So much for the ‘permanent [Repugnican] majority’

6:30 p.m.

So it’s only 6:30 p.m. California time — California polls close in an hour and a half — and MSNBC is projecting Barack Obama as the winner of 195 electoral votes thus far, with the McCainosaurus trailing at only 76 electoral votes.

I know that lots of states still have yet to be projected, but it looks like Obama by a landslide thus far.

6:35 p.m.

Per MSNBC, 200 Obama, 85 McCain thus far.

I don’t think that I’ll have to stay up late tonight, except for Proposition 8 results.

6:40 p.m.

Repugnican U.S. senators Elizabeth Dole (North Carolina) and John Sununu (New Hampshire) have lost their seats, expanding the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, The Associated Press is reporting.

6:45 p.m.

MSNBC has called New Mexico for Obama; it would be hilarious if Obama wins the McCainosaurus’ home state of Arizona, which is right next door.

MSNBC’s count thus far is 200 Obama, 90 McCain.

6:50 p.m.

Ohio has been called for Obama, as has been Pennsylvania. It’s over for the McCainosaurus. Sarah Palin-Quayle can go back to seeing Russia from her back yard.

6:55 p.m.

Mark Shields on PBS just commented that the 2008 presidential election results thus far are looking like how things looked during the Civil War. Yup. As I’ve noted before, the Civil War still rages on. The former slave states are lovin’ the McCainosaurus and the former free states are likin’ Obama. 

Only it’s looking like Obama is making inroads into the usually red Southwestern states. I think that Obama is going to win Nevada as well as New Mexico, and again, hopefully Arizona, too.

7:00 p.m.

MSNBC is now reporting 200 for McCain and 124 for McCain, but add California’s 55 to Obama’s column — California hasn’t been projected yet, but Obama undoubtedly will win California — and that’s 255 for Obama. It’s in the bag for Obama.

7:10 p.m.

MSNBC projecting thus far 207 for Obama and 129 for McInsane. That’s at least 262 for Obama when you add California’s 55…

7:30 p.m.

MSNBC showing 207 Obama to 135 McInsane.

Here are 2004’s presidential election results:

United States presidential election, 2004

Again, my guess is that after tonight this map will show Obama having made big blue gains into the Southwest. PBS’ commentators are guessing that after tonight the map will look as though the Repugnican Party exists only in the South…

Are we pushing the red-state motherfuckers into the Atlantic Ocean? I sure hope so…

7:45 p.m.

MSNBC saying Obama 207, McCainosaurus 142.

7:55 p.m.

MSNBC saying Obama 207, McInsane 142. The Associated Press saying Obama 220, McInsane 114.

8:05 p.m.

The Associated Press is calling the election for Barack Obama. MSNBC is projecting 284 Obama to 146 McCainosaurus; Florida not projected yet by MSNBC. Still waiting for Arizona, too.

8:15 p.m.

MSNBC says 297 Obama to 146 McInsane. MSNBC hasn’t called Florida yet but other news outlets are saying that Obama won Florida.

PBS is reporting that the McCainosaurus has called Obama and conceded the election…

8:18 p.m.

It looks as though Obama won Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, all states won by Bush in 2004. Come on, Arizona! Let’s see the Southwest turn blue!

McCain is now on television conceding.

8:25 p.m.

MSNBC says Obama 333, McInsane 156. I think you call that a “landslide”…

Unfortunately, MSNBC says that the McCainosaurus won Arizona. It would have been the cherry on top had he lost his own state…

8:35 p.m.

The Associated Press is calling Obama’s win a “landslide,” so I guess it’s safe to use the “l”-word…

MSNBC still saying 333 Obama, 156 McCainosaurus.

8:45 p.m.

MSNBC saying Obama 338, McInsane 156.

9:00 p.m.

Obama is now speaking.

Early returns are showing Prop 8 passing…

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