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10:45 PM ET, November 4, 2008

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Alex Johnson / MSNBC:
Obama wins Iowa, Ohio, Pa., NBC projects  —  McCain takes Texas, but home state of Arizona remains too close to call  —  Supporters of Sen. Barack Obama point to a television screen as they hear results at the Ohio Democratic Party's poll watching event in Columbus.  —  Slide show  —  America votes
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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.
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:
Obama wins Colorado; Udall, DeGette and Polis claim victories  —  Barack Obama won Colorado, taking key counties such as Arapahoe, Jefferson and Larimer by more than 10 percentage points.  —  Obama led rival John McCain by 3-1 in Denver.  —  On his coattails, Mark Udall is the winner …
Michelle Malkin:
Election Night: Counting the votes  —  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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   Obama Inches Closer
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Round one: IN, VA, OH, NC
David Espo / Associated Press:
Obama wins Ohio, takes commanding lead over McCain
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Hot Air and Reuters
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
McCain's Path to 270 Hard to See  —  ABC News has projected Ohio for Barack Obama.  —  The McCain campaign didn't have a map to 270 that didn't include winning Ohio.  —  And with Pennsylvania projected for Obama — unless something staggering happens — it's hard to see how John McCain gets to 270.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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 …
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Aide: “We Need A Miracle”
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Latest From McCain HQ
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 …
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: Ben Smith's Blogs
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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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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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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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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: Gateway Pundit
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!
Washington Wire:
Fox Says Dole Defeated in N.C., Shaheen Unseats Sununu In N.H. … Reports indicate that Democrats appear close to ousting two incumbent Republican senators, as the party continues in its efforts to build a dominant majority in the Senate.  —  Around 8:15 p.m. Reuters and Dow Jones both reported …
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New York Times:
Democrats Gain in Senate as Dole and Sununu Lose
Discussion: Washington Post and The Caucus
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.
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
Joe Lieberman / The Huffington Post:
Exit Polls 2008: See The Full Results  —  (More exit polls coming soon.  We explain why you shouldn't trust them below.)  —  The head to head exit polls just were sent to the Huffington Post by a Democratic source.  These are traditionally unreliable and should be taken with a grain of salt (see: Kerry's winning margins in 2004).
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 …
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Good for Obama, bad for same-sex marriage?  —  California Democrats want Obama to win, but they're growing nervous tonight that a landslide back east could, perversely, help the state's conservatives pass an amendment barring same-sex marriage.  —  Their problem: If the presidential election appears over …
Discussion: Reason
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.
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 …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC Promo: ‘Experience the Power of Change’  —  It's taken them awhile, but good to see that MSNBC has now seamlessly integrated its own promotional advertising with that of the Obama campaign.  —  An MSNBC promo that just aired, touting the network's election coverage, concludes: “Watch MSNBC, and experience the power of change.”
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
The Corner:
Vote Early, Vote Often  —  An Obama voter in Pennsylvania admits to CNN that he voted multiple times:
Discussion: Commentary
Marc Ambinder:
An Obama “Urgent” E-mail  —  A New York City-based Obama home phonebanker who's been making calls through the MyBO.com hub to PA and VA says he just received this e-mail:
 
 
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