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Welcome to FITS’ 2012 election night live blog … instant news, insight and analysis from a day we’ve all been waiting for (or waiting to end).

For those of you new to this website, we’re hilarious and provocative … so expect to be offended.  We’re also hard core fiscal conservatives and social libertarians.  That’s why we endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron Paul in this year’s GOP primary race, and why we endorsed former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in this year’s general election.

As for our 2012 prediction, our crystal ball foresaw a narrow victory for “Republican” presidential nominee Mitt Romney … not that it really matters in our humble estimation, though, as both candidates are terrible on fiscal issues.

Were we right? (No). And what about the various races (such as they were) in our home State of South Carolina?

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12:02 p.m. – Off to write articles … and drink some coffee.  Sheesh.  What a night …

11:55 p.m. – A pair of RINO incumbents did fall in South Carolina … Democrat Beth Bernstein defeated S.C. Rep Joan Brady, while petition candidate Katrina Shealy appears to have knocked off incumbent S.C. Sen. Jakie Knotts.  Still, though … the status quo in the Palmetto State held this year in a big way.

11:49 p.m. – Big victories for incumbents in South Carolina Senate – Democrat Nikki Setzler held off a credible challenge, as did RINO Larry Martin. Democrat Glenn Reese also beat back a challenger, as did RINOs John Courson and Wes Hayes.  Those are terrible results for South Carolina taxpayers, unfortunately.

11:44 p.m. – U.S. popular vote now even at around 45 million votes apiece.

11:40 p.m. – Your battleground state update …

OHIO (Called for Barack Obama):  Obama 49.2 percent, Romney 49.1 percent (80 percent reporting).
VIRGINIA (Not called): Obama 49.6 percent, Romney 49 percent (94 percent reporting).
FLORIDA (Not called): Obama 49.9 percent, Romney 49.3 percent (96 percent reporting).

11:33 p.m. – Democrat Thomas McElveen has defeated Republican Tony Barwick in the race for S.C. Senate District 36 in Sumter County.

11:29 p.m. – S.C. Rep. Ted Vick (D-Chesterfield) has defeated GOP challenger Richie Yow in the race for S.C. House District 53 (46-42 percent).

11:27 p.m. – With 61 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Joe McCulloch is leading Republican Kirkman Finlay by a 52-48 percent margin in the race for S.C. House District 75.

11:26 p.m. – With 80 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Beth Bernstein is ahead of S.C. Rep. Joan Brady (RINO-Richland) by a 57-43 percent margin in the race for S.C. House District 78.

11:22 p.m. – Despite trailing in the popular vote by nearly 2 million ballots, U.S. President Barack Obama has won a second term, according to the TV networks.

11:20 p.m. – FOX News projecting U.S. President Barack Obama at 275 electoral votes – ball game.

11:18 p.m. – CNN has U.S. President Barack Obama at 274 electoral votes – ball game.

11:16 p.m. – Ohio was just called for U.S. President Barack Obama … the proverbial nail in the coffin for Mitt Romney.

11:12 p.m. – Iowa (another swing state) has been called for Barack Obama … further narrowing Mitt Romney’s window.  Obama has now won four key battleground states (Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin).  Electoral College count: Obama 250, Romney 203.

11:08 p.m. – Virginia has suddenly gotten close … Mitt Romney now leads by just one percent (49.8 to 48.8 percent) with 87 percent of precincts reporting.

11:06 p.m. – Mitt Romney wins North Carolina … turning a blue state red.  Looking increasingly like it won’t matter though.  Electoral count: Obama 244, Romney 203.

11:04 p.m. – Mitt Romney now MUST win Florida and Ohio … not looking likely.

11:02 p.m. – Badda bing, badda boom … polls close on the “Left Coast” and U.S. President Barack Obama gets California and Washington State called for him like THAT.  Surges ahead of Mitt Romney in the electoral vote count, 244-193.  Obama is now just 26 electoral votes away from winning a second term.

11:01 p.m. – S.C. Sen. Glenn Reese (D-Spartanburg) easily turned back a challenge from petition candidate Kerry Wood – 3 to 1 margin, people. Ouch.

11:00 p.m. – Again … not that it matters (because it doesn’t), but Mitt Romney is enjoying a 1.6 million advantage in the U.S. popular vote (50.5 percent to 48.1 percent).

10:59 p.m. – Florida … with 92 percent of precincts reporting, Barack Obama has 49.7 percent of the vote compared to 49.5 percent for Mitt Romney.

10:57 p.m. – Missouri goes for Mitt Romney … 189-176 Romney is the current Electoral College count.

10:54 p.m. – With 77 percent of precincts reporting, S.C. Sen. Wes Hayes (RINO-York) is crushing petition candidate Joe Thompson by a 74-26 percent margin.

Sic sez: Ouch … again.

10:52 p.m. – Ohio … with 65 percent of the vote in, Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney 50.3 to 48 percent. The gap keeps closing … can Romney take the lead though?

10:48 p.m. – Arizona goes for Mitt Romney … 174-173 Romney narrowly leading Electoral College count.

10:46 p.m. – With 100 percent of them reporting, my fingers are fucking tired of typing.

10:43 p.m. – Florida … with 91 percent of the vote in, Barack Obama is up on Mitt Romney by a slim margin: 49.7 percent to 49.4 percent.

10:41 p.m. – Early totals show Democrat Joe McCulloch leading Republican Kirkman Finlay in S.C. House District 75 race.  Meanwhile S.C. Rep. Joan Brady (RINO-Richland) also has an early lead.  These numbers will be late coming in thanks to major delays at Richland County polling locations.

10:38 p.m. – S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell cruising to reelection over petition candidate John Steinberger in Charleston, S.C. race.  Up 74-16 percent with a little over half of the vote in … another third party candidate is drawing ten percent of the vote.

10:36 p.m. – (via Facebook) Former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel says: “It’s over. Romney’s toast. The Dems added more liberals to the Senate. Apparently, the Country wants more govt more taxes and fewer private sector jobs. Look out Greece, here we come!!”

10:34 p.m. – Minnesota’s ten electoral votes have just been called for Barack Obama … he’s now up 173-163.

10:33 p.m. – With 73 percent of the vote in, Mitt Romney is still up by 3 percent over Barack Obama in Virginia.

10:32 p.m. – With 89 percent of the vote in, Mitt Romney is still up by 3 percent over Barack Obama in North Carolina.

10:31 p.m. – With 74 percent of the vote in, S.C. Sen. Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington) leads his GOP opponent DeeDee Vaughters by a 60-40 percent margin.

10:28 p.m. – Barack Obama wins New Mexico … race tied at 163 electoral votes apiece.

10:25 p.m. – She’s slightly to the left of Chairman Mao, but S.C. Rep.-elect Mandy Powers Norrell will dramatically improve the aesthetic of the S.C. House of Representatives.  Who’d she beat?  This guy …

10:24 p.m. – Salient text message of the night: “Republicans: your tent just ain’t big enough, fools.”

10:22 p.m. – Only in South Carolina … a “Republican” sheriff (this guy) who had an affair with a subordinate and drove her in a taxpayer-provided vehicle to have an abortion has been reelected.  Long live family values, y’all.

10:21 p.m. – With 88 percent of precincts reporting, petition candidate Katrina Shealy is holding onto her 51-44 percent lead over incumbent S.C. Sen. Jakie Knotts (RINO-SC).

10:19 p.m. – Ohio … with 49 percent of the vote in, Barack Obama still leads 50.7 percent to 47.6 percent.  Can Mitt Romney catch him?

10:16 p.m. – With 87 percent of the vote reporting, Florida is still going down to the wire with Barack Obama enjoying a slim lead over Mitt Romney – 49.8 to 49.3 percent.

10:14 p.m. – With 57 percent of the vote reporting, “Republican” Tom Rice is leading Democrat Gloria Bromell Tinubu by a 54-46 percent margin in the race for the newly created S.C. seventh congressional district.

10:12 p.m. – New Hampshire – another swing state – has gone decisively for U.S. President Barack Obama. Montana and Utah are being called for Romney, though.  Current count? 163-158 Romney.

10:10 p.m. – Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock – two Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate who made controversial comments about rape – both lost races that they should have won tonight in Missouri and Indiana, respectively.

10:07 p.m. – We haven’t written much about this tonight because it doesn’t matter, but Mitt Romney is currently up by nearly a million votes on Barack Obama in the nation’s popular vote – 22.4 million to 21.5 million.

10:05 p.m. – With 64 percent of the vote in, Democrat Nikki Setzler is leading Republican DeeDee Vaughters by a 61-39 percent margin in the race for S.C. Senate District 26.

10:03 p.m. – We’re up to 9,335 Pickens County voters who pulled the “straight ticket” for Republican candidates …

10:01 p.m. – With 23 percent of precincts reporting, Paul Thurmond – son of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond – is up 56-44 percent over his Democratic opponent Paul Tinkler.

Sic sez: Just typing that Democrat’s last name makes me need to go potty.

9:57 p.m. – Some good news tonight … Colorado is voting heavily in favor of the full legalization of marijuana.

Sic sez: “Spreadin’ much love with tha bud …”

9:55 p.m. – With 70 percent of the vote in, petition candidate Katrina Shealy leads incumbent S.C. Sen. Jakie Knotts (RINO-Lexington) by a 51-44 percent margin.

9:54 p.m. –  With 53 percent of the vote in, Democrat Nikki Setzler is still up over Republican DeeDee Vaughters in the race for S.C. Senate District 26 … 62-38 percent.

9:52 p.m. – Florida … with 85 percent reporting, Barack Obama 49.7 percent, Mitt Romney 49.5 percent.

9:51 p.m. – Ohio … getting closer. With 30 percent reporting, Barack Obama 51.9 percent, Mitt Romney 46.6 percent.

9:49 p.m. – Former Mark Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer and S.C. Democratic Party executive director Amanda Loveday follow returns …

9:45 p.m. – With 60 percent of the vote in, Democrat Thomas McElveen leads Republican Tony Barwick by 55-45 percent in the race for S.C. Senate District 35.

9:43 p.m. – With 42 percent of the vote in, Katrina Shealy leads incumbent S.C. Sen. Jakie Knotts by a 52-43 percent margin in S.C. Senate District 23.

9:42 p.m. – Ohio … with 21 percent of the vote in, Barack Obama is still up by eight percent.

9:38 p.m. – With 11 percent of the vote in, S.C. Senate President John Courson leads his Democratic opponent Robert Rikard by a 59-38 percent margin in the race for S.C. Senate District 20.

9:37 p.m. – At this point, it sure looks like four more years of Barack Obama …

9:36 p.m. – According to Adam Beam of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, more than 2,600 Pickens County voters pulled the “straight ticket” for Republican candidates.

9:32 p.m. – BREAKING. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has just been elected the second president of the Confederate States of America.

9:30 p.m. – (via Twitter) @SYPblogger asks “does every female that is on FoxNews have blonde hair? Is that a requirement?”

Sic sez: We don’t watch Fox … or CNN, or MSNBC … or any talking head network. 

9:29 p.m. – Barack Obama has won the swing state of Wisconsin and its ten electoral votes.  Current count? 154 electoral votes apiece.

9:27 p.m. – With 73 percent of the vote in, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are separated by less than 20,000 votes in Florida.

9:22 p.m. – Ohio … with eleven percent of the vote in, Barack Obama is up by more than 9 percent.  Ruh-roh, Mitt Romney.

9:17 p.m. – FOX News has called Pennsylvania for Barack Obama. Major swing state victory. Romney gets Nebraska.  Current count? Romney 154-144.

9:15 p.m. – Some dumb bitch on FOX News just said that voting for a third party candidate “divides the country in a way that shouldn’t happen,” adding that such a vote moves America “towards a parliamentary system – which is not democracy.”

Sic sez: Scroll down to the beginning of this live feed where MSNBC’s Chris Matthews says basically the same thing. Does anybody REALLY believe “bipartisanshit” is working for them?

9:11 p.m. – With 28 percent of the vote in, Democrat Nikki Setzler is still up over Republican DeeDee Vaughters in the race for S.C. Senate District 26 … 66-34 percent.

9:08 p.m. – With 35 percent of the vote in, Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by one percent in North Carolina …50.1 percent to 49.1 percent.

9:06 p.m. – With 57 percent of the vote in, Democrat Thomas McElveen leads Republican Tony Barwick by 56-44 percent in the race for S.C. Senate District 35.

9:03 p.m. – With 50 percent of the vote in, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are tied at 49.6 percent.

9:02 p.m. – States falling like dominoes now … New York and Michigan (a swing state) go to Barack Obama, while Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming are all called for Mitt Romney.  141-124 Romney.

9:00 p.m. – With 26 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Nikki Setzler is up big on Republican DeeDee Vaughters … 70-30 percent.

8:59 p.m. – #StayInLine is trending … both candidates blasting it out as long lines are forcing poll workers to stay open late.

8:58 p.m. – With 40 percent of the vote in, Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney in Florida 50.4 percent to 48.8 percent.

8:55 p.m. – With 21 percent of the vote in, Democrat Thomas McElveen leads Republican Tony Barwick in the race for S.C. Senate District 35 by a 58-42 percent margin.

8:53 p.m. – With 15 percent of the vote in, petition candidate Katrina Shealy leads incumbent Sen. Jakie Knotts (RINO-Lexington) by 52-43 percent.

8:52 p.m. – (via Twitter) @CoreyHutchins says “If Pickens County is any indication, all that sound and fury about petition candidates might be meh. Challenger was aggressively funded.”

8:51 p.m. – With 94 percent of the vote in, S.C. Sen. Larry Martin (RINO-S.C.) has defeated petition candidate Rex Rice by a whopping 65-35 percent.

Sic Sez: Ouch.

8:50 p.m. – Alabama’s nine electoral votes have been called for Mitt Romney. 82-79 Romney.

8:48 p.m. – There have been 11 million “Tweets” about the 2012 election today … a new daily record for a political event.

8:45 p.m. – Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post says that exit polling from Ohio looks good for Barack Obama (via WaPo).

8:41 p.m. – Still waiting on updates from South Carolina races … although at this point it certainly looks as though S.C. Sen. Larry Martin (RINO-Pickens) has won reelection.  That’s terrible news for Palmetto State taxpayers (but a win for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, who endorsed the 30-year incumbent and former Democrat).

8:38 p.m. – Arkansas has been called for Mitt Romney. New Jersey and Maine called for Barack Obama. 79-73 Obama.

8:37 p.m. – Now Florida is drifting away from Mitt Romney … with 34 percent of the vote in, Barack Obama is up by three percent 51-48 …

8:34 p.m. – With 64 percent of the vote in, S.C. Sen. Larry Martin (RINO-Pickens) is still crushing petition candidate Rex Rice by a 66-34 percent margin.

8:30 p.m. – Exit polls show 74 percent of Asian-Americans voting for Barack Obama … huh?

8:27 p.m. – Tennessee and its 11 electoral votes have been called for Mitt Romney. 67-65 Romney.

8:25 p.m. – With 31 percent of the vote in, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are separated by two-tenths of a percentage point in Florida … here we go again!

8:23 p.m. – With 26 percent of the vote in, S.C. Sen. Larry Martin (RINO-Pickens) is still up big over petition candidate Rex Rice – 65-35 percent.

8:21 p.m. – With 10 percent of the vote in, Mitt Romney is ahead in North Carolina by less than one percentage point … 50 percent to 49.2 percent.

8:20 p.m. – It’s early, but Romney is now winning Florida, North Carolina and Virginia … three states he has to have.

8:19 p.m. – With 3 percent of the vote in, petition candidate Katrina Shealy is ahead of incumbent Jakie Knotts (RINO-Lexington) by an 18 vote margin in S.C. Senate District 23.

8:18 p.m. – With 23 percent of the vote in, Mitt Romney is now ahead of Barack Obama in Florida … 51-48 percent.

8:13 p.m. – FINALLY some South Carolina results … with 6 percent of the vote in, S.C. Sen. Larry Martin (RINO-Pickens) is up big on petition candidate Rex Rice (68-32 percent).

8:12 p.m. – All eyes are on Ohio … no, Florida … no, Virginia … no North Carolina.

8:11 p.m. – (via Twitter) @LydiaRHendrix says: “I’m excited to see how many write-ins there were for the Joe Wilson race. I suppose we know at least one?”

Sic sez: Yup … I did it.  I wrote in this guy … “the original angry bird.”

8:09 p.m. – Oklahoma and its seven electoral votes have been called for Mitt Romney. 61-56 Obama.

Sic sez:  This is like a PAC-12 football score.

8:08 p.m. – In Florida Obama has a narrow lead but we’re told “that’s the Interstate 4 corridor and Miami.”

Sic sez: Hmmm … Obama could be in trouble in the Sunshine State.

8:05 p.m. – BOOM goes the dynamite.  Barack Obama declared the winner in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington D.C.  61-49 Obama.

8:00 p.m. – (via FB) Anna Wyss says “Loving the live news feed as I wait in line to vote. 2 hours in with I’m guessing at least an hour to go. God Bless America.”

Sic sez: “And Boiler Up!”

7:59 p.m. – 800,000 early ballots have been counted in Ohio … Barack Obama is winning 61 percent of them, Mitt Romney is getting 38 percent.  That’s about what was expected.

7:55 p.m. – Georgia and its 16 electoral votes have just been called for Mitt Romney.  49-3 Romney.

7:54 p.m. – S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley still standing by fiscal liberal/ crony capitalist Tom Rice in the South Carolina seventh congressional district …

“Voters on the Grand Strand and in the Pee Dee can make history on Tuesday by sending Tom Rice to Congress from the 7th District. An accountant and tax attorney, Tom Rice will focus on economic development and job creation for this growing and important new district and our state.”

Sic sez … sheesh.

7:52 p.m. – A recap of our endorsements in South Carolina races …

DeeDee Vaughters For S.C. Senate
Katrina Shealy For S.C. Senate
Joe Thompson For S.C. Senate
Sink The Speaker
HELL No To The Penny Tax
Kirkman Finlay For S.C. House
Beth Bernstein For S.C. House
Richie Yow for S.C. House

7:50 p.m. – No early returns yet for South Carolina … several contested State Senate and S.C. House races at stake.  Lots of people predicting upsets …

7:45 p.m. – Early results from North Carolina and Virginia show a tight race … those are “must win” states for Mitt Romney.

7:44 p.m.  (via Facebook) Pete Strom says “I have been made privy to national exit polling from a Republican. If they are accurate, Obama is going to win the electoral college decisively…but exit polling has been wrong before.”

Sic sez … President Kerry, anyone?

 

7:42 p.m. – Ha! Huffington Post called South Carolina for Barack Obama … ummmmm …

7:40 p.m. – Indiana and its 11 electoral votes have been called for Mitt Romney. 33-3 Romney.

7:35 p.m. – South Carolina has been called for Mitt Romney. 22-3 Romney. “Should be a surprise to absolutely nobody,” ABC analyst notes.

7:32 p.m. – West Virginia has been called for Mitt Romney. 13-3 Romney.

7:30 p.m. – Did we really need anybody to “call” Kentucky and Vermont?  Seriously …

7:28 p.m. – Kentucky and its eight electoral votes go to Mitt Romney. 8-3 Romney.

7:27 p.m. – Vermont and its three electoral votes go to Barack Obama. 3-0.

7:23 p.m. – Text from @MrsSic: “I (would) much rather be doing what we did last night than this!”

Sic sez: “Oooooooh …”

7:20 p.m. (via Facebook) Les Gardner says: “Now that the votes are cast let us hope that those elected, today, or 2, 4 or 6 years ago will decide to govern instead of playing games of political gotcha calculated only to garner money and votes for the next re-election campaign. Tomorrow would not be too soon to start governing.”

Sic sez: Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

7:17 p.m. – Good for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul … he stayed out of the 2012 general election and didn’t endorse Mitt Romney because he saw “little difference” between Romney and Barack Obama (via CNN).

Sic sez: He’s right!

7:14 p.m. (via Twitter) @billyoungsc says “Do yourself a favor & check out Martha MacCallum on foxnews sometime tonight. #smokin

Sic sez: I’ve had historically bad luck w/ the Farrah Fawcett look …

7:12 p.m. – From the “making lemonade” file …

“I waited in line for FIVE AND A HALF HOURS at Dutch Fork Middle School, where there were four voting stations. Only three of these four were functional. As I stood in line outside, where the wind was blowing a cool 48 degrees of windchill down my bronchitis-laden throat, and I knew my vote mattered little in a state that is historically Red, I contemplated getting out of line. But, my neighbors were so high-spirited and cheerful, ordering pizza and sharing with everyone, passing around water bottles and coffee, that I realized that at least in this sense, I get a good glimpse of what it should mean to be American.”

Sic sez: So it was a “great day in South Carolina?”

7:10 p.m. – S.C. Election Commission (SCEC) confirming that it expects “record turnout” in South Carolina today – which is in line with record-breaking early voting totals.

7:07 p.m. – Voter in Charleston, S.C. wants to know “where’s Nimrata tonight?!?!?!”

Sic sez: Prolly the same place she was after the “First in the South” results came in …  

7:05 p.m. – MSNBC host Chris Matthews says people who voted for third party candidates “don’t know how the system works.”

Sic sez: Nah man … we know EXACTLY how the system works. 

7:03 p.m. – South Carolina is poised to see record turnout today … with more than 2 million people casting their ballots.

7:01 p.m. – CNN exit polling in Virginia shows Democrats 39 percent, Republicans 33 percent … really?

7:00 p.m. – Polls are closed on the East Coast.  Let the mayhem begin!

6:55 p.m. – (via Twitter) @Rena1054 says “See Bill Clinton last night at rally? ‘Would you want to vote for someone who didn’t tell the truth time after time?’ YOU Bill?”

Sic sez: Yeah but lying about blow jobs is different than lying about … well, everything.

6:53 p.m. – As polls close on the East Coast, the national debt stands at $16.2 trillion … or $141,621 per taxpayer.

6:50 p.m. – In case you missed it, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.) is already making excuses for a Mitt Romney loss, saying the “Republican” ran too far to the right …

6:47 p.m. – Awesomest text message ever: “Is it wrong that this election coverage is making me horny? Everyone is talking about how ‘tight’ it is.”

Sic sez: If that’s wrong … I don’t wanna be right.

6:46 p.m. – In case you missed it, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley got popped today for the widespread voting machine issues …

6:45 p.m. – About those South Carolina voting machines that kept failing today … (via Raw Story).

6:44 p.m. – If exit polls were accurate, John Kerry would have beaten George W. Bush in 2004.

6:42 p.m. – On the day of the election, the Real Clear Politics electoral map showed Obama with 201 electoral college votes, Mitt Romney with 191 votes and 146 votes up for grabs …

6:41 p.m. – Nancy Mace … where you at?  “Tweet that …”

6:40 p.m. – (via FB) Doug Ross says “entering the cone of silence for the next five hours… not going to look at anything related to the election until midnight.”

Sic sez: Lucky bastard.

6:39 p.m. – Mitt Romney said  he is so sure he is going to win that he’s only written one speech – a victory address.

6:35 p.m. – Predictions from a prominent South Carolina Republican politico …

President (popular vote) – Romney 49% Obama 48%
Electoral College – Romney 277, Obama 261 (Romney wins Ohio, Iowa, NH, FL, NC, VA + 1 in Maine)
7th Congressional District – Rice 55%, Tinubu 45%
U.S. Senate – Dems keep control at 51-47, Mourdock and Brown lose
U.S. House – Dems pick up three seats, GOP keeps control at 239-196

Senate
Jakie vs. Katrina – Katrina wins with 55% of the vote
McAbee vs. Nicholson – Nicholson wins
Thurmond vs. Tinkler – Thurmond wins
Barwick vs. McElveen – Barwick wins
Courson vs. Rikard – Courson win
Deedee vs. Setzler – Setzler wins

House
Brady vs. Bernstein – Bernstein wins
Finlay vs. McCulloch – Finlay wins
Gagnon vs. Garrett – Gagnon wins
Yow vs. Vick – Yow wins in an upset

6:33 p.m. – Expectations game …

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6:30 p.m. – The talented and lovely Megan Jones (former intern in S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s office) showing some love for New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson down in her home state of Florida …

Sic sez: Mmmmm … live free, indeed!

6:25 p.m. – By the way, a special shout out “fuck you” to Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post.  This website has done nothing but link to this guy for months now and he decides to yank us from his list of top political tweeters?

Dick move, man … dick move.

6:22 p.m. – Columbia, S.C. mayor Steve Benjamin was handing out water bottles to voters waiting in the long lines in Columbia, S.C. today – urging them to support the Richland County sales tax hike.  That’s highly illegal.

Here’s a bottle from a voter who received Benjamin’s pro-sales tax pitch …

Sic sez: How many times are we going to let this thug of a mayor break the law before he is held accountable? 

6:20 p.m. – Our prediction for president?  Romney in a squeaker … 

6:17 p.m. – Our pick for president?  Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson … read why here.

6:15 p.m. – We’re also getting multiple reports that supporters of a sales tax hike for Richland County, S.C. broke all sorts of election laws today …

6:14 p.m. – If you’re just joining us, voting in South Carolina was a MESS today … especially in Richland County.  For a recap of some of the problems, click here.

6:10 p.m. – That didn’t take long … our live blog is less than five minutes old and we’ ve already got exit polling!

“Just got this from a lobbyist close to O camp…

VA          tie
NC          R plus 1
OH          O plus 4
FL            R plus 1
NH          O plus 3
PA          O plus 4
CO          tie
WI          O plus 4
IA            O plus 3
NV          O plus 5″

Sic sez: If Obama is spinning these … could it be good tidings for Mitt Romney?

6:08 p.m. – Looking for a place to follow tonight’s returns/ results?  Here’s a comprehensive list courtesy of our friends at Gigaom …

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