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5:30 PM ET, November 2, 2010

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Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Coons Camp Expresses Turnout Worries  —  Most polls have predicted that the closely watched Delaware Senate race between Democrat Chris Coons and Republican tea-party favorite Christine O'Donnell was going to be anything but close.  One poll last week had Mr. Coons up by 10 points …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Delaware Dems claim GOP intimidation by O'Donnell backers, worry over turnout  —  This, as the campaign of Democrat Chris Coons e-mails supporters expressing concerns over turnout levels in the Democratic bastion of New Castle County.  —  In an e-mail to supporters early Tuesday afternoon …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
O'Donnell receives most coverage of 2010 candidates  —  Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell didn't get too much national media coverage before upsetting the Republican establishment and winning the Delaware primary in September.  But since then, O'Donnell's been all over the news …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record Midterm Enthusiasm as Voters Head to Polls  —  Republican enthusiasm exceeds that for either party in prior midterm election years  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' enthusiasm about voting exceeds the recent midterm election high set four years ago, with 50% of Americans and 53% …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Final Gallup enthusiasm gap: nineteen points
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Can't Blame the Economy
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
DNC election day talking points
Daniel Davies / Standpoint:
Rushdie on Jon Stewart  —  In my previous post about Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam I quoted Salman Rushdie's surprise that Jon Stewart had given a starring role at his “Rally for Sanity” to a crooner who had previously opined that Rushdie deserved to die for deciding of his own free will to abandon Islam and criticise its texts.
MyFox Philadelphia:
New Black Panther Seen At Polling Place  —  No Voter Intimidation Reported Tuesday At Poll  —  PHILADELPHIA - Fox 29 News spotted Tuesday a member of the New Black Panther Party standing outside of a local polling place where voter intimidation was reported two years ago.
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
U.S. is not greatest country ever  —  When foreign car companies started opening factories in the United States, back in the 1980s, it seemed like an act of obeisance.  The plants didn't make economic sense — Americans had to be paid so much more — but this was a tactful bit of tribute to Empire Central.
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The Politico:
U.S. is not greatest country ever
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Wall Street Journal:
Pressure Builds on Obama to Shake Up Inner Circle  —  Some high-level Democrats are calling for President Barack Obama to remake his inner circle or even fire top advisers in response to what many party strategists expect to be a decisive defeat on Tuesday.  —  Tensions have come to the surface …
Elizabeth Crum / National Review:
Collusion: Harrah's Bosses Put Squeeze on Employees to Vote Reid  —  Internal emails obtained from Harrah's in Las Vegas show the casino company's executives scrambling to push company employees to early vote in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign.
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Ezra Klein / The Plum Line:
ABC News pulls plug on Andrew Breitbart  —  ABC News sends over the letter that Andrew Morse, the chief of their digital division, has sent to Andrew Breitbart, pulling the plug on their much-discussed, widely-parsed-over invitation for him to join in their election night coverage:
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
What I'm Hearing: Absolutely Nothing  —  Like many of you, I'm reading the collected anecdotes of high turnout in Democratic urban areas, and then the inevitable stories about said turnout anecdotes from Democratic-leaning publications, and then the Tweets, and then more stories, etc.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Awl
Washington Post:
Companies may have to make amends after midterm elections  —  Republicans have a message for the businesses that worked closely with the Obama administration over the past two years on key controversial issues: We won't forget.  —  Take the case of Wal-Mart, the behemoth big-box retailer that liberals have long loved to hate.
Max Read / Gawker:
'John Boehner: Stop Using My Dad's Name as a Punchline, You Asshat.'  —  Republican House minority leader John Boehner has been using a dumb—trust me, really dumb—line involving Johnny Cash in some recent speeches.  Cash's daughter Roseanne doesn't think much of that.  And she let Boehner know, by calling him “asshat.”
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Paul Krugman:
Focus Hocus Pocus  —  If there's one piece of conventional pundit wisdom that annoys me most, it's the constant refrain that Obama was wrong to pursue health care, that he should have focused on the economy instead.  —  For the question people saying this never answer is, what would that focus have consisted of?
Ezra Klein:
What will a GOP win mean for health-care reform?  —  The question is not whether Republicans want to repeal the health-care overhaul.  They do.  “We offer a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care,” reads the 2010 Republican Agenda.  —  The question is whether they'll succeed.
KRWF:
Crow Wing Co. Authorities Investigate Allegations of Voter Fraud Involving Mentally Disabled  —  BRAINERD, Minn. - Authorities in Crow Wing County are investigating possible voter fraud involving people with mental disabilities.  —  An affidavit, filed Monday by Brainerd resident Montgomery Jensen …
Mytheos Holt / National Review:
Remember 2008...  When all those nauseating, over-produced faux-musical Obama ads came out?  Well, someone noticed a few discrepancies between what those slick ads promised and what actually happened in the intervening few years and pointed them out in this highly amusing video parody:
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Second Marriage  —  The heavens rejoiced.  Two years ago as Democrats cruised to power, Washingtonians felt a jolt of electricity in the air.  News organizations published picture books celebrating the dawning of a new age.  I distinctly remember seeing angels and cherubs drunk at the bar …
Michael O'Brien / Ballot Box:
Endangered Democrat: 'Turnout isn't where we need it to be'  —  A key endangered Democratic incumbent admitted Tuesday that “turnout isn't where we need it to be” if he's to win reelection.  —  Rep. Steve Kagen's (D-Wis.) campaign manager e-mailed supporters to warn them that turnout numbers …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
‘Mr. McMahon’ Discovers Linda's $50 Million Senate Campaign In WWE Sketch (VIDEO)  —  World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon starred Monday night in a comedy sketch on WWE about the political campaign of his wife and business partner Linda McMahon, the Republican nominee for Senator from Connecticut.
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Kansas Voters Report Callers Telling Them They Need Proof Of Home Ownership To Vote  —  The Kansas attorney general has opened an investigation into reports that voters across Kansas have received calls giving them a slew of false information about the election: That the election has been moved to Wednesday …
Discussion: Colorlines
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Perriello office vandalized  —  Rep. Tom Perriello's Charlottesville, Va., office was vandalized last night — and the vandal posted a sign for the Democrat's opponent, Republican Robert Hurt, outside the building.  —  The office was unoccupied early in the morning, between the hours of 2 …
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Harold Ford Says Obama's Lesson From Midterms If GOP Win Should Be To ‘Extend The Bush Tax Cuts’  —  Democratic Leadership Council chairman Harold Ford was on MSNBC this afternoon discussing today's midterm elections and the implications for Democrats and President Obama should Republicans take control of one or both houses of Congress.
Discussion: Wonk Room
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cornyn: GOP would ‘welcome’ party switch by Joe Lieberman  —  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Senate Republicans would “welcome” any Democrats who wish to switch parties and caucus with the GOP.  —  Cornyn, the head of Senate Republicans' campaign efforts, floated the possibility …
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Midterms 2010: Americans aren't stupid - but they are angry with Barack Obama  —  Today's mid-term elections will highlight the divide between Barack Obama's big government and disaffected voters, says Toby Harnden.  —  It has been easy this year to present the American mid-term elections …
CEPR:
Deficit Commission Plots to Overhaul Social Security Behind Voters' Backs  —  That is what the NYT reported today, although it used somewhat different language.  It told readers that:  —  “The group, which has a Dec. 1 deadline for recommending how to reduce the annual deficits swelling the federal debt …
Discussion: New York Times and Firedoglake
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Special “Ultimate Predictions” Edition!  —  1. Intro.  I have to say that I am of two minds about this midterm election.  On the one hand, it is great to see the Republican party in resurgence.  And not just in terms of raw politics: The Tea Party movement has given the GOP …
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
Crazed Democrats in Virginia attack opponents, throw signs  —  If you thought negative campaign ads were a problem in this election, perhaps you haven't spent enough time in Virginia's 5th district.  This video depicts two men unleashing a string of racial epithets at members of Americans for Prosperity, who took the video.
Ezra Klein:
The end of the ‘do-something’ Congress  —  Republicans will probably win the House today.  They might win the Senate, too.  But either way, the brief moment in which Democrats not only controlled Congress, but held enough seats to do big things, is over.  And it'll end in defeat.  —  Actually, scratchthat.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Freemangate, cont'd  —  A series of e-mails provided to POLITICO by three Republican campaigns show a consultant to B.J. Lawson, in at least one case, offering the recorded voice of actor Morgan Freeman to a state Senate campaign in New York.  —  Lawson's claim that Freeman had recorded …
Discussion: TPMDC and The Big Picture
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Voting  —  Concerning my trip to the polls this morning, a few observations (remember how WFB would begin a column that way?):  —  1) I guess that, if I live to 112, I will always have the same memory, when waiting to cast my ballot.  It is of the first time I voted.  I was a freshman in college.
Discussion: alicublog
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Obi-Wan's Election Day Assessment: 'We Haven't Seen This Before.'  —  Jim: It's Election Day.  Your final thoughts before the polls close?  —  Obi-Wan Kenobi: This evening will resolve one of the starkest Election Day anomalies ever seen, an anomaly brought on by an astounding, indeed historic …
Vanity Fair:
Cher on Chaz, Sonny, and Staying in the Spotlight  —  Cher tells Vanity Fair West Coast editor Krista Smith that she can't believe “Sonny and I still aren't in the [Rock and Roll] Hall of Fame, and it just seems kind of rude.  Sonny was a good writer, and we started something that no one else was doing.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Official Election Predictions Post  —  When all the votes are counted, I think there'll be 232 House Republicans.  They'll be joined by 49 Senate Republicans, which is going to set off an interesting frenzy of efforts to entice Senators Nelson, Lieberman, Landrieu, and Pryor to switch parties …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Early Reports Point To High Voter Turnout In Urban Areas
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
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