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8:50 PM ET, November 2, 2010

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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The First Reactions to the Exits, if Not the Exits Themselves  —  I don't have the exits, but folks I know in the media and political worlds are getting their first glimpses.  —  Indicator Number One: I am told that one Democratic strategist, helping a television network with Election Night analysis …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Exit Polls: Voters give low marks to both parties  —  (CNN) - Voters may not be happy with the Democratic Party.  But they aren't too thrilled with the GOP either, according to early exit polls.  —  Democrats have a 10-point favorability gap: 43 percent of voters have a positive opinion of the party, while 53 percent aren't thrilled.
The Huffington Post:
ORIGINAL POST:  —  In just a few moments, exit polling data will start percolating through news sites and blogs.  Before looking at the data, what should you know before consuming exit poll data?  —  When will the exit polls tell us who won?  —  The exit pollsters release no data …
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Preliminary Exit Polls: Large Majority of Voters Dissatisfied With Government
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
THE LATEST: Live Blogging 2010 Elections from the CNN Election Center
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Right Pundits
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   ELECTION NIGHT, FIRST THREAD.... And so it begins...
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Senate Exit Polls
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Exit Polls: How do voters feel about Obama?
Discussion: Examiner and The New Republic
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Coons Camp Expresses Turnout Worries  —  Most polls have predicted that the closely watched Delaware Senate race between Democrat Chris Coons and Republican tea-party favorite Christine O'Donnell was going to be anything but close.  One poll last week had Mr. Coons up by 10 points …
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Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Endangered Democrat: 'Turnout isn't where we need it to be'  —  A key endangered Democratic incumbent admitted Tuesday that “turnout isn't where we need it to be” if he's to win reelection.  —  Rep. Steve Kagen's (D-Wis.) campaign manager e-mailed supporters to warn them that turnout numbers …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
O'Donnell receives most coverage of 2010 candidates
The Politico:
THE WHITEBOARD … No comments yet.  Be the first!
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Sharron Angle files voter intimidation complaint  —  LAS VEGAS — A lawyer for Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle has filed a complaint with the Justice Department alleging illegal voter intimidation on behalf of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's campaign.
Elizabeth Crum / National Review:
Collusion: Harrah's Bosses Put Squeeze on Employees to Vote Reid  —  Internal emails obtained from Harrah's in Las Vegas show the casino company's executives scrambling to push company employees to early vote in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign.
Coordinator / ABC News' Press Room:
ABC's Letter to Andrew Breitbart  —  The following letter was sent from ABC and received by Mr. Breitbart:  —  Dear Mr. Breitbart,  —  We have spent the past several days trying to make clear to you your limited role as a participant in our digital town hall to be streamed on ABCNews.com and Facebook.
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Ezra Klein / The Plum Line:
ABC News pulls plug on Andrew Breitbart  —  ABC News sends over the letter that Andrew Morse, the chief of their digital division, has sent to Andrew Breitbart, pulling the plug on their much-discussed, widely-parsed-over invitation for him to join in their election night coverage:
Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Coalition Crumbles, Exit Polls Say  —  Amid deep pessimism about the economy, the coalition of voters that gave Democrats control of Congress in 2006 appears to have fractured.  —  Preliminary exit polls showed that the party lost ground to Republicans in Tuesday's midterm elections among women …
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Wall Street Journal:
Pressure Builds on Obama to Shake Up Inner Circle
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Projects Republican Rand Paul to Win Kentucky Senate Race  —  In First Signs of Republican Success, Conservative Favorite Picks Up Seat  —  ABC News projects Republican Rand Paul will win the Kentucky Senate race, based on the exit poll, in what is the first major victory of the night for the Tea Party movement.
Discussion: Examiner and Indecision Forever
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ABCNEWS:   ABC News Projects Tea Party Favorite Rand Paul Will Win Ky. Senate Race
Fox News:
Republicans Score Early Victories in Key Senate Races
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Exit Polls: Rand Paul's success
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Daily Dish
Daniel Davies / Standpoint:
Rushdie on Jon Stewart  —  In my previous post about Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam I quoted Salman Rushdie's surprise that Jon Stewart had given a starring role at his “Rally for Sanity” to a crooner who had previously opined that Rushdie deserved to die for deciding of his own free will to abandon Islam and criticise its texts.
Bertha Lewis / ACORN:
The end of an era: ACORN files Chapter 7 bankruptcy  —  For over 40 years ACORN has fought the good fight.  From a few initial neighborhoods in Little Rock, Arkansas, we grew to become a large, active, national organization of low- and moderate-income families, mostly people of color …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   ACORN formally folds
MyFox Philadelphia:
New Black Panther Seen At Polling Place  —  No Voter Intimidation Reported Tuesday At Poll  —  PHILADELPHIA - Fox 29 News spotted Tuesday a member of the New Black Panther Party standing outside of a local polling place where voter intimidation was reported two years ago.
Janet Adamy / Washington Wire:
Pelosi: ‘On Pace’ to Keep Majority  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said late this afternoon that she is confident the House Democrats' message to preserve Social Security and fight for the middle class will resonate with voters.  “We're on pace to maintain the majority in the House of Representatives …
Discussion: POWIP, The Politico and Scared Monkeys
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Pelosi Defies Polls and Predicts Dem Victory
Discussion: The Hill and The Note
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Bush Considered Dropping Cheney From 2004 Ticket  —  President George W. Bush considered dumping Vice President Dick Cheney from his 2004 reelection ticket to dispel the myths about Mr. Cheney's power in the White House and “demonstrate that I was in charge,” the former president says in a new memoir.
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
The President Plans a Post-Mortem
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Democrats file first legal challenges  —  Democrats have filed their first legal challenges even before the polls close on Election Day, asking for an extension of voting hours in Connecticut and questioning the denial of provisional ballots in Illinois.  —  Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) …
Discussion: CNN and Don Surber
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What I'm Hearing: Absolutely Nothing  —  Like many of you, I'm reading the collected anecdotes of high turnout in Democratic urban areas, and then the inevitable stories about said turnout anecdotes from Democratic-leaning publications, and then the Tweets, and then more stories, etc.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Awl
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
U.S. is not greatest country ever  —  When foreign car companies started opening factories in the United States, back in the 1980s, it seemed like an act of obeisance.  The plants didn't make economic sense — Americans had to be paid so much more — but this was a tactful bit of tribute to Empire Central.
Denis / Gay Politics:
BREAKING: Lexington, Kentucky elects openly gay mayor  —  Kentucky's second-largest city has elected an openly gay man as its next mayor.  Vice-Mayor Jim Gray was victorious tonight in his second campaign for the city's top job, beating incumbent Mayor Jim Newberry.
Discussion: Poliglot and Daily Kos
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record Midterm Enthusiasm as Voters Head to Polls  —  Republican enthusiasm exceeds that for either party in prior midterm election years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' enthusiasm about voting exceeds the recent midterm election high set four years ago, with 50% of Americans and 53% …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cornyn: GOP would ‘welcome’ party switch by Joe Lieberman  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Senate Republicans would “welcome” any Democrats who wish to switch parties and caucus with the GOP.  —  Cornyn, the head of Senate Republicans' campaign efforts, floated the possibility …
Vanity Fair:
Cher on Chaz, Sonny, and Staying in the Spotlight  —  Cher tells Vanity Fair West Coast editor Krista Smith that she can't believe “Sonny and I still aren't in the [Rock and Roll] Hall of Fame, and it just seems kind of rude.  Sonny was a good writer, and we started something that no one else was doing.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans score Senate wins in FL, KY, NH, OH and IN
Discussion: The Daily Beast
CNN:
CNN projects: Coons beats O'Donnell
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Exit polls show voters split by age on Prop. 19
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Google polling app misleads voters
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obi-Wan's Election Day Assessment: 'We Haven't Seen This Before.'
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
‘Mr. McMahon’ Discovers Linda's $50 Million Senate Campaign In WWE Sketch (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and Newsalert
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Kansas Voters Report Callers Telling Them They Need Proof Of Home Ownership To Vote
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and Colorlines
 Earlier Items: 
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Can't Blame the Economy
Ezra Klein:
The end of the ‘do-something’ Congress
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
CEPR:
Deficit Commission Plots to Overhaul Social Security Behind Voters' Backs
Discussion: New York Times and Firedoglake
Paul Krugman:
Focus Hocus Pocus
Ezra Klein:
What will a GOP win mean for health-care reform?