Dear Readers: I am too excited today to focus entirely on a work project. I will take a cue from my favorite blogger, the Anchoress, and live-blog observations and information as it comes in. My key thought today —
A field report from my poll station: I live in a mixed Dem/GOP area. According to the poll workers, the voting has been steady — with waves of voters here and there. The station reports levels slightly more than 2008 (but a lot of people went to the registrar of voters for that election, so this might not mean anything). According to the poll worker, a majority of the residents of the condo complex in which I live (many of the small business owners) have already voted. Voters were streaming in one or two at a time for the 15 minutes I spent there.
It is an interesting sign that Democrats are already coming unhinged (and I say this as a Democrat). Hot Air as a thread devoted to turn out reports across the country.
On a more interesting note, by humble website has had over 1,000 hits on my CALIFORNIAA TEA PARTY BALLOT RECOMMENDATIONS. Most of them are coming in from specific search engine requests. I am jazzed to see that Californians are active, engaged, and voting. For the original outline, I wanted to especially thank THE LIBERATOR TODAY (apparently Organizing For America sent an email reminder for him to vote; they are in for a surprise, I think). I also wanted to thank LEFT COAST REBEL for spreading the word. Tim has more on California in his PJM report today.
I think this is an exciting development. It means that citizens are no longer looking to the party machines for recommendations — but to citizens who have researched, vetted, and engaged the candidates and investigated ballot measures, who have no intention of promoting a specific party or special interest.
Other SLOBS have great reads today. W.C. Varones outlines what he wants on election night. Beers with Demo has developed a savvy new victory classification scheme involving tequila.
As a reminder, here are Team SLOBs over/under projections for the House and Senate today (in terms of GOP pick-ups)
76 House GOP pickup.
10 Senate GOP pickup!
(MUT Note: As of this morning, Gallup puts the enthusiasm gap at 19 points. I may not have been optimistic enough).
W.C. Varones Over/Under
Doo-Doo Economics/Charles Caesar
Beers with Demo
The Liberator Today
For bonus points, I predict that at least one Democrat in the House will change parties to Republican after the election, but no senators will, unlike ’94 when Sen. Richard Shelby of AL switched parties.
Lipstick Underground: I don’t have numbers to contribute nationwide…but I do think 3 (at least) house 1 senate for California.
The Anchoress linked to this piece today, which was awesome for me to read as a newbie Catholic: Are US Catholics about to produce one of the biggest ever swings against the Democrats? The take-home message is here:
And I have to add that Hot Air beat me to the movie analogy of the day: Every Election Day is a celebration, a reminder that no one rules us as long as those in power have to answer for their actions. And when they grow arrogant and stop listening, well …
Check in with HillBuzz today, if you can. They will have some awesome posts — many of which will be headed by “GREAT MERCIFUL ZEUS”. This gem gives us a good indication why Obama is holding a pity presser tomorrow: GREAT MERCIFUL ZEUS: Gay black men in Boystown voting for MARK KIRK for Senate because “Democrats can suck it”
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Update 1: As I get a Hot Air field report from our area, I will post it here:
Arrived at the polls in at 7:15AM in the San Diego suburb called Rancho Penasquitos. There was already a considerable line; when I signed in, I peeked at the column under “Party Affiliation,” and saw that 80% were Republicans, suggesting good Karma for Whitman and Fiorina.
From a Republican district in Orange County, California: “I just got back from voting and here is my report; there were 8 voting booths and all was being used when I arrived. Normally when I vote around 9:00am there is only one or two booths being used. I had to wait a few minutes to do my voting and by the time I was leaving there was a line forming. Traffic much more for that time of day.”
Just voted in Riverside, CA, and, for the first time ever, I stood in line to vote.
Just voted in the deep blue West Los Angeles. Poll watchers were there. The crowd was much smaller than 2008. The thing that bugged me was that there was a special table set up for people who speak spanish only. That is where the line was. Don’t remember seeing such a table in 2008.
Californians need to thank the Texas Rangers for the supreme sacrifice they made last night in the World Series! “Operation Hang Over” was timed perfectly for Election Eve! The Streets of San Francisco were filled with loud drunk baseball fans late into the night. I imagine that very few of these fans will be in any shape to vote today. Holding down the liberal San Francisco vote is crucial for California! This might be just enough to save California from a Governor Moonbeam! Please vote for Meg Whitman for Governor! I voted at City Hall on Sunday afternoon. There was a steady stream of voters coming in behind me, but only four people in line in front of me. The line moved quickly as most people were just dropping off absentee ballots. In past years, the line at City Hall has been much longer.
Thank you Texas Rangers! You are true Patriots!
ACE OF SPADES: Dick Morris says we’re heading for an “unbelievable landslide,” based on reports from the ground all over the country. Adds reports of enthusiasm of MA voters for Scott Bielat, who is challenging Barney Franks.
UPDATE (3 PM PT): GOP STRATEGIST SAYS, BASED ON EARLY POLL DATA — “If this holds, we win everything.” Also, this chestnut:
I am told that one Democratic strategist, helping a television network with Election Night analysis, just declared that the Democrats were experiencing something on par with mass murder. The GOP counterpart looked at the same numbers and concluded the Democrats are, so far, not getting the urban turnout they need; suburban and rural areas are seeing big turnouts.
UPDATE (3:15 pm PT): LIVE-BLOGGING FROM DC WITH THE TEA PARTY PATRIOTS.
UPDATE (3:30 PT): DRUDGE REPORT – EXIT POLLS
IL 49-43 Kirk [R]… KY 55-44 Paul [R]… NV TIED…
Arkansas: Boozman (R) over Lincoln (D)
Ohio: Portman (R) over Fisher (D)
North Dakota: Hoeven (R) over Potter (D)
Wisconsin: Johnson (R) over Feingold (D)
UPDATE (4 pm PT): Good news/bad news (again via Drudge):
California: Boxer [D] over Fiorina [R}
Florida: Rubio [R] over Crist [I], Meek [D]
Californians — there is still time. You have 4 hours to change this result!
SENATE UPDATE: Dan Coats, Rand Paul and soon Marco Rubio.
UPDATE (4:40 pm PT): Via Drudge — EXIT POLLS SHOW REPUBLICANS TAKE HOUSE: 50+ PICKUP 7+ SENATE
UPDATE (5:30 PM PT): Blanche Lincoln of AZ loses to her GOP opponent. Another Senate seat pick-up.And it looks like Virginia went solidly GOP, which means a lot of pickups. Sadly, GOP loses the Senate races in Delaware and Connecticut. I still view Delaware as a Tea Party win, as Mike Castle was a vile representative that co-authored the Disclose Act. I think Coons will be less of a Tea Party enemy.
UPDATE (9:20 PM): I have been watching the Senate results; I am a little bit more sanguine about the sad results in California knowing PA and IL have GOP Senators (especially Kirk in Obama’s old seat). The silver lining in the CA results is that Prop D is trailing badly. I am signing-off, and praying for an Angle win in NV.