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  • Sestak HQ: more coffee than booze

    By Daniel MalloyARDMORE, Pa. – There was more coffee being quaffed than booze as the polls closed at Joe Sestak's election night party at the Ardmore Hotel in Delaware County. A murmur went through the room as MSNBC pronounced Pennsylvania's Senate rac...
  • Bell tolls for O'Donnell

    Dem Chris Coons beats Tea Party/Palin fave Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Senate race. (ABC News) Somewhere Mike Castle is saying I-told-you-so....
  • Mrs. Corbett dishes

    By Dennis B. Roddy A slightly abashed Susan Corbett was ushered into the ballroom a few minutes ago for a press gaggle where her major revelation turned out to be that, at this moment, the Republican nominee for governor is taking a nap. "I think he's e...
  • Nazi reenactor loses

    Toledo incumbent Dem Marcy Kaptur beats the guy in the Nazi uniform, Rich Iott. (Marc Ambinder/Atlantic) ...
  • WVa -- bellwether on hold

    By Mackenzie Carpenter Charleston, W.Va. – The polls closed here at 7:30, but it's far from clear whether this state will be an early bellwether of a predicted Republican wave across the nation. Given the extremely tight race in this special election ...
  • Portman, R, wins Ohio Sen race

    AP: Former Bush official Rob Portman wins the Senate race in Ohio....
  • Election night resource desk

    The single most important source of election information in Pennsylvania tonight is the Department of State's election site. It powers to life after the 8 p.m. close of polls. West Virginia's official site is here. (Though the WV Metro News site is bette...
  • Tea Party winning already

    Tea Partiers are already racking up wins: Rand Paul, Dan Coats and Jim DeMint are all already in the national "W" column, declares ABC....
  • Onorato scores!

    At least one member of the Onorato clan is having a good night tonight. From the P-G's Dan Gigler: Seton-LaSalle junior defender Matt Onorato, nephew of the gubanatorial hopeful, scored the opening goal in his team's WPIAL Class A soccer semifinal game ...
  • Senate exit polls: Toomey, Manchin up

    Exit polling -- which is notoriously untrustworthy, but we can't help it -- leaked to HuffPost and other sources says Pat Toomey is up 4 points in Pa and Joe Manchin is up 7 in WVa....
  • Corbett's big entrance

    By Dennis B. Roddy Ninety minutes before the polls closed, media consultant John Brabender, the Quentin Tarantino of Republican politics, cruised into the ballroom, Nan McLaughlin, the Corbett fundraiser in tow, trying to figure out an entrance. "It's a...
  • Corbett enters the bubble

    By Dennis B. Roddy: Suddenly there is a palpable sense that Tom Corbett might have done it and it was summed up in two words from a state police detective: "Everybody out." The 17th floor Grand Ballroom at the Omni William Penn was cleared shortly after...
  • Ed R: Can't Say No

    If Dan Onorato loses the governor's race tonight, one of the main items on the post-mortem report will be the cement shoes Ed Rendell fitted him with -- exacerbated by Rendell's inability to lay low in the post Labor Day run to the election. The Inquirer...
  • Black Panther redux

    Should voter intimidation/suppression raise its head again in Philadelphia, we'll likely be seeing a lot of this report from the city's Fox station today: PHILADELPHIA - Fox 29 News ran into a New Black Panther Party member outside as the same Philadelp...
  • Car trouble in WV-1

    West Virginia Republicans are making a big deal about Mike Oliverio -- the conservative Dem in a tough race to keep the state's northernmost congressional district in the Democratic column -- parking a campaign car near a polling place. Apparently that's ...
  • Brady: Philly returns topping '06

    It's all about Philly. As reports of high turnout pour in from across the state, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady -- the chair of the Philadelphia Democratic Party and the man pulling the levers of what's left of the city machine -- said this afternoon that Philly ...
  • Shooting spurs polls switch

    Due to a shooting in the city's West End neighborhood, Allegheny County has moved the 27th Ward/9th District polling place from a Knights of Columbus hall at 3219 Central Ave. to the #34 Truck city fire station nearby....
  • Hail To Pitt

    The biggest voter registration jump in the state -- as Chris Briem noted last week -- was in Centre County, home of Penn State. In a sign perhaps that their storied (if interrupted) rivalry lives on, here's a shot Democrats sent us of long voting lines to...
  • Strong turnout across the state

    From the AP out of Philadelphia, signs of democracy in action: Early Reports Show Mostly Strong Turnout in Pa. Early reports from around the state indicated Tuesday that voters were showing stronger than expected interest in casting ballots in a midte...
  • Field work, mac n cheese on the side

    Each year, state Rep. Dwight Evans (shown above), appropriations chair and Philadelphia Democrat, hosts a lunch during the day and a party once the polls close at Relish, a restaurant on Ogontz Avenue in Northwest Philly. As the mostly African-American ...