Nick Baumann

Nick Baumann

Senior Editor

Nick is based in our DC bureau, where he covers national politics and civil liberties issues. Nick has also written for The Economist, The Atlantic, the Washington Monthly, and Commonweal. Email tips and insights to nbaumann [at] motherjones [dot] com. You can also follow him on Facebook.

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8:00pm Poll Closings

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 7:47 PM EST

Despite the fact that Obama was ahead with 1 percent reporting, CNN called South Carolina for McCain around 7:55pm. A bunch of safe states that closed at 8pm went for their respective candidates. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Deleware, DC, Maryland, and Illinois went for Obama. Oklahoma and Tennessee went for McCain. Three of Maine's four electoral votes were also called for Obama. In a bit of a surprise, the entire deep South can't be called yet—even deep-red Alabama. Obama 77, McCain 34.

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7:00pm Poll Closings

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 7:01 PM EST

The networks called Kentucky for John McCain and Vermont for Barack Obama. Indiana and South Carolina, which were called immediately after polls closed in 2004, are still too close to call. Indiana being a close race portends a tough night for John McCain. George W. Bush won that state by 21 points in 2004. Virginia is too close to call, too, but Mark Warner will, as expected, be the next US Senator from Virginia. That's the Democrats' first Senate pickup of the night.

The Difference Two Years Makes

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 12:33 PM EST

Two years ago yesterday, SurveyUSA interviewed 600 Americans in each state of the union. Those 30,000 voters were asked who they would vote for in 2008 if the candidates were Barack Obama and John McCain. In that (mock) election, Senator McCain won 510 electoral votes. Obama carried his home state of Illinois, his birth state of Hawaii, and the overwhelmingly Democratic District of Columbia. The map looked like this:

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Even if the polls are wrong and Obama loses, no one thinks the map will look like that tonight. Guess Obama was serious about that "Change" business. Now that's what you call expanding the map.

Charlie Black: Eternal Optimist

| Mon Nov. 3, 2008 1:37 PM EST

From former MoJo-er Michael Scherer's Swampland post yesterday, explaining why the McCain campaign thinks the race is getting closer:

Barack Obama On The Issues: Sagging Pants

| Mon Nov. 3, 2008 1:31 PM EST

In an otherwise issues-focused interview with MTV, we finally get to hear Barack Obama's position on what those darn kids are wearing:

Here is my attitude: I think people passing a law against people wearing sagging pants is a waste of time. We should be focused on creating jobs, improving our schools, health care, dealing with the war in Iraq, and anybody, any public official, that is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there. Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What's wrong with that? Come on. There are some issues that we face, that you don't have to pass a law, but that doesn't mean folks can't have some sense and some respect for other people and, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear — I'm one of them.

The campaign's new slogan: "Brothers should pull up their pants."

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