Election Day, 2018

In true old school blog style, you will have to read this post backwards, as the most recent entries will be at the top. This may cause you to want to go straight to the original, published throughout the day of November 7 2018 at Public Seminar.

10:23 p.m. NBC projects that Democrats will take the House. Welcome home, Speaker Pelosi.

10:13 p.m. Turns out the Beto O’Rourke thing was a fantasy after all, but you know what? His candidacy did a lot to move the down ballot in Texas — Democrats will pick up seats, particularly in the Texas House (remember when Texas Dems hid in a motel in Oklahoma so that they could stop losing votes?) and in Dallas county, where they flipped a House seat. Cultivating the Blue vote in Texas has been incredibly valuable, and O’Rourke has a future.

10:12 p.m. Hoping Kris Kobach doesn’t let the door hit him in the a$$ on the way out. Cheaters never prosper.

10:00 p.m. Democrats now have a 90% chance of taking the house. And Mitt Romney goes to the Senate from Utah. If you can’t be President……

Oops! Make that 95%!

9:47 p.m. FiveThirtyEight reporting that “Turnout among nonwhite voters looks like it might hit a record in Georgia. Preliminary exit polls report 40% turnout among nonwhite voters, including 30% turnout among black voters.” Remember that higher Black turnout than expected in Alabama sent Democrat Doug Jones to the Senate in 2017.

9:39 p.m. MSNBC calls the Colorado governor’s race for Democrat Jared Polis, who will be the first openly gay governor. Stress on “openly” here, nudge nudge, wink wink. And Democrat Conor Lamb is projected to win his new, re-drawn Pennsylvania district. Chance of Democratic control of the House back up to 80%. Breathe.

9:23 p.m. Less than 100 votes between Beto and Lyin’ Ted.

9:06 p.m. Florida projected to restore voting rights to felons: could be a good sign for Andrew Gillum. On the other hand, a phenomenal number of Floridians — 1.5 million out of 20 million, which is 5% of the population — have a felony conviction, and I am betting a fair number of them are related to Republicans.

9:00 p.m. Joe Donnelley did go down, and furthermore, chances of Democrats controlling the House has dropped to 65%. Good news: Democrat Joe Manchin holds onto his West Virginia Senate seat. Mixed news: Democrat Bob Menendez, who has now been tried for corruption twice, also won. WTF news: Beto O’Rourke is hanging in there against Lyin’ Ted and commentators seem to think he actually could win?

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