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November 6, 2012
This is how I feel when John King talks.

This is how I feel when John King talks.

21:04 // 1 year ago

Republicans lose a seat: Olympia Snowe replaced with independent

  • then Earlier this year, in a shock decision, Republican Olympia Snowe announced her retirement from the Senate, citing gridlock and the desire to help encourage moderates. “But as I enter a new chapter in my life,” she said at the time, “I see a critical need to engender public support for the political center, for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us.”
  • now Snowe’s replacement in the Senate will be none other than former Maine Gov. Angus King, who will become the Senate’s second independent. King, like Snowe, is a moderate, but he hasn’t said who he is more likely to caucus with, though both parties expect him to caucus with Democrats. Hopefully he doesn’t repeatedly get sucked into the gridlock like Snowe did. source
20:59 // 1 year ago

The shape of the race so far

64 electoral votes secured by President Obama, as of 8:50 PM EST

88 electoral votes netted by Mitt Romney so far

We’re still early days here, to be sure. Just a couple hours after the first polls closed across the eastern seaboard, and we’re getting a clearer idea of the early shape of the election — to this point, President Obama leads by about 200,000 votes in Ohio, and is fighting an extremely tight race in Florida. As to congressional races, the prospects of the Democrats maintaining control of the Senate look good so far — Linda McMahon has been projected to lose in her race against Democrat Chris Murphy, in addition to wins for Sheldon Whitehouse, Bill Nelson, and Angus King in Maine, an independent who may ultimately caucus with the Democrats.

20:51 // 1 year ago
Spotted in DC: Our bus stations, which have video panels for advertising, are giving live election results. So you can’t get away from the election even if you’re waiting for the bus. Great!

Spotted in DC: Our bus stations, which have video panels for advertising, are giving live election results. So you can’t get away from the election even if you’re waiting for the bus. Great!

20:02 // 1 year ago
19:35 // 1 year ago
It’s a little early to know exactly what we can learn from social media metrics. I think the way we’ll be looking at this stuff will be very different in four years, in eight years, in twelve years. For right now, we’re kind of in an awkward adolescent age … we’re out of the classical innocent era of our youth where you could just call someone on the phone. But we’re not sure what the substitute for that is yet.
With all the recent brewhaha about Nate Silver’s controversial projections for tonight’s outcome, and while we’re all waiting for some legit data to come back from the polls, it seems like a good time to revisit our exclusive interview with Mr. Silver back in September. Enjoy! (via election)

Nate Silver is hiding in a dimly-lit room with an iPad and a MacBook Air, hoping his projections are right. 

(via gov)

19:22 // 1 year ago
19:15 // 1 year ago
tpmmedia:

TPM’s Election Scoreboard is LIVE and ready for results.
FOLLOW ALONG.

Soon, this map will be so insanely full of color that it’ll look like a giant metaphor for our country’s divisions. I for one am psyched.

tpmmedia:

TPM’s Election Scoreboard is LIVE and ready for results.

FOLLOW ALONG.

Soon, this map will be so insanely full of color that it’ll look like a giant metaphor for our country’s divisions. I for one am psyched.

19:09 // 1 year ago
election:

msnbc:

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.
http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/06/machine-turns-vote-for-obama-into-one-for-romney/
(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

This situation was directly affected by a video posted to Reddit — which had initially pinpointed it as fraud. It appears to have been a mis-calibrated machine. Anyone else see stories like this today in their neck of the woods?
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Today in the internet having a direct effect on the election.

election:

msnbc:

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/06/machine-turns-vote-for-obama-into-one-for-romney/

(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

This situation was directly affected by a video posted to Reddit — which had initially pinpointed it as fraud. It appears to have been a mis-calibrated machine. Anyone else see stories like this today in their neck of the woods?

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Today in the internet having a direct effect on the election.

(via gov)

13:44 // 1 year ago
election:

Obama vs. Romney: An analysis of the infamous e-mail campaigns
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been swamped in campaign e-mails over the last few weeks. (We even spotted some good unintentional fanfic from the Obama subject lines.) The campaigns are doing some incredibly interesting things with the format, but man, do they get overwhelming sometimes. E-mail marketing company Klaviyo was equally interested, and they found a couple of interesting things:
one There was a nearly two-month gap where Romney’s camp didn’t send e-mails. Obama sent e-mails nearly the entire time between June and November. Both campaigns ramped up in the last few weeks.
two One in seven Obama e-mails used one-word subject lines, something which Romney never did. Obama also relied heavily on subject lines which ended with colons (i.e. “This Matters:”) — something which weirded out Klaviyo’s Ed Hallen.
three Romney’s camp was more likely to send e-mails from with name lines of people other than the presidential candidate, his VP candidate, or his spouse. Nearly half of all Obama camp e-mails, on the other hand, came from “Barack Obama” himself. But we all know Obama was too busy running the country to actually send all of those himself. 
From a marketing perspective, these campaigns will be watched closely because they’re doing fairly innovative things with the format. On the other hand, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna be glad not to get so many e-mails.
— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Barack Obama campaign e-mails, I will miss you.

election:

Obama vs. Romney: An analysis of the infamous e-mail campaigns

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been swamped in campaign e-mails over the last few weeks. (We even spotted some good unintentional fanfic from the Obama subject lines.) The campaigns are doing some incredibly interesting things with the format, but man, do they get overwhelming sometimes. E-mail marketing company Klaviyo was equally interested, and they found a couple of interesting things:

  • one There was a nearly two-month gap where Romney’s camp didn’t send e-mails. Obama sent e-mails nearly the entire time between June and November. Both campaigns ramped up in the last few weeks.
  • two One in seven Obama e-mails used one-word subject lines, something which Romney never did. Obama also relied heavily on subject lines which ended with colons (i.e. “This Matters:”) — something which weirded out Klaviyo’s Ed Hallen.
  • three Romney’s camp was more likely to send e-mails from with name lines of people other than the presidential candidate, his VP candidate, or his spouse. Nearly half of all Obama camp e-mails, on the other hand, came from “Barack Obama” himself. But we all know Obama was too busy running the country to actually send all of those himself. 

From a marketing perspective, these campaigns will be watched closely because they’re doing fairly innovative things with the format. On the other hand, I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna be glad not to get so many e-mails.

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

Barack Obama campaign e-mails, I will miss you.

(via gov)

11:35 // 1 year ago