RMU students’ election night coverage (LIVE BLOG)

After midnight! I love these kids.

11:00 p.m.: Forget the Blue Wave from the west coast. Yes, it gives Biden a large number of Electoral College votes; however, all three states were supposed to go his way. There’s nothing in these data that change the reality that the upper Midwest and Arizona are now the focus of the next three or so days.

10:56 p.m.: Can you say “automatic recount” in North Carolina? If the numbers stay as they are — Trump holds a roughly 1% lead — that seems certain (presuming, of course, if the mail-in and absentee ballots also are close).

10:40 p.m.: If the South does remain red, you can forget an Electoral College victory for either Trump or Biden rolling into the 300s. More importantly, there’s no way a victor will be identified tonight.

10:30 p.m. Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania

10:25 p.m.: The map right now couldn’t be better for Donald Trump. He’s winning three major southern states — Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

9:05 p.m. More photos

8:25 p.m. Early photos

7:50 p.m.: The polls in more than one-dozen states plus the District of Columbia will close in 10 minutes. The states to watch most closely: Florida, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.

7:40 p.m.: No surprises so far; the few declared states all have gone as expected. But keep an eye on how quickly data from Florida are coming in.

7:20 p.m.: The final production meeting has been had. Practices have begun.

7:15 p.m.: With North Carolina and Ohio (along with West Virginia, which will not be in play) closing in 15 minutes, several of the closely watched states will soon start reporting results.

7:00 p.m.: Let history show that for a very short time tonight, Kanye West had collected the most votes…in Kentucky. You may read into that whatever you wish.

At this hour, the polls are closing in six states. Georgia, with 16 Electoral College votes, is the largest of the sextet.

6:40 p.m.: My unofficial tally: 35 students involved in tonight’s production.

6:25 p.m.: The requisite pizza has been delivered.

6:10 p.m.: Less than two hours from the start of a 4-hour multimedia production, and all of it produced, anchored and reported by students. (Rumor has it a certain professor might be serving as an Election Night analyst.)

ORIGINAL POST: I’ll be updating this throughout the night with photos and more.

Will anything change?

If civility doesn’t return to our discourse, then nothing will change.

If we continue to see opponents as enemies, then nothing will change.

If we remain content with our echo chambers, then nothing will change.

If our institutions continue to be undermined, then nothing will change.

If party over country retains relevance, then nothing will change.

If blame is assigned only to the other side, then nothing will change.

If protests are the only way to be heard, then nothing will change.

If arrogance is rewarded, then nothing will change.

If money remains politics’ mother’s milk, then nothing will change.

If yesterday’s wars continue to be fought today, then nothing will change.

Go away

Tomorrow I will no longer be of interest to the dozens of people who have called or texted me over the past month.

I can’t wait.

Their stilted and poor effort to remind me how to vote or whom to vote for annoys me.

People who neither know me personally nor make any attempt to know me invade my space — and, yes, I know I’m not alone — feigning care and interest in me.

Go away.

Ditto to the organizations that claim to have my best interests in mind.

Go away.

In roughly 46 months, this bombardment will begin again. You may call it canvassing or outreach or by some other positive term. I call it a nuisance.