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. Derrick

    Look @ him reading from a paper and cann't talk from his Kentucky mind and heart. That is not LEADERSHIP. That is failing his State and most of all our Country. Everyone that is standing behind him just want the title and donot know how to make his title work for the people he suppose to be protecting.

    November 2, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Is CNN aware that we are able to count, but more important that John King at the board with the 'counts' when the states have not even closed is really annoying?

    November 2, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Will CNN have a map to show the states where the seats were lost that President Obama visited and helped? Personally I would find that interesting.

    November 2, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. dwighthuth

    I wonder how many people in Ohio voted for Gibbs just because he is on NCIS and the canon people think that there fantasy t.v. heroe's will be projected into real life people that will protect them from terrorists.

    November 2, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Fedelia

    Take the country back from what, Rand? Blacks? Muslims? Gays? Anyone who you just don't like? Stupid maggot.

    November 2, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Annoyed...

    Did the Sen elect from Kentucky just say "freedom is enjoyed best by those in the majority??" That's crazy! Also, why is it appropriate to say "we are taking our country back??" They make it sound as if the country is a lost or stolen dog or that they actually OWNED the country. Only makes me think of slavery when they say this... Good Lord help us!!

    November 2, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Fedelia

    Ron Frankel: "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…."

    Haha, thanks for making me smile, friend. Makes the election turnout seem not as depressing.

    November 2, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. ken

    1964 all over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Scott

    Finally people are coming to their senses, we have taking control of the house, 2 years from now we will take the White house. Then this country will finally start to turn around. It is good that Repub have taken majority in the house. We can stop Obama and his reckless, radical liberal policy's. Red is such a pretty color. Oh ya almost forgot T-Shah, LaCrosse Mom, Obama Mama, Dutch Bad Newz, if you are still reading these, its ok to cry into your milk. The repubs and the Tea party are taking the trash out. HAHAHAHAHAH.

    November 2, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Joan P

    As a Canadian I am sitting here just shaking my head. For the life of me I can not figure out the logic to the American voters, that is because there does not seem to be any. Clinton was in power and your country had great prosperity, you voted the Democrats out that logic brought you wars that you have wasted trillions of dollars on, a economy that went down the toilet, failing education and health care. Then in moment of logic you once again voted in the Democrats to fix the mess left by 8 years of Bush ruins, you can spend trillions on war but you can't provide health care for your family friends and neighbours

    November 2, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Mark

    The results are only another indication the American intelligence is rapidly declining. As always the states with the lowest education levels have the highest Republican voters. Will Americans please take the blinders off and realize the Republicans are the biggest liars of the bunch. They will make the rich richer like they have consistently done in the past. The mess we are in now is because of 8 years of Bush and Republican controlled politics, yet after the past 2 years they lead you to believe it is all the Democrats fault. IDIOTS!

    November 2, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Erik T

    Today is America's make or break opportunity when it comes to politics. For years now, I have been hearing from both parties that they are going to work across party lines to get things accomplished in order to lead this country into a promising future. Now that it appears that the Senate will be controlled by the Democrats and the House of Representatives will be controlled by the Republicans, both parties will have to work together to get anything done. While some might say that this divide in the Congress means that nothing will get accomplished for at least the next two years, I say that this country is in too much of a crisis for politicians to allow their pride and party alliance to get in the way of fixing the many problems facing our nation. Now is the time for Congress to put-up or shut-up. No more time for excuses.

    November 2, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. agentk

    Just wondering why CNN aired the entire Rand Paul acceptance speach, the entire Christine O'Donnell defeat speach, most of the Marco Rubio acceptance speach, yet only a snippet of Governor Joe Mancion's acceptance speach. A little bias going on here?

    November 2, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Sonny

    I just heard Christine O'Donnell said she has 30 minutes commercial that she wants her opponent to watch...30 MINUTES???

    November 2, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Miltrez

    LOL!!! Hey Pelosi!!! How do you like the size of AMERICAS gavel!!!!!! Time for her ta learn the phrase "ya want fries with that?!?"

    November 2, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Beaver

    I just want to through out the bums and put term limits and a line item vito to get rid of all the pork. It would be nice if they would do what is right for THE USA instead of for themselves!

    November 2, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. charley

    couple of questions for anyone out there. First off, does a governor's party have any effect on majority in either the house or senate or both. And also, why does the current status say that Republicans are at 37 seats in the Senate and they need 51 for majority, but it also keeps saying they only need 7 seats?

    November 2, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Sanity Lover

    No one could compare John Boehner to Tip O'Neill. Speaker O'Neill was a Liberal Democrat, and did not spend his time in the capitol exclusively obstructing the will of the people. Please spare the pot stirring and be fair – most of the violent comments I have heard in the last 2 years have come from the Fringe Far Right or Faux News. If I, as a Democrat, am angry, it is mostly at those who were in office and did not fully support President Obama to allow the citizens to see the results of his policy instead of the gridlock the party of Nope was still allowed to inflict on the party of Hope and water down his policies. I do not think simple obstruction will bring the conservatives to the top in 2 years – they will have to present some ideas and take some action for their constituents. I'm angry at those that have such a short memory that they forget that those are Bush's wars, and the first bailout was Bush's, too. Things have changed a lot in 2 years; we were always expected to show respect to the President currently in office – that won't be important again until there is a Republican in the White House, I guess. We all need to talk to each other, listen to each other with respect, and try to compromise – do what is best for the country and our children, not do absolutely nothing because one side cannot have it all their own way. I hope I live to see it. Democracies are rarely destroyed from without – they are torn apart from within, and I fear we are on that path.

    November 2, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. EP

    As a Canadian looking in, I don't understand why Americans believe the Republicans can be trusted after the Bush years...what happened to the it a short memory or is everyone panicking!!!!

    November 2, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Lori Hutchinson

    How can so many Americans believe that if only Obama had made different choices the economy would be just bustling along today. This ailing economy thing is a worldwide phenomenon and is not just happening in the U.S.A. Big picture, people! Try to see it.

    November 2, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Bill

    sj, it wasn't dems beating up a woman at a Rand Paul event. It was a couple of brawny, big, REAL American men. Funny how it takes two REAL American men to bring a woman down to the curb and stomp on her.

    November 2, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Catherine

    When CNN commentators err, could someone please correct them. For instance: Mr. Spitzer said Rob Portman was an R pickup in Ohio: Mr. Blitzer said that Sen Gillibrand won four more years.

    November 2, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Scott

    Finally people are coming to their senses, we have taking control of the house, 2 years from now we will take the White house. Then this country will finally start to turn around. It is good that Repub have taken majority in the house. We can stop Obama and his reckless, radical liberal policy's. Red is such a pretty color. O The repubs and the Tea party are taking the trash out. HAHAHAHAHAH.

    November 2, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. WhiteKong78

    I voted my conscience which included members of both major parties. I'd prefer to see some independent primaries in the future to counter the 2 party monopoly we have now. Our political system needs reform badly. No more private money going to politicians. No more lobbyists. No more campaigns based on lies and spin. I'd like to see candidates who would make outsourcing illegal and reform the education, corrections, and welfare systems in order to end people's dependence on government. No more giving people fish, but teach them how to fish for themselves.

    November 2, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. Fay

    I think that the dems are doing all they can with the hold outs of the republicans. If it took President Bush to put us in this mess in 8 yrs, then it will tak President Obam his 8 yrs and another Dem 4 yrs to get us out of it. I think that the Dems are doing a great JOB!! When you are out of a job for any reason and need health care, I think that you will be thanking President Obama and the rest of the Dems!

    November 2, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
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