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November 06, 2012 7:55 PM Election Results Live-Blog III: Polls Close in Ohio!

By Ed Kilgore

* WV called for Romney, but here’s the biggie from CNN: Obama up three in Ohio according to exits; North Carolina tied! Very bad sign for Mitt; my little birdie informant looking prescient. Three states Mitt can’t lose are hanging fire (VA, NC, FL) and Ohio looking bad for him.

* SC goes to Mitt. Amazing it took that long.

* Theme from Ohio so far (see Nate Cohn’s live-blog at TNR) is Romney over-performing in coal country, Obama over-performing in auto country. No surprise, but interesting.

* Three more non-surprises: Shumlin and Sanders win in Vermont; Manchin wins in WV.

* Indiana Senate race tightens; no media calls there or in Virginia.

* In case you are wondering, live raw vote results coming in slowly in many states. Only a relatively small number of Virginia counties have reported anything. The State Board of Elections isn’t making any results official until 8:00 because of long lines of voters still trying to cast ballots in many locations.

* Big wave o’ states coming up at 8:00. Doubt Florida will be called for a good while, but can’t wait to see what is reported from Pennsylvania.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • punaise on November 06, 2012 8:07 PM:

    Just spent more than hour in the car listening to NPR. They're really trying hard to put everything in the context of how things are going for Romney, what Romney has to do to pull this off, etc. Ron Elving likened it to a Superstorm Sandy, moving slowly up the eastern seaboard (FL, GA, SC. NC, VA then turning inland to OH and oh by the way jumping up to NH). Trying a little too hard there, Ron...

  • DJ on November 06, 2012 8:16 PM:

    Northwest Indiana (bordering Chicago, heavy D) not yet in. At Kos, they're confident that Mourdock will lose the Senate seat...and may cost Mike Pence the governor's mansion. We shall see.

  • James M on November 06, 2012 8:18 PM:

    Don't know if this is a reliable tell or not, but I saw a clip of Romney walking out of the polling place with his wife. A reporter yelled at him: "Governor, how are you doing in Ohio?".

    Still walking towards his car, without turning to look at the reporter, Mr. Romney said, "Yeah,Ohio looks great." His voice was totally flat and he wasn't smiling. He sounded robotic and tired; certainly like someone who really was doing well in Ohio!

  • Celui on November 06, 2012 8:20 PM:

    Here's a viable, conversant, and open discussion going on with 'Democracy Now' at www.democracynow.org Amy Goodman et al are doing a wonderful job of analysis as well as discussion on the attendant issues which confront the country today and in the future. And, you can listen to it online on one browser while you follow Ed at WaMo on another browser. And, remember the good beer at hand.

  • Joe Friday on November 06, 2012 8:21 PM:

    ABC news reporting that long lines of STUDENTS are STILL in line to vote in Virginia.

  • weirdnoise on November 06, 2012 8:23 PM:

    Well, if NPR is treating Romney like a potentially deadly and destructive storm, I'd say they have the tone just right.

  • AndThenThere'sThat on November 06, 2012 9:07 PM:

    Romney over-performing in coal country

    I guess using your mine employees as unpaid props and then threatening them to vote "R" or "else" is paying dividends.