Election Night Results

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No surprises as of 7:00 pm central time.

Kentucky, SC, Georgia, OK, Miss, WV, TN, AL and Indiana have been called for Romney and Vermont has been called for Obama. Avowed Socialist Bernie Sanders has won his race there, as well.

Obama has also  won MA, NJ, IL, RI, DC, NY.

CAC at The Ace of Spades decision desk is tabulating results and posting them here as soon as he is  confident a state will break one way or another. He’s looking at either from exit poll data and initial returns or the raw data trickling in before he calls the state.

Called states in the Senate and President race will be colored in solid, and their electoral votes will then be allocated to the winner.

What to watch out for:
Two big things.
Ohio’s early vote and absentees are going to go online first, per the Secretary of State. Since this bloc favors Obama tremendously, don’t croak if Obama comes out of the gate in the Buckeye with a large lead. Truth be told, Strickland seemed to be putting on a fight in 2010, but lost narrowly after all the exurban and rural votes came in.

That brings me to the second thing, Pennsylvania. If the state goes to Romney, it won’t be obvious for a very long time. In 2010, Toomey trailed for much of the evening as the Philadelphia and Allegheny numbers flooded in, only to be eaten away by the central and suburban county votes. The same is likely to happen tonight as well.

So far, Virginia is looking good for Romney. North Carolina was leaning Romney but the state has been riddled with Democrat voter shenanigans, and as it stands at 7:20 central – it’s looking good for Obama.

More Election Night Blogging at The Other McCain: ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS HQ and Red State and Weasel Zippers:2012 Elections Live Thread…

Fox News Election results, here.

Ohio is giving me a stomach ache.

7:20: CAC has called Missouri for Romney – no surprise, there.

Ace: Romney Wins Tennessee; No Call Yet On Any Of the Tightly Contested States
Karl Rove Thinks FL, VA, and Even OH Look Strong for Romney

7:50: AR called for Romney.

North Carolina’s looking much better for Romney – VA continues to look good.

FL is neck and neck – Obama slightly ahead.

8:00: Romney takes TX, ND, SD, Nebraska, WY and KS called for Romney. Michigan has been called for Obama.

8:15: Heartache – PA called for Obama.

A snapshot of Missouri races as of 8:15 pm central:

President, Vice President (42 of 3394 Precincts Reported)
Barack Obama, Joe Biden Democrat 12,565 37.7%
Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan Republican 20,135 60.4%
Gary Johnson, James P. Gray Libertarian 522 1.6%
Virgil Goode, Jim Clymer Constitution 105 0.3%
Total Votes 33,327
Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
U. S. Senator (42 of 3387 Precincts Reported)
Claire McCaskill Democrat 16,399 49.9%
Todd Akin Republican 14,318 43.5%
Jonathan Dine Libertarian 2,178 6.6%
William Dean Write-in 0 0.0%
Bernard J. (Spark) Duraski, Jr. Write-in 0 0.0%
Bernie Mowinski Write-in 0 0.0%
Charlie L. Bailey Write-in 0 0.0%
Arnie C. (AC) Dienoff Write-in 0 0.0%
Ted Kimzey Write-in 0 0.0%
Total Votes 32,895
Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
Governor (42 of 3380 Precincts Reported)
Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon Democrat 16,798 50.9%
David (Dave) Spence Republican 15,226 46.1%
Jim Higgins Libertarian 1,002 3.0%
Leonard Steinman Write-in 0 0.0%
Ronald E. Levy Write-in 0 0.0%
Total Votes 33,026
Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
Lt. Governor (42 of 3380 Precincts Reported)
Susan Montee Democrat 13,976 43.0%
Peter Kinder Republican 17,000 52.2%
Matthew Copple Libertarian 950 2.9%
Cynthia L. Davis Constitution 614 1.9%
Charles R. Jackson Write-in 0 0.0%
Total Votes 32,540
Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
Secretary of State (42 of 3380 Precincts Reported)
Jason Kander Democrat 14,165 44.1%
Shane Schoeller Republican 16,638 51.8%
Cisse W. Spragins Libertarian 925 2.9%
Justin Harter Constitution 379 1.2%
Total Votes 32,107
Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
Treasurer (42 of 3380 Precincts Reported)
Clint Zweifel Democrat 14,505 45.5%
Cole McNary Republican 15,971 50.1%
Sean O’Toole Libertarian 1,434 4.5%
Total Votes 31,910
Office / Candidate Name Party Votes % of Votes
Attorney General (42 of 3380 Precincts Reported)
Chris Koster Democrat 16,847 52.3%
Ed Martin Republican 14,173 44.0%
Dave Browning Libertarian 1,209 3.8%

U.S. Representative – District 5 (1 of 387 Precincts Reported)
Emanuel Cleaver II Democrat 1,248 52.1%
Jacob Turk Republican 1,084 45.2%
Randall (Randy) Langkraehr Libertarian 65 2.7%
Andrew Thomas Write-in 0 0.0%
Andrew Feagle Write-in 0 0.0%

9:00 pm central:

Ace:Was Wisconsin Called Too Soon?

Both CAC and now Patrick Ruffini are talking about strong numbers for Romney/Ryan there.

Just throwing that out there. The Decision Desk is keeping Wisconsin uncalled.

I was thinking the same thing.

ALSO: Some Good News: Both Romney and Obama Camps Expect Romney to Carry Florida

So, there’s that.

And I think we’ll carry VA and NC, too.

Turk has taken the lead in Dist. 5  MO:

U.S. Representative – District 5 (29 of 387 Precincts Reported)
Emanuel Cleaver II Democrat 12,943 46.3%
Jacob Turk Republican 14,031 50.2%

9:30: Turk still leading 49% – 47%

9:48: a big change- Jackson County must have come in:

Emanuel Cleaver II Democrat 83,554 65.8%
Jacob Turk Republican 39,910 31.4%

Ohio has been called for Obama, but Carl Rove is disputing it.

Still, it looks like Obama has won reelection with a combination of voter fraud, campaign finance fraud, disenfranchisement of the military vote and a hopelessly obtuse electorate.

RS McCain says it best: AMERICA HOPELESSLY DOOMED

We really are screwed. We’re going to go straight downhill – Obama has no solutions to our problems. Everything he does makes things worse. He’s hopelessly corrupt – he has no compunction about lying to our faces on a daily bases – we have to put up with another four years of that? The constant lies – the corruption – the wanton destruction of the US economy while they spend exorbitant amounts of taxpayer money on their own expensive vacations? What do we have to look forward to?: A blizzard of new regulations to finish off the coal industry, ObamaCare, taxagedden, the corrupt DOJ, Obama’s next Supreme Court picks, and a continued assault on religious liberties – Oh my God.

Message transmitted to Vladamir: Obama can be “flexible”, now.

God help us.

Does blue state America understand what they have done?

Stanley Kurtz: Get Ready for Obama’s First Term:

The fact that Obama has only very narrowly secured reelection–unusual, since reelected presidents normally expand their initial electoral margins–might seem to contradict this high-conflict scenario. You can certainly argue that a barely-reelected president would be smart to pull in his horns and govern from the middle. Yet that’s not who Barack Obama is, and it’s certainly not the premise upon which he ran his campaign. Obama took the intentionally risky path of alienating half the country with an in-your-face negative campaign because he believed that demographics now allow him to cobble together a leftist majority in support of transformative change. Whether that demographic vision is valid or not, Obama and his advisors believe that it is, and so will govern with relative disregard for opposition, however vocal.

The reelection of a Republican House of Representatives might also seem to have a moderating impact on the president, and to a limited degree it does. Yet Obama has cast aside conventional restraints on executive power with his pre-election orders on welfare reform and immigration. He will thus interpret reelection as a license to rule by executive order–well beyond the traditional limits on executive power. In the absence of intense populist pressure on a Congress facing another Tea Party electoral wave in 2014, it will be impossible to prevent Obama from abusing his executive authority.

Even the conventional post-election honeymoon period may be short-lived. A huge controversy over the fiscal cliff looms in the lame-duck session of Congress. Obama has predicted that in the wake of his reelection, the Republican “fever” will break. Given the stakes, his conduct of this campaign, and Obama’s evident transformative intentions, a bitter showdown is more probable.

The long and short of it is that President Obama has won reelection, but in a way likely to propel national polarization well beyond its current level. By delaying his most controversial policy changes to a second term, laying the basis for (arguably unconstitutional) rule by executive order, and running a negative campaign designed to realign the electorate leftward, Obama has laid the foundation for a high-conflict future. What’s more, he knows it, and he’s ready for it. Obama is willing to pay the price of national division for the sake of making the transformative changes he seeks. So a massive increase in polarization is exactly what we’re likely to get.

To put it another way, because the public has never truly seen the changes he’s enacted put into practice, Obama has an exceedingly tenuous mandate. But he doesn’t care. All Obama wants to do is to squeak by, after which he plans to depend on shifting demographics to cement his sweeping transformation in place. The question is, have Americans really changed as much as Obama thinks, or will the actual arrival of his long-delayed first term agenda in his second term set off a populist movement that brings his plans to a halt?

An important update from Moe Lane at Red State:

“There is a lot of ruin in a country.” And despair is a sin.

I repeat: despair is a sin.  The worst of them.

Election Day Watch – Dem Shenanigans And Hopeful Signs

Obama Weeps

The word is out that team Obama is going to try to claim victory early today, in an effort to suppress the vote:

Via Ace: Brad Thor: I Have It From A Reliable Source In the Chicago Camp That Obama Plans To Declare Victory Early Tomorrow, In Order to Demoralize Romney Voters

As Romney says: Forewarned.

And spread the word – not a single Romney voter should let anything the Obama media says today dissuade them from voting. Two words, people – BROKEN GLASS.

WatchDogWire will be livestreaming election news starting at noon Eastern and Jim Geraghty  will updating election news at Campaign Spot throughout the day..

Big Journalism: *Live Blog* Election Day News ObamaMedia Ignores:

Because the corrupt media is so breathtakingly corrupt in its push to reelect a failed president, Big Journalism needs a running live blog. Please help us in our quest to capture the breadth and scope of this corruption by forwarding your tips to jnolte@breitbart.com or Twitter me @NolteNC.

The Other McCain: ELECTION DAY UPDATES:

Win, lose, or draw, we’re gonna be up late tonight, and the best thing to do is to avoid unnecessary stress. My advice to you is to start drinking heavily. Readers are welcome to provide their own reports, or link to useful information, in the comments.

I’ll be checking in with more news as I find it.

Mental Recession: Poll Worker Tells U.S. Senate Candidate She Has to Vote Democrat All the Way Down the Ballot:

A pretty disturbing report coming out of U.S. Senate candidate, Wendy Long’s campaign.  Apparently, a poll worker reviewed Long’s ballot and told her it would be rejected because she didn’t “fill in every space”.

When Long countered that you can indeed leave some sections of the ballot blank, the poll worker again indicated her ballot would be rejected.

Long correctly informed the worker that forcing a voter to vote in every race, would essentially result in that person being forced to vote for candidates they do not want.

The poll worker even went so far as to suggest Long should mark the Democratic line all the way down.

Outrage: The Hill: GOP senators: Thousands of ballots unlikely to reach military voters in time:

A group of Republican senators said Monday that thousands of voter ballots are unlikely to reach military service members until after Nov. 6.

One day ahead of the election, Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to express their concern over delays in ballots reaching military voters overseas.

Gateway Pundit: Romney Campaign: GOP Turnout Looks Good in Ohio:

A rallying cry from Michael Walsh, NRO: Crush Them:

It’s not enough for the GOP to win tomorrow. It needs to win big, a win so convincing that even the Left won’t be able to explain it away. The definition of victory in war is not a 50.1 percent majority that allows the other side to keep fighting — it’s the battleship Missouri, on whose deck the losing side signs articles of capitulation. The modern Left — the unholy spawn of ’30s gangland and ’60s academic Marxism — must be forced to its knees in surrender.

There’s a honored place in our political system for a leftist party, one that pushes for improvement in areas that need improving, but not one devoted to revolutionary “fundamental change.” A vote for Romney tomorrow is a vote against the socialist elements that seized control of the JFK/Scoop Jackson Democratic party in 1972, and has worked against America’s best interests ever since. A vote for Romney tomorrow is a vote for a restoration of the old Jacksonian — Andrew, that is — Democratic party, a true populist party shorn of its Communist accretions that is every bit as all-American as the other guys. Unless and until this happens, though, the modern donkeys will continue their war on the Constitution, convinced they are on the side of the angels, and taking solace in the late Ted Kennedy’s words, “the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

It’s up to the electorate tomorrow to show them that the dream is really a nightmare, from which it’s time to awake, that the cause of America always endures, and the work of restoring our founding principles begins anew today.

Ace of Spades predictions:

Now, onto “staff” predictions:

Ace: Romney 348- Obama 190

Me: Romney 277-Obama 261

CAC: Romney 277- Obama 261

RDBrewer: Romney 338- Obama 200

Gabe: Romney 267- Obama 271

Russ: Romney 466- Obama 72

Dave In Texas: “Chaos” (Ohio is the new Florida) also Romney 286- Obama 252

Andy: Romney 316- Obama 222

John E.: Romney 315- Obama 223

50 lashes with a wet noodle to Gabe.

A hopeful sign via Anita Moncrief: Black Ohio resident explain why she is voting for Romney:

Is Donna Brown not the polar opposite of that screechy Obama-phone lady (also from Cleveland?)

Charles B sends a barrage of links showing how Social Conservatives are increasing the anti-Obama turnout in key states:

SFGate: Iowa votes on justice from ’09 gay marriage ruling

MNPLS Star Trib: Evangelicals must stand firm on marriage amendment

Newsmax:  Support for Traditional Marriage Growing in Key States

MN Post: Gay Marriage Ballots Likely to Increase Turnout in Four States: Ballot measures have not been good to gay marriage advocates — they have lost all but one of the 28 that have been voted on since 2004.

Heading out to vote! Check back later – I’ll be updating this post all day.

MORE:

Big Government: Election Judge Wears Obama Hat in Obama’s Home Ward

Ace of Spades HQ: Nothing At All Out of Line With This Philadelphia Polling Place:

Gateway Pundit: Romney Adviser Ed Gillespie: “Mitt Romney Will Win Decisively” (Video)

Romney adviser Ed Gillespie told FOX and Friends this morning,
“Mitt Romney… will not just win, but win decisively.”

Gateway Pundit: Florida Reports Strong Republican Turnout – Intensity High In PA:

It looks like there’s a strong Republican turnout in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Governor Tom Ridge reports high Republican intensity in Pennsylvania.

PJ Tatler: Two Early Vote Analyses Point to Romney Win in #Ohio (Updated)

John Hayward, Human Events: Early signs and portents on Election Day:

It takes a lot of anecdotes to accumulate into critical mass and become “data,” and in any event we’ll know the election results soon enough.  But an interesting account comes from a correspondent in Wisconsin who proved an invaluable source of information during the Scott Walker recall drama: “Liberal areas of the state are seeing very light turn out, much lighter than for the Walker recall.  Conservative areas are seeing very heavy turnout, far heavier than for the Walker recall.  I think we are seeing a continuation of the “recall” against Gov. Walker, only it is in the form of voting for Romney, only this time, the Dems aren’t showing up.”

Weasel Zippers: UN Election Observers Shocked Americans Don’t Need To Show ID To Vote…

And why should we? Nobody cheats in America.

Via The Cable:

For the head of Libya’s national election commission, the method by which Americans vote is startling in that it depends so much on trust and the good faith of election officials and voters alike.

“It’s an incredible system,” said Nuri K. Elabbar, who traveled to the United States along with election officials from more than 60 countries to observe today’s presidential elections as part of a program run by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Your humble Cable guy visited polling places with some of the international officials this morning. Most of them agreed that in their countries, such an open voting system simply would not work.

GOP.com: 46 Newspaper Editorial Boards (And Counting) That Endorsed Obama In 2008 Change Their Minds In 2012

Via Project Veritas:

Notice anything strange?

What is a uniformed law enforcement officer doing standing next to a large color photograph of President Obama?

Not enforcing the law, that’s what.

Todd Starnes: Poll Watcher Threatened with Gun, Voter Punched in Detroit:

A legally credentialed poll watcher was threatened with a gun at a polling precinct in Detroit — an incident that state Republican leaders are calling an act of “outlandish” intimidation.

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The poll watcher, a lawyer, was confronted by a voter who demanded that he show his credentials. The poll watcher complied with the request –but the voter objected and allegedly brandished a gun and badge and ordered him to leave the precinct.

The GOP observer was reportedly chased away by the unidentified gun-wielding individual.

John Hayward, Human Events: Election Day shenanigans: ballots shredded, voters ferried, Black Panthers return:

It just wouldn’t be a proper Election Day without all sorts of funny business going on at the polls.  The Black Panthers are back in Philadelphia, outside the same polling place where they flagrantly intimidated voters in 2008, to the mild amusement of Eric Holder’s Justice Department.  It looks like this time they’re not packing truncheons, and as long as they obey the rules and maintain the proper distance from voters, they have the same right to be there as anyone else.  They just seem to be the only ones that get away with wearing paramilitary uniforms while they’re “monitoring” elections.

A group called the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC sent the Nevada Secretary of State a letter citing reports accusing “the Culinary Union 226 of knowingly registering illegal immigrants and then pressuring them to vote,” according to a Fox News report.  One illegal immigrant is quoted as saying a union representative ominously warned he would be “in so much trouble” if he didn’t vote.    Somewhat improbably, the head of ALIPAC claimed Senator Harry Reid’s re-election victory in 2010 was due to illegal immigrant votes; and, quite unrealistically, he wants the Clark County voter rolls purged completely of illegal aliens in a single day.

Sorry, but that ship has sailed.  That’s why vote fraud defenders are so fiercely determined to block photo ID laws.  Very little can be done once Election Day rolls around, and it’s extremely unlikely that any subsequent test of ballot integrity would lead to overturning an election, particularly a presidential election.  The odds of fraudulent voters facing any sort of real consequences are slim, and even verbally reminding them of the potential penalties has been declared an act of racist voter suppression.  Election Day is the finish line for the voter-fraud crowd.

Gateway Pundit: Joe Biden Flies to Cleveland For Final Campaign Stop… At Greek Restaurant With a Few Dozen Customers

Joe Biden made a mad dash to campaign in Cleveland today.
At a Greek Restaurant with a few dozen customers.

Matthew Boyle, The Daily Caller: Wisconsin conservative radio host: Local and federal taxpayer-funded vehicles were used to transport Dem voters to polls:

Wisconsin radio host Vicki McKenna tweeted Tuesday that government vehicles are being used to transport Democratic voters to the polls in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Both local and federal taxpayer resources were used to carryout the mobilization efforts of Barack Obama to get Democratic voters to the polls, said McKenna.

“MILWAUKEE CITY DPW van doing GOTV [get out the vote] at polls today,” McKenna– a conservative media fixture in Milwaukee and Madison– tweeted earlier today.

“DOWNTOWN milwaukee pollwatcher reports CITY PUBLIC WORKS vehicles dropping off voters at the polls,” McKenna tweeted afterwards.

McKenna also tweeted that federal government resources are being used to get Democrats to Wisconsin polls.

According to the KCMO reporter at the last news break during the Sean Hannity Show, Obama was sounding “magnanimous” toward Romney and was kind enough to “congratulate ” him on his “hard fought race.”

U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated Republican rival Mitt Romney on Tuesday (November 06) for running a hard-fought race for the White House and expressed confidence he would win re-election during a stop at a local campaign office to thank volunteers.

Ben Howe, Red State: GOP Poll Observers Being Blocked in North Carolina:

Reports are coming in that Lenoir County North Carolina has not allowed GOP Poll Watchers into the polls all day because, they claim, something was wrong with a draft of the paperwork submitted with the poll watchers names.

Gateway Pundit: MASSIVE TURNOUT In Red States Louisiana and Missouri:

Claire McCaskill said to be worried…

LAST POST BEFORE I MOVE TO A RESULTS THREAD:

Sunshine State Sarah: Ignore the exit polls. Here’s why.

You should completely ignore any results coming from exit polls. Here is why:

First of all, the traditional arrangement between the media outlets to gather exit polling data was significantly altered this year. They are not gathering data from a significant number of states, states which almost all lean right [insert your favorite conspiracy theory here].

Besides the limited data coming from this year’s exit polls, the information gathered from individual states is also not trustworthy. The 2004 exit polls predicted a John Kerry win, and many of the networks reported that, only to have to revoke their announcements later that night.

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They’re Ba-ack!: New Black Panthers Back at the 14th Ward in Philly – Military Vets, Former Seals also Heading to the Polls to Combat Voter Intimidation (Updated)

They’ve been saying that they were going to “poll watch” again at the same location in Philly, and have made good on that promise -  but without the night sticks, this time.

Via Gateway Pundit.

The New Black Panthers are back at the 14th Ward in Philadelphia. Local TV stations are aware, the Black Panthers are at the same polling location as 2008.

On election day in 2008 two members of the New Black Panther Party, in full uniform, stationed themselves in front of the doors leading to a polling-place in Philadelphia. One man held a billyclub in one hand that he slapped into the palm of the other.
Today they are back out at the 14th Ward.

There may be some fireworks in Philly today, because a group of military vets are also headed to the polls  to do some poll watching, and that particular ward in Philly is in their sights.

A retired Navy captain, Ben Brink, is trying to make sure nothing like that happens tomorrow. Brink has mobilized a group of former and retired veterans and SEALs to keep an eye out for signs of voter intimidation.

Video here.

UPDATE:

The Mental Recession: Breaking: Republican Inspectors Being Tossed From Polling Stations in Philadelphia:

Its happening in Philadelphia – Democrats are trying to steal the election.

The Philadelphia GOP is reporting that court appointed Minority (read GOP) Inspectors are being thrown out of polling locations in several Wards.

The Philadelphia Enquirer is on it:

UPDATE II:

Via Weasel Zippers: New Black Panthers Stalking Polling Site In Ohio…

The Justice Dept under Holder tacitly approves.

UPDATE III:

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