Greetings all! Tonight I will be in the field, liveblogging election returns and events from Hank Johnson’s election-night gathering in the heart of Decatur. Tune in from 8:30pm on, and I will do my best to provide you with the best election night blogging possible.
[8:15] Just arrived at the blogger table, where I’m joined by Tom Baxter of the AJC Political Insider, Will Hinton of Dignan’s 75-Year Plan, and Andre’ Walker of Georgia Politics Unfiltered. Nice setup, we have prime corner real estate…but Holiday Inn doesn’t have wireless set up this far from the lobby. Working on connectivity now.
[8:30] Set up, but with internet connectivity issues. Still working on it…
[9:11] Hank makes a brief appearance in the lobby to much audience fanfare and an extremely loud band.
[9:15] People are constantly approaching the four of us with computers to ask the latest numbers. Hank’s still winning—and that makes them happy J
[9:19] a young lady with the campaign just informed us that we’ve been seated at the wrong table. Oh, well; we ain’t moving.
[9:30] This internet is seriously getting on my nerves. Former State Rep Mike Jacobs is at the table talking politics, and folks are getting antsy at the lack of DeKalb county returns in. Still 12% reporting, 75-25 Johnson, but DeKalb is the area that matters.
[9:33] With the lack of DeKalb returns, any hope that there would be a Ralph Reed-esque early bow out for McKinney is vanishing…
[9:34] Hank appears at the podium, to chants of “Hank, Hank, Hank..