Alright, here we go.
As the night goes on, Michelle and I will have updates at her place. I’ll also pop on here when I can for various updates, though I don’t like to be too repetitive between the two sites. Feel free to post comments both here and there about what’s going on in your local races as well, as all of it together will help round out the big picture.
I’m hearing positive news about turnouts, but so far it’s just that — stuff I heard. I can’t imagine the Republican turnout won’t be massive though.
We’ll probably pick it back up here after 8 p.m. EST or whenever results start coming in.
A timetable for armchair election watchers on how the night will unfold, based on what time the last polls close in each state. All times are EST:
—7 p.m.: Polls close in six states but all eyes will be on Virginia, the first of the battleground states to begin reporting results. If either candidate is comfortably ahead in Virginia (13 electoral votes) that could be a leading indicator of which way the night is going.
—7:30 p.m.: Polls close in three states, including all-important Ohio (18 electoral votes) and competitive North Carolina (15).
—8 p.m.: More pieces of the puzzle will start falling into place as polls close in the District of Columbia and 16 states, including battlegrounds Florida (29) and New Hampshire (four).
—8:30 p.m.: Polls close in Arkansas (six), where Romney is comfortably ahead in surveys.
—9 p.m.: Polls close in 14 states, including battlegrounds Colorado (nine) and Wisconsin (10). Democrats have carried Wisconsin for six straight presidential elections and Obama had the edge in polling going in, so a flip here would be especially noteworthy.
— 10 p.m.: Polls close in four states, including the last of the battlegrounds, Iowa (six) and Nevada (six).
—11 p.m.: Polls close in five Western states, but most are foregone conclusions for Obama. He gets 78 electoral votes from California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington; Romney gets four from Idaho.
— 1 a.m. Wednesday: The last of the polls close, in Alaska. Romney gets three electoral votes. Will many people still be up?
Update: Most scenarios at this point now point to Ohio being a must-win for Romney to have any hope of taking this thing. Can he do it?
For more check out my updates at Michelle’s place. Not shaping up to be a good night, but it’s not over yet.
Update II: Obama has been re-elected. The question must be asked: Was the economy not lousy enough, or was the GOP candidate too weak? Or are we simply now a dependency culture run amok?