Top news today in sunny San Francisco, right after the news of the Nor’easter coming to the East Coast (See that article here: Hurricane Sandy: Nor’easter coming as temperatures drop, 2 million without power), is about today’s presidential election.
Nothing will happen of significance in the 2012 Elections until tonight. Here is a rundown of what you can expect on an hour-by-hour basis. Both candidates are hoping for the big 270 (all times mentioned are EST, San Francisco is 3 hours behind):
· 6pm: The time when the 2012 Election polls begin to close. Indiana and Kentucky are officially closed at 7pm, but Politico says the first polling results are likely to come at 6pm.
· 7pm: Six states will close. The most significant is Virginia, which turned blue in 2008. That was the first time since 1964. It was there that Romney and Obama were virtually tied, says a poll conducted yesterday, according to Newser.com.
The AP says that
“If either manages to grab the state’s 13 electoral votes by a comfortable margin, that could be telling.”
· 7:30pm: Ohio (18 electoral votes), and fellow swing-state, North Carolina (15) are both significant here. Real Clear Politics reports that, for the 2012 Elections, Obama has a three-point edge in Ohio.
· 8pm: At this time, voting in 16 states, including Washington D.C., ends. The ones to pay attention to are Florida (29) and New Hampshire (four).
· After the CNN Poll of Polls yesterday, Obama was leading 50% to 48% in the Granite State. In Florida, the AP cautions against Florida-watchers from crying victory or defeat too soon, as there may be surprises in the 2012 Elections from Democratic strongholds.
· Pennsylvania (21) is the state where Romney is hoping to grab from Obama, says Newser.com
· 8:30pm: Arkansas (six) is the state where Romney should be the winner and it closes its polls at 8.30pm.
· 9pm: This is quitting time for another 14 states. Newser says:
“Keep an eye on Colorado (nine), along with three states that are expected to go blue: Wisconsin (10), Minnesota (10) , and Michigan (17) . If Romney is able to flip any of them, it’s big news.”
· 10pm: This is the closing time for Iowa (six) and Nevada (six). At this point, if Romney has not won Ohio and Wisconsin, he will need to take Nevada to be successful in the 2012 Elections.
· 11pm: Here in California, the polls will close. They will actually close in all five western states. Don’t expect any surprises here. Newser.com reports:
“Obama will add 78 electoral votes from California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington to his tally; Romney gets four from Idaho.”
· 1am: Night owls still up can watch Romney win the three electoral votes that Alaska offers in the 2012 Elections.
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