8:00 PM: CNN makes it official by projecting Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States. As much as people were saying this was inevitable for the past month, I still find myself stunned.
7:37 PM: The excitement about Obama is going to overshadow what has been a big night for stoners! Massachusetts has voted to decriminalize marijuana under 1oz and Michigan has voted to OK medical marijuana.
7:03 PM: Barring divine intervention, Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
7:01 PM: Red state flip #3. Obama wins in the state that launched his campaign during the primary, Iowa.
6:48 PM: Obama wins New Mexico which Bush won in 2004, making it Obama’s second state flip of the night.
6:25 PM: Obama finally flips a red state. NBC projects Obama wins Ohio.
5:26 PM; NBC News projects that Obama will win Pennsylvania. This, along with some other eastern seaboard states puts the Electoral Count at 103-34 in favor of Obama. McCain needs a miracle.
5:05 PM: Update: Oklahoma and Tennessee go McCain. Illinois goes Obama. Our electoral count is now 77-34 in favor of Obama.
4:52 PM: Fox News gives West Virginia (5) to McCain. MSNBC gives South Carolina (8) to McCain.
4:23: PM: CNN calls Kentucky (8) for McCain and Vermont (3) for Obama.
3:22 PM: CNN just unveiled their 3D hologram Capitol Building with the corresponding Senate/House seats up for grabs. Very “Minority Report”. I suggest that next year they do their election coverage with an entirely CGI Wolf Blitzer.
2:55 PM: First exit polls:
76% of the country believes it’s off on the wrong track.
Bush’s approval rating is 27%
More than 60% say the economy is their top voting issue; 9 in ten say the economy is in bad shape; more than 80% are worried about their own condition next year.
Change voters made up 35% of the electorate; 30% wanted someone who shared their values.
One in ten voters are late-deciders..
And CNN tells us that of those who listed Iraq as a key issue, Obama’s leading two to one.
2:22 PM: From CNN:
Voters in several states have receiving bogus text messages or e-mail urging supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to put off voting until Wednesday because of long lines, spurring threats of prosecution in at least two states.
The messages — a perennial election stunt — popped up Tuesday on mobile phones and computers in the battleground states of Florida, Virginia and Missouri, as well as in several other states. One falsely claimed to be a “CNN breaking news” alert.
“All Obama voters, due to long delays, are asked to wait and vote tomorrow 11/05,” that message stated.
Election Day is a one-day event, of course — and in a statement issued Tuesday, Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said she had “no tolerance” for anyone attempting to confuse voters.
It would be nice if they could find these people and arrest them.
2:07: Missouri reporting 4-6 hour waits to vote. This turnout is going to be insane.
12:55 PM: Song of the Day #2: P Diddy- “Vote or Die”
12:15 PM: Curious as to what your “I Voted” sticker can get you today?
-a free red, white and blue star-shaped Krispy Kreme doughnut Krispy Kremes.
-one free scoop of ice cream between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops. If you don’t have your “I Voted “sticker, you can do the “I Voted” dance for your ice cream.
-a free tall cup of Starbucks coffee at any company-owned store (the stand-alone shops — not the ones in airports, malls and stores).
-a free soda or beer at Pitfire Pizza.
11:14 AM: Two hours later and my vote has been cast. Lines were getting even longer as we left. For my fellow Californians, the polls close at 8pm. If you haven’t voted yet or made plans to vote, please make it a priority today. The law grants you at least three hours to leave work and vote.
10:01 AM: Karl Rove predicts a landslide victory for Obama. Rove predicts a 338-200 electoral beatdown, giving nearly every battleground state to Obama except Missouri. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
9:03 AM: We are going to be here for a loooooong time. The line is around the block but the scene is surprisingly quiet. Only one No on Prop 8 supporter is handing out flyers.
A story I just read from Michigan stated that an old couple who got to the polls 20 minutes early saw a line for the first time in their lives. Expect a record turnout this year.