Welcome to the tumble on Super Duper Tsunami Tuesday! Feel free to contribute all stories and intel from the states voting across the USA today.
And stay tuned to GayPatriot tonight for live-blogging of Election Day results.
8PM Eastern: So far we have Obama taking Georgia, and a tight three-way tie for Huckabee-McCain & Romney in the Peach State. That isn’t good news for Romney.
More polls closing in mere minutes……..
So at 8:30PM Eastern, here’s where we are:
The suspected states — Arkansas for Clinton/Huckabee and Massachusetts for Romney — fell into line.
Too close to call: NJ (D) and Georgia (R) are the two biggies that are nail-biters.
The two other headlines I’m imaging at this moment: Obama having a good night; Huckabee rising from the dead again.
Stay tuned for two interesting ones at 9PM: Arizona and New York.
8:40 PM – I noticed Jim Geraghty mentioned this at The Campaign Spot… and it struck me too as I listened to Karl Rove on FOX earlier.
Karl Rove, debuting on Fox News, says that McCain should have watched the Super Bowl in a military community in Georgia, trying to get that extra, pointing out the winner of Georgia gets a bonus of 30 delegates. (Heh. Some of us pointed that out earlier in the night.)
It sounds like good advice. Clearly the trip to Massachusetts did nothing for McCain.
Rove also noted that based on what he was seeing in Georgia…. Obama was having a good night across all sectors of the Democratic voters today.
8:47 PM – Bill Hemmer on FOX is noting that McCain is benefiting from the “winner take all” states of NJ, NY & CT that was originally intended to help Rudy Giuliani. NJ is still too close to call for the Dems… not comforting for Ms. Hillary.
8:50PM – CNN’s Bill Schneider has this mind-blowing information:
Another surprising finding in the national exit polls: John McCain — who has made the war in Iraq and the need for continued U.S. involvement there a centerpiece of his campaign — is actually winning among Republicans who are against the war. Among those Republicans who disapprove of the war, nearly half voted for McCain, while only a quarter voted for Mitt Romney — even though McCain spent the past few weeks trying to portray Romney as more liberal on the war.
Moderates — those most likely to disapprove of Iraq – seem to simply prefer McCain, even when they don’t square on the issues.
8:58PM – I just noticed that Massachusetts was called by FOX for Clinton. I guess Teddy Kennedy’s support didn’t help. CNN hasn’t called MA yet.
9:00PM EASTERN – New York has been called for Clinton (FOX & CNN), Arizona is too close to call. Looks like there is some home-grown anger at Senator McCain for his position on granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
9:05PM – Delaware has been called for Obama…. that’s interesting!
Not exactly a bastion of African-American voters there. CORRECTION: Juan Williams says actually Delaware has the 8th largest population of African-Americans of all of the states.
Still, Connecticut and NJ are too close to call. Not good for Clinton.
9:15PM EASTERN – I’m taking a break to watch American Idol which was “DVR’d” during the 8pm hour. And I learned something already: Seacrest is from Atlanta?!?
9:25PM – New Jersey goes to Clinton. Looks like her Northeast/Blue Strategy is working for her a bit…..
9:28PM – Hold onto your hats! Are we in for a hellish night of exit poll disasters? Jim Geraghty at National Review is hinting so…. and I note the CNN has NOT called NJ or Massachusetts for Clinton yet…. but FOX has.
10:00PM EASTERN: Well, it looks as though the John McCain train isn’t being stopped tonight…. and perhaps even helped by Mike Huckabee. Some more states called since I last checked in: NJ for Clinton, UT for Romney (shocking!), Kansas for Obama (am I the only one surprised by that?), and Oklahoma for McCain.
And now North Dakota goes to Obama….
10:10PM – It looks like Georgia, Arizona, Alabama & Tennessee are still in play on the Republican side. And it appears that Mike Huckabee is doing MUCH better than expected tonight. I think half the reason why some of the Southern states haven’t been called is because Huckabee is leading….
10:13PM – Based on actual vote numbers coming in from Georgia… I think Mike Huckabee is going to pull an upset there. He is winning by 23,000 votes with 73% reporting. I certainly can’t see Romney catching up….
10:28PM – First real upset of the night? Connecticut for Obama.
10:30PM EASTERN – Um… where are the actual votes in Arizona???
10:32PM – Yet another win for Huckabee tonight: Alabama (CNN projects). And North Dakota goes to Romney (FOX).
For the Democrats…. Minnesota goes to Obama. He is doing very well tonight in the Midwest and the South. Clinton’s Northeast Strategy holds, except for Connecticut.
10:49PM – Arizona finally goes to McCain. DANG IT!
11:00PM – California polls close…. and Hillary is giving a speech which sounds like she is channeling Ronald Reagan. Creepy.
11:25PM – Well, gang…. I’m hanging it up. California is too close to call for the Dems and GOP. Based on exit poll results CNN was just disclosing related to demographic breakdown…… my hunch is McCain will win California, and perhaps Obama (but it is veryyyyyyy tight).
G’nite…. and good luck!