Election Day Afternoon Update

Good Afternoon!!

Here’s a fresh thread while we wait for any bits of exit poll results to be leaked. Let us know if you’ve heard any!

I’ve got a few entertaining links for you in case you’re looking for something to read while obsessively waiting for the polls to close in Florida and Virginia (7PM Eastern).

Can you believe Mitt Romney is charging reporters who want to be inside his campaign headquarters tonight when the returns come in?

BOSTON — The campaign of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears to be setting a precedent this election year in charging journalists and news organizations for any access to a presidential campaign headquarters on the night of the election.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is locked in a tight race with Democratic President Barack Obama, will be holding his election night gathering at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, where access costs anywhere from $75 for a chair in the ballroom to $1,020 for permission to use the media filing center. Broadcast news organizations will be paying up to $6,500 for workspace.

Obama’s campaign party will be held at McCormick Place, in Chicago, and although his campaign is charging for premiums, credentialed reporters are granted access, which includes a workstation, electrical power and a wireless Internet connection, at no cost.

Romney is ending his historically awful campaign as gracelessly as he ran it for the past year.

But Romney’s money men will be treated like kings tonight.

BOSTON, MASS. —Mitt Romney isn’t going to forget the folks who picked up the tab for his billion-dollar run for the White House tonight.
Roughly 2,000 mega donors and bundlers are flocking to Beantown on Election Day for one last get together —which includes some special perks — according to a source on the ground familiar with the finance teams efforts.

Some of Romney’s biggest supporters, including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson; Texan mega donors L.E. Simmons and Ray Washburn; Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute; Bobbie Kilberg, head of the Northern Virginia Technology Council; among others are expected to attend. Nevada gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson may also make an appearance, according to the source….

The festivities kick off with a dinner for the Romney Victory Council at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, just a few short steps from the convention center where Romney’s slated to speak later in the evening. The group, dubbed informally as the “Council of 100,”are those that have raised significant amounts of money and includes many of Romney’s state chair network.

Unlike the press, the mega donors will watch the festivities in style.

Following the dinner, the finance team has organized two massive rooms in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for election night watch parties, one for the victory council and another for the national finance committee members. The finance committee room will include the campaign’s high-end donors of the founding members and partners as well as the bundlers that hit their marks in the“Stars” and “Stripes” programs.

May they all end up crying in their champagne.

Even though Romney will lose badly in Massachusetts, voters are flocking to the polls for the Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown.

Lines crawled down hallways of schools, outside firehouses and community centers around Cambridge, Somerville and Braintree just outside Boston.

At the end of the most expensive senate race in Massachusetts history, voters cast their choice as one for the decidedly progressive politics of Warren or the sense of moderation they felt that Brown–who shocked the nation when he won Kennedy’s seat in 2009–had brought to the Senate.

A few more links:

Emptywheel has an interesting post about her day working in “voter protection” at an African American district in Michigan: On the Ground Turnout in MI Feels Like It Did in 2008

At another Michigan polling place: Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks ‘Did I vote?’

TPM: Ohio Viewers Hit By Anti-Obama TV ‘Special’ On Election Eve

The Cleveland Leader reports that Sherrod Brown’s opponent, Josh Mandel got a surprise from some family members yesterday: Josh Mandel’s In-Laws Call Him Out on Anti-Gay Stance in Newspaper Ad

In Franklin County, Ohio Tea Party “observers” from “True the Vote” were “barred from Franklin County polling places.”

What are you hearing in your neck of the woods?

39 Comments on “Election Day Afternoon Update”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Have you all seen Joseph Cannon’s post on “Last minute Romney scandals?”


  2. RalphB says:

    Columbus Dispatch with a kind of “how it’s going” in Ohio voting. They have problems.


  3. HT says:

    I loved that letter to Josh Mandel from his relatives. I hope he is defeated soundly. BTW, from the picture, he definitely looks closeted.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    How you can tell Romney is losing: Memeorandum is loaded with stories about Dems tampering with voting and trying to “steal,” get this, Pennsylvania.


  5. HT says:

    Goodness, I’ve been watching the CNN live blog on the election and the constantly updated comments are eye-opening. I didn’t realize so many americans have no respect or truth. Truly amazing.

  6. dakinikat says:

    CNN is starting to release exit polls

  7. Fannie says:

    I am thinking at the end of night, we know that billions have been wasted – I mean, Obama is still the President (that’s a plus), but nothing else changes, except senate, which allows us to keep the surpreme court in our corner. The House doesn’t have a say in the surpreme court………and that’s why we need Obama.

  8. Beata says:

    The evening news programs in Indiana are reporting heavy voter turnout and long lines. I’m glad I voted early.

    Joe Donnelly has been campaigning throughout the day with former Sen. Evan Bayh. Richard Mourdock hasn’t been campaigning with anyone, but is having dinner tonight with his parents, who aren’t saying if they voted for him or not. As of now, Richard is reportedly still on their Christmas card list but that situation remains fluid.

  9. dakinikat says:

    Daniel Denvir / Philadelphia City Paper:
    Registered Philly voters required to cast provisional ballots in large numbers

  10. dakinikat says:

    Election updates: Many in Columbus, Cleveland told to vote provisionally


    • HT says:

      Sorry to be so ignorant, but what does voting provisionally on an election day mean?

      • bostonboomer says:

        It means they’re not sure you’re a legit voter and they might not count your vote unless you can prove it. It’s another slimy way to suppress the vote.

      • dakinikat says:

        that means that you’re not on the voter list so they let you vote and then check later to see if it’s real or not …

      • HT says:

        Wow, then it doesn’t matter if you vote? What a way to stiffle the will of the population. UGH.

  11. RalphB says:

    Sam Wang’s helpful information.

    Geek’s Guide to the Election 2012

    I’ve made a simple guide for tracking the election. It’s at geeks-guide-2012-b.pdf. My two pieces of advice are:

    Ignore exit polls and large states.
    Watch New Hampshire (expectation: Obama +3%).

    • pdgrey says:

      5:43 pm
      Half of voters more likely to blame Bush for state of the economy

      From the exit polls via the AP: “About half of voters say the previous president, George W. Bush, shoulders more of the blame for economic challenges than President Barack Obama.”

      God I should hope so 🙂

    • List of X says:

      Great, then if he loses, we don’t even have to listen to his concession speech.

      • dakinikat says:

        His concession speech will be given by lawyers will announce that they’re letting the Supreme Court sort things out like they did in 2000.

  12. Beata says:

    Polls just closed in Indiana but people are still waiting in line to vote.

    What networks are Sky Dancers planning to watch tonight? I’ll probably be going back and forth between MSNBC, CNN, and a few local channels.

  13. ecocatwoman says:

    NPR on the way home from work: a woman fell in the parking lot in Escambia County (Panhandle area – NE FL on the Gulf) & broke her leg. Her husband carried her inside the polling place so she could vote. Then an ambulance took her to the hospital.

    I stopped to pick up a couple slices of pizza & basically berated (nicely) 2 employees because neither had voted yet. I’m hoping I convinced the AA man to go vote.

  14. dakinikat says:

    New thread up for Results being reported!!!