The abhorrent Proposition 8, to rewrite California’s state Constitution to ban gay marriage, looks like it’s going to pass, which not to dampen everybody’s buzz or anything is kind of a barometer of the true leanings of this country, disgusting. (On the plus side, lame and vile culture-warring abortion bills in Colorado and South Dakota were defeated. And, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in Massachusetts is now punishable by a $100 fine and no criminal charges. Thanks, students!)
It also looks as if Alaska is going to reelect convicted felon and Father of Their Country Ted Stevens after all. This is going to be hilarious, if his very thin margin holds as the last results come in, and then he is maybe kicked out of the Senate and maybe Sarah Palin has herself appointed to his seat. Also, Al Franken came within less than 1,000 ballots of being elected to the Senate, pending a recount. In Georgia, Saxby Chambliss (who is a bastard) may or may not be forced into a run-off with his Democratic challenger, though he’d probably benefit more from the lack of a third-party candidate. Dems were expected to knock off Gordon Smith in Oregon; challenger Jeff Merkley trails by 10,000, though only two-thirds of the vote has been counted (the uncounted ballots are likely in denser, bluer areas). And the Democratic governors of Delaware and Illinois will have to appoint new senators to Obama and Biden’s seats.
Turnout? The expected “more than 130 million,” possibly even the 64% of voters that’d make the highest percentage of turnout in a century.
Oh, and nobody’s really officially calling Missouri or North Carolina yet, but McCain probably carried the former and Obama the latter, by slim margins. (That’d make 364 electoral votes, which is a lot.)
All this is subject to change in 15 or 20 minutes, obvs.