Called races: All KY statewide races (D), except Ag Commish (James Comer, R) | All MS statewide races (R), except AG (Jim Hood, D) | OH Issue 2 (good guys) | ME Question 1 (good guys) | MS Initiative 26 (good guys) | AZ-SD-18 (Sen. Russell Pearce, R, recalled) | IA-SD-18 (Liz Mathis, D) | MI-HD-51 (Rep. Paul Scott, R, recalled)
Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 9:15 PM PT (Steve Singiser): One set of races we haven't spent a lot of time on tonight is the battle for control of the Mississippi legislature. There are still a lot of precincts to count, and it looks like control of the House will be a coinflip. If current form holds, the GOP will narrowly take the state House, as they currently have leads in 62 districts, versus 60 for the Dems. In the state Senate, it's looking like the 27-25 GOP split pre-election is likely to hold.
Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 9:22 PM PT (Steve Singiser): Another state legislature that was decided tonight was in the Garden State. The status quo essentially prevailed, as the Democrats picked up a single seat in the state Assembly and held serve in the state Senate. The sole Democratic pickup came in the once-split 4th district, which went all Democratic after redistricting moved Republican Domenick DiCicco to the 3rd district, where he was defeated.
Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 9:26 PM PT (Steve Singiser): Meanwhile, out west, we only have absentees in San Francisco's mayoral election, but it looks like there is a clear leader. Interim Mayor Ed Lee leads with 40%, well ahead of John Avalos (11%) and Dennis Herrera (10%).
Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 9:49 PM PT (Steve Singiser): One other race still uncalled is the Spokane Mayoral race, where Mayor Mary Verner is trailing former GOP Hill staffer David Condon by a 52-48 margin. This one is far from final, though, with as many as 40,000 ballots left to count. We will, as you would expect, have a full wrap-up of tonight's results in the morning. Thanks for following along with what was, on balance, a pretty good night for the good guys.
Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:02 PM PT (Steve Singiser): This might be a bit deep in the weeds, but a pleasant surprise: in a special election in Missouri's HD-15 (St. Charles), the Republican (Chrissy Sommer) is clinging to a 38-vote lead over Democrat Paul Woody. This is a district the GOP easily carried (60-36) last time around.
Tue Nov 08, 2011 at 10:14 PM PT (Steve Singiser): Slight correction, courtesy of the comments: for the Spokane Mayoral race, that 40,000 outstanding vote figure was for the county, not just the city. But with a margin of less than 2000 votes at last check, even half of that could be relevant to the outcome. Also, Dems technically lost their seat in Missouri HD-83 tonight, but the winner was a Democrat who filed as an Independent after not getting the Democratic nod. One would assume she will caucus with the Democrats.