Election Night 2009

Like any good political junkie, I have been spending the past few hours switching back and forth between MSNBC and CNN on the television while frantically reloading talkingpointsmemo.com on my laptop.  We have results in for the two big governors races, with Republicans picking up wins in Virginia and New Jersey.  Meanwhile, the most closely watched ballot initiative, the marriage equality initiative Measure 1 in Maine (for those who have not been following the measure closely, a “No” vote on Measure 1 is a vote in favor of gay marriage), remains too close to call.

Flying under the radar (on this already somewhat under the radar election night), however, were two drug policy reform measures in Maine and Breckenridge, Colorado.  And both appear to have won handily, with Mainers voting to approve the creation of a licensed medical marijuana dispensary system for patients to obtain medicinal marijuana and Breckenridge residents voting to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.

And with that, it’s back to reloading talkingpointsmemo.com for me.

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6 Responses

  1. Me too!

    At about 10 o’clock last night, I thought, “it’s the first Tuesday in November, and I’m watching a same sex marriage ban inching towards a 52-48 win. Haven’t I seen this movie before?”

    Silly Maniacs.

  2. John Burgess says:

    I was doing the update flitter, too, until I remembered <a href="Al Qaeda Threat Still Stands- Saudi Official“>Pollster.com. The site, run by professional pollsters, was providing live updates, almost along the lines of ICQ.

    I think that’s the place to go for election coverage.

  3. John Burgess says:

    Sorry about that… wrong link.

    Pollster.com

  4. “Like any good political junkie, I have been spending the past few hours switching back and forth between MSNBC and CNN on the television while frantically reloading talkingpointsmemo.com on my laptop.”

    I must be a “bad” political junkie because I’m was with Fox and National Review Online…and ESPN and NBA TV

  5. mikeb302000 says:

    One interesting thing about the Republican victory in New Jersey is that it won’t change the gun control situation much. Here you can read the salient points in an interview of the new governor by Hannity.

  6. Alex Kreit says:

    @Kaimi–I definitely had a sense of déjà vu when those Maine returns started inching the wrong way.

    @John–thanks for the tip re: pollster.com. I’ll definitely have to remember to add it to my election night rotation next year and maybe my RSS before then. It looks like a great site.