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11:00 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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   And so it begins...  Re Dixville Notch, several readers point …
Matthew Borghese / All Headline News:
First Votes In As New Hampshire Town Picks Barack Obama
Discussion: Reason and Broadband Politics
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 …
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John / Power Line:
VOTER FRAUD UNDERWAY IN PHILADELPHIA  —  It's a time-honored tradition in some Philadelphia precincts: commandeer the premises and start running ballots through the machines, voting for Democrats.  It's happening again this year.  Amanda Carpenter reports:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Doctor Writes  —  I'll let AP tell the story: … We have been given no actual records of the last pregnancy, or any reccords at all, although we are told by the elusive Dr. Catherine Baldwin-Johnson that labor was at 35 weeks - not as premature as previously believed …
Discussion: PoliGazette
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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
Associated Press:
Palin's doctor says she is in ‘excellent health’
Discussion: The Raw Story
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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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 …
Political Punch:
Among the Other Voters  —  CHICAGO, Ill. — Among the other voters who have shown up to vote at Shoesmith Elementary School this morning, where Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will vote: Louis Farrakhan and William Ayers.  —  Seriously.  —  Welcome to the South Side of Chicago.  — jpt
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.
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Zogby:
Reuters/Zogby Battleground 8-State Surveys: Obama Holds On in GOP Territory
Discussion: MyDD
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.
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
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!
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. ”
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Wisdom According to Bill Murray (Movies)  —  Longtime readers (as opposed to phonetically challenged readers who take a long time to read) know that I am a big fan of Groundhog Day.  Well, it's become something of a cliché this year to compare the election to Groundhog Day …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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.
John Tierney / New York Times:
Basics |  Obama and McCain Walk Into a Bar ...  While Americans choose their next president, let us consider a question more amenable to science: Which candidate's supporters have a better sense of humor?  In strict accordance with experimental protocol, we begin by asking you to rate …
Discussion: The Corner and Don Surber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Joementum  —  Kevin Drum on the final days of McCainism: … It's fascinating to me how McCain, who spent so much of 1999-2005 at loggerheads with elements of the conservative base, keeps forgetting the distinction between things that make the base excited and things that help his campaign.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Kevin Drum
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.
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 …
John Carney / Clusterstock:
Fed Hires Bear Stearns Risk Boss  —  In a move that is sure to put to rest the notion that there are no second acts in American life, former Bear Stearns chief risk officer Michael Alix has landed a job in the office of the Federal Reserve charged with assessing the safety and soundness of domestic banking institutions.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
 
 
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Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
HAPPY ELECTION DAY: Now get out and VOTE!  —  UPDATE …
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