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7:00 p.m. Hour

(7:53) Christopher Shays has conceded in Connecticut. Another big Democratic pickup in the House.

(7:48) Obama has pulled slightly ahead in Florida, with a lead of almost 30,000 votes.

(7:41) Virginia creeps closer. With 71% in, McCain’s lead is down to less than 3,000 votes.

(7:36) Obama flips New Mexico back to the Democratic column, according to ABC.

(7:35) Fred Barnes is drinking the hard stuff on Fox. Somehow, this landslide election demonstrates that the United States is a center-right country. Strange, after, according to Fox, we just elected a Marxist.

(7:34) Obama is within 7,000 votes in Virginia, with 70% in. We’re going to win it.

(7:28) CBS and FOX FREAKING News follow, and call Ohio for the next President of the United States, Barack Obama! On Fox News, a McCain advisor is trying to tell Carl Cameron with a straight face that Sarah Palin was an asset for the ticket. I can’t wait for the post-mortem on this campaign. It’s not going to be pretty.

(7:25) Pete Williams from NBC is already asking if Sarah Palin will be running for President in 2012.

(7:23) MSNBC is calling Ohio for Obama!

(7:21) I’m back to obsessive Virginia watching. With 64% in, McCain’s lead is under 1%.

(7:19) So close, but CNN is calling KY-Sen for Mitch McConnell. Lunsford ran a close race, but it looks like he will come up just a little short.

(7:13) Governor Patterson of New York just suggested that, like Henry V, Barrack Obama would grow into the role of a leader once elected, despite the immense challenges. Look for Fox News to soon declare that the Democrats want to put a monarchy in place.

(7:08) Tom Udall picks up New Mexico.

(7:07) North Carolina is looking promising. We really need to flip a state.

(7:05) Getting much closer in Virginia. With 56% in, Obama has cut the McCain lead to just over 2%, 50.7-48.1.

(7:03) I’m glad to see that 16,000 people came out in Florida (with only 50%) in to vote for Ralph Nader.

(7:01) Good signs in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. Not even close apparently, as the networks are calling them early for Obama. Earlier than Arizona, for example.

(7:00) This is a big hour. Some strong potential flip states for Obama this hour.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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