I don’t plan on live-blogging every minute of the returns, but I will be popping in here with some comments as the night goes on, starting around 9:00 p.m. ET. I’ll try to hang in until it’s called, and then tomorrow morning have a wrap-up.
So, feel free to stick around, and drop your own comments and thoughts in, please.
By the way, my co-bloggers over at The Reaction will be covering it minute by minute.
9:00 p.m. — It’s too early to call Florida for the presidential race, but NBC is already calling the Senate race here for incumbent Bill Florida (D). In House races, Alan Grayson (D) is leading in his race to come back, Patrick Murphy (D) is leading Allen West (R), and Joe Garcia (D) is leading David Rivera (R).
In terms of the presidential race, there are no surprises in the states that have already been called, and in the big swing states, it’s either too close or too early to call.
9:41 p.m. — Turnover Senate races: Elizabeth Brown wins in Massachusetts, and Joe Donnelly wins in Indiana.
10:02 p.m. — The Miami Herald is saying Florida is still too close to call, but Obama is in the lead 51% – 49%. People are still voting in Miami-Dade, having been waiting in line since before the polls closed.
CLW reports that he’s following the election on Twitter: “Interns now removing sharp objects from Fox News.” Heh.
10:20 p.m. — As Lark noted, it’s nerts to the twerp: Sherrod Brown (D) beat Josh Mandel (R) in the Ohio Senate race.
Also in Ohio, Wood County, where my parents live and largely rural, went for Obama. It’s normally heavily GOP. Lucas County, home to Toledo, went 73% for Obama.
10:47 p.m. — It’s kind of fun to hear Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd on MSNBC talk about voting in Miami suburbs like West Kendall and Country Walk.
Is it wrong to laugh sardonically at the wincing concession speeches of Republican losers like Todd Akin in Missouri? Why, no, not at all.
10:56 p.m. — MSNBC is calling the Virginia Senate race for Tim Kaine (D). This is turning into a really good night for the Democrats in a lot of races that were thought to be GOP-bound: Massachusetts, Missouri, Indiana, and now Virginia.
11:03 p.m. — With California, Washington, and Hawaii, Obama is now up to 243 electoral votes. The Denver Post has Obama leading in key counties. If he wins there and in Florida, it’s over.
11:09 p.m. — MSNBC calls Iowa for Obama.
It looks like the only way Romney can win is if Congress votes tonight to admit Puerto Rico as a state and he wins there.
11:12 p.m. — Ohio goes to Obama. It’s over. Barack Obama has been re-elected as President of the United States.
Thank you, America. I knew I could count on you.
Okay, now let’s go take away all the guns, turn all the kids gay, and start setting up the FEMA camps.