Obama's popular vote lead is now 4,501,774 votes, or 3.52 percent. I predicted 3.5 percent before the election. At this pace, it should be closer to four when all votes are counted—well above George W. Bush's 2 percent, three-million-vote "mandate!" And as a bonus, Gallup looks worse by the day.
Among today's notable updates:
Damn, I should've told my in-laws not to vote. Then we would've had perfect parity. Oh well. There's always 2016.
Those LA results, as well as a batch from San Diego yesterday, has whittled California's uncounted ballot tally to 809,815. With luck, they'll finish counting before 2016.
I bet Sarah Palin forgot to vote.
For the hell of it, I decided to check in on the Electoral College tally of states that have certified their vote: Obama 69, Romney 70. Oh noes, it's within the margin of error! Can Obama still pull this thing off? Stay tuned!
Personally, I'm on the edge of my seat.
Huh. Maybe Sandy didn't affect Obama's numbers much after all.
4:23 PM PT: Columbus, Ohio is now in, padding Obama's Ohio victory margin by another 14,000 votes. While the election-night Obama victory margin was 1.9 points, it is now a prettier-looking 2.95 points (50.61-47.66).
That means that Republican efforts to disenfranchise provisional voters were designed to shave over a point off Democratic totals. In a close election, that would've been a vicious battle.
That's what voter disenfranchisement is all about. They're not trying to steal the election by changing votes, they are trying to do so by making it difficult for our voters to cast ballots.