And, we have a Nick Woltman sighting, ladies and gentlemen!
High praise from our former blogger-in-chief.
I'm going to take a break for a few hours so that I don't go crazy today. Everyone be nice to Jason (who should be enjoying his vacation) and the other reporters (who are going to get crazy busy in a few hours).
Re: conversation below: Nate Silver's been pretty spot-on so we'll see. As Jenny alluded to earlier without saying exact numbers, my prediction is virtually identical to Mr. Silver's.
"Rules on presidential debates were established by the Commission on Presidential Debates, established jointly by the Republican and Democratic parties in 1987. The commission website is www.debates.org.
Three criteria are established for candidates to be able to participate in presidential debates. Candidates must meet constitutional requirements that qualify them for running for the office, be on the ballot in enough states to mathematically be able to win the Electoral College vote and must poll at least 15 percent in five national polls.
Johnson meets the constitutional requirements and is on the ballot in 48 states including North Dakota. The criteria Johnson doesn’t meet is the 15 percent in polling. He isn’t listed in several national polls."
I was the 287th person to vote at my polling place. How about everyone else?
For anyone who cares, Comedy Central is showing a repeat of last night's Colbert Report, featuring the aforementioned Nate Silver.
Thanks, Ray! One more hour until polls close here.
I was #516. My Dad, back in Michigan? He was #666 ...
That New York Times map has Florida really close so far. For what that's worth.
Results are starting to trickle in on east coast. According to NY Times, Obama has slight lead with 5% reporting in Florida, and the expected leads for Romney are opening up in Indiana (20% reporting) and Kentucky (35% reporting). North Carolina about 1% in with slight Obama edge; 9% in in Virginia with slight Romney edge. Virginia/Florida/North Carolina will be much more interesting in about an hour.
North Dakota's central time zone polls are closing. There's an hour left for you westerners.
We'll start seeing North Dakota results pretty soon. Meanwhile, east coast is shaping up as expected, Ohio, Florida, Virginia and N. Carolina all fairly close each with less than 50% in each.
Morton County advisory jail ballot is a paper ballot and will be hand-counted.
I found it interesting moments ago that NY Times has North Dakota results starting to trickle in before anything even appears on ND Sec. of State website.
SOS website has first precinct voting 78 percent for Romney. Do you think that will be representative of the whole state?
That precinct also has an overwhelming no vote for measure five, the animal cruelty measure, and a pretty high yes vote on the no-smoking measure
Two precincts are in now. Berg has about 52 percent and Heitkamp has about 48 percent.
With 2 precincts of 426 in: (R) Rick Berg up 51.8% to 47.8% over (D) Heidi Heitkamp; (R) Kevin Cramer up on (D) Pam Gulleson 59%-38.8% and (R) Gov. Jack Dalrymple up on (D) Ryan Taylor 65.9% to 32.1%
Eight out of 426 precincts are in.
Animal cruelty measure is not looking good with 8 precincts in. Smoking ban has an early lead.