Election Night Updates!
As the evening progresses, check in tonight for updates about elections results from across the country and state here. I’ll try, with varying degrees of snark and optimism, to offer updates from a variety of sources as our long national nightmare comes to and end (hopefully) this evening.
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Nationally, I feel confident that my country will not elect Donald Trump. I guess I am supposed to write something about how we should all respect each other’s choices before the election. I could have done that for Romney or McCain, as little as I agreed with their policies.
I simply cannot take that position with Donald Trump. There is no defense for voting for him. He’s a crude, ignorant, bullying wannabe fascist who poses a threat to the very foundations of our democracy and the safety of millions of people.
For the sake of the republic, I hope the GOP gets its act together and drives out the likes of Donald Trump. If any of you vote for him tomorrow, I’m hard-pressed to understand what values could possibly have led to that decision.
In the end, I would guess that Hillary Clinton wins 294 Electoral votes and about 47% of the popular vote.
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I think Democrats will at least get to 50 seats in the Senate, too.
Back in Montana, I am feeling a lot less confident about Democratic chances. I have some theories about why these races are going to break the way I suspect they will—and will write that long post tomorrow—but I suspect Republicans will win most of the statewide races in the state.
Governor: By a margin far narrower than I’d like, Governor Bullock will win re-election, but I suspect we may not know that result until Wednesday. It’s going to be close. The combination of limitless personal cash and xenophobia is a potent one, and Greg Gianforte will get closer in this race than he should.
Tier B Races: I think Democrats will lose three or four of these races. Tim Fox will certainly win re-election, and at least two of Matt Rosendale, Elsie Arntzen, and Corey Stapleton will win. Melissa Romano seems most likely to pull a win out in her race, but I could easily see a Republican sweep here. If anything illustrates the absence of a vibrant political press in this state, it’s been the coverage of these races, in which most voters will go to the polls with almost no independent information to guide their choices. And only low-information could explain voters choosing Matt Rosendale, who doesn’t even understand the duties of the job he’s running for.
Supreme Court: Dirk Sandefur will win election, despite the dirty, dishonest campaign run by Kristin Juras and her surrogates.
House: This prediction pains me the most, but I think Congressman Ryan Zinke will win re-election tonight. This is no slight to the Juneau campaign or Ms. Juneau herself, as I think they have run a model campaign against an incumbent. The race will be closer than anyone could have predicted a year ago, and Ms. Juneau has shown her chops as an excellent candidate, but the weight of incumbency and the kid gloves treatment Zinke receives from the Montana press will carry him to a win.
On the initiatives, I think
- CI-116 will pass (and it shouldn’t)
- I-177 will fail (and it shouldn’t)
- I-181 will fail (and it should)
- I-182 will fail (and it shouldn’t)
Prove Me Wrong!
I’m a pessimist. And worried about the direction of my state. I hope that I am wrong about Juneau and the Tier B races, but there’s only one way to prove me wrong at this point. Get out and vote for candidates like Jesse Laslovich, Monica Lindeen, Melissa Romano and Denise Juneau, candidates who represent a hopeful and positive vision for our state.
And grab your friends and get them to the polls as well. They can still register and vote today.