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2:45 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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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:
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  —  New York Times polling guru Nate Silver told Stephen Colbert on Monday just what he thinks of political pundits.  More than a few commentators have attacked Silver's FiveThirtyEight election forecast for giving President Obama high odds in the lead-up to Election Day.
CNN:
CNN to Display Electoral Results Atop Empire State Building  —  Empire State Building to Utilize Brand New Lighting Technology  —  CNN will join forces Tuesday evening with the Empire State Building to display to New Yorkers and the network's viewers in the United States and around the world the results of the presidential election.
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Jeff Kepnes / CNN:
CNN takes over the Empire State Building for election night results
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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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?
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.
Zachary Roth / msnbc.com:
Machine turns vote for Obama into one for Romney  —  A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed.  —  The video was first posted on Youtube by user “centralpavoter.”
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 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.
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 Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
McMahon dresses her city workers like Murphy supporters  —  The U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Linda McMahon outfitted its urban poll standers today in purple T-shirts styled after those worn by SEIU, the liberal union that is backing Democrat Chris Murphy.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Chris Matthews Goes On Obnoxious Rant Against ‘Idiots’ Who Vote Third Party Or Stay Home  —  Are you one of the many voters who feels disillusioned with the two-party system and wants to make your single, solitary voice heard by voting for a third party candidate who is possibly more aligned with your own viewpoints?
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
David Frum / CNN:
America's voting system is a disgrace  —  Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is the author of seven books, including a new novel, “Patriots,” and was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002.
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.
 
 
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Spiegel Online:
America Has Already Lost Tuesday's Election
Discussion: Via Meadia and normblog
Tom Engelhardt / BillMoyers.com:
Tom Engelhardt on Supersized Politics in the 2012 Election
Bloomberg:
When Zombies Invade, Who Do You Want for President?
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Spite and revenge is the new hope and change
Discussion: Hot Air and GayPatriot
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
 Earlier Items: 
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
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The Huffington Post:
Biden casts vote, says 'it's always a kick'
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Booman Tribune
Politico:
Why 2012 turned small
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