Decision Time! Live blog of results for president, Senate, Georgia races

UPDATE at 11:25 p.m.: And that’s it. Ohio has been called for Obama, and it looks likely that Florida will follow suit. A couple of near-billion-dollar campaigns, and it looks like two states (Indiana and North Carolina) will have flipped, maybe three if Romney ekes out a win in Virginia.

We’ll have plenty of time in the weeks to come to talk about what comes next for the GOP nationally. Tonight is for Obama and his supporters.

The silver lining here in Georgia, for me: The charter schools amendment passed, giving students and parents more choices in the near future.

UPDATE at 9:56 p.m.: With Michigan and Pennsylvania being called for Obama, Romney is right where most people thought he would be: needing to sweep Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio, plus one more smaller state, to win. None of those four has been called yet, and all are within reach. But the hour is getting late, and his margin for error is gone.

Incidentally, and just for the record: Some news outlets have called Wisconsin for Obama even though the votes that have been counted there show Romney leading. Admittedly, the exit poll there doesn’t look good for Romney. But it reminds me of Florida in 2000, when I was looking at the AP feed of votes counted and seeing George W. Bush leading even as the state was called for Al Gore. I’m not saying that’s going to happen this year in the Badger State, but I will wait a bit longer before handing that state to Obama.

UPDATE at 8:42 p.m.: Most media outlets are projecting that Georgia’s 16 electoral votes will go to Mitt Romney. This is not surprising, of course, and I wish we were getting exit polls to give us an idea of how the state might have changed since the 2008 election, but there it is for the record.

In other Georgia news, the charter-schools amendment is doing better than expected outside metro Atlanta, which wasn’t necessarily expected to be the case since the issue isn’t as well-known in other parts of the state. With about 800,000 votes counted, the “yes” vote is ahead by more than 50,000 votes, or about 6.5 percentage points.

Nationally, it’s becoming clear — again, not surprising at this point — that Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate. Florida’s Bill Nelson is projected to retain his seat, which is one Republicans probably had to flip if they were going to take the Senate.

In the presidential race, I’m seeing some disagreement among Virginia-minded pundits about what’s happening in that state. The exit polls didn’t really bode well for Romney, but you can ask President John Kerry about how much that matters. Obama seems to be holding his edge in certain parts of that state, but not all of them. It will probably be a while longer before we see how that state shakes out. If Romney can’t take it, he will be hard-pressed to string together enough other states to get to 270 electoral votes.

UPDATE at 7:08 p.m.: The polls in Georgia closed a few minutes ago. I am going ahead and calling a majority in the state House and Senate for the Georgia GOP. Shocker, I know.

After all, Republicans entered today with 29 guaranteed seats in the Senate to the Democrats’ 15, and 90 in the House to the Dems’ 48. That’s 182 of 236 state legislative seats (77 percent) decided before the polls opened, much less closed, because they weren’t contested in the general election. That lack of competitiveness shouldn’t surprise me at this point, but somehow the magnitude of it always does.

The real Gold Dome drama tonight, of course, centers on whether the GOP can achieve super-majorities of two-thirds in each chamber. That, and what happens with the charter schools amendment.

Also, the AP has called Kentucky for Romney and Vermont for Obama. So, Romney leads 8 electoral votes to 3. LET’S JUST END IT NOW AND GO HOME!!

Kidding. Of course. Sort of. No, really.

ORIGINAL POST:

The first polls closed at 6 p.m. in Indiana and Kentucky. Georgia’s polls close at 7 p.m., as do a number of other states. The flood of election results will begin in earnest sometime thereafter.

Follow it all here and on Twitter, as I’ll be posting updates on the charter-schools amendment, the race in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, the balance of power in the statehouse and the U.S. Senate — oh, and that other election between Mitt Whatshisname and Somebody Obama.

And if Twitter, blogging, and the Google+ Hangout from earlier today — along with the next Hangout we’ll do either tonight or tomorrow morning — aren’t enough, tune into WABE, 90.1 FM, around 9:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. to hear me discuss the results during the station’s election coverage.

OK, I think that’s it … join us one way or another.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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492 comments Add your comment

Hillbilly D

November 6th, 2012
6:23 pm

For anybody who is interesting in following Georgia results, including by county, you can do it here:

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/GA/42277/106747/en/summary.html

Road Scholar

November 6th, 2012
6:36 pm

Thanks HD. This beer is for you!

iggy

November 6th, 2012
6:46 pm

Lets get ready to RRUUUMMBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEE!!!

Centrist

November 6th, 2012
6:47 pm

Drudge Report has released some early exit poll results. They had Ohio going to Obama an hour ago, but changed it to tossup as new info comes in. As an internet joke says, as the Republicans who work start showing up at the polls, Obama’s lead will dwindle.

iggy

November 6th, 2012
7:03 pm

Diane Sawyer is trashed already…LMAO….ambling, rambling and stumbling over her words….

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

November 6th, 2012
7:16 pm

Indy, back in the house.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

November 6th, 2012
7:20 pm

I didn’t think Georgia would be called by Fox at 7:01PM. Guess all those liberals who blog here didn’t vote, or could it be, that their numbers here are much higher than representative of the state as a whole.

Must be a liberal requirement that 50% of them have to be on a blog at all times. Of course, with them not working, that is a strong possibility.

Centrist

November 6th, 2012
7:26 pm

Fox giving hints that Virginia may go to Obama as blacks, Latinos, and government workers in the northern part have increased in numbers since even 2008 when they overwhelmingly went for Obama. Exit polls are not directly released to the public – they are used with the initial raw vote to make the media calls.

Ohio is another problem for Romney with the taxpayer auto buyout that is more popular their than most other states. Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati for Obama overwhelmed the suburbs and rural areas in the last election and turnout looks to be similar spelling more trouble for Romney.

Romney absolutely must win Florida, Virginia, and Ohio – along with another battleground like Iowa and/or Colorado. Uphill battle for a late night.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

Four more years of Parasite Nation, or a return to fiscal sanity…what’s it gonna be?

iggy

November 6th, 2012
7:31 pm

Sawyer can barely speak….

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 6th, 2012
7:33 pm

Remember when a few thousand folks in the North Carolina research triangle were going to decide the election? North Carolina will go to President Romney.

iggy

November 6th, 2012
7:36 pm

NC – Romeny…yup.

oldfart

November 6th, 2012
7:36 pm

Sawyer doesn’t even qualify as a news reader, much less a journalist. Cheerleader maybe, if she could remember the chants.

Whatever became of the talking heads not calling the states with projections while the left coast is still voting?

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 6th, 2012
7:38 pm

iggy

November 6th, 2012
7:40 pm

Agreed, Fart. Its just hilarious watching…she is plastered…

No Artificial Flavors

November 6th, 2012
7:40 pm

The Libertarians winning the public service commission seats would put a big smile on face tonight. Enough with the good ol boys and status quo.

No Artificial Flavors

November 6th, 2012
7:46 pm

Just came back from DC.. I can say that the general attitude in the district and northern VA burbs is far more liberal than when I was there in 2008 and vastly more than when I lived there in 2003. As such, I predict landslide Obama in VA.

td

November 6th, 2012
7:52 pm

Georgia has been called for Georgia by Fox.

td

November 6th, 2012
7:52 pm

Make that Georgia called for Romney.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

November 6th, 2012
7:53 pm

Jawjuh, was there any doubt?

Centrist

November 6th, 2012
7:53 pm

So less than an hour after the polls closed here in Georgia where the AJC claimed Obama would be competitive – it has been called for Romney. No surprise, but another nail in AJC credibility coffin.

iggy

November 6th, 2012
7:55 pm

Im gonna go out on a limb here and call Hawaii for Obama.

iggy

November 6th, 2012
7:57 pm

LOL…Stephenopolous looks purely disgusted with Sawyer and her drunken speech.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 6th, 2012
8:01 pm

Obozo’s thug moocher base is planning to loot and steal if Romney wins. They have their Idiot Messiah to do that for them should Obozo win.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 6th, 2012
8:02 pm

Hawaii is perhaps the least American of states…no surprise Obozo takes it easily.

adam smith's invisible hand

November 6th, 2012
8:07 pm

Lil’ b – Hawaii never left the Union.

Hillbilly D

November 6th, 2012
8:13 pm

The Libertarians winning the public service commission seats would put a big smile on face tonight. Enough with the good ol boys and status quo.

It’s early but so far it looks like both the incumbents will go back in with no trouble.

Hawaii never left the Union.

They never voted to give up their independence, either.

iggy

November 6th, 2012
8:14 pm

Cuckee Roberts looks like an old witch…ACK!!

No Artificial Flavors

November 6th, 2012
8:15 pm

Wow, Sawyer is loose! Haha, like Will on “the Newsroom”

Aquagirl

November 6th, 2012
8:15 pm

Hawaii never left the Union.

So? Look at that name, it’s so….vowel-y. You can’t trust a state like that.

No Artificial Flavors

November 6th, 2012
8:16 pm

You are correct HillbillyD

Black Label

November 6th, 2012
8:18 pm

“They never voted to give up their independence, either.”

So what. Do they not send young men and women to the military like every other state? If they meet the financial thresholds, do they not pay Fed and State (if they have them) taxes?

What is your point?

you are no more America than they are.

You can think you are, if it makes you and even LLB feel better about yourselves, but it will not mean anything.

td

November 6th, 2012
8:21 pm

Chuck Todd on MSNBC just said he had been told during the day by both parties that Romney would win FL by 100,000 votes.

Centrist

November 6th, 2012
8:21 pm

Independent voters in battleground (actually pretty bluish) New Hampshire broke in favor of Obama, as did nationwide voters who only decided today who to vote for. Both are ominous omens for Romney.

iggy

November 6th, 2012
8:21 pm

“They never voted to give up their independence, either.”

Then their percentage of the electoral college votes should be stripped.

iggy

November 6th, 2012
8:23 pm

FL will fall to Romneys column but he will need more than just FL.

td

November 6th, 2012
8:32 pm

Karl Rove is starting to get a little giddy with his number looking for VA, Ohio and FL. No projections but the numbers in the swing counties are looking good for Romney

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 6th, 2012
8:32 pm

Rove and Trippi see a positive trend in turnout for Romney in FL, VA and OH. Outperforming turnout in precincts surrounding urban areas.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 6th, 2012
8:35 pm

There won’t be any more results from VA until the people end up voting in lines. They don’t want any state calls while voters are still in line, a la Florida panhandle in 2000.

Both campaign agreed to the hold on results being reported.

Centrist

November 6th, 2012
8:38 pm

@ my good friend td – Hillsborough County in Florida (Tampa) went to Bush, but is going to Obama. Not good.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 6th, 2012
8:42 pm

Any reports of Republicans threatening violence if their guy doesn’t win, as we’re seeing from the Democrat thug cohort?

Yeah, didn’t think so.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 6th, 2012
8:44 pm

Rove is usually too optimistic, so I’m taking what he says with a grain of salt.

Hillbilly D

November 6th, 2012
8:45 pm

Black Label @ 8:18

Congratulations on seeing something that wasn’t there.

JamVet

November 6th, 2012
8:45 pm

Lil’ b – Hawaii never left the Union.

A thing of blogging beauty and a beautiful burn on the secessionists, adam…

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 6th, 2012
8:45 pm

Why do Republicans keep running Linda McMahon for Senate in CT?

Swamped in two successive elections.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

November 6th, 2012
8:47 pm

What crazy did you vote for this time, AmVet?

td

November 6th, 2012
8:47 pm

@ Centrist my friend, Those are mostly early votes which Obama also won by bigger margins 4 years ago.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

November 6th, 2012
8:47 pm

Native Hawaiians in general don’t think of themselves as Americans, and the way they vote, I’d have to agree with them.

adam smith's invisible hand

November 6th, 2012
8:50 pm

lil’ b – thank you for telling us what all native hawaiians think. I’m sure they’re happy to have you as their spokesperson.

iggy

November 6th, 2012
8:51 pm

FL going to Romney.
VA, Obama struggling….ruh roh.