Election Day: 8:30 PM

The GOP Senate is now a reality.  And Sen. Lisa Murkowski will now chair the Energy Committee. How much of a majority will soon be mostly decided.  Until then, here is what political pundits are having to say about decided races and what the future may have in store:

In Colorado and North Dakota, voters have rejected their state’s ballot measures to categorize fetuses as “human” and “child” in their criminal codes.  Here is what Jennifer Dalven, Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project told the Huffington Post about  Colorado’s fetal personhood measure:

“For the third time, Colorado voters have said loud and clear: We don’t want extremists interfering in our personal and private decisions, and we won’t stand for attempts to ban abortion.  This isn’t surprising: Voters in Mississippi, South Dakota, Florida and other states defeated attempts to curb access to safe, legal abortion. Time and time again, Americans have shown that they support a woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.”

Confused about Louisiana’s “jungle primary system”?  You’re not the only one. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

“Since 1977 state elections in Louisiana have used a jungle primary system, which in Louisiana has become known as “open” primary, where all the candidates for an office run together in one election. If someone gets a majority, that individual wins outright; otherwise, the top two candidates, irrespective of partisan affiliation, meet in a runoff election. The jungle primary is used for state, parish, municipal, and Congressional races, but is not used for presidential elections.”

And here’s explanation via the Washington Post about why we will be hearing “Santa Baby” playing at all of the stores before we know who is going to represent this state in the Senate:

More than 63,800 TV ads have run in the Senate race in Louisiana, enough to fill three solid weeks of air time, at a cost of $24.1 million, according to the Center for Public Integrity. In a single September week, not one of the ads aired was positive. During Thursday night’s Saints victory over the Carolina Panthers, one ad funded by Americans Crossroads proclaimed Landrieu as: “Loyal to Obama, hurting Louisiana.” The counter ad from the Democrat’s camp: “If Cassidy wins, Louisiana loses,” referring to Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Gov. Sean Parnell also received an endorsement from an unexpected corner of Alaskan politics.  A little late but, whatever. Here’s what Joe Miller had to say about things:

The Governor’s race should not be a close call. The Parnell-Sullivan team is endorsed by the Conservative Patriots Group, Alaska Family Action, National Rifle Association, Family Research Council, National Right to Life, and Alaska Outdoor Council. Whether it’s fighting federal overreach by the Obama administration to defending Alaskans’ Second Amendment rights, Governor Parnell deserves our support. Conservatives have a clear choice.

Sen. Mitch McConnell has been declared victor for several hours now, but for those that want to know the secret to his continued winning streak, The Washington Post is here to help.  It is worth the read while waiting for polling numbers to come in.

The Huffington Post has an overview of the Best and Worst ads of the 2014 midterm elections.  Guess who has a well deserved video belonging to the best category?

Begich Alaska's Son

This ad, from Alaska’s Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, uses footage to remind voters that his father, who served in the House of Representatives, went missing in a plane crash in 1972. The pivot here is the message, offered by Begich’s wife, depicting Begich as carrying his late father’s spirit and bringing it to his constituents.

Now onto the future of things to be. Alaska Director of the Division of Elections, Gail Fenumiai let it be known that they will be counting over 10,500 absentee and 19,600 early voted ballots this evening.  Wow!

For the rest of the night, I’m hitting the parties and watching numbers roll in. So far, I can report that the pro-pot people know how to do munchies. They’re at Ginger. And the Unity Ticket is all unified at the PAC.

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