UPDATE @ 2:09 AM: Okay, I’m heading to bed. Still outstanding are Governor’s races in Florida, Maine, Minnesota and Illinois. And, there’s no winner yet in the Washington, Alaska and Colorado Senate races. In Alaska, the write-in candidate leads.
UPDATE @ 1:34 AM: Waiting for results from Senate races in Washington, Alaska and Colorado. Unfortunately, California’s Prop. 19 to legalize marijuana lost but the climate change measure, Prop. 23, which had the support of Texas oil companies, lost. (UPDATE: We need to keep an eye the results for Prop. 26, of which Brian Leubitz said, “Prop 26 is just as, if not more pernicious. If it passes, it makes the implementation of any new environmental legislation difficult if not impossible.” H/T Rick)
UPDATE @ 1:04 AM: The Co-Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, lost her bid for reelection. Last July, she’s famously proclaimed, “It is because of the Blue Dog Coalition that there is no floor vote before the August break.” Yes, that was a big victory. How’s that working for you know, ex-Rep. Sandlin.
UPDATE @ 12:31 AM: Harry Reid won. Wow.
UPDATE @ 12:17 AM: Mark Kirk has been declared the winner of the Illinois Senate seat held by Barack Obama. Kirk, who voted against the DADT repeal amendement, will become Senator immediately, meaning he’ll serve in the lame duck.
UPDATE @ 12:13 AM: Arizonans just elected Jan Brewer as their Governor. Now, they’ve got no excuse. She got the job initially because Janet Napolitano left to join the Obama cabinet. But, now Arizonans have elected her. There’s no excuse now.
UPDATE @ 12:06 AM: Still waiting on the Illinois, Nevada, Colorado and Washington Senate races, but it’s clear that the Dems. will control the Senate — for what it’s worth. They didn’t do much with 59 or 60.
UPDATE @ 11:53 PM: Pat Toomey won the Pennsylvania Senate race. I really thought Sestak would pull it out. It’s an ugly night in PA all around.
UPDATE @ 11:43 PM: Boehner says he wants to cut government spending, which should be interesting, since it may very well plunge the country into another recession or worse. I’m sure the White House and Democratic leaders will forcefully make that point. Oh, that’s right, the President already endorsed the GOP talking point that the deficit simply must be addressed now, so never mind.
Big surprise here… Evan Bayh thinks Dems lost because they were just so gosh darn liberal – he’s so confident that he wrote an oped explaining why we lost even before the election happened! Bayh says the Dems’ biggest problem was trying to address gays in the military, immigration and Bush’s tax cuts right before the election. Uh, gays in the military polls consistently at 70% and Dems didn’t bring it up – it was in the Defense Bill. Does Evan Bayh think we shouldn’t talk about the Defense Bill before elections too? As for immigration, it didn’t come up at all. As for Bush’s tax cuts, the GOP did a bang up job, with Obama’s help, making the deficit such a concern that Bush’s tax cuts fit perfectly in that theme. So why not bring them up? If Evan Bayh thinks Democrats lost because of gays in the military, immigration, and Bush’s tax cuts, he must be sniffing a bit too much hair tonic. The party’s problems began long before the last month’s legislative agenda.
UPDATE @ 10:44 PM: Very bad news. Via TPMMedia:
BREAKING: Patrick Murphy (D), DADT repeal leader, goes down to Michael Fitzpatrick (R) in PA-8 http://tpm.ly/bRrGst
UPDATE @ 10:38 PM: MSNBC just reported that Ron Johnson has defeated Russ Feingold. That’s tragic.
UDPATE @ 10:35 PM: Via GayPolitics.com, David Cicilline was elected to Congress tonight. He’ll make the fourth openly gay member of Congress. Congrats to Rep.-elect Cicilline.
UPDATE @ 10:18 PM: MNSBC reported that John Hickenlooper has been elected Governor of Colorado. Great news. His main opponent was that renowned racist Tom Tancredo, who ran as an Independent. The GOPer, Dan Maes, came in a very distant third. If Maes finishes below 10%, the GOP’s status as a “major party” comes into question.
UPDATE @ 10:14 PM: According to a tweet from Howie Klein, it’s a bad night for Blue Dogs:
More Blue Dogs losing seats: Kratovil (MD), Pomeroy (ND), Bishop (GA), Marshall (GA), Space (OH)– worse than predicted
Can’t say I’m sad about that.
UPDATE @ 9:52 PM: In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick won reelection.
UPDATE @ 9:47 PM: I am very sad to report that Roy Blunt won in Missouri. The Chamber and Karl Rove bought themselves a Senator — and he is for sale. Robin Carnahan ran a great race in a very tough year.
UPDATE @ 9:27 PM: David “DC Madam” Vitter won reelection. Really, Louisiana? Wow.
UPDATE @ 9:20 PM: At FDL, Jane Hamsher is tracking the seats that have changed parties tonight.
BREAKING @ 9:00 PM: MSNBC just predicted that the GOP will take control of the U.S. House. GOP will hold 237 seats to 198 for the Dems.
UPDATE @ 8:51 PM: Democrat Alan Grayson just lost in Florida.
UPDATE @ 8:35 PM: In Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal won the Senate race. In Arkansas, incumbent Democrat Blanche Lincoln lost to John Boozman. And, a House race downer, Rep. Tom Periello in VA-05 lost.
UPDATE @ 8:06 PM: The Governor of New Hampshire, Democrat John Lynch, was reelected. Also, Democrats picked up the GOP-held House seat in Delaware with John Carney.
UPDATE @ 8:02 PM: MSNBC just made a slew of calls: Florida Senate race for Marco Rubio; NH Senate race for Kelly Ayotte over Paul Hodes; Chris Coons defeated Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Barbara Mikulski won in Maryland.
UPDATE @ 7:53 PM: Polls close at 8:00 PM ET in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Okla
homa, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.
UPDATE @ 7:34 PM: Via Jake Tapper, ABC has called the Ohio Senate race for former Bush administration official Rob Portman. He defeated Lee Fisher.
UPDATE at 7:04 PM: MSNBC has called the Kentucky Senate race for teabagger Rand Paul. He defeated Jack Conway.
UPDATE @ 7:02 PM: Per CNN, Senator Leahy was reelected in Vermont. Senator DeMint won in South Carolina (he’s going to be huge problem.) And, a corporate Republican, Dan Coats, will replace the corporate Democrat, Evan Bayh, in the Indiana Senate contest. Coats beat Blue Dog. Rep. Brad Ellsworth.
Polls closed in Indiana and Kentucky at 6:00 PM. Just about now (7:00 PM), voting is ending in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. At 7:30 PM, polls close in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. We’ll update this poll with actual results when races are called.
Voters across the nation Tuesday said they were intensely worried about the future of the economy and unhappy with the way President Barack Obama and Congress are running things.
Voters in overwhelming numbers were dissatisfied with the way the federal government is working and majorities disapproved of both the Republican and Democratic parties, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary exit poll results and pre-election polls.
Voters say the economy eclipses any other issue.
Voters in both parties are upset with how activist the government’s been. Two out of three Democrats say it isn’t doing enough. And four in five Republicans say it’s doing too much.
Sixty-one percent of Democrats say the new health care law needs to be expanded. And 82 percent of Republicans say it should be repealed.