Early Exit Polling Now Available; Georgia for Obama

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WASHINGTON D.C. — These are completely unreliable, but fun to look at.

They show a huge night for Obama in the making. But again, I caution, they are completely unreliable. The only thing we do know right now is that Georgia, the first state to report, has been called for Obama.

Black voters were 52 percent of voters in Georgia; they voted 86 percent for Obama. Among white voters, Obama took 43 percent, much much much better than the white vote he recieved in South Carolina and Florida.

Josh Harkinson, sitting in Obama’s Norcal HQ, writes to add:

News just hit Obama HQ in San Jose, where I’m live blogging. “Take that enthusiasm and have it in California!” someone yells. Not exactly Obama-esque speechifying, but for this crowd, it will do.

Oh, and PS — Exit polls show the economy as the most important issue for the plurality of voters.

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