Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sestak surges early

With only about 8 percent of the vote in, U.S. Rep. Joseph Sestak, D-7, of Edgmont, has taken an early 83k to 44k lead over Republican Pat Toomey for the Pa. Senate seat of Arlen Specter

UPDATE, 9:10:
Toomey is closing the gap as more machines report in. Now 295k to 195k with 21 percent of the votes in,

UPDATE, 9:38:
41 percent in and Sestak continues to lead 54-46

UPDATE, 9:42
Toomey starting the narrow the gap, Sestak still up 53-47

UPDATE 10:10
Almost 70 percent of the vote in and the numbers are still holding in Sestak's favor, 51.7 to 48.4. People at the Radnor Hotel, where Sestak is watching the returns in a room upstairs, are starting to pull their hair out and yell, "What have we done?!"

UPDATE, 10:17
The gap has narrowed with almost 75 percent in. Sestak is now only leading by 64k votes.

UPDATE, 10:30
Toomey has narrowed it to within half a percentage point with 82 percent of machine reporting statewide. Sestak leads 50.2 to 49.8 percent.

UPDATE, 10:34:
Toomey takes the lead for the first time, 51.1 percent to 49.9 percent. The mood here has suddenly soured perceptibly.

UPDATE, 10:40
Toomey stretches his lead to 14,000 with 85 percent of machines reporting.

UPDATE, 10:52:

 Toomey continues to lead 50.3 to 49.7 percent with nearly 90 percent of machines reporting. He's now up 19,000 votes.


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