A PointBlank Take On The Election

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Democracy isn’t worth much unless you vote. Today’s the day to exercise that most august right and pick America’s President, members of its Congress and local and state officials across the country. VOTE!

That out of the way, I want to introduce our Direct Capital election liveblog to you. Throughout the day, our crack team of writers will be monitoring the election and bringing important trends, forecasts and news to you directly. We hope to be your one-stop shop for the biggest election headlines, so stick cl0se by and we’ll get this sucker rolling to life.

We’ll update this post right up until the Presidential election has been called, so stick with us. Talk elections in the comments!

11:37 p.m.: It’s as official as it’ll get before midnight: The election has been called by most major news outlets as a win for President Barack Obama. Plenty of races still undecided, so we’ll check back in tomorrow. Take care, everyone!

10:08 p.m.: It’s mighty close. Florida is the biggest state that hasn’t yet been called, but CNN and the Washington Post both have Obama with the lead.

8:33 p.m.: This map is worth looking at. The Washington Post has some early calls.

7:48 p.m.: Back in action. The polls closed down through most of our native New Hampshire, so now we wait to see the results start to roll in.

5:09 p.m.: The polls show a dead heat, still. It’s going to be a long night, in all likelihood.

4:41 p.m.: The campaigning is over, voting continues and New York and New Jersey will be spared the worst of the Nor’easter. Life is good.

4:02 p.m.: If you’re inclined to complain about the lines, here’s a reminder of what it used to be like to vote. Short summary: Sometimes you died.

3:15 p.m.: The lines are starting to pile up this afternoon in places like Virginia. Something to be aware of if you’re not lucky enough to live in a town of 1,000 people like I do.

2:50 p.m.: I’m not sure exactly what’s going on in Philadelphia, but there’s certainly an uproar being raised about an Obama mural.

2:39 p.m.: The campaign staff for Obama explains, in brief, the rationale for keeping their candidate off the road.

2:03 p.m.: It appears that the nation will set a new record for number of votes by mail. Either we’re getting busier or lazier, and I’m guessing the former.

1:34 p.m.: For those interested, here’s the top five most mentioned election-related terms on Facebook right now.

12:05 a.m.: It bears repeating: The election won’t answer all questions or user in some sweeping new era, no matter which way it goes. There will be changes, however.

11:53 a.m.: Voting is going off without any reported hitches in New York, despite the massive devastation wreaked by Superstorm Sandy. It’s good to see the city pulling together.

11:33 a.m.: For those of you sick of the ceaseless campaign ads, keep in mind that this marks the end. It’s nice to finally cast a ballot, isn’t it?

11:13 a.m.: Trading is quiet today, with the markets taking a wait-and-see approach to the presidential election. Forbes argues Wall Street just wants a winner.

11:03 a.m.: If you can vote during the morning or afternoon hours, we encourage you to do so. The polling places will be much busier after 5 p.m.!

10:33 a.m.: Our poll found that Mitt Romney is widely perceived to be the best small business candidate over the next four years. Check it out!

9:50 a.m.: I wonder who he voted for.