Today’s UpTake: Election Day 2010!

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Governor Candidates

Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer & Tom Horner

Following many months of political campaigning, debates, advertisements on television and billboards, and the most expensive midterm election season in U.S. history, Election Day 2010 is upon us, at last. The UpTake team will be on the ground all day, and into the night, bringing you firsthand accounts and perspectives from around the Twin Cities of voters — and non-voters — and god forbid, any voting booth problems or voter intimidation campaigns. Since we’re a citizen journalism organization, help us out. If you see or hear of voting irregularities or efforts to intimidate voters, call us right away at (651) 344-0167 or email Tell us the who, what, where and when.

After the polls close tonight, we’ll bring you live coverage from the victory (and defeat) parties of DFL’er Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer, and Independent Tom Horner. We’ll also be in Duluth to cover the waning hours of the fingernail-biting 8th Congressional District race, where veteran Congressman Jim Oberstar is trying to eek out a victory over Republican challenger Chip Cravaack. We’ll have as many as four livestream channels running at once, perhaps late into the night, if the Democratic stronghold of St. Louis County delivers its tallies tardy, as expected.

We’ll also keep you abreast of election results nationwide, whether the Democrats have a chance of holding onto the House of Representatives and whether Harry Reid and a handful of other veteran Senators live to legislate another term.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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