For those who just aren't ready for it all to be over, there's Minnesota's Senate race. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman is leading this morning by only 727 votes out of the 2.9 million that were cast. His challenger, Al Franken, is calling for a recount and has cited reported "irregularities" for some Minneapolis voters who were unable to register.
Kentucky: It looks like Mitch McConnell has defeated Bruce Lunsford and the Democrats' attempt to topple the Republican leadership in the Senate.
Georgia: Though it is not final, Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss enjoys a substantial lead against his challenger, Jim Martin and looks to be well enough ahead, with 73 percent of precincts reporting, to claim it.
New Hampshire: In this anticipated rematch of the 2002 Senatorial race, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen has earned MSNBC and CNN's prestigious "check-mark of victory" over Republican incumbent John Sununu, with only 46 percent of precincts reporting so far.
Editors' Note: Stuart Whatley, a fall 2008 Prospect editorial intern, did a great job finding the best places to get election results next Tuesday so that we could link to them in our 2008 election night guide (as it turns out CNN.com is probably your best bet most of the time). We asked him to break down the best and worst state Web sites:
In her October column on ballot initiatives, Dana Goldstein points out conservatives' tendency to employ language in their initiatives that is antithetical to their intended goal. Ward Connerly's "civil-rights initiatives," for example, seek to quash affirmative-action programs. But perhaps no group has demonstrated greater dissonance between rhetoric and reality as the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF). The ADF is a primary player in the push to pass the California Protection of Marriage Act (Proposition 8), which calls for the explicit revocation, not protection, of the gay community's new-found right to marry.
On Wednesday the Senate, by an 86 to 13 vote, approved the U.S.-India nuclear trade agreement, obliquely known as the 123 Agreement. India will now share in the perks enjoyed by Israel and Pakistan as a recognized de facto nuclear state that has not signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Under the agreement, India will lose its nuclear trade windfall if it conducts any more nuclear tests, which it has done twice before in 1974 and 1998.