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1:30 AM ET, November 3, 2010

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Live Blogging the Election Returns  —  We will be covering tonight's election returns beginning at around 5 p.m. Eastern, an hour before the first polls close in Kentucky and Indiana.  —  You can follow along here and check out our hour-by-hour, district-by-district guide for watching the returns.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
THE LATEST: Live Blogging 2010 Elections from the CNN Election Center  —  The CNN Live Blog will provide THE latest news and analysis from The Best Political Team throughout the night.  For more breaking developments check out @cnnpolitics on Twitter.  —  7:15 p.m. ET: CNN's Jessica Yellin …
The Media Desk / Media Decoder:
Election Night: Live Blogging the Media Coverage  —  With issues like health care and the dismal economy on most voters' minds and the emergence of the Tea Party and new political personalities like Carly Fiorina and Christine O'Donnell, tonight's midterm election results are being covered …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Republicans Will Take Control of the House  —  Republicans won control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, riding a powerful wave of voter discontent as they dealt a setback to President Obama two years after his triumphal victory.  And while the G.O.P. made strong gains in the Senate …
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
A Victorious Paul Vows to Stick to Message
Ana Campoy / Washington Wire:   Texas Gov. Perry Wins a Third Term
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Comes to Power on an Unclear Mandate
Discussion: Pew Research Center
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.
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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 …
Emily Swanson / The Huffington Post:
Exit Polls 2010: See The Results
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Preliminary Exit Polls: Large Majority of Voters Dissatisfied With Government
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Senate Exit Polls
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and The Eye
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Exit Polls: the surprise in Delaware  —  (CNN) - The thing about Delaware is: it's no Kentucky.  —  The Tea Party's first Senate loss of the night may be no big surprise - the only question heading into tonight's been how big a victory margin Chris Coons would capture over Christine O'Donnell.
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Peter Grier / Christian Science Monitor:
Lesson from Christine O'Donnell defeat: where tea party overreached
Discussion: The Politico and Fox News
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 …
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Prop. 19 headed to defeat, exit polls show  —  California voters appear to have rejected Prop.  19, an effort to legalize marijuana and allow local governments to tax the sale of the drug.  —  Prop. 19 received national attention, but relatively little money was spent on the campaign.
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Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Exit polls show voters split by age on Prop. 19
Evan Bayh / New York Times:
Where Do Democrats Go Next?  —  DEMOCRATS can recover from the disappointments of this election and set the stage for success in 2012.  But to do so we must learn from Tuesday's results.  —  Many of our problems were foreseeable.  A public unhappy about the economy will take it out on the party in power …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and The Maddow Blog
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Paul Begala / The Huffington Post:   A Centrist Democratic Agenda: More Jobs, Less Corruption
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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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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Telegraph, The Note and The Hill
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
Discussion: Advocate
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.
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 …
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.
WisPolitics Election Blog:
Feingold campaign manager: It ain't over  —  Feingold's campaign manager George Aldrich told the crowd in Middleton that only 40 percent of the vote has been reported.  —  “Russ is down by 80,000 votes, but...up to 1.4 million votes haven't been counted,” he told the crowd.
Discussion: Althouse
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
At W.H., the spin doctors hide … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Reports of Intimidation and Electronic Problems Surface at Polls Across the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — Voters in some states encountered isolated problems with electronic voting machines and delays in the opening of polling stations, but they also reported many instances of voter intimidation and misinformation.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
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 …
Jim Demint / Wall Street Journal:
Welcome, Senate Conservatives  —  Remember what the voters back home want—less government and more freedom.  —  Congratulations to all the tea party-backed candidates who overcame a determined, partisan opposition to win their elections.  The next campaign begins today.
Discussion: The Politico and The Plum Line
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.
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Jerry Brown projected winner in California governor's race  —  With the polls now closed in California, Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown is projected to become the next governor of California, based on exit poll results.  Brown, who had previously served as California's youngest governor since the 1850s …
Discussion: AlterNet.org and Swampland
 
 
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Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Does the election matter for the Middle East?
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Molly Hooper / The Hill:
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Claypool concedes, Berrios winner in Cook County assessor race
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News
GunsInTheSky / CBS News:
Republicans Rule the House, CBS News Projects
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
The End Of A Progressive Champion: Russ Feingold Loses To Ron Johnson
Discussion: Law Blog
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Blumenthal Pins Down McMahon, Wins Connecticut Senate Race
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Misleading in Texas  —  The liberal Lawyers Committee …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Democrats file first legal challenges
Discussion: CNN
Tony Romm / The Politico:
Google polling app misleads voters
Discussion: Gawker
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What I'm Hearing: Absolutely Nothing
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Awl
KRWF:
Crow Wing Co. Authorities Investigate Allegations of Voter Fraud …