Early exit polls released on Tuesday evening show that about half of voters still blame President George W. Bush more than President Barack Obama for the country’s economic problems and most cite the economy as their top issue in the election. [...] Voters are split on the direction of the country: 46 percent say it’s headed in the right direction, while 52 percent said it’s still on the wrong track. – Exit polls 2012: Voters blame George W. Bush
THE POLLS on the east coast are now closed, with the guessing (yes, I’m bullish, as you’ll see if you click on the link!) about to be placed by reality.
Senator Bernie Sanders, the hero of Social Security, earns his reelection.
And voting in New Jersey has been extended to Friday.
We await… Tim Kaine over George Allen. Sherrod Brown. Elizabeth Warren. …Claire McCaskill… Joe Donnelly over Richard Mourdock.
One first-time voter voted, then went into labor!
“I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life,” she said. “And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter.”
1:05 a.m. – Virginia is called for President Obama. Florida is too close to call and will not be decided this evening.
Also… Alan Grayson wins and is coming back to Congress.
11:11: p.m. – President Obama wins Iowa, the state where it all started. To all of the elite journalists who pontificated that the Des Moines Register matters, take note. Obama won Iowa, not Mitt Romney.
TIM KAINE!!!!!!!!!!!! I went from luke warm on Kaine to very positive. HE did that by running one hell of a campaign. VA lucky to have him.
— Taylor Marsh (@taylormarsh) November 7, 2012
10:39 p.m. – NBC calls Minnesota for President Obama.
their job is to hate Obama; period MT @taylormarsh Republican pundits have lot to answer for aft this 1. Humiliating trouncing across board
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) November 7, 2012
Tonight’s message: scaring old people to death is a great way to sell gold coins, bad way to build a winning electoral coalition
— davidfrum (@davidfrum) November 7, 2012
THE KENNEDY’S ARE BACK IN CONGRESS… Joe Kennedy III will serve Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District, Barney Franks’ seat (so to speak).
10:09 p.m. – NBC calls it for Claire McCaskill. A woman’s body is not your social issue, pal.
CPAC 2013 is going to be fricking insane.
ANOTHER Independent in the Senate, Angus King, from Maine.
– daveweigel (@daveweigel) November 7, 2012
Some of these new Democratic senators are going to make the Very Serious People in Washington a little uncomfortable.
– Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) November 7, 2012
Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly will beat Richard Mourdock for the open U.S. Senate seat for Indiana, CNN projects.cnn.com
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) November 7, 2012
– CBS News Politics (@CBSPolitics) November 7, 2012
Dear Sheldon, try Rove’s cell number…..
– Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) November 7, 2012
9:42 p.m.: CBS calls New Hampshire for President Obama.
NBC has it “too close to call.” NBC calls it, too (9:50 p.m.)
9:32 p.m. – Senator Sherrod Brown beats the SUPER Pac.
9:25 p.m. – Fox News calls Wisconsin for President Obama. This will be a major point of Wednesday morning quarter-backing.
Important Note: Exits show younger voters, under 30, came out to rival 2008: 19% today, 18% in ’08.
9:15 p.m. – Pennsylvania called for President Obama [NBC] It was always a massive fake out that Team Romney thought they could wrestle this state away from the Democrats.
9:10 p.m. – NBC calls Pennsylvania for Bob Casey.
AP RACE CALL: Democrat Chris Murphy wins Senate seat in Connecticut. #Election2012
– The Associated Press (@AP) November 7, 2012
Fox News Channel began the Romney post-mortem not long after 8:00 p.m., with Bill O’Reilly laying it all on Sandy, Chris Christie, though didn’t invoke God’s wrath on the right (kidding). He segued slyly to Team Romney playing things safe after the first debate by not taking any chances, including no media. Throughout the last few weeks O’Reilly has continually made the point that Romney wouldn’t do “The Factor.” Eric Boehlert of Media Matters is someone besides myself who believes Romney’s media strategy has been a disaster. FNC is looking very grim and the night has just begun.