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8:01 p.m. More tears at the National Review.

8:00 p.m. Montana polls close. Now, we hope that the GOP vote suppression strategy failed. Fox is reporting that Tester won the exit polling.

7:56 p.m. Okay, so I will admit that I am confused about these predictions. How is it that we can be so reliably wrong with Presidential projections, and be so confident about these House and Senate races?

7:53 p.m. With 87% of the votes in, Allen’s lead is down to less than 2,000 votes. Gail has 21,000 votes. GO Virginia!

7:52 p.m. Fox is not even pretending now. “That was a seat we needed to hold.”

7:50 p.m. The National Review’s writer’s in tears. More tears.

7:40 p.m. David Shuster is reporting that Viriginia is in recount range, according to both sides. With 84% in, Allen leads by less than 8,000. If I haven’t mentioned this, a BIG THANK YOU to G.G. Parker. Gail is one classy woman, deeply committed to her principles.

7:38 p.m. Three things I want to see tonight. Burns lose, a Democratic House, and Santorum’s concession speech. I predict the word Nixonian will come to mind.

7:35 p.m. Brit Hume and Bill Kristol sound like they have been listening to a lot of Dashboard Confessional. These boys are sad.

7:30 p.m. With 81% of the votes in, Allen’s lead is cut to 8,000 votes. Of course, G G Parker has 20,000 votes. Those of you casting your votes to send a message to the Democrats in Virginia…was it worth it? If it ends up this close, will your indignation be worth losing the Senate?

7:29 p.m. CNN is calling Rhode Island for Whitehouse!

7:27 p.m. Fox is claiming a 6-8% Democratic bias in exit polls now, so they will not use them.

7:26 p.m. Brit Hume might be drinking. Even on a night when the Democrats are marching across the field, he can’t help but phrase everything like this. “The winner in Maryland is not the Republican.”

7:22 p.m. Webb is closing the gap in Virginia. With 77% of precints reporting, Allen’s lead is down to 10,000 votes. The Independent-Green candidate’s votes would be enough to bridge this gap. Damn liberals. 🙂

7:21 p.m. MSNBC is calling the Maryland Senate race for Cardin. This makes the Virginia and Montana results HUGE. Call one more person and make sure they’ve voted.

7:19 p.m. HA HA HA HA HA. RNC Chair Ken Mehlman on Fox, saying now we need bipartisanship. HA HA HA HA. And now he (one of the people who claimed Bush had a mandate in 2004) says that this election is not about a mandate for the Democrats.

7:17 p.m. Back. Another great sign for the Democrats–with 97% in, John Yarmuth is 3 full points ahead of the Republican incumbent Anne Northup.

7:13 p.m. Jeff Green is an idiot; he just said on CNN that even if there is a big night for for Democrats, liberal bloggers will be upset because they care more about Lamont-Libermann than the Senate as a whole.  And now, CNN calls Lieberman the winner. I guess I don’t care any more about the election…time to head home.

7:12 p.m. The Allen-Webb is looking a little grim.

7:07 p.m. Still time to call one more person to vote–or if you are a Republican, to make threatening phone calls.

7: 05 p.m. I love when commentators tell me there is only a 300 vote gap, when there are less than 3,000 votes in.

7:02 p.m.   Clinton, Stabenow, Klobuchar,  Conrad, Binghaman, Nelson, Kohl, Thomas, Carper and Hutchinson are all immediate winners.

6:58 p.m. Joe Scarborough is crying because Chris Matthews and Howard Dean picked on him. This is kind of fun to watch; he’s really pissed. In fact, now it’s getting awkward.

6:53 p.m. James Carville just ate Bill Bennet’s brain.

6:48 p.m. Schumer says Northern Virginia is, for the most part, not in yet.

6:46 p.m. Kentucky #3 has been stuck at 81% of precints for close to an hour. Let’s finish this up, so we can finally say goodbye to Anne Northup.

6:45 p.m. It probably makes more sense to keep one post going until the Montana race comes in.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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