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Weekend Early Voting Edition



Samples of Today's 38 Diary Collection:

[TX-Sen] Paul Sadler TX Democrat for US Senate endorsed by Dallas Morning News Editorial Board by htowngenie - Democrat Paul Sadler has picked up an important endorsement. His opponent is Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz.

[NY-21] NY-21: Bill Owens Gaining Momentum in Re-Election Bid by Upstate Blue - Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) continues to gain momentum against tough opposition, despite having to run in more challenging terrain after this year's reapportionment.

[CA-Alameda Co.-Meas. A1] Alameda County Measure AI by tecolata - A diarist asks for further information on Alameda County's Measure A1, which would provide $5.5m a year in repairs and upgrades for the Oakland Zoo.


Today's EDR covers rescued down-ticket election diaries published between noon on October 18th till noon on October 19th. This edition of Election Diary Rescue includes the following gems dug up by our miners.

Diaries: (38)
Senate: (10) posts, (5) states
House: (9) posts, (6) states, (7) districts plus various
State: (1)
Ballot Initiatives: (1)
Various: (3)
General: (14)


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Senate

[AZ-Sen] Richard Carmona-AZ Senate tells moderator Brahm Resnik that he's “prettier” than CNN's Candy Crowley by YoungArizonaLiberal - News from the debate between Carmona (D) and Jeff Flake (R).

[CT-Sen] Linda McMahon blames the media for her not releasing Social Security plan by Joan McCarter - Linda McMahon (R) won't tell people about her policy plans, but Chris Murphy (D) will.

[CT-Sen] Murphy Wins Again in CT.Senate Debate,Making it 4 out of 4 by jfried - Summarizing, Murphy described McMahon’s approach as  “a right wing ideology that is not right for the state.”

[MA-Sen] UPDATE: Sign in MA: Obama Voters for Scott Brown! Brown paying homeless by paxpi - Brown (R) appears to be paying people to pretend to vote for him. Elizabeth Warren (D) doesn't need to do that.

[MA-Sen] Elizabeth Warren debates empty chair by abs0628 - Warren (D) has a well received debate, by herself, since Scott Brown (R) didn't feel like showing up.

[MA-Sen] MA-Sen: Brown supporter featured in ad calls Warren “douchebag” & Obama “Muslim faggot” by Brainwrap - Scott Brown (R) should watch who he asks to speak for him. Elizabeth Warren (D) is running against him.

[MA-Sen] Scott Brown's grossly exaggerated claim of having "served in Afghanistan" by SantaFeMarie - Brown (R) seems to have made a disingenuous claim. Elizabeth Warren (D) is his opponent.

[MA-Sen] Scott Brown supporter calls Elizabeth Warren 'douchebag,' Obama a 'Muslim' by Joan McCarter - Brown sure does keep some awfully questionable company. ActBlue link for Elizabeth Warren included.

[PA-Sen] PA-Sen: Bob Casey Jr.'s (D) Internal Poll Has Him Beating Tea Party Tom Smith (R) By 13 by poopdogcomedy - Casey has a big lead over Smith, according to his own figures.

[TX-Sen] Paul Sadler TX Democrat for US Senate endorsed by Dallas Morning News Editorial Board by htowngenie - Democrat Paul Sadler has picked up an important endorsement. His opponent is Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz.


House

[CA-03, CA-09] Westlands Dumps Thousands Into Defeating Pro-Delta Congressional Candidates by Dan Bacher - A review of FEC records has exposed an effort by the politically powerful Westlands Water District to replace the two pro-Delta representatives with anti-Delta ringers. Westlands is supporting Kim Vann (R) against John Garamendi (D) in district 3, Ricky Gill (R) against Jerry McNerney (D) in district 9.

[FL-26] He Shouldn't Be In Congress by Alan Grayson - A partial list of why David Rivera doesn't belong in Congress. ActBlue link for Joe Garcia and Alan Grayson included.

[IA-04] IA-04: Bill Clinton appearing in TV ad for Christine Vilsack! by pipsorcle - The Big Dog has some words to say in support of Vilsack (D), running against Steve King (R).

[IA-04] "Shoulders" - new ad for Christie Vilsack in IA-04 - u will want to watch by teacherken - Vilsack (D) has a new campaign ad out, in her bid to defeat Steve King (R).

[IL-08] Joe Walsh: No such thing as abortion for life or health of the mother by nilajean - Walsh (R) doesn't believe in abortion for any reason. Tammy Duckworth (D) is his opponent.

[IL-08] Rep. Joe Walsh: Of course the GOP wants to end Medicare! by Joan McCarter - Walsh (R) inadvertently attests to the real Republican Medicare plan. Tammy Duckworth (D) is his opponent.

[MN-06] Bachmann update: Obama's Sharia Law conspiracy MN-06 by Bill Prendergast - The unique Michele Bachmann brand of crazy is still on display as she attempts to tie Obama to a movement by Islamist groups to impose Shariah law worldwide. Link to a petition by People for the American Way to get Backmann removed from the House Intelligence Committee.

[NY-21] NY-21: Bill Owens Gaining Momentum in Re-Election Bid by Upstate Blue - Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) continues to gain momentum against tough opposition, despite having to run in more challenging terrain after this year's reapportionment.

[House-Var] Win the House: 87 Races Targeted by 12 Progressive Organizations - 2nd Edition by RandomNonviolence - Progressive organizations weigh in to the battle for the House of Representatives.


State:

[WA-Gov] Seattle Times paying for Republlican gubernatorial candidate's ads -- just canceled subscription by Mount Baker Dem - Seattle's only still in-print newspaper is donating ads to Rob McKenna (R) in his race for governor against Democrat Jay Inslee.


Ballot Initiatives:

[CA-Alameda Co.-Meas. A1] Alameda County Measure AI by tecolata - A diarist asks for further information on Alameda County's Measure A1, which would provide $5.5m a year in repairs and upgrades for the Oakland Zoo.


Various:

[Var-Polling] Daily Kos Elections Polling Wrap: (More) Contradictory data muddies White House polling picture by Steve Singiser - As we head into the weekend, we were treated to another day filled with data points from which all sides can draw comfort, as well as consternation. In a sign that the cycle is drawing to a close, there is no "Friday light" load of polls this week , as 36 more polls enter into the database. A fair number of them, despite being part of the Friday news dump, are bound to draw serious attention.

[Var-Polling] Friday Swing State Poll Analysis: OH, FL, VA, WI, IA, NH, National by apabari - Diarist offers current poll numbers and analysis of trends.

[Var] Senate and Governor Predictions with Margins by jncca - Diarist offers breakdown of current standings and predictions (with spread) on various Senate and gubernatorial races.


General:

Anyone who voted already, Check in! by agnostic - Did you know people are voting early? Diarist wants you to report in if you have already voted.

Attention pollwatchers: Remember this fact by brooklynbadboy - BBB shows us the trend since 1996 and predicts that 90% or more of the registered voters in this country are likely to vote this year.

Early Voting in NC: Day 1 (Obama pulls ahead) by MattTX - Early voting turnout in N. Carolina is higher for both parties than on day 1 2008. Numbers, charts and data galore inside.

GOP's 10 Election Fraud Schemes To-Date by War on Error - Rundown of the top ten election fraud schemes Republicans have tried to pull off for this election in various states and regions. With links to documentation for each.

Great news in Nevada! Final registration numbers are in! Also, Obama is +2 in Virginia! by FightingRegistrar - Final registration numbers in Nevada have Democrats with a +7.17% edge over Republicans, reflecting the partisan spread in 2008.

More possible election fraud in VA by Old Redneck - Diarist has more on the voter registration fraud in Harrisonburg, VA.

NC Early Voting - 1st Day Results by AZDem - Early voting statistics from North Carolina.

NC -- Day Two of Early Voting by NCJim - Diarist cites the figures from day two, compares them to first day and last cycle.

NC Early Voting - 2nd Day Report by AZDem - Turnout is way up, but that includes Republicans. Diarist offers a breakdown of the stats of in-person voters so far and compares them with the final early voting numbers in 2008.

NC Early Voting Day 2: Turnout up 26.6% over 2008 by MattTX - Another update on NC's stats, with nice charts/graphs.

UPDATE: U.S. joins suit against Gallup (links to USA Today) by JustBecauseImOnPoint - U.S. Department of Justice has joined a lawsuit against Gallup for overcharging government agencies for polling and consultant work. Perhaps this explains why Gallup's polls are increasingly unreliable.

7 of 9 swing states now in GOTV mode for early voting. by distraught - With early voting now underway in Nevada, Ohio, Iowa, most of Florida and North Carolina, plus Colorado and Wisconsin beginning Monday, the GOTV ground game is in full swing in 7 of 9 swing states. Action links for volunteers.

$250 to donate; who should I give it to? by AndyT - Diarist asks the question, intending $50 increments to three campaigns, and receives excellent suggestions.

2011 MIT Report: 21% of Absentee Votes are NOT Counted by War on Error - Diarist offers academic report about the dangers of voting Absentee instead of by regular and in-person early voting. Predicting growth in "Lost In The Mail" percentages.


* A big THANKS! to all our dedicated EDR volunteers (in alphabetical order): Alma, eeff, Joieau, nomandates, Oke, randallt, restondem, Spedwybabs, Sylv, TruthOfAngels and turbonerd.

EDR has rescued 1121 Election Diaries since September 1, 2012.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM PDT.

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