Election Overtime – Open Thread [Updated]
[guest post by JVW]
UPDATE 2:32 pm: A little bit of needed levity:
Even the looters don’t know what to do now.
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) November 4, 2020
UPDATE 2:15 pm: Michigan has been called for Joe Biden. We’re closing in on a final result, barring a switch in Arizona, or if Nevada ends up in the Trump column.
UPDATE 12:20 pm: Maine’s Second District has been called for Trump, giving him one more electoral vote. My hopes of a 269-269 tie with Trump winning NV and MI and Biden winning WI, PA, and AZ are dashed. Drat. Back to the drawing board.
So, I woke up today and was flabbergasted. Trump cruises in Ohio but loses Arizona? Imagine the irony if it is the state of John McCain and
John Kyl Jeff Flake that denies him a second term (and yes, I’ve read the part about how the GOP expects to win by 30,000 votes once the counting is done).
Nevada, which I had earlier written off as a service union-dominated blue state, is still in play? I think that might be due to the COVID shutdowns absolutely hammering Las Vegas. The unionized hotel and casino workers might be otherwise inclined to vote for Biden, but when he’s out there talking about extending shutdowns while Trump seems to be prioritizing re-openings, well, all politics is local I suppose.
And of course the pollsters — or at least 95% of them — should all be tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail. The breaking news is from Maine where Sara Giddeon has conceded the Senate race to Susan Collins. Incredible. Exactly zero pollsters on the Real Clear Politics list had Senator Collins retaining her seat, yet she’s going to end up winning with an 8% margin of victory:
Literally not a single poll in the RCP average had Susan Collins winning Maine.
Quinnipiac had Gideon at +12 pic.twitter.com/I9tOfqPtGr
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 4, 2020
Another epic failure from our media elites, who no longer deserve even the smallest bit of deference to their myopic punditry.
Discuss what you would like. I am still crossing my fingers that John James pulls off the upset of the evening and beats Gary Peters for the Senate seat in Michigan. Having 53 Republican Senators would be a very welcome check on President Joe Biden.