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Early Tea Leaves?

wbenton Wrote: Nov 06, 2012 11:16 AM
Another note from my voting experience this year. In 2008 there was a sense among many people that they were part of a significant moment in history while voting for Obama. I witnessed one voter letting his son touch the screen and loudly telling him that he would be able to tell his children and grandchildren how he had cast the vote for the first black President. There was none of that sentiment today. There were people gossiping about how badly residents of New Jersey and New York are suffering from the storm and their general disillusion with the competence of the government's response. People were not voting for a symbolic place in history, they were voting for someone who will do a better job.

Election Day is typically rather frustrating for political junkies because "today's the day!" quickly gives way to "ugh, the polls don't close for hours."  In the interim, we latch onto reports of voting disruptions and anecdotal turnout reports, which are promptly spun into  broader lessons about what to expect later that night.  Most of it amounts to frivolous time-fillers.  To help pass the time, let's see if we can examine a few tea leaves as voters head to the polls:

(1) As Kevin noted last night, the tiny town of Dixville Notch, NH cast the first votes on...

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