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.
Chris is a sort of cavalier New York, New Jersey guy: ‘If I’m a few minutes behind, I’ll blame it on traffic,’ That’s just who he is.A person close to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie • Quoted anonymously in a Politico story today, which suggests that Governor Christie may have initially been Mitt Romney’s top choice for Vice Preisdent. That began to change, however, with Christie’s tardiness to some events irking Romney, as referenced above, and concerns persisted within the campaign that he was too focused on himself to be an effective “number two.” Over the course of his trip to visit the Olympics in London, Romney finally settled on Rep. Paul Ryan. The article also states that some Romney “friends and donors” are upset with Christie’s public appreciations of President Obama the last week, as the pair have coordinated tightly on New Jersey’s post-Sandy disaster relief. source
I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters.Mitt Romney • In a statement released by his campaign on Wednesday, pushing back against claims that he would eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency should he win the presidency next week. Romney has been put on the defensive recently, thanks to comments he made regarding the agency’s future should he become President during a debate last June. “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction,” Romney told debate moderator John King, adding, “And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”
I’ve spent the morning reading various endorsements of Mitt Romney for president, and they all say the same thing: Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s strategy worked.Ezra Klein • In a new post on WonkBlog, commenting on a number of Romney endorsements that surprised him — most notably the Des Moines Register’s decision to endorse Mitt Romney, after endorsing the Democratic candidate in the previous five races. In his piece, Klein challenges the paper’s suggestion that President Obama was ineffective when dealing with Congress. He stops short of giving President Obama an endorsement, and recognizes the leadership abilities of Romney, but Klein is not unclear about his feelings on this particular line of logic. “There are good reasons to endorse Mitt Romney for president,” said Klein, adding, “But if you want the political system to work more smoothly, endorsing McConnell and Boehner’s strategy over the last four years is folly.”