Contributors to and friends of The Blue Review are gathered at a secret, downtown Boise location tonight to live blog the election returns. We are gearing up in about an hour, as polling on the East Coast begins to wrap up. Check back here throughout the night for our updates.

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Nathaniel Hoffman November 6, 201211:47 pm

Thanks for following along tonight folks!

Nathaniel Hoffman November 6, 201211:17 pm

My 2008 checklist for Obama’s presidency has a handful of marks on it… interesting to re-read:

We are waiting to hear the President speak here at TBR HQ.

Justin Vaughn November 6, 201210:45 pm

Mike Touchton brings up a good point about the race’s relatively early call. After 2000, with the networks calling states incorrectly early on, media elites have been sensitive about repeating mistakes of hastiness. I was a bit surprised the networks called Ohio as early as they did, and not surprised when representatives of the Romney campaign pushed back as they noted huge percentages were left to report. Interestingly, on more than one network, the so-called decision desks, who make the call, were called on air to account for their logic, and did so, explaining their logic. It was a memorable moment in the history of presidential media, to be sure.

Mike Touchton November 6, 201210:34 pm

As usual, the road to the white house goes through Ohio and Florida. This is also a lesson about how voting outcomes can fall within the margin of error in the polls. Florida went slightly for Obama (unexpected) and so did Ohio (expected). The result is a big electoral college win for Obama if the exit polls hold. Still, I’m surprised the race was called so early in either direction

Nathaniel Hoffman November 6, 201210:03 pm

Less than 100 precincts reported, but people splitting their votes on the education props in Idaho:

Proposition 1
NON YES 54,907 46.1%
NON NO 64,261 53.9%
Proposition 2
NON YES 77,502 54.5%
NON NO 64,813 45.5%
Proposition 3
NON YES 42,144 36.2%
NON NO 74,386 63.8%

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of Boise State University, the Center for Idaho History and Politics, or the School of Public Service.

  • idahomay

    1.5M popular vote lead for Romney, even-Steven @163 electoral college … how serious will we ever got on revisiting the logic of the electoral college?

  • idahomay

    gotta love social media moment: Donna Brazile on ABC commentating and actively tweeting encouragement to encourage people still standing in lines at polls that are closed, to stay in line… lining up coffee and hats to be delivered… from the TV studio.

    gotta wonder about social media moment: Facebook and DisqUS seem overwhelmed with traffic; FB dropping chat and long delays in posts propagating.

  • idahomay

    Fox news re: long lines of voters still waiting to vote in Miami Dade County (Dem-voters likely), “It doesn’t look perfect for MItt Romney.”

  • idahomay

    Fox just called the election: Obama wins.

  • idahomay

    ABC exit poll: 53% blame Bush for today’s economy, 30-some% blame Obama. That is a long memory, which we thought voters do not possess?

  • Thanks for the great comments, @idahomay:disqus!

  • TS

    Following the returns with actual political scientists has considerably increased my IQ. Thanks to The Blue Review for the educaiton. We can do it again for Hillary v. Christie in 2016.