Montana Politics

11:00: Time for the Big Mo in MO and MT

11:48 p.m. Out for some air.

11:47 p.m. Some better news from the National Review: As much as I hate to say it is seeming like Senate looks to be 51-49, with MT, MO, and VA.  A precinct watcher relays: “Over half of the MO numbers still out are in St.Lou Co, where Claire wins (and she already leads).”  Tester has got MT.  VA prob gonna go Webb, “but that has been so crazy I won’t say never.”   

11:40 p.m. I need to step out for a bit. Too much talking head talk and blogging. I’m getting a little more uneasy with every passing minute in the Senate race. With 59% of the precincts in, Tester’s lead is down to 10,000 votes, 51-47.

11:36 p.m. Nothing wrong with Kansas tonight! Incumbent Republican Jim Ryun defeated.

11:32 p.m.It looks like Gary Trauner might come up just short in Wyoming. Come on, Wyoming!

11:28 p.m. Still getting tighter. With 53% in, Tester leads 104,327-90,533.

11:24 p.m Fox News Radio is reporting that there are problems in Montana and ballots will need to be counted by hand in some areas.  No certification expected until the morning, at the earliest.

11:16 p.m. Tester leads Burns 98,000-83,000, with 47% in, according to MSNBC.

11:11 p.m. Interesting that Fox News finds Arnold’s victory speech more important than Jim Webb’s. Webb’s playing it smart…coming out with a decisive statement that he won. The 2000 campaign demonstrated that perception is as, if not more, important than reality…with Allen talking recount and Webb talking victory, the game is won.

11:10 p.m. Can we please stop talking about the GOP/Rove ground game? 72 Hour program, my ass.

11:08 p.m. CNN has Tester ahead 53%-45%-2% with 44% of precincts in.

11:05 p.m. Local coverage and analysis: yikes! They say the Senate race likely won’t be called until 2:00-3:00 a.m 

11:03 p.m. McCaskill ahead by 13,000 in Missouri!

11:01 p.m.  Burns keeps creeping closer, 53-45 Tester.

11:00 p.m. Van Taylor down. This day couldn’t get any better. Okay, it could get a little better…come on Montana and Missouri!

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  • I know we are not calling anything at this point, but I feel great. I would feel a lot better if I knew Roy Brown was going down. Lets go Margie MacDonald!

  • Dear god, I just realized that I was rooting for Margie MacDonald in this thread as though she were running against Brown. I must have been drunk. Congratulations to Kendall for winning an open seat, not unseating Roy Brown. Yeesh, what an embarressment.

  • I am committed to publicly humiliating myself in this comment thread. That said, thank you for reading. For some reason my mind has failed me on this topic. It is as though house races and senate races were one in the same and my hatred of Roy Brown has clouded my ability to blog one from the other. Just a quick recap to make sure I have not lost my mind. Senate District 25 = Margie MacDonald @ 3514 and Roy Brown @ 3668. House District 49 = Kendall Van Dyk @ 1786 and Shirley McDermott @ 1265. I will be checking myself into election school 101 at the next available opportunity.

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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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