GET RICH QUICK. Know anyone engaging in some voter fraud or suppression? Want to get rich? MoveOn is offering a $250,000 reward for "new material evidence leading to a felony conviction for an organized effort of partisan voter suppression or electronic voting fraud." This seems very smart. It should be a top priority to round up whomever was behind today's suppression and put them in jail. Messages must be sent, standards set, etc. We invaded Iraq to bring them the democratic process, surely we can throw some dirtbags in prison to protect it here at home. --Ezra Klein

    "COMPUTER GLITCHES." Just keep in mind that every time you hear about a "computer glitch," it means voters have likely been disenfranchised. There's nothing harmless about it. --Mark Leon Goldberg

    LUGAR AND SANDERS WIN. We now have one Republican and one socialist elected to the Senate. --Harold Meyerson

    MASS POLITICS, MINORITY POLITICS. Here in the Bay State, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick is headed for a decisive and historic win. Historic, because he will be Massachusett's first African-American governor, and only the second elected nationwide , ever. Historic also, because race was not really even a part of the conversation about him locally until Republican candidate and Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey ran a series of racially-charged ads against him, accusing him of being so soft on crime that he was virtually pro-rapist. Massachusetts voters, to their everlasting credit, roundly rejected Healey's scare-mongering tactics, and solidified their support for Patrick and intensified their dislike for her in the wake of the barrage . (Unlike Tennessee voters, whose reaction -- as I discuss over at -- to Bob Corker 's attacks on Harold Ford may well have cost him the race.) As Patrick gets set to take the statehouse -- at last putting a Democratic governor back...

    EXIT POLLS. While the cable networks remain maddeningly unspecific, Political Wire has gotten a look at the individual Senate exit polls. The verdict? Democrats take the Senate. I'll caution that 2004's verdict was that Kerry takes the presidency, but well-placed sources I'm hearing of are hinting at a Democratic wave. As the exit polls now stand, Democrats are leading in Rhode Island by 7, Virginia by 7, Pennsylvania by 15, Ohio by 14, New Jersey by 8, Montana by 9, and Missouri and by 2. Republicans are leading in Tennessee by 3 and Arizona by 4. Advantage, Harold . Meanwhile, the courageous Prospect staff huddles around the conference table, anxiously awaiting pizza... Update : CNN just said voters who name terrorism or immigration as their top issues are split . Those are, of course, the marquee Republican issues, so if the numbers are right, we're looking at a wave. --Ezra Klein

    INVESTIGATE OR GOVERN! I have no appetite for making election outcome predictions, but one thing that I foresee with certainty is that if the Democrats win anything tonight, the spin over the next few days will be, to quote the Republican I appeared against on the BBC last night: "If the Democrats want to spend the next two years investigating everything, they can forget any hope of winning the presidency in 2008. If they want to work with President Bush and govern, then there's some hope for them." This is not just a right-wing talking-point. Said with proper earnestness and attitude of "I only want what's best for the country," it's a good line for everyone from those who stand to go to jail as a result of the investigations all the way to the Broder/Matthews wing of the media, and beyond. I've heard similar sentiments from various Washingtonians of all political stripes. Investigate or govern. That's your choice, Speaker Pelosi . And, of course, this is a terrible trap and a false...

    TRY AGAIN LATER, SEZ JUDGE. CNN is reporting that the request made by Democrats to keep open polls in Denver an additional two hours has been denied. The Dems appealed for the extension of the voting time because of -- as posted here by Ben -- long lines that occurred earlier in the day due to some sort of all-precinct voting scheme that went awry in addition to computer glitches. The judge is said to have decided that those who were stuck in line at the Denver Botanical Gardens polling site could have gone elsewhere to vote, or come back later in the day. --Adele M. Stan

    LAST MINUTE PREDICTIONS. Ever the optimist, I'll say the Dems will pick up 32 in the House and 6 in the Senate (RI, PA, OH, VA, MO, MT). I could, of course, be wrong. --Harold Meyerson

    DOBBS DOES HIS JOB: I've been fairly critical of Lou Dobbs recently, but to his credit he's doing some semblance of journalism today, which many of his colleagues are not. As my colleague Dana pointed out on our Campus Progress blog, most of what tv cable news has covered all day hasn't been news at all. That is, all these segments saying " Harold Ford would be the first black Senator from the South since reconstruction" isn't new, it's been the case since he got the nomination months ago. Meanwhile, there are crazy stories breaking left and right, like how Bob Ehrlich and Michael Steele , the Maryland Republican nominees for Governor and Senator respectively, paid 300 homeless people from Philadelphia to hand out misleading pamphlets in the largely Democratic Prince George's County, implying that Steele and Ehrlich are the Democratic nominees and that they have been endorsed by prominent Democrats. That is what CNN and MSNBC should be reporting all day, not prognostication without...

    "READY TO TRAVEL, READY TO SUE." Guardedly optimistic news from the land of voter suppression. Here in southwest Ohio�s 2nd congressional district, where late polls showed Democrat Victoria Wulsin with a narrow lead over incumbent �Mean Jean� Schmidt , voting seems to be going fairly smoothly. �It�s going much better than could�ve been expected,� said Michelle Young , part of a bipartisan team of attorneys doing election protection work in heavily Republican Warren and Clermont counties outside of Cincinnati. Both counties have given Democrats jitters in the past. In the 2004 election, just after the polls closed, the board of elections in Warren County -- which Bush carried by 42,000 votes -- locked out the media and observers, saying that the FBI had warned of a terrorist threat. The FBI later said it issued no such warning. In the 2005 special congressional election won by Schmidt, her home county of Clermont was the last one in the district to report its results. The Clermont...