Polls close in Arkansas; Bush leading in FL, OH

[JURIST Election Special] 8:30 PM ET - The polls have just closed in Arkansas. Kerry has an electoral college lead over Bush 77-66 based on projections, but Bush is leading Kerry in the critical states of Florida and Ohio. If Kerry loses both of those, he may well lose the race.

8:32 PM ET - The Columbus Post-Dispatch website is down, so no more results from there for a while.

8:33 PM ET - Florida is looking good for Bush, with over 21% of precincts reporting:

Bush/Cheney - 1,080,468 54.5%
Kerry/Edwards - 886,528 44.7%

8:35 PM ET - The Post-Dispatch is back online, and Kerry has taken the lead in Ohio:

John Kerry 83,567 55%
George Bush 65,704 43%

8:45 PM ET - In Michigan today, the NAACP asked a federal judge to bar challengers from Detroit polling places, complaining that voters were being harassed and intimidated. The Detroit Free Press has more. The NAACP later dropped the suit about an hour afterwards, however. State Republicans meanwhile filed a separate action against City of Detriot officials for allegedly preventing GOP poll challengers from being present at polling places. NBC 4 Detroit has more.

8:50 PM ET - Florida still holding for Bush, with more than 27% of precincts reporting:

Bush/Cheney - 1,378,485 54.6%
Kerry/Edwards - 1,127,069 44.6%

8:51 PM ET - Ohio holding for Kerry, but with only some 2% of precincts in so far:

John Kerry 130,655 51%
George Bush 123,915 48%

8:58 PM ET - In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, KDKA-TV is reporting that Allegheny county is taking provisional ballots from people unable to vote earlier at other polling stations until 9:30 at the city county building. Polls were originally supposed to close here at 8, but some lines are still an hour long. Early fragmentary returns from around the state with about 1% of the precincts reporting indicate:

Kerry - 68%
Bush - 32%

That's all from me on anchor. Taking over from 9-12 will be Chris Buell. I'll be back after 10 PM ET with updated reports on ballot initiatives.

 

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