Election Night: And They’re Off… Update: Grayson Out! — Barney Frank Wins — Boxer Wins, Reid Wins, Obama’s Old Senate Seat Falls to Republican
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Refresh your browser for updates… Also, Yahoo has a comprehensive live blog here that will no doubt cover much more detail than I’ll get to here (and they have a running total of Senate and House seats), but we’ll cover the biggies. Also Michelle Malkin has a running blog going here that I’m pitching in on.
8:25 pm (edt): Okay, the polls closed in the east less than a half hour ago, and some races have already been called.
Let’s get some bad news out of the way. Chris Coons has already been declared the winner over Christine O’Donnell. So much for watching MSNBC’s heads explode over an O’Donnell win, but there are still plenty of races to go.
However, Republicans Rand Paul in Kentucky and Marco Rubio in Florida have been declared winners.
8:32 pm: Big shocker, Alvin “on the scene” Greene has gone down to defeat to Jim DeMint. I had money on Greene too… dammit!
8:40 pm: Dem Senate candidates Manchin in WV and Blumenthal in CT have been declared winners. Republican John Boozman beat incumbent Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. These first two probably kill any slim hopes that the GOP might have had of controlling the Senate. Manchin spent so much time running from Obama that I’m not even sure if he’s in the country anymore.
8:51 pm: This according to CBS News’ Mark Knoller: “incumbent Cong. Tom Perriello(D) has been defeated by Robt Hurt(R). Obama did rally for Perriello last Friday in Charlottesville.” – The Obama Curse strikes again.
9:04 pm: Michigan governor’s race just called for Republican Rick Snyder over annoying big-mouth Virg Bernero. Thank you lord for not making us listen to him for the next four years!
9:12 pm: Fox News projecting the GOP will take control of the House of Reps. Speaker Pelosi, please turn in your gavel.
9:30 pm: Barney Frank defeats Sean Bielat. Too much to hope for there, I suppose.
9:59 pm: Polls closing soon in many races. Still waiting for news from out west, in particular the Reid/Angle race.
10:01 pm: John McCain wins another six years to reach across the aisle to the Democrats so many people are voting out right now.
10:50 pm: I’m hearing that Nikki Haley has won the SC governor’s race but haven’t yet seen or heard “official” confirmation. Sestak/Toomey in Pennsylvania still very close. Smells like “recount.”
10:57 pm: MSNBC, Fox News and CNN now projecting Ron Johnson has defeated liberal Dem Russ Feingold for Wisconsin Senate. Apparently Feingold’s desperate suck-up to the Tea Party didn’t work. A nice win there.
11:00 pm: Polls closing out west now. Exit poll numbers look to favor Dems in California, but no official calls yet.
11:04 pm: CNN calls SC guv race for Nikki Haley — another pickup for the Tea Party.
11:34 pm: Screen-cap of the night — Chris Matthews was interviewing Michele Bachmann a little while ago, and a sign behind Bachmann posed a question to Matthews:
12:05 am: CNN projects Ma’am — er, I mean, Barbara Boxer — will retain her US Senate seat. That just plain sucks.
12:37 am: Ouch (for Democrats): CNN projects Republican Mark Kirk will pick up Barack Obamaâ€™s old Senate seat in Illinois.
12:44 am: Ah crap, Harry Reid wins in Nevada. I’m not surprised, but still disappointed. However, tonight has given the Republicans (and yes, the Tea Party) more than enough victories to provide great momentum, but just enough high-profile losses to avoid getting cocky about it.
Huge gains in the House tonight, and smaller steps in the Senate. It’s the Republican’s game to lose now heading into 2012.
Now I guess the only immediate task at hand is flipping a coin to see who has the potentially dangerous task of trying to take Nancy Pelosi’s gavel away from her and giving it to John Boehner.