D.C., Maryland and Virginia Midterm Election Results 2010: Live updates
Updated: November 2, 2010 - 09:56 pm
9:56 p.m. As we wrap up this Election Day liveblog, here's where things stand. Stay up to date for the rest of the night with TBD's elections results and Fimian-Connolly updates, and TBD TV's live coverage.
• Martin O'Malley will win another term as Maryland governor, ABC News projects based on exit polls.
• Maryland's Barbara Mikulski won a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.
• Democrats have a rough time in Virginia, CNN projects, with incumbent Reps. Tom Perriello, Rick Boucher, and Glenn Nye of Virginia losing to Robert Hurt, Morgan Griffith, and Scott Rigell, respectively.
• With 92 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly leads Republican Keith Fimian by about 1,100 votes. The race has been super-close all night.
• With 12 percent of Montgomery County's precincts reporting, 46.8 percent of the votes support the ambulance fee referendum and 53.2 oppose it.
8:51 p.m. Robert Ehrlich's campaign denies involvement in the Maryland robocalls, Fox Baltimore reports. (As noted below, the robocall's phone number was previously used for robocalls around the country, including some apparently for Democratic candidates and events.)
8:42 p.m. Maryland's attorney general will investigate the robocalls, the Daily Record reports.
8:03 p.m. Whoever's behind the Maryland robocalls didn't do a very good job of targeting: an ACLU staff member was one of many to get the call. Way to stay under the radar, shady robocallers!
7:54 p.m. Okay, this Maryland robocall is clearly the tip of an iceberg. According to user reports on various sites that log telemarketer/spam phone calls, the 202-640-5113 number has also been used for these robocalls:
• Tennessee's governors race. (The user reported this call featured current Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen asking for support for the Democratic candidate.)
• An election in Georgia.
• A survey in Pennsylvania.
• A mayoral race in Gadsden, Ala.
• A Massachussetts senate race.
• A town meeting for Democrats in Iowa.
• Secretary of state in Georgia.
• A justice of the peace race in Fort Worth, Texas.
7:40 p.m. Was that 202 number used in the Maryland robocalls also used for robocalls in previous campaigns?
7:35 p.m. Here's the audio of the Maryland robocall telling voters they can stay home because Democrats won:
7:16 p.m. The Maryland robocalls came from 202-640-5113, a Twitterer reports.
7:00 p.m. It was a mostly uneventful day at the polls in Arlington, ARLnow reports.
6:45 p.m. Shenanigans confirmed? Martin O'Malley's campaign has posted audio of the robocall that claims to be from the Obama and O'Malley campaigns. The call says: "I'm calling to let everyone know that Governor O'Malley and President Obama have been successful. Our goals have been met. The polls were correct and we took it back. We're okay. Relax. Everything is fine. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight."
6:34 p.m. More traffic problems that could foil your evening voting plans, this time at Colesville Road and Dale Drive in Silver Spring.
6:28 p.m. Shenanigans? DCAbloob tweets: "got robocall supposedly from Obama/O'Malley saying 'congratulations, we took it back, only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight'"
6:05 p.m. Best lie of the 2010 campaign: The campaign for a Republican U.S. House candidate in North Carolina claimed that Morgan Freeman provided the voiceover for one of their TV ads. Shockingly, he didn't.
5:56 p.m. Kristin Nicole reports at Life in Mount Vernon Square that she experienced ballot strangeness at the MLK library in D.C.: "My ballot had already been marked for Rachelle Nigro and marked as No on the attorney general question." We assume Nicole is referring to the touch-screen ballot, though she didn't elaborate. Anyone else experience this issue?
5:48 p.m. Hmm ... Now Maryland officials are projecting "typical" turnout, according to the Post.
5:40 p.m. As with every election, we'll hear a lot about exit polls tonight. Check out ABC News's great explainer to better understand what exit polls are and how they work.
5:33 p.m. D.C. commuters who haven't voted should watch out for traffic delays around 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW because of an apartment fire. (Pardon the heartless-and-voting-related tone of that sentence. Of course our first concern is for the safety of the people in the apartment building.)
5:24 p.m. If you're trying to get to the polls via Route 301 South in P.G. County, you may want to reroute: Two accidents make heavy delays likely, Dr. Gridlock reports.
5:16 p.m. The campaign of Maryland gubernatorial candidate/incumbent Martin O'Malley sent supporters an email warning of unexpectedly light turnout in a few key counties and asking for help, TBD's Facts Machine reports.
4:36 p.m. Grab your galoshes and/or wellies if you're voting in D.C.'s Precinct 67: A water main burst near Bunker Hill Elementary School in Brookland, the Post reports. People are continuing to vote despite the power being turned off in part of the building.
4:32 p.m. The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg wishes a few more Republican votes were cast in D.C., "because Republicans in Congress would be slightly more likely to enfranchise the city if they didn't think that do so would mean the creation a reverse-Utah on the Potomac."
4:25 p.m. You might have heard about the dude in New York's gubernatorial race whose platform is "The rent is too damn high." Just in case you thought it was a joke: It's not.
4:17 p.m. Turns out it's illegal to give free tacos only to voters. So California Tortilla is giving free tacos to everyone. But don't be a jerk: Vote first, then get your free taco. Then bring us some cupcakes.
4:05 p.m. We feel duty-bound to pass along any story bearing this headline: "Election watch 2010 - and what it means for porn."
3:55 p.m. More details from the Post on the attempted use of an ink stamp to write in Adrian Fenty on a touch-screen voting machine.
3:45 p.m. Here are some election watch parties going on tonight, if you're into that sort of thing. We're trying to decide between the $1,000-a-head Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee shindig and the free Georgetown College Republicans party.
3:20 p.m. The Gazette asked Montgomery County voters about their choices, and got some honest answers: "Other than that, I was just picking names I like better." Also: "As far as I know, his Democratic affiliation matches with mine."
3:03 p.m. This is how they roll in Arlington (and by "roll" we mean "vote"): In a careful, informed manner. Even if you don't become informed until after you've started voting.
2:52 p.m. A Spanish-speaking voter gets no help from poll workers in Mt. Pleasant, Greater Greater Washington reports. If you see anything like this happening, be a good citizen and call the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.
2:44 p.m. Fun fact of the day: There is a school named Johnnycake Elementary in Baltimore County. (And many more Democrats than Republicans vote there.)
2:41 p.m. Come on, people: If you don't want to vote for democracy's sake, at least do it for the free tacos.
2:30 p.m. TBD and Foursquare itself are doing some cool stuff with Foursquare today. Here's a check-in on the check-ins: As of 2:30 p.m., 43 people have checked in to DC election venues on Foursquare; 13 have checked in to Virginia election venues; and 29 have checked in to Maryland election venues.
2:20 p.m. Those "I Voted" stickers make voters feel like we're the heroes of election day. But the real heroes are people like Jethro Smith and Adrienne Wojciechowski, who scrambled to get the polling station in D.C.'s Precinct 141 fully staffed after only two people showed up this morning. DCist has the story. (Sing one for the heroes: "And I'm proud to be an Americaaaan!!!")
2:08 p.m. Your humble live-blogger (Josh Korr, at the moment) can't help but fret about the D.C. midterm voting process's seeming lack of rigor. At the MLK library, one (very nice!) volunteer seemed alphabetically challenged and had trouble finding my name on the list; this also happened on primary day. Then I was handed an unofficial-looking slip of paper on which I printed my name and then handed to another volunteer. The whole thing felt uncomfortably loosey-goosey -- definitely less rigorous than when there's a presidential election.
1:56 p.m. More details on the scuffle at the Shaw voting precinct.
1:40 p.m. Some voters said they felt intimated by the campaigning firefighters in Montgomery County, WTOP reports. (The story doesn't quote any voters, though.)
1:30 p.m. Firefighters have been at the Silver Spring Library polling site all day in support of Montgomery County's ambulance fee referendum, Question A, TBD's Elahe Izadi reports. Some are on duty and in uniform, some off duty and not in uniform. Firefighter Eric Ramacciotti, pro Question A, said he hasn't seen anyone from the anti-Question A camp talking to voters outside of the precinct.
1:02 p.m. TBD's Rebecca A. Cooper checks in on how things are going in Arlington.
12:47 p.m. All is calm at D.C. Precinct 17 (17th and M NW), TBD's Elahe Izadi reports. A small line had formed around 12:30, likely with the lunch crowd. A Vincent Gray campaigner set up just down the street. No problems.
12:32 p.m. Getting rowdy out there: The president of the Convention Center Community Association and the elderly chairwoman of ANC 2C just got into a minor scuffle outside Precinct 18, TBD's Sommer Mathis reports. Police and EMS responded and took Commissioner Brooks to the hospital out an abundance of caution.
12:19 p.m. People either waiting in line or hanging out at the Payne Elementary School poll in D.C. are cold.
12:04 p.m. Who says government Twitter accounts don't have a sense of humor? Via the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics "...and we just confirmed that a voter used a write-in hand stamp. On a touch screen."
11:48 a.m. New Columbia Heights takes a complaint about apparent registration confusion at a precinct in the neighborhood.
11:43 a.m. All Life is Local reports on complaints that voters at Precinct 141 in D.C. have to pass through a metal detector and show a photo ID in order to vote.
11:28 a.m. Virginia politics blogger Ben Tribbett says the numbers in Fairfax County from this morning look good for Gerry Connolly.
11:05 a.m. Oh boy. From TBD intrepid photog Jay Westcott: "Overheard at Fairfax GOP HQ: 'We don't smile here, we're Republicans.'"
10:54 a.m. This is too good to pass up. Click. You won't regret it.
10:36 a.m. ExpressNightOut offers this piece of Election Day wisdom:
Whatever your politics,we can all agree:stand to the right on escalators, stay back when doors open,and move to the center of the car.
Yes, we can.
10:32 a.m. Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post gives his opinion about the spread on Adrian Fenty write-in votes:
The die-hard supporters of Mayor Adrian Fenty will not come close to voting their man back into office. But they can send a message to Vince Gray. Five percent — that's something. Ten percent — that's interesting. Anything more than 15 percent is embarrassing.
9:43 a.m. The precinct that ran out of stickers is now known: 18th Precinct, 1509 9th St. NW.
9:25 a.m. Another scandal! An unknown D.C. precinct has run out of "I Voted" stickers.
9:18 a.m. Illegal food giveaway alert! ARLnow reports on a developing taco scandal at California Tortilla:
The company, which has a store in Courthouse, is offering a free taco to anyone who shows up with an “I Voted” sticker. How long until the feds politely shut it down? Or, at least, force California Tortilla to give away tacos to everyone?
9:03 a.m. Stacy Viera, a TBD network blogger, has fighting words for Arlington incumbents: "To the @ArlingtonVA incumbents who did not respond to my constituent letters: Buh-bye. No votes from me, jokers."
8:51 a.m. Ryan Sholin is giving the election workers at Meadowland Elementary in Sterling a thumbs-up.
8:26 a.m. This Vince Gray supporter looks like he could be cold.
8:09 a.m. Try not to let this affect whether you vote. The New York Times' blog FiveThirtyEight has these final projections for Virginia/Maryland races: Martin O'Malley has a 95 percent chance of winning the Maryland governorship again. Barbara Mikulski has a 100 percent change of winning her Senate seat again (good odds, huh?). And Fairfax's Gerry Connolly has a 60 percent chance of winning his congressional seat again. Take that for what it's worth.
7:47 a.m. TwoDC reports that 17 people have voted at MLK Library in downtown D.C. so far. TwoDC seems to infer the slow turnout is due to a lack of free donuts. Hmmm.
7:33 a.m. TBD's intrepid photographer Jay Westcott reports via Twitter that Rep. Gerry Connolly's camp is saying it won the absentee vote. Photos to come for sure.
7:29 a.m. It's about to be rush hour, so this is a helpful time to link to Dr. Gridlock's post about Election Day traffic, which can be murder. He reminds you of poll opening and closing times, and the fact that there can be large crowds around polls that have implications for cars. Watch out.
7:00 a.m. Polls are now open in Virginia (they opened at 6 a.m. — those Virginians are early risers), D.C. and Maryland. We'll be live blogging here all day until the polls close. And maybe after depending on how it all goes down. Stay with us for where the long lines are and what people are saying at the polls.
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