How did election day play out in the media and one particular swing state? One citizen’s personal diary:
1:28 pm: WBZ Radio Boston – Secretary of State Bill Galvin predicts record turnouts in Massachusetts, possibly topping 3 million voters
1:53 pm: I stop to vote at the high school in Londonderry, NH. As I walk into the gym, I pass candidates and supporters caged behind two temporary 8-foot-high chain link fence enclosures. The town moderator had caused a stir a few weeks back when she said electioneers would have to stand on the corner at the main entrance to the high school – a good 300 yards from the gym entrance – where they wouldn’t pose “safety risks.” A compromise was reached to provide two small holding pens – Republicans on the right, Democrats on the left. The people caged inside with their signs looked grim.
2:46 pm: My 17-year-old daughter takes a call from an unidentified man asking if my wife has voted yet and offering to give her a ride to the polls. Hmmm.
2:47 pm: Lead headline on CNN.com: “‘Excited’ voters find long lines” <not in Londonderry – I was in and out in five minutes.>
3:28 pm: Lead headline on TheOnion.com: “Voting Machines Elect One of Their Own as President”
5:48 pm: website FiveThirtyEight.com (run by a stat geek named Nate Silver) is projecting that Obama will win with 348.6 (??) electoral votes and 52.3% of the popular vote (which would make Obama the first president-elect to win more than 51% of the popular vote since 1988).
6 pm: Talk to my older brother Patrick in Maine, who says he will be watching the results on TV with his laptop to get up-to-the-minute results and projections. The excitement in his voice is palpable – he’s a big Obama supporter.
6:38 pm: Lead headline on HuffingtonPost.com: “EXIT POLLS 2008 … READ WITH CAUTION”
6:40 pm: First results coming in from Indiana and Kentucky … web browser slowing to a crawl … Keith Olbermann has an erection …
6:50 pm: Lead headline on FoxNews.com: “Hard Fought to the End” (overlaid on a photo of John and Cindy McCain at their last rally in Colorado)
8:10 pm: The livebloggers are starting to weigh in. ZZZZZ.
8:11 pm: A boys choir is singing at the McCain HQ in Phoenix. ZZZZZ.
8:30 pm: CNN and others call New Hampshire for Obama. 70% of postgraduate-educated voters went with Obama. 60% of Independents voted for Obama – a big disappointment for McCain. Dems are sweeping NH – governor, Senate, House.
9:04 pm: I filled out the CNN Electoral Map Calculator and have Obama winning 360 electoral votes.
9:15 pm: Notable videos:
- Palin won’t say who she voted for
- Black Panthers block access to polling station in Philly
- CNN holograph reporter – WTF? Help me Obi Wan!
9:36 pm: As Ohio is projected for Obama, CBS’ Bob Schieffer says it’s “virtually impossible” for McCain to win.
9:49 pm: Just spaced on a Katie Couric interview while I surfed the web. She makes me sleepy
9:50 pm: Hope they declare a winner soon – it’s almost my bedtime. I will DVR the acceptance/concession speeches.
11:00 pm – Obama projected as President-Elect. Wow.