WAITING IN MICHIGAN….We’re hearing it repeated over and over on tv, but it’s worth yet another reminder. The preliminary vote totals can vary wildly from final tallies based on which precincts are reporting early. In Michigan, for example, Bush currently has a slight edge over Kerry, but only 3 percent of the precincts in Wayne County have been counted–that’s where Detroit is, and turnout was reportedly much higher than normal there today–and none of the precincts in Washtenaw–home of the Berkeley of the East, Ann Arbor–are included in that result. So hold your breath, count to ten (actually, just keep on counting), and settle in for the night.

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Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.