Notes From an Election Night
This is an entry for folks who want to have a conversation about the results as they come in. I may make notes in the main entry as thing occur over the evening, so you might check back every now and then to see what’s going on in my head. I’ll be adding to the bottom, not the top, so scroll down.
I’ll start off here at 6:55 pm Eastern by noting two things: First, a friend of mine who was a poll watcher in New Hampshire went out of his way to call me coming back from his duties to note that he pollwatched in a “red” town and that from what he could see it was an Obama blowout. It’s an anecdotal note from a partisan, so take it for what it’s worth on that end, but on the other end he wouldn’t have gone out of his way to call me if he didn’t think something big was happening.
Second, I’ve got a Schadenfreude Pie in the oven. I’ll eat a slice when the election is called. If it’s for Obama, I’ll enjoy every bite. If it’s McCain, of course, I will choke on it. These are the risks we take by baking a Schadenfreude Pie before the results are in. But it’s a risk I’m willing to take.
6:58pm: Also, if you’re wondering where the “I’ve Voted” thread is, it’s here now. Go and let everyone know you’ve voted!
7:08pm: CNN is calling Vermont for Obama and Kentucky for McCain. No surprises with either of those, I’d say.
7:25pm: Schadenfreude Pie out of the oven and cooling.
7:36pm: In case anyone’s wondering, I’m focusing mostly on the presidential race, not the senate and house races, and also, I’m getting my information from probably the same places as everyone else, i.e., CNN, MSNBC, FiveThirtyEight, etc. Please don’t confuse Whatever for an actual news site this evening. I’m just being obsessive.
7:45pm: What I’m not doing: Drinking anymore Coke Zeros today. I’m wired enough. Also, some networks are calling West Virginia for McCain. Also not a surprise.
8:03pm: NBC is calling Pennsylvania for Obama; Fox has Illinois for him as well. What? Illinois going for Obama? Madness! Fox also calling Maryland and Delaware for Obama. Obama in the electoral vote lead at the moment.
8:08pm: Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut for Obama, say a quorum of networks.
8:12pm: Whoops, missed New Jersey and DC for Obama.
8:15pm: McCain is well loved in Oklahoma: State’s being called for him with a projected 60% of the vote. Tennessee also accrues to McCain.
8:18pm: New Hampshire for Obama, says Fox, ABC and CBS. Looks like my friend was right. Also, Obama’s now in three figures, electorally speaking. 170 to go!
8:26pm: It will be good to remind people at this juncture that although the various networks are calling states, just because a network calls a state doesn’t mean that they can’t admit screwing up later on. Take everything as advisory until you actually see someone give a concession speech.
8:33pm: Athena is sampling the Schadenfreude Pie. She says it is excellent.
8:36pm: Arkansas and Alabama are beginning to be called for McCain.
8:41pm: NBC calls Georgia; everyone else seems to be holding off for the moment.
9:00pm: Now we’ll probably start seeing some action.
9:04pm: Aaaaand there we are. CNN calling North Dakota and Wyoming for McCain; it’s calling New York, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota for Obama. McCain’s at 75, Obama at 173. Less than 100 EVs to go. Oh, wait, I missed Rhode Island for Obama! Well, it’s small.
9:08pm: Fox news calls New Mexico for Obama.
9:14pm: McCain gets his big score: Texas, according to CBS. Also, Kansas (many) and Idaho (Fox).
9:20pm: Can’t help but notice that TalkingPointsMemo and Daily Kos don’t post McCain pickups to their tallies as quickly as they post Obama pickups.
9:21pm: Yes! There goes Ohio for Obama, according to Fox News. Obama at 200 EV if this (and other calls) hold. Well done, Buckeyes.
9:28pm: Ohio being called for Obama by ABC, CBS and NBC as well. Note that on the West coast, California, Oregon and Washington are all likely to go Obama, and the three of them carry 73 electoral votes between them. However, I shall not eat my pie until I see 270 EVs officially called. I just want to be prudent that way.
9:34pm: Louisiana for McCain.
9:37pm: West coast, don’t get cocky and skip out on your vote. Lock this baby down for me.
9:38pm: With 19% of the precincts reporting, my own county, Darke County, has McCain up 64-35. Not that it looks to matter in the overall Ohio vote, for which I am grateful.
9:57pm: South Carolina goes for McCain. No big surprise there.
10:02pm: There goes Iowa for Obama. Somewhere, McCain is figuring out how he’s going to concede.
10:11pm: Utah? For McCain? That’s unpossible!
10:28pm: And there’s Mississippi for McCain. That’s all of the deep south.
10:45pm: Fox News called Virginia for Obama. They’re the only ones doing so right now as far as I can see, but if it sticks, then McCain is definitely toast, because the only way California (55 EVs) goes red is if every single California Democrat and their ballots suddenly spontaneously combust. That said, I’d be very careful about this call; I want to see other nets call it, too.
10:50pm: McCain can console himself for (maybe) losing Virgina by taking South Dakota and Nebraska.
10:56pm: You know, I’m having a good night right about now, but some part of me wishes I was at Grant Park in Chicago.
10:58pm: Also, I don’t mean to brag, but so far the map is looking like how I called it yesterday. Mind you, I wouldn’t mind being wrong, as long as it was in the direction of my candidate.
11:00pm: CNN and AP call Virginia for Obama as well. Rock. And it’s 11! New states to come in soon, I imagine.
11:02pm: And two minutes after its polls closed, NBC calls California for Obama, bringing him to 275 electoral votes.
Ladies and gentlemen: It is time for pie.
The pie, it is good.
11:32: And now I’m done with both the schadenfreude and the pie. McCain gave a gracious speech and it’s time as he said to start coming together. No time to gloat; time to get to work.
11:37pm: Looks like my election map went ker-plooey: Added to Obama’s tally since California: Florida(!), Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Nevada. 338 EVs so far.
11:52pm: Watching CNN for ten minutes reminded why I don’t watch TV news networks on election night anymore. Now watching C-Span, waiting for Obama to speak.
11:57pm: And there he is. Say it with me, people: President Elect Barack Obama. Sounds good, no?
12:15am: Damn, I’m glad I gave this man my vote.