In the results out of Kentucky -- with 2,307 (65.1%) of 3,543 precincts reporting -- the Democratic slate for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Steve Beshear and Dan Mongiardo, leads the Republican slate of Ernie Fletcher and Robbie Rudolph by a 60.5% to 39.5% margin according to unofficial results provided by the Kentucky State Board of Elections. More results as they come in...
Update [2007-11-6 19:2:45 by Todd Beeton]: From WaPo, here's a rundown of the 9 most competitive Virgina state senate seats. Democrats need a net gain (i.e. R seats switching to D) of 4 seats to win control of the senate. (* = incumbent.)
District 1: John C. Miller (D), Patricia B. "Tricia" Stall (R)
District 6: Ralph S. Northam (D), D. Nick Rerras* (R)
District 27: Donald C. Marro (I), Karen Schultz (D), Jill Holtzman Vogel (R)
District 29: Charles J. Colgan* (D), Robert Fitzsimmonds (R)
District 28: Albert Pollard (D), Richard Stuart (R)
District 33: Mark R. Herring* (D), Patricia B. Phillips (R)
District 34: Jeannemarie Devolites Davis* (R), J.C. "Chap" Petersen (D)
District 37: Ken, II Cuccinelli* (R), Janet S. Oleszek (D)
District 39: George L. Barker (D), J.K. "Jay" O'Brien, Jr.* (R)
Not Larry Sabato has called the District 34 race for "Chap" Peterson, defeating Rep. Tom Davis's wife. Per NLS, with that one under our belt, Democrats now just need to win 4 of the remaining 8 competitive races to win control of the senate; Republicans need to win 5 to retain it.
Update [2007-11-6 19:32:39 by Todd Beeton]: Virginia results are coming in HERE.
Update [2007-11-6 20:13:4 by Todd Beeton]: Winners of the VA state senate races in bold.
Update [2007-11-6 20:23:20 by Jonathan Singer]: The Kentucky Governor's race has been called for Steve Beshear. Now, onward and forward to take on Mitch McConnell! (Notice that the state Auditor's race has also been called for Democratic incumbent Crit Luallen...)
Update [2007-11-6 20:42:38 by Todd Beeton]: Great news for Democrats in Kentucky tonight. John Cheves at the Lexington Herald Leader has this great on the ground report (h/t Bluegrass Report):
U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, just trotted through the press room with an ear-to-ear grin, saying hello to everyone, slapping backs and wishing folks a great evening.
The congressman bolted into a V.I.P. crowd faster than I could follow, but he's clearly enjoying Election Night 2007 more than he did Election Night 2003. That's when Ernie Fletcher clobbered him by a 10-point margin and became the first Republican governor in a generation.
Four years later, Chandler has Fletcher's old seat in the U.S. House representing Central Kentucky; he's in the majority party in Congress; and he belongs to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which decides federal spending. By contrast, the evening's election returns suggest Fletcher soon could be looking for work.
"I think we've brought the Democrats back home tonight," said Democratic State Auditor Crit Luallen, who is cruising to re-election tonight over Republican Linda Greenwell."
Update [2007-11-6 21:10:43 by Todd Beeton]:Not Larry Sabato is reporting that Democrats need just one more Virginia senate seat to take the majority. Right now they're at 20/40 with 3 races yet to be decided. The bolded names above are the winners. And check it out, the Democrat is currently ahead in all 3.
Update [2007-11-6 22:33:12 by Jerome Armstrong]: It all comes down to two seats for the senate control. The 37th and 39th districts. Dems have 20 seats, Repubs have 18; we need one of these seats for control of the state senate and fair redistricting for 2012.
I'm at elction central at Tyson's Corner, hopeful!
Update [2007-11-6 23:25:16 by Jerome Armstrong]: Barker's been declared the winner, Dems win the Senate in Virginia!