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2014 Election Night Live Blog

RAPID REACTIONS FROM ANOTHER “DAY OF DECISION” By FITSNEWS || At long last – it’s over. The seemingly interminable assault on your mailbox, your television, your email address … your sensibility and sanity … has concluded. Well … at least until the 2016 “First in the South” presidential primaries crank…

RAPID REACTIONS FROM ANOTHER “DAY OF DECISION”

By FITSNEWS || At long last – it’s over. The seemingly interminable assault on your mailbox, your television, your email address … your sensibility and sanity … has concluded. Well … at least until the 2016 “First in the South” presidential primaries crank up. Which is going to be (checking our watches) …. yeah, any minute now.

So … expect the political bombardment to begin again at any moment.

Yet before the 2016 circus starts pitching its tents, the 2014 cycle is passing from current event to historical event.  Right now.  Before our eyes.  It’s no longer something to be speculated upon or participated in … it’s something to be dissected, starting first with “who won” (and where), and then moving on to the more important questions: Why?  And what does it all mean?

We’ve already laid out some thoughts on those questions … but now that you’re here you can settle in for an entire evening of rapid-fire news, insight and analysis from election night 2014.  And in case you’re new to this site and curious as to our political/ ideological leanings, we’re hard core pro-free market, pro-liberty … and no friend to either the Democratic or “Republican” parties.

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11:36 p.m. – All seven U.S. Representatives from South Carolina – Jim Clyburn, Jeff Duncan, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, Tom Rice, Mark Sanford and Joe Wilson – handily won reelection this evening.

11:32 p.m. – “Republicans” win control of the U.S. Senate.

10:53 p.m. – Counting ballots at Richland County Election Commission … FITS has received reports of “damaged absentee ballots” in race between S.C. Rep. Kirkman Finlay and Democratic challenger Joe McCulloch.

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9:40 p.m. – With 50 percent of ballots counted, Nikki Haley‘s landslide victory over Democrat Vincent Sheheen is holding. Haley is up 60-38 percent. Just … wow.  Everybody knew she was going to win, but that’s just a thrashing.

9:39 p.m. – In the hotly contested race for S.C. House District 75, incumbent Rep. Kirkman Finlay leads Democratic challenger Joe McCulloch by 630 votes … with absentee ballots yet to be counted.

9:06 p.m. – Nikki Haley beat Vincent Sheheen in 2010 by less than five percent of the vote. With thirty percent of the 2014 vote in, she’s leading Sheheen by a 60-38 percent margin.

8:57 p.m. – Kathryn Dennis – girlfriend of independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel – just posted this to her Instagram page:

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8:56 p.m. – Independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel is currently receiving 4 percent of the vote – with 20 percent of precincts reporting.

8:36 p.m. – Again, we apologize … the cyberattack just keeps coming.

8:19 p.m. – Via Politico … exit polling shows 58 percent of midterm voters “dissatisfied or angry at the White House.”

8:18 p.m. – The U.S. Senate count is currently 40-34 “Republican.” The GOP is eleven seats away from taking control of this chamber for the first time since 2006. Again … for whatever that’s worth.

8:17 p.m. – Cyberattacks just keep coming … brutal.

8:04 p.m. – Re: Election night cyberattack against FITS …

Ha! Yeah figured that post was a bad idea … 7:44 p.m. – Neat story on Facebook’s “I Voted” experiment … (CSM)

7:43 p.m. – They’re getting ready to party down at Nikki Haley’s election headquarters (Sheraton conference room, downtown Columbia, S.C.) … haley HQ 7:42 p.m. – Interesting story out of Delaware. “Shaming” people into voting … 7:40 p.m. – Mitch McConnell – widely believed to be the next Senate Majority Leader – has won his reelection in Kentucky. For whatever that’s worth … 7:37 p.m. – “Republicans” are currently +1 in the race for control of the U.S. Senate … with the current score 34-34. Fifty-one out of the chamber’s 100 seats are needed for control … although check our math because we did go to South Carolina public schools for ten years. 7:36 p.m. – Question of the night. What is a DDOS attack (a.k.a. the type of cyberattack that hit FITS this evening around 6:00 p.m.). Answer via Wikipedia …

In computing, a denial-of-service (DoS) or distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, the motives for, and targets of a DoS attack vary, it generally consists of efforts to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.

Yeah … 7:33 p.m. – The Associated Press called the reelection of U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham the moment the polls closed as well. This website endorsed Scott. We did not endorse Graham. 7:31 p.m. – RE: Tonight’s cyber attack against FITS …

Ha! Another notch in the belt, maybe …

7:30 p.m. – The Republican Governors’ Association (RGA) is wasting little time in taking credit for Nikki Haley’s reelection victory …

The Republican Governors Association was a key investor in Governor Haley’s re-election victory, spending $2 million on paid media in the spring. The RGA ran five television ads in South Carolina detailing Democrat Vincent Sheheen’s support for Obamacare and his record as a trial lawyer who got reduced jail time for dangerous criminals.

7:29 p.m. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has just issued a statement on Gov. Nikki Haley’s reelection …

“Governor Nikki Haley has done an extraordinary job for South Carolina; her leadership is making the difference. With Haley at the helm for four more years, South Carolina is sure to experience continued growth and success. No one fights harder for South Carolina than Governor Haley, and because of her, it’s going to be another great four years. The Republican Governors Association is proud to congratulate Governor Haley on her re-election.”

Ummmm … really?

7:28 p.m. – Rrrrawr …

7:23 p.m. – The Associated Press called the governor’s mansion for Nikki Haley one minute after the polls closed. Impressive? Not really. We called the race two weeks ago. 7:20 p.m. – (Will Folks) Did I mention how stoked we are to have Taylor Brown writing for us? From her biographic post coming tomorrow …

When signing on to write for the infamous FITSNews, I was told “it would be nice to have a ‘Republican,’” so, now, here I am, the token Conservative Republican, who uses commas like a foreigner. I like to think I was asked to write for my intellectual brilliance and political insight; however, it was probably my Twitter picture (@TaylahhKane) and my snarky Ebola tweets that did it (I’m still ready to use #EbolaInCola).

Glad to have you on board, Taylor …

7:18 p.m. – Here are renowned political scientist Larry Sabato’s projections …

7:14 p.m. – SO … before that malicious cyberattack hit I was about to update everybody on the final pre-election predictions. The Washington Post’s Election lab says there is a 97 percent chance “Republicans” will reclaim the U.S. Senate this evening. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, it’s 76.2 percent.

7:13 p.m. – (Will Folks) My conversation with our tech leader about tonights DDOS attack (yes that’s me in the pink feather boa) … Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 7.04.19 PM

7:00 p.m. – Wow … so … at the moment our live blog was kicking off, FITS was hit with a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack that took our website down for an hour. The attack was “deliberately malicious” according to our tech advisors. Not to mention well-timed. And effective.

6:00 p.m. – One hour till the polls close in South Carolina. Still wanna vote? Here’s how (pardon the language) …

5:57 p.m. – (Will Folks) Someone voted for me but forgot what office it was …

Funny … I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I may seize an office one day, but I’ll never run for one.

5:55 p.m. – Wow … an hour before the polls close South Carolina Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Steve French announces his 2018 candidacy for governor …

5:45 p.m. – Is it too early to say S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen‘s 2014 gubernatorial campaign was the worst-run general election campaign in South Carolina history?  No … no it is not too early to say that.  And that was before “whore-gate” hit.

5:42 p.m. – Angelina Jolie uses election 2014 coverage to announce that she’s “open” to seeking political office.  Hmmm … President Malificent?

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5:40 p.m. – PARTY PLANNING – “Republican” candidates including lieutenant gubernatorial nominee Henry McMaster, superintendent of education nominee Molly Spearman and incumbent attorney general Alan Wilson will be gathering at the Greater Columbia, S.C. Chamber of Commerce (930 Richland Street).

5:37 p.m. – PARTY PLANNING – The S.C. Democratic Party is hosting its election night “festivities” at the Marriott in downtown Columbia (1200 Hampton Street). Something tells us things aren’t going to be especially festive there, though …

5:36 p.m. – (from Will Folks, FITS founding editor) Just got a call on my cell phone from a Washington, D.C. number: 202-769-0477.  A recorded voice said “this is a political survey call, we may call again later.”  Smells like exit polling to me …

5:34 p.m. – Whatever the results wind up being, this was an increasingly mobile election … take a look at Pew Center data HERE.

5:33 p.m. – Welcome …

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58 comments

The Colonel November 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Haley beats Vince by 6%. French and Reeves combined don’t achieve double digits.
T-Rav gets less than 5%, Graham wins by 10% over Hutto.
Status quo every where else.
Republicans take Senate by 2 seats and hold House.
Obama’s phone calls won’t be taken by anyone and his own will run out of ink.
Republicans will have their asses handed to them in 2016 if they don’t get their heads out of them and get the economy under control, control the border and get gubamint off our backs.

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Colonel frag, sounds a lot like who you are. Great guess. Sorry but it won’t be that way. I’s too soon at this point. Remember you live in a ” Republican ” state. A lot of people are ” un-educated “. I do agree however, Obama has made some stupid mistakes lately. Thank god we did not go to war, just seeing my brothers die for politicians makes me sick, like 1982.

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GrandTango November 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

“Obama has made some stupid mistakes lately”…LMAO….LATELY. The economy has been in the sewer for SIX years, Dumb@$$…you just got away w/ blaming it on Bush until now.

Not to mention, Bush was proven right on Iraq, and your RACISM was exposed…

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

WMD is the answer to all your questions.

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GrandTango November 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

You mean because the NYT confirmed them? Thanks for reminding me…

Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

You said the times were incorrect ? You lost me ?

diamond jim November 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Wonder if Buz shut Fits down so they would go to his Facebook page?

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GrandTango November 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

LMAO….I was thinking FITS was in meltdown – with his site. EVERYBODY he has pumped up his butt, Crashed and burned, like a pile of Bull-$#!t…that he pushed…

diamond jim November 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Went to twitter and his tech told him he was under a cyber attack and they shut him down.

Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Twitter was not around in 1982. Marines were.

Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Guess ole diamond had to go, ok.

GrandTango November 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Yeah…he was infested w/ the T-Rav virus…LMAO…

Squishy123 November 4, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I’m assuming your site is up and running just fine… why would anyone bother inconveniencing one or two people?

Saluda Rapids November 4, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Ha. Yeah, GT (diamond jim), are you subletting the live blogging on Fits’ live blog?

The Colonel November 4, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Okay, where did I get it wrong?

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diamond jim November 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I have seen ‘your’ commercial before.Weak. No time to play nice.
How about REPUBLICANS just fuckin kick ass and take names!!!

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:27 pm

so you were there ?

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diamond jim November 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Nasty ass faggot and faux Marine. Don’t even address me.

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Why ?

Smirks November 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm

You’ll have to forgive Sandi, it’s her last day on the job so naturally she’s stressed out. Hopefully flipping burgers will tide her over until Sanford can hire her in 2016.

Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm

D-A-M-N, for real is this ? Thanks S-Man !

Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

And you refer to ?

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Soft Sigh from Hell November 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

I’d like to hear speculation on what Haley has planned (or in store) for her second term.

Stay the course, or major new push(es)?

I don’t have the faintest clue?

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm

???

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:56 pm

I have a clue. Want to know ?

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Soft Sigh from Hell November 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Shoot

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CorruptionInColumbia November 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

MOAR corruption, MOAR cronyism, MOAR disdain for state employees and retirees, MOAR whoring, MOAR…

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Tango and Sandi use their petercheese veterans and lingo to have fun at real vets. Real hero’s you are. idiots are the word. Stand tall idiots !!!

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I can’t believe you make fun of real vet’s and think Mike Haley is a GOD @!

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Smirks November 4, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Nothing more limp dicked than one of your enemies getting a script kiddie to DDoS you for them.

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm

But Sandie loves it.

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Soft Sigh from Hell November 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Well the SC GOPers got what they wished for: Graham and Haley, the best the GOP had to offer apparently, and approved by the hoi polloi. Let us hear no complaining from the party faithful.

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a face in the crowd November 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm

The only hope now is that Harrell will sing and Haley will be indicted.

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willblogformoney November 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Its a beautiful night in South Carolina! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

For the winners it is. Not for the losers of SC .

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GrandTango November 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

FITS may have shattered the record for MOST WRONG “Consultant” in the history of politics…and I’m going back to Pharaoh..Hahahaha……..Did this ignorant Mo-Fo pick ANY race correctly. This is one Stupid Some Beech…yall’s leader…LMAO…

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diamond jim November 4, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Talking to people on the ‘ground’. Scott will hold off Crist-Hagan by 1-2%..

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Saluda Rapids November 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Staring at the ground beneath your feet and muttering to yourself does not constitute an accurate prediction.

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Saluda Rapids November 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Staring at the ground beneath your feet and muttering to yourself does not constitute an accurate prediction.

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GrandTango November 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

You’re looking more and more right Bro. Great job.

You have more intelligence in your spit than these stupid some beeches could muster if you put all 20 of them in a hot tub, and told them their welfare check depended on coming up w/ something not stupid as H#!!…. LMAO…

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diamond jim November 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

I thank you sir.

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Saluda Rapids November 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Yes, Tim Scott. But that is a nice way to try and turn the focus away from you, the most blind and incorrect prognosticator in the history of politics.

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Saluda Rapids November 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Yes, Tim Scott. But that is a nice way to try and turn the focus away from you, the most blind and incorrect prognosticator in the history of politics.

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CorruptionInColumbia November 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

With 1% of the vote in, on WIS’s site, it looks like Joe Wilson might lose this one. That would be a decent consolation for Alan going back in. If Parnell Diggs had actually campaigned, who knows what he might have been able to do.

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

The republicans have spoken. Get out of jail free and do your good work for humanity.

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I will have to sue the state for 40% wages lost due to the election. See ya in court.

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Deo Vindice SC November 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I will have to sue the state for 40% wages lost due to the election. See ya in court.

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shifty henry November 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Glenn McConnell – anybody know if he has revealed his feelings about any of the SC results?

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tomstickler November 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Looks like Goldfinch was reelected. Nothing official, but….

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GrandTango November 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm

FITS works his magic AGAIN…LMAO….

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diamond jim November 4, 2014 at 10:59 pm

BUz Martin endorsed Vida Miller. The ‘kiss of POLITICAL death’ for any LOCAL/STATE politician he supports.

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guest November 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Mulvaney won. No surprise.

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Sit back and relax November 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

“you getting raped”…lmao!

I’m gonna squeeze every drop out of that one. I like that tech guy. He’s no nonsense.

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diamond jim November 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Bobby Knight gave that same advice to Connie Chung in an interview with CBS a few years ago.

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SomalianRoadCorp November 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Was I the only one paying attention to Amendment 2? Amazing how people will knowingly give their democracy away.

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idcydm November 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Thank God Harry Reid will be gone.

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