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Voter turnout running higher than expected (PA)
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-web-election-polls-20101102,0,6807746.story ^

Posted on 11/02/2010 7:36:13 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA

Voter turnout is reportedly higher than normal, shocking polls workers across the Lehigh Valley area who were not expecting much interest in races for key positions like senator in Washington, D.C., and governor in Harrisburg.

In Allentown's mostly Democratic 7th Ward, Gus Kruz, the judge of elections, was seeing high interest in voting already a few minutes after polls opened at 7 a.m. Although not a large district, a dozen people had already voted in the 7th Ward by 7:15 a.m. At that point, Kruz couldn't predict if more Democrats would come out than Republicans.

The same was true in Bethlehem's 15th ward, 2nd district at the Education Center on Sycamore St. There' Craig Hynes, judge of elections, said he's seen crisp turnout. By 7:45 a.m., 66 voters had cast ballots despite mechanical problems with two of three machines, including one that had to be placed prior to the polls opening.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010election; 2010midterms; election; elections; obama; pa; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 11/02/2010 7:36:22 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

What benefits us more? High turnout or low turnout? I think it’s the latter but I can’t remember.


2 posted on 11/02/2010 7:38:23 AM PDT by library user
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To: Red in Blue PA

Just hope those blue collars are coming in by droves to vote what they REALLY think about obama


3 posted on 11/02/2010 7:38:38 AM PDT by silverleaf ("This is not an election on November 2 . This is a restraining order" P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Stay alert watch your back, and say a prayer for America.

Save America2sm

4 posted on 11/02/2010 7:38:58 AM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: library user

I think in THIS election high turnout shows who is angry enough to go cast a ballot against obama/pelosi/reid

and therefore in GOP favor


5 posted on 11/02/2010 7:39:49 AM PDT by silverleaf ("This is not an election on November 2 . This is a restraining order" P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: library user
What benefits us more? High turnout or low turnout? I think it’s the latter but I can’t remember.

If people are pissed, I think that equation changes.
6 posted on 11/02/2010 7:40:06 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Red in Blue PA

I voted at 6:30 this morning. Precinct lot was almost completely full. I’d be willing to bet a lot of them were there to send a very distinct ‘message’ to Obama and his Congressional lackeys.


7 posted on 11/02/2010 7:40:41 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The Coyote is very Wile E.)
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To: library user

This election is not even close to a normal midterm one.

Heavy voter turn-out is in our favor this time. Remember that.


8 posted on 11/02/2010 7:41:13 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

people are reporting that in the Kansas City area they have never had to wait in line when the polls opened,

but today there are dozens ahead of them when they showed up.


9 posted on 11/02/2010 7:41:42 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: library user

Depends on whether the high turnout is produced at the voting booth or the Democrat way through the transom


10 posted on 11/02/2010 7:41:58 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: reagan_fanatic

The parking lot where I voted was empty when I voted at 9:30. It looked like nobody was voting, but when I asked poll workers, they said it was VERY heavy.


11 posted on 11/02/2010 7:43:51 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Red in Blue PA
just voted at 9:30am

two were voting when I arrived, two signing in when I left - disappointing. This precinct has a goodly number of Republicans which is unusual in NE NC.

12 posted on 11/02/2010 7:45:11 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: silverleaf

In a county like Lancaster, if the turnout is strong, it is good for the GOP, they virtually sat out the McLame election in 08. A big turnout in Filthadelphia, not good news for the GOP.

From my perspective, I’d like to see a huge vote in the suburbs in any state and a small turnout in the cities, that would be the best case for sure. Of course, with the moocher class having nothing else to do besides cashing the G check today and being told that check is not going to come after any GOP sweep, the moochers will be out in force I fear so I am not as sure we reach any of the over 55 or so house seats being set.


13 posted on 11/02/2010 7:45:35 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: Red in Blue PA

I was, as usual, at the poll when it opened this morning. There were more people there than I have seen before.


14 posted on 11/02/2010 7:46:39 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Red in Blue PA

They weren’t expecting interest in the outcome of Senate and Governor races? Are these the same people who find the job losses so “unexpected”.


15 posted on 11/02/2010 7:47:20 AM PDT by Soul Seeker ( I was there when we had the numbers, but didn’t have the principles.---Jim that leans conservDeMin)
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To: library user

well according to gallup poll, low turnout benefit gop more, but I don’t agree with it


16 posted on 11/02/2010 7:47:23 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Red in Blue PA

I voted about an hour ago. Turnout was about what you would expect in a presidential year. There were no lines, but that is very dependent on whether busloads of seniors from the local retirement homes have come in recently.

Interestingly, there were NO Democrat’s handing out sample ballots, only Republicans. That’s something I’ve never seen before.


17 posted on 11/02/2010 7:48:11 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: 4rcane

The type of voter that favors a Democrat usually comes out more heavily in a presidential year whereas mid-terms lean to the most civic minded who turn out to vote even when it’s not a dramatic one. These voters tend to be older and do lean GOP. Lower turnout in a mid-term traditionally favors the GOP for this reason while higher turnout means more Democrats then the norm have taken an interest in a mid term.

But this may not be an ordinary year. If the polls are accurate GOP and independent voters are energized at nearer to presidential years while Democrats are depressed. Higher turnout could mean an additional 10-30 seats for Republicans IF that anaylsis holds true. My hope is that it is true. If it is true, a seat like the Senate one in WV will flip to Raese and not Manchin.


18 posted on 11/02/2010 7:53:55 AM PDT by Soul Seeker ( I was there when we had the numbers, but didn’t have the principles.---Jim that leans conservDeMin)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Two out of three machines don’t work? CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO ANYTHING CORRECTLY?


19 posted on 11/02/2010 7:54:44 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Red in Blue PA

At Work now, but will be voting at a Lancaster PA poll when work is done.


20 posted on 11/02/2010 7:54:52 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: Hildy
CAN THE GOVERNMENT DO ANYTHING CORRECTLY?

I presume that's a rhetorical question?
21 posted on 11/02/2010 7:56:31 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Red in Blue PA
In Allentown's mostly Democratic 7th Ward, Gus Kruz, the judge of elections, was seeing high interest in voting already a few minutes after polls opened at 7 a.m.

Question is whether these are Dem voters who always pull the D-lever or unemployed D voters who know there is a better way.

22 posted on 11/02/2010 7:56:39 AM PDT by CedarDave (Juan Williams to NPR: "You and your far left-wing mob fired me. Wasn't that enough for you? ")
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To: silverleaf

I truly believe that they are... I heard a union man say this morning where I voted (he was wearing an IBEW T-shirt), “Where is the ‘throw all of the bums out’ button”?

LLS


23 posted on 11/02/2010 7:57:37 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: library user
What benefits us more? High turnout or low turnout? I think it’s the latter but I can’t remember.

A couple weeks ago I think it was Gallup that released two models:

High turnout = GOP wins big

Low turnout = GOP wins HUGE

Anyone remember seeing that?

24 posted on 11/02/2010 7:58:33 AM PDT by kevao
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
I think you're right.

Let me remind everyone that here in southern OH, our "turnout" models caused us to be optimistic about McCain, that if our base just "turned out," he'd have a chance. Well, it did, and he didn't. One-fourth of deeply red precincts went for Obama in 2008.

So, I concluded that it ISN'T about "turnout," it's about HOW THOSE WHO TURN OUT VOTE!

25 posted on 11/02/2010 8:03:56 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: kevao

I remember seeing that as well.


26 posted on 11/02/2010 8:04:20 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: library user

High, I would think. If the person actually shows up to vote, there is a chance they will vote GOP. If they don’t show up and the normal routine of voting for them occurs, it is a guaranteed Dim vote.


27 posted on 11/02/2010 8:12:31 AM PDT by Ingtar (If Washington and his peers had been RINOs, we would still be a British colony.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I voted at 7:10 this morning in Lehigh Township, 15 miles north of Allentown PA. The people were coming in steady. Normally, you have a couple of union rats handing out fliers to people at the door. This time, there was not a single person handing out the fliers. The mood inside appeared to be upbeat, as if they knew that a lot of conservatives were going to vote today.

My main concern is about the Philadelphia fraud that happens every year. Governor Rendel was bragging on radio that he thinks the enthusiasm gap is more narrow in Pennsylvania and that RATS will come out to vote in bigger numbers than pollsters are saying. It sounds like he is setting us up for the fraud vote to steal the election.

28 posted on 11/02/2010 8:19:23 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: Red in Blue PA

I live in a city of 25,000. Normally I vote on my way to my 2nd shift job. I decided to vote after my shower this morning. Good thing. There wasn’t enough voting booths. I heard one say they never seen it like this before. They have more votes in that precinct now then they normally do all day.

I personally know of 3 dems who said they are not going to vote. I met a man getting ready to vote and I know he is a republican.


29 posted on 11/02/2010 8:35:21 AM PDT by roving (Democrats love the military as long as they don't vote)
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To: Mouton
Most of the “hand out” class is isolated in heavy dem districts in the cities. That is the reason the house is going to swing so wildly.

That said, the senate will likely go in proportion to the house. At least that's the way the math has worked historically.

30 posted on 11/02/2010 8:37:23 AM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: BobP

I’m in the Philly suburbs, but I’m not too worried about NBP thugs. Our cops have a reputation for zero tolerance for outside troublemakers. Any NBP thugs who cause problems will find themselves on the ground, cuffed, hauled off, and locked up faster than you can say “Eric Holder”.


31 posted on 11/02/2010 8:40:06 AM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Flavious_Maximus
Can't yall give philly to Canada or something? Just a suggestion.
32 posted on 11/02/2010 8:42:53 AM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: arthurus

This was the case at my polling precinct, as well. I voted at 7:45 A, and I was the 90th person to vote. Usually I’m # 10 or so.


33 posted on 11/02/2010 8:48:29 AM PDT by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: kevao
Anyone remember seeing that?

Yep, that's what I'm referring to. But see posts #6, 8, 16 and 27 for a different perspective.

34 posted on 11/02/2010 9:19:16 AM PDT by library user
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To: Red in Blue PA; Tribune7

Voted around 11 AM (PA-15 Dent’s district). They said it had been steady, about 100 per hour.

In 2008, I went about the same time to vote and the line was about 60-70 long to get in. Much lighter this year.

If you hear that turnout is light in Phila., you know what the outcome will be.


35 posted on 11/02/2010 9:31:48 AM PDT by randita (Visit keyhouseraces.com to find GOP House candidates who need your support to knock off a DEM.)
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To: Mouton

Just got a txt from my buddy watching a poll in SW Philly. He said turnout is way down. This is good news. He’s a good guy and isn’t afraid to mix it up.

Turnout in my mostly-conservative Philly suburb was pretty good. I was #50 at 7:25 this morning. (polls opened at 7)

There were GOP reps in the parking lot, but no dem reps. First time I’ve seen that.


36 posted on 11/02/2010 9:51:20 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: Hildy
Our local radio is reporting that 3 polling places in Lebanon, PA were coming up Democrat when voters tried to vote Republican.

Election officials showed up and re-calibrated the machines.

The problem is (allegedly) fixed.

37 posted on 11/02/2010 9:55:43 AM PDT by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

“...shocking polls workers across the Lehigh Valley area who were not expecting much interest in races for key positions...”

They must be clueless Democrats.


38 posted on 11/02/2010 10:04:58 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: library user

During a midterm .... the out party usually benefits from the larger turnout......that’s why out party usually gains seats during a midterm...higher turnout should benefit repubs.


39 posted on 11/02/2010 10:54:03 AM PDT by Datom
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...
Just got back. I was 162. All the Republican people had big grins.

The poor Dem looked near tears.

This is Pa7 or Admiral Joe's district.

40 posted on 11/02/2010 11:03:37 AM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Tribune7

Daughter and I voted in District 8 (Bucks County), Steady turn-out, heavier than I’ve seen for mid-terms in the past. This is a typical Philly suburb, mixed bag, leans a bit Dem now, but still plenty of established, conservative, “God, baseball and apple pie” families.

We went to Bible Study this morning at a polling place in Northeast Philly (not sure the District), the “pamphleteers” standing outside the doors said it was light to middlin’ turn-out. This area is decidedly more Dem. leaning than where we vote.


41 posted on 11/02/2010 12:12:50 PM PDT by twyn1
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To: Tribune7

It’s looking good. I do believe the admiral is wearing his bell-bottom trousers on backwards.


42 posted on 11/02/2010 12:53:56 PM PDT by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
In my "red" district, I was 609 just after noon. That is phenomenal!

I cannot remember what I was in 2008, but I think I was around 550 at the same time of day. If we actually match a Presidential election turn out, it will be a good day for Republicans.

Good Bye Feingold, Good Bye Kagan!!!!!

43 posted on 11/02/2010 12:57:32 PM PDT by codercpc
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To: Red in Blue PA

Every parking place taken in the lot at my southern York County polling place at 9:30 AM - nothing like two years ago but heavier than normal for an off year election.

Wife just voted and was # 1217 of about 3500 registered voters.


44 posted on 11/02/2010 1:00:42 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: Temple Owl
The local school district has been on strike for two weeks and their pickets were out in droves, walking up and down past the school with their signs and reminding everyone what Democrats do when they get into power.

A busload of retired folks from the retirement center drives by and sees that, I'm sure that went over big with folks who aren't getting a COLA two years in a row, and our top step teachers get 92K a year.

45 posted on 11/02/2010 1:07:18 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: ConservativeWarrior

Glad to hear that. I hear the GOP turnout in Florida is very high too and not so for the dems. With Rubio doing very well, he may just pull Scott over the finish line ahead of the Obamatron Sink inspite of what the RINO’s here think.


46 posted on 11/02/2010 2:25:54 PM PDT by Mouton
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To: Tribune7

I’ve added the freaking Weather Channel to my list of not to watch any more! This morning that horsefaced Stephanie Abrams was telling people that rain meant more Republican turn out so “be aware of that!” - then the clown from CBS interviewed Russell Simmons who did a personal ad for Obama.....


47 posted on 11/02/2010 2:41:34 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA ("The View" is the new Maury Povich inspired "Fight Club in Heels")
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
This morning that horsefaced Stephanie Abrams was telling people that rain meant more Republican turn out so “be aware of that!”

The protective cocoon that covers people like her is soon going to be unraveled by reality and when it happens people like her are just not going to able to cope.

48 posted on 11/02/2010 3:19:09 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: lightman
Wife just voted and was # 1217 of about 3500 registered voters.

CORRECTION: District has about 2800 registered voters so we were at about 42% turnout at the time of my post.

Red district slowly turning bluer and darker with Baltimore exurbs moving in.

49 posted on 11/02/2010 5:14:39 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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