clueless Republicans will stop wasting their fortunes on Blue State Senate races?

Does this mean that Lieberman will not longer be a Senator? 

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Yes.

type1error's picture

That was Joementum's seat. Now he can go be a lobbyist. Or hang out on Morning Joe.

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Hi! :)

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:)

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Hey there.

geomoo's picture

I was so glad to see you commenting on this grand historic night of delusion.

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lol

catnip's picture

I watched a comedy special with Lewis Black last nite and he had a graphic of the "United States of Static". That's about it, isn't it? :)

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Well I'm glad Alan Grayson won

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I think people are calling the Elizabeth Warren race too early but despite my disagreements with her on foreign policy, I can't help but be a little happy if she pulls it out.

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CNN's crawl is funny

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"Stand by for projection"

 

(wherein they will project all of their massive anxiety on their audience)

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alrighty

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I just figured out I'm on Page 2.

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That's a funny comment

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I'm afraid you need to recalculate, because

WE'VE JUST REACHED OUR FIRST THREE-PAGE COMMENTS SECTION!!!!!!!

[Balloons falling from ceiling]

 

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lol

catnip's picture

Nobody said herbs know how to count. :)

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I do love me some

LaEscapee's picture

Catnip but you know I don't know is on third ;^)

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Speaking of Erections

ohmyheck's picture

looks like Ezra done shot his wad---

"I got taken in by a Twitter rumor that NBC has called MA for Warren. It hasn't. My apologies."

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163 v 162

LaEscapee's picture

electoral just scrolled across the screen

 

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CNN and CBC (Canada)

catnip's picture

...are already doing post-mortems - basically declaring that Romney lost.

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LOL Rove is saying

LaEscapee's picture

it's like 2000 because they are calling OH for that black dude

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Well, as expected...

downsouth's picture

Wall Street won the Presidency tonight.  Hard to lose when both major party candidates are in your pocket.

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It doesn't matter who wins

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From Simon Black on Soveriegn Man blog:

The entire world seems fixated on this belief that it actually matters who becomes the President of the United States anymore… or that one of these two guys is going to ‘fix’ things.

Fact is, it doesn’t matter. Not one bit.

The facts and details are explained here

This is why there will be austerity, cuts to social security and more "quantitative easing" - creating money from nothing.

 

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The best thing is it's over.

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Nothing has changed.  And now it appears the public awaits it's medicine.  Blows my mind how this is working out.

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