Swing State and Illinois Twitter Feeds to Follow on Election Day

As national outlets map out their divinations for tonight’s returns, it’s worth taking a look at knowledgable people close to the scene, who often pick up on developing patterns before they’re felt nationally.

Lots of eyes will be on cable news, FiveThirtyEight, NPR, and whatnot, but a lot of times the people picking up the vibrations before the earthquake are those closest to the fault—local reporters and pundits who have a good sense of demographics and voting patterns, and who have a good sense of what sort of returns to watch out for. Often they’ll pick up on patterns as they begin to emerge; you might not be in any rush, in which case there will be endless analysis going forward, but it can be interesting to see them forming, district by district (I’m most interested in the returns from northern Virginia; Obama’s polling well in the Old Dominion, but I’m curious to see if he can maintain uphill voting patterns that pushed him through in 2008, and also because I’m sick of Ohio getting so much more pandering than my home state).

Virginia

@MichaelSlussRT (Roanoke Times, focusing on the state capitol)
@MasonAdamsRT (Roanoke Times, focusing on Obama/Romney)
@RTDSchapiro (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
@LarrySabato (director of UVA’s Center for Politics, the Dick Simpson of Virginia)
@psullivan1 (Washington Post)

Ohio

@HenryJGomez (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
@RichExner (Plain Dealer data guru)
@TomFTroy (Toledo Blade)
@Cweiser (Cincinnati Enquirer political editor)

Florida

@electionsmith (U of F polisci prof)
@NakedPoliticsFL
(Miami Herald)
@MaryEllenKlas (Miami Herald)
@ahernandez_OS (Orlando Sentinel)

Illinois

@bshor (U of C public policy prof)
@cfelsenthal (who checked in earlier today with a roundup)
Capitol Fax, doing live roundups, also at @capitolfax
@BaichwalABC7 (on top of the Duckworth/Walsh race)
@CarolMarin (natch)
#BEZelection (WBEZ’s feed)
@SennettReport (for the view from McCormick Place, where there is no booze, but allegedly ok coffee)

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