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7:50 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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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 …
Discussion: NPR
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 …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Victories Suggest Wider Appeal of Tea Party  —  The Tea Party victories by Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida underscored the extent to which Republicans and Democrats alike may have underestimated the power of the Tea Party, a loosely-affiliated, at times ill-defined …
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Republicans Win Control of House With Historic Gains  —  GOP Expected to Pick Up 60 to 70 Seats in House, ABC News Projects  —  ABC News projects Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives picking-up between 60 and 70 seats in a resounding rebuke to President Obama and the Democrats.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Once again, the electorate demanded a new start  —  There is no blunter way for voters to send a message.  For the third election in a row, Americans kicked a political party out of power.  —  So you would think that, by now, politicians in Washington would have gotten the message: They must be doing something wrong.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
G.O.P. Captures House, but Not Senate
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Republicans capture House, gain in Senate
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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Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
ACORN filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy  —  The community organization was not able to recover from a scandal over video that purported to show staff helping activists posing as a pimp and prostitute.  —  Reporting from Washington — ACORN, a national organization whose mission included registering …
Discussion: Big Government
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
Mother Jones:
Rand Paul Wins: What Does It Mean?  —  Tea party Republican candidate Rand Paul has won the Kentucky US Senate race.  Throughout the campaign, Democrat Jack Conway occasionally seemed to come almost within striking distance, but ultimately Conway, the state attorney general …
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Joshua Zumbrun / Bloomberg:
Bernanke Faces Greater Scrutiny After Republican Election Gains
Discussion: THE CUNNING REALIST
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
A Victorious Paul Vows to Stick to Message
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 …
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Paul Begala / The Huffington Post:
A Centrist Democratic Agenda: More Jobs, Less Corruption
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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: TBogg
John Nolte / Big Journalism:
Michele Bachman Humiliates Chris Matthews: How's That Leg Tingle Doing Tonight?  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann went on MSNBC for an interview with Chris Matthews tonight and handled him with dismissive tone the hack deserved.  All he wanted to do was bait her with unprofessional journolisty questions …
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Bachmann To MSNBC's Matthews: That Thrill Isn't Tingly Anymore
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Toomey captures seat of his old nemesis, Arlen Specter  —  Pat Toomey has won his race against Rep. Joe Stestak (D) and captured the Senate seat that Sen. Arlen Specter held for 30 years.  —  The victory is sweet vindication for Toomey who narrowly lost a bitterly contested GOP primary race …
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
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Bernie Becker / New York Times:
Toomey at Helm of a Republican Wave in Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:   EXCLUSIVE: Witness: Same New Black Panther; Same Polling Place; Same Polling Threat!
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Colorado and Washington Senate contests tight, could drag on  —  The margin separating Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Republican Ken Buck in Colorado's Senate race was less than 9,500 votes Wednesday morning.  —  With 79 percent of precincts reporting results, Buck was clinging to a slim lead …
Discussion: CNN
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Looking Like It Could Be 53
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Barbara Boxer projected to win a fourth Senate term  —  U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is projected to win a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, based on exit poll results.  —  Boxer defeated former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina after a bruising multimillion-dollar campaign.
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Anthony York / PolitiCal:
Jerry Brown projected winner in California governor's race
Discussion: L.A. NOW, Swampland and The Agonist
Mark Levin / Facebook:
The conservative movement is back & growing  —  We will win around 3 score House races (including several long-time liberal Democrats), several Senate races, a slew of governorships, and this will be spun as a loss.  We are fighting the Democrats on their dark blue turf …
Discussion: The Radio Equalizer
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.
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: Telegraph, The Note, Raw Story and The Hill
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 …
Eric Moskowitz / Boston Globe:
Frank easily wins re-election, defeats Bielat  —  loading video...  Requires Adobe Flash Player  —  NEWTON - Barney Frank, the irascible powerbroker who has survived scandal, repeated redistricting, and the ups and downs of the Democratic Party, today easily beat back his strongest challenge in years.
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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Morning Briefing: The Tsunami  —  [UPDATE]: The whole of the Maine legislator has flipped to the GOP.  Several people I have talked to said such a deep and thorough shift to any one party has not happened in one election in the past 100 years.  —  This is an unusual Morning Briefing …
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
A Whiter Shade of Orange  —  John Boehner and for some reason Joe Paterno via pennstatelive at flickr.com  —  Well, that went well didn't it?  I pretty much figured those saying the “likely voter” model was too generous to the GOP were too optimistic and sadly, my intuitive sense was right (a real rarity).
Discussion: Des Moines Register and Poliglot
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Redistricting wins for GOP  —  Republicans made big gains in state legislatures tonight, capturing full control of both legislative chambers — crucial to partisan redistricting — in six states.  —  Republicans took over control of both houses in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama, Michigan and Wisconsin.
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
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Another Election, Another Wave  —  Two years ago this week, triumphant Democrats were throwing around the word “realignment,” as in the kind of Democratic majority that could endure for a generation or more.  Tuesday morning, those same Democrats awoke wondering whether they could cling …
Michelle Malkin:
Take Your Olive Branch and Shove It, Democrats  —  Here's my post-election column.  I'll continue to update the results post here as we wait on key AK, WA, CO, AZ, and Florida returns.  —  The grass-roots conservative midterm message: No surrender, no compromise, no capitulation.  —  Share you thoughts!
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
 
 
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Election 2010: How a GOP win could shake out for Congressional leaders
Ashley Powers / Los Angeles Times:
Sen. Harry Reid survives challenge from Sharron Angle in Nevada
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Health care ‘nos’ help Dems at risk
Discussion: CNN
Raleigh News & Observer:
Ellmers edges out Etheridge in tight race
Discussion: National Review
Des Moines Register:
Justices on pace to be ousted, unofficial results show
Lauren Effron / ABCNEWS:
He's Back! Jerry Brown Wins California
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Top of the Ticket
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ELECTION NIGHT, SIXTH AND FINAL THREAD.... I'm getting pretty tired …
Damian Paletta / Washington Wire:
Three Powerful Committee Chairmen Fall
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Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Does the election matter for the Middle East?
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
The End Of A Progressive Champion: Russ Feingold Loses To Ron Johnson
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Humility  —  In 2008, a New Orleans funeral procession cling …
NDTV.com:
US to spend $200 mn a day on Obama's Mumbai visit
Denis / Gay Politics:
BREAKING: Lexington, Kentucky elects openly gay mayor
Discussion: Poliglot, Gawker and Daily Kos
William Yardley / The Caucus:
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