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November 6, 2012
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Residents of Rockaway Beach, NY stand by a fire listening to the election on a radio.

The people of Rockaway Beach have been hanging tough lately, and tonight some are  hanging on an election as well. A simply great photo.

buzzfeed:

Residents of Rockaway Beach, NY stand by a fire listening to the election on a radio.

The people of Rockaway Beach have been hanging tough lately, and tonight some are hanging on an election as well. A simply great photo.

21:24 // 1 year ago

Obama wins Pennsylvania

  • 20 more electoral votes to President Obama, as NBC News projects him to win Pennsylvania. The current tally stands at Obama 146, Romney 153.
21:20 // 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
November 3, 2012
Chris is a sort of cavalier New York, New Jersey guy: ‘If I’m a few minutes behind, I’ll blame it on traffic,’ That’s just who he is.
A person close to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie • Quoted anonymously in a Politico story today, which suggests that Governor Christie may have initially been Mitt Romney’s top choice for Vice Preisdent. That began to change, however, with Christie’s tardiness to some events irking Romney, as referenced above, and concerns persisted within the campaign that he was too focused on himself to be an effective “number two.” Over the course of his trip to visit the Olympics in London, Romney finally settled on Rep. Paul Ryan. The article also states that some Romney “friends and donors” are upset with Christie’s public appreciations of President Obama the last week, as the pair have coordinated tightly on New Jersey’s post-Sandy disaster relief. source
16:53 // 1 year ago
Genius graphic of the day: As the New York Times shows in the amazing interactive piece “512 Paths to the White House,” Obama’s path to winning the Electoral College is much easier than that of Romney. In fact, if Obama wins Florida, Romney would have to win eight other toss-up states to topple that blow. That’s less likely than an Obama Ohio win at the moment, but … ah, why explain it?! Play with the fun, interactive, awesome graphic! (ht Jason Smedvik)

Genius graphic of the day: As the New York Times shows in the amazing interactive piece “512 Paths to the White House,” Obama’s path to winning the Electoral College is much easier than that of Romney. In fact, if Obama wins Florida, Romney would have to win eight other toss-up states to topple that blow. That’s less likely than an Obama Ohio win at the moment, but … ah, why explain it?! Play with the fun, interactive, awesome graphic! (ht Jason Smedvik)

0:38 // 1 year ago
November 1, 2012
Michael Bloomberg endorses Obama: Shortly after delivering some extremely harsh criticism of President Obama in The Atlantic this month, the Mayor of New York has endorsed Obama for reelection, attributing much of his decision to Obama’s leadership on, of all things, climate change. “Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks,” Bloomberg wrote in his endorsement. He had nice words for Mitt Romney, but criticized him for reversing otherwise “sensible positions” on a variety of issues. “If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him,” said Bloomberg. (Photo credit: AP) source

Michael Bloomberg endorses Obama: Shortly after delivering some extremely harsh criticism of President Obama in The Atlantic this month, the Mayor of New York has endorsed Obama for reelection, attributing much of his decision to Obama’s leadership on, of all things, climate change. “Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks,” Bloomberg wrote in his endorsement. He had nice words for Mitt Romney, but criticized him for reversing otherwise “sensible positions” on a variety of issues. “If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him,” said Bloomberg. (Photo credit: AP) source

19:33 // 1 year ago
October 31, 2012

New polling data shows President Obama gaining ground in OH while slipping in FL and WV

  • Florida A new Quinnipiac University/NY Times/CBS News poll shows Mitt Romney has drastically cut into the the 53 - 44 lead enjoyed by President Obama in late September. Romney still trails among early voters though, sitting 6 points behind President Obama in a 50 - 44 race.
  • Ohio According to the same poll, President Obama leads Mitt Romney by 7 points, with current reports suggesting a 50 - 45 split, which he has maintained for more than a week now. Early voting in Ohio heavily leans towards the incumbent as well, with President Obama leading Mitt Romney 60 - 34. 
  • Virginia Mitt Romney has also managed to gain some ground in Virginia, where he trailed the President 51 - 46 as recently as October 11. The former governor of Massachusetts still trails President Obama 49 -47; however, the candidate is undoubtedly happy about shaving the five point spread. Early voters in Virginia also tend to back President Obama, where he currently holds a 57 - 38 lead. source
13:54 // 1 year ago
I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters.
Mitt Romney • In a statement released by his campaign on Wednesday, pushing back against claims that he would eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency should he win the presidency next week. Romney has been put on the defensive recently, thanks to comments he made regarding the agency’s future should he become President during a debate last June. “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction,” Romney told debate moderator John King, adding, “And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”

— Scott @ ShortFormBlog (via election)

(via gov)

13:12 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012
I’ve spent the morning reading various endorsements of Mitt Romney for president, and they all say the same thing: Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s strategy worked.
Ezra Klein • In a new post on WonkBlog, commenting on a number of Romney endorsements that surprised him — most notably the Des Moines Register’s decision to endorse Mitt Romney, after endorsing the Democratic candidate in the previous five races. In his piece, Klein challenges the paper’s suggestion that President Obama was ineffective when dealing with Congress. He stops short of giving President Obama an endorsement, and recognizes the leadership abilities of Romney, but Klein is not unclear about his feelings on this particular line of logic. “There are good reasons to endorse Mitt Romney for president,” said Klein, adding, “But if you want the political system to work more smoothly, endorsing McConnell and Boehner’s strategy over the last four years is folly.”

— Scott @ ShortFormBlog (via election)

(via gov)

19:29 // 1 year ago
October 29, 2012

How has Hurricane Sandy affected the presidential campaign?

  • Obama President Obama skipped campaign events in Florida and Ohio because of Hurricane Sandy. He has also cancelled an event in Wisconsin on Tuesday. In a press conference about the storm, he said “I am not worried at this point about the impact on the election.”
  • Romney "Governor Romney believes this is a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on those Americans who are in harm’s way," said the Republican campaign in a statement provided to Politico. They will cancel events through Tuesday as well. source
20:49 // 1 year ago