64 electoral votes secured by President Obama, as of 8:50 PM EST
88 electoral votes netted by Mitt Romney so far
We’re still early days here, to be sure. Just a couple hours after the first polls closed across the eastern seaboard, and we’re getting a clearer idea of the early shape of the election — to this point, President Obama leads by about 200,000 votes in Ohio, and is fighting an extremely tight race in Florida. As to congressional races, the prospects of the Democrats maintaining control of the Senate look good so far — Linda McMahon has been projected to lose in her race against Democrat Chris Murphy, in addition to wins for Sheldon Whitehouse, Bill Nelson, and Angus King in Maine, an independent who may ultimately caucus with the Democrats.
We’ve put out materials specifically aimed at individual voters so that they have the basic information that they need. Everything from one-page guides for [organizations] getting their members involved, or just urging their members to go [vote], so they know what the law is.Fair Elections Legal Network president and cofounder Robert Brandon • Discussing the work they put in to make sure your post counts. They’re not alone. A number of other organizations put in significant amounts of time to ensure that voters were informed and aware of their rights as they went to the polls. “If somebody’s going door to door, trying to convince people to go vote, they can hand them these palm cards and it’ll say, in the case of Pennsylvania, ‘You do not need a photo ID to vote in this election,’” Brandon emphasized.
It’s a little early to know exactly what we can learn from social media metrics. I think the way we’ll be looking at this stuff will be very different in four years, in eight years, in twelve years. For right now, we’re kind of in an awkward adolescent age … we’re out of the classical innocent era of our youth where you could just call someone on the phone. But we’re not sure what the substitute for that is yet.With all the recent brewhaha about Nate Silver’s controversial projections for tonight’s outcome, and while we’re all waiting for some legit data to come back from the polls, it seems like a good time to revisit our exclusive interview with Mr. Silver back in September. Enjoy! (via election)