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11/03/2009

Live from the Portland Holiday Inn, it's Maine's night to make history grave historical error

by Jeremy Hooper

Photo-197:21PM: Cautious optimism in the Maine party room. Bloggers a'bloggin'. Staffers a nail-bitin'. Jeremy on first glass of Merlot.

7:36PM: Rex Wockner has a shot of the bloggers table, as well as his own live coverage.

7:44PM: Bangor Daily News has us up. Oh, but only after 51 votes have been counted:

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8:04PM: Allow me to say that Jenna Lowenstein from National Stonewall Democrats rocks my socks. One to watch, folks.

8:14PM: Bob McDonnell wins in Virginia. New Jersey limited to Corzine/Christie, but too close to call. Nothing here in Maine except nerves.

8:23PM: The band's certainly festive:

8:32PM: Live stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/no-on-1-protect-maine-equality:

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9:02PM: Kalamazoo, MI, an apparent win! And by a huge 65%-35% number!!!


9:05PM
: Cute photo ops at the Maine party:

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Still waiting to hear about the real thing. Signs looking promising!!!

9:10PM: BDN has 54%-45% breakdown, our favor. 5% reporting.

9:15PM: I can honestly say that I have never been in a more excited room of pro-equality people in my life. Nobody is here to pose. Nobody is here to drink. Every last person is here to win!

9:21PM: Oy. 52%-47%, still our favor. 14% in. We hear Lewiston went against us hard (60-40)

9:27PM: According to the campaign, we lost Lisbon, 34% no to 66% yes. That's Maine, not Portugal, for those who are keeping up ;-)

9:29PM: We've apparently won Bangor, in the 54%-46% ballpark. BangHim still unreported.

9:57PM: Per the campaign: Scarborough goes our way, 54%-46%. That's the city, not Joe, for those of you keeping up ;-)

10:02PM: Waterville votes NO on 1 54 % to 46%; NO on 1 takes the town of York 63% to 37%! Both courtesy of @noon1maine.

10:09PM: Chris Christie wins New Jersy. Yes, the same Chris Christie who wants marriage to remain Chris/Christie.

10:10PM: Kennebunkport: 61%-39%, us.

10:16PM: One of my neighbors here is Dana from The Advocate. She's super sweet, and her live feed is here.

10:20PM: Rex Wockner drinks Argentine Malbec. For those wishing to send him a holiday gift.

10:21PM: From @adamjbink: We won Auburn 51.5-48.5%! That's part of the Lewiston-Auburn metro area, heavily Catholic. Vastly different than Lewiston which we lost 60-40%.

10:28PM: And for the first time tonight, we're down:

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That's not great, for those keeping up.

10:33PM: Solmonese (HRC) and Carey (NGLTF) speaking now. Not gonna lie, both leaders made considerable strides to have human-to-human conversations with anyone in sight.

10:39PM: Portland came in for us in a HUGE way. 7240 yes, 19,975 NO!!!!!!! Proud to be right here, contributing to this fair-minded economy.

10:51PM: While at the bar with John Aravosis, met the biggest fan of Good As You ever. Sweet, genuine energy in this room.

10:52PM: From my bloggy neighbor Rex Wockner: Gays: 50.1%. Anti-gays: 49.9%. 44% of precincts reporting. We are battling a crashy election-results Web site combined with a maxed out Internet pipeline to the Holiday Inn.

11:19PM: In other news: Out lesbian Annise Parker up in Houston mayoral race, 30.5%-25.9. Runoff seems likely

11:20PM: North Haven votes NO! 69% to 31%

11:25PM: Westbrook numbers are in: 55% NO, 45% yes

11:42PM: Not gonna lie, the tone of this room has changed a bit. It's close, but we're down. I've seen tears.

12:09AM: I'm looking at the happy, dancing couples here downstairs. I'm worried for the news that I fear is coming their way.

12:22AM: Jesse Connolly about to speak. I have nothing happy to report. Sorry.

12:37AM: Connolly non-concedes. But, uhm. Yea. Video forthcoming.

12:50AM: Connolly:

1:24AM: We likely won't know Washington state's R-71 fight for a few days. But it's promising.

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Your thoughts

Keep me posted. I came home after phonebanking, exhausted. Yes, the Holiday Inn is only 6 miles away but I don't have the energy to be there. I'll be watching on TV and the Internet and there in spirit. Hugs to all!

L

Posted by: Leslie | Nov 3, 2009 8:23:45 PM

REJECT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAW
No 2064 61.70%
Yes 1281 38.30%

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 8:31:59 PM

My tummy has butterflies.....I am watching from Portland, Oregon...............

Posted by: Michael | Nov 3, 2009 8:49:43 PM

REJECT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAW
No 14988 54.48%
Yes 12524 45.52%


We were behind for a bit but we have a nice lead again... Still too close for my comfort. Let's burn the f*ck out of this one

Posted by: Jake | Nov 3, 2009 9:02:38 PM

Still VERY early, but the numbers are starting to stabilize and the current result is:

No 14988 54.48%
Yes 12524 45.52%

Could it be? We can only hope...

Posted by: Brian | Nov 3, 2009 9:03:59 PM

No 32670 52.49%
Yes 29575 47.51%

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 9:24:55 PM

Do you know yet how the districts that have already reported were trending before the vote?

Posted by: Rachel Snyder | Nov 3, 2009 9:29:20 PM

Oh No! The live feed from Bangor Daily News is down! We homos not at the election HQ can't follow the results. Keep up the good work and keep us informed JH!

Posted by: Jeff Chang | Nov 3, 2009 9:38:20 PM

If people want live results they are available at http://www.wgme.com/sections/community/closings/elections.shtml

Hope No on 1 keep their numbers up!

Posted by: Jeff Chang | Nov 3, 2009 9:57:21 PM

Okay it went back up again for a minute for me, we're up by 1909 votes

Posted by: Jake | Nov 3, 2009 9:59:19 PM

Im quite literally shivering with anticipation 0_0

Posted by: Viral | Nov 3, 2009 10:00:04 PM

SHIIIIIIT it's getting wicked close

REJECT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAW
No 56659 50.62%
Yes 55267 49.38%

Posted by: Jake | Nov 3, 2009 10:01:29 PM

The margin is tightening:

REJECT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAW
No 56659 50.62%
Yes 55267 49.38%

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 10:04:44 PM

Okay...starting to get worried...but still optimistic. About an hour ago, Yes had a small lead that was almost immediately lost, so hopefully we can get out of the scary territory...

Posted by: Brian | Nov 3, 2009 10:20:50 PM

Wait...

Yes 74802 50.51%
No 73292 49.49%

Still early...still early...

Posted by: Brian | Nov 3, 2009 10:21:27 PM

Its a dead heat. 50-50 with 26% of precincts reporting in @ 10:31 EST.

Posted by: Jeff Chang | Nov 3, 2009 10:22:03 PM

REJECT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAW
Yes 74802 50.51%
No 73292 49.49%

we're down by 600 votes right now.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 10:31:12 PM

With 33%

No 97,182 51%
Yes 93,502 49%

Getting better...

Posted by: Brian | Nov 3, 2009 10:46:20 PM

Guys, nytimes has this"

Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law
Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?
Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law Answer Party Votes Pct.
No — 123,756 50.6%
Yes — 120,916 49.4

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 11:00:02 PM

http://elections.nytimes.com/2009/results/other.html

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 11:00:32 PM

Looks like if we get marriage in New Jersey, it will be the same way we got it in Vermont.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Nov 3, 2009 11:02:05 PM

Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law
Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?
Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law Answer Party Votes Pct.
Yes — 134,757 50.2%
No — 133,481 49.8

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 11:03:47 PM

51% reporting Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law
Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?
Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law Answer Party Votes Pct.
Yes — 154,810 50.3%
No — 153,237 49.7

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 11:10:22 PM

Yes appears to be pulling away a bit with 55% of precincts reporting:

55% reporting Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law
Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?
Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law Answer Party Votes Pct.
Yes — 166,155 50.9%
No — 160,127 49.1

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 11:15:09 PM

59% reporting Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law
Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?
Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law Answer Party Votes Pct.
Yes — 180,863 51.5%
No — 170,246 48.5

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 11:20:21 PM

Someone is saying that CNBC has called it for Yes, but I haven't heard that on MSNBC.

While we hold out hope, we can take solace in the fact that this won:

61% reporting Maine: Expand Medical Marijuana Law
Do you want to change the medical marijuana laws to allow treatment of more medical conditions and to create a regulated system of distribution?
Maine: Expand Medical Marijuana Law Answer Party Votes Pct.
Winner: Yes
Yes — 209,644 59.3%
No — 144,115 40.7

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 11:31:27 PM

Washington DPs are ahead at the moment!

42% reporting Washington: Domestic Partnerships
Approve or reject a bill that expands “the rights, responsibilities, and obligations accorded state-registered same-sex and senior domestic partners to be equivalent to those of married spouses, except that a domestic partnership is not a marriage.”
Washington: Domestic Partnerships Answer Party Votes Pct.
Approve — 442,690 52.0%
Reject — 408,476 48.0

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 3, 2009 11:43:59 PM

Not liking these late numbers... feel like crying...

Posted by: Craig | Nov 3, 2009 11:56:30 PM

These numbers are looking eerily like Prop H8 numbers! 24% of precincts are still out, and we are back by 18000 votes.

76% reporting Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law
Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?
Maine: Reject Gay Marriage Law Answer Party Votes Pct.
Yes — 228,140 52.1%
No — 209,520 47.9

Posted by: Dick Mills | Nov 4, 2009 12:11:00 AM

You should have known that fighting against my parental rights would have profound consequences---but you were too busy celebrating my court defeat. Who is celebrating now.

David Parker

I understand your sadness now - and believe it or not - I care.

Posted by: David Parker | Nov 4, 2009 12:18:22 AM

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