Election Night Blogging 2008

(All times GMT)

0907 - Later editions of some of the papers:


0900 - Congratulations to our American friends on your new President-elect. It's been a thrilling election to watch over the past year or so. Your democratic processes and inclusiveness truly are a shining example to the rest of the world. Well done!

0859 - Oops, I think I napped for a little longer than intended.

0140 - Tired. I just can't hack it like I used to. Think I'll stay up until 0200 and then take a nap for a while.

0109 - Wow, the projected results are sure coming through thick and fast this year. BBC reporting DEM 103 - GOP 34.

0100 - Pennsylvania's 21 electoral college votes stay with the Democrats.

0019 - Fox have a cool interactive map thingy - http://elections.foxnews.com/states_map/index.html

0015 - Ricky Gervais is now being interviewed on the BBC Election coverage - mmmm-hmmm...

Wed 05 Nov 2008, 0004 - and we have the first two states called. McCain 8, Obama 3.

2356 - The early editions of the UK newspapers seem pretty unanimous:


2349 - How comforting to have a Dimbleby to guide us through this craziness. "We'll slowly piece this thing together..."

2346 - I do so love the word "gubernatorial"...

2340 - Drudge - "Senate: Dems see 58 seats; Exit Polls Show Obama Big".

2333 - BBC and Sky presenters both have touch-screen displays to play with tonight. Both of them keep saying "Huh, let me try that again!"

2330 - Another summary site - http://howisobamadoing.com/

2300 - McCain's chance of becoming President is now trading at 6.3% on http://intrade.com.

2257 - Confused by all the polls and poll-of-polls?  Try http://isobamapresidentyet.com/ - cuts to the chase!

2213 - Zogby says 311 - 174 with 53 unsure - http://www.zogby.com/50state/

2211 - Huh, polls close at 1900 local time? You seriously expect people to go out and vote before the local equivalent of Eastenders has finished?

2209 - Election updates from Twitter - let it wash over you - http://election.twitter.com/

2157 - The Times also have a constantly-refreshing page of coverage, rumours, and general goss - http://timesonline.typepad.com/comment/2008/11/rolling-guide-t.html

1418 – Here’s a good page to open in one of your election-night tabs – the BBC have a page which constantly refreshes with the latest news. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7700298.stm

1349 – As ever, I find myself amazed at the queues at polling stations and length of time that Americans are willing to wait to vote. Folks I follow on Twitter seem to think 15 to 45 minutes is the norm. In the UK we’re usually in and out in under a minute – but then we only get to place a single cross in a box.

1346 – Heh! Radio 4 ar e using W.G Snuffy Walden’s theme to The West Wing in their trailers for tonight’s election coverage.

1100 – Polls have opened in most of the Eastern states.

1058 – Obama wins by 15 votes to 6 in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. Turnout was 100%. This is the first time the town has gone Democrat since 1968.

0940 - The live electoral vote map on intrade.com (which is based on real financial trades made by individuals on the probability of an event occurring) has been showing a 364-174 EV split for most of the past month, save for Missouri changing hands occasionally:

0922Karl Rove has called the race for Obama already. 338 – 200.