Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
10:53 p.m. CST
With all of that unfortunate news, I await my wife's return home. She served as an election judge. It's nearly 3 hours past when the polls closed here in Minnesota, and she's still not home. I'm ceasing my blogging and retiring to pray for our country and our president.
10:45 p.m. CST
On the marriage ballot initiatives in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, the news isn't looking much better. According to Forbes, it appears as if Maine has approved so-called same-sex "marriage." The Seattle Times is suggesting that it will also be approved in Maryland as well, and it looks as if Minnesota's marriage amendment defending traditional marriage has been defeated.
10:33 p.m. CST
With 73% of precincts reporting, Obama looks to be the winner in Ohio. Obama looks to be re-elected. While at present Romney has more of the popular vote, Obama has 275 electoral votes to Romney's 203. CNN is projecting Obama as the winner, with the headline "It's Obama." Fox has the headline "Four More Years."
10:28 p.m. CST
Karl Rove and Romney camp are suggesting that Ohio has been called too early.
10:15 p.m. CST
Fox and NBC just called Ohio for Obama. It looks like it's over for Romney, and we're headed toward four more years of President Obama. Re-elected: The Culture of Death.
10:13 p.m. CST
Iowa called for Obama.
10:05 p.m. CST
According to Twitter... the Denver Post calls Colorado for Obama; ABC News saying Jeb Bush told Romney he lost Florida; NPR calling California, Hawaii, and Washington for Obama. Is there any hope for Romney at this point?
The Map - Obama 244 - Romney 193
10:02 p.m. CST
Predictably, the Wall Street Journal has reported an Obama victory in Minnesota, just two hours after the polls closed.
9:55 p.m. CST
It looks like a Romney victory in Missouri, and currently a tie in Florida. The latest from Drudge:
ROMNEY WINS: AL, AR, AZ, GA, IN, KY, KS, LA, MS, MT, NE, ND, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WV, WY...
OBAMA WINS: CT, DC, DE, IL, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, RI, VT, WI ..
O 3,886,172 49.33%
R 3,886,172 49.33%
9:50 p.m. CST
Amazingly, in Minnesota, Romney currently has the lead with 50% to Obama at 48%, and with 13% of precincts reporting, 58% have voted against the marriage amendment, while 42% have voted in support of it. Expect the presidential race numbers to change as the Twin Cities precincts begin reporting.
9:37 p.m. CST
It's not over until it's over. It's being reported that there are still lines of people voting in Michigan, Florida, and Iowa.
9:36 p.m. CST
NBC says Romney is winning Arizona.
9:28 p.m. CST
The Electoral Map - Obama 158 Romney 163
9:23 p.m. CST
The latest from the Drudge Report... Obama now leading slightly in Florida.
ROMNEY WINS: AL, AR, GA, IN, KY, KS, LA, MS, MT, NE, ND, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WV...
OBAMA WINS: CT, DC, DE, IL, MA, ME, MD, MI, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WI, WY...
O 3,816,442 49.83%
R 3,776,774 49.31%
9:18 p.m. CST
Not surprising, CNN is projecting a Utah win for Romney. We would know it was over if he didn't win that state.
9:14 p.m. CST
The general consensus among many over at Twitter is that the states are being called too early with far too votes being counted. What do you think?
Many are saying that the only way for Romney to win is if he captures VA-CO-OH-FL.
9:06 p.m. CST
With GOP Senate losses in OH, ME, FL, CT, and MA, the Wall Street Journal is projecting that the Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate.
9:02 p.m. CST
CBS is projecting a Democratic win for the Massachusetts Senate contest between Elizabeth Warren and Republican Scott Brown.
8:49 p.m. CST
CNN is projecting Obama as the winner in PA. Here's the latest Breitbart electoral vote map.
8:45 p.m. CST
Long lines were the story and the photos of the day. Voter turnout appeared to be tremendous across the country. People are being encouraged to stay in line. Some have reportedly waited in line as long as 2 - 2.5 hours.
8:37 p.m. CST
CBS is reporting that with 81% of the vote in, Obama has 50% of the vote in FL and Romney has 50% of the vote, with Obama leading by 1,000 votes. CBS is also projecting an Obama win in Wisconsin and New Hampshire.
8:25 p.m. CST
ROMNEY WINS: AL, AR, GA, IN, KY, KS, LA, MS, NE, ND, OK, SC, SD, TN, TX,WV...
OBAMA WINS: CT, DC, DE, IL, MA, ME, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WY...
R 3,476,253 49.73%
O 3,454,351 49.42%
8:20 p.m. CST
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the GOP has lost Senate seats in Maine, FL, and CT, but looks to retain its control of the House.
8:15 p.m. CST
Students in Minnesota show their support for the Marriage Amendment.
8:07 p.m. CST
According to the Wall Street Journal's streaming coverage, ABC, CBS, and NBC are calling Michigan for Obama.
8:03 p.m. CST
The polls just closed here in Minnesota. CNN just showed Romney with 152 electoral votes compared to Obama with 123.
7:57 p.m. CST
Breibart.com, which has been consistently unavailable today because of high usage, has this map up which shows Romney with 82 electoral votes to Obama's 104.
7:47 p.m. CST
According to this NBC story and exit polling, the majority of Americans feel that the country is seriously on the wrong track and that the federal government is doing too much.
52 percent said America was on the wrong track while 46 percent said the nation was"generally going in the right direction."
7:35 p.m. CST
Early results are coming in. This part of election evening is always frustrating as the data is changing so rapidly. I just took a look at CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC news. Here's the disparity in their results so far.
ABC showed Obama with 78 electoral votes and Romney with 65.
CBS showed Obama with 78 electoral votes and Romney with 82.
NBC showed Obama with 64 electoral votes and Romney with 82.
I'm here in Minnesota, where the polls are still open for another 30 minutes. I just received an automated telephone call from the Republican Party reminding me to vote.
As the evening progresses, I'll be posting additional information. In addition to the presidential race, I'll be playing close attention to some of the ballot initiatives in various states. It looks like it's going to be a long night.