Two years, 94 debates, one drunk/high/sober liveblog, and endless polls later, we’ve finally arrived. Two candidates entered (well, technically a lot more), one will survive. Who will it be? Tonight wesleying will be continuing (and thank God, finishing) our election coverage with a liveblog of the results as they roll in tonight. There are a couple of locations on campus where we’ll be station (and where you can follow along):
- Usdan has a big projector screen by the staircase showing MSNBC, so plenty of people will be watching there.
- The American Studies Majors’ Committee and the Government Majors’ Committee are hosting an event at the Woodhead Lounge (location here).
- In your comfort and safety of your own dorm! Just go to here to watch CNN!
Area Man To Run Naked Through Streets Tonight No Matter Who Wins Election onion.com/PUDk2H
— The Onion (@TheOnion) November 6, 2012
Oh, and Middletown’s polls are open for another 100 minutes. Hurry up and get on line. The liveblog will still appear past the jump once you get back.
Update! This: http://xkcd.com/1131/
Speaking of which, I need sleep. More coverage in the morning.
Do you guys think Obama is just gonna, like, sleep for 76 hours now?
Also, can someone get us connected to Nate Silver so he can predict how many votes Giant Joint wins in the next WSA election?
So here’s Mytheos’s take, in case you were wondering.
Fox News is down but not out.
All right, it’s been real, but it’s 3:41 AM here and there is a chance that I’ll have class tomorrow. Peace out folks!
Never forget Alaska, especially when planning those spring breaks.
So, Nate Silver got 48/48 of the called states correct. Alaska still isn’t called, and Florida is still a toss-up with Obama slightly ahead – but Silver gave Obama a 50.3% chance.
Look at Romney and listen to his voice… Infinitely more relaxed than the last time we saw him.
According to Zach Dravis ’15 “RIP Michelle Obama’s vagina” and “Michelle Obama’s totally getting the D tonight” have 250,000 “notes” on Tumblr right now.
And don’t forget Alaska. Its 3 electoral votes could be HUGE. Like the state. Alaska is big. They make it look small on maps. Did you know that Alaska is actually about one third of the total geographic size of the continental US? I like geography. Geography is nice. You get all those pretty maps, and some of them are bumpy and all textured. I like textured stuff. Things just feel good in your hands, ya know? Things you just wanna touch, run your fingers over ever so lightly, slowly apply some gentle pressure, give it a nice squeeze… Sorry, where were we? Oh right! Alaska! Yeah, those three votes are crucial! A real election-swinger. Yeah.
Michele Bachmann has “the most Republican district in the state of Minnesota” and is in the closest House race in the nation right now.
…remember, we’re still waiting on Oregon.
New Wesleying poll: “Spring Break: Colorado or Washington?”
Well, at least one of them will be fighting for us…
Obama just took the lead in the popular vote. Currently leading by ~15,000 votes and climbing fast.
The real question is… will Williardus Mittertonne Romnifery revise his figures, and blame the 51%?
Side note: who saw the shot of that little girl crying when Romney lost?
ABC has #noshame
I like all of the shots of Obama supporters awkwardly dancing in the crowd.
Fuck yeah Obama.
When’s Mitt gonna ad-lib the concession speech he didn’t think he had to write?
Down w/ dis:
Okay lefties tonite we can get drunk, tomorrow we direct our hangover rage at the lackluster Obama Admin
— Mike Elk (@MikeElk) November 7, 2012
The Trump’s words transcend all musical limitations. So yes.
Can you set it to Pachelbel’s Cannon?
Arya is wearing an American flag and just led like 200 students in the National Anthem. This is actually pretty routine at Wesleyan.
Considering setting Trump’s twitter feed to music.
Word, every time I read Donald Trump’s twitter I wonder why I don’t do that more often.
I got a text from a friend and she told me to go to this website.
Wait, so we can close Guantanamo now, right?
Washington now has legal marijuana too, right?
Now he said “vaginal probes”. Further shudders.
Brian Williams just said “Tea Party insurgency”. Chilling.
Oh, come on, Hickenlooper ’74, live a little. What’s wrong with smoking pot in public?
Zak Malik ’14 just sat down next to me and says all he wants is for “the country to recognize that we are the best country ever.”
The Onion has already weighed in on the matter: Defeated Man Victorious
And Obama’s to say he won: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama
Mitt Romney’s Wikipedia page has already been edited to say he lost: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney
Santorum advisor on ABC just compared Romney to Dukakis NEVER EVER EVER
Oh, and Maine legalized same sex marriage. Even Mytheos is glad about that one.
Okay, so Giant Joint did win after all. Shout-out 2 Colorado.
“The Republican nominee had already written a 1,118-word victory speech that he thought would conclude his yearslong quest for the presidency.” lol
This might be repeating what hermes just said, but gay marriage legalization has been called in Maryland and Maine.
Colorado legalized weed. Worrrd.
Another awesome update: Maryland, Maine, Washington, and Minnesota are still supporting same-sex marriage.
Oh no Florida still hasn’t been called!! #hangingchads
Romney/Ryan went 0-5 in their homestates.
Obama’s opening speech is gonna go “Allow me to reintroduce myself… My name is O…”
— Shanti Kim Kandasamy (@shanti) November 7, 2012
Now that the election is over I wanted to offer a quick alternative on why this might not be a good thing. The GOP is going to realize that a (relatively) moderate candidate is incapable of winning an election. McCain was a moderate overall, Romney was compared to many other Republican candidates. I’m worried that the reflex will be to bounce too far right, and their next candidate will be a Santorum, a Huckabee, a Palin, a Bachmann… which could potentially be far worse than Romney for the next four years. So are we holding out hope for Huntsman 2016?
The sad part of this evening is that not even this earthquake can topple Bullshit Mountain.
Come on, Willard, no one likes a sore loser.
Obama gets to appoint the next three Supreme Court justices. Whoa.
Also, Romney’s loss is making Dean Chambers look like a bit of an idiot. The guy dissed Silver as a “a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice” whose political predictions are average at best. He predicted a Romney win with 359 electoral votes and 55% of the popular vote.
To which Nate tweeted: “Per http://unskwedpolls.com, I am ‘a thin and effeminate man’ & therefore not to be trusted. Unskewedpolls argument: Nate Silver seems kinda gay + ??? = Romney landslide!”
CASUALLY SINGING THE WES FIGHT SONG AND THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN EXLEY 150 – GO WES!
— Wes Student Assembly (@WSAnews) November 7, 2012
In other news, John Huntsman has snatched a surprise victory over Tammy Baldwin in the Iowa Senate race. Huntsman blames the confusion on Herman Cain strangling Nate Silver last February and sneakily learning to blog using intellectual sentences instead of Pokemon quotes.
What Donald Trump meant to say: “It’s only democracy if my candidate wins! YOU’RE FIRED OBAMA, YOU’RE FIRED!”
Speaking of Chile, George Takei’s Facebook page: “This just in: Apple Maps projects Obama to win Chile.”
The Fight Song just erupted in Exley 150.
Sir Richard Branson just called the election for himself.
This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Ladies of Maryland, I am available.
Meanwhile, same-sex marriage polls still looking promising:
Based on an extremely small sample size, it seems that Chile is happy that Obama won as well.
NPR has now called it. In case you were waiting.
Alright. Time for someone to find Michael Roth and get him drunk.
Srsly. We have to get him on Wesleying staff.
I’m just going to say that Nate Silver is the real winner here.
— Virgil Taylor (@vibegota) November 7, 2012
FIRECRACKERS ON FOSS RAHRAHRAHRA
Obama chants in Exley.
There it is.
CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! IT’S GOING TO BE A PARTY IN THE USA!
— Wes Student Assembly (@WSAnews) November 7, 2012
ABC refuses to call it, presumably in order to maintain viewers through this nonsense.
My brother just sent me a cute text: “Four years ago we watched this outside our rooms and you left me a piece of paper that said Obama was president. Cool. I expect another piece of pape.”
Get this asshole off the screen and call the race already.
“This was a post-modern campaign.”
Thank you, Tom Brokaw.
Most of Exley 150 doesn’t realize the race has been called. Twitter is freezing up. Waiting for the big outburst.
Last time I ever indulge in optimism.
— Mytheos Holt (@MytheosHolt) November 7, 2012
Four more years of Barry O.
Atlantic Wire is calling it: “Obama 274, Romney 203—Obama Clinches Second Term”
Obama is tweeting “Four more years.” Seems pretty confident.
Get ready for cheers, Wesleyan.
This happened because of you. Thank you.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
Fox called Ohio.
Florida and Ohio haven’t been called. Have they?
MSNBC is projecting reelection victory. Not sure how.
NBC is calling the race?
Tried to explain the electoral college to a Chilean today. It took about half an hour and ended with, “So, doesn’t that mean that most of your country’s votes don’t matter?”
AAAAAAND WE’RE DONE.
OHIO YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL.
ABC amended their statement: “most tweeted American political event ever.” Sounds like a Wes a capella group searching for a superlative.
The number of MacBook Pros in this room is ridiculous.
We’re taking an official vote in Exley between ABC and The Daily Show. Pretty sure The Daily Show got louder cheers.
Unpopular opinion: I’m not a huge fan of the channel change only because it doesn’t let us know when Obama wins shit.
Just switched over to the Daily Show coverage, which got some big cheers.
Can we start spreading rumors that Diane Feinstein is Will’s mom?
In the words of my high school history teacher, “North Carolina is North Carolina.”
ELECTION NIGHT IS GETTING REAL IN EXLEY 150! SO MANY CHEERS AND APPLAUSE! WOOOOOOOOO!
— Wes Student Assembly (@WSAnews) November 7, 2012
Obama is still ahead in Florida and Ohio and isn’t too far away Virginia.
And Florida is on the last 10% of the vote-counting.
ABC calls Idaho for Romney; everyone glares at Katie M. ’13.
OH MY GOD GUYS OBAMA WON CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON!!!
Obama wins California and Hawaii. Exley 150 cheers like it’s the fucking Superbowl. What?
General consensus: Elizabeth Warren is freaking adorable.
Al Gore (@AlGore) just tweeted, “I am confident in saying that President Obama is going to carry the state of Florida tonight.” Because if anyone’s an authority on carrying the state of Florida, it’s Al Gore.
People keep remarking with wonder how Wes cheers every time a state goes blue. As if, you know, that separates us from every other college in the northeast.
North Dakota bans smoking in all indoor workplaces… Ohay 1986.
Oklahoma bans affirmative action. That matters.
ABC News analyst just awkwardly corrected his counterpart who misquoted Obama as saying “Popping the boil” compared to “the blister”… “It’s still gross.”
Our esteemed frostedmoose beams in from Facebook: “every news channel so: stuff happened, aaaand stuff might happen, soo…. yeah. hi random person in suit. talk to us for a few minutes?”
Heading out for a bathroom break. Don’t count any votes till I get back.
Florida is tied with only 12% of the votes left to report.
BRB STILL DYING.
For the record, I am not in any way related to that woman.
Holy cow. ABC News just brought this up.
Scott Brown had a 56% approval rating, +24%, which was good for second out of 50 senators, when he lost in MA.
Oh word, the Inauguration fell during my Peer Group meeting. (I was a peer leader and hated it.) That was a great day.
After a bit of research, it looks like this year, unlike in 2009, I won’t be getting out of geometry to go watch the inauguration in my high school auditorium.
Breaking my usual posting-from-abroad ban to jump onto this liveblog. My sleeping Chilean host parents are not reciprocating the anger that radiates from the very core of my being every time I sit through an election counting process and I feel like I need some solidarity.
Update: Massachusetts voters just approved marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Back to the iPad…
How is it possible that we can’t get a graphic up on the screen, and instead have to zoom in on Politico’s app on this insufferable woman’s iPad?
Update on the campaigns for same-sex marriage: Maryland, Maine, and Minnesota are so far in support of same-sex marriage. Washington has not started counting ballots.
the ‘Bamster takes Wisconsin. Romney needs FL, OH, and VA to have a chance.
Wisconsin for Obama.
Just quickly want to ammend what I said earlier: I confused my Tea Party rape commentators. Todd Akin, who just lost in Missouri, discussed the biological response to legitimate rape. Mourdock, who I mentioned earlier, discussed rape as a part of God’s plan, and lost in Indiana not long ago.
New Mexico goes to Obama. Barely a swing state but whatever.
Weed legalization looks like it might pass in Washington and Colorado!
Wait, Obama just got New Mexico.
Electoral count: Obama: 162; Romney: 163.
Lots of selfie-taking going on in the front of Exley 150.
Google+ Hangout…Really ABC?
Is anyone counting the “Aynwar Randte” write-in votes for FL?
Patiently waiting for Ohio.
From my Facebook status:
Calling it now: A liberal decade. Obama wins tonight, leads us through the recovery. Hillary in 2016. Mostly liberal supreme court by the end. Fuck Reagan.
Exley is filling up.
Dems have netted 2 Senate seats tonight.
“Legitimate Rape” Mourdock lost, and his name will never be mentioned again. Praise da Lawd.
Okay, ABC finally stopped filming random people’s iPads and realized that Elizabeth Warren won.
My dad joined the Twittersphere and tweeted this: “Where is the Jill Klein Victory party tonight?? I hope they are using recycled streamers!”
Medical Marijuana approved in MA. 27% of the ‘Cac is celebrating.
Okay, actually, this is my favorite batshit surreal moment from this campaign: when Devo dropped this track about Romney’s dog, Seamus. What’s yours?
Hey, they’re showing Bob Dole on the screen. Hi, Bob Dole!
Also, the iPad is cracked.
Why is ABC filming an electoral map by zooming in on some jerk’s iPad?
Nate Silver seems to be pulling off his voodoo election polling magic like he does every election cycle. FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!
Loud cheers in Exley for New Hampshire and Minnesota.
Minnesota goes to Barack.
Obama’s got New Hampshire, despite his gagillion square foot mansion on Lake Winnipesaukee
Truth: Obama winning or losing Florida is not actually that important.
New Hampshire goes to Obama.
It’s totally because of my canvassing.
Still freaking out over Florida.
But what else is new?
If Obama wins, Romney’s moving to Canada. With a dog strapped to his roof.
Elizabeth Warren’s got MA, according to the internets. Why isn’t ABC reporting this?
I miss Keith Olberman. That is all.
Hey girl, it’s getting tighter in Florida. Yeah, baby.
— Paul Ryan Gosling (@PaulRyanGosling) November 7, 2012
Lots of technical issues in Exley 150.
Looks like they’re straightening it out though.
ABC projects the House will stay Red.
Had one of those Ann cookies, definitely better than Michelle’s chocolate chip cookie.
Spotted: WSA President Zach Malter ’13, furrowing brow.
Obama projected for Pennsylvania. Huuuuge cheer.
Okay, apparently these weird peanut butter cookies at Exley 150 are from Ann Romney’s recipe. They’re okay.
MY MOTHER PROBABLY DROVE THOSE 31 SENIOR CITIZENS TO THE POLLS.
Obama winning by 31 votes.
“Looking at Florida, 307 out of 6.3 million votes separate the two candidates. That’s a busload of senior citizens from a condo that got lost on the way to the polls.” Every vote counts.
Middlesex County is keeping it real, y’all! These map screenshots were taken only a few minutes apart.
From ‘The Cac: “According to NBC, less than 200 votes separate the candidates in FL.” #2000
Want to see a picture of WesKids watching election returns in WesWings in 1992? Here ya go.
AMST major’s committee just wrote this on the blackboard: “VOLUME DOES NOT GO LOUDER. If you want to hear, ask your neighbors to quiet down.”
ABC News guy just used “Panglossian.” Does that mean “has syphilis?”
8,000 votes separate Mittens and #YOLObama in Florida at the moment. The Obamanator is winning.
Surprise appearance by WesDems superstar Gabriela DeGolia ’13 in Exley 150. She looks tired and stressed, probably because she’s spent like 64 hours in a row trying to get you to vote.
EVEN MORE BREAKING NEWS: CNN’s live stream isn’t working.
The struggle is real.
MORE BREAKING NEWS: Florida is at 49.6%/49.6% for both candidates.
I’m about to pee in my pants.
Exley 150 starting to fill up.
CNN’s online voting map is down.
We’re also now watching ABC instead of MSNBC, which is causing some angst. Wait. Update. Shifting to CNN.
I’ve uprooted and landed in Exley 150, where there are free cookies, chips, and coffee courtesy of the AMST majors committee.
Repeat update: the original Woodhead Lounge election results viewing party has been moved to EXLEY 150 (known to frosh as “that big lecture hall”).
Anonymous ’16: “Yeah, I live in Connecticut but my parents own a house in Ohio, so they voted in Ohio…”
Me: “Oh, that’s great!”
Anonymous ’16: “…for Mitt Romney.”
(over 90 minutes.)
@Zach ABC News mentioned it in passing: “12 million tweets surpassed the First Debate’s 11 million.”
UPDATE: THE WOODHEAD LOUNGE FOR THE ELECTION RESULTS VIEWING HAS BEEN MOVED TO EXLEY 150 (THE LECTURE HALL)
Usdan livestream just crapped out. Loud boos.
Most tweets about any single event in the history of Tweeter. Twitter.
Kevorkian bill in Massachusetts, 1.3% reporting, is within 300 votes of each other out of 40,000.
Apparently Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy was the most important factor for 15% of voters (if I heard that stat correctly).
ABC: please stop interviewing heads of SuperPACs, it gives them the illusion of legitimacy.
If it’s a legitimate win, the electoral college has ways of shutting down that whole process.
“McMahon outspent Murphy by a gillion dollars. A Baggillion dollars.”
Todd Akin is winning the race for his Senate seat in Missouri. FUCKKK.
Huge cheers in Usdan for Murphy.
I wish I could show you all the things my former Floridian classmates are writing on Facebook.
It’s just getting dirty.
CHRIS MURPHY PROJECTED TO WIN CT SENATE SEAT.
North Carolina is “too close to call.” My money’s on John Edwards. That endorsement by The Onion’s got to count for something.
Surprise, surprise…voter suppression in Florida…
The King just stuck his head over and yelled the same question. Student ’16: “THEY HAVEN”T GOTTEN TO THE JUICY STUFF YET.”
Sigh…they’re talking about Florida Governor Rick Scott…
Okay, Wesleying is officially projecting that Florida is important.
According to NBC, Romney’s got 82 (projected) electoral votes; Obama, 64.
Okay, I didn’t mean to write “yellowed” there, but just assume it’s a normal combination of “yelled” and “bellowed.”
The Usdan chef just stuck his head over the railing and yellowed, “WHO’S WINNING DOWN THERE?” Jason Shatz ’14 yelled in reply: “ALL THE SWING STATES ARE TOO CLOSE TO CALL.”
My old teacher, who lives in Southie near the Romney party, Facebooks: “if the traffic he is causing in my neighborhood is any indicator, i’m not sure i want romney to be president.” But he’s so hot…
MSNBC is doing a whole piece on Florida right now.
Also, everyone should be keeping tabs on the same-sex marriage campaigns going on right now. Maine, Minnesota, Maryland, and Washington are all voting on same-sex marriage in this election.
Rachel Maddow is saying something interesting about New Jersey but I just zoned out for most of it.
Thus far, Independents have won more seats than Republicans in the Senate.
Hermes is a Florida voter. You guys know that, right?
SHE’S THE REASON WE ELECTED BUSH.
FLORIDA IS STILL TOO CLOSE TOO CALL.
I’m freaking out.
Wanna follow the map online. Here’s this.
Delaware and RI: projected for Obama.
Obama’s the projected winner of Connecticut. (If you’re reading this from your iPhone while freezing your ass off on line at Williams Street, make of that what you will.)
Obama’s got Illinois, according to NBC. Usdan’s cheering.
Barack takes his home turf.
Anndddd polls are closing in 16 states in approximately 4 minutes.
Romz gets Georgia…no surprise there…
There’s some traffic at the bottom of the Usdan stairs as students anxiously crowd around to watch the screen.
Shit’s getting intense.
What frustrates me about the whole “we’re calling the winner of a state after 1% of the votes are in:” only 1% of the freaking votes are in.
Wow, we should really put together a “Wesleying TV Special Report.” It’ll just be footage of me reading tweets off of some asshole’s iPad.
Election drinking game. Fun times
Never mind. Now Katie Couric is doing it on real ABC News.
Also, if you’re watching the ABC live stream, resist the urge to click the “ABC TV Special Report” in the bottom left. It is a woman using a touchscreen reading Tweets.
Weird that Romney/Ryan victory party will be not happening in the same place that the Kerry/Edwards victory party didn’t happen.
David Muir: “I could probably do a very bad Kid Rock impression, after seeing him perform at so many Romney rallies, but no one wants to see that.”
Sorry, David, but no one doesn’t want to see that.
Dude, if Barack somehow takes Florida, I may start crying.
The media does such a good job of making it seem so neck-and-neck.
Quick! Everyone share your favorite election-related video from this election cycle! Here’s mine.
Ohio’s too close to call. If you were too lazy to send in your Ohio absentee ballot, start feeling guilty now.
Check out Nate Silver’s (fivethirtyeight) liveblog
Maybe if Wesleying applies for SBC funding we can get Nate Silver to run our weekly poll option.
Google’s election results map is pretty nice
24-3 in favor of Romney. That’s a big difference, before you realize Romney still has 246 votes left to Obama’s 267.
Who remembered to vote for Roth Dog?
EVERY WESLAYAN STUDENT WHO DOES A WRITE-IN VOTE 4 ME GETS FREE WESHOP CANDY FOR FOUR YEARS PASS IT ON()((())
— Michael S. Roth (@THE_REAL_MROTH) November 6, 2012
The only time we will see Obama winning in South Carolina tonight.
My roommate (who is from South Carolina) is chuckling.
Ohio polls just closed (unless you’re already on line). NBC is calling Ohio and Virginia too close to call.
Alright, it’s election night historical gem time. Here’s this classic clip.
Romney has 19 electoral votes, according to MSNBC; Obama, 3.
It’s okay. Wesleyan doesn’t seem to know AP Stat exists.
I think that was probably on the AP Stat exam. I got a 3.
Someone explain to me how 3% reporting is enough to call in some states?
Romney takes Indiana and Kentucky
Vermont has been called for Obama; Virginia is still really fucking close.
Hey, what ever happened to Wesleyan Republicans? Did that Mythian guy transfer to Vanderbilt or something?
Poll closings in Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Indiana. NBC is projecting Indiana for Romney; Virginia’s too close to call.
Wait, am I allowed to call him The Boss if I’m not from Jersey? What if both my parents are from Jersey?
That pic of Obama chilling with Jay-Z and The Boss really made me wish election night had a halftime.
Zach, I will never forget this as the greatest moment of the election season.
This also seems like a good opportunity to flashback some of the most totally surreal moments from this election. My choice is this.
Also, did you know Obama voted early in Chicago last week? Must’ve been awkward for the dude voting right next to him.
So here‘s a pretty sweet shot of Obama totally broing down with Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen earlier this week. We’re officially taking caption suggestions; leave yours in the comments.
We’re live. I’m stationed in Usdan, where some ITS staffer keeps fiddling with the TV volume and accidentally making this irritating electrical “BLURRRT.” MUSC109 kids, take note.