2008 - %3, November

The Old, Likeable McCain Delivers Concession Speech

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 9:21 PM PST

During his concession speech McCain was the most sincere and likeable he's been since the campaign began. Disconcerting though that people started booing at the mention of Obama, and when he said "I don't know what more I could have done," came shouts of "Reverend Wright!"

Cue the healing.

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11 PM Update

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 9:00 PM PST

11 PM UPDATE....I figured CNN would call the election at 11:01 Eastern, but I was off by a minute. They called it at 11:00.

....I guess I should be feeling a sense of excitement, but what I mostly feel is an immense sense of relief. Just a complete, unmitigated, totally drained sense of relief that George Bush will finally be packed up and sent home to Crawford. For just this moment, I don't even care whether Barack Obama will be a great president. I'm just grateful that for the next four years our president will be at least minimally competent and grounded in reality. Thank God.

....CNN has called Florida for Obama.

....Colorado goes for Obama. Obama is up to 338 electoral votes so far.

Barack Obama Will Be Our Next President

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 8:50 PM PST

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We called it a little after 9pm, but the networks took almost another two hours. But just after 11pm, as polls closed on the West Coast, the networks called the 2008 presidential race for Barack Obama. John McCain is expected to concede shortly, and Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief David Corn will be reporting in shortly from Barack Obama's victory celebration in Chicago. Stick around. History has been made tonight.

Photo by flickr user Barack Obama used under a Creative Commons license.

Minnesota Senate Race Too Close to Call

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 8:34 PM PST

Currently Al Franken is up 42.6% to Norm Coleman's 40.9% with 16.5% of precincts reporting, in what has become the most expensive, and ugliest, Senate races going.

UPDATE: Nearly tied with 33.5% of precincts reporting.

Shays (R-Conn) Cites Democratic "Tsunami" in Defeat

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 8:32 PM PST

Says the 10-term incumbent in his concession speech:

"I was really hoping that a very positive campaign could overcome this tsunami we knew was there."

If Dem Jim Himes, a former Goldman Sachs VP, does win in CT the victory would give New England an entirely Democratic delegation. Tsunami-like, maybe, but perhaps more like a surge. This whole night could be described, when it's all said and done, as the ultimate progressive surge.

10 PM Update

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 8:00 PM PST

10 PM UPDATE....Apparently Mark Udall has won his senate race in Colorado. That's +5 for the Democrats.

....Fox and CNN have called Virginia for Obama.

....Obama wins Iowa.

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Shocker! Nader Out (Plus Senate News)

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 7:29 PM PST

Ralph Nader has withdrawn from the race. Writes the Free Press:

"The streets are going to be filled with revelry … both here and in Africa," Nader predicted, followed by a 10-minute denunciation of most of the Democratic Party candidate's policy and record.

Good times.

In Senate news, Democrat Kay Hagan will defeat Republican Libby Dole in North Carolina (Dem pickup), Democrat Jeanne Shaheen will defeat Republican John Sununu in New Hampshire (pickup), Democrat Mark Warner will defeat Republican Jim Gilmore in Virginia (pickup). Democrat Tom Udall will defeat Republican Steve Pearce in New Mexico (pickup). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will retain his seat, defeating Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford (no pickup).

All the safe seats are progressing as you would expect. Franken, Begich, Merkley, and the other Udall (other potential pickups) are still outstanding.

If Fox News Is Right, Barack Obama Will Be The Next President of the United States

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 7:12 PM PST

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Fox News just called Ohio for Barack Obama. Obama is on pace to win every Kerry state plus (at least) New Mexico and Ohio. Barring shocking results in Kerry states west of the Mississippi, Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States.

By the way, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com predicts that it is literally impossible for John McCain to win the election without Ohio.

Update: The other nets have called Ohio, too.

Photo by flickr user Barack Obama used under a Creative Commons license.

9 PM Update

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 7:00 PM PST

9 PM UPDATE....ABC says Tom Udall has won the senate seat in New Mexico. That's +4 in the senate for Dems.

Obama is ahead in the electoral college by about 174-76.

....Pretty much everyone seems to agree that Florida is looking very grim for John McCain. No official call yet, though.

....CNN says McConnell has retained his senate seat in Kentucky. Damn.

....Fox and NBC have called Ohio for Obama. That's the election at 9:25 pm EST.

....Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States. Our long national nightmare is (almost) over.

....NBC has called New Mexico for Obama.

Tom DeLay Blathers

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 6:59 PM PST

TOM DeLAY BLATHERS....Tom DeLay just told Chris Matthews that Democrats would double the minimum wage within the next six months. That would really be something, wouldn't it? A minimum wage of 14 bucks an hour. It's good to see that DeLay is still as delusional as he was back when he was in office.

Also: Dems will destroy the economy. Leave it a smoking rubble. Etc. DeLay is not a man with a sense of irony, is he?