--THE HEDGEHOG REPORT--

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  1. Lots of corrupt GOP officials in a number of states like there were in Nevada last time.

    We need real change in the next four off years to get rid of some of these chairmen.

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

  2. Dave is on the ledge.

    Comment by Waingro — November 4, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  3. Couldn’t Ras find something more productive to poll than IN and MT on the final weekend.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  4. Yeah, Bunu, it was real corrupt for the NV GOP chairman to want to hand out delegates based on the number of votes in the caucuses, instead of letting the Paultards steal the delegates.

    Comment by AuH2ORepublican — November 4, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  5. Romney will win a close election. We have analyzed these polls to death on the previous thread.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  6. My family is stuck in traffic trying to get to the Romney rally in Morrisville, PA! Huge crowds…tens of thousands there and on their way!!! GO MITT!

    Comment by TedO — November 4, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  7. http://battlegroundwatch.com/2012/11/04/paul-ryan-rally-in-minneapolis-minnesota/

    Here is the kind of stuff that keeps me hopeful. This was not what the Sunday before the election was like in 2008.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  8. Dick Morris quadruples down:

    http://www.dickmorris.com/obama-blew-it-dick-morris-tv-special-election-alert/

    Comment by Viceroy Argus — November 4, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  9. From last post #312..

    It’s too late now Christie to say you are supporting Mitt. You made the statement on a sunday afternoon when no one is watching. Everyone was glued to their TV sets last week when you “endorsed” O.

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  10. Maine, Colorado, Louisiana, and Alaska were some of the most corrupt, and were states I think should have gone to Ron Paul. Also Missouri to an extent.

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  11. WE ARE GOING TO LOSEEEEEEEEE!!!!! :(

    Just kidding, these polls are conducted by morons. It’s not 2008, get over it PPP.

    Lot of egg on people’s faces on Nov. 7th.

    Comment by Bobby — November 4, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  12. PPP is all in. All in. I do think Gallup will show a tie or a very close lead for one or the other. JMO. The electorate was shifted thanks to fat load.

    To me this is a toss up that comes down to OH. I am trusting on OH.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  13. They are fighting in PA, not Texas. Figure it out.

    Comment by jones — November 4, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

  14. It would be great to see the msm have to print the following headline on Nov 7

    “Stunning Upset for Romney”

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

  15. All these electoral college predictions have one major flaw….they are based on a 2008 turnout. It ain’t going to happen. God, I hope I am right. If not, Socialism for the USA.

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  16. Emerica – Apparently, the voters didn’t care what you thought they should do. Democracy sucks that way for Paulbots.

    Comment by Bitterlaw — November 4, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

  17. I warned you guys we will be flying blind after Sandy made landfall. DO NOT TRUST NATIONAL POLLS, even Gallup on Monday.

    We will okay and Romney will win the election. A photo-op does not change the fundamentals of an election.

    Comment by Sy — November 4, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  18. If you look at the Yougov write up, they are hedging. They claim Colorado, Florida, Iowa, NC and VA are toss-ups and that Obama leads by 3 in Ohio while losing Indies 50-39.

    They also claim Romney leads Indies by 13% in Nevada.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  19. Well, I’m glad some of you are confident. I fear that you may be a bit detached from reality. The debt, the economy, and jobs don’t matter. This election is about gay marriage and “those Republicans who said it’s good for women to get raped”. This is what the low info voter who is brainwashed by the liberal media believes. Don’t underestimate the stupidity of the general population.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  20. The Susquehanna poll for PA which shows a tie is flawed. Seriously overweighted white voters. 90%. Blacks at 6%, Latino’s at 1%. Not a chance that happens.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  21. Maybe I’m just an eeyore, but I don’t think we can underestimate the importance of these crowd sizes at R/R events. I believe enthusiasm is more realistically reported by what’s happening on the ground, then what some pollster is telling us. I also happen to believe that the evangelical vote this year could be the suprise of the election. Not hearing much about it, but these people are going to show up this year. They didn’t in 2008.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  22. Do you all remember when MSM had egg on it’s face in 2002 and 2004 when they said the Republicans were not going to take over the Senate and increase their senate majority, respectively? I still remember James Carville with the bag over his head.

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  23. Here is the kind of stuff that keeps me hopeful. This was not what the Sunday before the election was like in 2008.
    ==============================
    No, it’s not. The question is, is it enough?

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  24. All these pollsters have it close enough they can claim to nail it if Romney wins.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  25. Romney wins because evil never prevails.

    Comment by new — November 4, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  26. EML – Of every 10 people I talk to, about 6 are seriously uninformed. It is downright scary.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  27. Massive decrease in early/absentee voting in Chicago. I know it doesn’t matter much, for Presidential race. Just saying.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  28. PA rally looks huge on CSPAN.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  29. The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election.

    According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That’s a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election.

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  30. State polls are polling like it’s 2008, national ones not so much (D+2 to D+4). The gap is striking.

    Comment by Apologetic California — November 4, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  31. I hope Romney forces Obama to lose because of my state

    Comment by Minnesota — November 4, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  32. 21 How does that make you an eeyore? More like an optimist, just like me.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  33. “A photo-op does not change the fundamentals of an election” – THIS – the only impression Christie made was a deep one in the cushion of his GOV’s chair. The cascade is happening, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the coming meltdown of the Left…

    Comment by Lando Jones — November 4, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  34. DRUDGE: Fearing Romney victory, EPA plans post election anti-coal regulation…

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  35. NY hints at extending Election Day — as much as 20 days!

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  36. PA is 84% white, do whites traditionally turnout that strongly compared to AA’s?

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  37. 29 is that Illinois republicans or population in general

    Comment by kl — November 4, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  38. Friends,

    If I know Scott Rasmussen, he will be releasing polls from each of the battleground states tomorrow.

    He will, most likely, release a final battleground states poll tomorrow.

    If Rasmussen releases his party ID for October, then we will know what the true party ID will be on Tuesday.

    All of these polls are dispiriting but remember, Scott Rasmussen has never been wrong with the correlation between party ID and turnout.

    I will make my post for Tuesday momentarily.

    Frank

    Comment by Frank — November 4, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  39. Megaupload founder unveils file-sharing sequel

    Kim Dotcom, the founder of the shuttered file-sharing site that housed everything from family photos to blockbuster films, on Thursday announced a new online storage service called Mega that will give users direct control – and responsibility – over their files.
    Mega will launch in January 2013, just before the internet entrepreneur is scheduled to face an extradition hearing to the United States where he and other Megaupload operators face charges of online piracy, fraud and money laundering.
    In a snub to U.S. prosecutors, the site will not utilize U.S.-based hosting companies as partners in order to avoid being shut down by U.S. authorities.
    The U.S. government alleges that Megaupload, once one of the world’s most popular websites, was directly responsible for illegally uploaded content on the site and that it netted $175 million from unlawful activities.
    “The new Mega will not be threatened by U.S. prosecutors,” Dotcom told Reuters in an interview, adding that he was confident Mega would avoid violating U.S. law.
    “The new Mega avoids any dealings with U.S. hosters, U.S. domains and U.S. backbone providers and has changed the way it operates to avoid another takedown,” he said.

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  40. Fearing Romney victory, EPA plans post election anti-coal regulation…

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

  41. 35.NY hints at extending Election Day — as much as 20 days!
    ==============================
    No worries, the NY Legislature can’t get a damn thing done.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

  42. #31, would be nice. You notice a big difference from 2008 in MN? I know when I was at the convention in 2008, it was all Obama throughout the Twin Cities.

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  43. why would ny need to extend voting?

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

  44. Face reality, Romney is going to lose. Rasmussen is not taking a stand, all the national polls are trending to Obama and Pew who called both 2004 & 2008 on the nose have Obama winning 50-47.
    Romney is in Pa because he is desperate, all losing republicans end up in Pa looking for a miracle. Not saying it’s a sure thing but my guess is Obama wins.
    We on the right need to face reality and quit bellyaching about skewed polls.

    Comment by mdgoper — November 4, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

  45. Some of us don’t want our country to become Maryland… so I think we’ll choose to keep believing… thanks.

    Comment by Mr.Vito — November 4, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

  46. Giants miss FG, Steelers come right down the field and get one of their own. Should’ve been 17-7, now it’s 14-10.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

  47. Morris, Rove, Will, Bergundy, and myself are all
    predicting a rather easy Romney victory. Come and join us.
    The NY Strips are in the fridge, the fine cigars aging in a humidor, and the gin and tonics waiting patiently to pass over my lips as we celebrate the election of Mitt Romney as prez elect tues night at 9pm arizona time.

    53hrs 5min until Romney is Prez elect.

    Romney 350

    Comment by azguy — November 4, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  48. NJ residents displaced by storm can vote by email
    ———————————

    what could go wrong?

    i voted sixteen hundred times in nj so far from a nigerian email

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  49. Jeez, I leave this morning after some good polls and come back to people hysterical over Pew.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  50. Friends,

    This is the real me. This is a copy of my post on the guessing thread.

    295
    249
    49
    51.2%

    Please be right, Scott.

    Frank

    Comment by Frank — November 4, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  51. Pew is legitimately bad news

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  52. Fl update:

    http://battlegroundwatch.com/2012/11/04/florida-early-vote-results-more-bad-news-for-obama/#comments

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  53. I predicted Romney would will with 271, I feel like this will be a close election, maybe its because I am not used to being in a swing state in so many years.

    Comment by Minnesota — November 4, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  54. Vote\write-in Ron Paul on Nov sixth not Romney\Obama

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  55. 36 – No and I really shouldn’t have to explain why the 6% figure is very low when the state is comprised of 11.8% black people. For a non-AA Dem, maybe that is somewhere near reality although I suspect still a little low. I could buy 9% and 4% for blacks and latino’s respectively but 6 and 1? No way.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  56. Can anyone give us a heads-up on how the Presidential race is going in Virginia? Anecdotal evidence is fine.

    Comment by Scott — November 4, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  57. The decision to allow a transgender 45-year-old college student who identifies as a woman but has male genitalia to use the women’s locker room has raised a fracas among parents and faith-based organizations, who say children as young as 6 years old use the locker room.

    The locker room at Evergreen College in Olympia, Wash., is shared with the Capital High School swim club and a children’s swim academy, along with the students at Evergreen.

    “The college has to follow state law,” Evergreen spokesman Jason Wettstein told ABC News affiliate KOMO. “The college cannot discriminate based on the basis of gender identity. Gender identity is one of the protected things in discrimination law in this state.”

    But according to parents, the fact that the student has exposed her male genitalia, in one instance in the sauna, is cause for concern.

    “[A mother] reported her daughter was upset because she observed a person at the women’s locker room naked and displaying male genitalia,” said a police report filed in September by a mother on behalf of her 17-year-old daughter.

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  58. cspan PA rally link

    In the meantime, I continue to be troubled by these polls leaning towards Obama, including the most recent Pew one. However, I have to remind myself that Pew has leftist underpinnings of late attached to it’s firm. As for the others, they seem torqued in a way that doesn’t adequately represent today’s mood and possibly under-polled people that are going to come out and vote Tuesday.

    Obviously, we’ll all know soon, and I hope it will be other side eating crow, and not us!

    Comment by janz — November 4, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  59. Dave,

    I wouldn’t worry about what IPSOS/Reuters, PPP(D), YouGov, Economist, or the rest say.

    Why? Because they have been polling like it’s 2008.

    I also disagree with those that think that even D+4 is reasonable at this point. I would have agreed it was two weeks ago, but we have better data now and a better idea of how the electorate is behaving with the early vote…and we have the PEW, Rasmussen, and Gallup data that shows a huge shift to the GOP in the electorate….and it’s been confirmed in the early vote.

    *I* am probably being pessimistic with D+2.

    That is why I think Romney wins. Has the polling shown Romney erosion this past week? Yes.

    1. National polling during a hurricane is unreliable at best.

    2. It is NORMAL for the challenger to lose a little soft support while the electorate “rethinks” the race the week before…and the RCP average-graph shows this sort of movement (note that Obama hasn’t gained much at all if you exclude the clearly erroneous/outlier National Journal Poll)

    3. The polling has been baking in a strong Dem advantage that isn’t there, and we now have the data to know it isn’t there.

    In short, it’s almost election day, and the usual suspects are doubling down. We need to get a grip. Either it’s 2008 again or it’s not. If it’s not, the DRI is going to be less than D+3 I assure you.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  60. WashingtonTimes: Both Obama and Romney unfit for office

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  61. 44 – Bush was in PA the evening before the election and beat Kerry. Did you miss that election?

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  62. Looks like there was indisputably a Sandy bump which may or may not be fading (hopefully it is) and there may now be some doubt if undecideds break towards the challenger at the end as in the past (perhaps people undecided at this late point simply don’t vote)

    Our best case scenario is the polls are reflecting the reality of several days ago but not the reality of this last weekend where hopefully sentiment moves against this failed President

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

  63. I’ve been reading the PEW/RAS/WAPO discussion.

    PEW is a week old. It is the same poll as the one before it, which is the same poll as the one before it. The internal assumptions are different, that’s all. Still, the last poll had Romney leading among Indies 44-41.

    RAS today finds the electorate to be 39D/37R/24I.
    OK, fine let’s apply that to the WAPO tracking poll released today.

    WAPO modeled the turnout today 33D/29R/34I/4NP
    and found Obama leading 49-48. WAPO internals tell an entirely different story from the top-line numbers. They show Romney strength with the Governor winning the internals battle:

    Romney—–7D/97R/48I
    Obama——91D/3D/46I

    I applied the RAS turnout projection of 39D/37/24I to the candidate preference by party affiliation found in the WAPO data today. Here is the real story of the race.

    RAS turnout model applied to today’s WAPO internals (no rounding):

    Romney——50.14
    Obama——-47.64

    I think that is a fair set of calculations. I utilized the RAS turnout assumption and applied the WAPO internals. If there is anything wrong with that, I will welcome the discussion. Otherwise, it is fair to conclude that Romney leads today 50.1 to 47.7.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/index.html

    Comment by Marv — November 4, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

  64. That crowd in PA is huge!

    Comment by janz — November 4, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  65. Polaris – you are all in brother. Hope you are right.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  66. Emerica – please vote for Obama. Please get all your friends to vote for Obama. Please stick it to the GOP.

    Comment by Bitterlaw — November 4, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

  67. The national polls haven’t changed my view of things. If anything, they seem to be lining up with the state polls. This may be the instance where the state polls lead the national polls.

    I’ve had the electoral college at 281-257 for Obama for more than two weeks. I’ve really not seen anything to change that. There’ve been days when NH looked promising, but not enough to move it to Romney. Same for IA.

    Maybe there’s the late break Caddell seems to think there might be, but who knows. If there is, maybe WI coupled with NH sends Romney across the finish line first.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  68. Polaris you tend to dismiss everything you don’t like as an outlier

    Why isn’t a middle scenario plausible?

    Maybe the electorate turns out to be D+4 because while people don’t like the job Obama has done they think things MAY be starting to get back on track and are so unsettled as it is they may not want to start over with someone new

    Maybe Dems are not enthused but show up at the polls anyway, grimly doing their duty

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  69. Marv – talk about torturing numbers.

    I saw the Dem’s doing this in 10 and 4. Just saying. I am on record predicting a Romney EV victory.

    Hope the people in OH really know what they are talking about and that Axelrod is full of crap.

    Turns out there was an October surprise in the form of a fat load, traitor. Where is this new clip where he endorses Romney again?

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  70. #66

    You’re crazy.

    I would never vote for Obama.

    Yes, I can’t stand Romney, but I guarantee Obama will do a lot of things I don’t agree with.

    I don’t want to support any of his agenda or bear in responsibility for that.

    I’ve always been fond of “don’t blame me, I didn’t vote meme” that George Carllin started.

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  71. website to watch pa rally?

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  72. Those Illinois figures are Chicago only. Not good for O.

    Comment by GeorgeIllinois — November 4, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  73. I have had my negative moments this week but remember that the national polls we are seeing now are measuring conduct mostly before the weekend. Josh Jordan aka numbersmuncher has made the point that in 2004 undecideds broke to Bush Monday through Friday before the election but thereafter broke to Kerry. Obama is having some voters come home now; but there is time for one more break. It is still close.

    Comment by Ted Turner — November 4, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  74. 71.website to watch pa rally?

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    It’s on CSPAN.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  75. George Carlin explains how voting works

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  76. Robbie I predicted 277 with OH going lost and being replaced with NH CO IA WI

    NH seems a natural fit for Mitt economic conservatism, neighboring state, no large cities or minorities

    CO looks like we’ve won already

    IA is close we may win with turnout

    WI the Walker recall turnout mechanism is in place

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  77. MFG – your scenario could be right. I remember how jazzed the Dems were in 04. Turned out the enthusiasm didn’t result in enough voters. Could that happen again? Yea, sure. I can’t know that for certain but the polls today suck and are not unreasonable (I don’t include PPP who are always full of chit).

    The fat load traitor changed the course of this election. A 70/20 approval and why?

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

  78. and you wonder why no one takes you seriously Robbie.

    Comment by Michael D. — November 4, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  79. Our people on the ground in OH are saying the kind of things you say when you’re going to lose

    “Its tight”

    “We’re close”

    “We’re right there”

    etc

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  80. Well, in my prediction I have Romney winning OH, IA and CO. Losing NH, WI and PA all narrowly.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  81. The gap between the two is a lot closer than 2004 that a weekend surge from Romney is doable as Sandy bounce fades. But we will never see it except in the trackers and Gallup and whatever orgs that polled over the weekend.

    Comment by Apologetic California — November 4, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  82. RickPerrysParakeet is getting boring.

    Comment by Michael D. — November 4, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  83. #56, Scott, I am an Virginian resident. I talked to a reliable source on Friday, he feels Romney is good in VA. Not as confident about Allen’s chances. Hopefully, Romeny’s margin will pull Allen across the line.

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  84. Tina,

    cspan link for rally posted on #58.

    Comment by janz — November 4, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  85. 78.and you wonder why no one takes you seriously Robbie.

    Comment by Michael D. — November 4, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

    Explain, please.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  86. http://weeklystandard.com/blogs/massive-decrease-early-and-absentee-voting-chicago_660299.html

    Comment by INDIA PAPA 727 — November 4, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  87. “MFG – your scenario could be right. I remember how jazzed the Dems were in 04. Turned out the enthusiasm didn’t result in enough voters.”

    According to gallup, the Dems were enthused, but Republicans became equally enthused at the end… Rs won by turning out.

    Comment by Mr.Vito — November 4, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

  88. you have been consistantly anti-Romney and have been since day one. So you prediction is predictable.

    Comment by Michael D. — November 4, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

  89. MFG – if it weren’t for the bailout issue we would be up solidly in OH. Most don’t want to believe that but 1 in 8 jobs in OH are dependent on the auto parts industry. We are NOT even worried about OH if that wasn’t an issue. Romney would win be a fairly comfortable 5.

    Since I am predicting Romney will prevail in OH by a slim margin, we are all in the boat together this time.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  90. #71: http://www.c-span.org/Events/Mitt-Romney-Campaigns-in-Pennsylvania/10737435600-1/

    Comment by Waingro — November 4, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  91. I’m also in Virginia and it seems the same way — Romney is good but Allen is going to have to hope for a huge GOP turnout.

    Comment by Tom Gordon — November 4, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  92. thanks

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  93. MFG – Barone seems convinced that OH is going to Romney by 5. I just wanted to mention it since, as far as I know, he has not snuck in any little face saving statements.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  94. woa–looks like someone collapsed or something at the PA Rally. Tom Ridge just stopped talking.

    Comment by Waingro — November 4, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

  95. Axelrod this morning as much as admitted the Romney numbers w/r/t to the early vote in Ohio were right.

    That being so, then I KNOW Romney will win Ohio (because Obama doesn’t have the early vote lead he needs to take the state).

    The EV data from Co, VA, and FLA all tell the same tale. If Romney is up in Florida by 5-6 (which seems to be the case), he’s up nationally, and the DRI is less than D+4.

    It’s not so much all in (note I am not making specific predictions until tomorrow because I still don’t have a good feel for exactly how the undecideds will ultimately break), but I am very confident that Romney will win.

    There comes a point where you have to trust your model and your instincts or not. I am choosing to trust what the EV data is telling me, and that means Romney wins.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  96. Ron Paul write-in vote alive and well

    After the first Free and Equal third-party debate, a mighty jolt affected the Ron Paul write-in revolution causing many to consider Gary Johnson, but some refuse to change. Who is or has written in Ron Paul? Besides all those in active write-in Ron Paul forums, websites, and blogs, the mainstream media reported the CEO of Overstock.com is one.
    Another is, Hamdan Azhar, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor writer who ended his Policymic article, “I love Ron Paul very much…I could never see myself voting for Obama or Romney so I might as well write in Ron Paul out of my dedication to his principles.”
    Then there is Lorenzo, from a Nov. 2 Valente Journal entry, “Take a stand against tyranny! Take a stand against corruption! Against fascism! Against socialism! Against the occupation of other sovereign nations! Against your very own enslavement! I’m writing in Ron Paul because he understands the 1st 10 Amendments are our Bill of Rights, which are unalienable rights[power] given to us by our creator.”
    Sailing tweeted, “On TUESDAY let’s get #WriteInRonPaul TRENDING !

    So much for Gary Johnson

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  97. Robbie-Here is where I disagree with you to an extent. The polls coming out today are reflecting the sentiment of the country in the middle to end of last week. This is right in the middle of Sandy. Rove, Caddel, and Barone acknowledge the bump, but see that bump dissipating this weekend. If there was truly an Obama surge the usual Republican suspects would be leaking to Politico already and Krystal, Geirge Will, Alex S. and a host of others would already be cranking out articles warning of the impending doom. Just my opinion anyway.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

  98. Mr. Vito, A small quibble: While Dems were juiced in 04, I think Republicans were pretty fired up for most of 2004 as well given the hyper-partisan nature of that election year.

    Comment by Tom Gordon — November 4, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  99. 88.you have been consistantly anti-Romney and have been since day one. So you prediction is predictable.

    Comment by Michael D. — November 4, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

    Yep, I was anti Romney in the primary and I was unhappy with the way he ran his campaign. But since the first debate, he’s done everything about as well as one could hope.

    My prediction is based on the polls and my head. I’m not going to waste time fooling myself only to be disappointed when it doesn’t happen. I hope I’m wrong and OH comes through for Romney.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  100. I think we will lose OH and need an alternate route

    This explains Mitt broadening out to MN DV MI

    NOT desperation in my opinion but they probably think they only have a 40% or so shot at OH and I think the attempt to steal DV has been masterfully done

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  101. #87 Agreed. In almost any other year the Dems would have won in 2004 because there WERE Jazzed and did turnout in big numbers. The GOP was simply more jazzed and turned out even more in 2004.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  102. “Mr. Vito, A small quibble: While Dems were juiced in 04, I think Republicans were pretty fired up for most of 2004 as well given the hyper-partisan nature of that election year.”

    Not according to gallup…. Rs caught up later.

    Comment by Mr.Vito — November 4, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

  103. 95 – well, Axelrod didn’t admit anything and it seemed like his time was ending as Wallace put up that data. Anyway, I am not certain that anyone has a true handle on the early vote in OH to be honest. Early voting should be banned. We went the first 220 years of this country with voting on the first Tuesday in November and there was absolutely no reason to tinker with it. I know – that horse is out of stable.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

  104. RB

    I had the race at 281-257 even when the national polls were solid for Romney. That they’ve flipped a bit hasn’t changed my view to the negative. I just haven’t seen the movement to the plus side in those last few states. I hope election day proves me wrong.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

  105. What I find most fascinating is the handwringing over polls which still show Obama at 46 to 48, which is the dead zone for an incumbent. Meanwhile, we have hard data that suggests that his total winning margins from 08 in Fl and OH are totally gone now that early voting is finished. I like Romney’s chances, and it won’t even be that close.

    Comment by ericinky — November 4, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

  106. 97- With the election Tuesday, I don’t know how many polls will be released reflecting Sat Sun and Mon. I do think at this point the polls have lost thier ability to shape the narrative.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

  107. #91, i can’t imagine having Kaine as my senator for 6 years….

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

  108. How many really close elections have there been on the record in recent years?

    1960
    1968
    1976
    1980 (turned into a blowout the last week or two)
    2000
    2004 (though Bush led consistently)
    2012

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  109. MFG – let me just say for all of our sakes I hope you are wrong about OH because I just have a very hard time believing that PA will come through in the end. For that to happen, here is a scenario that must occur:

    Obama’s margin of victory in Philly has to be less than 390 or 400K at most. Assume Romney gets a 2% bump in Philly county The rest of the counties must have an increased R win % by 7% with Montco and Delco at 5%. Plus, we need increased turnout in deep red counties by 5% but maybe even more. That is problematic because they already turnout at a high percentage.

    If all those things happen, then Romney wins by something like 0.25%.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  110. Ohio is a republican swing state. Our governor, all statewide office holders, the state House and Senate are all Republican. The Ohio Supreme Court is all Republican. The only statewide democrat is Brown, who won in a year that democrats swept all major offices except one. This was an election similar to the 08 presidential in that the State had just finished 8 years of a very unpopular Governor in Taft. (I liked Bush BTW). Four years later R’s swept every statewide office including Portman. They all won comfortably with the exception of Kasich, who won a close election.The D’s effectively tied him to corporate greed with Lehman Brothers and I think Romney has suffered similarly with Bain. The union spent heavily to defeat Kasich and failed. He won on the economy. This year the Evangelical and Catholic vote will have a huge impact and I believe will propel Romney to victory in Ohio…..FWIW.

    Comment by markoh — November 4, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

  111. I also remember the Ds saying Bush campaiging in Tenn late in 2000 was a desperate ploy too.

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

  112. 104-I get what you are saying there. I do see two shots to get it. Take OH or take WI+anything. I get this weird feeling that we may be staying up looking at what is left in Madison and Waukeesha counties. The GOTV is top rate in WI and better than the Democrats. They may really regret insisting on all those recall elections.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

  113. Tonight is the toughest night – I sense some concern, worry and perhaps dispair. Tomorrow night is like Christmas Eve – all excitement. But tonight all the worries creep in about have we done enough, is there something left undone. Work hard the next 48 hours to bring it home, but tonight a little adage might help:

    Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, no one was there.

    Comment by Baby Bear — November 4, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

  114. #109, I don’t see R winning PA.

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

  115. #103 MD

    I so agree with you about early voting. Voting is not about taking your time and picking the most convenient moment to cast that vote. It’s about desire, knowledge of the issues and committment to voting in a way that is best for the country. That can be done in one day or by absentee ballot.

    Comment by janz — November 4, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

  116. 112- Meant to say Dane Count, but you get the idea.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  117. Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, no one was there.

    Nice words for the moment.

    Comment by janz — November 4, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  118. Polaris,

    Go back up and check #63. Thanks.

    Comment by Marv — November 4, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  119. Polaris, I just watched the Axelrod interview with Chris Wallace. I m not quite sure if this is taped from earlier or what. My opinion is that he’s a big BS er…. I think it gonna come down to turn out. He admits that this is not 2008. Polls are done…now it’s time to vote

    On Ohio, I say Romney wins by 5. Watch for the tea party, they have been silent since 2010.

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  120. So basically the polls say if turnout is closer to 2008, we probably lose, if it’s closer to 2004, we probably win.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  121. I disagree about Axelrod, MD. Yes he didn’t explicitly SAY that the Romney numbers in Ohio were right, but he didn’t have to either. Normal Axelrod would be to strongly push his own counternarrative especially if he thought that the numbers were wrong.

    Saying “well see who’s bluffing” is as good an admission of weakness as we’ll ever see from him.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  122. We can lose OH and win, MD

    If we get CO NH IA WI we get to 277

    A very uncomfortable route to be sure, but a route nevertheless

    Also in the above scenario we don’t need NH

    However either WI or OH MUST be won in any reasonable scenario to get to 270

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  123. I forgot about Oklahoma…

    They refused to do a roll call of the vote when voice vote was close at best then just rolled the walls shut on our guys so our guys continued in the parking lot but then just made up the results.

    And Arizona.

    Last cycle it was mostly Nevada GOP who was corrupt, but this time it’s more systemic.

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

  124. the venue at Shady Brook Farm is so packed..that they are turning away thousands…including my family! Don’t know how many thousands are there, but they are TURNING away people. Yes PA is in play!!!

    Comment by TedO — November 4, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  125. #69 MD,

    RAS says that the turnout model is 39/37/24.
    That model can be fairly applied to the candidate prefernce by party found in any national poll. All I did was apply that model to the WAPO internals for today. I don’t see why that is torturing the numbers. They picked their turnout model and I picked the RAS turnout model.

    Comment by Marv — November 4, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  126. Watching a live stream of the Pennsylvania Romney Rally…HUGE CROWDS…This isn’t the campaign of someone who is thinking he may loose…RR must have #’s showing a REAL possibility of a RR upset in Penn. Let’s hope!

    Comment by david d — November 4, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  127. Larry Schweikart ?@LSchweikart

    Looks like a 50 day will roll off Ras tomorrow for Zero and Romney will see 50 again. Still with D+4.
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    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  128. Schweikart just tweete: Looks like a 50 day will roll off Ras tomorrow for zero and Romney will see 50 again. Still with D + 4.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  129. Yougov internals:

    Mitt only wins white vote: 54-40, loses women:, 42-53, loses his party equally to barack 91-6.

    He does lead with independents 50-40.

    Seems like another D biased poll but they don’t give internals. Too tired to figure out how +D they decided to poll.

    In Reuters-Ipsos, Mitt holds to R’s only as well as Obama holds Dems and Obama-Biden leads with Indies 59-25 (only give data for RV while giving topline with LV … gee thanks).

    38D-29R poll (+9D)

    38% have early voted with 47% of Dems saying they early voted and 36% of Republicans saying they early voted.

    ************************************

    Looks like oversampling again. Yougov numbers have really shoddy internals. No way Mitt loses women by double digits. Reuters is showing +9 D for Ohio with 38% of voters being democrat and almost half of them having already early voted. Oooookkkkk …

    TLDR, adjusting for bias, it’s a tied race and will be all about turnout.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

  130. Bunu, Romney ended up with 5x Paul’s vote. Case closed.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

  131. Did Bush win indies in 2000?

    Otherwise we’re looking at a GOP nominee winning Indies for the first time since 1988.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

  132. Is RAS says +2D I am with him. I thinking, on my guess, thats its even to +2D. I moved a bit this afternoon but can live with +2D.

    I am staying with my “big three”. Party ID, party loyalty votes and indie votes. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

    Huge lively Romney crowds with a candidate on fire. Mitt has a happy positive message while Obama seems drab and is thinking “revenge is the best we can do?” Enemies list is next? Obama is the “one”?

    I remain hopeful. I like Barone’s numbers right now.

    Comment by rdelbov — November 4, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

  133. Unbelievable crowd at that PA rally. Similar crowd in Ohio Friday night, my wife was there. I don’t buy that these crowds don’t mean something. Never seen anything like this.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

  134. If this was a weekday Ras and Rove would be on O’Rielly answering the questions we are asking about the Sandy bounce, and is it fading?

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

  135. The thing I bought in the PEW poll was +2D edge in early voting. That would be nearly 20% different from 2008 where Obama stormed to an EV landslide.

    Comment by rdelbov — November 4, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

  136. #131 Yes, 2000 was one of the few times when the winner of the Indie vote (Bush) not not win the PV. Interestingly 2004 was another.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

  137. Toledo Steve

    Convince me Mitt will win OH

    I’m being serious

    Give me your case

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

  138. Does FoxNews regular programming canned programming tonight?

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  139. The PA Gov seems like a regular guy — a guy you’d want to have a beer with.

    Comment by Tom Gordon — November 4, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  140. Polaris is right about the early vote numbers in Ohio. The early vote difference from 08 is enough to erase Zero’s margin by itself. All the enthusiasm is on R’s side. Romney will take Ohio.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  141. PPP next poll out will be from OHIO.

    I’m sure this won’t be good.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  142. Random Sample of Romney Supporter Interviews Plays Like a bad night on the Sean Hannity television show

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  143. #141, i predict + 4 for O….

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  144. 139- Tom Corbett is good people- have met him a few times. Very down to earth, kind of the type of guy you expect to end up Governor out of central casting- likes people.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  145. #137. Mitt will take Ohio ….from an Ohioians…

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  146. Given the huge disparities between polls, I think we should judge from an exemplar in polling: Mason Dixon. I think the reason mason dixon is so good is because they make sure to get good sample sizes from different geographical regions. Barone always mentions how geographically isolated social conservatives and small-town voters helped bush immensely in 2004 and were underpolled.

    I believe Mason Dixon makes sure regional samples are significant and extrapolates to get the topline. Lazy pollsters don’t do as good a job and we get these polls oversampling big cities.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  147. Does WI still have that nonsensical same day registration? That it was cost Bush the state in 2004

    Comment by Ho-Dogg — November 4, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

  148. Can we win OH and CO and win the electoral college while losing the popular vote?

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

  149. Huge crowds in Ohio on Friday, Pennsylvania today, probably more of the same tomorrow…Polls don’t mean as much anymore with early voting and skewed partisan pollsters…Look at what is happening and what we hear real people saying…I think many may even say they are undecided or even may vote for O but when they get into the voting booth – the absolutely horrible economy, Barack’s stupid comments (revenge), his body language and attitude at the debates, Biden’s bizzare behavior will all come flooding into the voters mind and the Romney/Ryan ticket will be selected. THE MSM and liberals just don’t want you to think that the first AA president wont get re-elected…It’s about the economy stupid…just watch.

    Comment by david d — November 4, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

  150. Actually dave I think Fox is having an election special tonight, not sure what time though.

    Comment by brucefdb — November 4, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

  151. If the tweet above in 128 is true and Ras is using D + 4, somebody tell me why? Everything I’m reading here tonight tells me Ras thinks it’s D + 2. This is the kind of stuff that drives me crazy with these pollsters. Believe in your freaking numbers or don’t post them.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  152. Remember these polls for reference in 2016 when Romney is seeking second term.

    This is all about voter suppression….get out and vote.

    Comment by brucefdb — November 4, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  153. Dio

    I have been polled twice in the past by Mason-Dixon

    I was impressed with their professionalism

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  154. This doesn’t look good for kick returner Chris Rainey for Pitt. Got hit, started walking off the field then couldn’t make it and collapsed.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  155. Toledo Steve,

    Can you give me your thoughts on Ohio in post #110?

    Comment by markoh — November 4, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  156. 137#. Different landscape in Ohio since 2008. We voted against obamacare 2:1.. Obama wants revenge ,,,we will give him our revenge… Enthusiasm wins every time who has it…mitt/ryan

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  157. Cuyahoga county:

    2,200 people voted there today

    Sunday before the election in 2008 that number was 3,700.

    Oh, and there’s 30,000 people out for Mitt in Pennsylvania in sub-zero temperatures (celsius, I still don’t know why you lot insist on using Fahrenheit – this is the one thing Europeans got right) :)

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  158. Why would anyone pay attention to a ppp poll!

    These poor people at the Romney rally in Pennsylvania have been waiting and waiting. The Romney bus is an hour late. Getting kind of cold. Huge crowd!

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

  159. “Anyway, I am not certain that anyone has a true handle on the early vote in OH to be honest.”

    Nobody knows what the early vote in Ohio means in terms of party ID.

    Here’s an example of the actual data from Summit County, home of Akron, as of Nov 3 (there are still 2 days of EV left):

    Total early ballot requested (mail and OTC): 88,881 (13429 R, 21756 D, 53651 Non-Affiliated, Others 45)

    Total returned: 60,587

    Total votes cast is 28% of 2008 total votes, overall early in 2008 was 31%.

    So who has the advantage? Just based on party ID of the returned votes, D’s have a 3:2 advantage, about 20 points. (And the “Souls to the Polls” numbers are not included in this. Obama won this county by 17 points in 2008.)

    And what about the 53,651 non-affiliated votes returned? As you can see, these make up the bulk of the voters.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

  160. On the upside, if all goes to hell, we still have the House.

    Because God knows, what people want to see as the leader of your remaning opposition is a member of Congress.

    Comment by Apologetic California — November 4, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

  161. Yes, MFG

    That can happen. I agree with you about the WI thing but I just don’t know about that route. Possible but like keeping a single ace and drawing 2 more. Sure, it happens (more than an inside straight) but the odds are against it. The WI recall was at the exact right moment for the GOp. Any win there will be extremely narrow. The GOP needs to be on alert for the buses from Chicago.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  162. Scooter-I have stopped caring about the PPP polls. Unlike two months ago, they cannot drive the narrative. Way too many polls coming out tomorrow for them to even get a whiff of attention.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

  163. Parakeet- To win OH Zero has to pile up big margins in northern Ohio and part of Columbus. I see no evidence that he’s doing it. There is just no visible enthusiasm for O in northern Ohio, and this is a very depressed area of the state. The early vote numbers bear this out. To win the state, O needs to carry Toledo and Cleveland by mid teens, to counter the big margins Romney will rack up in the rest of the state. I think he ends up carrying Toledo/Cleveland by high single digits. That won’t do it, not nearly.
    Romney will win by a margin similar to Bush’s in 04.
    08 was a perfect year for Dems in Ohio, and they were still riding a wave of state Republican scandal, but O still got only 51.5. O will lose about three points from that total.
    Ohio is a Republican state. It will vote R.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

  164. #63

    Let’s continue the discussion.

    Let’s assume the following:

    D+4 = 41/37/22
    D+3 = 40/37/23
    D+2 = 39/37/24
    D+1 = 38/37/25
    R+0 = 37/37/26
    R+1 = 36/37/27
    R+2 = 35/37/28
    R+3 = 34/37/29

    Using the WAPO internals without any deviation, we get the following:

    Romney/Obama

    D+4 = 49.32%/48.54%
    D+3 = 49.73%/48.09%
    D+2 = 50.14%/47.64%
    D+1 = 50.47%/47.17%
    R+0 = 50.88%/46.72%
    R+1 = 51.29%/46.27%
    R+2 = 51.70%/45.82%
    R+3 = 52.11%/45.37%

    Changing the internals so that Romney is the worst possible … moving 7% to 6.5% etc …

    Changing the internals so that Obama is the best possible … moving 7% to 7.49% …

    These changes affect the totals above in a very nice manner.

    All Romney percents decrease by exactly 0.50% and Obama percents increase by exactly 0.49%

    This produces Romney wins in every case except D+4 where it is 48.82%/49.03%

    So the WAPO poll and its’ internals actually produce Romney wins in all cases.

    Frank

    Comment by Frank — November 4, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

  165. Some twitter -cnn dufus- was trying to say that cuyuga saw an increase.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

  166. Markoh, yes Ohio sweepedeverything in 2010 . What made that happen? Angry voters who had enough of govt stepping on them.. The tea party arose and took over 2010. Yes, the Catholics, evangelicals will vote this election.

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

  167. Dems fear they move lose seats in house:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83298.html

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

  168. If Obama wins and we still have the House…NO DEAL!!

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  169. Should be may sorry

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  170. “2,200 people voted there today”

    Wow… are you sure?… they needed almost 15000 today and tomorrow to equal early in-house voting from 2008.

    Comment by Mr.Vito — November 4, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  171. My observations today:

    1) Barone, Rove, Morris (who cares?) and Ed Rollins all reaffirmed their predictions of a Romney win. Add in George Will today and John McLaughlin over the weekend and I think there continues to be a reason to be optimistic and confident;

    2) Obama did get a Sandy bump. It is coming out in the current polls but years from now, people will say that Sandy did not help Obama but rather only confused the polling data collected the last week before the election;

    3) Romney is closing the gap in the states that Obama didnt anticipate losing and therefore didnt spend his money tearing down Romney in MN, MI and PA…..all of his GOTV efforts now will not turn those states around in the last week..rather it is a question as to whether or not Romney’s momentum is strong enough to overcome the leaning Dem electorate in those states;

    4) The enthusiasm and energy are on OUR side. Dont lose site of that. It is real and it is powerful and can only marginally be measured in any polling metric.

    5) The EV totals are real indicators of the direction of the race…make these more important than any other analyst’s opinions at this late date;

    6) we have the prayers warriors, they have the dancers…id rather have the prayer warriors, TBH;

    7) It is ALWAYS this confused and choatic at this point in an election….last time that I can remember it wanst was 1988.

    Anyway, take a sleeping pill and try not to worry tonight….tomorrow is another day. Pat Caddell stated that he has seen a real shift to Romney over the last 24 hours…..see what tomorrow brings!

    Comment by Albert Hodges — November 4, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  172. Thanks Toledo Steve

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  173. John in Ireland,

    Any update on your thoughts from a few days ago. What are you thinking for Tuesday?

    Comment by Tom Gordon — November 4, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  174. Philly folks-did you guys see anything like this in 2004 or 2008.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  175. 160

    Except that Obama uses EO’s the way most people eat potato chips. One after the other. A dictatorship by fiat.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

  176. i think i am going with a base of romney 275 and obama 263

    basically giving romney FL, VA, NC, CO, and OH

    however, i think romney has a shot at WI, IA and NH and outside shots at PA, and MI

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

  177. robertcostaNRO Having Rendell in an MSNBC chair and not running the PA Dem machine makes PA a different race. It’s like Jeter retiring from the Yanks

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  178. Frank you completely amaze me.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  179. Watching Romney rally in Bucks County.. at least 25-30K in attendance…. definitely a winning vibe!

    Comment by Mike M — November 4, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

  180. The Jets are losing to the Bye.

    Comment by Addisonst — November 4, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  181. Romney just gave a big thanks to Christie for all of his hard work in NJ

    Comment by wv ally — November 4, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  182. Frank, I wish you would have been around about 25 years ago to help me in my Calculus class.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

  183. 74. No, the enthusiasm at this rally and beyond anything I have ever seen. More than bush 2004.

    Comment by Todd McCain — November 4, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  184. A new report by a liberal-leaning think tank recommends a dramatic overhaul of military pay, retirement and health care benefits as part of a $1 trillion cut in defense spending over 10 years.

    The Center for American Progress calls for capping pay raises, eliminating military health benefits for many retirees who are covered by an employer-provided plan, and reducing the value of military retired pay as well as making retirees wait until age 60 to start receiving it.

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  185. Ohio is very difficult because there is no party registration. I think primary-voting is a prety bad indicator. Noone actually knows party registration.

    Scouring over these Ohio polls, they are heavily skewed by all the dems that have said they have voted early. We all know that the hardcore dem votes early and EV turnout starst out strong as they are located near early voting centers as urban residents.

    It’s hard to believe given the early voting numbers that 40% of dems have already voted.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  186. Where is OHIO JOE. Didn’t he have access to internals?

    Comment by Ponderer — November 4, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  187. “Except that Obama uses EO’s the way most people eat potato chips. One after the other. A dictatorship by fiat.”

    The former is a dic-tater-chip by fat.

    Comment by Mr.Vito — November 4, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

  188. Cuyahoga County has returned 196,844 ballots, as of Nov 3, according to GMU.

    That equates to 35.9% of the 2008 total. In 2008, 39.5% was EV.

    Another 2 days will easily surpass the 39.5% number. As of Nov 1, this percent stood at 29%, so added 6.9% in 2 days.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  189. 185 – absolute votes in Obama counties are down 150K+. Absolute votes in McCaib counties are up. Do we know who these people voted for? No, but the data is rather striking.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

  190. That Politico article about Dems losing seats in the House is Exhibit A that Libtards have absolutely beaten us in the Eeyore game. Politico has already interviewed DOZENS of Democrat operatives with knives out.

    Comment by Apologetic California — November 4, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

  191. Re: ohio To add onto what Toledo Steve said zero is down in summit, Cuyahoga , Franklin, etc. the numbers aren’t there…

    Jack, you are full of crap….

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  192. Add

    Your team looks awesome

    If they get the 1 seed who knows?

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  193. Did Rollins sound pretty optimisic? The other day I heard him and he sounded very cautious.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  194. 174 – in 2004, Bush had a large rally at the same spot the night before the election. Estimates were at 15K. In 08, no.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

  195. They are chanting SEND HIM HOME. LOL

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  196. Romney goes out of his way to praise Christie. Where is the reciprocal?

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  197. http://battlegroundwatch.com/2012/11/04/romney-rally-in-bucks-county-pennsylvania/

    30,000-35,000

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  198. If Obama wins OH, then Renacci, Johnson, Gibbs all lose. OH-14 and Latta are tossups. I don’t see any pundits claiming Dem pickups in OH this year.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  199. 30k = 10k (per media)

    Obama rally 10k -50k per msm.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  200. Romney is a class act. I will remain a fan of his win or lose. The man has really showed me something. I am not quite in Corey land with Romney but I moved off of being just lukewarm.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  201. In today’s game, the Redskins lost 21-13 against the Carolina Panthers. If the Redskins Rule holds true, Mitt Romney will win the election on Tuesday. This year also marks the seventh time Election Day has fallen on Nov. 6, for which the GOP record is an undefeated 6 and 0.
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/11/the-redskins-rule-favors-romney-148367.html

    Comment by Apologetic California — November 4, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  202. #173

    I am nervous. I am always nervous this close to an election though, so let’s set that to one side.

    I think to the summer, and the fact that millions queued to buy chicken. Those people are voting.

    I look at gallup and Ras’s party ID figures.

    I look at the turnout projected by the polls.

    The polls are basically saying “who do you believe, me or your lying eyes?”

    Consider this:

    If I told you in January 2012 that on the Sunday before the election, Obama would be spending millions to defend Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and that Romney would have a crowd of 30,000 in the Philly burbs, while Obama was getting 4,000 to show up in Cleveland, and that his early vote operation was getting fewer dems to the polls than 2008…. but I didn’t tell you what the polls said – who would you say was winning?

    I bet every person on this thread would say Romney was headed to a comfy 4-6 point win and 300+ EVs.

    That’s what the campaign looks and feels like, but it’s not what the polls say.

    So, either this is a historic reverse of the laws of politics, or the polls are off.

    The laws of politics have very rarely failed. The polls have often failed. There are good reasons why they are failing this time.

    So what do I think? I think Romney, 51-48, and anywhere from 275-315 EVs.

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  203. Rollins is about as reliable as Dick Morris. Both charlatans.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

  204. Haven’t seen this posted, but CNN has it 50-47 Obama. Not really a surprise considering their other polls.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

  205. Wow steelers went for a fake FG on the 3 yard line and got stopped. Dumb play call. Better off going for it with the offense.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

  206. Romney calls his campaign a “movement.”

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  207. John in Ireland,

    Great analysis! Thanks!

    Comment by Tom Gordon — November 4, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  208. Les Miles disease

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  209. “In today’s game, the Redskins lost 21-13 against the Carolina Panthers. If the Redskins Rule holds true, Mitt Romney will win the election on Tuesday.”

    Why?

    Redskins lost to Green Bay 28-14 on Oct 31, 2004. Bush still won, IIRC.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

  210. 202 – I just don’t like having to rely on a Harry Reid 2010 failure of the polls for victory.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

  211. 206 – Ron Paul is a movement. A bowel movement

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  212. If the GOP actually gains house seats, it’s because the DRI has equalled or improved form 2010. Usually after a wave year like 2010, you get a handful of vulnerable freshmen in seats they can’t win with more normal demogrpahics.

    This was why Pelosi thought she could take back the house early this cycle: She was assuming 2008 was the new normal and judgeing house races accordingly.

    Basically if the GOP doesn’t lose (or even gains) reps, then Romney will definately win.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  213. #204 CNN is just reporting results of the earlier Pew poll.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/04/national-poll-obama-50-romney-47/

    Comment by Mark1971 — November 4, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  214. Mitt adding some new items about what he will do day one.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  215. “If Obama wins OH, then Renacci, Johnson, Gibbs all lose.”

    Not necessarily.

    I can’t say anything about Johnson and Gibbs, but I do expect Renacci to lose.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  216. No surprise on CNN, they have been very left leaning in thier polling throughout the cycle. I expect the CBS to she the same.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  217. 209 – the rule is the winner of the previous electoral vote. Dems won the electoral vote in 2000. So when the Redskins lost in 2004, bush won the electoral vote.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  218. Frank and his numbers are awesome.

    He and Polaris make it easier to get a grip on the real state of the election.

    Polaris is getting more flack and doubts because of what happened in 08.

    My much anticipated prediction is….RR-52/O-47.5.

    Our long national nightmare is about to be over.

    Comment by sickofdems — November 4, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  219. 215 – of course you do. You’re a dumb ass liberal hack.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  220. 216- that’s them reporting the Pew Poll.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  221. 213.#204 CNN is just reporting results of the earlier Pew poll.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/04/national-poll-obama-50-romney-47/

    Comment by Mark1971 — November 4, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    Ok, thanks. It was retweeted in my timeline as a CNN poll.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  222. 211. Ron Paul : the choice of stoners, dead-Enders, tax cheats, dead beat dads and husbands, and anti-Constitution apocalypse types.

    The real cross-section of America! (sarcasm- obviously)

    Comment by Travis — November 4, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  223. Robbie you seeing a new poll or PEW poll

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  224. Seattle wins 20-10. Game was well in hand actually for the last 4 mins….Seattle literally ran the ball and the clock down the Viking’s throat to win it during the last 5 mins of the game.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  225. #224 Correction: Final score: Seattle 30-Vikings 20.

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  226. Rothenberg recently moved Renacci from tossup to tilt Republican. Renacci will win.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  227. Mfg, bears play tex and niner next 2 weeks. If they win one I’m a believer. Not there yet although they currently lead the niffle in scoring margin. Marshall is even better than I hoped for. Hope he doesn’t melt down off the field. He’s a ticking time bomb.

    Comment by Addisonst — November 4, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  228. Peterson for the Vikes had a monster game. He was the only reason the game was as close as it was.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  229. 21 newspapers that endorsed Obama in 2008 are endorsing Romney in 2012.

    Wake up people, this is a Romney Tsunami getting bigger by the day!

    Comment by Ron Burgundy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

  230. 199 10k to 50k? Quite a range! Meaningless measurement.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

  231. I still will not be surprise if CNN and CBS show a 2-3 point Obama lead.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

  232. #184…..anyone, and i mean ANYONE, that proposes cuts to any military benefits should be shot. Then hung.

    Then shot again.

    Comment by sickofdems — November 4, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

  233. CNN will release 8 PM ET per WOlf Blitzer.

    Comment by Apologetic California — November 4, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

  234. Mitt knows he’s cornered. It’s too little too late.

    That is why he’s in Pennsylvania now. He’s starting to flail around trying for hail marry passes.

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

  235. #231 Neither would I especially if they double down on a 2008 type model.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

  236. I think the Giants are trying to let Pittsburgh take the lead, so that Eli has them right where he wants them.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

  237. Mitt called the campaign a movement just now.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

  238. Anyone feeling depressed should be watching Romney right now. He is not acting like someone who is losing.

    Comment by Diamond Jim — November 4, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

  239. Bio, re read my 199- it was a joke on how the un msm reports the #s.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

  240. I don’t give a crap what PEW says. There is no way Obama is leading by 3.

    Comment by Goldwater — November 4, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

  241. Neil King?@NKingofDC

    How close is this election? Of the 1475 likely voters we polled, Obama led by seven voters. When rounded to even numbers, he leads 48-47.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  242. Mfg, I thinh tex is a better team than bear period. I think bear is better than sf on a neutral field but game is in sf.

    Comment by Addisonst — November 4, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  243. 244

    What a ridiculous irrelevant person you are.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

  244. If we win, it’s because of the pollsters being in the tank for Obama and a failure to properly screen early voters.

    If we lose, it’s because yes, Republicans were jazzed, but there just aren’t enough of us anymore and in that case, we don’t have a country anymore.

    If Texas secedes, count me in!

    Comment by RottiLargo — November 4, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  245. It’ll be CNN’s final poll. Last poll take pre-debate was 50-47 Obama. Romney has never lead in this poll, and several had eye-popping Obama leads.

    So beware. Probably O+4.

    Comment by Apologetic California — November 4, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  246. Tina, I suspected that, Thanks for clarifying.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  247. Jack, you know nothing about the politics in Ohio, Jim Renacci will win ….very well respected throu out the whole state. He use to be in the nursing home industry. A lot of people know him…Betty Sutton goes down

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

  248. Story in Weekly Standard about Dem early voter turnout way down in ….. Chicago?

    Comment by Travis — November 4, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

  249. 241, ridiculous. You know at that point they should just call it a tie. It’s making RCP go effin’ crazy.

    Comment by Apologetic California — November 4, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

  250. Who cares about CNN or any other polls. Ignore all of them. Romney will win a close election.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

  251. But that’s what happened yesterday to Barack Obama in Virginia. Famous liar, womanizer, and accused rapist Bill Clinton kept the audience in their seats, but as Obama was speaking, many people had had enough; they got up and left so they could beat the parking lot traffic.

    As Charlie Spiering of the Washington Examiner tweeted:

    Wow. Steady stream of cold people trotting towards the exit in the middle of Obama’s speech.

    And even Obama’s hot air wasn’t enough to hold them.

    (Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com …

    Comment by Diamond Jim — November 4, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

  252. I just listened to Sabato preaching “zero’s victory now certain” on CBS national radio news.

    Comment by mnw — November 4, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

  253. I’m not trying to insult you Add really I’m not but I genuinely have never thought highly of Cutler as a quarterback

    Your team does though have a remarkable ability to pull games out and win in the clutch

    And of course I’ve been a fan of Forte ever since his Tulane days as he ran for 200 yards every week against Conference USA opponents and I always wondered, “Can this guy play in the big leagues?”

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  254. We all could read between the lines of Polaris’ analysis in 2008. I never had McCain at more than 30% after the financial crisis.

    And Polaris’ post-election analysis was still right. Republicans stayed home. Many MSM media outlets were surprised at how turnout was down in a lot of states and attributed it to Republicans staying home.

    Still, the election will be tighter than we all would’ve liked it to be thanks to Sandy. The GOP will definitely turn out and the Dems will lose a few points. That’s about 5-6 point shift. Obama can still win … barely. Let’s hope Mitt’s surprise attack works.

    I think Iowa + Wisconsin or New Hampshire + Wisconsin is a legitimate backup plan. I think that’s the real Romney strategy. PA is just a smart move to make if you have plenty of money to spend which Mitt does.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  255. #214, Did he give any reasons? Sandy effect?

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  256. Who is Neil king?

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

  257. Guys, we saw this movie in 2008.

    “The polls are wrong! The polls are wrong!”

    I bought it.

    Now, I believe Christie may have flipped things to the One.

    If he did, well, we “deadenders” did warn you about him.

    He MUST lose re election next year.

    Comment by RottiLargo — November 4, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

  258. I know Jim Renacci personally. I travel with him back from DC every Friday. As well as most other northern Ohio GOP congressmen. We talk every week.

    csant, go talk with somebody who cares what you think.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

  259. Romney is in front of 30,000 in freaking PA. Ryan has 6,000 in MN, DEMS have under-performed in virtually ALL states…. and some poll tells me Romney is down 50-47. I call BS

    Comment by Goldwater — November 4, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

  260. CNN will show show their lord and master up by 5.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  261. 256.Who is Neil king?

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    Wall Street Journal writer.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  262. 257. Sorry pal. To compare this with 2008 is absurd on so any levels.

    Comment by Goldwater — November 4, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

  263. 257

    Not to worry. Mitt will win this. Close but win.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

  264. If Rotti believes that Mitt will lose, I am very comforted. There hasn’t been a damn thing he’s ever been right about. The Sharon Angle wing of the party can suck it.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

  265. Jack, you don’t know Jim Renacci…BS. By the way, what city are you from?

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

  266. lol

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

  267. 261- Basically stating that today’s WSJ poll is a tied – had O 48-47, if he in fact leads by 7 of 1450 people, that’s less than half a point.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

  268. @259
    Agree, Romney signs are up where I am at, but I think unfortunately Obama will win Minnesota all thanks to the Liberal Bastions of St. Paul and Minneapolis. I think Duluth is covered, but the GOP and Romney I don’t think have enough votes to get past both St. Paul and Minneapolis.

    Comment by Minnesota — November 4, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

  269. Thanks, Robbie, saw that S. Trende asked him about what poll.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

  270. Sorry, but I trust Barone over Sabato any day.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

  271. It is push polling to get Obama to 50. There is no way in hell you can put the election-day electorate at anymore than +4 dem. All polls that have Obama at 50 are around +9. Ridiculous.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

  272. I know Obama.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

  273. 258 – jack, $16 trillion in debt. Adding another trillion every year. Obama has no plan to deal with it. Do you think this is infinitely sustainable or do you just want this country to go bankrupt?

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  274. “Jack, you don’t know Jim Renacci…BS. By the way, what city are you from?

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Didn’t I tell you the other day?

    Stow

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  275. Dio,

    Please, go phuk yourself. You are far and away the most emotionally disturbed person on this board, and that includes BunuMerica.

    …And, take that from the catagory of takes one to know one.

    (I’m ALWAYS pessimistic right before the election. Been here since 04. Y’all know this)

    Comment by RottiLargo — November 4, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  276. #257 Not true, but I think you (and the Obama supporters) are in denial. We are not saying *all* the polls are wrong, and you’ll find genuine discussion about the internals and most of us agree that there has been at least a little erosion towards Obama this last week (we disagree amongst ourselves as to how much).

    However, in this case we have solid empirical data that we are relying on. We aren’t the lone wolves this time out saying “all the polls are wrong”. We have data we can point to and patterns we can compare that show that SOME of the polls are wrong….and those polls are the ones that are modeling like it’s 2008.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  277. PPP OHIO

    Obama 52
    Romney 47

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  278. Mfg, the bear has been crushing teams. D might be enough but oline is so putrid I just can’t commit yet. That was my concern in july and it hasn’t changed.

    Comment by Addisonst — November 4, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  279. Its a religion with them EML

    There is no rational thought behind it no matter how many Californias they create

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

  280. Sabato is a hack. Always says the Dems have the advantage.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  281. “244 What a ridiculous irrelevant person you are.” –bio mom

    Next post… 244 by RottiLargo.

    bio mom, you should at least let Jul get his post out before calling him ridiculous.

    Comment by Mr.Vito — November 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  282. Kim Strassel, a writer for WSJ, a Republican bought into the “R’s are vulnerable in the House” thing many months back and wrote an article stating that 55 seats were in play. I wrote her a very long email and I detailed, CD by CD how that wasn’t possible. I asked her to provide me with the details on how she came up with that number since her article was sketchy.

    I never heard back. I did tell her that worse case was a loss for R’s between 12 and 18 and that would only happen if every single thing possible went wrong for R candidates and right for D candidates at the same time.

    Most journalists who write on politics don’t know chit. It is really sad. There are some that do but they are hard to find and some who are competent eventually give in to their biases. We are going to find out very soon if someone like Barone is going to fall into that.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  283. Sabato is a liberal. He can’t help himself.

    Comment by Ron Burgundy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  284. No way Zimmerman comes close to Latta.

    Comment by markoh — November 4, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  285. Again, any insult you have for me is comforting. You have no idea.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  286. “Betty Sutton goes down…”

    I won’t be able to sleep tonight now… thanks.

    Comment by Mr.Vito — November 4, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  287. 252. Really? He usually covers his ….more than that.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  288. #280, Sabato caused a lot of damage to Allen in 2006.

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  289. Everybody, even Obama’s advisors saying Ohio is razor thin but PPP has him up 5?

    They are gonna be embarrased on election day.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  290. #277 Do you have the internals or a link to that poll? I am almost sure what they are likely to be, but I’d like to see it for myself anyways.

    Looks like PPP(D) is doubling down on “Party like it’s 2008″

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

  291. Damn giants lose

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

  292. “258 – jack, $16 trillion in debt. Adding another trillion every year. Obama has no plan to deal with it. Do you think this is infinitely sustainable or do you just want this country to go bankrupt?

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:21 pm”

    What I want and what will happen on Nov 6 are two different things. Obama has no plans for anything, never has had, yet he won handily in 2008 and will win squeakily in 2012.

    As to the country’s bankruptcy, it already is.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

  293. #277, what was PPP predicting just before WI’s recall vote?

    Comment by david — November 4, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

  294. Sabato 2004:

    “As we conclude this amazing election campaign, we have just one question for our readers: When has an incumbent candidate ever won when he is tied with his challenger on election eve? The answer is never–at least in the age of polling that began in the 1930s. So George W. Bush needs to beat history, and the polls, to win the election tomorrow. It is possible that the vagaries of the Electoral College will enable Bush to eke out a victory, and it is also possible that the Republican Party’s get out the vote effort will equal or exceed the Democrats’ GOTV efforts. But if the Democrats are even half-right about the potential of their GOTV in producing additional new voters, then Kerry will win, perhaps more comfortably than anyone now suspects.”

    Eerie isn’ it.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

  295. PPP saying nothing has changed from 08…lol.

    Comment by markoh — November 4, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

  296. 293 – 50-47 but he said 50-49 Barrett if its a 2008 turnout.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  297. PPP has Brown up 54-44

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  298. Sabato is a prostitute always has been a prostitute

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  299. PPP internals aren’t out yet

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

  300. Meant 234. Referring to Bunu.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

  301. This is PPP’s poll for score, although its paid for by a Dem organization. He usually tries to get it right. 5 point lead is tough to swallow at this point.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

  302. All PPP says is zero up 66-39 with early voters.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  303. Sorry, 60-39

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  304. Stow…so where do you stand…I live in hudson

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  305. Put the giants in the nfc north, or any nfc east team for that matter and they are a 3rd or 4th place team.

    Comment by Addisonst — November 4, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  306. Hilarious quote from hack Sabato! Don’t know why Fox has him on as an expert.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  307. PPP is trying to sell that there has been great movement toward Romney in non swing states, but movement toward Obama in swing states. A Rising tide lifts ALL boats.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  308. #302/303: I bet PPP has oversampled the early vote by at least a factor of two as well.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  309. Wasted energy talking about a ppp poll.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

  310. 286# mr Vito …you have seen Betty sutton..

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

  311. The good news is that PPP has been off by 2 to 4 this cycle. Not just the WI recall either.

    So, OH is up for grabs. I do agree with MFG when you start to hear certain phrases (It’s tight, almost there – wait I just had a flash back to when I was 16 in Lisa May’s loft – OK end that thought but you know what I meant) are cause for certain. Barone gives me a lot of hope and the people here from OH, minus Jack, do as well.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  312. 60-39 doesn’t remotely square with the early voting indicators we’ve seen.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  313. At this point, you have to believe one of two things:

    1) PPP is right and Obama wins

    2) PPP doesn’t want to be in business any more and will fold after 2012 due to their far off polls.

    1 seems more likely

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  314. Correction : haven’t seen Betty sutton…she NO Kate upton

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  315. “Stow…so where do you stand…I live in hudson”

    wow.

    Practically neighbors.

    What do you mean, “where do you stand?” Do you mean, prediction for Nov 6?

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  316. Mitt or the empty chair?

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  317. I think some one should tweet 294 to Sabato

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  318. I told you people that nobody fired up the Chicago machine and that Obama wouldn’t carry IL by double digits.

    Comment by WillBest — November 4, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  319. I don’t take the PPP(D) topline any more seriously than any of the rest of you, but Jensen’s internals can actually be useful. That’s why I asked.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  320. When you know what the poll is going to show based on what org is doing the polling, it is not worth examining.

    That’s why gallup and rasmussen are the only polls I follow.

    Comment by michael corleone — November 4, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  321. Jack is a far left moonbat

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  322. Empty chair.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  323. jack
    Please explain how your False Messiah can be down substantially in the 2012 early voting compared with 2008 in the three(3) major Democrat Counties in Ohio—Cuyahoga,Fulton and Lucas— and still prevail in that State. The 2012 include everything through today!

    Comment by Scott — November 4, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  324. He thinks this country can survive perpetual trillion dollar deficits.

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  325. The tweet Robbie put up is good news. If they were essentally tied, but Obama up a point in rounding, than Obama must have been around 47.6 in the NBC poll.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  326. PPP doesn’t have to get it right to stay in business. The MSM and various liberal advocacy groups will keep PPP in business indefinately because PPP tells them what they want to hear.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  327. Robbie Troll predicts Obama win.

    I predicted he would do that months ago.

    I hope I am right about Romney too.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  328. Actually PPP seems to put a lot of faith in its early vote numbers. That seems to be he recipe for a bad poll.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  329. DRUDGE: GALLUP

    OBAMA 48%
    ROMNEY 48%

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  330. There are still 2 days unaccounted for in Early Voting. All those black churches in those Ohio counties probably got a lot “wag” or “swag” money or wahtever it’s called to turn out voters.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  331. 313. If Romney wins PPP will still be right. Their polls are within the MOE.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  332. “He thinks this country can survive perpetual trillion dollar deficits.”

    Who thinks the country will survive?

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  333. 329. Not good. No way to spin it.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  334. 309…bio mom…

    What’s with ohio? ooo ahead? God forbid!

    Comment by SusyQue — November 4, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  335. …btw folks, i’ve seen several comments here referencing WSJ writers….one BIG word to the wise: NEVER….NEVER…..NEVER confuse a WSJ writer with the editorial page of that paper….many articles have been written suggesting theat the front page of the WSJ is perhaps MORE liberal than even the NY Times.

    Thank the good Lord for the editorial page.

    Comment by hellbelly — November 4, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  336. #329 That’s the Gallup swing state poll released this morning, not their tracker.

    Comment by Mark1971 — November 4, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  337. Gallup had Romney up by 5.

    Massive collapse by Romney.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  338. Very nice story about Neil Newhouse, Romney’s pollster.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83288.html

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  339. 332 so you’re voting Obama to tank the country?

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  340. Jack, Honest answer but sad….why are you here when you know this a pro mitt site? What business are you in?

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

  341. #232 #184…..anyone, and i mean ANYONE, that proposes cuts to any military benefits should be shot. Then hung.

    Then shot again.
    ————————————-

    actually the military guys will lose their benefits only if they are working.

    the basic idea is to push the cost onto private companies.

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

  342. 320 – Agree. I would have picked 6 for PPP on OH but now that I think about it, 5 is still technically in MOE.

    I do think the race changed though. Romney had serious momentum. Won’t go into it again. Will stick to a narrow Romney EV victory.

    The news in Illinois could be good for the House races I guess. If Obama is re-elected, I really don’t give a chit about anything else since he uses EO’s to get around congress.

    Just got another Romney call – the recording though offered to connect me with a live person if I had any questions.

    Damn, Romney is good.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

  343. 151. Again, Ras does not “use” PID weighting per se. He selects his sample based on his monthly PID results and then applies an LV screen to them. Recently, he has been “finding” a D+2 electorate. He has not “chosen” that weighting. It is the result of the process. If you reverse engineer the daily toplines using internals, you will find that the PID fluctuates day to day (usually a half point or so) and weekly (per the weekly crosstabs). Today’s sample is approx. D+2, yesterday’s was approx. D+1.

    Comment by TandA — November 4, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

  344. #329 Is that RV or LV? Remember that Obama was up one IIRC (48-47) in the last RV Gallup poll.

    Even if it is the worst (LV), 48-48 tie as the challenger is not a bad place to be at all. It all would depend on the undecideds break.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

  345. Scooter Boy – that’s the Gallup Swing Poll, not the final Gallup poll.

    Comment by Sean — November 4, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

  346. 329

    That is the swing state poll not the head to head.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  347. I don’t care for the WSJ. The one magazine I kind of like is Economist for whatever reason. As far as newspapers, the Guardian is good at times.

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  348. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/11/04/obama-romney-swing-states-poll-/1680827/

    48-48 in swing states.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  349. Looking at ras and Gallup sandy was a 3 to 5 pt bump for o. Who makes up their minds like that. Hopefully we see some movement our way mon tues. however we have lost control of the narrative since sandy. Still hopeful but not nearly as confident as last Sunday.

    Comment by Hugh — November 4, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  350. 337. Okay, I just got the tweet so posted it. What was Gallup swing state at before they stopped polling?

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  351. USA/Gallup swing state – tied at 48 don’t panic

    Comment by Mary — November 4, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  352. Scooter Boy….ten hours in the penalty box for “poor read of reality”.

    Sorry, buddy, but you earned that.

    Comment by hellbelly — November 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  353. 327.Robbie Troll predicts Obama win.

    I predicted he would do that months ago.

    I hope I am right about Romney too.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    I call it like I see it. If I saw at least half of the most recent polls showing Romney ahead in Ohio, I’d probably predict he’d win the state. But other than one Rasmussen poll and a Citizen’s United poll, that hasn’t been the case. Right now, I think Romney’s got a better chance in PA than OH.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  354. #337 Not necessarily. Depends on which Gallup. Gallup had Obama up by 1….with RVs when the tracks stopped.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  355. Adrian Gray ?@adrian_gray

    First wave of exit polls in 2004: PA (Bush -19), OH (-4), FL (-4). First round in 2000: PA (+0.2), OH (+10), FL (-3). You’ve been warned.

    Comment by Diamond Jim — November 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  356. The gallup swing also appears to be registerd voters – per Susan Page.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  357. I always vote in Chicago on election day. I haven’t seen any stories but I can tell you that everybody that’s told me they voted waited in long lines.

    My parents who live in a dem leaning upscale suburb waited a long time too.

    Still #s are #’s if somebody has data that Chicago is down, i’d certainly believe it. A whole lot less buzz, bumper stickers and window signs this time.

    Comment by Addisonst — November 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  358. That Gallup came out earlier today. SS poll.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  359. How could the Gallup Swing State Poll be bad for Romney if it is a 48/48 tie?
    jack–this Gallup Swing State Poll is a rebuke to all the PPP/Jensen polls which show your False Messiah ahead by 3 to 5 pts. in every Swing State!

    Comment by Scott — November 4, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  360. Diamond Jim

    Are we going to win in Wisconsin?

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  361. A better question is why are all of you so unrealistic just as you were in 2008? It’s Polaris and his followers again. Accept it and deal with it. Move on. Hope to hold onto the House.

    Comment by Jack's Friend — November 4, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  362. Scooter – don’t worry. I know a lot of people are nervous, and react to a lot of information.

    This thing is very close. Too close for comfort…..

    Comment by Sean — November 4, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  363. What states will have exit polls this cycle? I thought I read they were scaling back exit polling this time.

    Comment by Dpr — November 4, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  364. Sorry, everybody. Rookie mistake.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  365. “jack
    Please explain how your False Messiah can be down substantially in the 2012 early voting compared with 2008 in the three(3) major Democrat Counties in Ohio—Cuyahoga,Fulton and Lucas— and still prevail in that State. The 2012 include everything through today!”

    Let’s see what the numbers are after the EV is over. Right now, the EV numbers are close to 2008 EV, with 2 days still left.

    And before you spout off about Ohio, Fulton is not a large nor a Democratic county. Do your f**king homework.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

  366. #361 Most of the polling is provably using 2008 type modeling, and it’s not a 2008 type election. That is easy to verify now with the facts on the ground.

    GIGO

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

  367. If that Gallup swing poll is RV, then Romney is up 3 with LVs. 3 points is the average point bump toward the GOP when you go from RVs to LVs.

    Comment by phoenixrisen — November 4, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  368. Oh wait, I’m on Philly-A-Hole probation. Can’t say I’m sorry. Or maybe I’m sorry. With GFY’s

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  369. #365-
    One day to go in Ohio early voting,genius. Now please answer my question.

    Comment by Scott — November 4, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

  370. jack – the numbers are conclusive. The R counties are up and the D counties are down from their respective levels in 08. Do you dispute this?

    This bullchit early voting needs to end.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

  371. “332 so you’re voting Obama to tank the country?

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:37 pm”

    Do you always take facts not in evidence?

    Who said I’m voting Obama?

    I have said Obama will win on Nov 6. That is all.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

  372. Funny that no one but you says the EV voters are close to 2008 in Ohio. Everyone else is pointing to a large dropoff of Demoncraps, with increases for Republicans and Independents. But go ahead and live in your own little world, Jack. Does it have two or three moons?

    Comment by Joe Six Pack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

  373. I’ll just throw this out there. I think Romney might have a better shot at the NH/WI than PA or OH. That combo gets him over 270.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

  374. …and all we’ve said is that your an idiot, Jack.

    Comment by Joe Six Pack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  375. Polaris, really? You’re trying again. Get a new hobby.

    Comment by Jack's Friend — November 4, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  376. IF it is RV. We have zero real proof of that.

    Goddamn Christie.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  377. Even if the Gallup poll (the real complete one I mean) is a tie, a 48-48 tie usually means death for the incumbant. (No the final Gallup in 2004 was NOT 49-49…it you read that poll it was really 49-47 Bush and that actually indicates a win for the incumbant since if even a small minority switch over it puts the incumbant at the magic 50 level).

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  378. So jack you think we can run trillion dollar deficits in perpetuity?

    Comment by EML — November 4, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  379. The gallup poll is for likely voters. If you watch the chart on the page I linked, Obama actually gets an uptick among registered voters to 50% and Romney lost some ground.

    However, among likely voters it is tied.

    Republicans have about a 50-42% enthusiasm gap. Let’s see if that’s a good proxy to turnout numbers.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  380. Got it. Jack is a Ronulan.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  381. 366.#361 Most of the polling is provably using 2008 type modeling, and it’s not a 2008 type election. That is easy to verify now with the facts on the ground.

    GIGO

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    You should read the story on Neil Newhouse. In it, another R pollster says it’s not so much the 2008 turnout as it is predicting an increase in Hispanics and Blacks. That alone increases D participation. The fight is over the percentage of whites nationally.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  382. 60 minutes just said that the senate was ONCE a showcase of america’s political talent

    where the likes of LBJ, ted kennedy and howard baker often compromised to pass landmark legislation!

    i can see them saying lbj and teddy had some political talent of a sorts

    but lbj and teddy were our showcase?

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  383. Robbie- The one state you are missing is WI. Jensen and Marist had it at 2-3 points. Ras has it tied and said in WI the momentum is with Romney. Obama has practically set up headquarters there recently. I believe that this may be the surprise cliffhanger of the night.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  384. 360 yes

    Comment by Diamond Jim — November 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  385. 337. That’s not the Gallup poll that will be released tomorrow its a swing state poll done for USA Today.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  386. “There are still 2 days unaccounted for in Early Voting. All those black churches in those Ohio counties probably got a lot “wag” or “swag” money or wahtever it’s called to turn out voters.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:36 pm”

    That is why I say, wait till all EV is done before summarizing.

    As of Nov 1, Cuyahoga County was at 29% of 2008 total votes. (In 2008, the county had 39.5% of total as EV.) In two days, as of Nov 3, they had upped that to 36.9%.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  387. In Cuyahoga, the numbers in the Early vote are NOT “close to 2008″.

    They’re 20% down. Here are the official numbers from the board of elections.

    Read.

    http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_boe/en-US/2012/2008_2012InHouseVotingDailyComparison.pdf

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  388. Polaris,

    if you are wrong and obama wins

    you will never hear the end of it

    and brandon will mention you in every post until the end of time

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  389. Sorry it is likely @ 48-48.`

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  390. #375 Not really. I am reminding people here the facts on the ground. We are NOT looking at a Dem heavy electorate. If we use 2008 as a base and assume that both the Dems and GOP are as jazzed as the Dems were in 2008 (which is what the latest Gallup SS Poll states and which I frankly do not believe), then we’d get a 39/37/24 DRI, i.e. the missing republicans would come up.

    That would be D+2…and Obama loses D+2.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  391. John in Ireland…

    Great analysis…

    Your postion and view of where we are is exactly where mine is…

    I’m choosing to believe my eyes and excellent analysis of all on this blog…

    Facts speak to a Romney win which I will take over the agenda of MSM and those in Obama’s pocket…

    Really couldn’t have said it better…

    Thank you…

    Comment by Hunter — November 4, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

  392. Dio – I suspected it was a RV.

    A significant and real bump for Obama thank to fat load traitor. Yea, it could fade but that needs to happen very fast.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

  393. jack #371
    You do provide comic relief.
    By the way, Obama’s early voting numbers in Ohio are awful. Do your research by going to the gmu report.With one day left in Cuyahoga,Dem. votes are only 80,000 ahead of Rep. votes.Dem. votes are down double digits and Republican votes up double digits in Cuyahoga. The same pattern in Lucas and Fulton.
    Nervous yet?

    Comment by Scott — November 4, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

  394. 392 – Correction – I intended to type LV. Sorry.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

  395. #388 Is that supposed to scare or bother me, Lisab?

    If you are right and you know you are right, you don’t back down from that. When I say the electorate is nothing like 2008, I *know* I am right…not from blind faith but from the same observational data we’ve all seen.

    Either you believe your lying eyes or you don’t.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

  396. Scott – Jack is a Ronulan.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

  397. “Funny that no one but you says the EV voters are close to 2008 in Ohio. Everyone else is pointing to a large dropoff of Demoncraps, with increases for Republicans and Independents. ”

    which is why i gave romney

    VA, NC, FL OH and CO for the win

    actual votes on the ground seem to point to a lower dem turnout than predicted by the polls

    although i normally tend to give polling firms benefit of the doubt

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

  398. Seems Romney picked PA over WI for last stop

    Comment by wv ally — November 4, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

  399. Illinois data is Chicago only not suburbs or downstate. Ev downstate has been strong. Illinois may have a few surprises.

    Comment by GeorgeIllinois — November 4, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

  400. “Is that supposed to scare or bother me, Lisab?”

    well … it usually bothers you when brandon posts as you …

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  401. 395 – that is what Willie Nelson said to his third wife when she walked on him when he was, ah, “encumbered” with another woman:

    “Are you going to believe me or your eyes are seeing”?

    She believed what her eyes were seeing.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  402. JOIN DAVE WISSING AND BUNU IN VOTING FOR OBAMA ON TUESDAY !!!!

    Comment by Bunu — November 4, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

  403. if cook county is way down

    it is actually possible for IL to flip GOP.

    it would take a snow storm or heavy rains on tuesday in chicago

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

  404. Please! Again, ignore polls that include the big hurricane response days of W and R . They are not reliable.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

  405. Wow- so Cuyahoga EV has only had 1 beat of the 2008 in person numbers this week (with 1 day left). That beat was by 202 votes. Looks like they petered out this week.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

  406. #381 The AA population is not greatly increasing (the Hispanic one is) and Obama get every AA vote that could be gotten in 2008 (see GA as a prime example). Those Dems that are depending on more AA vote than 2008 are dreaming.

    I also don’t see any evidence that there is a a hispanic wave that can make up a +5R electoral shift either. I am ASSUMING a 74% white turnout which was a record low in 2008…that is actually very Obama favorable.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

  407. 2000 posts????

    I guess we’ll find out soon.

    Don’t go to bed tonight Dave.

    Comment by Bunu — November 4, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

  408. 403 – It would take an apocalypse that would wipe out Chicago.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

  409. Also- guys that were around in 1996 (as voters) didn’t the polls overstate Clinton’s win that year by a fairly large margin?

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  410. Big R supporter … but the polls are depressing.

    Comment by tedm — November 4, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

  411. Robbie Troll’s theory that there will be “more black votes” is asinine.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

  412. #400 If Brandon or anyone else posts as me (or anyone else), he should be banned from this site. That goes for anyone that hijacks someone else’s handle (and I don’t mean joke handles).

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

  413. Polaris – I am assuming 75.3% white vote. The 08 results represented a front loading of the decrease of the white vote. Axelrod said 72%. No way. That would represent an increase of the decrease of white voters from 2004 to 2008. I believe that is impossible. The indie vote worries me a bit because of fat load traitor.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  414. What states will have exit polls this cycle? I thought I read they were scaling back exit polling this time.

    Comment by Dpr — November 4, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  415. #409 Very large margin. Dole was toast anyway, but IIRC a number of the polls overstated Clinton’s win by as much as 11pts (and Clinton won by 9 IIRC)

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  416. Early voting is a better approximator than polls. Real data over second-hand data. Unfortunately, it looks like weekends were no longer avaiable to vote this year so it makes the comparison harder.

    And even if Dem enthusiasm is down, it’s hard to gauge how much as they can still turn out on election day. We also do not know how absentees are working do we?

    Ohio is too close for comfort as always.

    I think Wisconsin + NH or Wisconsin + Iowa are legitimate backup plans as well as Pennsylvania. Of course, PA is the least likely, but if you have plenty of money, there’s absolutely no reason not to try.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  417. You have a bunch of left wing pollsters within the MOE. They will nail it no matter what.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  418. “Funny that no one but you says the EV voters are close to 2008 in Ohio. Everyone else is pointing to a large dropoff of Demoncraps, with increases for Republicans and Independents. ”

    Two points – first of all, who is voting EV is pure conjecture, nobody knows DRI of EV, every one is speculating based on counties that went for Obama or McCain.

    Second, do you ever check any numbers for yourself, or just parrot what you read on the internet?

    Here’s what GMU is reporting for EV in Ohio:

    1,628,013 EV’s in 2008
    1,665,089 EV’s in 2012, with at least 2 more days to go.

    Are the 2012 EVs close to 2008 EVs or not?

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  419. Looks like the PEW poll might be even worse then we thought – look at this tweet:

    @NumbersMuncher @ningrim Pew- the likely voter number shows a much higher D-4 it looks like D-8.. if u check the party ideology D-978 R-834.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  420. Ohio was won by Obama in 08 with 2,940,044 total votes. Bush won in 04 with 2,858,727 total votes.

    The question is; you think Obama will match, exceed or fall short of that number and where do you think Romney will be relative to Bush’s number.

    Comment by markoh — November 4, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

  421. I believe it is impossible to get “more” AA votes. He can come very close to 08 but cannot get more.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

  422. MD….
    I have been out all day. Someone help me with this:
    ………………………………………………………..
    jack says:
    November 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    Gallup had Romney up by 5.

    Massive collapse by Romney. what does this mean?

    Comment by SusyQue — November 4, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

  423. #413 I hear you about Indies, MD. That is the one bit of tiniest doubt I have, but in the end I simply do not believe that one photo-op with “Fat Load” as you call him will completely undo a rejection by Indies of Obama that has been in place since 2009. It may soften it, but I do not (in the end) think it reverses it.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

  424. 409- Yes. Polls were predicting low teens, Clinton won by 8 and didn’t clear 50.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  425. 415- Right, I recall people expecting mid-50s for Clinton (right, three way race and all, but still). Just to keep in the back of one’s mind, there have been since 1960 or so only two dem incumbents that have run for reelection- Carter and Clinton, both had their margins significantly overstated – in Carter’s case in turned a close race to a blowout and in Clinton’s a landslide to a solid win. Probably means nothing, but I find it interesting.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  426. The Gallup swing poll IS RV GUYS: 48-48

    RELAX!!

    Comment by Sy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  427. #413 As for this wave of minority/AA vote, yea, it’s B.S. Obama pegged the needle with that vote last time. At *best* he matches in 2012, and judging from the responses in the EV, he won’t even do that.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  428. The number for 2008 should be 1,714,812.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  429. On Tuesday we will see if the polls with the big D advantage were right or not.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  430. 411.Robbie Troll’s theory that there will be “more black votes” is asinine.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    You need to read my comments more closely. The fight in the polling is over whether there will be more Blacks and Hispanics compared to trends. If there are, that would raise the number of Democrats in the polls on its own. Try harder, Jason.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  431. CNN FINAL:

    Obama 49 Romney 49

    Game on, folks.

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  432. National CNN Poll
    Romney 49
    Obama 49

    Comment by new — November 4, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  433. CNN Poll is good news for Romney if CNN is using the same model!

    Comment by Sy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  434. 403. Lisa B, for once we agree IL on the cusp of flipping to RED!

    Comment by Ron Burgundy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  435. Susy – “Jack” is a ronulan (Ron Paul supporter) who is throwing out garbage that has no basis in reality. No one has any idea what he is talking about.

    Having said that Gallup has released a LV swing state poll showing a tie at 48. Perhaps they had Romney up by 5 before. I can believe the tightening given how Christie set Obama up to perfection.

    I hope this clears things up for you.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  436. Bunu predicted 188 house seats.

    8)

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  437. CNN can’t do any better than that for Obama?

    Comment by Phil — November 4, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  438. 432- Did Wolf Blitzer soil himself on national TV?

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  439. CNN 49-49 national.

    Comment by Robbie — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  440. http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_boe/en-US/2012/2008_2012InHouseVotingDailyComparison.pdf

    BAD #sin cuy county oh.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  441. @426 Sy – Sorry it isn’t:

    “WASHINGTON — Voters in the nation’s key battlegrounds have become as enthusiastic and engaged in the 2012 presidential election as they were in the historic contest four years ago, and they finally have made up their minds about President Obama and Mitt Romney.

    It’s a tie: 48%-48%.

    The even split among likely voters in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of Swing States reflects gains in the campaign’s final weeks by Obama, who has closed a 4-percentage-point deficit from early October in the wake of a disappointing first presidential debate. Most of the interviews were completed before Hurricane Sandy hit, and the president’s disaster response may have bolstered his standing a bit since then.”

    As for Jack’s laughable analysis, he claims that overall early voting is up. Yes, because Republicans are turning out this year to make up for decreased dem turnout. Hence the 260k gap that Rove and many pundits have alluded to.

    I thought you might have had something but silliness is silliness.

    Comment by Diogenes — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  442. gallup is saying rv 50-46, but 48-48 lv. but then there is this gem:

    Registered voters are less likely to identify themselves as Democrats now than they were four years ago. In the Swing States survey, 37% call themselves Democrats, down 4 points from 2008; 29% call themselves Republicans, up 3 points. The percentage of independents is 34% now, 32% then.

    so its D+8 and O is at 48%.

    Comment by chris — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  443. “If Brandon or anyone else posts as me (or anyone else), he should be banned from this site. That goes for anyone that hijacks someone else’s handle”

    he usually posts as poolaris

    however, i don’t like fake handles

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  444. Somebody help me!!!!! WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
    I have been out all day. Someone help me with this:
    ………………………………………………………..
    jack says:
    November 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    Gallup had Romney up by 5.

    Massive collapse by Romney. what does this mean?

    Comment by SusyQue — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  445. Cnn may have only polled in the last three days, hence the difference in Sandy bias of Pew.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  446. MD….
    I have been out all day. Someone help me with this:
    ………………………………………………………..
    jack says:
    November 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    Gallup had Romney up by 5.

    Massive collapse by Romney. what does this mean?”

    That was based on someone posting that Gallup had the race as tied. I believe that report has been retracted.

    If Gallup shows a 48-48 tie, it will be a massive collapse. Remember that Gallup had R +5 when they left us.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  447. #431&432
    Good news.Please report the PID when available.
    Nervous yet,Jack?!

    Comment by Scott — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  448. 434 – any questions guys on Burgundy now?

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  449. Wow, the CNN is good news….

    They must have taken some anti-vomit medicine before releasing that one.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

  450. I stand by what I said, Jack. Now go what you do best, Jack–jack off.

    Comment by Joe Six Pack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

  451. CNN doesn’t release party ID if I remember correctly.

    Comment by Mark1971 — November 4, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

  452. Jack is a Ronulan. It is quite clear.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  453. Let’s take Gallup at 48-48.

    Who do you think gets the undecided?

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  454. #422
    It means the power of Satan is in evidence Susy. After Tuesday, you will know the dark identity of your new eternal master.

    Comment by Cory (O 290 R 248) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  455. #418 first of all, who is voting EV is pure conjecture, nobody knows DRI of EV, every one is speculating based on counties that went for Obama or McCain.

    No it’s not. The OHIO SOS keeps track of the partisan “ID” of each voter that requests a ballot. That “ID” is determined by the last primary election (by party) they voted in.

    It’s not perfect, but you can make reasonable partisan inferences from the Ohio EV data.

    Also some states (like NC) are required by the Civil Rights/Voting Rights Laws to keep track of full demographic info of voters (so the Feds can assess if there is a pattern of voter suppression). Part of that data is partisan ID and another part is ethnic ID.

    So we can learn quite a lot about the nature of the real electorate from the early vote in places like Ohio and NC without actually knowing who voted for whom.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  456. for once we agree IL on the cusp of flipping to RED!”

    i did not say that …

    i said chicago keeps the otherwise red state blue.

    if chicago somehow does not turn out, it flips.

    and … btw … chicago voting is way down.

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  457. If Obama wins at least it will be nice to see the Paulbots live under the socialist model they so much want.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

  458. Blitzer choked when he tried to read the poll.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  459. Ca will flip red too.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  460. “Bunu predicted 188 house seats.”

    huh?

    Republicans will easily hold the house.

    Comment by Emerica — November 4, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  461. well cnn needs to be within 3 to be considered even close to reliable

    so saying it is 49/49 is the safest play

    obama only got 52.9% in 2008 so they are completely covered … i doubt obama will get less than 46% or more than 52%.

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  462. I guess the good news for me is that having a desire to earn serious money won’t be an issue for me anymore. It will relieve a lot of stress for me. I can just kind of wind down, get out of my high stress job and still do OK. Why bother when they would just take it away in taxes?

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  463. ” if chicago somehow does not turn out, it flips.”

    If I win the Powerball Lottery I will be rich.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  464. 47 percent Mittens!

    Comment by Joe Biden — November 4, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  465. I posted my predictions.

    I went with Romney with 305 EV’s.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

  466. #442 You do realize what Gallup is saying there? It’s huge, confirms what they said before, and it’s more important than the top line:

    Gallup is saying that there are 4% less self IDed Dems and 3% more self IDed republicans.

    Given that 2008 was a D+7 Electorate, that means Gallup is essentially saying (whatever their top line) that they expect the DRI to be a PUSH just like 2004.

    If the DRI is a PUSH, Obama loses. Badly.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

  467. Jack

    Do you support Ron Paul or did you support him?

    I think, by oath, they are not permitted to lie on this issue. When they sign the book to hate jews it is in the fine print on the same page.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

  468. “Ca will flip red too.”

    IL is almost completely red except for cook county

    and a few other much smaller cities

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  469. Any detailed CNN poll info?

    What about job approval?

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  470. Tina, I know you don’t believe that CA is going to flip. Even I don’t believe that one!

    Comment by Ron Burgundy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  471. Romney: 235 (per Wissing)
    House: 188 (R)
    Senate: 46 (R)

    47.8% in Ohio

    Comment by Bunu — November 4, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  472. If I read the Real Clear politics chart correctly,in CNN’s last National Poll in late September,Obama was +3.
    So Jack,who has the momentum?

    Comment by Scott — November 4, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  473. Shocked at CNN. Everything pointing to a long night.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

  474. A tied poll is a winning poll. We’re the challenger. Larry Sabato said so in 2004.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

  475. Ron, it was a joke.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

  476. Lisa – you know there is a 98% (probably 99%) chance he will fall in that range. It isn’t exactly going out on a ledge. I understand what you are saying though. 49/49 means they cannot be wrong. Well, it would be almost impossible.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

  477. however, i don’t like fake handles

    Comment by lisab

    Comment by lisa valdez — November 4, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  478. Be honest right wingers,You all,or most,Have Done Well the past 4 years under our President..Get over those racist views and lies and ask the GOP Congress to Work with Obama instead of trying to defeat him…It didn’t work out very well for your team did it..More Senators also to help Obama push his agenda the next 2 years at least!

    Comment by Joe Biden — November 4, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  479. here is an article on the IL voting trends

    http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-muckrakers/2010/11/illinois-electoral-map-not-so-blue-these-days/#image/1

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  480. #471
    The real Bunu hasn’t been posting as “Bunu” in years.

    Comment by Cory (O 290 R 248) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  481. O wins CA by 15 to 20.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  482. Paulbots don’t believe in elections anyway.

    Comment by jason — November 4, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

  483. like i’ve said. no clue how this one turns out. that said im going into election night expecting a close but no cigar for us. cautious pessimism. if and it’ s a big IF Romney wins, he wins close w/ 280ish being his ceiling. azguy and Ron Burgundy/kit will go away but return w/ different handles when the 350+ fantasy doesnt come true

    Comment by AuthorLMendez, Head Of The Projection Desk (O 247, R 206, T/U 85) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  484. Wow!

    NumbersMuncher ?@NumbersMuncher

    CNN national poll tied at 49%. Romney up 22 with independents. Sample is D+11 (was D+7 in 08, even in 2004/2010). Taken 11/2-4

    Comment by new — November 4, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  485. Remind me, what does PUSH stand for or mean?

    Comment by Joe Six Pack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  486. CNN poll: Romney leads with Indies, leads on the economy, tied with Obama on favourability.

    Only black spot is 51% approval for Obama – would confirm Sandy bounce hypothesis.

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  487. btw if your into superstitions, the Panthers beating the skins today was a good sign for the good guys

    Comment by AuthorLMendez, Head Of The Projection Desk (O 247, R 206, T/U 85) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  488. THANKS JACK… I still am a bit confused about the collapse comment. Is the person who said that a troll?

    Comment by SusyQue — November 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  489. “you know there is a 98% (probably 99%) chance he will fall in that range.”

    yes, that was my point

    hardly a courageous stand by cnn

    they basically said flip a coin

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  490. I think that Swing State poll was done the weekend before and during Sandy.

    Comment by RB — November 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  491. Joe – you owe me some serious $. In your debate a few weeks back, I stared directly into your teeth and have had blurry vision ever since. 3 trips to the eye Doctor. $700. Pony up.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  492. “Romney up 22 with independents.”

    WTF?!

    Comment by AuthorLMendez, Head Of The Projection Desk (O 247, R 206, T/U 85) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  493. D+11??????

    Comment by brucefdb — November 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  494. Sample is D+11 its TIED???????????? LOL LOL LOL

    Comment by Sy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  495. I’m not sure @numbersmuncher is right about the party ID of the CNN poll. Reading the internals, my best take is they reweighted to D+1, though it’s not 100% clear.

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  496. D+11??? Hhahahhahahahaha!

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  497. Author – You only have 2 settings – Doom and gloom.

    Comment by Bitterlaw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  498. I will say you have about a 10% chance of pulling out a win,Only if Florida and Ohio have severe voting problems because of the repression at the polls of minority’s and the D party from those states Gov’s.And dont say its not happening because they did these things before to win.So Cheat to win is All you can do.

    Comment by Joe Biden — November 4, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  499. Congress is R+1 per CNN. Romney prolly leads a little in that 49-49 race.

    Comment by Bobby — November 4, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  500. OK… the Gallup final swing state for LVs is tied, and it IS LVs. Gallup write-up discusses ‘movement toward zero,’ too.

    Am I misreading it?

    Comment by mnw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  501. Please, someone explain what PUSH stands for or means!

    Comment by Joe Six Pack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  502. PUSH = tie

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  503. It must be because I’m a Rookie, but I think I have s-h-i-t my pants with every new poll released here over the last few days. I don’t know if I can take 2 more days of this. If I don’t show up here tomorrow or Tuesday, someone please look at the Obits in the Alton Telegraph newspaper. That’s where you’ll probably find me.

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  504. It cannot be D+11. I refuse to believe that. Need more confirmation than a twitter post.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  505. D+11?? I hope the rest of you feel a little better about that CNN poll? no?

    Geez…if CNN partied like it’s 2008, they’d actually show a Romney lead with those internals!

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  506. D+11 and up 22% with Indies, and tied?!! Slam dunk for R&R.

    Comment by Tom — November 4, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  507. #491 Paul Ryan still has a sore ass from the kicking I gave him! LOL

    Comment by Joe Biden — November 4, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  508. #484 (GASP!!!!!!)

    Comment by phoenixrisen — November 4, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  509. The term PUSH originates from blackjack. Lost a few bucks playing the game….

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  510. 440# Tina, Cuyahoga County has 1 day on ev and they are20% below 2008. On Election Day the GOP wiill out do the dems all over the state. Also, I think you will see a lot of dems voting for mitt.

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  511. Susy

    Push is what you do when you are ready to drive it home!

    What? Oh, she wasn’t asking about THAT?

    Never mind.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  512. Tom Smith’s daughter just called me (robocall, of course). I don’t know how old she is but if she’s under 18, it bothers me. I don’t like children as props no matter who does it.

    Comment by Bitterlaw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  513. damn trolls make the comment section near un-readable

    Comment by AuthorLMendez, Head Of The Projection Desk (O 247, R 206, T/U 85) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  514. Not buying the D+11 stuff for CNN.

    Even they wouldn’t try that.

    Comment by Phil — November 4, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  515. I have a HARD time believing it is D +11. This would be the all time agenda push poll ever.

    Comment by phoenixrisen — November 4, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  516. I want more confirmation on the party ID. I find it very hard to believe that one.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  517. Per another site (not sure if accurate)-

    The CNN poll is Drat plus 11
    Romney plus 22 with indies.
    11-2 through 11-4.

    Please verify- again from another site.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  518. #510 Coal country in NE and E Ohio, baby ;)

    Comment by phoenixrisen — November 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  519. #365, jackoff, he obviously meant to write Franklin instead of Fulton.

    Your boy Obama is not going to carry OH, and without OH Obama can’t win.

    Romney will win with over 300 electoral votes. I predicted 322 myself, but your mileage may vary.

    Comment by AuH2ORepublican — November 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  520. Csant, thanks for your posts, I pulled up the voting information and it is not good for the Obumbler.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  521. Pray Susy pray

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  522. Early voting just finished in Miami-Dade County.

    In 2008, 325k early votes

    In 2012 225k early votes.

    Call the cops. 100,000 Florida Democrats have gone missing.

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  523. 509 – Me too. More than a few bucks actually.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  524. Media and pollsters will have egg on their face as Romney landslide is revealed on the night of Tuesday, Nov 6th!

    Comment by Ron Burgundy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  525. Republicans are on fire and Dems are not. Just look at the crowds for Romney/Ryan vs Obama/Biden. Tuesday will be a very good day.

    Comment by Tom — November 4, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  526. According to the actual poll-

    Romney leads 99-1 with the GOP
    O leads 93-5 with dems
    Romney leads 59-37 with Indies.

    Umm…mind you, among Indies- Ronald Reagan won 64-36 in 1984. While winning 59-41.

    So yeah, that breakdown is inconceivable.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  527. Re: Ohio …300,000 evangelicals didn’t vote in 2008. The GOP is trying to get them to the polls.

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  528. If Romney is up 22 percent among indies, it’s a 320+ EV victory for Romney

    Comment by phoenixrisen — November 4, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  529. Another Mitt ad on NBC. They may hate his politics but they don’t mind his ad buys.

    Comment by Bitterlaw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  530. “Jack

    Do you support Ron Paul or did you support him?”

    No and no.

    “THANKS JACK… I still am a bit confused about the collapse comment. Is the person who said that a troll?”

    I haven’t checked who posted it. It’s still up in the thread.

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  531. And here comes Tom Smith on NBC.

    Comment by Bitterlaw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  532. Guys, I am 99% sure the CNN poll as weighted is D+1 or D+2.

    It is NOT D+11.

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  533. Romney is going to win. He’s got several polls now showing moves to near ties in PA, and western PA is demographically like eastern OH, which means Romney is doing well there. Republicans are well in front of their 2008 EV totals, and in Cuyahoga county Dems are well off their numbers in EVs from 2008. If Repubs reclaim Hamilton county, this is over. Mitt wins OH. If Romney is tied in PA, even though he will end up losing, if he’s close, he’s winning in OH, which is nominally GOP leaning historically and Dems tend to run 1.5-2% BELOW their national numbers there as Obama did even in 2008. Mitt will pick off suburb votes and do well in Repub strongholds, and only wild card is how many of Santorum’s guys hold their noses and vote for him. I think they come home enough.

    Mitt wins OH on election day, even McCain did, and the better shape among absentee’s and EVs coupled with the other factors above, put him over the top and he wins like CO and the election!

    Comment by dinglewoodnorwoodbill — November 4, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  534. Pray, do all the superstitious stuff, do anything that helps.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  535. But Colin Powell answers back.

    Comment by Bitterlaw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  536. See page 30 of the CNN PDF.

    http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2012/images/11/04/top16.pdf

    Again.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D58LpHBnvsI

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  537. Again, no pollster is releasing anything like a D+11 sample in their last poll.

    If it’s sounds too fantastic to betrue, it usually is.

    Comment by Phil — November 4, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  538. @ConArtCritic

    Confirmed via phone to the Ohio SOS- first results posting are absentees/early vote. machine same-day votes will report after

    Comment by AuthorLMendez, Head Of The Projection Desk (O 247, R 206, T/U 85) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  539. 532- See page 30 of the poll- I kid you not.

    Comment by W.PA Observer — November 4, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  540. I read that to be a terrible Gallup swing state poll: 50-47 for zero among RVs; tied among LVs, with zero having moved up from -4 to even; all the polling was before Sandy.

    Comment by mnw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  541. Thaty weekly standard article on cook cty voting is utter crap. 229k votes have been cast per site. Discrepancy is claim that county is adding ev and absentee. That might be true but I doubt it.

    Comment by Addisonst — November 4, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  542. So, we have one or two polls with movement toward Romney, and two polls showing movement toward the Obumbler.

    Comment by Tina — November 4, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  543. how do you know evangelicals did not vote in 2008?

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  544. @ConArtCritic

    So, watch for a MASSIVE Obama lead out of Ohio, if the polls are actually right. If he doesn’t start with that…the polling blew it.

    Comment by AuthorLMendez, Head Of The Projection Desk (O 247, R 206, T/U 85) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  545. CNN REGISTERED VOTERS

    307 Dems

    111 Inds who lean Dems

    152 Inds who lean GOP

    293 GOPers.

    That’s from their crosstabs. Doesn’t give a breakdown, but there’s a clear GOP lead with Indies, and 307/293 can’t be much more than D+2 at max.

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  546. “Cuyahoga County has 1 day on ev and they are20% below 2008.”

    Where do you get this crap?

    Here’s the actual on Cuyahoga County:

    Cuyahoga Cnty 196,844 EVs cast, 35.9% of total 2008 votes,

    672,750 total 2008 votes, 39.5% were EVs

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  547. Even if the D +11 isn’t correct, if the Indy number is then Romney wins. Agree?

    Comment by Scooter Boy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  548. 546 was as of Nov 3

    Comment by jack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  549. Faith Hill may be a flaming lib but she is hot and can seriously sing.

    Comment by Bitterlaw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

  550. Does CNN hard weight their poll? Maybe they don’t, like Gallup.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

  551. 549- Way better legs than Hank Jr.

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

  552. Wouldn’t it have to be D+11 to get a tie when Romney leads indies by 22?

    Comment by Mark1971 — November 4, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  553. Tina, trying to call it as I see in Ohio….Mitt will win…I think all the Ohio posters except Jack agree…

    Comment by Csant — November 4, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  554. MNW – a good part of it was during Sandy I believe. Not sure though.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  555. Mfg did it ever occur to you that god finds the hall monitor to be annoying and a pest and doesn’t grant her wishes? I read her drivel everyday and it makes me question my views.

    Comment by Addisonst — November 4, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  556. If Rs leading indies by 22, how do they get a tie unless its very Dem heavy?

    Comment by Toledo Steve — November 4, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  557. Gallup swing state poll has Romney up among indies by only 1 point.

    Gallup swing state is ominous, imo. Maybe I’m missing something within this poll? I hope I am.

    Comment by mnw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  558. I give up…..is the CNN poll good news with a huge Dem oversample….is it good news because Romney up big with Independents or is all of this nonsense since its a Sunday poll in the midst of a huge hurrican recovery effort?

    Comment by hellbelly — November 4, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  559. “See page 30 of the CNN PDF.

    http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2012/images/11/04/top16.pdf

    it is page 29 not 30

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  560. NT and something bizarre just happened to this site.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  561. NumbersMuncher

    Romney increased lead with indies today in Rasmussen (+9) and WaPo trackers (+3). Leads w/ indies by 7 in NBC/WSJ and 22 in CNN nat’l polls.

    Comment by AuthorLMendez, Head Of The Projection Desk (O 247, R 206, T/U 85) — November 4, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  562. Jack, do a Google search and key in “Ohio Early Vote Google Doc” First link comes up will be the .pdf

    Comment by phoenixrisen — November 4, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  563. It is NOT a huge Dem oversample.

    Comment by MD — November 4, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  564. it also has obama leading 50 and older 50 to 48%

    Comment by lisab — November 4, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  565. Give it up, Jack. Your last post made no sense.

    Comment by Joe Six Pack — November 4, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  566. MD

    Gallup says exactly the oppisite: that it was all pre-Sandy, & that “Obama may have moved up a little” after the poll, due to Sandy.

    Everybody ought to read that Gallup carefully, imo.

    Comment by mnw — November 4, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  567. bitterlaw, Bing “faith hill no makeup”.

    Comment by AB — November 4, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  568. CNN poll is 41D/30R/29I

    Wow. lisab is correct. Page 29 of the .pdf.

    Comment by phoenixrisen — November 4, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  569. New thread

    Comment by Hugh — November 4, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  570. More thoughts on PEW. Comparing this O 48-45 PEW lead with O 45-49 PEW deficit 2 weeks ago. One thing seems off, ideology. Two weeks ago, O/R was 22-74 and now it is 22-73 for Conservatives. It went from O/R 56-36 to 56-35 for Moderates. It went from O/R 85-9 to 89-4 for Liberals. So Obama did gain on Liberals. But given Liberals form about 20% of the population was that enough for the topline to go from 45-49 to 48-45? I think not. Looking at the PEW poll two weeks ago, the CML (Conservative/Moderate/Liberal) breakdown was 46.3/35/18.7. This current poll the CML breakdown is 43.2/34.1/22.7.

    There is always the argument that if there is a shift toward Obama, that same switcher might as a result identify more with the Democrats so to attack the PEW Poll in DRI might not be fair. But ideology tends not to change and is much more stable in the USA over the last 30 years. It is hard to imagin someone saying to themselves, I now back Obama so I am a Liberal versus a Moderate. Certainly I find it hard to believe that over 3% of the population over 2 weeks will switch their ideology. I am not saying the PEW poll is wrong, I am saying it is inconsistent with its poll 2 weeks ago. Both cannot be accurate.

    The last known Gallup breakdown by ideology was CML 46/32/20 in May 2012. That was general population so LV might be more skewed toward Conservatives. Anyhow, Gallup’s numbers seems to imply the PEW poll two weeks ago are closer on getting the ideology balance correct. But one never know. There might be a surge of Liberal voters next tuesday.

    Comment by jaichind — November 4, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  571. Prayer couldn’t hurt Add

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

  572. #526 Let me try to reverse engineer the DRI with the poll data:

    According to the actual poll-

    Romney leads 99-1 with the GOP
    O leads 93-5 with dems
    Romney leads 59-37 with Indies.

    I will make two simplifying assumptions based on the above data:

    1. I will assume that 100% of the GOP sample goes Romney (makes the math easier). By the same token I will assume that Obama gets 95-5 Dems (again to make the math easier)

    2. I will assume that the D+R+I is 100% (I am ignoring third party results)

    By making this assumptions I am also assuming that virtually all undecided voters are Indies (which seems reasonable to me).

    When I crank the algebra I get a possible DRI of: 32D/18R/50I or D+14.

    Given my assumptions, I think Numbermuncher is right! He may be understating it in fact.

    -Polaris

    Comment by Polaris — November 4, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

  573. Note on the CNN poll that Mitt’s numbers are improving from previous CNN polls

    So the relative movement is for Mitt

    Comment by RickPerrysParakeet — November 4, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

  574. The reason to be elated by the CNN poll are dates it was taken, R, F, and Sat. More reliable although R is still an unreliable day.

    Comment by bio mom — November 4, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

  575. “Where is OHIO JOE. Didn’t he have access to internals?” Mr. Romney’s is down to about 2.5 points in Ohio instead of 4 according to GOP internal polling.

    Comment by OHIO JOE — November 4, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

  576. PPP says Obama wins Virginia by 5 – 52/47.

    Say what you like about Jensen, the dude has balls the size of beachballs. He’s basically put his entire firm’s credibility on the line.

    I firmly believe he’s wrong, but you have to give him some credit for the commercial risk he’s taking.

    Comment by John in Ireland — November 4, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

  577. MI and PA are tied, but O has a chance of winning?

    You guys must be smokin some good crack!

    Comment by Ron Burgundy — November 4, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

  578. Polaris, what do you make of that “massive” early/absentee vote for Dems in Chicago. I looked at Illinois Review, and my gosh, if this is true, might be a sign of a virtual landslide victory for Romney.

    Illinois GOP is claiming an enormous 85% drop in Chicago absentee requests.

    Comment by Eric Dondero — November 4, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

  579. All of us would have liked to see Romney with comfortable leads in the latest polls, but did we really expect it? Fake momentum and partisan polls represent chapters one and two in the liberal playbook. Let’s wait for the votes to be cpunted.

    Polls aside, my area of PA has never looked so red. Crowds of 30,000? Early vote rotals? Mitt’s demeanor? The disconnect can’t be ignored.

    Comment by keystone — November 4, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

  580. Interesting comments. One thing a lot of people here seem to be missing is that a lot of Tea Party supporters have switched from self identifying as Republicans to self identifying as Independents. That’s why most pollsters are showing a Democratic edge but also showing Romney way up with independents. Independents just now include a lot more people who are really Republicans than they did in 2008. Pollsters aren’t weighting “like it’s 2008″ because legitimate pollsters don’t weight for party ID since it’s mutable. They only weight by things that can’t be changed like age, sex, race, etc. The party IDs just fall as they may. Dem percentages are off from 2008 but Rep percentages are off even more since so many now ID as indys. Likewise EV results should surprise no one – Obama clearly isn’t going to win by 7% this year, more like 2%, so of course his numbers are down. Enjoy election day – always great to see democracy at work!

    Comment by GSOBadger — November 4, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

  581. There are a lot of SERIOUSLY deluded people posting here.

    Unless a majority of the state-wide polls are skewed by about 2% or more towards Obama, his chances of winning are now somewhere between 98% and 99.9%, depending on the assumptions you make about movement between now and Tuesday. (If you think the movement may be as large as anything seen in previous elections, the odds are 98%. If you think the movement will be a regression to the historical trend for this election cycle, the odds are 99.9%.)

    But of course to believe that you need to have some connection to reality, statistics and simple math, which is apparently in short supply around here.

    Comment by JimCA — November 5, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  582. I might add that no poll aggregator has even once, for even one second, had Romney in the lead for this entire election cycle, let alone up to 270 EV’s.

    Meanwhile, Obama has consistently ranged from about 281 to 347 EV’s.

    Do people here think things will magically change in Romney’s direction during the last two days, after half the votes have already been cast?

    Comment by JimCA — November 5, 2012 @ 1:57 am

  583. Just read the fivethirtyeight blog and weep!

    Comment by Maria — November 5, 2012 @ 6:28 am

  584. When Obama wins, it will be fun to watch the pisspants Republicans’ heads explode. They are the worst sore losers in history.

    Their four-year tantrum will go on to a record breaking eight years.

    Oh, and gun sales will go up, as they always do when a Democrat wins. What a bunch of cowering losers.

    Comment by Jeff — November 5, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  585. GSOBadger, pollsters don’t get their numbers from which party people identify themselves with. They get them from asking who they intend to vote for. I’m a registered Republican, but I voted for Obama, and may never vote Republican again.

    Comment by Jeff — November 5, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

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