Montana Politics

10:00 Crunch Time

10:53 p.m. I need a break from typing…but I can’t leave.

10:51 p.m. With 95% of the votes in, Gary Trauner is tied with Barbara Cubin. With 20% in, Bill Sali is leading Larry Grant 45-34, with 16% going to the Independent candidate.

10:49 p.m. Bob Shrum is offering some advice about winning elections. In other news, George Allen is offering some advice about race relations.

10:46 p.m. The despondent New Republic has found the one person less qualified than Donald Rumsfeld to be the Secretary of Defense…that’s right, Rick Santorum!

10:44 p.m. Ford ran a closer race than many people expected, but the math doesn’t add up. It looks like Corker will hold this seat for the GOP.

10:41 p.m. Chris Matthews says 33,000 votes have not been counted in Fairfax County, a likely stronghold for Jim Webb.

10:37 p.m. Macacca Speaks! He thanks God, and his wife. John Warner looks embarassed to be standing next to him. He might be muttering something about no racial epithets. Allen says they are still counting votes…but he has the look of someone who has lost this race. Closes with “Stay stong for freedom…accuracy in elections!” That might be the first time since 1960 that a Republican has said that.

10:33 p.m. Why are the Virginia Secretary of State numbers and AP numbers inverted? Gah! According to the Virginia Secretary of State right now, with 99.26% in, Webb leads by 2,000 votes.

10:30 p.m. Western races update: In Wyoming, with 77% in, Cubin has only a 400 vote lead. In CO-4, Paccionce is ahead of the lunatic gay-basher Musgrave by 1,000 votes, with 20% in. With 16% in, Heather “Nipplegate” Wilson has a slight lead.

10:27  p.m. Bill Kristol is saying that Republicans are prepared to concede Missouri, with most votes outstanding in urban areas. After mocking Montana, he concedes that Tester will probably win Montana.

10:26 p.m. The Gazette has 55%-43% Tester, with 109,000 votes counted.

10:24 p.m. Fox has the race for Webb, headed to recount. Update: CNN as well. Way to go, Virginia!

10:22 p.m. Drudge has Webb ahead by 3,000 with 100% in. The VA secretary of state still shows a slight lead for Macacca.

10:16 p.m. The ID-1, NM-1, and WY-AL races are all going to be incredibly close. We’re seeing a revolution in the West, folks. Dean’s strategy to contest every state was an absolutely essential move.

10:14 p.m. Maybe more people should be working at the Secretary of State’s office tonight.

10:11 p.m. One National Review reporter is “hearing bad things about Missouri and Montana.”

10:10 p.m. David Shuster describes the wind being sucked out of the air at Allen HQ. That’s not the only thing that sucks there. Zing! I’ll be here all night. 🙂

10:07 p.m. MSNBC has Webb ahead 1,141,000-1,138,000. As I believe I have said before, come on Virginia!

10:04 p.m. 19% in Montana, Tester leads 56-42. Somehow, KTVH has Burns ahead, even though no one else has results like that.

10:00 p.m. 99.1% of precincts in, and Allen leads by 2,000 votes. Come on, Virginia!

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an 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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