Scenes from an election night

9:27 p.m. – Looks like all of District 56 in the East Metro will go all red, reversing the stunning swing to blue in 2006.

9:21 p.m. – Unless the 8th District changes hands, this will be the second straight election cycle in which millions of dollars are spent on the campaigns, and nothing changes in the congressional delegation. The last sitting congressperson to lose an election in Minnesota was Gil Gutknecht. The last metro congressman to lose his job was Bill Luther, but his district was carved up in redistricting and he ended up trying to run in a Republican district.

9:08 p.m. – The Washington County numbers are coming in. Bachmann doing very well in a county which is her weakest county. Karen Housley trails in Senate District 57 (South St. Paul), which surprises me a bit.

8:40 p.m. – Christine O’Donnell has lost in Delaware. Hundreds of political reporters and bloggers have suddenly realized they don’t know what to talk about now.

8:04 p.m. – Gov. Hoeven has won the Senate seat in North Dakota, according to NPR. Hovan was impressive in the Red River Valley flooding in 2009.

7:54 p.m. Here’s the Minnesota Twitter feeds of Minnesota’s best and brightest.

7:53 pm – Jon Gordon’s and Larry Jacob’s first bit:

7:50 a.m. – Linda McMahon has lost her bid for the Senate in CT. Jesse Ventura retains his title of the wrestler elected to the highest office.

7pm – This is the time of election day when it gets pretty quiet and we get nostalgic — before the polls close and we have something to do. So we swap stories about election nights past. Here are two segments from 2006 that were produced for our election night party on the subject of the role of blogs in political journalism – here and here. This was just four years ago. Consider how you’re getting your information tonight and compare to four years ago. It’s stunning how fast it happened.

6:53 p.m. – Here’s NPR’s election center, courtesy of NPR’s Andy Carvin via Facebook:


6:43 p.m. – This will be the online election center at MPR. Once the plate full of cold cuts — expiration time 6:30 — is finished, it’ll fill up, but for now people are checking out phone lines and making sure reporters are where there supposed to be. Jon Gordon is hosting the online blast this evening along with Larry Jacobs from the Humphrey Institute. I’m in a cubicle far on the other side of the newsroom, within eyeshot of the Wolves-Heat game in Miami.


  • Zebulun

    Dennis Walaker and the citizens of Fargo-Moorhead were impressive in 2009. Governor Hoeven is Mr. Milquetoast, taking credit for anything positive that occurs, and hiding whenever anything negative happens.