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  • Turn Out

    05/15/2014 4:03:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    It's spring, an election off year and primaries are in full swing across the country. In my home state of Georgia, the primary is less than a week away, and the ballot is chock full of hotly contested primaries. In the race for the open U.S. Senate seat, a slew of Republican candidates are vying for one of the two spots for the July 22 runoff. These candidates include three sitting congressmen -- Paul Braun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston. The top three candidates in this primary are David Perdue, Jack Kingston and Karen Handel; only one of the sitting...
  • Virginia governor hopefuls struggle to appeal to bases

    10/26/2013 11:40:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune ^ | October 26, 2013 | Salena Zito
    WINCHESTER, Va. — Nothing's more elusive in the Old Dominion than a voter who wholeheartedly supports a candidate for governor. Take Bob Courtney, for example. Standing under a post office awning here as a misty rain fell, Courtney said he would “hold my nose and vote” — adding, after a long pause, that he'd pick the Republican as “the lesser of two evils.” With the election nine days away, that Republican — Ken Cuccinelli, the state's attorney general — trails Democratic fundraiser extraordinaire Terry McAuliffe by nearly 18 points in one recent poll. Libertarian Robert Sarvis is a distant third....
  • In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites

    04/28/2013 7:01:40 PM PDT · by thecodont · 43 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 6:06 pm, Sunday, April 28, 2013 | By HOPE YEN, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home. Had people voted last November at the same rates they did in 2004, when black turnout was below its current historic levels, Republican Mitt Romney would have won narrowly, according to an analysis conducted for The Associated Press. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/In-a-first-black-voter-turnout-rate-passes-whites-4470090.php#ixzz2RoVrhiJ5
  • Utah Voter Turnout One Of Lowest In Country [Utah in bottom 10 of eligible voters staying home]

    11/27/2012 2:56:31 PM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | Duke Dance
    The number of Utah citizens going to the polls continues to drop. The “Salt Lake Tribune” reports that while election officials point to 80 percent voter turnout across the state, that number only reflects registered voters, and doesn’t include more than half-a-million Utahns who are eligible to vote but not registered. Overall, the number of people in the state who cast ballots in the presidential election was 57 percent. That’s basically the same number as the 2008 election, when Utah placed 9th lowest in the country in voter turnout.
  • The Myth of the Missing Three Million Republicans

    11/12/2012 8:26:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/13/2012 | Jack Cashill
    <p>A score of people this past week have asked me about the three million Republicans allegedly "missing" at the polls this year. For starters, if the Washington Post is to be believed, Mitt Romney received 1.3 million fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008, not 3 million. For the record, Obama received 7.5 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008.</p>
  • The Voters who stayed Home (bitter pill: Republicans re-elected Obama)

    11/11/2012 11:27:31 AM PST · by pabianice · 261 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/10/12 | McCarthy
    The key to understanding the 2012 election is simple: A huge slice of the electorate stayed home. The punditocracy — which is more of the ruling class than an eye on the ruling class — has naturally decided that this is because Republicans are not enough like Democrats: They need to play more identity politics (in particular, adopt the Left’s embrace of illegal immigration) in order to be viable. But the story is not about who voted; it is about who didn’t vote. In truth, millions of Americans have decided that Republicans are not a viable alternative because they are...
  • U.S. Voter Turnout Will Likely Fall Short of 2004, 2008 (Great News for Romney)

    11/01/2012 2:13:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 15 replies
    Gallup ^ | 10/30/2012 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Key Gallup indicators of voter turnout, collected prior to superstorm Sandy, suggest voter turnout will fall short of what it was in 2004 and 2008. U.S. registered voters report giving less thought to the election, and are less likely to rate their chance of voting as a "10" on a 10-point scale, than in 2004 and 2008, two higher-turnout elections. However, the 2012 figures are higher than in 1996 and 2000, two lower-turnout elections.
  • 8 reasons Hawaii doesn't vote

    10/22/2012 11:37:32 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Sunday, October 21, 2012 | John D. Sutter
    Hawaii had the lowest voter turnout rate in the United States in 2008, with fewer than half of the eligible population casting ballots. When I traveled to the state to find out why, I thought most of the problem might be apathy. The surfer thing, you know? That is part of it, to be sure. But there are many reasons America's 50th state doesn't vote as much as the other 49, plenty of them specific to Hawaii. Here's a bite-sized look at eight. If you want to be part of the solution, help us change the list by convincing these...
  • More bad news for Obama: The double-digit enthusiasm gap between Ds and Rs

    09/18/2011 10:23:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 18, 2011
    Like other recent national surveys, the latest CBS/New York Times poll shows Rick Perry leading the Republican field over Mitt Romney by 7 percentage points. But the more pressing news is the so-called "enthusiasm gap," the difference in get-out-to-vote passion between Republicans and Democrats. Looks like Democrats, relatively speaking, want to stay home in 2012 (as they did in the red-wave 2010 elections). They trail Republicans by 18 percentage points (26-44). The numbers confirm the profound disappointment many Democrats have in President Obama, who has over-promised and under-delivered amid the economy he inherited. But Obama has had trouble getting his...
  • Your right not to vote: Yet some might take that away from you

    07/21/2011 4:24:11 AM PDT · by suspects · 36 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | July 21, 2011 | Michael Graham
    Has a liberal ever met a problem he didn’t throw money at? Take U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Somerville). In a recent radio interview on 1510-AM, he addressed the problem (?) of America’s lack of civic engagement and low voter turnout. “I think there is an obligation — not just a right, but an obligation — to vote,” Capuano said. His solution? Money. Your money. Capuano wants to “require people to vote,” but acknowledged that “we aren’t going to put people in jail.” So instead he came up with this idea: “I don’t think it’s a bad thing to say everybody...
  • Bridgeport's Missing Republican Votes (over half of CT's traditional GOP voters were no shows)

    11/15/2010 8:31:49 AM PST · by WebFocus · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/15/2010 | Peter Raymond
    Where did all the Republican votes go in Bridgeport, Connecticut? Either over half of the traditional Republican voters in gubernatorial elections were no-shows on November 2 or the Constitution State's most populous city...lost its constitution. Bridgeport is certainly not the sort of idyllic Norman Rockwell town found throughout most of Connecticut. It has long endured political corruption and patronage, high rates of poverty and crime, a shrinking economy, a  declining population, and more recently, an infestation of radical progressive groups such as ACORN, AFL-CIO, WFP, and SEIU. Bridgeport did not earn the nickname "Chicago of the East" for nothing. Despite its...
  • Looks like Rain for the east on 2 November

    10/25/2010 5:28:01 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 33 replies
    Weather.com ^ | 25 Oct 2010 | Weather.com
    I checked weather.com's 10 day forecast for Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Charlotte, Atlanta, NY, and Boston. All report showers for 2 November. Let's pray this holds up. With early voting favoring the conservatives this may really help us blow them out. To bad Nevada doesn't get rain much.
  • Voters Cast Early Ballots

    10/19/2010 7:54:00 AM PDT · by anymouse · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | October 19, 2010 | T.J. Aulds
    If there ever was any proof needed that there’s a lot of interest in this year’s election, an initial count of the number of voters who cast their ballots on the first day of early voting might be a solid indicator. County election officials said an unofficial count showed 4,200 voters cast ballots on the first day of early voting across Galveston County on Monday. That compares to about 1,800 who voted on the first day of early voting four years ago, which at the time was considered a high early voter turnout. Of the county’s 15 early voting locations,...
  • Eyes are on Delaware (Voter Turnout Light)

    09/14/2010 11:59:50 AM PDT · by tennmountainman · 71 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-14-2010 | Joseph Weber
    Most reports have a light voter turnout through the lunch hours. CNN and other major news organizations are reporting live across the state of 885,000 residents, where GOP-establishment candidate Rep. Michael Castle faces a come-from-behind challenge from "tea party"-candidate Christine O'Donnell, a conservative activist.
  • The Enthusiasm Gap Widens

    02/03/2010 9:03:23 PM PST · by CaroleL · 2 replies · 277+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 02/04/10 | CaroleL
    There's no doubt that Republican voters are much more motivated this year than Democrats and the turnout at Tuesday's Illinois primaries is the latest proof of that. Latest tallies show 885,268 Democrats voted in their primary compared to 736,137 Republicans. That's surprising since, even though voters do not register by party in Illinois, estimates from both sides say Democrats far outnumber Republicans.
  • Red Mass Group: only 3% turnout in Springfield, MA as of 12:30pm

    01/19/2010 2:04:49 PM PST · by GOPinCa · 21 replies · 1,711+ views
    In what MassLive.com is calling as "higher turnout than expected" only 2,700 of close to 90,000 registered voters in Springfield casted a ballot as of 12:30PM. Judging from turnout so far, Oyola said turnout could reach as high as 25-30 percent. "As high as 25%", you've gotta be kidding me! Talk about relative terms! If one of the Democratic strong holds is only throwing 2,700 votes Coakley's way as of 12:30PM. A town 1/10th it's size, Hanover, is already covering the difference. Hearing that must be crushing for Coakley. If that's their math, I'll gladly trade Hanover to take Springfield...
  • High turnout seen in Massachusetts Senate race ( Wall Street watching )

    01/19/2010 4:01:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 545+ views
    Marketwatch ^ | Jan. 19, 2010, 5:40 p.m. EST | Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
    Democrats' majority at stake in close election for seat vacated by Ted KennedyWASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Throngs of voters reportedly turned out in Massachusetts on Tuesday in that state's special election to fill the late Edward Kennedy's Senate seat, in a closely watched race that has Democrats fearful of losing their 60-vote majority in the upper chamber of Congress.Scott Brown, a Republican state senator, was leading the Democratic candidate, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, in many polls going into the contest -- putting at risk the Democrats' supermajority and with it President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul and other priorities. Republican Underdog...
  • High voter turnout expected

    01/17/2010 9:56:26 AM PST · by cdchik123 · 57 replies · 2,035+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Jessica Fargen
    Turnout could hit as high as 70 percent Tuesday in the high-stakes U.S. Senate battle between Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley and GOP state Sen. Scott Brown, according to some local election officials. Absentee ballot requests have increased - on par with levels ordinarily seen in a presidential election - some town clerks say. And town and city halls were buzzing last week with people voting and asking questions about registration in advance of the election to fill the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat, said Theodora Eaton, president of the state’s city and town clerk’s association. “I wasn’t anticipating...
  • Poll: Dem Coakley Leads GOPer Brown In MA-SEN Race, But Low Turnout Could Help Brown

    01/05/2010 7:28:36 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 30 replies · 1,327+ views
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | January 5, 2010, 9:18AM | TPM
    The new Rasmussen poll of the Massachusetts Senate special election, which will be held two weeks from today, gives Democratic candidate Martha Coakley an initial lead over Republican Scott Brown. But it might not be an automatic landslide in this Democratic-leaning state, with GOP voters disproportionately more enthusiastic in what could be a low-turnout election. The numbers: Coakley 50%, Brown 41%, with a ±4.5% margin of error. From the pollster's analysis: "Special elections are typically decided by who shows up to vote and it is clear from the data that Brown's supporters are more enthusiastic. In fact, among those who...
  • Gubernatorial candidates seek out college voting bloc: Cville Registrar Predicts Low Turnout

    10/17/2009 8:59:03 PM PDT · by freespirited · 5 replies · 406+ views
    Cavalier Daily ^ | 10/14/09 | Bethel Habte
    Gubernatorial candidates Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell have toured, tailgated and twittered to win an elusive, college-age voting bloc. Efforts from the campaigns, both Democrat and Republican, to improve student voter turn-out, however, may only go so far at the University, where apathy, registration confusion and pre-voting numbers seem to foreshadow a potentially low turnout. Charlottesville General Registrar Sheri Iachetta said gubernatorial races historically bring in fewer voters than presidential elections, and that this year, absentee turnout might fall to 40 percent, lower than what it has usually been in previous years.
  • '08 turnout same as or only slightly higher than '04 (did Repubs stay home?)

    03/01/2009 8:36:29 AM PST · by Krusty · 26 replies · 919+ views
    Compared to 2004, Republican turnout declined by 1.3 percentage points to 28.7 percent, while Democratic turnout increased by 2.6 points from 28.7 percent in 2004 to 31.3 percent in 2008.
  • A Base Election After All?

    11/15/2008 9:33:40 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 15 replies · 703+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 12, 2008 | Arnon A. Mishkin
    The race between Barack Obama and John McCain was supposed to be about winning the middle. Both candidates embraced the theme of moving from partisan gridlock to seeking bipartisan consensus. Obama's speeches evoked a country that was "not blue states and red states, but more United States." McCain focused on his record of working on both sides of Senate aisle. In contrast to the 2004 election, in which both parties sought to motivate their bases, this campaign was set on the battlefield of undecided voters. The election results, however, record the exact opposite happening. Most undecided voters swung to McCain,...
  • No Landslide...The Numbers Speak Thousands NOT Millions

    11/10/2008 2:28:52 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 55 replies · 310+ views
    Various | 11-10-2008 | my favorite headache
    If I read about the "landslide" election once more I will be forced to hurl bile. The raw data...the true numbers speak what happened in this election. Obama won by: 204,577 in FL 206,770 in OH 202,110 in VA 13,993 in NC 25,836 in IN 119,896 in NV 140,732 in IA That comes out to 913,914 votes. So yes...people are claiming McCain was crushed by 7 million votes but in all reality it was 913,914 votes in total that Obama needed at the end of the day. Turn out was lower than 2004 for the GOP...about 20% less. We pretty...
  • Current Exit Polling: Dems Did Get Nice Party ID Turnout Gap After All

    11/10/2008 8:04:53 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 46 replies · 305+ views
    CNN/Various ^ | 11-10-08 | CNN
    A look at vaious exit polls (including the linked ones): Looks like Party ID in three exit polls Favored the Democrats 39%D/32%R/29%I (+7% Democrats). A breakdown of several exit polls provides the following observations: (Good news/bad news) 1.) Women are increasingly outvoting men. This is bad news because women always vote majority Democrat, always. No exceptions. We need to increase registration of male voters, as well as turnout. 2.) Latinos (and Asians) gave their largest margin to a candidate - almost 3:1 Democrats to GOP. The GOP needs to address this, preferably by finding more Conservative Latino/Asian candidates, especially in...
  • That huge voter turnout? Didn't happen

    11/09/2008 3:09:35 PM PST · by pissant · 20 replies · 267+ views
    Ploitico ^ | 11/8/08 | Paul Kuhn
    Despite widespread predictions of record turnout in this year’s presidential election, roughly the same portion of eligible voters cast ballots in 2008 as in 2004. Between 60.7 percent and 61.7 percent of the 208.3 million eligible voters cast ballots this year, compared with 60.6 percent of those eligible in 2004, according to a voting analysis by American University political scientist Curtis Gans, an authority on voter turnout. He estimated that between 126.5 million and 128.5 million eligible voters cast ballots this year, versus 122.3 million four years ago. Gans said the gross number of ballots cast in 2008 was the...
  • REPUBLICANS STAY HOME SO OBAMA WINS

    11/07/2008 6:16:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies · 2,939+ views
    The Marston Chronicles ^ | Nov 7, 2008 | Paul N. Marston
    As usual, the media has missed the huge story of this election. Their story is that Obama registered huge masses of new supporters and got them to the polls. At first, that was what I thought, but that is not the key factor. I was expecting the highest percentage turnout in 100 years amounting to 130,000,000 voters, but instead as of 5:00 PM EDT, 121,146,964 people voted for Obama or McCain. In 2004, 121,069,054 people voted for Bush or Kerry. Hence in a hotly contested election in which a fortune was spent on the race, there was no big surge...
  • Observation. "Republicans stay home". Does that mean that McCain cost us other seats?

    11/07/2008 10:03:56 PM PST · by prismsinc · 56 replies · 1,460+ views
    Marston Chronicles ^ | 11/07/08 | Locutus of Borg
    This is interesting analysis by Marston. Does this mean that McCain cost us seats in the House and Senate? I have to admit, when McCain was elected in the primaries, my first inclination was "we lost already". Did any of you think the same thing back then? McCain's repulsion in the base kept potential voters home for other seats, it seems.
  • Experts confounded: Turnout higher in Ohio in 2004

    11/07/2008 10:03:13 AM PST · by gotribe · 65 replies · 2,869+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Nov. 7, 2007 | Mark Niquette
    Despite a record number of registered voters this year, intense interest in the presidential election and the historic outcome, Ohio's voter turnout was lower Tuesday than in 2004, unofficial statistics show. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is reporting 67 percent turnout, compared with 72 percent in 2004. She had been predicting 80 percent turnout this time. The percentage could increase as provisional ballots, overseas ballots and other outstanding votes are included during the official canvass in the coming weeks. But overall turnout still is expected to be lower than in 2004, leaving experts at a loss to explain it --...
  • Report: '08 turnout same as or only slightly higher than '04 ( CNN contradicts AP inflation )

    11/06/2008 6:25:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies · 1,437+ views
    CNN ^ | November 6, 2008 | CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new report from American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate concludes that voter turnout in Tuesday’s election was the same in percentage terms as it was four years ago — or at most has risen by less than 1 percent. Click here to read the entire report. The report released Thursday estimates that between 126.5 and 128.5 million Americans cast ballots in the presidential election earlier this week. Those figures represent 60.7 percent or, at most, 61.7 percent of those eligible to vote in the country.“A downturn in the number and percentage of...
  • Voter suppression - What happened to the 'Record Turn-out'?

    11/06/2008 8:46:31 AM PST · by jerod · 35 replies · 1,835+ views
    Vanity | 2008-11-06 | Jerod
    Pre-election headlines declared 'Record Turn-out Expected' with expectations of possibly 130 million or more voters showing up to vote. What happened to that notion? With counting still on-going, there are a million less votes than there were in 2004 and only 121 million in total. Did exaggerated poll numbers and the promise of long lines discourage voting?
  • VANITY: Republican Non-turnout Helped Obama Win

    11/05/2008 8:00:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1,782+ views
    Vanity | Nov 5, 2008 | Self
    I agree with D.J. Drummond in his blog here : http://stolenthunder.blogspot.com/ when he said : ----------------------------------------------------- Consider the next fact; turnout this year was down, not up. Down by more than five million votes from 2004. Somebody did not bother to vote this year. But who was it? Again looking at CNN, it turns out that participation by democrats was 7 points higher than republicans. There was a modest 3 percent increase nationally in democrat voter registration from 2004’s tallies, while republicans dropped turnout by at least 15 percent from 2004. So if you are one of those eight million...
  • More votes cast in '08 presidential race than '04 (GOP turnout way down from 2004)

    11/05/2008 5:52:50 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 81 replies · 4,542+ views
    -snip- Gans said the lower end of his estimate would put the rate near that of 2004. Experts calculate turnout rates in different ways based on whom they consider eligible voters. Breakdown by party voting shows that Republican turnout rates are down quite a bit, while Democratic turnout rates are up, Gans said. Republican states, such as Wyoming and South Dakota, saw turnout drop. "I think they were discouraged," Gans said. North Carolina saw the greatest increase in turnout, because of close presidential, Senate and gubernatorial races, according to Gans' research. Other states where turnout increased were Indiana, Georgia and...
  • Long Lines, Voting Problems Reported Statewide At The Polls [VIRGINIA]

    11/04/2008 11:06:21 AM PST · by steve-b · 23 replies · 1,473+ views
    Voters were lined up by the hundreds Tuesday as polls opened in Virginia, and reports quickly began to mount of malfunctioning voting machines and polling places opening late. The State Board of Elections said at a briefing there were no "widespread problems" and blamed human error and the rain for those problems that were reported. "Virginians are turning out in record numbers," spokeswoman Susan S. Pollard said in a statement. "Although a light rain is falling across the state, it does not seem to have dampened turnout."... State elections officials have said Virginia could see an unprecedented Election Day turnout....
  • Election Turnout in 2004 Was Highest Since 1968 Saturday, January 15, 2005

    11/03/2008 12:13:33 AM PST · by tallyhoe · 9 replies · 924+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, January 15, 2005 | By Brian Faler
    The final numbers are in -- and turnout in the 2004 presidential election, it seems, was a bit more impressive than previously believed. The Committee for the Study of the American Electorate reported yesterday that more than 122 million people voted in the November election, a number that translates into the highest turnout -- 60.7 percent -- since 1968. Turnout was 6.4 percent higher than in 2000, the largest uptick in voter participation since the 1952 election. The numbers are a bit higher than the research group's initial estimates, which were based on unofficial tallies and released days after the...
  • Voter turnout expected to be highest in decades

    11/01/2008 2:16:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,516+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Voter turnout will be the highest in decades, dwarfing recent presidential elections, experts predict. The only question dividing experts is how huge will it be. Will it be the largest since 1968, largest since 1960 or even, as one expert predicts, the largest in a century? Soaring early voting levels hint at a big turnout, but that could just be the same voters casting ballots earlier instead of more voters hitting the polls. Weather should generally be favorable, according to forecasts. --snip-- Michael McDonald of George Mason University is so optimistic he's predicting the highest level in a...
  • The last unknown in White House race -- who votes? [Troubling news for Barry alert]

    11/01/2008 9:58:02 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies · 840+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 31, 2008 | John Whitesides
    It is the last great unknown in a White House battle that has been polled and analyzed for nearly two years -- who will actually show up and vote? The outcome of the race between John McCain and Barack Obama rests on which unpredictable combination of new voters, young voters, black voters, suburban voters, white voters, Hispanic voters, rural voters and even sporadic voters cast a ballot in Tuesday's election. Officials in both campaigns are predicting a record high turnout -- and a surge of new voter registrations and the long lines for early voting across the country appear to...
  • Update: Little Evidence of Surge in Youth Vote

    10/31/2008 5:11:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 51 replies · 1,101+ views
    Gallup ^ | 10/31/2008 | Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones, and Lydia Saad
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup polling in October finds little evidence of a surge in young voter turnout beyond what it was in 2004. While young voter registration may be up slightly over 2004, the reported level of interest in the election and intention to vote among those under 30 are no higher than they were that year.
  • Election Day Exit Polls: Already Slanted for Dems

    10/21/2008 8:20:09 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 6 replies · 623+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | October 21, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    The best way to avoid shock and demoralization from a repeat of the 2004 exit poll nightmare is to expect it again this year and ignore it. Remember that pleasant afternoon on Election Day 2004 when the exit polls were leaked showing a Kerry blowout in the making? Politico. More recently, in 2004, exit poll data that began circulating early in the afternoon led to short-lived Democratic elation and deep Republican anxiety. By evening, some of President George W. Bush’s key strategists were frantic, emailing reporters at polling organizations to better understand the gap between what they were finding on...
  • Will World of Warcraft depress the Obama vote? (vanity)

    I suddenly noticed that the next big expansion to the popular "World of Warcraft" online game, "Wrath of the Lich King", comes out on November 3rd. That's one day before the election. Anyone think basement-dwelling liberals will be too busy with the new game to go out and vote? Hey, I can dream...
  • Conservatives Shouldn't Get Cocky

    09/07/2008 11:33:35 AM PDT · by AmericaTalks · 60 replies · 218+ views
    America Talks ^ | 9/7/08 | David Zublick
    There's a huge buzz in the conservative community. Republicans are finally on board with John McCain's candidacy, what with his excellent accounting of himself at Rick Warren's Civil Forum at Saddleback and the addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket. We should feel excited, even proud to be Republicans again. We appear to have finally found our way, recovering from the mistakes that were made which led to the Democrats taking over both houses of congress in 2006. But lately I've been sensing a certain feeling of cockiness. Democrats, we are told, are running scared. Palin has the Obama camp...
  • Text Messaging could help Obama's turnout

    08/20/2008 6:31:51 AM PDT · by no dems · 49 replies · 218+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | August 20, 2008 | Ken Thomas
    WASHINGTON - When Barack Obama announces his choice for vice president, the real payoff may come during the next few months — one text message at a time. Obama's campaign plans to break the news of the Democratic candidate's vice presidential pick to people who have signed up to receive e-mails and text messages from the campaign. It should give Obama's team access to tens of thousands of cell phone numbers that could be used to mobilize voters under 30 on Election Day. "What Obama is creating is this army of individuals, these grass-roots activists, who are out there trying...
  • Social Initiatives on State Ballots Could Draw Attention to Presidential Race

    08/11/2008 2:14:28 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 110+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 10, 2008 | Ian Urbina
    Divisive social issues will be on the ballot in several states in November, including constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage in Arizona, California and Florida, and limitations on abortion in California, Colorado and South Dakota. Although research indicates that ballot measures do not drastically alter voter turnout, they have begun attracting the attention of both presidential campaigns. Unlike 2004, when same-sex marriage bans were considered in 11 states, no single issue will dominate statewide ballots. “Tax and spending issues are typically one of the main focuses of these measures, but this time that’s less true,” said Jennie Drage Bowser, a policy...
  • Another 50-50 Myth Debunked

    05/16/2008 12:40:40 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 30 replies · 68+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 16, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Another 50-50 Myth Debunked by: Bethany Stotts, May 16, 2008 Do Americans live in a democracy or in a scum-ridden, corrupt regime run by elite interests? Skeptics tend to believe the latter. “Start with this reality: the Powers That Be don’t want genuine democracy...They intend for politics to be a spectator event for us, scripted by the one-tenth of 1 percent of elites who put up the controlling money,” write Jim Hightower and Susan DeMarco in their book, Swim Against the Current. While hyperbolic (as is much of Hightower’s writing), their argument exemplifies how research placing American voter turnout at...
  • Would weekend voting encourage more working people to vote?

    02/16/2008 4:35:40 PM PST · by cradle of freedom · 43 replies · 114+ views
    Would having elections on a Saturday or Sunday encourage more people to vote and would it be better for the country? I was wondering how many people don't vote because they have to work. Consider that they have to get up early, get ready for work and commute during morning rush hour. The polling place may be in another direction from their route to work and they may have a long distance to their jobs. If someone is working a full day, they have to take travel time plus 8 1/2 to 9 hours on the job, then the commute...
  • CALIFORNIA VOTER TURNOUT HIGHER THAN SUPPOSED

    11/28/2006 7:37:56 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 9 replies · 508+ views
    New West Notes ^ | 11-28-2006 | Bill Bradley
    On election day and night — only three weeks ago, although it seems much longer — several people asked me if the turnout would be over 50%. The answer, of course, was of course. But for some time it looked lower, and quite a few people, many of them on a losing campaign or two, went on about this as though it somehow justified their losing. “Schwarzenegger may have won big,” this sentiment went, “but only 35% turned out in Orange County in the lowest statewide turnout ever.” Many thought statewide turnout would be under 50%. But they, perhaps, forgot...
  • My Survey of Who Voted Early (Talk is Cheap Alert)

    11/06/2006 6:23:03 PM PST · by freespirited · 18 replies · 1,334+ views
    Vanity | 11/06/06 | Freespirited
    I've been doing my best to keep up with data on Republican and Democrat use of absentee ballots and early voting. Both of these are said to be good predictors of turnout. Here's what I have so far: State of Maryland Party identification is 52% D 23% R according to the Pew Center. About 78K Democrats requested absentee ballots. If requests had been proportional to registration 34,2320 GOP voters would have made requests. The number of requestors has been TWICE the expected number: about 68K. These numbers are nothing short of remarkable--and all that is necessary to explain The Washington...
  • Democrats Scrambling To Organize Voter Turnout

    08/02/2006 8:25:19 PM PDT · by Quiet Man Jr. · 15 replies · 796+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2006 | Jim VandeHei
    Top Democrats are increasingly concerned that they lack an effective plan to turn out voters this fall, creating tension among party leaders and prompting House Democrats to launch a fundraising effort aimed exclusively at mobilizing Democratic partisans.
  • GOP fashioning Bush-style turnout operation for Cal election

    06/11/2006 8:05:02 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 358+ views
    SFC ^ | June 10, 2006 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    A record turnout by the state's 5.4 million Republicans could cut into a Democratic registration edge that otherwise puts Schwarzenegger and other statewide GOP candidates at a numerical disadvantage at the polls. The turnout operation — which will be bankrolled with as much as $25 million — is being assembled at a state party office in Burbank by William Christiansen, a veteran state GOP operative whose get-out-the-vote program for the 2004 Bush campaign in Arizona helped deliver a 10-point victory. Former Bush strategists also are in charge of Schwarzenegger's re-election campaign, which is playing a central role in the turnout...
  • CA: Election turnout looking paltry-Activist fatigue,voter disenchantment cited as possible reasons

    06/03/2006 3:10:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 118 replies · 1,654+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/3/06 | Laura Mecoy
    MANHATTAN BEACH -- Trying to fire up a lackluster crowd at a "get out the vote" rally, City Councilman Jim Aldinger asked who would be working over the weekend to get Californians to the polls on Tuesday. Only a handful of the 80 activists raised their hands at the rally Thursday for gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides. Campaign consultants reported similarly tepid responses from volunteers around the state -- even though an expected low voter turnout and an extremely tight gubernatorial primary could make this year's "get out the vote" efforts more decisive than in past statewide campaigns. Secretary of State...
  • New Poll of Conservatives Reveals Frustration That May Endanger GOP Congressional Majority

    02/01/2006 9:05:20 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies · 478+ views
    ConservativeHQ ^ | January 31, 2006
    A new on-line poll of 1,028 conservative activists and donors shows that 77 percent are either seriously disappointed with Republican Congressional leaders or want them replaced. The January 31 survey also found that 54 percent of conservatives feel so abandoned by current Congressional leaders and President Bush that they plan to reduce their contributions and/or grassroots work for GOP candidates in the 2006 election. And 70 percent would support a principled conservative challenger running against an established incumbent Republican in a 2006 GOP primary. The poll, taken just two days before House Republicans vote to choose new leaders, should serve...