Live Blogging Election, Egan & Sons, West Orange

UPDATE 9:16 P.M.: MSNBC, CNN and Fox have all declared that the GOP has wrested control of the House. Mayor McCarthy declares victory in Bloomfield.

Montclair, here’s how you voted

Good evening, Baristaville!

We’re live at Egan & Sons. Iceman and Mrs. Martta are here, watching Fox.

Also in the house: Alex Torpey of Veracity Media, Lynne and Walter Oliver of West Orange, Liza and Havis Dawson and Philip and Tracey Alampi of Glen Ridge, Steve Maginnis of Montclair and Mitch Blumenthal of Millburn.

We’ve got TV’s tuned to CNN, MSNBC and Fox, and news just came in that Richard Blumenthal has taken the Senate race in Connecticut. Photo in the jump, Martta and friends at the Fox table.

We’re starting to track the local races on the Essex County Clerk website, while partiers shout out results from all around the country, such as the victory of Democrat Joe Machin in the West Virginia Senate race.

Kristie Cattafi has just reported in from Bloomfield Democratic Headquarters where she says the mood is tense and people are busy sshhing each other. Across the street, she says, Lazar campaign headquarters was strangely dark. (We later learned that Republican were at the Knights of Columbus.) With three of 35 precincts reporting, Mayor McCarthy leads 465 to 356.

Erika Bleiberg is at the Grand Chalet in Wayne where the Stratten campaign and its supporters — many self-identified Tea Partiers — are awaiting results. She says there are about 300 people in the ballroom, with more spilling outside. The mood is festive and optimistic.

At left, here’s the room at Egan’s, where people are watching intently.

9 p.m. CNN has just called Charles Schumer the winner in the NY Senate race and Andrew Cuomo in the gubernatorial race.

9:08 p.m. Update from the County Clerk. With 28 of 35 districts reporting, McCarthy leads 4,429 to 4,065 and Kristie Cattafi says the mood in Democratic headquarters is already celebratory. And Joe DiVincenzo is now at Democratic headquarters in Bloomfield.
And here’s a picture of McCarthy.

9:32 p.m. Democrats are easily holding onto the bigger local races. In the 8th Congressional district, with 85 percent of precincts reporting, Pascrell leads Stratten 63 to 35 percent.

County Executive Joe DiVincenzo is winning handily with 75 percent of the vote and Chris Durkin has 74 percent so far.

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41 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks again to Debbie and crew for the eats and the drinks! So much food, like a wedding reception. Fun night…wish more Baristavillians (Baristavillains?) had shown. Besides, Iceman, I saw Liz, Margo, Jenn, Kaity, Georgette, Frank G., and Stacy. Plus, it didn’t hurt that we got our House back.

  2. John Lazar was right 3 years ago when he called Bloomfield voters idiots. Insanity is doing the same thing over (and over and over and over) again and expecting a different result.

  3. The most recent results from the Essex County Clerk website show that with 31 of 35 districts reporting, McCarthy leads Lazar by only 13 votes.

    The council races are not so close. Most astonishing is that Bernard Hamilton, the Alvin Greene of Bloomfield, is the top vote-getter. Go figure.

  4. Mayor-Bloomfield
    31/35 88.57%
    Under Votes 386
    Over Votes 0

    Vote Count Percent
    Dem – Raymond J. McCARTHY 4,969 49.99%
    Rep – John LAZAR 4,956 49.86%
    Write-In 15 0.15%
    Total 9,940 100.00%

  5. The Alvin Greene of Bloomfield…that’s funny. Do you think people thought Alvin Greene was really Al Green and that’s what won him the primary?

  6. This live blogging thingie the Baristas are doing gives a refreshingly new slant to the concept of a slow news day.

    So there’s that, even though the rest of the “revelations” above are totally unsurprising. What’s the matter, too, you folks can’t bring yourselves to note that control of the House is passing to the Republicans. Farewell to the ‘leadership’ of Nancy Pelosi!

  7. What’s the matter, too, you folks can’t bring yourselves to note that control of the House is passing to the Republicans.

    Cathar, the Baristas put that news up almost immediately after it happened. At the top of the post. IN BOLD. What more should they do, put a picture of Speaker Boner on the masthead?

  8. Thanks to Madame Barista and staff for the hospitality. We had fun conversation fueled by Wings and Balivene single malt.

  9. “Jeez, it’s already 7AM and the GOP hasn’t fixed the economy yet.”

    That’s because they are being blocked by all the incumbent Dems in the Senate.

  10. Highly doubt it, DagT. Goldwater used to sit at the dais on the Dean Martin roasts and they don’t have those anymore, except on You Tube.

  11. So of course nary a one of the diehard, drearily predictable liberals posting above could simply say, “Hey, Republicans, good job.” Why am I not surprised?

    Nonetheless, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, we took back the House of Representatives and made solid gains in the Senate. Yeehah! And if there are a few BlueWave members feeling distinctly depressed this fine morning, that’s but an added benefit.

    It is dismaying, however, that Harry Reid, the “liberal Puritan” whose gaunt aspect summons up preliminary sketches rejected by Grant Wood as too unbelievably grim and angular, was retained by voters in a state whose primary industry is devoted to far more pleasure seeking than Reid ever seems to be.

  12. “It is dismaying, however, that Harry Reid, the “liberal Puritan” whose gaunt aspect summons up preliminary sketches rejected by Grant Wood as too unbelievably grim and angular, was retained by voters in a state whose primary industry is devoted to far more pleasure seeking than Reid ever seems to be.”

    That’s because Nevada Republicans nominated the ONE person in the state who he could beat.

  13. it is weird isn’t it…California voters deny the legalization of pot yet vote in boxer, feinstein and brown….what were they smoking? Cal is in arguably the worst financial shape ever and they elect former Governor Moonbeam to lead them. Huh?

  14. cathar, the nimbus clouds of bile and venom, eclipsing the glow of your native intelligence have never been more apparent.
    But that’s what makes you our cathar !

  15. I suppose the kudos offered to Reps by Dems should mirror those offered by the losers to the winners after the last election. And I’m sure cathar that you were the first to extend congratulations to Obama, Pelosi, et al.

    Maybe a Limbaugh-like “I hope they fail” would be appreciated.

    Anyone who feels “depressed” about this, or for that matter gleeful on the level of a 10 year old, displays a pretty simple-minded understanding of politics. These types of things go in cycles. The country does not want to veer too far left, nor does it want to veer too far right. Life will go on. Birds will sing. Snow will fall and melt and then fall again.

    And you will get the opportunity to post, time and time and time again, moaning missives about slow news days and airplane rides on Air Libya.

    Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

  16. ROC, great characterization of parson Reid as the “liberal puritan” scold!
    Iceman, CA is hopelessly schizophrenic, but on some level we all know that.
    The results are in. Now it’s time to do the real pick and shovel work of governance and get the economy back on track.

  17. “I suppose the kudos offered to Reps by Dems should mirror those offered by the losers to the winners after the last election”

    https://www.baristanetnew.wpengine.com/2008/11/live-from-fitzgeralds-its-election-night/#comment-182040

    POSTED BY Right of Center‚Ñ¢ | NOVEMBER 04, 2008 @ 9:26 PM
    Fox news show Ohio for Obama.
    Well, congratulations to President Elect Obama. I hope his presidency is successful and I’ll pray for him and the nation.

    POSTED BY Right of Center‚Ñ¢ | NOVEMBER 04, 2008 @ 9:28 PM
    Also congratulations to all his supporters and volunteers who worked for his campaign.

  18. “ROC, great characterization of parson Reid as the “liberal puritan” scold!”

    That was Cathar… (though I wish I’d come up with it)

  19. “So of course nary a one of the diehard, drearily predictable liberals posting above could simply say, “Hey, Republicans, good job.” Why am I not surprised?

    The Republicans did not do a good job. The Democrats did not do a good job. The Tea Party did not do a good job. The voters did the good job by turning out and telling the politicians what they want and/or what they do not want. If the politicians on both sides listened to them, we have a chance for a reduction in the absolute gridlock in the legislative system over the past two years. No one party rules that branch now, which is a very good thing because to get anything done there will have to be cooperation. If the Republicans think that this election was only a mandate for them to undo what has already been done — and nothing more — they will face the same fate the Democrats did. In year two of Clinton’s first regime, the same thing happened. He got to deal with Newt Gingrich, whom I guess might be called the semi-thinking person’s John Boehner. Somehow, the economy got fixed, and Clinton got to lead a second regime. And if you look closely you will see that the majority of the posters before your comment sit on the troll side of the bar rather than with the liberal contingent (we are the ones with our hands in the cash register). You have a nice day, hear?

  20. ROC, my remarks were primarily directed to cathar.

    Your graciousness at that time was certainly not representative of those who opposed Obama et al.

    Just as we’ll see from the other side this time around. As I said, “Plus ca change…”

  21. ” If the Republicans think that this election was only a mandate for them to undo what has already been done — and nothing more — they will face the same fate the Democrats did”

    I agree.

    I like how Boehner put it last night. To the effect: “We in, but we’re on probation”

  22. If anything, I expect a lot of dirty backroom deals, considering how much unmarked money flowed into the campaign.
    First to come: extensive deregulation of oil, gas and coal and the attempted dismantling of the EPA.

  23. If you are going to call me “cor” ROC, I’d appreciate a “Blimey” after it.

    The ungraciousness was seen on a national level, just as it will be seen this time around. It may be hard for some to accept, but there is life and discussion outside of baristaville. That is what I’m talking about.

    And while I appreciate your yeoman’s efforts to defend cathar, his MIA status simply means that he didn’t offer his congrats, just as he complains that liberals et al do not offer theirs this time around. They too, it seems, are MIA.

    What exactly is your point (I know I ask that a lot but it is so seldom clear)?

  24. And as far as “who was ungracious” on baristanet, I’d direct you to your apparently easily accessible archives for remarks from posters to the tune of “baboon”, “be very, very afraid”, etc. etc.

    This is pretty silly tit for tat, but if you want to play have at it.

  25. Conan, as a proud troll I want to give a weather forecast from under Walleroo’s porch but it’s raining so hard I can’t see.

  26. Bonjour Kay.

    I hope you’ve recovered. I was just sitting here in my smoking jacket, puffing on a Gitane and listening to my Yves Montand collection. Later, I’ll climb into my Peugeot and head off to the Jerry Lewis Film Fest in, where else, Lafayette NJ. But first, I wanted to make sure that you’re OK.

    In the land of Freedom Fries, its good to see that there are few defenders of things Gallic still existant (yes, French as well!). C’est un sale boulot, mais tres importante, non?

    Alors! Fifi, my poodle, requires une promenade. Adieu, mon ami!

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