My polling location is sort of on the way home, so I stopped by and ducked in. There was no line and no problems getting the right ballot — unlike what reportedly went on earlier today in central Florida.
Other than the presidential primary — which doesn’t count on the Democratic side — there was the question on Amendment One, which got a thumbs-down from me. There were some local charter issues, and that was it. I was in and out in less than five minutes.
Early returns are showing McCain ahead of Romney 34% to 31% and Clinton ahead of Obama 52% to 29%, with John Edwards at 16%. The polls are closing right now in the panhandle (it’s in the Central Time Zone). Your mileage may vary, but I’m guessing it’s going to be a long night for the GOP.
8:39 PM: I’m watching MSNBC with Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews. Chris is not talking now; maybe KO gave him a high colonic and sent him out for coffee.
8:46 PM: Hillary Clinton is giving her “victory” speech. In New Hampshire she said she found her voice. I wish she would learn to modulate it; a little lilt and syncopation to the rhythm would keep it from sounding so monotone. Time to make a sandwich…
8:56 PM: Mike Huckabee is using baseball metaphors and saying he’s going to win in the Bible Belt. He may be charming and affable, but he scares the crap out of me, even if he’s trying — however awkwardly — to channel Barack Obama with the talk about “not a battle of left and right, liberal and conservative, but Americans….”
8:58 PM: Ron Paul got 3%. Feel the surge, Paulbots.
9:15 PM: Tom Brokaw and Chris Matthews are performing the autopsy on the Giuliani campaign. The verdict: he’s the last victim of 9/11.
9:18 PM: MSNBC calls Florida for McCain.
9:22 PM: Rudy’s giving his concession speech, but he’s not saying he’s dropping out. Reports are out that he will endorse McCain tomorrow. Big yawn.
9:31 PM: You know it’s over, Rudy, when MSNBC cuts away from your concession speech to cover Mitt Romney’s white-bread populism. Gee, Wally, let’s go see what’s on TVLand.
9:37 PM: Mitt Romney jumps the shark: “Thanks to President Bush, we’ve been safe these last six years.” That’s it. I’m done. Good night.