Live-Blogging the Astrology of Election Day 2012
Election Day is finally here! We will be posting live updates on this page throughout the course of the day, as well as on on our Twitter account.
We plan to update this page with some notes about the astrology underlying today’s events, record times when significant developments take place, and post notices about important news stories related to the election.
We will probably begin our coverage sometime in the afternoon, because we will probably be sleeping in, since, let’s face it, most astrologers are anticipating that this is going to be a long night due to the Mercury retrograde, and at the end of it we may not even know who the winner is.
If you come across any important news that you would like to share with us, or if you have any interesting astrological observations about what is going on, then please post them in the comments section below.
Previous Articles on the Astrology of the 2012 Election
We’ve been following the astrology of the 2012 election for a couple of years now, so we have a pretty extensive archive of articles related to the subject at this point. Here are a few of the more important articles that you might want to check out if this is your first time here though:
- The Political Astrology Blog’s Official Prediction for the 2012 Election – Back in April the authors of The Political Astrology Blog issued our official prediction for the 2012 presidential election. Based on the techniques that we employed, we predicted that Barack Obama would be reelected to a second term of office. However, we also noted the potential for delays due to the Mercury retrograde on Election Day, which is similar to what happened in 2000.
- Mercury Retrograde and the 2012 Election – In August we posted a more extensive discussion about the Mercury retrograde on Election Day, and discussed the implications of what is means by looking at past instances in which it has coincided with elections. We noted that Mercury was also retrograde on Election Day in 1960 and 2000.
- Astrologers Predict the 2012 Election: Roundup – This is a roundup of every published prediction about the outcome of the election by astrologers that we could find as of late October. According to our survey of 45 predictions, 31 astrologers predicted that Obama will win, while 14 predicted that Romney would win. Based on that survey, it appears that astrologers are generally predicting that Obama will win 2 to 1.
- We also covered of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the presidential debates in October, and we recorded a two hour podcast on the astrology of the election as well.
With that brief recap out of the way, let’s get started with our coverage of Election Day.
Election Day 2012
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- 6:30 AM ET: Ominous? A tie for Obama and Romney in nation’s first results at Dixville Notch, NH according to CNN.
- 6:45 AM ET: CNN: 21 moments that defined the campaign and America – good for dates.
- PBS Frontline “The Choice 2012″ – great documentary about the lives of Obama and Romney.
- 9:46 AM ET: Reddit user Centralpavote uploads video from cell phone showing voting machine switching his Obama vote to Romney. NBC has confirmed. Separate reports of similar issues coming in from North Carolina.
- 2:24 PM ET: Moon is currently at 12 Leo 17′. The Moon is currently bonified, separating from Venus and moving toward Jupiter. Moon is rapidly approaching Obama’s Sun at 12 Leo 33′. The Moon was on Romney’s Pluto at 11 Leo 22′ a couple of hours ago.
- 3:30 PM ET: Astrologer Leisa Schaim alerted us about a federal judge striking down a suit against the Ohio Secretary State for allowing “experimental” software patches to be installed on voting machines days before the general election. Schaim reports: “The story on the Ohio software lawsuit I posted above was published at 11:24 am PST, which is 2:24 pm in Columbus, OH. Assuming a few minute delay from hearing the ruling to posting about it, the chart for 2:20 pm in Columbus has Asc conjunct almost-stationed Neptune and square stationing Mercury overcoming in the 10th. Woo-hoo, that ridiculous Merc-Neptune stationing square highlighted! This lawsuit was filed yesterday about an ‘experimental’ software patch put on electronic voting machines in 39 counties late in the game.” The results of a state hearing are forthcoming.
- 5:21 PM ET: Astrologer Leisa Schaim alerted us about New Jersey extending its email voting to Friday, read about it here on Politico.
- Mercury is now retrograde as of 6:03 PM EST.
- Polls close in Virginia at 7:00 PM ET and then at 7:30 Ohio begins to count votes.
- 7:01 PM ET – Polls just closed in a bunch of states on the east coast, and the news networks are starting to make projections based on exit polls.
- 7:07 PM ET: ABC News is calling Indiana and Kentucky for Romney based on exit polls, and Vermont for Obama.
- ABC News is doing a live stream tonight here: http://abcnews.go.com/live NBC has one as well: http://nbcnews.com
- 7:24 PM ET: NBC is saying that Virginia is too close to call.
- 7:31 PM ET: NBC saying North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia still too close to call. Project that Romney will take West Virginia.
- 7:35 PM ET: NBC calls South Carolina for Romney.
- 8:01 PM ET: NBC News declares Barack Obama the projected winner in DC, IL, RI, MA, MD, ME, DE, and CT. Mitt Romney the projected winner in AL, GA, MS, TN, and OK. Via NBC News Twitter.
- 8:16 PM ET: Astrologer Leisa Schaim says ACLU of New Jersey tweeted at 7:25 pm Eastern that their emergency legal petition to gain absentee ballots for displaced people complaining about problems with email voting was denied. Here is their full statement from their Facebook page. Mercury retrograde station not a good time to start a new method of tabulating votes…
- 8:30 PM ET: NBC calls Arkansas for Romney.
Transits for Obama and Romney November 6-7
All times are given in Eastern Standard Time.
- Moon square Neptune, exact at 07:21 AM
- Moon conjunction Sun, exact at 2:55AM
- Mars square Mars, exact at 12:04 AM
- Moon opposition Ascendant, exact at 1:21 AM
- Venus sextile Sun, exact at 3:41 PM
- Moon conjunction Uranus, exact at 2:52 PM
- Moon square MC, exact at 9:32 PM
Other transits that are activated for Obama but not exact
- Pluto trine Pluto
- Nodes square Uranus
- Mercury opposing Moon
- Pluto sextile Neptune
- Neptune trine Venus
- Neptune square MC
- Saturn square Mercury (1°30′ separating)
- Mercury trine Mercury, applying
- Jupiter sectile Sun, applying, 2 degrees away
- Saturn trine Venus, 2 degrees, separating
- Moon opposition MC, exact at 03:42AM
- Moon opposition Venus, , exact at 07:14 AM
- Moon sextile Neptune, exact at 09:55 AM
- Moon conjunction Pluto, exact at 12:39 PM
- Venus sextile Pluto, exact at 16:28 PM
- Moon sextile Uranus, exact at 12:59 AM
- Moon square Jupiter, exact at 7:05 PM
- Moon square Moon, exact at 7:12 PM
Other transits that are activated for Romney but not exact
- Jupiter square Mercury
- Neptune square Ascendant
- Sun trine Mercury
- Mercury conjunct south node
- Mars square Sun (1 degree separating)
- Pluto sextile Mars
- North node conjunct Jupiter
- Saturn square Saturn
- North node conjunct Moon
- Uranus sextile MC
- Venus conjunct Neptune (1 degree 50 separating)
- Mercury trine Saturn (1 degree 50 applying)
- Mercury square Mars (1 degree 56 separating)
Resuming Live Updates at 8:45 PM ET
- A bunch of the mountain states have their polls closing in about 15 minutes, at 9:00 PM ET.
- 9:00 PM ET: NBC says Colorado and Arizona too close to call. Wisconsin and Nebraska too early to call. Romney gets Texas, Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. Obama gets New York, New Mexico, and Michigan.
- 9:07 PM ET – NBC calls New Jersey for Obama.
- 9:09 PM ET – A reporter from the Denver Post tweets: “Long night ahead? Exit poll in Colorado shows presidential race a flatfoot tie at 48 a piece.” Link
- 9:17 PM ET – NBC calls Pennsylvania for Obama.
- 9:19 PM ET – Reader Chris Dingley sent us a tip saying that he hears that Wisconsin is running out of ballots, which is kind of a Mercury retrograde issue. He originally heard it on MSNBC, but it is also being reported on Talking Points Memo right now as well.
- 9:21 PM ET – Florida keeps going back and forth. There was a report around 9:15 that Florida had 80 percent of precincts reporting, and Obama was in the lead by only 193 votes. That is a really close margin. But now at 9:21 NBC has reported that the margin has opened back up, with Romney leading by 12,000 votes after another precinct reported in.
- 9:28 PM ET – NBC calls Wisconsin for Obama.
- 9:32 PM ET – Reports are coming in that people are still standing in line at the polls in Florida, and there are estimates that they will continue to be for another 2 hours or so. This is important because Florida is really close right now, and it has a lot of electoral votes.
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Resuming Live Updates at 9:45 PM ET
- 9:43 PM ET – NBC just called the Massachusetts senate race for Elizabeth Warren. The first reports that she won seems like they started coming in at 9:10 though. K.S. Roy points out in the comments section below that “Elizabeth Warren’s FB page posted a “thank you” message at 9:09 PM EST.” Link to Facebook post.
- 9:54 PM – NBC called New Hampshire for Obama somewhere around or before 9:50 PM ET. Here is the Twitter link.
- 9:57 PM ET – A reporter from NBC in
MiamiOhio said that it “may not be until the end of the month” before we know the outcome in FloridaOhio , since it is so close there right now, and because they wouldn’t start counting the provisional ballots until later in the month. (We think the reporter was in Florida, although one of our astrologers thought they said Ohio.) Update: turns out he was in Ohio. The issue is provisional ballots in Ohio.
- 10:01 PM ET – NBC just called Utah and Montana for Romney.
- 10:07 PM ET – Claire McCaskill was just projected as the winner of senate race against Todd Akin by a pretty large margin.
- 10:12 PM ET – ABC News tweets that “Republicans Projected to Preserve Control of House” link
- 10:17 PM ET – The New York Times tweets “News of close Florida race keeps mood up at Romney’s party in Boston.”
- 10:25 PM ET – NBC reporting: Iowa too early to call, Nevada too early, Colorado too close to call, Virginia still too close to call after 3 hours. North Carolina still too close to call. Ohio too close to call. Florida too close to call.
- 10:34 PM ET – NBC just called Arizona for Romney.
- 10:37 PM ET – ABC News tweets “voting machine problems reported in Texas.” Issues with long lines in Texas this morning. Lawyers requesting voting extensions. Some granted in Galveston.
- 10:42 PM ET – NBC News tweets “…As I talk to Romney folks tonight, they are sweating out Florida.” -@DavidGregory
- 10:44 PM ET – NBC projects Obama to win Minnesota.
- 10:46 PM ET – Associated Press calling Nebraska for Romney.
- 10:48 PM ET – Marc Ambinder tweets “Automatic recount threshold in Florida is about 45,000″
- 10:49 PM ET – NBC calls Missouri for Romney.
- 10:57 PM ET – The Denver Post, the largest newspaper in Colorado, is projecting that Obama will take Colorado. Link.
- 10:59 PM ET – The Associated Press is calling North Carolina for Romney. Link.
- 11:01 PM ET – NBC projects that Obama will take California, Washington and Hawaii. Romney takes Idaho. Oregon too early to call.
- 11:09 PM ET – NBC projects that Obama will take Iowa.
- 11:12 PM ET – Obama just took ohio according to CNN. its all over.
- 11:19 PM ET – Fox News was also calling it around the same time. CNN delayed, but now they have called it as well. Where is the retrograde?
- 11:22 PM ET – ABC News still hasn’t called it yet. New York Times hasn’t either. Astrologers wonder if there could still be a Mercury retrograde reversal, or if this is really it.
- 11:33 PM ET – On NBC they just read a statement from a Romney adviser saying that it isn’t over yet, as they are still waiting for all of the votes to come in.
- 11:35 PM ET – ABC News and the Associated Press are now calling it for Obama. The New York Times is reporting it as “Networks Project Second Term for Obama”, apparently trying to be careful about calling themselves.
- 11:40 PM ET – Romney campaign is definitely saying that they are not conceding Ohio yet.
- 11:43 PM ET – NBC reporting that Obama is ahead in the popular vote, although just barely.
- 11:46 PM ET – Marc Ambinder tweets “Senior Obama official says there has been NO concession call yet from Romney.”
- 11:48 PM ET – Associated Press now calling Colorado for Obama.
- 11:54 PM ET – ABC News projects Obama will win Nevada
- 11:58 PM ET – Nate Silver of The New York Times writes an update: “Some networks have called the Electoral College for Barack Obama, but it will take longer before the popular vote can officially be called. That’s because the three Pacific Coast states — California, Oregon and Washington — conduct much of their voting by mail, yielding a lag of several days to a week before all ballots are counted. As of 11:45 p.m., however, Mr. Obama trailed Mitt Romney by only about 150,000 votes nationally, a margin he should be able to make up on the West Coast.” Link
- 12:05 AM – The New York Times just called the election for Obama. Link to tweet by Nate Silver.
- 12:16 AM ET – Still no concession from Romney. Patrick Watson points out that it is kind of holding everything up, because until that happens Obama can’t make his victory speech yet. We are wondering if this isn’t the Mercury retrograde issue, although we will have to see how long this drags on tonight before we know for sure.
- 12:21 AM EST: Brad Friedman reporting Cuyahoga County, Ohio election results website is down. This is important because it is one of the counties in Ohio where the votes are not in yet, and the networks are assuming will go for Obama. Link to tweets.
- 12:27 AM EST: Reader Anita points out in a comment below a news report saying that the final election results in Florida’s Miami-Dade County county will be delayed until Wednesday: “Final election results from Florida’s Miami-Dade County, which accounts for about 10 percent of the crucial swing state’s registered voters, will not be available until Wednesday afternoon, a senior election official announced late on Tuesday.” Link.
- 12:33 AM ET – The Associated Press is saying that Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin has won her bid for the Senate, making her the first openly gay Senator.
- 12:34 AM ET – NBC News is reporting that Obama has pulled into the lead in the popular vote now that the California votes are starting to come in.
- Colorado and Washington approve recreational marijuana use, while Oregon shoots down a MJ referendum.
- 12:37 AM ET: The Associated Press just called Virginia for Obama. Link to tweet.
- 12:47 AM ET – Networks are reporting that Romney is about to give a speech at 12:55 ET. His motorcade is on his way to the Boston Convention Center.
- 12:48 AM ET – All of the news networks are now reporting that Romney has called Obama to concede already.
- Romney walks out on stage at 12:55 AM. Begins speech. Says that he called Obama to concede.
- Finishes speech at 1:00 AM ET. Paul Ryan comes out with his wife, Romney’s wife, and the rest of the family. Tough moment.
- 1:36 AM ET – Obama takes the stage in Chicago to begin speech. Begins at 1:39 AM. 5 Virgo rising, conjunct Obama’s natal Pluto. MC just moved into Gemini. Mercury ruling Ascendant.
- Obama finishes his speech at exactly 2:00 AM ET. Biden comes out.
- 2:47 AM ET: We are working on our official ‘we called it’ post right now. Will probably post it either in the next few hours or sometime tomorrow. Unless something else comes out of nowhere tonight I think that this concludes our live blogging coverage of Election Day 2012. Thanks for joining us!