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November 06, 2012 11:14 PM Election Results Live-Blog X: West Coast Closes!

By Ed Kilgore

* Quick calls of California, Washington, Hawaii for Obama, Idaho for Romney; no call yet in Oregon.

* Chuck Todd on NBC suggesting Obama will win OH and CO, and with less confidence, suggests Obama will probably win Florida while Romney wins Virginia.

* Then NBC calls Romney “apparent winner” in NC. That apparently means all votes counted, but—something or other. Maybe provisional ballots.

* George Allen has conceded in Virginia, meaning he’s lost the exact same seat twice. Republicans are now down two net Senate seats with NV, MT, ND and AZ still out.

* IA called for Obama!

* And now, Ohio called for Obama! So at 11:13 PM, NBC calls the election for Barack Obama. What a long, strange trip it’s been.

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.


  • Ronald on November 06, 2012 11:16 PM:

    Thank you Ed, and all the team at WaMo for all your hard work and efforts during this campaign cycle.
    I'm glad that I will wake up tomorrow with Obama still our President.

  • Ronald on November 06, 2012 11:19 PM:

    And I gotta say I just got a HUGE amount of satisfaction watching Fox News calling Romney a 'loser' and calling the race for Obama.

  • J. Michael Neal on November 06, 2012 11:23 PM:

  • Rage on November 06, 2012 11:23 PM:

    Thanks Ed!

  • mudwall jackson on November 06, 2012 11:29 PM:

    wow ... winning is sweet

  • mudwall jackson on November 06, 2012 11:31 PM:

    so much for the late night ...

  • castanea on November 06, 2012 11:32 PM:

    Somewhere in America is a hooker who will have every flake of polish sucked from her toenails by a frustrated Dick Morris looking for a bit of release, if you catch my drift.

  • Rich on November 06, 2012 11:35 PM:

    As a one time Georgian and Tennesean, I don't think it will hurt Ed too much to say what's obvious "Fuck the South" (and the Plains, along with TX and OK). And my home state of Ohio put Obama over.

  • RED dawn on November 06, 2012 11:44 PM:

    Woolverines!!!! Its Time

  • Anonymous on November 06, 2012 11:45 PM:

    I see the media is already spinning the hell out of the no mandate meme.

    Please get extra Secret Service protection on Pres because there's some nutjobs who's heads are exploding right now.

    Thank you, Ed, for all your exceptional hard work tonight and these past few months.

    My thanks to all those sticking out long lines to vote.


  • Mark-NC on November 06, 2012 11:52 PM:


    And all the cheating, lying, nastiness, rottenness, endless black money, propaganda, and outright voter suppression didn't get the Repugnant Ones a win. What do they have now?

    Sadly - more of the same.

  • Joe Friday on November 06, 2012 11:53 PM:

    Starting tomorrow, the Republicans will be trying to figure out exactly what lies they can tell to capture the Latino vote.

  • mudwall jackson on November 06, 2012 11:56 PM:

    and a giant f*ck you to mitch mcconnell

  • Patrick Star on November 07, 2012 12:09 AM:

    And how about a giant f*ck you to Donald Trump, Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Bros., Citizens United (and the RATS who decided it), Rush Limpdick, Karl Rove, Peggy Noonan, Newt Gingrich, the pathetic news media, and all the other greedy sociopathic losers (too many to count!) who have made life damn near unbearable for the last 4 years. They just want us to be as miserable as they are.

  • exlibra on November 07, 2012 12:10 AM:

    Obama is holding VA, so far, anyway. And by more than is needed to obviate a recount:
    Never before have my own nails tasted that sweet. I may be an "adopted" American and ditto Virginian, but, after nearly 40 yrs here, I like to be proud of "my" state.

    "dedBox Comp." I'll happily attend the funeral and/or the memorial service for the GOP.

  • N.Wells on November 07, 2012 12:29 AM:

    Later today, McConnell and Boehner will meet and swear to work ceaselessly to keep Obama to just two terms. :)

    With the tea party successes in the house, the House R's aren't going to take useful lessons from this historic defeat (they will blame senate candidates for not knowing how to win elections and Romney for doing such an incompetent job of lying to the populace), so the House is going to get uglier, until (hopefully) many of them get swept out in 2014 for being impossibly obstructionist. More cheerfully, this seems like an early onset of the demographic winter for the Republicans, unless they move dramatically back to being sane and rational, which I don't see happening any time soon.

  • Leo Leahy on November 07, 2012 1:17 AM:

    If Mitt Romney had any decency, he would promise to remove himself to Somalia to evangelize on the behalf of his Mormon faith, which kept him from harm during the Vietnam conflict.