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When Will The Media Call The Important Races? Here’s When All The Polls Close

UPDATE 2012: This post is originally from the 2010 elections. For a list of poll closure times for the 2012 election, please click HERE.

We’ve already laid out which of the media’s favorite candidates have a chance of actually winning today – but when will we find out if the media’s dreams come true?

Here’s a breakdown of when all the polls close, and which races to watch when the clock winds down.

7:00pmET:
Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia

• Races to watch – Can Alvin Greene pull of the upset?! No. But Rand Paul certainly can win in Kentucky.

7:30pmET:
North Carolina, Ohio, West Virgina

• Races to watch – The Ohio Governor race featuring former media member John Kasich against incumbent Ted Strickland will be big. Also, our favorite Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott has a congressional race in Ohio. In West Virginia, it’s a tight race for Senate – Joe Manchin vs. John Raese.

8:00pmET:
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee

• Races to watch – All eyes will be on Christine O’Donnell in Delaware, but three other big races are going on in this timeslot. Check out Florida, for Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist, Illinois for the fight between Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk and Pennsylvania where Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey have battled down to the wire. Also, can Alan Grayson keep his seat?

8:30pmET:
Arkansas

• Races to watch – Hmm. Christine O’Donnell hangover.

9:00pmET:
Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming

• Races to watch – This seems like the hour we part ways with Carl Paladino (and Jimmy McMillan). Also check out Wisconsin, where Ron Johnson looks to upset Russ Feingold. (Update: @TJBasalla notes upset comes if incumbent Feingold wins.)

10:00pmET:
Arizona, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah

• Races to watch – This should be fun. How many of the trio of Ben Quayle, Jan Brewer and, of course, Sharron Angle, pull off the GOP victories?

11pmET:
California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

• Races to watch – Of course there’s the two California races: whether Carly Fiorina or Meg Whitman can win it for the GOP. But also, Washington looms, and the tight Senate race between Dino Rossi and incumbent Democrat Patty Murray.

12amET:
Hawaii

• Races to watch – Man, Alaska’s far away…

1amET:
Alaska

• Races to watch – Joe Miller! Lisa Murkowski! Sarah Palin! Battledome!

UPDATE 2012: This post is originally from the 2010 elections. For a list of poll closure times for the 2012 election, please click HERE.

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