Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Gordon Campbell US Election 2012 Blog - Update #6

Gordon Campbell US Election 2012 Blog - Update #6


Scoop Political Editor Gordon Campbell is live blogging the US election results as they come in at:
GordonCampbell.scoop.co.nz

1pm - First Results Virginia a Tie In Exit Poll

As polls close in six states CNN has projected expected wins for Romney and Kentucky and Obama in Vermont. And the race for the electoral college begins with 8 votes to Romney and 3 votes to Obama. The winner needs to get to 270 electoral votes.

The exit poll in Virginia shows a 49 to 49 tie. If this proves accurate then the first battleground state could take all night to declare a result. However pundits are already talking about the "Reticent Republican Voter" phenomena which has been used to explain why exit polls in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 election under-estimated the republican vote. (Alastair Thompson)

12.50pm

Great quotes from the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, which has been reporting four hour queues to vote in Florida :

Edward Tate said he hasn't stood in a line this long since he waited to ride the Screaming Eagle rollercoaster at a Six Flags amusement park…"I don't feel [negative advertisements] have any place in politics, especially if it's not true," said Tate, of Winter Park..

And this :

"I've seen ants move faster," said Mark Kalicki,60, holding an umbrella over him and his wife, Valerie, 53. This line is also the longest one the couple has waited in to vote for an election. But Valerie is here to vote on matters that are important to her such as abortion, women's rights and Social Security…

And this :
When Jamie Mincey arrived at Precinct 216 in Orlando's Pine Hills community to vote, she expected a long wait. What she didn't expect was to be told that she was in the wrong place. After more than an hour in line at Apostolic Church of Jesus Orlando West, Mincey learned to her dismay that she should have been at Precinct 215, just down the road. She said she did not recall receiving a notice from the Supervisor of Elections office that her precinct had changed.

For Mincey, who recently suffered an injury to her leg, had surgery on an arm, and said standing on her feet for any length of time is painful, the news was a real disappointment. But as she called a relative to come pick her up to take her to the correct precinct, she said her commitment to voting was unchanged.

To a considerable extent, this mess is a creation of the Republican governor Rick Scott’s refusal to extend voting hours. This is in marked contrast to 2008 in Florida. Back then, the then Republican governor Charlie Crist signed an executive order to extend kept early voting hours. Scott has shown no similar commitment to democracy, and Crist recently denounced Scott’s actions as “ indefensible.” Or you could call it another version of vote suppression. ( back in 10 minutes)

(Back in 10 minutes.)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The US Foreign Policy Somersaults Over Syria And Iran

Amidst the day-to-day reports about the military advances of the Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, one remarkable aspect of this war has barely been mentioned. More>>

ALSO:

Daphne Lawless: The Whale Oil Leaks: Anti-Politics From Above

As we go to press, the election campaign has been turned upside down by a new book by investigative journalist Nicky Hager. Dirty Politics is based mainly on a leak of 2 gigabytes of emails and Facebook messages from “Whale Oil”, the vicious ... More>>

ALSO:

Branko Marcetic: When John Key Was Concerned About Dirty Politics

If Nicky Hager needs some support in the midst of a whirlwind of government criticism for his allegations of “dirty tricks” by the National Party, he may find one unlikely ally – John Key, six years ago. More>>

Jim Miles: Israeli War Crimes In Gaza

Israel reveals its true colours and true aspirations every time it attacks Gaza (or any other self-perceived enemy) as being the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, even to the degree - as the references above indicate - to the act of genocide. More>>

David Swanson: Top 9 Reasons To Stop Bombing Iraq

1. It's not a rescue mission. The U.S. personnel could be evacuated without the 500-pound bombs. The persecuted minorities could be supplied, moved, or their enemy dissuaded, or all three, without the 500-pound bombs or the hundreds of 'advisors' (trained ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Comedian’s Death: Robin Williams And The Virtues Of Suicide

The Grim Reaper never runs out of converts. Put another way, death never gets his full due. Comedians do not figure well in this – they are particularly attractive targets in the business of death. More>>

Suzan Mazur: "Oomph" & Origin Of Life At Hydrothermal Vents

The notion that life originated in hydrothermal vents was for a long time a sleepy area of scientific inquiry because the vents first found, known as 'black smokers,' were way too hot and acidic. But in 1989, Michael Russell, a British geochemist who ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The US Rescue Mission In Iraq

It isn’t often that unilateral US bombing raids within a foreign country can be supported, but the current US bombing campaign in northern Iraq is one such case. The fighters of the Islamic State (IS) appear to be intent on committing genocide against the Yezidis, Christians, Turkmen, Kurds and every other non-Sunni community in the region… More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
TEDxAuckland
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news