Talent has now conceded Missouri. Webb is now up 11,000 in Virginia, with nothing left to count but the provisionals (and late military absentee votes? I’m not sure.) That would seem to be outside anything a recount is likely to change.
In Montana, Tester is up by 7000 votes (which doesn’t sound like much, but is 3% of the votes cast), but with 30% of the precincts still out. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out what’s still outstanding, but that seems to be beyond the capacity of our political reporters. But if he holds on (and Tradesports has that 87 bid, 95 asked) then Harry Reid is Majority Leader.
Going in to tonight, we needed six seats. It looked as if Pennsylvania and Ohio were gimmes, and Rhode Island more likely than not. That was three. Virginia, Missouri and Montana looked more or less even, and Tennessee and Arizona looked like longshots. So unless lightening struck in Tenn. or AZ, we needed to take the other three, while holding Maryland and New Jersey, each of which looked good but not solid. That’s six very competitive races, and we needed to take every one: to “run the table,” in the cliche everyone was using.
As of now, the table appears to have been run.
(House pickup looks to be about 34.)