WASHINGTON, Nov. 7
Eight Simple Note Rules for Election Day:
1. The exit polls are fully embargoed and quarantined until 5:00 pm ET.
2. There are no pooled exit polls in House races.
3. IF, if, if, the Democrats take control of the House, the key moment of the night (or morning) will be when President Bush calls Leader Pelosi. Note prediction: You will be stunned by what he says to her (and, perhaps, what she says back).
4. There are no pooled exit polls in House races.
5. Cautiously: NY2X, IN2X, CT, PA2X, CO, FL, AZ, IA, NC, NH, OH2X.
6. 4/5 MO, MT, RI, TN, VA, plus holds.
7. There are no pooled exit polls in House races.
8. There is no way to know the level of national or state turnout with any certainty today.
ABC News' Karen Travers reports that President Bush has voted in Crawford, TX this morning. On his way into the polling station he said he was "feeling good" and that he had pretty much made up his mind as to how he was going to vote. Even veteran Bush watchers were powerless to analyze the body language.
On his way out of the voting station, President Bush encouraged everyone to get out to vote today. He took no questions. The First Couple now head back to the ranch for a couple of hours before winging their way to the White House to watch the returns.
Nancy Pelosi's daughter has not yet given birth, so the House Minority Leader remains in Washington, DC . . . for now.
Ken Mehlman will be at the RNC today, where he has 36 local, regional and national media hits scheduled.
For President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) voted at Douglass Graffin Elementary School at 8:45 am ET in Chappaqua, NY. Per ABC News' Kate Snow, the Junior Senator from New York said earlier at the local train station, "I am feeling great personally, it has been a great campaign I love campaigning . . . . . I am hopeful for a good turnout because so mush is at state in the country and I am hoping for a democratic majority."
The Clintons will spend their evening at an election night celebration at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. The activity gets underway at 8:00 pm ET.
Senatorial candidate John Spencer (R-NY) votes at Saunders High School at 10:30 am ET in Yonkers, NY.
The DCCC and DSCC hold a joint election night watch party at 8:00 pm ET at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) was expected to vote at the Wild Horse Creek Elementary School at 7:30 am ET in Chesterfield, MO.
Claire McCaskill (D-MO) was expected to vote at the Kirkwood Community Center at 7:30 am ET in Kirkwood, MO.
Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and Claire McCaskill hold their election night parties in St. Louis tonight, Talent at the Frontenac Hilton and McCaskill at the Renaissance Grand Hotel downtown.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) voted at the Wallace School in Hoboken, NJ at 6:15 am ET. He holds his election night party at his campaign headquarters, the East Brunswick Hilton, in East Brunswick, NJ at 7:00 pm ET.
Tom Kean Jr. (R-NJ) voted at Westfield Public Library at 7:45 am ET in Westfield, NJ. Getting an early start before he voted, Kean held a meet and greet at the train station in Westfield, NJ at 6:00 am ET. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) joins him for a main street walk in Hackensack at 12:30 pm ET. His campaign headquarters for tonight is located at the Bridgewater Marriot in Bridgewater, NJ.
Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) voted at Metcalf School in Exeter, RI at 7:00 am ET.