So, here we go…
1:00 PM (all times NZ time): CNN projects that Obama carries Vermont and McCain carries Kentucky. Obama now has 3 Electoral votes (only 267 to go!). McCain's actual vote in Kentucky so far is much lower than opinion polling was showing would be the case.
1:05 PM: As predicted, Warner wins Senate seat in Virginia. First gain by the Democrats.
1:16 PM: Jessica Yellin in CNN studio from Chicago via hologram. Why am I thinking, "Help me Obe Wan; You're our only hope..."?
2:00 PM: This waiting is torture. CNN calls Massachusetts (12), Illinois (21—yay, Illinois!!), Connecticut (7), New Jersey (15), Maine (3 of 4 so far), Delaware (3), Maryland (10) and District of Columbia (3) for Obama, giving him a new total of 77 Electoral votes. They also called South Carolina (8), Oklahoma (7) and Tennessee (11) for McCain, giving him a total of 34. they're being very cautious.
However, MSNBC calls Pennsylvania (21) and New Hampshire (4) and all four of Maine's Electoral votes for Obama, giving him 103. Better.
2:21 PM: Right wing Fox says Liddy Dole lost her Senate seat!!! Great News!!
2:30 PM: Fox has also called Pennsylvania for Obama. What's the holdup with CNN?
2:39 PM: CNN finally calls Pennsylvania for Obama. MSNBC has also called Georgia (15) and Alabama (9) for McCain; both are solid red states and the results were expected. That gives McCain 58 Electoral Votes. Nothing unexected in these results. And, as Jason pointed out in a comment, Obama has 74 Electoral Votes to come from the West Coast. New York is among the states closing at 3pm our time.
3:18 PM: Been watching all the analysis of the 3pm closings. It looks good for Florida going for Obama—poetic justice, in a way.
3:23 PM: Fox calls Ohio for Obama. They say it doesn't look good for McCain; hope they're right.
3:33 PM: They're all calling Ohio for Obama (apart from CNN), but Fox says Obama is at 200 Electoral Votes which, if true, would mean he'll win (because of Electoral Votes out West).
3:38 PM: Okay, CNN has joined the Ohio party. They've also shown how pointless McCain's efforts in Pennsylvania were.
3:58 PM: As we wait for the next wave, the news channels are talking to "analysts" and the Republicans are doing post mortems. Already.
4:30 PM: Okay I'm calling it: Obama's won. Now, let's defeat Prop 8!!!
4:48 PM: While we're waiting, Jason pointed out that there are now NO Republican Congress people left in teh Northeast states, though it was once the core of the party's support. They deserve that, Meanwhile, Fox says Obama takes Virginia.
4:55 PM: Okay, we're almost officially done.
5:00 PM: CNN projects that Obama wins!!!!!!
I never thought I'd live to see this day
I am so fucking happy I can't even say how happy I am....
5:25 PM: McCain is being very gracious in his concession speech. If this McCain had been running...
5:36 PM: McCain's crowd wasn't as gracious as the man. No surprise, I'm afraid. Prop 8 is currently winning 53-46 in California, but most of the results are from rural counties.
6:24 PM: Pleased to watch my new president's speech as President-Elect. No boos in the Obama crowd when McCain was mentioned.
8:17 PM: Still watching results on TV, but watching Prop 8 online. Looking bad, like hate might win: 52.8% for, 47.2% against with 37% of precincts reporting. The margin has been steady for awhile now.
9:31 PM: Early to bed. Tomorrow the work begins, but for tonight, sweet dreams.