Your Map Guide for Poll Closings

We probably won’t know the full extent of Republican gains until Wednesday morning, but some key early races will be a good signal of what we can expect.  These races aren’t perfect bellwethers, but ones that I think have some interesting stories and color and will be watching closely tomorrow evening.

I’m a Virginian, so I’m very interested in a couple of races in the Old Dominion, where polls close at 7 pm (EST).  Tom Perriello is sure to lose his Southside and Charlottesville district, but the question is by how much?  He was the only House member that Obama stumped for and he was the benefit of a flood of liberal money and support.

I’ll also be watching 28-year incumbent Rick Boucher in the southwest part of the state.  He’s a great fit for the district and is a master of constituent relations, so if he falls, then we can probably expect Democratic losses on the high end.

At 7:30, I’ll check to see if Joe Manchin can pull off a win in the West Virginia Senate race.  If he wins, then Democrats effectively hold the Senate.

Also at 7:30, Ohio polls close.  Like many election, the Buckeye State is the premier battelground with at least five incumbent Democratic representatives and incumbent Gov. Ted Strickland on the hot seat.

And at 8:00 pm, my eyes will be trained on Pennsylvania, which has five Democratic members of the House in danger and also features a Senate race that is likely to be a photo finish.

By 9:00 pm, most of those returns will have become public, and I think we’ll have a good indication of the score in this election.  Of course, there are nearly 100 House seats in play and dozens of governors and Senate seats, so we’ll have massive amounts of returns to analyze.

Keep this map with you throughout the night as a reference to when the polls close:

Poll Closing Times, 2010 Elections

The map is also embeddable on you blog with this code: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/theelectoralmap/5136055605/” title=”Poll Closing Times, 2010 Elections by TheElectoralMap.com, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4019/5136055605_d2ff67c778.jpg” width=”500″ height=”373″ alt=”Poll Closing Times, 2010 Elections” /></a>

One Response to “Your Map Guide for Poll Closings”

  1. Sandy

    2 November 2010 at 4:12 PM

    This map is wrong. Arizona’s polls close at 10pm Eastern, not 9pm. Arizona is one of the states that does not observe daylight savings time, so it is actually on Pacific time right now, not Mountain time. Since AZ’s polls close at 7pm local time, that means 7pm Pacific (aka 10pm Eastern).