POSTED: Thursday 5 May, 2330BST
Relieved though they are by the BBC's exit poll, the Tories are not taking it too seriously. Lynton Crosby, their campaign chief, has just reminded everyone here of the time that he telephoned a serving prime minister in Australia to tell him he was no longer in power - on the basis of an exit poll that turned out later to be wrong.
It was, no doubt, a pleasure to call him back with that bit of information.
We are sitting in New York away from all the good election coverage (no Dead Ringers, no Rory Bremner) hanging on every word from the bbc website, it's only 6.55 here, we are drinking beer and making supper waiting for it all to happen
Lesley Bennett, New York, USA
I really hope this election gets as exciting as that of 1997 with shocks, surprises and embarrassments. It really is about time the branches were shaken and the dead leaves shed. The Labour government arrived on the back of a mass of public opinion gleaned through surveys and polls. That is now long forgotten and not mentioned. It will be an interesting morning.
R Davies, Cardiff, UK
The exit polls appear fine after three seats but the marginals are going to show completely different stories. I predict the Tories to flatline with major gains to LIb Dems.
Matt Bingham, Nottingham
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