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11:40 PM ET, November 4, 2008

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Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
NBC: OBAMA ELECTED 44TH PRESIDENT  —  Illinois senator to become first African-American executive in U.S. history  —  Supporters of Barack Obama celebrate as they await his victory address at Grant Park in Chicago.  —  Slide show  —  America votes  —  Nov. 4: Americans line up early …
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Obama Wins Ohio, New Mexico in Growing Tide of Blue States  —  Obama Takes State Critical to McCain Victory  —  Sen. Barack Obama is projected to win Ohio, a crucial battleground state that went Republican in the last election and which Sen. John McCain saw as essential for a Republican victory.
Laura Frank / Rocky Mountain News:
Udall, DeGette, Perlmutter, Markey and Polis claim victories  —  Barack Obama won Colorado on his way to becoming the first African-American elected president of the United States.  —  Obama took key counties such as Arapahoe, Jefferson and Larimer by more than 10 percentage points.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Associated Press
Byron York / The Corner:
Inside the Ohio Numbers  —  In addition to the traditional Republican constituency in Ohio, McCain was hoping for significant support among Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton.  But the exit polls show that of the 16 percent of the electorate who identified themselves as Clinton Democrats, Obama is winning 82-17.
Michelle Malkin:
Election Night: Counting the votes Colorado, Virginia called for Obama  —  I'm starting a fresh thread for the night.  Just a reminder that you can catch me on PJTV sometime during the 8pm-9pm Eastern slot.  —  Scroll for rolling updates...  Tidbits:  —  The Real Clear Politics electoral map is here.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Waiting for a Concession  —  Phoenix, Arizona — A somber mood here at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, where Republicans, dressed in their best Indian summer cocktail attire, are gathering to hear John McCain concede to Barack Obama.  Jim Woolsey was seated below a mounted television …
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Marc Ambinder:
McCain Aide: “We Need A Miracle”  —  A very senior McCain aide just told me: “At this point, we need a miracle.”
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Latest From McCain HQ
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
McCain's Path to 270 Hard to See
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Bill Ayers Speaks  —  CHICAGO — In his first interview since he became an issue in the 2008 presidential campaign, Bill Ayers, the former Weather Underground leader, said today that he had a distant relationship with Barack Obama and that Obama's opponents had turned him into “a cartoon character.”
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David Remnick / New Yorker:
MR. AYERS'S NEIGHBORHOOD  —  Early this morning, the Obama family voted …
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Lieberman: ‘I Fear’ That ‘America Will Not Survive’ If Democrats Get 60 Senate Seats  —  With the possibility that Democrats might soon gain a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has been openly flirting with thoughts of voting with his conservative colleagues.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Election Night  —  10.20 pm.  North Carolina is a nail-biter.  So's Indiana.  —  10.18 pm.  Legalization of small amounts of marijuana is winning big in Massachusetts.  —  10.03 pm.  Evangelicals move to Obama in the rust-belt.  But the Southern Christianists harden toward McCain.
Discussion: The Corner
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging the election returns!
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Election Night
Discussion: Classical Values
Michelle Malkin:
Obama's civilian security force: Billy club-wielding security guards at Philly polls  —  Here's the vid of billy club-wielding “security” guards at the 1221 Fairmount Ave. polling place in Philly from Election Journal.  Just as I suspected, these guys look like NBPP from the emblem on one of the “guard's” jackets.
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Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
EMANUEL OFFERED TOP OBAMA SLOT  —  Three House Democratic sources confirmed Rep. Rahm Emanuel has been offered a Chief of Staff job with an Obama White House and is currently “agonizing” over whether to take the job.
Discussion: War and Piece and Gateway Pundit
TMZ.com:
Tim Robbins Couldn't Vote — Cops Called  —  Tim Robbins tried voting at his NYC polling place earlier today.  There was some kind of ruckus and the cops were called.  —  Apparently Robbins has been voting at that polling place for more than a decade, but today his name wasn't on the register.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Ten Reasons Why You Should Ignore Exit Polls  —  Oh, let me count the ways.  Almost all of this, by the way, is lifted from Mark Bluemthnal's outstanding Exit Poll FAQ.  For the long version, see over there.  —  1. Exit polls have a much larger intrinsic margin for error than regular polls.
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CNN:
Age a bigger concern than race, exit polls show
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Wizbang
Market Wire:
Republican National Committee Prepares for Computerized Voting Fraud Legal Battle  —  Forensicon, Inc., a Chicago-based computer forensics company, was contacted last Thursday by a security firm lining up vendors to assist the Republican National Committee with consulting related to potential allegations of computerized voter fraud.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Ben Smith's Blogs
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox's Nina Easton: 'I think there's a real possibility' that this is now a ‘center-left’ country.»  —  This evening on Fox News, host Brit Hume commented, “It has been conventional wisdom for some time, and I certainly thought it was true, that this is a center right country.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Michaelscherer / Swampland:
Steve Schmidt Talks On The Final McCain Flight  —  John McCain came back to bid farewell to his traveling press corps on his final campaign flight from New Mexico to Arizona.  A few minutes later, his chief political strategist Steve Schmidt stood in the aisle surrounded by reporters' digital audio recorders.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Ana Marie Cox:
McCain Says Good-Bye — to the Press
David Owens / Hartford Courant:
Shays Concedes  —  New England's last remaining Republivan in the U.S. House of Representatives was swept out of office today, largely by Democratic surge in his hometown of Bridgeport and an Obama wave throughout the 4th Congressional District.  —  U.S. Rep. Chris Shays conceded defeat …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Why O Why O Why  —  from our David Kahane's amanuensis:
Discussion: www.redstate.com
The Corner:
Vote Early, Vote Often  —  An Obama voter in Pennsylvania admits to CNN that he voted multiple times:
Discussion: Commentary
Marc Ambinder:
Watching Florida: Real Vote Confirms Obama Lead  —  Bush won the huge swing county of Pinellas — [Sarasota ]— the St. Petersburg-Clearwater are — by a narrow margin in 2004.  Obama won it by 8 pts in 2008 — 35,000 votes.  Bush won Seminole County in central Florida with ease; Obama's leading McCain with half of the vote in.
Fox News:
Obama Wins Pennsylania, Takes Early Lead With East Coast Victories  —  After a frenzied day of voting and campaigning, polls begin to close in the 2008 presidential race.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Barack Obama has won Pennsylvania, FOX News projects, delivering a crushing defeat to John …
Dawson Bell / Detroit Free Press:
Nader out, predicts Obama landslide  —  Ralph Nader, the self-styled consumer crusader and perennial third-party presidential candidate, has conceded, telling the Free Press about 7 tonight that there was going to be “a landslide” for Barack Obama.  —  “The streets are going to be filled with revelry …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
What Freaks Me Out About This Election  —  is how oblivious to facts people have been.  Everything about Obama's judgment and radicalism — whether Sean Hannity or Stanley Kurtz or Andy McCarthy etc. is telling you about it — was essentially deemed irrelevant (including largely by the McCain campaign …
Discussion: The Heretik
Tim Blair:
VOTES IN  —  Sarah Palin votes informally:  —  Barack Obama is all Mr Suit-and-Tie:  —  Speaking of votes, Obama is way ahead in Florida with 20 per cent of votes counted, and ABC is calling Pennsylvania for Obama.  It isn't looking good for the Republicans.
Discussion: The Corner
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin discusses her future  —  Gov. Sarah Palin cast her vote in Wasilla, Alaska and spoke to reporters about her future.  (AP PHOTO)  —  WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) — Sarah Palin appeared calm and confident Tuesday morning during her brief sojourn to Wasilla, Alaska, where she greeted hometown supporters …
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
I THINK THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.... Obama appears …
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MSNBC:
Democrats unseat GOP House incumbents
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Guardian
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC Promo: ‘Experience the Power of Change’
Discussion: Moonbattery and Michelle Malkin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Good for Obama, bad for same-sex marriage?
Discussion: Reason
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A narrowing path  —  ABC calls Pennsylvania and New Hampshire …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why No Bin Laden Tape?
Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
McCain campaign sues over overseas military ballots
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Rob Crilly / Times of London:
Barack Obama's Kenyan family to celebrate by slaughtering bulls, chicken and goats
Discussion: The Corner
The Huffington Post:
“Fox & Friends” Host Steve Doocy Falsely Identifies Barack …
Discussion: Think Progress and Comedy Central
Jim DeFede / CBS4:
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James Pethokoukis / US News:
The Latest From Inside McCain HQ
Discussion: PoliGazette
Noah Millman / The American Scene:
I Do Endorsements  —  I feel very strange supporting Obama …
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Is Some Clarification on Voter Fraud Too Much to Ask For?
Boyd Reed / eastside93's Blog:
I Didn't Vote For Obama Today