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Vote is in for many Texans (More Dems voting - looks more like Operation Chaos)
Houston Chronicle ^ | October 31, 2008 | JANET ELLIOTT

Posted on 10/31/2008 7:08:35 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

AUSTIN — Early voting is big in Texas this year.

Ten days into this year's 12-day early voting period, 2.7 million people in the state's 15 largest counties had cast their ballots, compared with 1.7 million who had voted at the same point four years ago.

....Democrats are turning out in bigger numbers than Republicans in Harris County, according to one analysis. Early voting historically has been dominated by Republicans.

Leland Beatty, a Democratic consultant, said 42 percent of early voters had voted in Democratic primaries and 20.6 percent in Republican primaries.

Republican pollster Mike Baselice said he thinks Democratic early voting numbers are high because so many participated in the primary between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. He said some of those voters will vote Republican in the general election.

"Nobody should be that excited about the turnout this far," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
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Residual effect from Limbaugh's Operation Chaos.
1 posted on 10/31/2008 7:08:36 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And I bet a lot of those Democrats who are voting are PUMAs. They keep forgetting that Hillary won the Texas primary....


2 posted on 10/31/2008 7:11:50 AM PDT by wk4bush2004 (Let the sound of intercession meet Your ears......)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I am one of those Hillary primary voters. I now get mailings from the democrats. Pretty funny....


3 posted on 10/31/2008 7:11:58 AM PDT by BubbaBobTX (Obama is all about hope and change: he hopes you don't find out what he wants to change.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bingo. I voted in the Dim primary. Of course, voted GOP for general election.


4 posted on 10/31/2008 7:12:00 AM PDT by peyton randolph
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Dims plan to disrupt the polls on election day. Watch out!


5 posted on 10/31/2008 7:12:11 AM PDT by devane617 (Fish died on his Harley when he hit a camel at dusk.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I think this is crap.....for every 1 nobama sigh, bumper sticer, etc. I must see a hundred for McCain/Palin.

Oh, but Austin is the little dim love nest, wanna be. Texas will never go blue.


6 posted on 10/31/2008 7:13:16 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is this a joke? Harris County is the most highly-populated black county in Texas. Half of New Orleans moved to Harris County after Katrina. Of course Harris County had a high Dem. turnout. That’s like saying Travis county is showing much higher Dem. turnout — I’ll bet there are only 7 Republicans in Travis to begin with. You hide and watch. They’ll tout Travis County next — forget Lubbock County in the north where 83% turnout has been Republican.


7 posted on 10/31/2008 7:13:21 AM PDT by DRey
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To: BubbaBobTX

I am also a Hillary primary voter (op Chaos) that voted for Mac in Texas last weekend. I have a feeling there are many of us....


8 posted on 10/31/2008 7:13:48 AM PDT by davek70
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To: BornToBeAmerican

Spoke to soon, yes foot in mouth. My humble apologies


9 posted on 10/31/2008 7:14:41 AM PDT by BornToBeAmerican
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Residual effect from Limbaugh's Operation Chaos.

Not to worry, I'm one of those who voted in the dim primary ... as are several dozen of my friends.

10 posted on 10/31/2008 7:17:35 AM PDT by tx_eggman ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule" - Mencken)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Does anyone know what accomadations are being made in the counties affected by the hurricane?


11 posted on 10/31/2008 7:19:24 AM PDT by babydubya1981 (Homeschooling Moms for McCain/Palin 08)
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To: DRey

Pubbies and folks like me Independents are a minority in Austin and Travis County. It really seems so as the Dems have not a lock but pretty close over many many years.

The county north of us (Williamson) doesn’t seem to have that problem. Pretty staunch conservative and Pubbies county over the years.

Guess Austin’s bumper sticker is a town sticker: “Keep Austin Weird!” Many are. ‘-)

As for Travis County and Austin there have been some conservative that run under the Dem title and the Pubbie title. Although they are no where near a majority. There are some good ones, conservatives, around.


12 posted on 10/31/2008 7:19:31 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: tx_eggman

I think this is great.

Another example that polling “science” is about as accurate as global warming bs.


13 posted on 10/31/2008 7:20:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: BornToBeAmerican

“Oh, but Austin is the little dim love nest, wanna be. Texas will never go blue”.

...I lived in Austin for 8 years (1992-2000) and I just don’t remember it being half as liberal as when I went back to visit this past March. There were BO signs everywhere.


14 posted on 10/31/2008 7:20:12 AM PDT by albie
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To: DRey
Vote, White Debils, Vote!


15 posted on 10/31/2008 7:22:17 AM PDT by Infidel Puppy
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To: DRey
I’ll bet there are only 7 Republicans in Travis to begin with.

There are more Republicans in Travis County than you think, particularly in western, far northern and southern Travis County. Heck there are at least seven Freepers from Austin. But they are far outnumbered by Democrats.
16 posted on 10/31/2008 7:25:29 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (You can't fix stupid!... comedian Ron White)
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To: babydubya1981
Does anyone know what accomadations are being made in the counties affected by the hurricane?

......"I would have preferred to be able to tell people on Election Day, 'If you're from Galveston, go to the poll where you are,' " Eiland said.

Godinich says that displaced voters can avoid problems by casting a ballot during early voting, Oct. 20-31, or casting an absentee ballot by mail by Oct. 28.

The storm destroyed voting precincts on Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula, reducing the countywide number from 72 to 61, Godinich said.....

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hurricane/ike/6041706.html

17 posted on 10/31/2008 7:27:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: BornToBeAmerican

I heard that Austin was full of Ron Paul signs before March 4 too; the signs unfortuantely (or fortunately) mean relative little.


18 posted on 10/31/2008 7:27:34 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: K-oneTexas

We live in Williamson County and you are right as rain. There are McCain/Palin signs all over the place up here. Every time we are foolish enough to actually vote on election day (as opposed to early voting) we end up standing in a very long line for the Republican table to check in. It’s a great thing!


19 posted on 10/31/2008 7:28:05 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: albie

TX can “go blue”. It’s a matter of demographics pending.


20 posted on 10/31/2008 7:28:40 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: albie

My take on Austin is it is trying really hard to be like San Francisco. This makes no sense because most Texans like being original but, Austin takes it’s “weird” status to new heights on a regular basis.


21 posted on 10/31/2008 7:29:27 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I live in West Texas and I can promise you that there are tons of Obama signs in cards. However, we will go for McCain as a state. Houston, Austin, Dallas will go pretty strong for Obama and it will not be a landslide in Texas for either, but McCain will get TEXAS!

GO TEXAS TECH, BEAT U.T.


22 posted on 10/31/2008 7:31:12 AM PDT by JFC
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To: Theodore R.

“I heard that Austin was full of Ron Paul signs before March 4 too”;

...I was in Austin in March and there were lots of Paul signs. I figured, anything to be different.


23 posted on 10/31/2008 7:31:27 AM PDT by albie
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To: BubbaBobTX
"I am one of those Hillary primary voters."

Ditto for my wife and I. But I don't get those Dem mailers, thank God.

24 posted on 10/31/2008 7:31:57 AM PDT by DesertSapper (God, Family, Country . . . . . . . . . . and dead terrorists!!!)
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To: albie
I lived in Austin for 8 years (1992-2000) and I just don’t remember it being half as liberal as when I went back to visit this past March. There were BO signs everywhere.

The high-tech and dot-com explosion in Austin during the late 90s brought in a lot of people from the west coast. They drove up the housing prices and made an already blue area even bluer! And we won't even talk about the number of illegal immigrates there are in Austin.
25 posted on 10/31/2008 7:32:24 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (You can't fix stupid!... comedian Ron White)
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To: BubbaBobTX

That’s right. So the Operation Chaos folks will have D mailngs and D ballots but be Stealth Voters. I had forgotten that.

hmmmmm. Very interesting.


26 posted on 10/31/2008 7:32:24 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: austinaero

Austin is just WEIRD! Keep it Weird. We don’t like them anyway! ;) ;)

GO TEXAS TECH, beat U.T.


27 posted on 10/31/2008 7:32:54 AM PDT by JFC
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You have to consider the source - it IS the Houston Comical after all...


28 posted on 10/31/2008 7:36:50 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: babydubya1981

Does anyone know what accomadations are being made in the counties affected by the hurricane?


Those displaced could request and get a absentee ballot. In addition the early voting locations within the counties allow for them to vote at their convenience while in the county. There was a lot of devastation right along the coast but inward it was less after you get beyond the surge flooding.


29 posted on 10/31/2008 7:38:10 AM PDT by deport ( ----Cue Spooky Music---)
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To: austinaero
My take on Austin is it is trying really hard to be like San Francisco.

Austin has always wanted to be like San Jose and the rest of Silicon Valley. High Tech, new money with lots of disposable income. But you are correct, it has turned out to be more like San Francisco!
30 posted on 10/31/2008 7:39:03 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (You can't fix stupid!... comedian Ron White)
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To: txmissy
You have to consider the source - it IS the Houston Comical after all...

I think the comment by the Republican pollster went right over the columnist's head. They don't like to think about how many Republicans voted as Democrats in the primary for Hillary to help with Operation Chaos.

31 posted on 10/31/2008 7:41:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: BubbaBobTX
I am one of those Hillary primary voters. I now get mailings from the democrats. Pretty funny....

For many years my dad would send $10 to the Democrats in Harris County. He would then count the mail he got for that year and thought he cost them about $25 - 30 every year from candidates wanting support.

32 posted on 10/31/2008 7:43:51 AM PDT by TWfromTEXAS
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We voted on day 2 and there was no line; however, we were early and the news even that night was that turnout in the first 2 days was something like 300% higher than the previous record.

Colonel, USAFR


33 posted on 10/31/2008 7:44:36 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: albie

I went to UT undergrad when Reagan ran the first time. I think I was the only one I knew who voted Republican, and that was in ‘76. It’s only gotten worse - a bunch of kids from our church went there two years ago and most of them have transferred to A&M because Austin and UT just don’t agree with their values.

Colonel, USAFR


34 posted on 10/31/2008 7:47:58 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There is a course on “Operation Chaos” at Berkeley. I kid you not.


35 posted on 10/31/2008 7:48:16 AM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Don’t be anxious about Texas, Mccain is ahead in Florida...http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2119264/posts
Texas ain’t going “O”


36 posted on 10/31/2008 7:49:02 AM PDT by RobJim23
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To: JFC

Hook ‘em Horns!! This will be a GREAT game!

Colonel, USAFR


37 posted on 10/31/2008 7:49:25 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: FreepShop1

I read about that course in the Daily Telegraph article about Rush.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/3286392/Rush-Limbaugh-The-man-whos-always-Right.html


38 posted on 10/31/2008 7:54:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: BubbaBobTX
I am one of those Hillary primary voters. I now get mailings from the democrats. Pretty funny....

For many years my dad would send $10 to the Democrats in Harris County. He would then count the mail he got for that year and thought he cost them about $25 - 30 every year from candidates wanting support.

39 posted on 10/31/2008 7:56:35 AM PDT by TWfromTEXAS
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How Rush Limbaugh May Be Responsible for Obama's Apparent Lead in the Polls

"A famous quote attributed variously to a distinguished assortment of politicians and humorists goes like this, "There are lies, damned lies and statistics!" We're all a little suspicious of statistics, but most of us believe in them a little more than we'd like to admit.

I learned a little something about statistics during my brief tenure in two graduate schools and the big thing was that for a study to be valid you have to have an accurate sample. The closer you get to creating a sample of survey respondents that accurately reflects the same makeup as whatever group of folks you want to discover something about, the better your results.

One way to do that is to use another set of statistics to guide you in choosing your sample. Polls of registered voters, for instance, select participants that reflect the proportions of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who actually registered to vote. In other words if 49% of registered voters in South Carolina are Democrats, 38% are Republicans and 13% unaffiliated, then the pollster doing a survey of registered voters would pick a thousand or so voters and make sure he had 49% Dems, 38% Republicans and 13% Independents if he wanted his study to be accurate.

This year, that's a problem because a lot of Republicans registered as Democrats! If you go by voter registration, you're not going to get a true picture of the registered voters because a bunch of "Democrats" aren't really Democrats and have no intention of voting for Barry.

During the primaries, the infamous "Operation Chaos" skewed the registrations significantly in a lot of so-called battleground states. Rush Limbaugh's campaign to keep Hillary Clinton in the race by having Republicans cross over and vote in the Democratic primary, resulted in hundreds of thousands of Republicans registering to vote as Democrats. Since the primaries are over, most have never bothered to change their registration back. They don't need to to vote for McCain.

The only problem is that voter registration now shows an inordinately high number of registered Democrats on the books and pollsters use those numbers to determine how they sample their pre-election polls......."

40 posted on 10/31/2008 7:59:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All
I live in Texas (an hour and a half from Houston) and I can tell you now, McCain will win Texas by 8-10 percentage points. Every Democrat I know who voted for Hillary in the Primary is voting for McCain. This week, a former Democratic County Chairman told me he has already voted for McCain.
41 posted on 10/31/2008 8:12:36 AM PDT by no dems ("Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice...." Barry Goldwater)
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To: no dems; All

Read the debate in the comments of this article (great stuff):

http://www.politicalbase.com/profile/twayneking/blog/&blogId=4881


42 posted on 10/31/2008 8:15:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife (All)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In an earlier thread, I referred to early voting stats (thus far) as "Operation Chaos, Phase II". I believe it is a factor which is barely being mentioned by the media. Hannity commented on it recently, but very obliquely. The idiot Colmes just scoffed at the notion. We'll see.

If this turns out to be something that burns the Dems in battleground states, all the posters who were so scathingly critical of Operation Chaos here on FR (because that Obama guy hasn't got a chance...) will owe Limbaugh an apology.

43 posted on 10/31/2008 8:26:20 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: Charles Martel

Austin, Houston and Dallas are blue.

The rest of this state are red red red....

And loving it!


44 posted on 10/31/2008 8:31:59 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: Charles Martel

The MSM wants to ignore anything that will keep them from depressing the McCain vote and from energizing the Left.


45 posted on 10/31/2008 8:32:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife (All)
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To: TexanByBirth

Is Lake Travis in Travis County? Some of those homes must be Pubbies!! (I went to Lake Travis about 10 years ago - nice lake!!)


46 posted on 10/31/2008 9:05:08 AM PDT by MaineConservative (Obama - a new word for Anti-American)
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To: MaineConservative
Is Lake Travis in Travis County?

Yes, it is in western Travis County, one of the areas in the country where there actually are Republicans.
47 posted on 10/31/2008 9:19:35 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (You can't fix stupid!... comedian Ron White)
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To: jagusafr; JFC

48 posted on 10/31/2008 9:55:10 AM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: AnnaZ

Get yer guns up, Red Raiders! WooHOOO!!!!

(Probably wishful thinking, I know).

Signed,
An Aggie Fan - (we’ve got ‘em all in our family - Red Raiders, Longhorns, Aggies..even a Cougar!)


49 posted on 10/31/2008 10:02:13 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Austin, Houston and Dallas are blue. The rest of this state are red red red.... And loving it!

Yep, and though Dallas proper is blue, the ring of towns in the surrounding metroplex are purple or red. I count about a 12 - 1 ratio in yard signs up in the Carrollton area, in favor of McCain. Thus far Obama has been winning the bumper sticker count, but in the past two weeks I'm seeing that trend reverse. Late-comers are always welcome, as long as they make it to the party by 11/4.

50 posted on 10/31/2008 10:04:20 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Liberals are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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