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Afternoon Florida Round-Up

  • Nov. 4th, 2008 at 2:04 PM
It's just past 2:00 here in Florida, and there are still no major election snafus to report. I'm sure there are plenty of other Floridians crossing their fingers and hoping to avoid a 2000 recount redux. So far, so good!

Here's a round-up of voting updates from around the state.

In south Florida, polls are busy, but the Miami Herald reports that 1 in 4 voters have already cast their ballots.

Tampa Bay Online is reporting heavy turn-out, and Tampa's Fox affiliate has provided a place for area voters to report problems.

In Orlando, the Sentinel is reporting some long lines, as well as voters arriving at the polls only to find that their polling place has been changed.

Things appear to be going smoothly in the Jacksonville area.

Finally, in Tallahassee, the biggest challenge appears to be that white-collar curse, the paper jam.

In Election Day polling, fivethirtyeight.com now gives Obama a 73% chance of taking Florida, while Real Clear Politics is still showing Obama with a 1.8 point advantage.



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credendovides wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Do be clear, fivethirtyeight.com's percent isn't directly related to the polling advantage. It is a statistic of how many times their simulation gave the state to Obama. The simulation is, of course, based on past history and current polling.
jaboobyville wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Good point. That's not a poll number, it's a probability that's created by a simulation that accounts for lots of polling data. I found it noteworthy, because it moved from 67% Obama to 73% Obama today.
zeitgeistbuzz wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Looks Like Republican Spin Cycle Is All Washed Up
One of the highlight’s of McCain’s convention speech included the gem, “Washington isn’t for the special insiders or moneyed lobbyists.”
Yeah? So what were you doing there, Senator McCain, for your entire legislative career? You are a Washington insider, Senator McCain, the darling of the lobbyists, and your voting record reflects this…never mind your address! You really think getting elected is just a matter of pretending to be from out of town?
Bush ran this country into the ground…so it’s all gonna be o.k. if we vote for McCain? The guy whose voting record supported everything Bush did on economics and foreign policy? McCain himself, when pressed, admits that he supported every move Bush made. Some “maverick”: he’s Bush’s anointed, endorsed successor. Of course, a real maverick would have refused the endorsement.
McCain is endorsed by Bush, approves of Bush’s policies, and is a staunch Republican. But elect McCain and Things Will Be Different, Honey? Excuse me? What, it’s been a fun ride with Bush and we’d really like to try it with the next chip off the ol’ Republican block? No, thank you. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and currently, the Republican tree has a lot of rotten economic apples. If you want change, pick a different tree.
And for those who feel that Sarah Palin somehow negates all the McCain-Bush Baggage, think again. We gave undue weight to the choice of V.P. with Bush, and ended up with Vice President Cheney running “Vietnam: The Sequel”. Oh, joy. Sarah Palin is the same old approach the Republican Party took with Colin Powell. “Look, look, we have the right face in the right place!” Never mind they’re selling the same old crap.
If you want things to improve, vote for a real change. Not the same old Republican laundry detergent in a new label. Spin cycle, anyone?
celtickath wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm in Atlanta & spent about an hour calling Miami. Many had already voted. Thanks for the update!
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