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2:05 PM ET, November 6, 2012

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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Are the Democrats Trying to Steal Pennsylvania?  [Updated]  —  It is being reported that Democratic Party operatives are evicting court-appointed Republican poll watchers from polling places in Philadelphia.  Specifically, this reportedly has happened in Ward 32, Div 13; Ward 43, Div 14 …
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Fox News:
Judge issuing order to reinstate booted Philadelphia election officials, Republicans say  —  A Pennsylvania judge is issuing an order to reinstate Republican election officials across Philadelphia who allegedly were ejected or refused entry by on-site Democratic voting chief judges, GOP officials tell Fox News.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Mural in Philadelphia Polling Place  —  Here's a picture of an Obama mural at a Philadelphia polling place: … The exact location is the 35th ward-D18 Franklin School.  —  UPDATE: A judge has reportedly ordered the mural to be covered up:
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Philly GOP: Poll inspectors being ousted for Dems … Court-appointed Republican poll inspectors are being forcibly removed from voting stations in some Philadelphia wards and replaced in some cases by Democratic inspectors and even members of the Black Panthers, according to GOP officials.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nov. 5: Late Poll Gains for Obama Leave Romney With Longer Odds  —  Mitt Romney has always had difficulty drawing a winning Electoral College hand.  Even during his best period of polling, in the week or two after the first presidential debate in Denver, he never quite pulled ahead …
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David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Nate Silver Would Rather Vote For Ebola Than Political Pundits
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
If You Want to Stay out of Jail, Don't Instagram Your Ballot  —  A not-so-surprising thing happened this morning: My Instagram feed morphed from photos of dogs, kids, fancy coffees and food porn into a stream of people's voting ballots.  —  Photo courtesy of Instagram.
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ProPublica:
Why It May Be Illegal to Instagram Your Ballot  —  Proud voters are already posting photos of their ballots on Instagram—sometimes with the names of their chosen candidates filled in.  But before you snap a shot of your vote, you might want to check your state laws.
Election / BREITBART.COM:
DETROIT POLLS: OBAMA CAMPAIGNER PUNCHES VOTER IN FACE  —  REPORT: A woman in a Detroit polling location was aggressively campaigning for Obama.  A female voter in line objected.  The Obama supporter punched the woman in the face.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Mitt's key to victory  —  What pollsters aren't blaring  —  If Mitt Romney wins tonight, it'll likely be because of something revealed by a little-noticed statistic released yesterday by the polling firm Rasmussen — following a similar statistic last week from Gallup.
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Toby Harnden / Daily Mail:
Exclusive: Romney up ONE POINT in Ohio and TIED in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according …
Michael Van Sickler / Tampa Bay Times:
Hundreds of Pinellas voters get robocall from supervisor of elections saying Election Day is Wednesday  —  ST. PETERSBURG — An hour after polls opened Tuesday morning, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office mistakenly placed hundreds — possibly thousands …
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
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Tom Blumer / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Will Someone in the Press Prematurely Project Obama the Winner Based on Dem-Dominated 31-State Exit Polls?
Melissa Hayes / NorthJersey.com:
Christie: Hug from Bruce made me weep  —  After days touring the devastation at the Jersey Shore and across New Jersey, Governor Christie said there was a highlight to his emotional week: Finally getting the chance to talk to Bruce Springsteen, his music idol.
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Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Chris Christie Denied Mitt Romney Request To Appear At Campaign Event Days Ahead Of 2012 Election
James Hohmann / Politico:
Battleground Tracking Poll: Dead heat  —  BOSTON—The presidential race is tied going into Election Day.  —  The final POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — conducted Sunday and Monday — shows Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama each claiming 47 percent nationally.
SEIU.org:
Evidence Suggests PA GOP Poll Watchers Systematically Targeting African American Precincts  —  WASHINGTON, DC - After receiving information indicating that the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Pittsburgh Tea Party may be systematically sending poll watchers to predominantly African American precincts …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A CBS News Obama-Libya scandal?  Certainly.  —  Oct. 17.  That's the date on which President Obama's position on the Benghazi, Libya, attack peaked as a national issue.  The night before, in a town hall debate moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley, the president made a spectacle of noting …
Mike Gorrell / Salt Lake Tribune:
Revised poll: Crockett-McAdams race is a virtual tie  —  Elections  • 4th District's new poll numbers also shrink Love's lead over Matheson.  —  The Salt Lake County mayoral race between Republican Mark Crockett and Democrat Ben McAdams is almost dead even, much closer than the 10-point lead …
Jason Howerton / TheBlaze.com:
CHICAGO SOURCE TELLS AUTHOR BRAD THOR: OBAMA CAMPAIGN PLANNING TO PROCLAIM EARLY VICTORY TO ‘DEMORALIZE ROMNEY SUPPORTERS’  —  New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor, based in Chicago, tells TheBlaze that the Obama campaign may be planning to preemptively announce victory …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Election Judge Wears Obama Cap While Checking in Voters in Obama's Chicago Ward  —  Here's a photo of an election judge checking in voters in Barack Obama's Chicago ward—wearing an Obama baseball cap:  —  “This photo, taken by a voter this morning at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Mitt Romney Is Running Out of Time  —  Pulling up in the press bus onto the grounds of Stony Brook Farm in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, you couldn't help but be struck by the size and sweep of the crowd awaiting Mitt Romney.  At least 25,000 strong — 30k-plus if you believed the campaign …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Romney up 92K in OH early voting?  Update: Gannett pulls link; Update: EV up 14% in 2008 McCain counties, down in Obama counties; Update: Gannett “regrets the error”  —  Update: The data is still up at the Gannett site, but they've pulled the link from the front page.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Joseph / Plunderbund:
[UPDATED] True The Vote Forged Signatures To Get Observers At Ohio Polls  —  Yesterday we reported that True the Vote was attempting to place observers at precincts in Central Ohio, focusing on African American districts.  We also noted that there might be some problems with the forms …
Discussion: Business Insider
NRO Symposium / National Review:
Election Crystal Ball  —  ROBERT ALT  —  Ohio has been evenly divided for so long that it is hard to remember a time when we were not in this interminable election season or when Ohio was not “in play” or tied.  But fortune favors the bold, and momentum and a faltering economy favor the challenger.
Discussion: VoteSeeing and Booman Tribune
Max Read / Gawker:
An Expert Weighs in on That Viral Reddit ‘Voter Fraud’ Video  —  When we asked people to share their stories of voting irregularity earlier today, dozens of people shared this video — currently on the Reddit front page with nearly 20,000 up-votes — of a Pennsylvania voting machine seemingly altering a man's vote from Obama to Romney.
Politico:
Why 2012 turned small  —  The 2012 election is over at last, and its supporting cast—a complex of operatives and reporters, locked in an embrace of mutual need and mutual contempt, an audience of millions, at once transfixed and repelled—is gasping at the finish line, collapsed in a heap.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Chrysler gives workers day off to vote … The car company that attacked Mitt Romney for falsely claiming it was moving operations overseas is going a step further, ostensibly for President Obama.  —  Chrysler's vice president of design, Ralph Gilles, tweeted Tuesday that the company gave its entire work force the day off to vote.
Michael Walsh / National Review:
Crush Them  —  Conservatives have a rare opportunity tomorrow to do something they signally failed to do in the landslide elections of 1972 and 1984: finish the job.  Nixon's victory was vitiated by Watergate and quickly revenged by Woodward and Bernstein, leading to his replacement in 1974 by Jerry Ford …
 
 
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Bloomberg:
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Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Spite and revenge is the new hope and change
Discussion: Hot Air and GayPatriot
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Why Drones Stayed Out of Sight in the 2012 Campaign
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Ready for a Recount?  —  Suppose it's close, and suppose …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney votes ahead of last-minute Election Day visits to Ohio, Pa.
Discussion: CNN
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
GOP senators: Thousands of ballots unlikely to reach military voters in time
Discussion: Moonbattery
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Faces Obstacles in Regaining Senate Control
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: AMERICAblog and Taylor Marsh
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Egyptian Vigilantes Crack Down on Abuse of Women
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: No tax hike on top earners
Discussion: First Read
The Huffington Post:
Biden casts vote, says 'it's always a kick'
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Booman Tribune
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
Briton Killed in China Had Spy Links
Discussion: Guardian and Telegraph
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Dixville Notch Election Results 2012: Obama And Romney Tie, 5 Votes Apiece
 

 
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