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THE ISSUE: Question 1. A No vote upholds same-sex marriage legislation.
• With 87% of precincts reporting, the Yes effort passes with a 52.8-47.2% vote.
• Remember, some 100,000 votes were cast via absentee ballot or early voting.
→ What happens if we lose in Maine? Depending on how close the final tally, there may be a statewide recount. It could take several weeks, but every precinct’s votes would be re-tallied, and absentee ballots included. Explains No On 1′s legal counsel Kate Knox to OpenLeft.org: ” The campaign has to wait for certification from the Sec of State, which will happen after all absentee ballots come in. In Maine, there is a no-excuse absentee ballot law and she expects there to be a ‘significant’ number of absentees. The certification takes a maximum of 20 days but is almost always done before then. The campaign has to pay a nominal fee (ranging from a few hundred bucks to $10K but more likely to be a few hundred) depending on how close the vote is. The recount is statewide, all or nothing. Not challenging individual precincts. Based on past experience, the recount will take at least a few weeks and likely longer than that.”
→ The scene in Maine: No On 1 campaign manager Jesse Connolly just told supporters that there will likely be no declaration of victory or defeat tonight, as there are still votes to count, which could continue on through the wee hours. The mood is somber.
THE ISSUE: Referendum 71. A Yes vote upholds domestic partnership benefits.
→ Reject 71 group closes supporters’ party to the media.
• With 50% of precincts reporting, the Yes effort leads 51.1-48.9%.
• Polls have closed.
In New Jersey’s Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine (gay marriage supporter) v. Republican Chris Christie (gay marriage foe) race, the polls closed at 8pm EST.
→ Live results here.
• AP calls race for Christie.
• With 71% of precincts reporting, Christie leads Corzine 50-40.
→ Live results here.
• Annise Parker v. Gene Locke: 30.5-25.6%.
• Low 11% voter turnout. Even without any long lines at polling places. Early voting took in 81,000 votes.
THE ISSUE: Ordinance 1856. A Yes vote would grant LGBT protections.
Polls closed. Results coming in here. Early reports from OneKalamazoo field director Trystan Reese say it passed. As of 9:15pm EST, is already celebrating victory,” with 65-35 voting Yes before absentee ballots are counted.
Anti-gays candidate Bob McDonnell elected governor. Ken Cuccinelli elected lieutenant governor. More here.
• Mayor Michael Bloomberg expected to secure third term against opponent Bill Thompson. UPDATE: Or not? Thompson already called Bloomberg to concede.
• Lesbian Christine Quinn re-elected City Councilwoman.
Openly gay man Charles Pugh wins City Council president’s seat.
Sandra Kurt becomes first openly gay member of the Akron City Council.