1:08 A.M.: I haven't tried to figure out what California counties have reported so far, but the Hotline blog says that the liberal, populous counties are still to come. That could be trouble for Arnold, (as well as the parental notification referendum) since only Ref. 75 of his four proposals is ahead right now.
They also note that the Virginia Attorney General race appears headed to a recount, with McDonnell, the Republican, ahead by only .08%. The Republican did win the lt. governor race.
The pace of my blogging might slow a bit at this point, as I will be writing Governing's referendum roundup for our website tomorrow. My tentative lede: voters across the country were presented with proposals to reform the way government operates, but largely opted for the status quo instead. That's pretty remarkable, given that most Americans think the country is on the wrong track.
12:42 A.M.:The Seattle Times has lots of interesting results on their site. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels appears headed to reelection in early returns, but King County Executive Ron Sims is in a closer race. Sims has taken some flack for voting problems in King County in 2004.
Seattle's referendum to fund its monorail also appears to be losing. If you want to have the Simpsons' monorail song stuck in your head just like me, the lyrics are here.
12:32 A.M.: New York's ballot measure to change the state budgeting process has failed. Anytime both Gov. Pataki and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer are against something, it doesn't have much of a chance in New York state.
12:23 A.M.: Results on California's referendums are here. Referendum 75, which would require written consent for the dues of public employee union members to be used for political purposes, is doing best of the four that were part of Arnold's agenda. Ref. 74, the teacher measure, is also ahead for now.
Two measures related to prescription drug prices both seem to failing. That doesn't surprise me because observers have suggested the competing proposals had voters badly confused.
12:12 A.M.: According to the Los Angeles Times, two of the ballot measures pushed by Arnold appear to be failing. The two are Refs. 76 and 77, which would have limited state spending and created non-partisan redistricting, respectively. These were the two that were doing worst in the polls going into Election Day.
Interestingly, the article says that the two are failing "narrowly." If that's really true, then it seems possible one of his other reform referendums could pass.
11:59 P.M.: Although I haven't seen any official call, barring a very dramatic turn of events Maine voters will keep a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The legislature passed the law this year and "Question 1" would have reversed the law. It's currently losing 44-56 with most precincts reporting.
This vote is a significant success for the gay rights movement because Maine voters rejected similar non-discrimination laws in 1998 in 2000. Together the results of Texas gay marriage ban and the Maine vote perfectly reflect a trend Governing has commented on before. Though gays usually lose high-profile battles over marriage, they have been quietly gaining ground on a number of other issues, especially in Democratic states.