The polls are opening now, but a lot of us have already voted. In Montana, more than 100,000 residents have cast votes -- about a quarter of those expected to do so -- and the Hotline says the Democrats' internal polls have Jon Tester up 58-37 among early voters.
If that's right, those numbers would be a welcome relief for Democrats, who've watched Tester's lead over Republican Sen. Conrad Burns shrink in most public polls over the last week or so.
One exception: A Gallup poll out over the weekend that had Tester up by a pretty commanding nine points. Burns' campaign staffers were so upset about the poll that they briefly revoked a reporter's election-night credentials in retaliation for writing about it. As the Helena Independent Record reports, the Burns campaign subsequently reconsidered, saying it would allow the reporter into Burns' party tonight -- victory or otherwise -- so as not to "punish the readers."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.