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Australian readers – the first polls to close will be my voting state, Indiana, which shut at 10:00am AEDT. Sorta. The state presently straddles two time zones, Eastern and Central, so eastern Indiana on EST closes at 6:00pm EST. Polls in ‘western,’ or more accurately, extreme northwest (near Chicago and so in the Central time zone) and far southwestern Indiana, close at 7:00pm EST (11:00am AEDT).
If Obama takes extremely conservative and often racist Indiana, it’ll be not only a miracle but a sign of a potential landslide. Indiana has not voted for a Democratic president since LBJ in 1964. McC leads Indiana on the last aggregate poll by 4.5%.
Time & Date.com has a Personal World Clock so you can watch the time zones roll by. SwingStateProject has a great time zone map which lists all times referenced to EST, to make it easy to convert to Aussie time.
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, famous for opening their polls just after midnight on 4 November, voted Obama in a landslide.
Live electoral map from Daily Kos.
HuffPo’s guide to watching the election
Pollster.com: Be wary of exit polls
WaPo, The Fix: Hour-by-hour breakdown of states to watch
WTHR channel 13, Indianapolis – results begin release at 7:00pm EST (11:00am AEDT), live stream available. Indiana weather is unusually warm (75F/24C), sunny and dry for early November, increasing the chance of a high voter turnout.
Indianapolis Star/News, a traditionally conservative newspaper in a one-newspaper town (despite about 3 million people in the greater Indianapolis area)
Obama makes surprise last-minute stop in Indianapolis, his last public appearance before heading home to Chicago to watch the tallies come in
Indiana results, county-by-county (disable adblock to view)
8:06pm EST: Obama wins Pennsylvania, all of New England, leads 55%/45% in Florida, 69%/30% in Ohio
10:50pm EST: Obama 207 electoral votes, McC 141
11:12pm EST: Obama 293, McC 142 – GAME OVER
President-elect Obama sounds soooooooooooo nice.
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