A little more than an hour to vote. A little less than 30 minutes before the newsroom pizza arrives.
The waiting truly is the hardest part.
While we wait on those two key events, we can take a quick look at some of the tighter U.S. Senate races around the country, all of which will have a hand in deciding whether the Senate flips to Republican control as expected.
Colorado: Incumbent Democrat Mark Udall could be the first U.S. senator from Colorado to lose his seat since 1978, thanks to a challenge from Republican U.S. Red Corey Gardner, who, like many of his GOP counterparts, tried to turn a state race into a referendum on the performance of President Obama.
Kentucky: Sen. Mitch McConnell has spent a great deal of time talking about how he'll run the Senate when he replaces Harry Reid as majority leader – except that he needs to win today first. He leads in the polls, but higher-than-expected turnout in Louisville and other urban areas could be a boost for Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
North Carolina: The race between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagen and Republican challenger Thom Tillis has been intense enough that a group with ties to conservative benefactors Charles and David Koch paid for an ad for pro-marijuana independent candidate Sean Haugh, presumably to draw votes away from Ms. Hagen.
Kansas: This could be the origin of the best political curveball of the season: an independent winning a seat in the Senate. But Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican, hasn't been able to shake the campaign of Greg Orman. As a senator, Mr. Orman would be a pretty popular guy in a tightly divided Senate.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (Larry Roberts/Post-Gazette)
West Virginia: One way or another, our neighbors to the south will make history, electing West Virginia's first female member of the Senate. U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, is expected to beat Democratic challenger Natalie Tennant, but Ms. Tennant has pursued an aggressive pro-energy agenda – contrary to the policies of the Mr. Obama. Will that be enough to close a double-digit lead for Ms. Capito? We'll have to wait and see.