November 06, 2006

Getting ready for Tuesday's election results.

If you're like this magpie, you'll going to be totally geeking out (and, probably, chewing your nails) as the returns come in tomorrow night. Back in 2004, one of the things that helped keep me sane was a really great cheat sheet put together by Dan Aibel over at Contrapositive. Not only did it tell me what returns to be looking for when, but it also gave me some good clues as to what particular results would mean in terms of the big picture.

I got some email from Dan the other day, pointing to this year's cheat sheet. I'm printing myself out a copy for tomorrow night, and you should, too. You'll find the cheat sheet here.

More:   And if the Contrapositive cheat sheet isn't quite what you're looking for, try this election night helper over at Sandwich Repair Kit.

Posted by Magpie at November 6, 2006 12:01 AM | Elections | Technorati links |

Hey, thanks for the link! I have a PDF version of the helper which is much cleaner-looking, and to which I've added major ballot initiatives around the country. I'm happy to email it anyone, I just don't know how to post a PDF file on my blog.

Note that the first polls actually close at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific, in Indiana and Kentucky (each of which have 3 House races to watch). The catch is that in both states, polls close at 6pm local time. And both states are partially on Eastern Time, and partially on Central. So some of their polls close at 6ET/3PT, while others close at 7ET/4PT.

I expect us to have our best Election Night since 1974. I'd guess we pick up 40+ House seats, 6 Senate seats, and 8-9 Governorships. Here's to great victories and celebrations across the country!

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman at November 6, 2006 02:50 AM