LIVE Blog – Election Updates As They Come In
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The November 6th election will determine the holders of offices large and small. Everything from the president of the United States to city administrators will be decided. FOX 2 is covering the election for Missouri and Illinois.
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These are the races our reporters are covering. Check for updates on this LIVE blog from their tweets on location at the campaign watch parties.
- Betsey Bruce is in Chesterfield covering Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin.
- Andy Banker is covering Bill Enyart’s run for congress in Belleville
- Shirley Washington is Fairview Heights following Jason Plummer‘s Congressional Run.
- Anthony Kiekow is in Frontenac covering Missouri Republicans.
- Elliot Weiler is in Frontenac covering Dave Spence‘s run for Missouri Governor.
- Paul Schankman is in Chicago covering the presidential race.
- Roche Madden is at the Pageant covering Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster‘s race to keep their seats.
- Rebecca Roberts and Jeff Bernthal are at Chase Park covering Missouri Democrats.
- Chris Regnier and Charles Jaco are at Chase Park Covering Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Congressman Jerry Costello about to step down after 24yrs. His guy Enyart wins big
Romney concedes to Obama via phone call according to the AP
Romney to speak in 10 mins.
No word yet on potus speech time but if you see the big red curtain go up, we’ll be getting close…so I hear. via Paul Schankman on twitter.
AP Projects that Obama takes Virginia
Missouri: Prohibits establishment of health insurance exchange without legislative approval. – 3159 of 3378 precincts reporting – 94 percent
President Obama will win the battleground state of Colorado and its 9 electoral votes on his way to re-election, CNN projects. He will also take Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon, while Mitt Romney will win Missouri, CNN projects.
McCaskill gives special tribute to her mom during victory speech–“Mom this one’s for you.” Her mother passed away last week .via Chris Regnier on twitter.
FOX News calls Nevada for Obama
Jason Plummer telling supporters he is going to stay at the hotel to count numbers but did not give a concession speech. via Shirley Washington on twitter.
Joyous crowd at McCaskill hdq. in Central West End after Senator McCaskill win and President Obama re-election. – via Chris Regnier on twitter.
Barack Obama will be re-elected as president of the United States, CNN projects.
Obama wins presidential race as projected by FOX News.
Obama camp tweets, “Four More Years”.
Animated .Gif: Clair McCaskill declares VICTORY:
FOX projects that Obama wins OHIO.
McCaskill gives victory speech at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.
President Obama will win the battleground state of Iowa and its 6 electoral votes, CNN projects. #CNNelection
Missouri goes to Romney FOX News projects.
Presidential seal added to podium at Obama HQ in Chicago. via Paul Schankman on twitter.
McCaskill declaring victory right now. – via Jeff Bernthal on twitter.
Mitt Romney will win Idaho FOX News projects
Mitt Romney will win Arizona FOX News Projects #VoteSTL
Washington state is projected to go for Obama by FOX News
North Carolina is projected to go for Romney by FOX News.
Loudest applause so far tonight. Todd Akin saying he lost then the crowd here at Nixon watch party cheered. – via Roche Madden at Nixon HQ.
Election night as seen from Studio-X in Maryland Heights, MO.
It’s a numbers game. Inputting vote totals for FOX 2 & News 11 tonight. – via Angela Hutti on twitter.
A look from Obama HQ in Chicago. via Paul Schankman on twitter.
St Louis County BOE counting ballots now. via Shawndrea Thomas on twitter.
Kind of embarrassing: consensus of crowd here is that Jaco Report Akin interview swung elex. I just ask the questions. via Charles Jaco on twitter.
Here’s the spread at Enyart party; IL12 “Victory Chili”. Plummer may be doomed.
Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill will beat Todd Akin to retain her U.S. Senate seat for Missouri, CNN projects.
McCaskill had not been expected to win a second term but Akin came under attack after saying in a local news interview that women have biological ways to avoid pregnancy after a “legitimate rape.”
Sen. McCaskill named winner of Missouri US Senate race by FOX News
Mcaskill supporters celebrating.
Biggest MO winners so far–Romney, McCaskill, Nixon, city control of cops. – via Charles Jaco on twitter.
Democrats will win two key U.S. Senate seats in Indiana and Massachusetts, CNN projects
Mo Dems cheer as POTUS picks up PA
President Obama will win the swing state of New Hampshire Fox News projects.
More cheers here at the Chase Park Plaza as exit poll data from Iowa & Nevada show Obama in the lead. – via Rebecca Roberts on twitter.
Montana and Utah go for Romney – FOX News
The Missouri State Museum is offering a special exhibit on the elections of 1844. The museum is located on the first floor of the state Capitol in Jefferson City. The program, which begins tomorrow, will showcase banners, fliers, political newspapers and campaign songs. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin has voted in his race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. Akin stood in line for more than 30 minutes to vote along with his wife and son in Wildwood. McCaskill is scheduled to vote this morning in Kirkwood. ST. LOUIS (AP)
A 21-year-old suburban Chicago woman’s contractions were five minutes apart today when she made a detour to vote before heading to the hospital. Galicia Malone stopped at the polls in Dolton to cast her first ballot in a presidential race. DOLTON, Ill. (AP)
President Obama will win Pennsylvania Fox News projects
President Obama will win the battleground state of Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes Fox News projects .
Sure sign things are going well with MO elections. Look at this picture from inside the media room at the Secretary of States office! I’m feeling a little left out and lonely right now :( That’s ok with me… nobody needs any more drama here in the Show Me State! Should heat up some as the numbers of precincts reporting increases. – via Chris Higgins
(CNN) — The Republican Party will retain control of the House of Representatives, CNN projects. The GOP took control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections.
(AP) _ Republican challenger Mitt Romney has defeated Democratic President Barack Obama in Kansas.
This is Director of Elections Rita Heard Days discussing Board’s surprise on demand for paper ballots. – via Chris Hayes.
Secretary of State office reporting…Nixon 5476 … Spence 5197 with 18 of 3380 precincts reporting. – via Chris Higgins
Crowd starting to pour into Obama HQ in Chicago
Fox News projects Mitt Romney will win Arkansas and Tennessee, with next polls to close at 9 p.m. ET.
St. Louis County has about 10 polling locations with multiple ballots. Board of Elections reports eliminating possible mix ups by about 10 a.m. – via Chris Hayes on twitter.
Dems like the early turnout indicators. Now it’s waiting and watching. – via Jeff Bernthal on Twitter.
Energy starting to pick up at McCaskill hdq. at Chase Park Plaza as people gather to watch returns. via Chris Regnier.
Sec of State is flowing numbers out now. Smooth going from here so far. – via Chris Higgins
Mitt Romney is projected to win Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma. – FOX News
Fox News projects Obama will win Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia and their 72 electoral votes
Early exit polling says the economy was the number one issue behind their vote. – via Mandy Murphey
President Obama will win Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Mitt Romney will win Oklahoma and South Carolina, CNN projects.
AP RACE CALL: Obama wins IL, CT, ME, DC, DE, RI, MD, MA; Romney wins OK. #Election2012
Fox News projects Mitt Romney will win South Carolina, with next polls to close at 8 p.m. ET.
Fox News projects Mitt Romney will win Georgia, with next polls to close at 8 p.m. ET.
Press corps enjoying the calm before the storm in Chicago.
Clinton campaigning for Enyart in IL12 race.
CNN projects that Mitt Romney will win West Virginia’s 5 electoral votes, and Indiana’s 11 electoral votes.
In 2008, President Obama lost in West Virginia by more than 13% but won in Indiana by 1%. Polls also closed in the swing states of North Carolina and Ohio.
Fox News projects Mitt Romney will win West Virginia. Ohio and North Carolina are too close to call at close at the polls.
From Elliot Davis: The head of the Missouri Republican Party David Cole just told me he’s confident Romney will carry Missouri and will win the Presidency once all the votes are counted.
The State GOP has had it’s final get out the vote push since October 28.
Volunteers have been kicking on doors manning the phone banks calling known Republican voters to make sure they get to the polls.
One difference here this year is Missouri is not a battle ground states so voters haven’t seen the candidates here. That’s meant not nearly as much staff and money from the Republican National Committee..For the first time in decades the load has fallen on the State GOP Committee to get out the vote for the Republican Presidential Nominee. Right now for those at the Republican Election watch party a feeling of confidence!
Polls closed at 6:30pm (CT) in the North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
CNN projects that Mitt Romney will win Kentucky, while President Obama will win Vermont. Kentucky has eight electoral votes and Vermont carries three electoral votes.
Andy Banker @andybankertv – Are IL Dems getting ready for a victory party?
Illinois voters are deciding whether to make it harder to give public workers better retirement benefits. The measure on today’s ballot would amend the state constitution to require a three-fifths majority vote of lawmakers for any improvement of retirement or pension benefits for public employees. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)
President Barack Obama has spent Election Day in his hometown of Chicago. He’s been giving a series of TV interviews, visiting campaign workers and shooting some hoops with a group that included former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen. CHICAGO (AP)
Roche Madden LIVE at Nixon HQ
Paul Schankman at Obama HQ in Chicago:
The scene right now at the Dem’s watch party @ the Chase in #STL. Looking fwd to an exciting night! @FOX2now #vote2012
The pageant is where Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster will hold their watch parties. Both men were here late this afternoon for sound checks. – via Roche Madden
Missouri has stripped some content from its website to try to prevent it from crashing as people search election results. A secretary of state spokeswoman says officials wanted to avoid similar website delays experienced during the August 7th primary. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon says he’s feels good about his chances of winning re-election. Nixon expressed his confidence by citing an improved unemployment rate and a financially sound government. Both he and his Republican challenger, Dave Spence, voted today with their families. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP)
85 percent of registered voters in St. Charles County turned out to vote on November 6th. That is according to Rich Christmer of the St. Charles County Election Board. He says that voter turnout has been very good and they have been busy.
Is it just me or does this credential look like a wedding invitation? #votestl@fox2now
Paul Schankman’s images from the Democrats set up in Chicago: