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AP Calling Kaine

By on 11.8.05 | 9:04PM

And though we're not in that business, it's hard to second guess that call: Kaine's up 52-46 with 91% reporting. That's 96,000 votes to recover. The local CBS affiliate just reported that Kilgore campaign officials are nowhere to be seen at the victory party location.

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Closer

By on 11.8.05 | 7:45PM

Kaine by 51 to 47 percent with 56% reporting.

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Fauquier Indicator

By on 11.8.05 | 7:41PM

Growing exurb county west of D.C., Fauquier, is for Kilgore by 53-44 with over 80% of precincts reporting, and with 43% turnout. Hopefully Fauquier's representative.

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Bright Spot

By on 11.8.05 | 7:19PM

Kilgore's down 53-45 with 36% of precincts reporting, but Arlington County turnout is below 9%.

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Checking Results

By on 11.8.05 | 5:58PM

If you'd like to check election results at the source tonight, here are the poll closing times (all EST) and links:

Virginia: 7 p.m.

New Jersey: 8 p.m.

NYC: 9 p.m.

California: 11 p.m.

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VA: In the Air

By on 11.8.05 | 5:23PM

There are few indications on how the race for governor will break tonight. Right leaning bloggers claim low NoVA turnout, and left leaning bloggers predict high NoVA turnout. We'll stay with this race throughout the night.

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Not Forgotten

By on 11.8.05 | 3:00PM

One reason Sen. Jay Rockefeller's staff -- and the Democratic Intelligence Committee staff -- should be target-rich environments for Senate investigators in the Washington Post leak scandal is that they are well-known leakers of highly classified information to reporters.

Earlier this summer -- and there are others on this site who can better detail the story than we can -- it was reported that the Justice Department had launched a criminal investigation into whether Senators Rockefeller, Dick Durbin, and Ron Wyden or their staff had leaked details about a secret "black ops" CIA satellite program in 2004. Details about new spy satellite technology were revealed to the press, and it was determined by the CIA that the programs had been compromised. It is believed that that investigation remains ongoing.

Making the call to investigate your own institution isn't an easy one, particularly because the MSM will spin this as Republicans simply hitting back at Democrats. Senator Frist and Speaker Hastert deserve credit for making the tough call.

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