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Rhode Island Senate Race Goes to Democrat

According to CNN, Lincoln Chafee just lost in Rhode Island. That's three pick up seats for the Democrats for those...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:31 PM EST

According to CNN, Lincoln Chafee just lost in Rhode Island. That's three pick up seats for the Democrats for those keeping score...

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GOP Strategy in Maryland: Pretend You're a Dem

Now this is truly bizarre. In Maryland, where I spent most of the day reporting on technical snafus with the...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:28 PM EST

Now this is truly bizarre. In Maryland, where I spent most of the day reporting on technical snafus with the state's electronic voting system, the GOP was handing out campaign literature that listed Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich, who's running for reelection, and Lt. Governor Michael Steele, who's running against Ben Cardin for an open Senate seat, as Democrats. "The intent could not be clearer: to confuse those looking to vote a straight Democratic ticket," the Washington Monthly reports. It gets stranger from here:

I talked to the man who handed me the pamphlet. A thirty-something African-American who wouldn't give his name, he told me that, starting last Friday, some people had come to the Philadelphia homeless shelter where he said he volunteers, and had begun to recruit residents. Eventually, he said that 300 people filled five buses. He said he was paid $100 for the day's work.

And this just in from the AP:

Governor Ehrlich's campaign is acknowledging that it paid for fliers handed out on Election Day, suggesting Ehrlich and Michael Steele are Democrats.

I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.

UPDATE: As Clara notes below, it looks like Steele's Senate bid was unsuccessful.

CBS Calls Maryland Senate Race for Democrat

The ghost of Dan Rather lives on, as CBS is boldly calling races that no one else dares call. But...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:18 PM EST

The ghost of Dan Rather lives on, as CBS is boldly calling races that no one else dares call. But they've got a precinct by precinct tally, check it out here.

Surprise: Another Democrat from Minnesota

Here's to daughters of (locally) famous men: Amy Klobuchar, whose last name every Minnesotan associates with the late, and beautifully...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:06 PM EST

Here's to daughters of (locally) famous men: Amy Klobuchar, whose last name every Minnesotan associates with the late, and beautifully crotchety, column her father, Jim, used to pen for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, seems headed to be the junior senator from Minnesota. Klobuchar paid her own dues, working her way up through the Hennepin County District Attorney's office. Democrats on Capitol Hill can use someone with prosecutorial expertise...

Hostettler's Out in Indiana

Roll Call reports that John Hostettler, the Indiana Republican, has been unseated by Brad Ellsworth, a county sheriff. A handful...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:03 PM EST

Roll Call reports that John Hostettler, the Indiana Republican, has been unseated by Brad Ellsworth, a county sheriff. A handful of other Republican incumbents in Indiana could share Hostettler's fate, among them Mike Sodrel, Anne Northrup, and Chris Chocola. Stay tuned.

Massachusetts Elects its First Black Governor

Deval Patrick, a former Clinton administration official, has just been declared the winner of Massachusetts' widely watched gubernatorial race, becoming...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:47 PM EST

Deval Patrick, a former Clinton administration official, has just been declared the winner of Massachusetts' widely watched gubernatorial race, becoming the first black governor in the state's history. Judging from the poll figures, he gave his opponent, Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, a drubbing too.

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Bye, Bye Katherine Harris

The Republicans that Democrats love to hate are continuing to fall. CBS reports that Bill Nelson has taken the Florida...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:45 PM EST

The Republicans that Democrats love to hate are continuing to fall. CBS reports that Bill Nelson has taken the Florida senate race, meaning Katherine Harris is out. Harris has sunk her personal wealth into the race and may face a criminal investigation on bribery/corruption allegations. Difficult days ahead...

Bye, Bye Mike DeWine

CBS names Sherrod Brown the winner of the Ohio senate race. Not a particularly close one in recently weeks, because...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:39 PM EST

CBS names Sherrod Brown the winner of the Ohio senate race. Not a particularly close one in recently weeks, because Mike DeWine was a firm member of the culture of corruption that plagued the Republican Party. A reborn and more voter-friendly GOP has to get rid of members like DeWine.

Values Voters, Again?

Six in ten voters say values issues like abortion and gay marriage influence their voting choices.

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:34 PM EST

Earlier today, I reported that gay marriage was not likely to succeed as a conservative vote-getter this election cycle. The issue is not whether conservatives support gay marriage, but rather whether anti-gay measures bring conservatives to the polls who might otherwise have stayed home. CNN's early exit poll results indicate that six in ten voters say values issues like abortion and gay marriage influenced their choices.

But the question is too broad to suggest that gay marriage got conservatives into the polling booth--it does not specify, for instance, whether the voters support or oppose "values" legislation. CNN's results—which are currently only available for two states, Virginia and Tennessee, where anti-gay marriage amendments are on the ballot—also show that the single strongest predictor of a vote against gay marriage is strong approval of how George W. Bush is handling his job. Read: extreme Republican partisanship of the sort that would lead someone to vote with or without the proposed constitutional amendment.

Both amendments are likely to pass. But amendments in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin face uncertain outcomes and promise to tell us more about the status of gay marriage in 2006.

Laura Ingraham Tells Listeners To Jam Voter Protection Hotline

It was only a matter of time before radio host and talking head Laura Ingraham crossed the line from ridiculous...

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 9:33 PM EST

It was only a matter of time before radio host and talking head Laura Ingraham crossed the line from ridiculous to dangerous, and today was her big day. Ingraham encouraged her radio listeners to jam a free voter protection hotline after playing an audio tape of DNC Chairman Howard Dean informing Democrats to use the hotline.

Wait a second! So — (Laughter) you call 1 888 DEM VOTE — otherwise 'Dim Bulb Vote' or 'Dumb Vote' — and all you do is get tranferred to muzak, then they cut you off. This is what I'm thinking. Tell me if you think I'm crazy. This is what I'm thinking. I think we all need to call 1 888 DEM VOTE all at the same time. And, by the way, when you call, when you call the number — and remember, it's 'Dem Vote' not 'Dumb Vote' — when you call the number, as we did, and we got transferred, transferred, then we just got hung up upon. You know, we're supposed to have these election teams within a matter of minutes, they're supposed to be coming to the polls. Can you imagine what those people look like? Halloween all over again. So if you have trouble with the poll, you're supposed to call, via 1 888 'Dumb Vote,' and this is what you get.

Given the trouble that people have gotten into for intentionally jamming election phone lines in the last few years, Ingraham may be on thin ice.

Think Progress has the audio available here.