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Election Day open thread
A thread to talk about our experiences today, track vote results, and share interesting articles so that Rantburg’s article count doesn’t explode. I put this on P.6: Seedy Politics because I suspect we’ll see some of that today, though I hope not as much as some might have planned — it seems Homeland Security has advised law enforcement to stay in their toes today. I’ll start:

DecisionDesk HQ Battleground Race Scorecard

PJ Media’s Liveblog is mostly covering the election today.

NY Post: An hour-by-hour guide on what to expect as Election Day unfolds
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2018 11:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6595 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There was a lone democratic operative just outside of the no canvassing zone with sign asking to talk to him if you had trouble voting. Sort of looked like the may tag repairman. I think the funniest amendment here in Fl was one that would both ban offshore drilling and indoor vaping. I will put odds that it passes and then people go WTF!
Posted by: Thrise Shomble3667 || 11/06/2018 12:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Voted this morning at 0714. We go to an elementary school. People were as usual polite and considerate. Temperature was +7F.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/06/2018 13:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Very few young voters around noon where I went.
Posted by: gorb || 11/06/2018 15:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Just came back from the township hall. Lots of people but they were moving them thru fast so only a few minutes wait. Paper ballots. A mix of young and old voters on a gray and rainy day.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/06/2018 15:35 Comments || Top||

#5  The text messages from the DNC folks to my phone (who they obviously believe is someone else) are getting really frantic for some reason.

Remember, I don't block them. I like to know what they're doing.

Time will tell.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 11/06/2018 15:59 Comments || Top||

#6  P.S., I voted last week.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 11/06/2018 16:00 Comments || Top||

#7  I live in a Purple enclave (college town) in the Red State of Oklahoma... Amusing to see the Democratic candidate for governor's campaign signs... No Donkey, just a "Star! and Vote for Me!" Voters at 2PM mostly older types...
Posted by: magpie || 11/06/2018 16:13 Comments || Top||

#8 
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/06/2018 16:34 Comments || Top||

#9  I voted when the polls opened at 7 AM. No one under 40 was in line. One poll worker was a 20 something young lady. Seemed excited to be there.
Posted by: Clith Big Foot7248 || 11/06/2018 16:48 Comments || Top||

#10  Butler County, Ohio, which is solid Republican territory. Our Democrats were among the first to try running a veteran for office, back in 2006, if I recall correctly, but even that wasn’t enough. Outside the polling place there was a solitary Republican handing out cheat sheets for the voters — the Democrats didn’t even bother to show up this year, though they’re usually there.

Mr. Wife reported no line at all at 2 p.m. I had one before me when I arrived, five waiting when trailing daughter #1 and I left. Newest daughter voted by mail over the weekend, because she is in the hospital being gotten healthy enough for thoracic surgery — we’re hoping for later this week. The polling place was calm and orderly, with no protesters outside, and cheerful faces inside.

Trailing daughter #2 voted this morning, commenting it was heartening to see how many were waiting when the polling place opened in Plano (Dallas), Texas.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2018 16:56 Comments || Top||

#11  We have Accuvote card stock for our ballots. We fill in the bubbles with a pen and there is a lot of room between bubbles, so you would have to be seriously out of control to hit another bubble.

Accuvote ballots are put in an optical reader and tallied. In a pinch, you can hand tally, with always a paper backup. Common sense and simple.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/06/2018 18:57 Comments || Top||

#12  North Texas. Community College. Lots of young people on the campus I would assume, but none in the long line. Mostly over 40 at 3PM. Lots of crew cuts and nary a man-bun in sight. Buncha kids with BETO! signs kind of hanging out, across from the larger "Keep Texas Strong Vote Republican" cowd, and Ted Cruz people and other people on the other side of the sidewalk. The GOP state senate candidate was there shaking hands in person. Chatted with one of the GOP people, said they had a great turnout up here, but they were a bit worried about down by Houston (Dem area). Said north of Dallas (dep red) was setting a GOP record with turnout. Lets hope its enough.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 11/06/2018 19:36 Comments || Top||

#13  Here in Washington State we vote-by-mail so I dropped off our ballots at the ballot box. They had a climate change item which gave 10% of the tax to the tribes... who are exempt for paying the tax.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/06/2018 20:29 Comments || Top||

#14  Sherrod Brown (D-unions) is now making his acceptance speech —incumbent senator for Ohio, though we’re still looking at projections. But it looks like much else will be Republican.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2018 21:29 Comments || Top||

#15  Idaho thankfully is an enclave, though I live in the only Dem. county but its been quiet with people out encouraging people to votein the season's first good snow storm.
Posted by: 746 || 11/06/2018 21:56 Comments || Top||

#16  ABC News projects the Trunks keep the Senate. I couldn't listen to any more of George Stehpanoplois - whatever.
Posted by: Bobby || 11/06/2018 22:22 Comments || Top||

#17  NBC just called the Senate for the Republicans at 50 seats plus Vice President Pence.

NBC is also calling the House for the Democrats, calling an estimated 229 seats to 206.

Ohio: Republicans won governor, attorney general, auditor, secretary of state, and treasurer with over 70% of precincts reporting.

And my representative, elected to replace John Boehner, was re-elected.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2018 22:28 Comments || Top||

#18  Republicans sweep statewide offices in Oklahoma
Posted by: badanov || 11/06/2018 22:31 Comments || Top||

#19  Cruz (R - Texas) projected to defeat Beto (D - Hollywood).
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 11/06/2018 22:54 Comments || Top||

#20  Gillum (D) concedes in Florida.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2018 22:58 Comments || Top||

#21  Greg Pence, elder brother of the vice president, won his brother’s seat in Indiana.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2018 23:22 Comments || Top||

#22  McCaskill loses to Hawley in Missouri, Heitkamp loses to Kramer in North Dakota. Waiting to see if Tester pulls it out in Montana.
Posted by: Charles || 11/06/2018 23:41 Comments || Top||

#23  With 83% reporting, appears Kemp leads Abrams 53.3% to 45.8% in the Ga. gubernatorial. Absolutely appalling that she's that close.

In the congressional; Pennsylvania and Michigan still not happy with 'Trump created' jobs (reopened steel mills, coal mines) and booming economy. Nothing can convince them to vote republican. Sad, very sad.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2018 23:46 Comments || Top||

#24  It looks like Rick Scott pulled it off, 99.43% reporting in Florida and he's up by a little under a percent. So Bye-Bye Nelson too.
Posted by: Charles || 11/06/2018 23:49 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Obama closes out campaign by talking about himself 89 times during Chicago appearance
[American Mirror] Barack Obama is ending the midterm campaign by the way he started: Talking about himself.

A lot.

During a Sunday appearance in Chicago, the former president referred to himself no fewer than 89 times during a roughly 46-minute speech.

"First of all, you notice my throat is a little iffy," Obama began, lamenting about the amount of campaigning he’s been doing this season.

Noting he was trying to sing backstage with an opening act, Obama said, "I realize now I’m not a professional singer."

Being back in Chicago, he said, "I have some amazing friends I haven’t seen in a while."

He couldn’t help but talk about his own election a decade ago, saying it was 10 years to the night that he had "a small event in Grant Park, and you had just elected me the 44th President of the United States."

"The victory didn’t belong to me, it belonged to you," he claimed.

Recalling his time in office, he said Republicans left him a mess, "And I had to grab a broom."

Talking about a previous campaign stop earlier in the day, he said, "I was telling some folks in Gary (Indiana), you know, Michelle come home and I’m like, doing the dishes. And Michelle be like, and I’m like, look honey, I’m doing the dishes. And she went ’Boy, you haven’t done the dishes in a month. What did you do wrong?’ Cause she knows I’m trying to put some spin on something."
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2018 01:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He does love himself. Can we start calling him iBama?
Posted by: SteveS || 11/06/2018 2:24 Comments || Top||

#2  No, if Stacey wins today, Georgia will soon be renamed iBama.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2018 2:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Just showing how many ways you can say, "I'm a liar".
Posted by: Woodrow || 11/06/2018 6:15 Comments || Top||

#4  "First of all, you notice my throat is a little iffy,"

that's how he starts off with all his dates
Posted by: Frank G || 11/06/2018 7:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Shit Midas is staying away from the swing states I see...
Posted by: regular joe || 11/06/2018 10:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Michelle come home and I’m like, doing the dishes. And Michelle be like, and I’m like

As fake as Hillary Clinton’s Arkansas southern accent.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2018 11:08 Comments || Top||

#7  If Dems win the house they potentially could elect Obama speaker of the house instead of Nancy.
Posted by: airandee || 11/06/2018 11:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Breitbart had a video of Baraq at some rally, I think in Georgia. I tried watching and listening but the guy is so full of shit that I couldn't take it anymore. I had to turn it off.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 11/06/2018 12:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Why do I automatically assume that whenever he starts with a prefacing clause, such as "Let me be perfectly clear..." or "First of all,...", then:
Everything after that preface is mendacious [bovine fertilizer]??
Posted by: magpie || 11/06/2018 12:38 Comments || Top||

#10  OH MY just listen to the variety of speech? I,I,I,I,I,me,me,me,me,me,,Uh,Uh,Uh,Uh,Uh AND MYSELF? WHAT a J.O. this bathhouse BOI is. Now is he going to ayers out??
Posted by: ranture || 11/06/2018 13:41 Comments || Top||

#11  While Stacy tries to take away firearms, the Black Panthers are open carrying rifles with scopes while they campaign for her.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/06/2018 13:49 Comments || Top||

#12  chief dances with egos
Posted by: newc || 11/06/2018 15:15 Comments || Top||

#13  Wasn't there something about the stupid not knowing they're stupid?
Posted by: Big Trotsky7274 || 11/06/2018 16:40 Comments || Top||


Maxine Waters: Violent Protests ‘Make America Better', Republicans Should ‘Feel Uncomfortable'
[Townhall] Over the weekend, California Representative Maxine Waters once again defended her public statements encouraging her supporters to harass and assault their political opponents in mobs. During a Saturday appearance on the "Roland Martin Unfiltered" web show, Waters insisted that such protests "make America better" because protestors are fighting for "justice and equality for everybody."

Rather than deny that she has been encouraging violent behavior against Republicans, Waters justified such tactics by claiming that the very nature of protests is to make their targets "feel uncomfortable":
"I told someone the other day who is trying to say that we are violent when we protest: Protest is about making you feel uncomfortable. I’m not supposed to come to you and say: May I protest you?

[Roland Martin and staff laugh]

"No! Absolutely not. If your heart tells you that this is what you need to do because you see some injustice ‐that you see people who are creating, you know, a terrible time and pain for others ‐ and you want to protest to try and make change, to try and make it right, then speak what your heart is telling you to do."

Waters continued by lauding her concept of protests as a patriotic tradition and expression of American identity that has made our country a better place over the years:
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2018 00:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Totally unaware - similar language used by other Donks, then the Klan, to talk about other people. It's all about power.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/06/2018 7:07 Comments || Top||


Armed Black Panthers Lobby for Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams
[BREITBART] Breitbart News has obtained photographs of members of the New Black Panther Party wielding weapons and holding signs supporting Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a leftist who hopes to be the first black female governor in Georgia.

This comes on the heels of Oprah Winfrey’s visit to the state on Abrams behalf where she said the Democrat refuses to allow the sacrifices of those who were "lynched" and "oppressed" to be "in vain."

The photos show the men, dressed all in black, with the Black Panther logo on their clothing and holding weapons.

Abrams opponent, Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, will be the focus of a rally today in Georgia where President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
will be stumping on his behalf.

Posted by: Fred || 11/06/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6512 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Annnnd Stacey undoubtedly supports gun control for everyone else.
Posted by: Neville Dark Lord of the Wee Folk7365 || 11/06/2018 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  How many of them are felons?
Posted by: Slats Crereth9565 || 11/06/2018 0:42 Comments || Top||

#3  They don't appear to be too concerned about Stacey Abrams firearms confiscation views. Confusing isn't it ?

[sarc off]
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2018 2:49 Comments || Top||

#4  It's like they know only ordinary people will be disarmed.

Making them and other felons more powerful.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 11/06/2018 4:09 Comments || Top||

#5  The hysterical kicker is the idiot with the sight on his rifle has it on backwards.
Posted by: DarthVader || 11/06/2018 9:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Thx to whomever is looking after Jack. I'm in a tree stand this morning. Ok, so it takes 2x as long as everybody else. I'm safely strapped in 4 my afternoon nap.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/06/2018 11:00 Comments || Top||

#7  The right to carry applies to even the stupid...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 11/06/2018 11:06 Comments || Top||

#8  the idiot with the sight on his rifle has it on backwards

Yes, but all of them are displaying American Army Cool trigger discipline, which means significantly fewer accidental firings at innocent bystanders. I’m so pleased the idea that cool gun holders keep their trigger blatantly away from the trigger has spread around the world. Seriously, I’ve been noticing that in photos of jihadis for some years now.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/06/2018 11:17 Comments || Top||

#9  ...the result of too many wedding celebrations gone wrong?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/06/2018 12:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Darth---You are right, that is hilarious.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/06/2018 13:53 Comments || Top||

#11  The hysterical kicker is the idiot with the sight on his rifle has it on backwards.

Someone tell him to turn his gun around if he wants to use his scope properly.
Posted by: gorb || 11/06/2018 16:51 Comments || Top||

#12  I remember years ago they were intimidating voters at a voting station. Obviously nobody did anything about it.
Posted by: gorb || 11/06/2018 16:52 Comments || Top||

#13  That was the Racist Obama/ Holder Regime
Posted by: Frank G || 11/06/2018 19:28 Comments || Top||

#14  "It (the scope) makes targets look further away, thus increasing range."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/06/2018 19:32 Comments || Top||



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