POLLS ARE CLOSING, BERNIE WON VERMONT, WE STILL DON'T KNOW JACK SHIT
The polls have closed! The polls have closed! In some states (not in Washington, okay???) Don't panic. Remain calm. Whatever you do, don't trust these first results as they eke in. That won't have anyone feeling very good. Here's where you can find some live updates on those closed-poll-states:
Polls have closed in a few more key states. You can start tracking live results here:
Florida (most parts): https://t.co/Gw4OAbJmdv
— Vox (@voxdotcom) November 7, 2018
Live results are coming in at all those places you like to get your live election results: The New York Times and the New Yorker have their maps showing tiny bits of states (read: counties) glowing red or blue on a scale of faint to VERY SOLID. You can refresh those pages as much as you like. It's addicting. It's also horrifying. It's like 2016 all over again. Except hopefully more positive?
Plot twist: Vermont feels the Bern! No one saw it coming!!
You know how I know Cathy McMorris Rodgers is running scared? Because she’s tweeting about tax reform at the 11th hour. Give it up, McMorris Rodgers!
3:50 PM: QUEEN BEY FOR BETO
3:10 PM: NATIONWIDE TURNOUT IS BONKERS
2:35 PM: THE YOUTH VOTE IS THREATENED IN ATLANTA
1:00 PM: BETO LOOKED GREAT THIS MORNING
QUEEN BEY FOR BETO IN THE ELEVENTH HOUR AND BRIAN KEMP HAS TROUBLE VOTING
My, my, my, how the tables have turned: What goes around comes around for Brian Kemp.
GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp also had a voting issue today. When he tried to vote, his voter card said "invalid." Our @DaveHWSB was with Kemp today as he voted and is covering the campaign all night. #ElectionOn2 https://t.co/d4yktfco6v pic.twitter.com/YR9FeJUijj
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) November 6, 2018
Listen to Greg:
Greg Martin, 70, is a native of Atlanta. He says the hour and half he waited to vote is the longest he’s ever waited. “I voted for Stacey Abrams because Brian Kemp is an asshole...and misogynistic piece of shit.” #ElectionDay @guardian pic.twitter.com/g4faT8zWOe
— Khushbu Shah (@KhushbuOShea) November 6, 2018
Bey for Beto but maybe a bit late: Beyoncé, notorious Texas-native, has come out in support for Beto O'Rourke. Too bad polls close there in less than three hours. This would've been great like, at least a week ago, Beyoncé!!! Maybe the Beyhive will still turn out in droves.
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I’m feeling grateful for everyone before me who fought so hard to give us all the right to have a voice. We can’t voice our frustrations and complain about what’s wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right. We need you. We all need each other, because when we are truly united we are unstoppable. Sending you all love and positivity on this happy voting day! Every vote counts Every race matters Everywhere.
First NBC News exit polls show that—shockingly—people disapprove of Trump: NBC found that nearly half of voters "strongly disapprove" of Trump. More info on more of those exit poll findings here.
Proof that the sun can set on this fucking nightmare administration: Please let it be an omen, please, please.
UNPRECEDENTED VOTER TURNOUT NATIONWIDE BUT WAIT—THIS SHIT FROM THE GOP IS ANTI-SEMITIC
Turnout has been bonkers! According to the United State Election Project, nearly 39 million people have already turned in their ballots across the country, which blows past the midterm total at this point in 2014. In Washington, auditors in every county in Washington’s 8th District, where Democrat Kim Schrier is hoping to hand Dino Rossi his fourth and potentially final loss in American politics, are reporting record-breaking turnout for a midterm. King County elections anticipates 630,000 ballots in the first drop and maybe a million total, bringing us to 75 percent projected participation. Pierce County expects to drop 125,000 ballots for the 8:00 o’clock release tonight. Kittitas County says they’re expecting 80 percent turnout, while Chelan is looking at 50 percent. If you haven’t voted, there’s still time!
Hmm… this voter suppression thing might not be coincidental? And isn't that a funny little happenstance? No. It's bad. Stop systematically oppressing people and their right to fucking vote. Do we really have to go over this again?
Shit is about to start happening: Polls are about to close in places that are not the West Coast. Then results will start rolling in.
Oh, and Also Fuck Washington State GOP’s Anti-Semitic Kim Schrier Ad: According to the The Seattle Times, Washington State Republicans paid for a mailer that “illustrated Kim Schrier, a Democrat who is Jewish, with a wad of $20 bills fanned out in her hands.” At least three other Republican mailers across the country show Jewish candidates holding a bundle of cash. And this only a week after a right-wing nutjob gunned down 11 Jews in Pittsburgh because the President told him George Soros was paying a caravan of migrants to “invade” the country. The Times quotes Kyle Fischer, the flack who tried to prevent the SECB from attending Dino Rossi’s primary night election party, saying that the ad merely aims to suggest that Schrier supports “policies that would cost taxpayers billions of dollars.” First of all, that’s not true. Schrier supports policies like expanding Medicare, which would ultimately SAVE taxpayers billions of dollars. And second of all, as Schrier’s spokesperson, Katie Rodihan, pointed out to the Times: no other candidate in Washington state is depicted with a fistful of dollars in their hands. Only the Jewish one. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CIVILITY IN POLITICS, CALEB HEIMLICH, CHAIR OF WASHINGTON STATE GOP?
UPDATE: Looks like Schrier isn’t the only Democrat of Jewish heritage in Washington who’s been the victim of anti-Semitic ads. The Times’s Melissa Santos just tweeted out a mailer showing state Senate candidate Claire Wilson, whose parents escaped the Nazis, clutching dollars.
These ads being run by @EntWA against state Senate candidate Claire Wilson play on the ugliest anti-Semitic stereotypes and deserve widespread condemnation. I am just seeing them now and they are beyond gross. #waleg #waelex pic.twitter.com/F5d4yVr2yc
— Melissa Santos (@MelissaSantos1) November 6, 2018
THE YOUTH VOTE IS THREATENED IN ATLANTA, SO IS THIS POLLING PLACE IN BOSTON, BUT THERE'S A RAINBOW ABOVE THE WHITE HOUSE
Is this a sign? All we have now is omens.
Rainbow visible above the U.S. Capitol as millions of voters nationwide head to the polls to determine control of Congress. https://t.co/QF15MHrJt2 #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/RaYQRvtfoD
— ABC News (@ABC) November 6, 2018
Suppressing that youth vote in Atlanta! Young voters were turned away at this polling place when they presented their student I.D.'s to vote. Poll workers didn't explain why. Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, is Georgia's current secretary of state—that means he's running the election that he's running in. That's not okay, especially when shit like this is happening in his state under his watch to people who will decide his fate.
The line to vote at the Liberty Baptist Church in Atlanta is roughly 1.5 hours right now. I’m hearing reports that voters with student ID are being denied ballots, even though student IDs are valid forms of voter ID here in Georgia pic.twitter.com/RvwCh8NuaI
— Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) November 6, 2018
A Boston poll worker found an envelope with some powder inside: Are no polling locations safe? It turns out this one was, after authorities in some tasteful hazmat suits determined that the substance was innocuous. But still. What's up with that?!
#BREAKING: Authorities are responding to a hazmat situation at a Roxbury polling location after a worker found an envelope with an unknown powder inside. https://t.co/r30CXIGilx
— NBC10 Boston (@NBC10Boston) November 6, 2018