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Well, that could have gone better.
As an effort at alleviating depression among the vast right wing conspiracy, here are a few glimmers of hope amidst the dismal news:
In the real-life 2012 version of Atlas Shrugged, Texas has taken the place of Colorado, i.e. the redoubt of a dynamic economy, freedom and limited government in a country grown ever-more statist. Thankfully, it’s not the only one, and red states are still outperforming blue states by a good measure. A narrow Obama victory can’t change that. We’ve got to keep on fighting the good fight.
We lost the battle. The war goes on.
Congratulations to Ted Cruz and Tony Dale on well-deserved victories!
And on that bit of good news, off to sleep…
Weber beats Lampson in CD14.
Obama 303, Romney 203, Florida and Alaska undecided. And Obama is edging Romney in the popular vote as well, but not by much.
Fox calls election for Obama. Still not sure I trust the Wisconsin call. It looks like Romney may very well win the popular vote. Even so, I still don’t believe in abolishing the electoral college.
Fox calls Ohio for Obama. That may be all she wrote.
All annoying local news now.
PBS calls Iowa for Obama.
Obama still up .5% in Florida with 94% of the vote in.
Florida, Florida, Florida.
Any way this turns out, this is 1% difference election.
No, Romney playing the bio film at the GOP convention wouldn’t have made any difference.
AP RACE CALL: Romney wins North Carolina.
Maybe we should have nominated #Hypnotoad.
David Brooks (click) Elizabeth Warren (click) Crowd interview (click) Grrrrr
Whether Obama wins or not, GOP house should refuse to pass a debt limit increase, and force government to live within it’s means.
Hit my tweet limit!
[Swing state name here] Too close to call. Repeat as necessary.
Looks like it’s going to be a long night before this thing is decided.
7:23 Romney up in VA, FL too close to call, but Panhandle polls close late, and that’s Romney territory.
Everything in the battleground states is too close to call.
ROMNEY: Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, South Carolina
#ElectionNightSurprises: Fox News calls race for Obama, ABC for Romney, CBS for Gary Johnson, CNN for Jill Stein, and MSNBC for the reanimated corpse of Howard Taft
Please note that I will be live-blogging and live-tweeting the election tonight as the returns roll in starting around 7 PM CST. Judging from my live-tweeting of the debates, there’s a good chance I’ll “exceed the tweet limit”, so you’ll want to check both places for pithy insight and wily snark.
Today’s the day! Get out there and vote!
To determine that, let’s look at the recent history of non-Presidential top-of-the-ballot races in Texas:
(I’m throwing out the 4-way 2006 gubernatorial race as not germane. All numbers via Wikipdia, % rounded.)
In terms of financial resources, Sadler’s fundraising has been very poor, having raised just over $800,000; poorer even than Rick Noriega, who managed to raise over $4 million, or Barbara Ann Radnofsky, who raised about $1.5 million. Then again, money isn’t everything: Tony Sanchez spent $60 million of his own money to garner a meager 40% against Rick Perry in 2002.
I don’t think Sadler will do as poorly as vanity candidate Gene Kelly did in 2000. I expect Obama to run 4-5 points worse than he did in 2008, and I expect Sadler to probably lose a point or two off Obama’s total. So, I predict: Ted Cruz gets 61% of the vote, and Paul Sadler gets around 39%.
I expect Ted Cruz to beat Paul Sadler handily (and here’s my endorsement of Cruz). Later today I hope to have a prediction up on just how well I expect him to do.
Obviously Democratic 14th Congressional District candidate (and former congressman) Nick Lampson really doesn’t like being asked how often he voted with Nancy Pelosi in the middle of his lecture on bipartisanship.
I talked about the CD14 race between Lampson and Randy Weber earlier this week.
(Hat tip: David Bellow)
(Pic via Brennan Hall (@bren_nan) on Twitter)
Meanwhile, Obama is drawing crowds in Ohio between 2,800 and 4,000. That’s a good crowd…for a Whitesnake concert. It’s pretty piss poor for the President of the United States of America. I guess it’s hard to draw a crowd when you already have the stink of failure on you.
(I would like to apologize in advance to any Whitesnake fans offended by crowd size comparisons to Obama. If you believe limited government, the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy welcomes you whether you’re a hair metal fan, a brony, a hipster, a juggalo, or even a furry (I thought it best not to link anything for that one), as long as you’re voting against Obama!)
Six days to the election, and I’ve spent most of the night handing out candy. Six days until we choose to follow the successful Texas Red State path of low taxes and limited government, or the failing Blue State California path of bankruptcy and bigger government.