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Election Results Open Thread; PLUS…Haiku? Bless You!; Updated; Update II: Obama takes Michigan and PA

First polls close at 7pm.   This post will be updated as the evening progresses.

I’m sure some might be inclined to pay attention to the exit polling data, none of which I know by the way, and I have to wonder why given not only past experience but the knowledge that information like this will be skewed to dissuade GOP turnout.

In fact…I came across this funny tweet that I had to share with y’all:

This got me to thinking.  Why not have a little fun while we wait?  Freaking out certainly doesn’t help!

And thus, I bring you…election haiku.

Here’s the first, which I came across yesterday on Twitter:

Economy sucks,
Obama wants four more years,
When Pigs learn to fly.


I shared this with my mother, who giggled and wrote her own:

We’ve told all we know
Go vote him out of office
the power is yours!


And here now are a few of mine:

America’s choice:
Failure, bitterness and blame…
Or prosperity.


Romney not ideal
Obama is a train wreck
Not a real tough choice.


Just who supports O?
Morons, racists, communists.
Don’t be like Tingles.


Governor Palin
Calls us all to our duty.
Vote to remove O.


Down ballot races
Just as important as Pres.
Even more so now.


Why vote for Romney?
O equals failure, despair.
Freedom rocks. Go Vote!


Why vote Obama?
I enjoy dependency.
Pay for my junk, yo.


Can you haiku?  It’s simple!  It’s just three lines long, but the structure is very specific.  5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second and 5 for the third.

Go ahead and post your election haiku below (make sure it’s not inappropriate y’all) so we can all have a laugh while we wait.

And wait.

And wait.

Update by Doug: Politico created this helpful graphic which indicates what time the polls close in each state:

As Andrew Beaujon reports, the coveted exit polling data to which Mary Beth refers above had been locked up in a ‘quarantine room’ at 11:00 AM and released to the major news organizations at 5:00 PM. Nothing specific, however, can be released by the media until the polls close in each state:

At 11 a.m. today, representatives from the consortium of news organizations that sponsor the National Election Pool will enter a “quarantine room,” where they’ll look at data gathered via exit polls,Michael Calderone reports.

Six hours later, staffers will be permitted to start sending data to their respective news organizations, while additional exit polls, especially on the West Coast, keep coming in.

The news orgs represented — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox and the AP — can report general trends but cannot report the results of exit polls until the polls close. Anne Cronin at Politico has made a handy map showing the times at which the individual states’ polls close.

Reuters reporter Lisa Richwine says the quarantine room lacks phone or Internet access. At 5 p.m., the quarantine will lift, and the representatives will be able to share their data with their respective organizations. Project for Excellence in Journalism director Tom Rosenstiel tells Richwine that if the data leaks early, “with Internet penetration and the speed of social media, that (data) would be known pretty widely.”

Once the polls close, the various "experts" each network employs will combine the exit polling data with the actual vote as it comes in and use that data to "call" the election in each state when they feel confident enough to do so. For my money, the best in the business at making those judgments is Michael Barone. He knows the electoral map like no other, right down to the county and precinct level in the key battleground states. He’s anchored election night coverage for Fox News for years, and if I could only watch one media personality tonight, it would be him. Four days ago Barone predicted a Romney victory by an electoral vote margin of 315 – 223. If, after analyzing the actual vote as it’s reported in this evening, he begins backtracking on his prediction, Romney will probably be in for a long night. If, on the other hand, Barone finds the data supports his prediction, Obama will likely be heading back to the streets of Chicago on January 20th.

We will be providing additional updates throughout the evening as warranted.

Update II: Fox News has called both Michigan and Pennsylvania for Obama.


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  • Nancy6

    Carl Cameron chan
    Nel turned. Can’t stand that dudie.
    Loser. And Liar.

    First time trying my hand at haiku.
    How’d I do?

    We don’t have to do all our comments on this thread in haiku, do we? It hurts my brain

    • Mary Beth House

       Your second line was more than 7 syllables and your third was more than 5.  :P

      • Nancy6

        But, but, I took the time to clap out the syllables before haikuing it!:)
        What if I took out the "ie" in dudie, in the second line and I don’t know what you’re smoking about the third line!
        I want to call in the official haiku ref of C4P. Who might that be?

  • Nathan Webb

    I just wanted to take the time to thank Paul Ryan for being the greatest future VP ever!


      You do know that you’re on a pro-Palin site right?

    • John_Frank

      LOL …. now that is hilarious …the guy who voted for every big government while Bush was President …so let’s take off the rose colored glasses.

    • uksarahfan

      How’s it hanging in Romneybot land today ace? Face redder than a baboons arse eh? Remember this little piece of genius from you a few months back?

       I’m sure Sarah will enjoy her spot in history, as will Romney on inauguration day.

      Hope you had a nice ride on the Unicorn express while it lasted.

  • technopeasant

    The Democrats know the fix is in.

    From Joseph Stalin:

    "It’s not who votes, but who counts the vote."

    • IsraeliCojones

      You clicked on the wrong link. It’s not HA here.

  • juju341

    Don’t forget the early votes are probably for BO from early voters so take them with a grain of salt.

  • BostonBruin

    I know some folks here can’t stand Politico, but IMO they have the best interface for following the results.

    Already reporting the results from Kentucky and Indiana and, as expected, Romney is leading comfortably in both.

  • BostonBruin

    Also, Mourdock with an early lead in his Senate race 54-40

  • sdsali

    God is in Heaven
    Romney’s in Ohio
    It’s now in their hands.

  • Inge Vogel

    Prez dribbles the ball,
    His second shot at the net,
    Nothing but stale air!

  • Lou Gutnicki

    Why we do haiku?
    Betcha Gov Palin does know.
    Oh well, it can’t hurt.

  • RedDaveR

    KY and IN called for Romney.  VT for O.   No surprises.

  • Inge Vogel

    Buried fears; four years,
    Lift your head and look around,
    An American for change.

  • Steve_Flesher

    According to Fox News, Romney has an advantage in Virginia’s exit polls among independents.

  • Jean_A

    The Situation Room?@CNNSitRoom Romney campaign internal polling "had Obama winning Ohio by 5 points.” @PeterHambyCNN reports: #CNNElections

  • Jean_A

    Fox News Latino?@foxnewslatino BREAKING: #Romney takes Indiana, Kentucky, & Georgia…South Carolina still soon to call. #Obama takes Vermont #FNL2012

  • Jean_A

    Romney 50% Obama 49% in FL w/8% reporting

    • bucky321

      wait for the panhandle

  • Jean_A

    David Fair?@davidfair I think Romney is going to win handily tonight, but these Senate races make me wanna claw my eyes out. Grrrr! #TheBlaze2012

  • Jean_A

    Fox Business just called West Virginia for #RomneyRyan2012

  • suehimel

     We are off to attend 3 election watch parties.  We’ll be home in a few hours so I’ll join you all here while waiting for presidential results.  Y’all play nice now and write some good Haikus for me to read later.

  • Jean_A


    • BostonBruin

      George Allen also has the early lead in the Virginia Senate race

  • Jean_A

    ABC has Romney winning 33-3 in electoral college votes #yourvote

    • TSM_Admin

       So does FOX.

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