You still have 50 minutes to vote in NY! The polls close at 9 p.m., with races for Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, and Senate, Congressional, State Senate and Assembly seats being decided. PLus, in NYC, there was the term limits ballot measure (should they go from three terms back to two)! However, a number of other races across the races are being called—most notably the Tea Party has won with Rand Paul winning the Kentucky Senate race and Marco Rubio won the Florida Senate seat.
Also, media organizations are projecting that Democrat Chris Coons has defeated Christine O'Donnell for the Delaware Senate seat vacated by VP Joe Biden while Republican former Senator Dan Coats won the Senate race in Indiana and Republican Rob Portman won the Ohio Senate race.
Update 9:05 p.m.: Andrew Cuomo is elected the next governor of New York, defeating Carl Paladino. One voter in Long Island told Newsday that he voted on the Democratic line from top to bottom, "Obama is doing a really good job, despite what some people say." It's also projected that Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will win their Senate seats.
Other projected winners: Richard Blumenthal (D) winning the Connecticut Senate race over Linda McMahon.
NBC News projects that the Republicans have taken control of the House, with 237 seats, leaving the Democrats with 198.
Update 9:24 p.m.: Hey, guess what—the NYC Board of Election is saying that unofficial results with take a little while longer. Here's a press release:
The Board of Elections in the City of New York advises all City media outlets that the unofficial election results for today’s General Election may not be available as quickly as in previous elections. This is due to new State rules that define how poll sites must be closed and election results reported.
The new voting system requires several additional steps to accurately and securely tabulate results at the poll sites on Election night. After every voter who was in line prior to 9pm has voted, bi-partisan teams of poll workers will close poll sites in the following manner:
The scanners are locked and voting information on each scanner is transferred to a portable memory device. Two copies of the results tape from the scanners are printed out, showing all the votes cast. One copy is posted for use by authorized poll watchers. The other copy is given to the bipartisan team of poll workers who then prepare the return of canvass, in that election district.
Return of canvass sheets are then given to an NYPD official at the poll site who transport them directly to the police precinct and enter the preliminary unofficial results into their computer system for transmission to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, the poll workers assemble all other materials and turn them over to the NYPD.
NYPD officers then secure and transport these materials, including locked ballot liner cases and unused ballots, police envelopes containing ballots cast by affidavit, voided ballots and emergency ballots to Board of Elections facilities in each borough.
There is a strict chain of custody for all materials, and NYPD officers assigned to transport them sign for delivery of all items.
As required by State law, the election results cannot be certified until the Board successfully completes the required random audits of at least three percent of the scanners in each borough. The audit includes a hand count of the ballots in a scanner bin and comparing the hand count to the results reported on the election night scanner tape. This ensures that each scanner audited is accurately reading and reporting the votes cast. In addition, the portable memory devices are read into the Board’s Election Management System and preliminary election night results are checked for accuracy against the portable memory device and the scanner tapes if needed.
Update 9:28 p.m.: NBC is projecting that Republican incumbent David Vitter has won the Louisana Senate race, which means you can be embroiled in a prostitution scandal and be re-elected! Somewhere, Spitzer is fuming.
Update 9:40 p.m.: City Room has this interesting look at who voted for Cuomo:
Here's who voted for Andrew M. Cuomo for governor, according to exit polls: 9 in 10 blacks, 8 in 10 Hispanics, two-thirds of women and 7 in 10 moderates. The majority of voters in every age group and overall income category cast their votes for Mr. Cuomo.
White voters with household incomes under $50,000 were divided between Mr. Cuomo and Carl P. Paladino, while Mr. Paladino won the support of the majority of white voters without a college education.