5:07 pm Mountain Time
It’s finally here, America. Election Night 2016! I can barely sit still as I wait for the results to roll in. Never Politics will be live-blogging all evening so stay with me all evening for Colorado news and coverage of the Presidential race and some key nationwide Senate races! I will be following all the Colorado ballot measures, Colorado Senate race, and the ultra-competitive Colorado’s 6th Congressional district. I will also be watching the following key Senate races: Missouri (Kander vs Blunt), Illinois (Kirk vs Duckworth), and Wisconsin (Feingold vs Johnson.)
6:05 pm Mountain Time
Tammy Duckworth has just won the Illinois Senate Race! She is a veteran of the Iraq war and a war hero, and ran a classy campaign, whereas Kirk ran a messy campaign, constantly making incendiary ignorant remarks. I am thrilled Duckworth won!
6:14 pm Mountain Time
Colorado Democrats are trying to get a court order to require our state’s polling places stay open an extra 2 hours because electronic voting systems went down today. I will follow this closely and post any updates.
6:29pm Mountain Time
The Denver Post reported yesterday that Republicans were leading Democrats in Early Voting despite all the Democrats Get Out The Vote efforts. The Denver Post: “The latest early voting numbers released Monday morning show registered Republicans cast 652,380 ballots compared to 645,020 registered Democrats — a 7,360 vote GOP advantage. The breakdown looks like this: 35.2 percent Republican, 34.8 percent Democrat and 28.5 percent unaffiliated.”
6:47pm Mountain Time
The Huffington Post has a great Electoral College calculator going right now. Currently Trump leads Clinton 60 to 48 in the Electoral College.
6:58pm Mountain Time
Major news outlets are calling that the House of Representatives will stay Republican controlled.
Huffington Post Electoral Calculator: Trump 121, Clinton 97.
As of 7pm, the polls are closed in Colorado! But those still in line at 7pm can still vote. The Democrats attempt to get a court order to keep the polls open was denied by a judge.
Michael Bennet (D) is leading Darryl Glenn (R) by substantial numbers in the Colorado Senate race. This is no surprise.
7:18pm Mountain Time:
From Nate Silver’s twitter: “Republicans’ chances of winning the Senate are up to 69% in our model, after Indiana and Florida calls for GOP.”
7:36 pm Mountain Time
Presidential Race: Many states are too close to call. Trump is performing better than expected. Very nervous right now. The race is proving very very tight. In Florida, if people didn’t vote for Gary Johnson, Hillary would be doing much better. It makes me very annoyed with people who voted 3rd parties in this most important of elections.
What if Comey didn’t come out with reopening the FBI investigation? Would the Presidential race be less tight? I am angry with Comey right now as the election proves super tight.
Market Reaction: DOW Futures have plunged 500 points…Markets are roiled, scared….
7:46pm Mountain Time
COLORADO UPDATE: Hillary Clinton is leading in Colorado 49.4% to 43.2% with 43.4% of the vote counted.
Huffington Post Electoral Calculator: Trump 140, Clinton 104.
The country is nervous. The Clinton supporters are anxious. But the night is young and it is still early yet. A lot rides on Florida and North Carolina, both of which are still too close to call as the clock ticks past 10:00 on the East Coast.
MSNBC is reporting that 12 states are too close to call. The fact that Virginia is so close is a bad sign for Clinton. The media had thought that Virginia was going to easily go blue this election cycle. The next hour will prove very huge in this election. Stay tuned!
AMENDMENT 69: ColoradoCare: Voted down! By 80% to 20%.
Proposition 106: Prescription Assisted Suicide: PASSED! 65% to 35%.
Proposition 107: Presidential Primaries: PASSED! 63% to 37%
-Diana Degette has won, 69% to 28%
-Jared Polis has won, 58% to 37%
-Mike Coffman is leading Morgan Carroll 51% to 43% with 66% reporting.
Donald Trump has won Ohio.
Michael Bennet has defeated Darryl Glenn in the Colorado Senate Race.
Clinton has just won Virginia!
8:35 pm Mountain Time:
Clinton has won Colorado!
Trump has just won Florida.
WISCONSIN Senate Race: Johnson has just defeated Russ Feingold in Wisconsin.
Mike Coffman has defeated Morgan Carroll 51% to 43%. I blame the Denver Post for endorsing Coffman. The Birther wins again.
Colorado: AMENDMENT 70 RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE: PASSED!!! 55% to 45%
AMENDMENT 72: TOBACCO TAXES: FAILED. 53% to 47%.
AMENDMENT 71: “RAISE THE BAR INITIAVE”: PASSED. 57% to 43%.
AMENDMENT U: PROPERTY TAXES: FAILED. 57% to 43%.
9:42pm Mountain Time:
Missouri Senate Race: Roy Blunt leads Jason Kander 51.7% to 43.8%.
NBC News says 7 states are still too close to call. Hillary needs to pull out a win in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, or Nevada.
10:33pm Mountain Time:
Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Arizona, and Alaska remain to be called (are to close to be called so far.) This election may not be called tonight. Another possibility: a 269 / 269 electoral tie?!
10:55 Mountain Time:
I am still hoping Hillary can pull this thing off. But I don’t know if that can happen. Trump has momentum. I am shocked, stunned, saddened. Trying not to feel despondent.
11:23pm Mountain Time
If Trump wins, I blame the media in part. For giving Trump’s campaign thousands of hours of free advertising because it got them ratings. Yes it was news-worthy and needed to be covered, but the way they covered every speech he made was a complete media circus. I am terrified for this country. It looks like the GOP gets a super majority: Senate, House, Presidency, and then they will load up the Supreme Court. I am stunned.
I’ve been up since 4:30am but I don’t think I can go to sleep. I need to see the returns from the remaining states.
12:45am Mountain Time:
Donald Trump has won. I am stunned and despondent.
The GOP has also retained Senate majority.
Goodnight. Tomorrow is a new day.