UPDATE, 9:30p (CT): Ok, I’m retiring from reporting state calls for president, unless McCain picks up an unforeseen win.
A couple more disappointments, the loss of Marty Ozinga (R) as my Congressman to replace Weller and also Melissa Hart (R-PA) in a rebid for Congress in OH. Losses of such good pro-lifers. But it looks like Michelle Bachmann is hanging on.
A guy interviewing me on radio yesterday asked, “If Obama wins, you know he’s coming after you, right?” That had never occurred to me. The concept is so presumptuous.
Actually, the opposite had occurred to me, and that’s how I responded: “No, if Obama wins, I’m coming after him.”
My thought has been in recent weeks when pondering the almost unthinkable that an Obama win might provide an opening I frankly couldn’t find with the Bush administration or Republican held Congress. Obama has protested so strongly that he opposes infanticide of abortion survivors, it would seem a good time to propose enforcement penalties to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act….
UPDATE, 8:50p (CT): Fox commentators are debating whether America has gone from being a center-right country to center-left. Most thought not, but I wonder. There are many more conservatives than liberals, according to stats Bill Kristol rattled off I was not quick enough to type. But the number of moderates has increased. These are people with no set core values, as I would define them. They’re not committed on one side or the other. So we’re not getting through to them or losing them.
UPDATE, 8:17p (CT): OH has just gone to Obama. Per Karl Rove on Fox: “For McCain to win, he must pick up a state won by Dems on West Coast in 2004, or MI, or HI…. No Republican has ever been elected while losing the State of OH.”
Ok, beginning to see the hand-writing on the wall.
UPDATE, 8:10p (CT): WY: Barrasso (R) won Senate; WY: Enzi (R) won Senate; KS: Pat Roberts (R) won Senate; NM: Tom Udall (D) won – another GOP seat goes to Dems; AL: Jeff Sessions (R) won; MS: Thad Cochran (R) won; MS: Roger Wicker (R) won (takeover of Lott seat).
Recap: Pick-up of 4 Democrats seats. Now at 55. Would need to win all 5 toss-up races to get to 60.
UPDATE, 8p (CT): More polls closing… WI: Obama; NM: Obama; ND: McCain; MN: Obama; NY: Obama; RI: Obama; MI: Obama; WY: McCain; IN/NC/VA: too close to call.
Per friend Arlen: “Well, it’s hanging by a thread. Looks like we’ll need OH and FL, plus… CO and NV or MN.”
UPDATE, 7:40p (CT): GA called for McCain. Good.
Not good: NH: John Sununu (R) loses Senate seat. The Dem prize of 60 filibuster-proof Senate seats grows more eminent.
Hold on. GA: Saxby Chambliss (R) holds on to Senate seat. The prize quickly grows more elusive.
UPDATE, 7:30p (CT): PA being called for Obama, definitely not good. McCain needed PA for insurance.
No surprises anywhere here: AR: McCain. MA: Kerry (D) won Senate. IL: Durbin (D) won Senate. TN: Lamar Alexander (R) won Senate.
UPDATE, 7:12p (CT): NH called for Obama. McCain had hopes there.
UPDATE, 7:07p (CT): Mitch McConnell called the winner in KY!
Oh, no! Kay Hagan has apparently beaten Elizabeth Dole for Senate in NC in what looks like a landslide. That does not bode well for McCain’s chances.
Democrat net Senate pick-up: 2
UPDATE, 7p (CT): More polls closing. More races called. Still no surprises. MA: Obama; MD: Obama; IL: Obama; DC: Obama; CT: Obama; ME: Obama; NJ, Obama; OK: McCain; TN: McCain; DE (Biden’s home state): Obama.
Senate: McConnell (R-KY) winning but still too close to call. Dole (R-NC) race also still close.
UPDATE, 6:59p (CT): SC has been called for McCain. Still no surprises. Hume on Fox mentioned thoughts of potential Obama blow-outs in VA and GA haven’t pan out. Both are not necessarily McCain’s but are too close to call. Barnes see this oppositely – problematic for McCain.
CNN is making a big deal of Obama doing better in IN than Kerry did, even though he’s still behind overall. Well, duh. IN is next door to IL.
UPDATE, 6:30p (CT): More polls closing. WV: McCain. Still no surprises, no upsets. Not good: Elizabeth Dole’s (R-NC) Senate race too close too call.
UPDATE, 6:10p (CT): Ok, we see our 1st Republican Senate seat lost. VA Repub John Warner retired and (nonrelated) Dem Mark Warner has won. SC: Lindsey Graham kept seat, good. Not good: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) race is too close to call.
I’m not reporting on any exit polling. Don’t trust them, good or bad.
UPDATE, 6p (CT): Ok, some polls have closed, and so far no surprises: VT, Obama; KY, McCain. IN too close to call but Fox is calling the race for Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, which is a good sign.
UPDATE, 5:23p (CT): Ok, game almost on. For 2-3 weeks I have been vascillating between calm – believing McCain/Palin will win or having a good theological grip if not – and angst. Today was no different. So I did what I usually do at times when I’m too distracted to do anything useful. I went to bed. I needed to take a nap anyway in case this is a long night. And now I’m here and ready.
Your friendly blog correspondent will live-blog election results and thoughts tonight.
I’ll be getting reports from daughter Daena at the McCain shindig in DC. I’ll also be keeping tabs on the various pro-life and anti-life state referendums.
Please join me.