The North Dakota Senate race map so far looks like it's going to be mostly blue to the right and mostly red to the left. Burleigh County looks likely to be very important to the results.
Remember earlier we were talking about Nate Silver and Nick Woltman brought up Nates prediction of Berg winning by about 5.5 percentage points. Looks like that may be slightly off unless things change.
With 298 precincts in, Heitkamp is up 51.66 percent to Berg's 47.86 percent.
298 precincts are now in: Heitkamp has 94,504 votes and Berg has 87,549 votes.
That is interesting, Jason. I had already forgotten that. It'll be interesting to see how close Silver's prediction is when it's all said and done. I'm sure it's hard to predict a low-population state.
Networks have called Presidential race for Obama. Democrats are going to maintain their U.S. Senate majority and possibly increase it depending on how the remaining races go. Also, Republicans will maintain their U.S. House majority.
Incumbent Morton County Chairman Bruce Strinden said "I had suspicions it would be close. They all ran a great campaign."
With 315 precincts reporting, Heitkamp is at 50.6 percent to Berg's 48.94 percent.
Morton County Commission Chairman Bruce Strinden said Cody Schulz and Ron Leingang will make "excellent commissioners and are up to the challenge." He said Commissioners Richard Tokach and Mark Bitz will be missed.
I'm channeling surfing while looking at a variety of news websites (because I'm kind of a nerd). Sounds like most outlets are calling the election for Obama.
74.65 precincts have reported.
Mara beat me to the punch. That's 318 precincts.
Those still don't include any Burleigh County precincts.
With 321 precincts in, Heitkamp's lead is fewer than 4,000 votes.
Our neighbors to the west have another interesting Senate race. Our sister paper the Billings Gazette shows Democrat Sen. Jon Tester leading Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg right now.
With 335 precincts reporting, 958 votes have gone to write in candidates. Anyone write someone in for that race?
Anyone following the election on Twitter? My head spins every time I check it due to the huge number of tweets.
Hey, newsroom peeps, any word on what's holding up the show in Burleigh County?
Side note - the fact that I just typed "peeps" means I should have been in bed at least half an hour ago.
Burleigh County is having computer problems and had to go SOS to get a new hard drive
340 precincts in. Heitkamp has 50.61 percent of the vote to Berg's 48.92 percent. Still fewer than 4,000 votes separating them.
I just saw a Tweet that said NBC called North Dakota for Heitkamp. Does that seem early to anyone?
Those results show Berg winning Burleigh County by more than 4,000 votes. This one really seems to be coming down to the wire to me.
Bismarck Civic Center expansion lost 57% to 42%
380 precincts are in now. Heitkamp is at 50.42 percent. and Berg is at 49.13 percent. That includes all Burleigh County precincts.
Going back to our earlier conversation about Nick Silver's FiveThirtyEight Blog, it appears right now that he's going to be very close, if not exactly on.
46 precincts left to be counted.
We're up to 385 precincts. Heitkamp has 50.38 percent to Berg's 49.16 percent.
The New York Times now is calling the election for Obama.