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Election 2012 Results Thread (It's Kinda Like Rape, If It Is Inevitable...You Might As Well Lay Back And Enjoy It!)
Post Date: 2012-11-06 18:33:11 by Brian S
Attributing the rape quote to Clayton William, candidate for the Gov. of Texas, who if not had made that quote, GW Bush would have never become President of the USA.
Democrats, Independents Boost U.S. Economic Confidence; October's Economic Confidence Index Score Tied For Best Monthly Reading Since 2008
Post Date: 2012-11-06 13:36:19 by Brian S
by Alyssa Brown WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Independents' economic confidence improved four percentage points, to -20, in October, the highest monthly level of confidence among this group since 2008. Democrats also saw a gain of four points last month, to 27, a four-year high. Republicans' economic confidence held steady at -59, tied with September for the lowest monthly score of the year. Partisans' opinions of the economy have become more polarized in the two months leading up to the election, with an 86-point gap separating Republicans' and Democrats confidence in October -- the largest party divide of the year and a significant increase from January's 43-point gap. ...
LP VP Candidate: Mitt Romney is the only sane choice for Libertarians
Post Date: 2012-11-06 13:22:23 by jwpegler
As a former Libertarian presidential contender, the 2008 Libertarian vice presidential nominee, the former chairman of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee, and the man called "Mr. Libertarian" by media across this country, you might be surprised to find Im supporting Republican Mitt Romney for president. Yes, this Las Vegan has gone all in for Mitt. Why? Because Mitt Romney is the only sane choice for Libertarians. Its simple. Libertarians believe in less government; lower taxes; cutting rules, regulations and mandates to get government out of the way of small business; reining in out-of-control government agencies like the EPA; auditing the Fed; ...
Chrysler Gives Workers Day Off To Vote
Post Date: 2012-11-06 11:09:25 by Brian S
The car company that attacked Mitt Romney for falsely claiming it was moving operations overseas is going a step further, ostensibly for President Obama. Chrysler's vice president of design, Ralph Gilles, tweeted Tuesday that the company gave its entire work force the day off to vote. "Let's go!" he wrote. UAW has been a stalwart supporter of the president and Obama has campaigned heavily on his decision to bail out the auto industry, particularly in the critical swing state of Ohio, where one in eight jobs depends on the industry. Last week, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne pushed back on a Romney ad that asserted the company was moving Jeep manufacturing to China. Gilles ...
Poll Finds Obama Holding 3-point Edge Nationally At 50-47
Post Date: 2012-11-06 10:38:49 by Brian S
President Obama holds an edge over GOP nominee Mitt Romney as voters head to the polls on Election Day, according to the final survey from The Washington Post/ABC News. The poll, released Monday, shows Obama with 50 percent support among likely voters to 47 for Romney. In the same poll 10 days back, Romney held a 50-47 edge over the president. Independents, who 10 days ago backed Romney 58-38, are almost evenly split, with 48 percent now for Romney to 46 for Obama. While the race is still close, with other national polls showing the candidates in a dead heat, most voters believe the president will win reelection. Fifty-five percent say Obama will win, to 35 percent for Romney. Obama ...
Johnson, Stein in Election Eve Third Party Debate - LIVE tonight 6 pm PST / 9 EST; 11/5/12
Post Date: 2012-11-05 19:53:21 by hondo68
Should our federal government be big and "green" or small and frugal? That question is likely to be at the heart of the final debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, when candidates Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party meet in an election eve debate between "alternative candidates" for president. The candidates will discuss and spar over issues for 90 minutes (9:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.) in the RT America television studio in Washington, D.C. RT (Russia Today) America is the English language, state-funded Russian television station that is sponsoring and televising the debate. It will be carried on some ...
Obama Becoming A Heavier Favorite, In 538's View. Now 86% To Win Electoral College
Post Date: 2012-11-05 18:52:37 by Brian S
@fivethirtyeight Obama's win probability peaked at 87% on 10/4, last day before polls reflected Denver debate. Fell to 61% on 10/12. Now fully recovered. @fivethirtyeight Obama becoming a heavier favorite, in 538's view. Now 86% to win Electoral College. fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com 5 Nov 12 @fivethirtyeight Obama unlikely to win by anything like his post-DNC margins. But Romney has no momentum, Obama's state polling is robust, and time is up. Click for Full Text!
Election Lawyers Are Ready to Pounce
Post Date: 2012-11-05 17:56:17 by Brian S
Nearly 200 people banged on the locked doors of the Miami-Dade Elections Department in Doral, Fla., on Sunday afternoon, clamoring for it to reopen and shouting, Let us vote! The states GOP-controlled legislature cut the number of days for early voting this year from 14 to eightand prohibited early voting from taking place on Sundays. Miami- Dade officials had decided to open the office for a few hours on Sunday anyway in response to long lines all weekunbeknownst to Miamis Republican mayor, Carlos Gimenez, according to the Miami Herald. After Gimenez found out, the Herald reports, the precinct closed. Thats what prompted the protest. An ...
Historic Showing Among Latino Voters Will Carry Obama To Re-Election
Post Date: 2012-11-05 10:38:23 by Brian S
With President Obama in a position to claim a record high share of Latino voters, a leading research firm said Monday that the incumbent's performance among America's fastest growing voting bloc should put him over the top in swing states and help him secure a second term. Acording to a report by Latino Decisions, Obama is "poised to win a record high share of the Latino vote, and in turn likely to win key swing states and enough electoral college votes to retain the presidency." Latino Decisions shows Obama earning the support of 73 percent of Latino voters with "consistent vote history or have already voted" creating big separation from Mitt ...
The Looming GOP Civil War -- Whether Mitt Wins Or Not
Post Date: 2012-11-05 10:34:06 by Brian S
WEST CHESTER, Ohio Mitt Romneys boisterous rally here Friday night featured both the promise of the Republican Partys future and a sharp reminder of why the GOP may lose its second consecutive presidential race on Tuesday. The scene in this Cincinnati suburb also set the stage for the partys coming inner struggle to define itself no matter this cycles outcome. A cadre of young and diverse Republican officials took the stage to speak before Romney. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte each made the case for their nominee and offered a reminder of the strength of the GOPs bench. But they did so before ...
Republicans Lay The Groundwork To Blame Hurricane Sandy If Romney Loses
Post Date: 2012-11-05 10:17:40 by Brian S
In the event that President Obama wins reelection on Tuesday, Republicans have already found their scapegoat: Hurricane Sandy. Just days before Election Day, GOP pundits and prognosticators and some within the Romney campaign are roundly describing the devastating storm as the critical event that halted their candidates upswing in the polls, which give Obama a clear advantage in the electoral college math. The hurricane is what broke Romneys momentum. I dont think theres any question about it, said Haley Barbour, a former Mississippi governor, RNC chairman and respected political strategist, on CNNs State of the Union ...
Poll: McCaskill Has 15-Point Lead Over Akin In Missouri Senate Race
Post Date: 2012-11-05 10:15:14 by Brian S
Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is closing with a big lead, according to a new poll from SurveyUSA and commissioned by four in-state TV stations. McCaskill gets 51 percent of the total, GOP Rep. Todd Akin gets 36 percent, and Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine sees 8 percent. The same poll shows Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney winning by 7 points, 50 percent to President Obama's 43 percent. Akin's campaign has been steeped in controversy since he made his "legitmate rape" comments back in August. The PollTracker Average of the race shows McCaskill with a solid lead in the final days.
North Carolina man’s Facebook post claims he voted four times ‘to save our country’ from Mitt Romney
Post Date: 2012-11-04 19:35:45 by Abcdefg
Outraged citizens are using Twitter to investigate a mans Facebook claim that hes proudly voted four times already and intends to vote again. Brad Marston captured the post in a screen shot:
Poster Comment:Lot's more at the link.
Romney: 'It's Possible' Obama Could Win
Post Date: 2012-11-04 18:41:03 by Brian S
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he may be defeated by President Barack Obama in Tuesday's presidential contest, but it's doubtful. Speaking at an Ohio rally Sunday afternoon, Romney said that it's possible, but not likely that Obama will win. He was responding to supporters who booed when he speculated on the consequences of an Obama second term. Polls suggest the race is very close. Both campaigns predict wins. Romney is campaigning in four battleground states on Sunday, including Pennsylvania. Romney's visit follows the decision by his campaign and its Republican allies to put millions of dollars in television advertising in ...
Romney, Change? "From the People Who Brought You Economic Collapse and Iraq"
Post Date: 2012-11-04 17:08:14 by Brian S
Romney has hired the George W. Bush team of economic and foreign policy advisers. The Romney campaign has now decided to adopt the mantle of "change." This hands the Obama campaign another opportunity to let the sun shine on the truth. It certainly is "change", but one usually associates "change" with something new, not with re-instituting disastrously failed policies. (Einstein did not call that change; he called it insanity). If Romney and the Republicans take over, not only will Medicare's guarantee be gone -- forever -- but we will experience the same financial, housing and general economic collapse as we did under George W Bush. Because the truth ...
In Defense of Nate Silver, Election Pollsters, and Statistical Predictions
Post Date: 2012-11-04 15:17:12 by Brian S
Nate Silver analyzes poll data on the influential FiveThiryEight blog at the New York Times. He crunches polls and other data in an electoral statistical model, and he claims that his work is guided by math, not left or right politics. Yet hes become a whipping boy as election day approaches. His crime? Publishing the results of statistical models that predict President Obama has a 73.6 percent chance of defeating the Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. The pollsters tell us whats happening now, conservative columnist David Brooks told Politico, trashing Silver. When they start projecting, theyre getting into silly land. In the same ...
Breaking: Romney Paid Zero Taxes From 1996 To 2009
Post Date: 2012-11-04 15:08:05 by Brian S
Harry Reid was right. Bloomberg finally cracked the story... Using a tax shelter called a CRUT (charitable remainder unitrust) that was held by the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Mitt Romney was able to pay zero taxes (legally) every single year from 1996 to 2009. Why did he stop in 2009? Because he would make public his 2010 tax return, that is why. This tax loophole was killed by Congress in 1997. However those including Romney that were already using it were allowed to continue it. The way it works, is that Romney makes a "charitable" contribution to the Church of Latter Day Saints and it goes into a ...
Ed Gillespie, Romney Adviser, Admits Obama's FEMA Doing A Good Job Responding To Sandy
Post Date: 2012-11-04 12:25:12 by Brian S
WASHINGTON -- Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign, admitted on Sunday that the Obama administration is effectively responding to Hurricane Sandy, despite a torrent of criticisms from conservatives over the effort and Romney's own desire to change the way the Federal Emergency Management Agency operates. In the past week, conservatives have begun piling on President Barack Obama for his response to the superstorm, attempting to argue that he has fallen short and should not be out campaigning in the final days before the election. Perhaps the most pointed attack has come from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said President Barack Obama should ...
Miami-Dade To Allow Voters To Request And Cast Absentee Ballots In Person Sunday
Post Date: 2012-11-04 12:21:25 by Brian S
In a work-around to an early-voting crackdown law, the Miami-Dade elections headquarters will open Sunday afternoon to allow voters to request and cast absentee ballots in person. The elections department announced the change Sunday morning, after the Florida Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in the wee hours seeking to somehow extend voting in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties before Election Day. A spokeswoman said the department made the decision Saturday night after seeing such long early voting lines the last voter wasnt checked in until 1 a.m. Voters in line at 7 p.m. Saturday were allowed to vote. A loophole in a state law that eliminated early voting the ...
New Jersey Gives Voters Email, Fax Options
Post Date: 2012-11-04 10:40:45 by sneakypete
Voters in New Jersey now have two more ways to send in their ballots in an already unusual election season complicated by superstorm Sandy: via fax and email. The Christie administration said Saturday that the additional options are aimed at giving displaced residents and emergency workers another way to vote and that the ballots would be cast provisionally. Administration officials urged people who could to vote early or through the normal process. The administration said people could cast those ballots in two steps. First, they should email or fax an application for a mail-in ballot through their county clerk's office. Once that application is approved, voters can email or fax the ...
NATE SILVER: Obama’s Odds Of Winning Have Now Hit 85% (Intrade 63%)
Post Date: 2012-11-04 10:04:46 by hondo68
With two days to go, Obama's odds of winning re-election have reached their highest level ever, according to New York Times polling guru Nate Silver. Betting markets Intrade and Betfair also show the President maintaining a solid lead, though with much less conviction. These assessments come despite the continued release of some polls that look good for Romney. The difference between the national polls and the betting markets, some polling experts say, is that the national polls focus on the popular vote, whereas Silver's odds focus on state-by-state polls aimed at determining the winner of the electoral college and, with it, the Presidency. Nate Silver's model also averages ...
Election Predictions [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2012-11-03 19:26:29 by jwpegler
We are three days away from one of the two most consequential elections in my lifetime (along with 1980). So, it's time to go out on a limb and make my predictions for what is likely going to happen. Presidency Mitt Romney will be elected the next President of the United States. No President since Franklin Roosevelt has won reelection with the unemployment rate above 7.2%. No President ever has won reelection with a smaller share of the vote than he got when originally elected to the Presidency... and no one anywhere argues that Obama will get more than the 52.9% of the vote he got in 2008. The country has been in a sour mood for about four years now. Obama will pay the price, just ...
Tea Party's Richard Mourdock Trails In Indiana Senate Race, Poll Shows
Post Date: 2012-11-03 11:49:21 by Brian S
The GOP's Richard Mourdock appears to have done grave damage to his Senate candidacy in Indiana by his comment that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen." Almost nine in 10 Hoosiers heard about the statement, according to a poll released Friday by Howey/DePauw, an Indiana group that boasts both a Republican and a Democratic pollster. And since Mr. Mourdock uttered it on Oct. 23, his Democratic opponent has blown open a massive 11-point lead, the poll shows. When the group last surveyed voters in September, it found Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) with a statistically insignificant lead of two percentage points. (Its ...
Poll: Obama up 6 in Ohio, 2 in Fla.
Post Date: 2012-11-03 11:38:06 by Brian S
The Wall Street Journal, NBC News and Marist College produce the umpteenth poll of the week showing Barack Obama with a steady edge in Ohio and a very close race in Florida: The surveys found the two battling neck-and-neck in Florida, with Mr. Obama drawing 49% support among likely voters to Mr. Romney's 47%. Mr. Obama held a firmer lead in Ohio51% to 45%, unchanged from mid-Octoberwhere the relatively more buoyant economy and the federal bailout of the auto industry appear to have solidified his support among a wide swath of voters. In both states, Mr. Obama got high marks from all sides for his management of recovery efforts after the storm Sandy hit the East Coast. That ...
Dick Morris: Sudden Danger Signs In Polling As Election Day Nears
Post Date: 2012-11-03 00:19:46 by Brian S
As Election Day approaches, we must be very sensitive to last minute changes in the polls. Remember that President George W. Bush fell from a 4 point lead into a tie over the last weekend in 2000 and Clinton rose from a tie to a 5 point win in the last weekend of 1992. With that caution in mind, a danger signal comes from the latest Rasmussen Poll reflecting a two point gain for Obama. Whereas before the storm, Rasmussen showed Romney two ahead, he now has the race tied at 48-48. That is troublesome. And, in Pennsylvania, Romney led on Wednesday night by two points but on Thursday nights polling, he was tied.We have also seem slippage for Romney in Michigan. Nobody really knows ...
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