Well, fuck. Multiple reports saying Hillary Clinton has succeeded. A Donald J. Trump presidency. FUCK EVERYTHING.
Except for this song. This song forever:
Here's the latest from John Podesta, of Clinton's campaign: "They're still counting votes, and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we're not going to have anything more to say tonight." So this will likely go on until the sun comes up.
Here is a sliver of hope: There's a chance mail-in votes in Detroit and Milwaukee could push Michigan and Wisconsin to Clinton. (BW)
Voters express frustration with polling places
Marcie says her polling place, Patapsco High School, would not allow her and several elderly early birds to wait inside the vestibule, even though it was well away from the actual polling place. Then, she says, the election official would not let her look at the vote tally to make sure her vote was counted by the machine. A vote for Donald Trump.
“When it goes through the scanner, you should be able to see if your vote was counted,” she says, sipping a beer in the Seahorse Inn on Wise Avenue in Dundalk. The bar is a political hangout from back in the day, formerly a Democratic stronghold. Today its patrons appear to lean Trump, although one man quipped that if it were a Republican bar it would not have CNN blaring from the TVs.
Scott Kirschner, a county police officer, says he got to his polling place, Edgemere Elementary School, at 4:30 pm and didn’t leave until 7. He voted for Trump. "Let's just say I'm tired of the same old, same old."
Waiting for Baltimore Mayor-elect Catherine Pugh to arrive at the Radisson, Patricia Pierre has a message for the media: “Write how stupid it is that you have to get in line three times to vote,” she says.
Pierre says she stopped by her polling place at noon and saw a line out the door, so she returned after five and took more than an hour to vote. “You get in line for the paper, then again to get the ballot, then you get in line again to put it through the machine,” she says.
Sitting behind her in the ballroom, Monica Jones says she is excited for Pugh’s coming term. "We need someone who isn't afraid to get out in the community," she says. "We need to stop asking what the city needs and just do it." (Edward Ericson Jr.)
Polls have closed everywhere except Alaska, according to CBS News. Hillary just racked up California's 55 electoral votes. Christ, this is still way too fucking close. (BW)
Catherine Pugh's victory speech:
Pugh thanks her Balt city firefighters, who moments ago gave an impromptu chorus pic.twitter.com/yhQGyUUC6m— Suspicious Person (@EdwardEricsonJr) November 9, 2016
With 211 of 296 precincts reporting, Catherine Pugh has 57.5 percent of the vote. Looks like she has this thing locked up. (BW)
As of this writing, The New York Times is giving Donald Trump a 78 percent of winning. So, yeah—this:
excited to throw these k-fries up later due to anxiety pic.twitter.com/DuVyE112uH— Rebekah Kirkman (@rebekahkirkman) November 9, 2016
"I am not gonna stop until I see every vote that's counted," says Dixon. It might not be tonight." #CPElectionNight— Lisa Snowden McCray (@LisaMcCray) November 9, 2016
Some City Council races that were thought to be close, namely the 1st and the 12th, are showing huge leads for the Democrats. In the 1st, Zeke Cohen is besting Republican Matthew McDaniel by nearly 50 points. In the 12th, Robert Stokes Sr. has a more than 40 point lead over Green Party candidate Ian Schlakman and Independent Dan Sparaco. Still early, of course. (BW)
The first results in the mayoral race are in. Catherine Pugh has opened up a commanding lead, with 58 percent of the vote. Josh Harris has 9.9 percent, and there are 24.2 percent for write-in candidates, many of which are likely for Sheila Dixon. (BW)
Okay, so the results are kind of terrifying right now. So here is a picture from a Melania Trump-themed burlesque night.
Dixon speaking about a woman who was not going to vote... #CPElectionNight— Lisa Snowden McCray (@LisaMcCray) November 9, 2016
Hamlet: "She was so sweet and so kind. I like her personality." #CPElectionNight— Lisa Snowden McCray (@LisaMcCray) November 9, 2016
Comptroller Joan Pratt and a city councilman who knows something about book keeping. pic.twitter.com/JmB6grnvX8— Suspicious Person (@EdwardEricsonJr) November 9, 2016
Keiffer on the scene. Super good at scene and be scene. pic.twitter.com/67jqi1F2H1— Suspicious Person (@EdwardEricsonJr) November 9, 2016
East Baltimore resident D. Dillon doesn't much fuck with Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump for that matter.
"I don't fuck with any politician really, but I don't like Hillary or the Clinton administration because they pushed for the war on drugs in the '90s which brought the prison population to a new level," Dillon says.
As for Trump: "I've listened to the promises he's made and he can't even do the majority of that shit, but most the people who follow him aren't capable of critical thinking."
So when Dillon, who lives on Bel Air Road and Erdman Avenue, went to vote today at Brehms Lane Elementary, he wrote-in snarling Atlanta rapper 21 Savage for president instead.
Just voted for 21 Savage as president wit a half an ounce on me.. Put that on my lor sisters pic.twitter.com/Sp8sIELmcG— D. Dillon (@DeeJCokane) November 8, 2016
"I wrote in 21 Savage because he from the bottom and us at the bottom hear what they say but see what they do, while the rest of the world hears what they say but don't see what they do," Dillon says. "Plus 21's got an interesting perspective on gun control," he added, referencing a September interview with the Fader where Savage suggested everybody's guns be taken away.
"Take guns away from police, civilians, everybody except the army who protect the whole country, there wouldn't be no gun violence," Savage told the Fader. "Why does a police officer need to have a gun if no civilians have guns? Take away guns from our civilians then police officers won't need to have guns."
For mayor, Dillon voted for Green Party candidate Joshua Harris. Dillon came to the attention of Green Party supporters when he tweeted, "Just voted for 21 Savage as president wit a half an ounce on me.. Put that on my lor sisters," along with an image of his ballot, with 21 Savage written in for president, Chris Van Hollen for Senator, and Harris for mayor.
"I read about what [Harris] wanted to do as far the city's economy, getting jobs for people coming out f jail/ prison amongst other things," Dillon says. "Even if he doesn't do everything he says I know I can't vote for no Catherine Pugh—shordy look like a bottle of moscato from the neck up. That can't be healthy."
Dillon also has a clothing line, NorthEastDiv, and raps as a solo artist as Drug Dillon (check out the track 'Robert E. Lee Soldiers') and with Modern Refugees, a word-bending rap collective featuring Buffa7o, Faraji Jacobs, and others. In a short documentary that's part of a larger series of profiles of local rappers titled "B-More The Movie," Dillon offers up some hedged optimism for his city: "I feel like Baltimore's one of those lost cities, like we never really got out there, people don't know that much, like L.A., New York, Chicago, people know all about this stuff about different neighborhoods, different street names, food spots, I just want people to know what we do, how we eat, everything."
Voting went "semi-smooth," according to Dillon. He went over around 3 p.m., between the morning and evening rush: "I knew a lot of people were still gonna be at work, it was less then 40 people when I walked in. They had the fiends that been runnin' around my neighborhood cutting people's grass since I was young helping pass out papers telling people where to go. The whole process probably took me about a half an hour."
This was Dillon's second time voting. He previously voted in 2012—for Gary Johnson. (Brandon Soderberg)
Raddisson. Democratic Unity party. Parking is $10. pic.twitter.com/Ll1wA2oQ6u— Suspicious Person (@EdwardEricsonJr) November 9, 2016
Chris Van Hollen is the projected winner in the Maryland senate race, according to the Associated Press. He'll replace Barbara Mikulski. (BW)
Meanwhile, over in Dundalk...
Marci and Scott at the Seahorse on Wise ave. say edgemere wlementary super crowded & rigged. #cpelection— Suspicious Person (@EdwardEricsonJr) November 9, 2016
Additionally, CNN is reporting Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Illinois, Delaware, and New Jersey have gone for Clinton in addition to Vermont, the first state she won. Exhale (BW)
And just like that, the AP has called Maryland for Hillary Clinton. (BW)
It's 8 p.m., meaning polls have closed here in Maryland. Anyone who is in line at a polling place will be able to vote, though. Results should be rolling in soon. (BW)
From earlier: Catherine Pugh is not ready for a Donald Trump presidency (but really, what rational person is?) (BW)
According to multiple networks, Trump has jumped out to 24-3 lead in the Electoral College. No real surprises in the states he's won—Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia—but still.
Polls in Ohio are closing soon, so be prepared to hear that state mentioned as often as Kyle Schwarber was in the World Series. (BW)
Somebody just announced they are moving to Canada #CPElectionNight— Lisa Snowden McCray (@LisaMcCray) November 9, 2016
As the stream of "I Voted" sticker selfies in your social media feeds and round-the-clock news coverage show, it is Election Day here in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. With the bubbling of hatred and bigotry coming up from Donald J. Trump's campaign, there has long been a sense of dread surrounding this day, not to mention the future of the country regardless of the result. But here we finally are to make it official. There's no need to reiterate how much is at stake.
Locally, there's no shortage of important races as the city votes on a new mayor and City Council, which is likely to have eight new members by night's end. And while elections in Baltimore are typically seen as a foregone conclusion, there are still plenty of interesting questions surrounding today's vote. Will the City Council have its first Republican since 1942? What gains can the Green Party make, particularly mayoral candidate Joshua Harris? Did Sheila Dixon's write-in campaign gain enough traction to alter the mayor's race? Will any insurgent campaigns be able to topple City Comptroller Joan Pratt?
Polls in Maryland close at 8 p.m. City Paper staffers will be blogging the results and reporting from watch parties around the city. Check back for more updates. We'll also add some commentary on the national races and possibly drink ourselves stupid, depending on how the night goes. (Brandon Weigel)Copyright © 2017, Baltimore City Paper