Election Returns: NEW Headlines and Open Thread

BlueNC Returns Threads:

SD's Kissell v. Hayes thread

Have your own favorite race? Start your own returns thread! Tell me about it and I'll post a link here.

(Pssst! The first thread is over here!)

3:03 - Looks like all of the state's media outlets are dead for the night and we will not get anything on NC-8 until the morning. Another note, Democrats control a majority of governors with at least 28.

2:39 - Looks like the Democrats took the Senate 51-49. Waiting for confirmation of Tester lead in Montana; Webb over 11,000 ahead in Virginia.

2:20 - No word out of Biscoe yet. There should be at least something tonight, if only a time to go to bed statement.

1:26 - Democrats officially keep significant margins in NC House and Senate. [Targator]

12:30 - Kissell/Hayes Margin Within 500 Votes and 1% — Recount Time? Provisional ballots to be counted.

10:57 - Black in Back

10:55 - IT'S SHULER!! Kissell Closing on Hayes

10:36 - Union County Approves School Bonds

10:15 - VA: Webb v. Allen Headed for a Recount?

10:02 - From NCDP HQ: Etheridge - "Dems Will Retake House Tonight" — Jerry Meek calling for a sweep of the state and the nation.

9:40 - Black's Back? — how is a body ever to know what to think!


9:37 - Wake School Bonds Looking Like Winners

9:28 - Bye-Bye Black?

9:18 - Harry Reid Thanks the Netroots

9:16 - State Races Update

9:12 - FL Rid of Katherine Harris; PA Washes Itself of Santorum - Congress just got a lot less yucky.

9:03 - GOP "In For A Long Night" with Yarmuth over Northrop in KY-3? - this was not a race the GOP was expecting to lose.

8:53 - Britney Drops K-Fed Like a Corrupt Congressman

8:48 - Nifong Wins - Durham's embattled DA survives the Duke lacrosse case.

8:44 - NYTimes: Butterfield, McIntyre, Myrick, Price, Coble, Watt Winners - these are not the races that have been keeping us up at night.

8:39 - Charlotte: Streets, no; housing and neighborhoods, yes. - Bonds, yo.

8:36 - Ohio Still Not So Good at Running Elections

8:21 - Meck Board of Elections Server Down

7:57 - Dude smashes a Diebold machine - in PA.

7:36 - Some Durham results will be late - because some stations opened late.

7:32 - Exit Poll Analysis a la Citizen-Times

7:01 - State GOP Chairman Blount Resigns - seems he wants to run for office.

What's the BlueNC election night plan?

Everybody dried off and warmed up? As the night progresses, I'll be posting headlines in this space and links to news here at BlueNC and elsewhere. I'll keep this post updated as frequently as I can, but I won't be going into much depth here.

In the box to the right, entitled "BlueNC Returns Threads," I'll provide links to BlueNC threads focused on specific topics: NC-11, NC-08, state races, national news, etc. These will stay on top, so that you can stay on top of the news. And, of course, the BlueNC community will be keeping it live in blog posts and comments.

One more thing: because we're spreading this out over a few threads, you may find the Tracker useful. Logged-in users who click the "track changes" link (in the blue banner at the top of the page) will see a list of threads with the most-recently-updated at the top and a column showing how many comments are new to you on each thread. Reloading the Tracker page is a good way for members to stay on top of comments and updates. (And if you're not a member, why not? It's free, for Pete's sake!)

I'll be back with headlines as they start coming in.

Comments

Shuler

CNN calls Shuler

AP Shuler (WaPo)

N.C. U.S. House District 11 (KEY RACE)
Heath Shuler (D) 55,587 53
Charles Taylor * (R) 50,271 47
Precincts: 43% | Updated: 10:37 PM ET | Source: AP

so that is what happened.

maybe the Ty race is not over yet. I'll keep my ear to the floor

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Is there a Wake problem?

All I'm seeing is zero precincts reporting. Is there a problem? Other Wake races are coming in CC, Bond etc.

WRAL is showing them

Yes 94,237 54%
No 81,544 46%
Precincts Reporting - 97%

Wake Co Sheriff
Candidate Votes Percent Winner
John Baker (D) 61,287 37%
Donnie Harrison (i) (R) 102,959 63%
Precincts Reporting - 84%

Wake Co Comm Dist 1
Candidate Votes Percent Winner
Donald Mial (D) 73,393 47%
Joe Bryan (i) (R) 83,315 53%
Precincts Reporting - 84%

Wake Co Comm Dist 2
Candidate Votes Percent Winner
Lindy Brown (D) 84,241 54%
Phil Jeffreys (i) (R) 72,373 46%
Precincts Reporting - 84%

Wake Co Comm Dist 3
Candidate Votes Percent Winner
Martha Brock (D) 80,598 48%
Tony Gurley (i) (R) 88,449 52%
Precincts Reporting - 90%

Wake Co Comm Dist 7
Candidate Votes Percent Winner
Roger Koopman (D) 79,100 46%
Paul Coble (R) 92,496 54%
Precincts Reporting - 90%

Wake Co Clerk of Ct
Candidate Votes Percent Winner
Nancy Freeman (D) 85,474 54%
Jan Pueschel (i) (R) 73,943 46%
Precincts Reporting - 84%

NBC calls house for Dems

that was early

where did you go?

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Sadly NC-05

WaPo/AP is calling Foxx over Sharpe

N.C. U.S. House District 5
Virginia Foxx * (R) 56,281 56
Roger Sharpe (D) 43,684 44
Precincts: 67% | Updated: 10:52 PM ET | Source: AP

Not all bad, NC-05

Those are good numbers for a new candidate running on zero name recognition and near zero dollars. 2008 waits just around the corner.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Brad Miller

Brad on TV, just caught end, don't know if Robinson conceded. Robert?

Robinson did not concede

But everyone is calling Miller

Miller said on TV

"I haven't received that gracious call from Mr. Robinson yet." to paraphrase.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The Asheville Citizen-Times has provided the fewest updates

...of any of the NC newspaper websites I'm tracking tonight. Right now, as Shuler basks in victory, their headline is "Van Duncan wins". Who the flip is Van Duncan? I'm closing the A C-T tab.

Dem sheriff upset

in Buncombe and we're very happy.
 
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

AZ-08 pick-up for Dems

CNN calls Giffords over Graf

I can't get any other updates

Mecklenburg is still very slow and the SBOE site is showing Mel Watt losing. Anybody have more current numbers for this race?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

TV shows watt winning handily

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

the mood here is thick and happy

David Price, Bob Etheridge, Brad Miller - all have this look in their eyes. I was just watching the returns on a little TV upstairs and starting talking to some fella without turning around, when I finally did I realized it was Bob Etheridge. He looks intense, like a football player during the national anthem kind of intense.

This could be a fun two years.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

N&O on NC Gen Assembly

House:
Dem-53
Rep-40
60 needed

Senate:
Dem-21
Rep-15
25 needed

Both look good.

word here is 66 in house

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Dems Leading 4 GOP Legislative Incumbents

+2 House, +2 Senate - Not sure about the open seat races.

State House (District 88)
Ray Warren (D) 7177
Mark Hollo (R) * 5756
17 of 28 precincts reporting

State House (District 93)
Cullie Tarleton (D) 13296
Gene Wilson (R) * 10995
37 of 37 precincts reporting

State Senate (District 24)
Tony Foriest (D) 16350
Hugh Webster (R) * 16114
41 of 48 precincts reporting

State Senate (District 47)
Joe Sam Queen (D) 24879
Keith Presnell (R) * 24485
86 of 94 precincts reporting

senate buzz is win 2, lose 2

haven't heard specifics about losses.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The Plank on Vernon:

Incumbent Democrat Brad Miller is trouncing my man Vern Robinson 66 to 34 in North Carolina's 13th, though only 39 percent of precincts have reported ... I guess that means two things: Totally rabid anti-immigrant rhetoric didn't cut it this year (we'll see this for sure when we get numbers on the JD Hayworth/Harry Mitchell race in AZ), and conservatives' desire to turn a House race into an enormous flip-off gesture didn't overwhelm their sanity.

Link

You gotta love Arizona for variety

Defeats Minuteman Graf,
Makes English official language,
Raises minimum wage,
and passes:
Proposition 200: $1 Million Voter Reward
Would establish a "voter reward" random drawing every two years with a first prize of $1 million or more in an effort to increase voter participation. Voters who cast ballots in primary or general elections would be eligible to win. The money would come from the Arizona Lottery and private donations.

Discuss or disgust?



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Now I can go see Mount Rushmore

Sout Dakota was on my "f*ck you" list until now.

: )

That's great. I might go visit just to show my support.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Ken Mehlman on CNN

In total denial

He makes me laugh.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

...and cry ...and hurl...

One step backwards in MI

Passes:
Proposition 2: Restrict Affirmative Action
Proposed amendment to Michigan Constitution would "prohibit the University of Michigan and other state universities, the state, and all other state entities from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin." On June 23, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, ruled in favor of affirmative action in the University of Michigan's admissions policies. The Bush administration opposed the university's pro-affirmative action admission policies.

confusion

from what I understand it was title "Affirmative Action", but if you support affirmative action you had to vote NO.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

NC Senate -

we win three
lose two

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Okay.

I'm tempted to sit here all freakin' night, but I'm going to go home and pick up the blogging from theere.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I'm finally back home.

ridiculously long trip.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Nice work, live blogging from the NCDP HQ, Robert!

It was great to see you there and so nice to meet John and his wife.

I'm glad I had the chance to tell Jerry Meek that I think it's awesome that he posts here on BlueNC and other blogs. And it is.

NCDP rocks.

Thanks from me, too.

I'm really glad you were there. Drive safe.

Van Braxton H-10

State House (District 10)
Van Braxton (D) 7663
Willie Ray Starling (R) 6241
31 of 31 precincts reporting

Congrats Van (& Rita)

*flush*

The Birdman

has a new notice on his site that his pictures aren't to be used without permission. I wonder if he'd give me permission to show him in his tree suit again?

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