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9 PM Update

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 10:00 PM EST

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.

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Tom DeLay Blathers

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 9:59 PM EST

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?

9:00pm Poll Closings

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 9:45 PM EST

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The major networks all called Pennsylvania for Obama between 8 and 9pm. But the 9pm poll closings were the real moment of truth for Barack Obama. Fox News called traditional blue states Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island for Barack Obama. Fox also called New Mexico, which went for Bush in 2004, for Obama. If Obama wins the rest of the traditional blue states plus Iowa and Colorado, he will be the next president of the United States.

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

The Northeast Speaks

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 9:11 PM EST

THE NORTHEAST SPEAKS....CNN says Obama is now ahead in the electoral vote 77-34. In addition, John King has as much as admitted that Obama has won Pennyslvania and Indiana too.

....ABC has called Pennsylvania for Obama.

....NBC says Jeanne Shaheen has beaten John Sununu in the New Hampshire senate race. That's +2 senate seats so far for the Democrats.

....Fox says Hagan has beaten Dole in North Carolina. That's +3 senate seats for the Democrats.

8:00pm Poll Closings

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 8:47 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.

"You're a Terrific Hologram"

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 8:20 PM EST

"YOU'RE A TERRIFIC HOLOGRAM"....Wolf Blitzer is now talking to a holographic Jessica Yellen. "We've beamed you in," says Blitzer. "It's like I followed in the tradition of Princess Leia," replies Yellin, in an old school reference to R2D2's projection of Leia in the first Star Wars movie. And sure enough, the shimmering aura around Yellin really does look like that.

"You're a terrific hologram," says Blitzer when the segment ends. And with that she fades out.

Sheesh.

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Who Wins the Giant Nerd Demographic? CNN

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 8:08 PM EST

Was that Obi-Wan who just appeared in a CNN segment with Wolf Blitzer? Nope. It was reporter Jessica Yellin, appearing via hologram. That's right, CNN has incorporated a hologram into its coverage tonight.

Jumping the shark was nuking the fridge. Now it's hologramming Jessica Yellin. As in, Dude, that show has nothing left. It has totally hologrammed Jessica Yellin.

PS — I'm probably being too hard on CNN. I mean, they beat NASA and the DOD to this technology. That's something. Right?

7:00pm Poll Closings

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 8:01 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.

Good News for McCain!

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 7:51 PM EST

GOOD NEWS FOR McCAIN!....CNN says that McCain is ahead so far, 8 electoral votes to 3. I predict that this will be his last lead of the evening.

Final Numbers

| Tue Nov. 4, 2008 7:51 PM EST

FINAL NUMBERS....Apropos of nothing in particular, here are the final pre-election approval ratings for George Bush from the Fox News poll. Hard to believe, eh? Even after the almost unimaginable incompetence and calamity of the Bush presidency, topped off by the biggest global financial crisis since the Great Depression, 63% of Republicans still think Bush has done a fine job. If he hadn't sold them down the river on immigration hardassery, I'll bet that number would be more like 80%. I don't really know what that means, but it can't be good for the immediate future of the party. Apparently you have to be even worse than George Bush to lose more than half the GOP rank and file. That's just plain scary.

Anyway, I feel like today, now that it's finally in its death throes, I should have some kind of summing up of the catastrophe that has been the recent Republican era in American politics. As always, though, I just can't do it. It's too big for me to get my hands around. For now, then, I'll satisfy myself with merely documenting those final throes as they happen. They start in just a few minutes.