November 3rd, 2010
03:07 AM ET
8 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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  1. Name jessica

    Please I beg of you...the blame goes back as far as clinton...the subprime lending mess began on his watch people!!

    November 2, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Kim W

    The disrespect that some so called patriots show for our President by referring to him as "Barry" or other designations is disgusting to me. I disliked President Bush but he was our leader. I never would have spoken in such a disrespectful way about him. Somehow these far right wing nuts continue to get incredible play. Saw a piece about the increasing lack of civility in our society yesterday. And it is so true especially when it comes to politics. It is shameful that a sitting governor like Perry in Texas just refers to the President of the United States by his last name, a subtle but clear lack of respect. Hope Perry has to leave the mansion and takes his hair with him.

    November 2, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. dumbonecollegewoman

    Maybe if everyone would just come together quit all the bickering and violence the whole world would be a whole better place!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop fighting over everything!!!!!! What this whole world needs is not a Third World Title Ms. Arianna Huffington.......It needs New Moral Order!!!!!!! Truly how can anything ever work out peacefully if everyone doesn't work together?????.............I have helped many in this world n never took a penny shouldn't that be what it is about??????? Haven't we lived with enough corruption????? It all needs to get back for the people not for the rich and greedy!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Donna E. Pickelsimer

    There are many excellent comments here. I think some very interesting changes are coming for this country.
    Best wishes for the United States,
    The South Carolina Branch President of
    the International Business Builders Association.

    November 2, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. What the heck

    Voter suppression? My wife works for JP Morgan Chase and in the last 2 election cycles they (JP Morgan Chase) have held out of the way meetings. She my wife is currently in Jersey City we live in Bloomingdale her time of travel from there to here is about 2hrs, the meeting finished at 6:00pm eastern time the polls close at 8:00pm do the math she can't vote, and it seems like they target anyone with foreign sir names who tend to vote Democratic we are Hispanic, sounds a little fishy to me you decide.

    November 2, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Ron Frankel

    At last, Obama and the Democrats have a reason to reduce unemployment!
    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs announced this evening that the main reason Republicans won so many seats is because finally there were enough of them unemployed to get out and vote. President Obama pledges to reduce unemployment to 5% before the 2012 elections….

    November 2, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. michelle

    Not fishy at all she should've applied for absentee ballot if this has happened before.... and by law your employer has to give you 2 hours to go vote.... it's you right and the law!!!

    November 2, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. sj

    I voted last week so I laughed every time a political commercial came on. None of the hellcare voters stood behind that mistake.

    November 2, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. Andrea

    It is amazing how people think if the republicans win things will change overnight. What makes a person unpatriotic just because they are not a tea party member? So in two more years when things have gotten worse, who are you going to blame? Politicians will say anything to get the vote.

    November 2, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. sj

    The dems seem to be the angry individuals, at leasy when they are talking about 'dem teabaggers' almost to the point of violence.

    November 2, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Sad that all I am hearing about the races are the races of the folks that have run and won; sad, sad, sad.

    November 2, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Karen

    You explain to me how the news says Lincoln lost to Boozman ONE MINUTE AFTER POLLS CLOSE with 0 precincts in. Explain that crap! Does that mean the elections are rigged????

    November 2, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  13. danny

    its too bad that the United States had go through all this extreme spending to get the attention of the sleeping giant.With that said its time to work toward the next election and get rid of the rest of the croonies!

    November 2, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  14. jon

    I was excited about getting home and watching CNN election coverage UNTIL I saw that idiot Eliot Spitzer; are you out of your mind? your jerks and an embarassment to have an ex governor spending $5,000 on a whore on your show..your as bad as the politicians. Your next! I'll watch another station forever!

    November 2, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Jerrien harrington

    I think that everybody to vote barack obama

    November 2, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Frank Kolving

    Poor Bob Hoeller was wrong on all accounts. 🙂

    November 2, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. kathy

    I hope those who voted in Republicans & tea party candidates are coming up with their "spins" for a yr from now when we are in a worse situation with a deadlocked Congress/ Senate & a President who will be forced to veto. Our instant society lacks the patience to allow our elected officials to correct the mistakes of our former "GREEDY LINE MY POCKETS " President and his special friends who we are bailing out. There has to be a better way for the middle class to achieve the same dreams our parent's had. I have a dream for my children to live in a plentiful world with people who care about those less fortunate. The Government we have created will never get us there! what's the media spin ???

    November 2, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Richard

    I like Obama, and I live in Canada. You can debate failures and success all you like from the past two years. The truth is that Obama rallied troops in 2008 and figured they would follow him no matter what. The troops figured we got him elected, were done, lets go home. Both sides to that relationship failed each other. Obama took his base supporters for granted and they didnt show up to help hime fix the country when it counted. Its mid terms, its gonna be lessons learned, and there is going to be more change, and the sun will rise again tomorrow. But now we will get to see what Obama and his supporters are made of, and maybe we will have the President we need.

    November 2, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Left Coast

    It is nice seeing the socialist hordes of politically correct anti business pro tax left receed into history.
    This is a referendum on Obama and his failed policies and presidency.
    – A business owner.

    November 2, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. terry

    for the 2012 election-night coverage, CNN is going to fill Yankee Stadium with commentators so we can get a clear message about the results ! LOL – your producers really blew this one tonight having 12-14 people on the set at once – could not follow the conversation and could tell Cooper was frustrated – like being a 2nd grade teacher with a room full of kids on caffeine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! going over to FOX where they only have 4 people discussing tonight's results –

    November 2, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Derrick

    All day the CNN pannel and the officals elect talk about money while our freedom as we know it. May be taken from us because our eyes are blind by money. The elect will go to their offices in DC and be rich and still can not come up with a plan to safe guard this country. They we start planning for 2012 and how to not reelect Mr. Obama. Rai$e more mone$. $pend more mone$. Talk more mone$???? I do not know. I am just a three time VET.

    November 2, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. T'SAH from of Virginia

    As these numbers come in I'm disappointed in one sense but relieved in another!! The HOUSE will be the RepubliCAN'T's and the SENATE will be Democrats. Thus far my predictions are almost 100% except for SINK but it's still early.

    We're winning in a lot of states that count – Governor races that are important!!! I am waiting for AK and NV – those are the states I truly want to see the results – which may not be tonight!!

    WEST SIDE – it's early there and if you did not vote yet – get out and VOTE!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I am still EXCITED and PUMPED – a "little" defeated BUT pleased.... LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS FROM NOW ON.... :=)

    November 2, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. Carol Smith

    I am very pleased that CNN has decided to be fair in the reporting of election results as Fox has long been fair and balanced. ABC seems to be doing a fine job too. I have long given up on MSNBC. I will not even watch them anymore

    November 2, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "congress needs to repeal the 17th amendment"

    Why? So voters have no real say in who their Senators are? So traditionally "red" states with rapidly growing minority populations like TX and NV and AZ can redistrict their states to marginalize the minority populations in an attempt to ensure a virtually permanent GOP/conservative conservative state legislature to APPOINT GOPers/conservatives to the Senate? THIS is why the Teatards have been babbling about repeal of the 17th Amendment. Only a fool wouldn't recognize that doing so takes power out of the PEOPLES' hands and places it in the hands of the SYSTEM...a generally corrupt system bought and paid for by large corporate interests. It's a freekin joke that the people runnign around in tinfoil hats claiming they are the majority and represent "real Amurika" and "we the people" would want to take away the PEOPLES' direct power over their senatorial representation. They are, one and all, hypocrite useful idiots for corporate Amurika.

    November 2, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Puzzled European

    Take it from an outsider,. Divided is not the word. Chopped to
    pieces is more befitting of Americans as we see it. Americans will hack each other to pieces and even cut off their own noses in the process as long as they think its hurting the other fellow. As if the results are not going to have an effect on them also.

    After they see what a fine job President Obama has done, as we have
    seen from abroad , Americans vote for zealots disguised as some sort of "tea party" and thinking that Sarah Palin can lead a country and vote republicans who nearly brought American to the brink, right back in to finish off the American middle class? Ohio, did the Republicans promise to bring those jobs back from overseas?

    Its like watching people in the same boat sawing the boat in half in
    order to watch the other side drown.

    Americans are a peculiar bunch indeed.

    November 2, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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