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The Senate at 2:00 a.m.

It looks positive for Al Franken, who has a 1,400 vote lead with over 98% of the precincts reporting. If he ends up winning the amazing thing will be that he will have won on the strength of young voters, the only demographic that went his way (51-34), according to exit polling.

Alaska? Really? Ted Stevens leads by 2%, with 81% of the vote in. Unreal. Look out for Sarah Palin to appoint herself or the Todd  to the seat if this race doesn’t turn around in the last quarter of the precincts.

Oregon is a lot close than predicted. Gordon Smith has a 3,000 vote lead with 70% of the votes in.

We could sure use these three seats.


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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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