1:06 a.m.—Murkowski takes early lead
Fox News is reporting that write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski has taken an early lead in the Alaska senate race. She’s facing Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams.
1:03 a.m.—DNC chair Tim Kaine speaks
“With the two houses of Congress now divided between Democrats and Republicans, it is incumbent upon both parties to take responsibility for governing so we can move the nation forward,” Tim Kaine said in a statement late Tuesday night.
12:56 a.m.—Obama congratulates Boehner
According to a White House statement, “The President tonight called and talked to Reps. Pelosi, Boehner and Hoyer, and Senator McConnell. In his calls with Rep. Boehner and Sen. McConnell, the President said he was ‘looking forward to working with him and the Republicans to find common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people.'”
12:56 a.m.—Bigger than ’94
At this point the GOP has a net gain of +55 in the House, which exceeds the 54 seats won by Republicans in 1994.
12:50 a.m. —Harry Reid wins
Democratic Sen. Harry Reid has won the Nevada Senate contest, fending off a challenge from GOPer Sharron Angle.
12:44 a.m.— Close in Colorado, Florida
We’re anxiously awaiting the results of the Colorado Senate race, where Republican Ken Buck is slightly leading Democrat Sen. Michael Bennett with almost 50 percent of the votes in. Also, in Florida, Republican Rick Scott is barely leading Democrat Alex Sink.
Other competitive Senate races we’re keeping an eye on are in Washington State and Alaska.
12: 33 a.m. – Real World win for Duffy.
Wisconsin Republican Sean Duffy, a former house guest on MTV’s Real World, defeated his opponent to fill retiring Democratic Dave Obey’s seat.
12:18 a.m. – President Obama’s old senate seat goes to Republican.
Illinois voters have elected Republican Mark Kirk over Alexi Giannoulias for President Obama’s former Senate seat, the AP reports.
12:13 a.m. – Rory Reid goes down in Nevada.
Harry Reid’s son, Rory, suffers decided loss in Nevada gubernatorial race.
Will his father follow suit? No news yet…
12:11 a.m. – “You have not heard the last of Carl Paladino”.
What a relief.
From Paladino earlier tonight after losing New York’s gubernatorial race: “I have a message for Andrew Cuomo. I said my baseball bat is a metaphor for the people that want to take the government back. As our next governor, you can grab this handle and bring the people with you to Albany, or you can leave it untouched and run the risk of having it wielded against you. Because make no mistake: you have not heard the last of Carl Paladino.”
12:05 a.m. – GOP’s sensitive Boehner
House Minority Leader John Boehner, who is widely expected to become the next Speaker of the House, announced late Tuesday night that it is not a time to celebrate, even though Republicans took the House of Representatives in the midterm election.
“We’ve got real work to do and, frankly, this is not a time for celebration,” said a teary-eyed Boehner. “Not when one in 10 of our fellow citizens is out of work. Not when we’ve buried our apron under a mountain of debt and not when our Congress is held in such low esteem.”
Boehner praised citizens in the Tea Party movement in his remarks too.
“Across the country right now, we’re readily witnessing a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the American people,” Boehner said.
12:00 a.m. – Most polls in Alaska close (finally).
11:57 p.m. - Races now called in PA, OH.
Republicans picked up another gubernatorial seat in the Midwest. Republican John Kasich defeated Ohio Democrat Ted Strickland, Fox News is reporting.
The AP also declared Republican Pat Toomey the winner of the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania. He battled Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak.
11:54 p.m. - More flips to GOP.
In New Mexico’s 2nd district, former Republican Rep. Steve Pearce has defeated the Democrat incumbent Harry Teague. Teague defeated Pearce in 2008.
In Colorado’s 4th district, Republican Cory Gardner has defeated incumbent Democrat Betsy Markey.
In New Hampshire’s 2nd district, former Rep. Charlie Bass has defeated Democrat Ann Kuster, completing the GOP sweep of the Granite State.
In New Jersey’s 3rd district, Republican Jon Runyan, a former NFL player, has defeated incumbent Democrat John Adler.
11:49 p.m.- Crier of the House.
Yes, John Boehner was just crying on national television. Of course, he’ll likely be the next Speaker of the House now.
11:42 p.m. – Prop. 19 sinks to defeat.
California’s ballot initiative, Prop 19, is projected to be voted down. The measure would have legalized the possession of marijuana.
11:38 p.m. – Paladino: still angry.
Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York governor, conceded. “I’m humbled,” he said, and then went on to attack the government for “spending like drunken sailors.”
11:34 p.m. - Brent Bozell:”The sleeping giant has awoken”
“This was just the dress rehearsal; a mere warm-up. The Big Dance is in two years. Look out, Washington Establishment. The Sleeping Giant has awoken and if you thought this was rough, just wait until 2012.”