The nation's premier downballot election is in Kansas, where Attorney General Phill Kline, a conservative Republican, is facing Democrat Paul Morrison. Kline in big trouble right now because he's running behind the Republican candidate for governor in the state. That race has already been called for Democrat Kathleen Sebelius.
Yarmuth wins in Louisville. That's a big win for Democrats in the House.
They also have taken the Rhode Island Senate seat. That's three of the six pickups they need for control of the chamber.
But George Allen's margin is holding and even growing in Virginia, with more than 80 percent of the votes counted. Democrats won't take the Senate without that one, since Bob Corker is up in Tennessee.
That was another Maryland race that Bob Ehrlich, the incumbent Republican governor, kept close. Ehrlich has always had an appealing persona and I'll disagree with Josh. It was good strategy to turn the campaign, partially if not entirely successfully, into a referendum on the quality of life in Baltimore, the still-struggling city where O'Malley is mayor.
I've said all year that, despite his feuds with the Democratic legislature, Ehrlich would win reelection unless it was a big Democratic year. Well, so it went.
Steele is getting praise from the cable chatters right now for his light ads.
This is the first incumbent governor to lose and the first true toss-up gubernatorial election to be called. Democrat Martin O'Malley has defeated Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich. It was a tough race for him no matter what, but I think Ehrlich should have focused a little more on his record and little less on O'Malley's performance as Baltimore's mayor.
Ben Cardin wins. That shouldn't have been a race. Maryland is a very blue state, but it stayed close until the end.
Cardin has been in Congress for 20 years and was speaker of the Maryland House before that. He's smart and hard-working but a seriously bland personality. He never established himself with a positive image. Instead, he attacked Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele constantly.
More than most GOPers this year, Steele ran away from the Republican label, even though he had been state party chair. He called the "R" after his name a "scarlet letter." He had yard signs that said "Steele Democrats."
He ran, to my mind, a smart but ultimately empty campaign. He ran an ad declaring his love for puppies and closed with one featuring his two sons kidding him about his love of Motown and Sinatra.
The ads had a light tone and stood out among the attack ads in this race and the governor's race. Steele won praise from national pundits for making it close. But none of them ever talked about what he would do if he made it into the Senate. Steele certainly offered no clue.
MSNBC called the Pennsylvania Senate race around 8:30 because they knew Casey would beat Santorum and polls had closed in most of the state. CNN held off until 9:00 because voting had been extended in a few places.