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10:00 AM ET, November 4, 2008

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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
First town weighs in on election at midnight  —  (CNN) — The first wave of election returns won't flow in until 7 p.m. ET Tuesday night, but the results in one precinct will be known much sooner.  —  Dixville Notch, a village in New Hampshire's northeast corner, will begin voting at the stroke …
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CNN:
Dixville Notch has spoken: It's Obama in a landslide  —  DIXVILLE NOTCH, New Hampshire (CNN) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama emerged victorious in the first election returns of the 2008 presidential race, winning 15 of 21 votes cast in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.
Glenn Adams / Associated Press:
Obama wins in earliest vote in tiny Dixville, NH  —  DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Barack Obama came up a big winner in the presidential race in Dixville Notch and Hart's Location, N.H., where tradition of having the first Election Day ballots tallied lives on.
Matthew Borghese / All Headline News:
First Votes In As New Hampshire Town Picks Barack Obama
Discussion: Reason and Broadband Politics
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
Networks May Call Race Before Voting Is Complete  —  At least one broadcast network and one Web site said Monday that they could foresee signaling to viewers early Tuesday evening which candidate appeared to have won the presidency, despite the unreliability of some early exit polls in the last presidential election.
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The Campaign Spot:
Something Else To Keep in Mind When You Hear Leaked Exit Poll Results Tomorrow...  We all remember how far off the exit polls were in 2004.  —  But we don't recall how far off some of the leaked exit poll results were in 2006.  In the races were expected blowouts — Ohio, Pennsylvania …
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
A Repeat of 2004 Philly Voter Chaos, Fraud  —  GOP Election Board members have been tossed out of polling stations in at least half a dozen polling stations in Philadelphia because of their party status.  —  A Pennsylvania judge previously ruled that court-appointed poll watchers …
Discussion: YID With LID and Wizbang
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John / Power Line:   VOTER FRAUD UNDERWAY IN PHILADELPHIA
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Palin Aides Release Her Medical History  —  RENO, Nev. — Gov. Sarah Palin, 44, is in excellent health and has had no major medical problems, according to a two-page, seven-paragraph letter by her doctor released late Monday night.  —  The letter is the first information the Palin campaign has provided about her medical history.
Discussion: Political Machine
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Palin's Doctor Writes
Associated Press:
Palin's doctor says she is in ‘excellent health’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
We Could Be In for a Lurch to the Left  —  A President Obama would not face the same constraints as his Democratic predecessors.  —  There's an old saying that politics in America is played between the 40 yard lines.  What this means, for those unfamiliar with football, is that we're a centrist country …
Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: FOX News Reports McCain Camp VERY OPTIMISTIC!  (Video)  —  Breaking: FOX News is reporting that...  The McCain Campaign is VERY OPTIMISTIC with the latest developments.  —  Carl Cameron who is traveling with the McCain Campaign says John McCain is the most optimistic as he has been in 14 years!
Reihan Salam / Forbes:
What If McCain Wins?  —  A John McCain victory would represent an almost miraculous comeback.  But is miraculous the right word?  I'm in Austin, Texas, right now, a lefty enclave in the heart of Republican Texas, and I sense that many of my Barack Obama-supporting friends would consider …
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
New Troopergate report clears Palin  —  A new report just released — hours before the polls open on Election Day — exonerates Gov. Sarah Palin in the Troopergate controversy.  —  The state Personnel Board-sanctioned investigation is the second into whether Palin violated state ethics law …
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Associated Press:   Palin Cleared of Ethics Charges
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
As China's Losses Mount, Confidence Turns to Fear  —  Officials Use Bailouts to Forestall Unrest  —  SHENZHEN, China — When Chong Yik Toy Co. went bankrupt, the bosses fled without meeting their payroll and angry workers took to the streets in protest.  Less than 72 hours later, the local government came to the rescue.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 11/3 (PM Edition)  —  With fewer than six hours until voting begins in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, the national polling picture has cleared up considerably.  Barack Obama is on the verge of a victory, perhaps a decisive victory, in the race for the White House.
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Michael Crowley / The New Republic:   Of Margins and Landslides  —  With the final national polls …
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
On the Road: Atlanta, Georgia  —  “I got dog-tired beyond Macon and woke up Dean to resume.  We got out of the car for air and suddenly both of us were stoned with joy to realize that in the darkness all around us was fragrant green grass and the smell of fresh manure and warm waters. ”
John McCain / Wall Street Journal:
What We're Fighting For  —  Protectionism and tax hikes are wrong for the economy.  —  The presidential election occurs at a pivotal moment.  Our nation is fighting two wars abroad, suffers from the greatest global financial crisis since the Great Depression, and is facing a painful recession.
John Harwood / New York Times:
Level of White Support for Obama a Surprise  —  If Tuesday's election were confined to white America, polls show, Senator Barack Obama would lose.  —  And yet Mr. Obama's strength across racial lines lies at the heart of his lead in the polls over Senator John McCain heading into Election Day.
Little Green Footballs:
Columbia Univ. Director Replies to Request for Khalidi Tape: ‘Yeah, Right ... Loser’  —  An LGF reader contacted Columbia University (and a lot of other potential sources, including the LA Times) with a polite request that they help release the tape of Rashid Khalidi with Barack Obama …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Say Anything
Eli Sanders / Slog:
Will Madelyn Dunham's Vote Count?  —  I was talking with a coworker earlier today about how sad it was for Barack Obama's grandmother to have died on the day before the election.  My coworker took the sadness one step further, wondering if Madelyn Dunham's vote (she voted by early absentee ballot) would now not be counted.
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Date With Scarcity  —  Nov. 4, 2008, is a historic day because it marks the end of an economic era, a political era and a generational era all at once.  —  Economically, it marks the end of the Long Boom, which began in 1983.  Politically, it probably marks the end of conservative dominance, which began in 1980.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Beyond Election Day  —  Conservative commentators had a lot of fun mocking Barack Obama's use of the phrase, “the fierce urgency of now.”  —  Noting that it had originated with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Senator Obama made it a cornerstone of his early campaign speeches.
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Update on the Murtha Race  —  Just spoke to a source close to the William Russell campaign on the ground in Pennsylvania, and here's what he had to say about the status of the Murtha/Russell race:  — The Russell campaign's internal polls had them tied(!) at 46 percent Saturday night.
Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Final: Obama in Double-Digit Lead, 54% to 43%  —  UTICA, New York - Democrat Barack Obama has increased his lead to 11.4 points over Republican John McCain in the latest Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby daily tracking poll — up from a 7.1 point advantage in yesterday's report.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 
 
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