Election results: President and Senate

Below are two maps that will be updated as the polls close in each state. The top map is for the presidential election, and the bottom one is for the Senate elections. (In the bottom one, gray states are ones in which no senator is up for re-election this year.) Regardless of the status of each race, I’ll keep updating these as the polls close and races are called. I will be following primarily CNN tonight, so I’ll base most of the updates on its projections. If CNN calls a state within 30 minutes of its polls closing, I will make it solid blue or red on the map. If it takes longer than 30 minutes to call it, I will make it light blue or red; once two of the remaining networks (ABC, NBC, and/or CBS) have called it, I’ll change the color to solid. (I’m also using light blue/red if two of the broadcast networks call a state before CNN.)

LAST UPDATE: 3:16 PM, 11/5.

OBAMA: 349
McCAIN: 162

DEMOCRATS: 17 (12 holds; 5 pickups)
REPUBLICANS: 14 (14 holds; 0 pickups)
RUNOFFS: 1 (GA-R leads)
RECOUNTS: 1 (MN-R leads)

On the presidential map, the number within (or next to) each state is the number of electoral votes that state receives. The squares in Maine and Nebraska represent congressional districts; these states award two EVs to the statewide winner and one per congressional district won. NE-02 (Omaha, the easternmost one in Nebraska) is the only one expected to be in play this year.

On the congressional map, Wyoming and Mississippi have two Senate seats up for re-election this year. In Wyoming, Republicans Mike Enzi (A) and John Barrasso (B) are both on the ballot; Barrasso was appointed in 2007 following the death of Republican Craig Thomas. Both seats are expected to stay in Republican hands. In Mississippi, Republican Thad Cochran (A) is expected to win easy re-election. The race to watch is incumbent Republican Roger Wicker vs. Democrat Ronnie Musgrove (B). Wicker was appointed following the retirement of Trent Lott. Because this is a special election, if neither Wicker nor Musgrove gets 50% of the vote, they will face each other (sans third parties) in a runoff to determine the winner. The same is true in Georgia, where incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss is favored to win but may fall below 50%; if neither he nor Democratic challenger Jim Martin reaches the 50% mark, there will be a runoff betwen the two. I assume CNN will wait to call these races until it’s certain one candidate will break the 50% barrier. If neither candidate gets an absolute majority, I will color the race in question light blue or red.

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