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Going to be a great night starting at 7 !<br><br>Picked this up at the Wall Street Journal<br><br>------------------------------------------------<br><br>An Insider's Guide<br>To Watching the Vote<br><br><br>7:00 p.m. EST: Six states are the earliest closers. All except Vermont are considered red states. If it is closer than expected in Indiana or Georgia, it could spell trouble for the president. Virginia, the Kerry folks privately believe, is a sleeper state for them; but it hasn't voted Democratic in a presidential contest since 1964.<br><br>7:30 p.m. EST: The big enchilada is served up: Ohio. If the networks are calling Ohio, which is expected to be a razor-tight race, then someone must be winning decisively and is likely to have a good night. The polls in West Virginia, where the president is a slight favorite, also close at 7:30 EST.<br><br>There are a couple of important Senate races in this early phase: both the Carolinas, where the GOP hopes to pick up Democratic seats, and Kentucky, where incumbent Republican Jim Bunning has been struggling. Winning two or three of these would be an auspicious start for either party.<br><br>8:00 p.m. EST: Seventeen states close their polls at 8 p.m., unless, of course, there are long lines and moves to force a later closing. The biggest fish here is Florida, with memories of 2000 still strong. Three others, however, also will be closely watched: tiny New Hampshire with its four electoral votes, where the Democrats expect to pick up a 2000 red state; Pennsylvania, where President Bush has campaigned more than any other state but Democrats are confident of victory, and New Jersey, where a Bush win would be a stunner. Conversely, Arkansas, where the polls close at 8:30 EST, though with only six electoral votes, would be a huge upset win for the Democrats; former President Bill Clinton pulled out all stops to help Sen. Kerry in his native Razorback State.<br><br>The Florida and Oklahoma Senate races are among the most closely watched.<br><br>9:00 p.m. EST: Ohio and Florida and one or two others still could be deadlocked by this hour, when an additional 14 states come in. Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota all went for Al Gore in 2000, but the Bush campaign thinks it has a shot in all three today. Out West, Colorado, once thought a reliably red state, is being contested by John Kerry, and New Mexico, which produced the slimmest of Gore wins in 2000, is being fiercely contested by the Republicans.<br><br>Polls close now for the mother of all Senate races, South Dakota, with Democratic Leader Tom Daschle fighting for his political life -- although if it is as close as advertised, it may be days before the actual winner is determined. The Colorado Senate race is one where Democrats hope to take over a Republican-held seat to make up for a losses in Dixie.<br><br>10:00 p.m. EST on: If the outcome is still in doubt by this time, we may be headed to a 2000 redux. If the Electoral College is within reach of either man, however, two states where the polls close at 10 p.m. could loom large: Iowa, a blue state four years ago, and Nevada, a red state back then.<br><br><br>The last polls to close are Alaska at 1 a.m. Eastern time. It is a certain red state on the presidential level, but control of the Senate is in doubt, as incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski -- appointed by her father, the governor -- is locked in a tough race against former Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles<br><br>[color:blue]All your sock puppets are belong to us</font color=blue>
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