The polls close at 8 pm. A few minutes later, a new era of Republican dominance begins.
Update. Via 538, SwingStateProject has benchmarks for various towns in MA. Also, on 538, I think I see where this may be headed:
Rasmussen will have some sort of quasi- exit poll survey thing out at 8 PM. I’m happy that they’re doing this, since the regular exit polling firms didn’t get their shit together in time to survey this race, but I’d interpret the topline results with extreme caution for a number of reasons.
Yesterday, I was thinking of writing that Republicans should run their own exit polls so that they have “evidence” that ACORN steals elections. I realize it’s tenuous since the illegally-registered ACORN voters could be interviewed by exit pollers as well as anyone else could be, but they could argue that said voters were afraid to talk to interviewers out of fear of being caught. I’d be surprised if we don’t see some kind of argument along these lines at some point in some election from the likes of Michael Barone and Michelle Malkin. Pajamas Media exit polls would be a good way to facilitate this.
Update. Every time you hear the words “misread”, “electorate”, “mandate”, or “right-center”, take a swig. What other keywords should I be watching for?
Update. You can follow the results here. Though the famous bellwether town of Gosnold went for Brown, which means it’s over. Gosnold has gone for the winner in every statewide race since the days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. R. W. Apple and Jake Germond co-wrote an excellent book about this.