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It's about 2 p.m. right now and even though I am working on laying out the newspaper for tomorrow, or at least laying it out as much as I can, all I can think of is one thing.

Who will win?

I cast my vote this morning in Churchill Township, Ogemaw County, a little bit before 8 a.m. and will be updating the status of several races in this blog throughout the evening. You can see not only local updates, but see my opinions and observations on those races, as well as statewide and national ones.

The polls close at 8 p.m. Make sure your vote is counted!!!

7 p.m.

Well the polls still haven't closed in Michigan, but we have some early results in the Presidential race.

In Kentucky McCain took home 8 electoral votes while Obama won in Vermont, earning 3 for himself.

Remember, 270 electoral votes are needed for a win.

I can't say either of these states' results was a surprise to me.

7:50 p.m.

It looks like another southern state broke for McCain, as he was declared the winner in South Carolina, picking up another 8 electoral votes. Again, not a big surprise here.

It's currently McCain 16, Obama 3.

I'm heading up to the clerk's office shortly, hopefully next time you hear from me, we have some county results.

8:07 p.m.

Still haven't hit up the county building, but just got a bunch of projected results on the Presidential race.

Here's what we got for McCain:

Tennessee, 11; Oklahoma, 7

And for Obama:

New Hampshire, 4; Pennsylvania, 21; New Jersey, 15; Massachusetts, 12; Maryland, 10; Illinois, 21; Maine, 4; Delaware, 3; Washington D.C., 3; and Connecticut, 7.

Right now it's being called 103 for Obama and 34 for McCain.

By the way, the polls officially closed in Michigan at 8 p.m.


Still no local results, but in the big race, McCain added 24 more electoral votes, 15 in Georgia; 9 in Alabama.

It's looking like Sen. Obama is positioning himself for a win in Florida, a state that has been under the microscope over the past couple elections.

9:02 p.m.

Heading back to the county building, but first will give updates on the Pres. race.

Obama: NY, 31; Mich., 17; Minn., 10; Wisc., 10; R.I., 4.

McCain: Kan., 6; N.D., 3; and Wyoming, 3.

As of right now, it's 175 Obama to 70 for McCain. Remember, these are projections.


Some preliminary Standish results are in. You can find them on the main page link.

Obama takes NM and Ohio, putting him at about 270. With Cali holding 55 votes, and Obama pretty much guaranteed a win in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, it looks like it's about over.

McCain did pick up Arkansas and Louisiana, though.

9:39 p.m.

This is John Fischer now, and it's just been reported that Carl Levin is the projected winner in the Michigan Senate Race leading, currently, 57% to 40% over Jack Hoogendyk. Also here is a list of current races going on in Michigan: Prop. 1 (Medical Marijuana)- 60% yes, 40% no Prop. 2 (Stem Cell Research)- 51% yes, 49% no

9:48 p.m.

Obama has just went ahead in the Presidential Race 200 - McCain's 90.
List of States reporting Obama wins: Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Minnesota.
States reporting McCain wins: Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma,Wyoming, North Dakota, Alabama, Georgia, Tennesee, Kentucky, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas.
McCain has also just officially won Texas putting him at 124 overall.

10:06 p.m.

Presidential Race update...Obama has picked up Iowa and McCain has picked up Utah making the race Obama-207, McCain-129.
House of Representatives Race:
Dems-260, Republicans-175
State Senate-
Dems-54, Republicans-38

10:23 p.m.

McCain has picked up Mississippi, but where there's good news, there's bad news as well...Obama has tightened the races in Indiana (down 1%) and Virgina (Even). This doesn't bode well for McCain, but let's not get hasty, still a lot of game left to play. We'll take a short break and be back around 10:50 p.m. See you then.


The 44th President of the United State of America is Barack Obama as he has surpassed the 270 mark needed to win.

11:11 p.m.
Unneccesary, but Obama has now taken a 297 - 146 lead, and McCain has called President Obama to congratulate him on his win.

State Election updates:

Proposal 1 (Medicinal Marijuan):
Yes-63%, No-37% with 76% precincts reporting

Proposal 2 (Stem Cell Research):
Yes-52%, No-48% with 76% precincts reporting

Tom Casperson has also conceded his race against incumbent Bart Stupak.


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