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12:20 PM ET, November 4, 2008

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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 Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Milwaukee Puts a Vote-Fraud Cop Out of Business  —  Local Democrats don't take the issue seriously.  —  Last week Mike Sandvick, head of the Milwaukee Police Department's five-man Special Investigative Unit, was told by superiors not to send anyone to polling places on Election Day.
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:
Discussion: Campaign Silo and TBogg
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.
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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 …
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 …
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...
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Ten Reasons Why You Should Ignore Exit Polls
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Marist Poll:
Battle for the White House: The Final National Poll  —  This Marist Poll reports:  —  · The End of the Road...Obama Leads McCain by 9 Percentage Points Nationally Going Into Today's Election: The campaign trail comes to an end today for Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain.
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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 …
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Palin Aides Release Her Medical History
Discussion: Political Machine
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 …
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Election Night Guide (Popcorn Included)
Discussion: Althouse and TVNewser
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
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.
HillBuzz:
WARNING: this is how Election Day is going to go down.  Do not get sucked in, Eeyores!  —  We don't want to beat a dead horse here (or, donkey, as the case may be), but we need to remind you all, once more, not to be Eeyores today.  —  The Obamedia is going to do to you what they did to …
Discussion: Nice Deb and Yourish.com
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: JustOneMinute and Vodkapundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Turning out, everywhere  —  As far as I can figure out from my morning email, turnout is unprecedented everywhere, from Democratic enclaves in Northern Virginia to Florida to Central Pennsylvania.  Readers in both Republican and Democratic spots say the lines are longer than they were four years ago.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and marbury
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Schumer on Fox: Fairness Doctrine ‘fair and balanced’  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday defended the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an interview on Fox News, saying, “I think we should all be fair and balanced, don't you?”  —  Schumer's comments echo other Democrats' views …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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
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.
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. ”
Shtuey Shtuey / NO QUARTER:
McCain May Catch a Case of Pennsylvania  —  First, I want to address those supposed internal poll numbers that have McCain ahead in PA, MI, NJ and closing in on CA.  I have not been able to verify those numbers.  They could be true, they might not be.  I said back during the primaries …
Discussion: HillBuzz and Yourish.com
Christopher Stern / Bloomberg:
Obama Counts on Text Messages to Drive Turnout of Youth, Blacks  —  Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama's campaign is counting on a potent new weapon for Election Day: the humble cell-phone text message.  —  Texting — an obsession of the young and a necessity for lower-income voters …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
HAPPY ELECTION DAY: Now get out and VOTE!  —  UPDATE …
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
A New Kind of Pride  —  Whoever wins this election …
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