November 3rd, 2010
03:07 AM ET
7 years ago

THE LATEST: Live Blogging 2010 Elections from the CNN Election Center

The CNN Live Blog will provide THE latest news and analysis from The Best Political Team throughout the night. For more breaking developments check out @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

3:51 a.m. ET: Washington state election officials tell CNN the results may not be resolved for several days to a week.

3:19 a.m. ET: CNN's Jessica Yellin reports that Sharron Angle called Sen. Harry Reid to concede just before she spoke to supporters.

3:07 a.m. ET: Crowd chanting "Yes we can!" at Murkowski rally in Alaska. Write-in candidate is fired up.

2:57 a.m. ET: CNN's Mary Snow reports there will be no decision in the Colorado Senate Race this morning.

2:45 a.m. ET: According to the Reid campaign, GOP candidate Sharron Angle has not called him to concede.

2:18 a.m. ET: Carly Fiorina, the GOP nominee for Senate in California seems to still be fighting and not conceding. Speaking now says... for the people that have already called this "maybe that was not a smart thing to do."

2:15 a.m. ET: CNN projects Neil Abercrombie will be Hawaii's next governor.

1:53 a.m. ET: Live on CNN Sen. Harry Reid on stage: "I'm not finished fighting." Calls this race one of his toughest fights.

1:32 a.m. ET: Nancy Pelosi puts out statement after big losses: “The outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the American people. We must all strive to find common ground to support the middle class, create jobs, reduce the deficit and move our nation forward.”

1:16 a.m. ET: In Florida, where the governor's race remains too close to call, Dem Alex Sink sends e-mail pledging every vote will be counted: "Hundreds of thousands of votes remain to be counted in Broward, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, and Palm Beach counties - all counties in which we are leading."

1:13 a.m. ET: Behind the Scenes: CNN's Candy Crowley and Gloria Borger pour over the latest results in The CNN Election Center.

1:06 a.m. ET: CNN projects California Proposition 19, which would have permitted recreational marijuana use, will fail. Big loss for Bill Maher.

12:57 a.m. ET: Rhode Island, the full name of which is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, will retain its full name - officially the longest of any state. A ballot initiative to shorten the name to simply "Rhode Island" resoundingly failed.

12:54 a.m. ET: Dana Bash reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still pouring over returns at Democratic headquarters.

12:48 a.m. ET: Tea Party update: Of the eight GOP Senate candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations, four have one, two have lost, and two remain undecided.

12:47 a.m. ET: CNN projects that the GOP will pick up AT LEAST 60 House seats. This is the largest number of House pickups since Democrats picked up 75 seats in 1948.

12:39 a.m. ET: Harry Reid survives in Nevada, CNN projects,beating Republican Sharron Angle. Reid's strong ground operation likely made the difference. GOP was desperately hoping for symbolic victory over the top Senate Dem.

12:36 a.m. ET: CNN's Ed Henry reports President Obama has called John Boehner, likely the next House Speaker. Picture HERE

12:32 a.m. ET: Big loss for President Obama. CNN projects Republican Mark Kirk beats Dem Alexi Giannoulias for the seat the president once held in Illinois.

12:28 a.m. ET: In Rhode Island, ex-GOP Senator, now independent, Lincoln Chafee wins the governor's race. Democrat Frank Caprio was none too happy President Obama declined to make an endorsement in that race.

12:21 a.m. ET: BIG projection in Pennsylvania: Republican Pat Toomey defeats Democrat Joe Sestak. The seat had been held by Arlen Specter who lost in the primary. CNN's Matt Hoye reports Sestak has conceded the race.

12:19 a.m. ET: In Ohio, Dem Gov. Ted Strickland has conceded to Republican John Kasich, CNN's Peter Hamby reports. This is a big loss for President Obama, who has visited Ohio 12 times as president and campaigned heavily for Strickland.

12:17 a.m. ET: In concession speech, GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino still says he's mad as hell.

12:11 a.m. ET: CNN calls Arizona governor's race for Jan Brewer. She can now safely put this debate performance behind her.

12:07 a.m. ET: Big CNN projection: Dem Jerry Brown beats ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman in California. Whitman spent close to $150 million of her own money in the race.

12:05 a.m. ET: Republican leaders John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and Gov. Haley Barbour will hold a press conference with reporters ahead of President Obama's, Dana Bash reports.

11:57 p.m. ET: CNN projects Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate

11:56 p.m. ET: Sigh of relief for Sen. Barbara Boxer. CNN projects she beats Republican Carly Fiorina.

11:41 p.m. ET: Live on CNN: John Boehner greets supporters. Greeted with cheers of "Speaker, Speaker!"

11:35 p.m. ET: How much credit should the Tea Party take for tonight’s GOP win? Exit polls paint a mixed picture.

11:29 p.m. ET: Looks like Oklahomans will not, repeat not, be subject to Sharia law anytime in the near future. Local media in the state, tonight, is reporting that ballot initiative SQ755, which bars state courts from using Islamic or international law, is on the path to approval. MORE

11:20 p.m. ET: Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, likely the next majority whip, live on CNN. Says cutting spending will be No. 1 priority.

11:16 p.m. ET: CNN's Dana Bash reports: Nancy Pelosi is still going through numbers race by race with DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen and staff.

11:11 p.m. ET: The CNN Election Team at work.

11:04 p.m. ET: Republican Niki Haley wins the governor's race in South Carolina. Sarah Palin is widely credited with fueling Haley's rise.

11:00 p.m. ET: New CNN Senate projections: Dem Ron Wyden wins reelection in Oregon and Republican Mike Crapo wins reelection in Idaho.

10:57 p.m. ET: CNN's Dana Bash reports John Boehner holds Skype call with Tea Party leaders, says, "I'll never let you down." Picture HERE

10:55 p.m. ET: Big loss for Dems - Russ Feingold in Wisconsin has lost his Senate seat to Republican Ron Johnson, CNN projects.

10:50 p.m. ET: Marco Rubio as VP in 2013? Bill Bennett says YES

10:46 p.m. ET: CNN projects John Hickenlooper wins governor's race in Colorado. Republican candidate struggling to get 10 percent. MORE results

10:41 p.m. ET: CNN gubernatorial projections: Republican Susana Martinez wins in New Mexico, Dem Michael O’Malley in Maryland, Republicans Rick Snyder in Michigan and Republican Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania.

10:38 p.m. ET: Dems lose seat held by Bart Stupak: CNN projects Tea Party-backed Dan Benishek will win seat

10:37 p.m. ET: Republican Joseph Cao, only House Republican to vote for a final health care bill, loses his race in LA2.

10:29 p.m. ET: DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, the former governor of Virginia, called the electoral defeat of Reps. Rick Boucher, Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello “very very tough...These are all friends,” he told CNN.

10:21 p.m. ET: CNN now projects Republicans will gain at least 52 seats in the House.

10:16 p.m. ET: CNN's Jessica Yellin reports from Sharron Angle headquarters in Reno, Nevada: "She just gave a speech to volunteers thanking them and is now posing for pics with them. She's getting on a plane and flying down to Vegas shortly. Campaign says they're 'feeling great!'"

10:07 p.m. ET: DeMint Live on CNN says, "There is an awakening going on in our country." Adds if there is a Tea Party Caucus in the Senate, he will join it.

10:00 p.m. ET: Latest Senate projections: Republicans John McCain wins in Arizona, Roy Blunt wins in Missouri, David Vitter wins Louisiana. MORE results

9:36 p.m. ET: Live on CNN: Christine O'Donnell addresses supporters in Delaware: "The Republican Party will never be the same, and that's a good thing."

9:34 p.m. ET: Numbers are still coming in, but the exit polls in the system right now show independents backed the GOP by a good 15 points this year.

9:29 p.m. ET: Live on CNN: Marco Rubio addresses supporters in Florida, says results are a "second chance" for GOP.

9:26 p.m. ET: CNN's Soledad O'Brien notes the RNC is touting the fact there are a record number of African-American Republicans are on the ballot for congressional seats tonight, more than have run since reconstruction.

9:19 p.m. ET: Latest exit polls: The good news for Democrats so far: Things aren’t quite as awful as they could be, according to early exit polls. The bad news: That’s still pretty bad.

9:16 p.m. ET: CNN projects Republicans will take control of the House and win at least 50 seats. MORE

9:12 p.m. ET: CNN's Ed Henry reports Senior Democrats are "spooked" that CNN has already projected that at least two House Democrats have lost in Virginia, freshman Rep. Tom Periello and veteran Rep. Rick Boucher. Periello's defeat is a particularly big blow to Obama because just last Friday he headlined a rally for the freshman lawmaker in Charlottesville that drew just over 9,000 people.

9:07 p.m. ET: Rand Paul addresses supporters in Kentucky: 'We've come to take our country back!"

9:02 p.m. ET: CNN gubernatorial projections: Republican Sam Brownback wins in Kansas, Democrat Andrew Cuomo wins in New York, Republican Rick Perry wins third term in Texas.

9:00 p.m. ET: CNN Senate projections: Dem Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer win in New York; Republican John Thune wins in South Dakota; Republican John Hoeven wins in North Dakota (GOP pickup); Republican Jerry Moran wins in Kansas.

8:56 p.m. ET: Polls will close in 14 states at 9:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned for new CNN projections.

8:52 p.m. ET: Democrat Tom Perriello loses House seat in Virginia. President Obama made last-ditch campaign stop for Perriello last week. GOP now needs 35 more House wins to gain control.

8:49 p.m. ET: CNN's John King reports Manchin and Blumenthal wins make it "nearly impossible" for GOP to win control of the Senate. GOP must run the table going forward.

8:41 p.m. ET: RNC Chairman Michael Steele on CNN predicts 50-60 GOP pickups in the House. Also says he has not decided whether he will run for reelection as RNC chairman.

8:39 p.m. ET: CNN Projection: Democrat Joe Manchin wins in West Virginia.

8:35 p.m. ET: Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek battled each other for independent voters in Florida's Senate race. Exit polls show Rubio won the war.

8:32 p.m. ET: More CNN Projections: Democrat Richard Blumenthal beats Linda McMahon in Connecticut. Seat held by Chris Dodd stays in Dems' control. MORE results

8:30 p.m. ET: Polls close in Arkansas: CNN projects John Boozman beats incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. Second GOP pick-up of the night.

8:25 p.m. ET: Behind the scenes on the CNN Election Set!

8:15 p.m. ET: Democrat wins New Hampshire race for governor. MORE

8:13 p.m. ET: Exit polls show how Coons easily beat O'Donnell.

8:08 p.m. ET: CNN projects Democrat John Carney the winner of the Delaware open House seat – now means the GOP needs a net gain of 40 seats to take control of the House.

8:01 p.m. ET: CNN Projections: Marco Rubio wins in Florida, Kelly Ayotte wins in New Hampshire, Chris Coons wins in Delaware, Barbara Mikulski wins in Maryland, Richard Shelby wins in Alabama. MORE

8:00 p.m. ET: Polls have closed in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

7:58 p.m. ET: CNN's Soledad O'Brien reports a new poll of likely Latino voters in eight key states shows that immigration and the anti-immigration campaign played a major role in mobilizing Latinos to vote. MORE

7:56 p.m. ET: Nancy Pelosi addresses supporters in Washington, DC: "We are not going back."

7:48 p.m. ET: Exit polls show how Rob Portman won in Ohio

7:42 p.m. ET: CNN's Ed Henry reports top Democrats are 'anxious' about early voting returns.

7:40 p.m. ET: NRSC Chairman John Cornyn tells reporters he does NOT think GOP will gain control of Senate: "I would love to tell you we're going to take the majority but I actually don't believe that."

7:31 pm. ET: CNN projects Rob Portman wins Senate seat in Ohio.

7:30 p.m. ET: Polls are closing in North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia

7:21 p.m. ET: CNN's Suzzanne Malveaux and Matt Hoye report both Senate candidates in Pennsylvania are publicly predicting a win in the final hours of voting in Pennsylvania.

7:15 p.m. ET: CNN's Jessica Yellin and Kevin Bohn report that Sharron Angle is alleging voter intimidation in Nevada. MORE

7:11 p.m. ET: Exit polls show how Rand Paul won in Kentucky

7:01 p.m. ET: CNN Projections: Rand Paul wins in Kentucky, Dan Coats wins in Indiana, Patrick Leahy wins in Vermont, Jim Demint wins in South Carolina.  One Republican pickup in Senate so far. MORE for The Election Center

7:00 p.m. ET: Election Night begins. Polls have now closed in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia

6:35 p.m. ET: Exit polls in Kentucky : Seventy-eight percent of Democrat Jack Conway's voters dislike Sarah Palin – who stumped for Paul this fall – while 73 percent of Republican Rand Paul's voters are Palin fans. MORE here

6:30 p.m. ET: CNN's Evan Glass reports DSCC Chairman Robert Menendez says legal action has begun to resolve voting irregularities in Connecticut and Illinois. Democrats are seeking an hour extension in Connecticut because the town of Bridgewater ran out of ballots. In Illinois Menendez said a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) was filed in order to look at provisional ballots. MORE here

6:10 p.m. ETExits show split on the role of government - Two out of three Democrats say it isn't doing enough. And four in five Republicans say it's doing too much. MORE here

6:07 p.m. ET: CNN's Kevin Bohn brings us new comments from Sharron Angle: 'Cautiously optimistic'

5:57 p.m. ET: Exit polls: Obama approval at 45 percent. 54 percent disapprove. MORE here

5:40 p.m. ET: Exit Polls: Who's to blame for the economy? It's Wall Street, former President Bush, and President Obama - in that order. MORE here

5:35 p.m. ET: New comments from Pelosi: "We will be on pace to maintain the majority in the House of Representatives"

5:30 p.m. ET: More from the exit polls: Voters give low marks to both parties.

5:15 p.m. ET: Good evening from the CNN Election Center.  The first wave of poll closings starts at the top of the hour and exit polls from the East Coast are rolling in. Sixty-two percent of voters name the economy as their most important issue this year, more than any other issue combined.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Bill

    I have seen a welcome change on CNN on coverage of today's election. Hopefully, a fair & balance approach – regardless of party. Don't favor Dem's over Rep or Tea party candidates.

    November 2, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Dan

    Illinois politics strikes again!! The ballots at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal, IL are INCORRECT!! We should have voted in the 11th Congressional District, but were given ballots for the 15th. After hours on the phone with election officials and lawyes, they have admitted that the maps used to determine which ballots should be used have been wrong for 10 years. They are now taking the correct ballots over to the polling place. I have no idea what they will do about the results of either race. Time will tell.

    November 2, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. uva1979

    I am an independent voter hoping the Republicans do not take control of the House (or Senate). There is no indication they intend to do what is best for our country rather than their own power.

    November 2, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I want to know where the "secret donations" are coming from and you should also. Remember we the taxpayers bailed out companies and they aren't spending the money to hire or stimulate the economy. If they are spending our tax dollars to favor any political party, I demand an aswer. AIG just paid back $37 billion dollars just before election and they borrowed $180 billion. DON'T YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO THOSE "SECRET DONORS ARE".

    November 2, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Tom

    I get a chuckle out of the phrase "fair and balanced" – a term much discredited by Fox.

    November 2, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    America is rising.....FINALLY

    November 2, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Duke

    The party that has had the purse strings for the last 4 years is responsible for the economy, that's why we need to throw as many of them out as possible.

    November 2, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Sametestsameresults

    I want to know who is buying our elections too!!! Thank you Claudia TX!!!!

    November 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Dino

    I am not a democrat nor a big fan of President Obama, however, I am shocked how fast the country forgot who put our economy at the mess we're in, it was President Bush and his party, if any thing the stock marked recovered half the losses in the past two years. If the republicans take over, we will be in more mess than we are in right now. And the other concerning trend about the republicans are those nut cases called Tea Party, which are nothing but pigots at extreme right, and they consider any one who do not agree with their views unpatriotic.

    November 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Gary S. Hart

    Congress has an 11% approval rating for a reason. Our leaders need to know that they will be held accountable for doing a lousy job. Sending a message that they can and will be fired is the power of your vote. Voting against incumbents will change things. Voting for incumbents results in the same ol' same ol'.

    November 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. jsmith

    congress needs to repeal the 17th amendment

    November 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Lawrence Daley

    I am very disappointed in both p arties. We have some problems in American right now that need to get resolved. I don't see anybody who is coming up with some good ideas to get these problems resolved. What are we doing to get people back to work? I supported President Obama 150% when he was elected. More than any other time in my life and I am really, really disallusioned. Would a person who really cares about America and wants to get us on our feet please stand up! We need you! I don't think the Democrats, Republicans or the Tea party have the answer. I hope for my country's sake that I am wrong.

    November 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. monty

    I am in brooklyn heading home to watch cnn's coverage of election night, so far there seems to be a low voter turn out

    November 2, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Britt D. Davis

    The main problem with Obama's governing is that he continues to address the body politic as thinking, currently informed and educated, rational, humane, anti-ideological, unsuperstitious adults. He is communicating with about 10 people while talking to the multitudes.

    November 2, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Brian

    My intention in casting my vote today was to send a strong message that I am not happy with how things are going in my state and my country. My fear is that the candidates that I voted for will be equally ineffective at bringing the change I seek.

    November 2, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Mike G.

    The voters have to be realistic! To expect the economy to be turned around in less than 2 years after the near collapse into a depression is "VERY UNREALISTIC"......And to hand over power to the same folks who brought us to the brink of a serious depression makes no sense at all. Folks are rattled about the economy, but to cut off there noses to spite their face is a serious sign of immaturity.

    November 2, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Southeast, MI

    I'm not as concerned where the money is from as much as the truth content. Pass a "Truth In Campaign Ads" law.

    November 2, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. john x

    "Claudia, Houston, Tx
    I want to know where the "secret donations" are coming from and you should also."

    The dems have been doing this for years. You only start squawking when repubs use the same tactics. It's no secret the dems have been using foreign money for decades. Remember John Huang laundering Chinese money for Clinton? Be fair.

    November 2, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |

    I really hope that the silent majority of democrats turned out to vote today for the same ideals and principles that they voted for in 2008. I know many of them wanted more to happen and I hope that they understand that it was the republicans who blocked everything they could and by not voting today the republicans have a chance of reversing everything good that the democrats did. We don't need less democrats in congress, we need more to keep the obstructionist republicans at bay.

    Get out and VOTE and VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

    November 2, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Bob Hoeller

    I don't think the Republicans (the party of "fear") are going to win as many seats as they would like us to believe. The senate, only 4. The house 30-35.

    November 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  21. No Way Joe

    America is speaking loudly – can you hear us now? Hopefully Barry will listen.

    November 2, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. Syed R.

    Everyone in the House and Senate need to be voted out. Republicans are sabotaging the government because they want the President to fail. Democrats can't get anything done and are afraid of losing their jobs. NOONE cares about the people and the country. Do your jobs you politicians...

    November 2, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Shawna

    I agree with the folks who are saying it is insane to be handing back power to the people who got us in this mess. Even the most disingenous voter can'thave forgotten what Bush got from Clinton and then left – and he had a Republican Congress all but the last two years whre even then the Dems had slim majority.

    What's coming with the uber-right taking the House is bad. Really bad. The Repubs through all their mudslinging offered not one single idea for recovery and didn't even try to. They will stand by while the rest of American jobs are outsorced to India or insourced to immigrants. Low tax another joke. I'm feeling like they will not only NOT lower taxes (except for the fatcats) but will make up for it by putting a VAT tax on already near extinct middle America.
    They've already SAID tthey may do exactly this.

    People that voted for them again with the shortest memories in the world maybe you deserve to find that out the hard way. The rest of us who aren't so emotional just didn't. At least the Democrats were TRYING hard to help middle American – the Repubs make no such pretense.

    November 2, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Mark G

    Just remember, politics is cyclic. If the Republicans do get the majority they covet they have maybe 24 months to do something good for the country or we'll be tossing them out in 2012. Manage the Congress right folks, and for once, do the people's business, not what is best for your own personal political ambtions.

    November 2, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Bob Hoeller

    Monty, I live in KY right next to my polling center. cars have been pouring in and out all day starting at 6AM. I went to vote around noon. The polling workers said they had about a 30% turnout as of noon. Looks like KY may have 55-60% voter turnout which bodes well for Conway. Rand Paul is too radical. In the primaries when only 30% voted, the second place Dem received 14,000 more votes than Paul. If the same numbers were achieved, Conway should win by 100,000 votes, but the American electorate are not well enough informed and vote with passion rather than knowledge.

    November 2, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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