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10:05 PM ET, November 2, 2010

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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Networks: GOP set to control House  —  Republicans are poised to retake control of the House, riding a wave of voter discontent with the direction of the country and the economy as well as unhappiness the White House and congressional Democrats to claim the 39 seats they needed, according to projections by the three cable networks.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Scared Monkeys
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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.
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 …
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Exit Polls 2010: See The Results  —  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?
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Preliminary Exit Polls: Large Majority of Voters Dissatisfied With Government
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Exit polls show voters split by age on Prop. 19
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
THE LATEST: Live Blogging 2010 Elections from the CNN Election Center
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Exit Polls: the surprise in Delaware
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.
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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:
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pelosi, Van Hollen predict victory for Dems  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen are stating flat out that Democrats will hold onto the House, despite predictions of a GOP wipeout.  —  “We're on pace to maintain the majority …
Discussion: CNN, Swampland and Weasel Zippers
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Janet Adamy / Washington Wire:
Pelosi: ‘On Pace’ to Keep Majority
Discussion: IMAO, POWIP, The Politico and Scared Monkeys
Russell Berman / The Hill:
After World Series win, Pelosi warns, ‘Fear the beard’
Discussion: The Note
Ray Sanchez / ABCNEWS:
O'Donnell Out in Delaware  —  Vice President Joe Biden's Old Senate Seat Projected to Remain in Democratic Hands  —  Democrat Christopher Coons was projected to beat flamboyant Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell tonight in the race to keep Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat in Democratic hands.
Discussion: Examiner
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
O'Donnell receives most coverage of 2010 candidates
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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Andy Mead / Lexington Herald-Leader:   Jim Gray elected mayor of Lexington
The Politico:
LUNTZ CALLS IT FOR REID  —  GOP polling guru Frank Luntz is predicting Republicans will win seven Senate seats and 50 House spots, based on exit polls he had seen.  On a conference call with associates from K Street, Luntz also said he thinks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will win reelection.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Blumenthal Pins Down McMahon, Wins Connecticut Senate Race  —  Unfortunately for Linda McMahon, the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, she couldn't write the ending to this storyline.  In the Connecticut Senate race, Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has defeated McMahon …
Mark Schlueb / Orlando Sentinel:
Grayson concedes to Webster  —  Democrat U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has conceded victory to Republican former state lawmaker Dan Webster, ending his congressional tenure after a single term.  —  With vote-counting nearly complete, Webster has an insurmountable lead.
Fox News:
Republicans Score Early Victories in Key Senate Races  —  DEVELOPING ...  Republicans scored several early Senate victories Tuesday night as polls started to close, with candidates in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana winning open seats as the party aims to build a majority for the first time since 2004.
Washington Post:
Companies may have to make amends after midterm elections  —  Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: We won't forget.  —  Take the case of Wal-Mart, the behemoth big-box retailer that liberals have long loved to hate.
William Yardley / The Caucus:
Spelling Lessons in Alaska  —  GIRDWOOD, Alaska - For all the passion of the mid-term election cycle, pragmatism played a role on Election Day.  —  This ski village is the official residence of Senator Lisa Murkowski.  And although Ms. Murkowski is a Republican and Girdwood is among …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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