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Sunday Morning Politics: Money, Voting, SNL, G. Gordon Liddy

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The polls are open on Sundays in North Carolina, so Jaimee and I are going out in a bit to do some canvassing. Here are some links in the meantime:

* Obama raised $150 million in September. Holy crap. That’s almost twice (in a single month) what he would have had to spend between the conventions and election day if he’d accepted public financing.

Campaign manager David Plouffe, in an e-mail to supporters Sunday morning, said the campaign had added 632,000 new donors in September, for a total of 3.1 million contributors to the campaign. He said the average donation was $86.

* Daily Kos diarist dean4ever is keeping tabs on North Carolina early-voting numbers. Here’s the three-day total through yesterday:

Noth Carolina saw 37,229 more early votes cast Saturday at an abbreviated slate of 103 sites in 34 of its 100 counties. A 17-day early voting period opened in North Carolina Thursday, and the three day total through Saturday evening is 251,709. The first Saturday in 2004 7,471 voted, and the 3-day total in ’04 was 63,164.

and the comparison to 2004:

2008
Unaffiliated 16.46%
Republican 22.11%
Libertarian 0.04%
Democratic 61.39%

2004
Unaffiliated 12.62%
Republican 38.72%
Libertarian 0.14%
Democratic 48.52%

* Sarah Palin was on SNL last night.

* And since “associations” is the new buzzword in the race, it’s important to take a look at Kos’s rundown of one of John McCain’s good friends, G. Gordon Liddy.

As Media Matters for America has noted, Liddy served four and a half years in prison in connection with his conviction for his role in the Watergate break-in and the break-in at the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers. Liddy has acknowledged preparing to kill someone during the Ellsberg break-in “if necessary”; plotting to murder journalist Jack Anderson; plotting with a “gangland figure” to murder Howard Hunt to stop him from cooperating with investigators; plotting to firebomb the Brookings Institution; and plotting to kidnap “leftist guerillas” at the 1972 Republican National Convention — a plan he outlined to the Nixon administration using terminology borrowed from the Nazis. (The murder, firebombing, and kidnapping plots were never carried out; the break-ins were.) During the 1990s, Liddy reportedly instructed his radio audience on multiple occasions on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents and also reportedly said he had named his shooting targets after Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Why is John McCain palling around with G. Gordon Liddy?

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October 19, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Landslide Watch, North Carolina Edition

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Landslide watch, North Carolina edition.

Across the state, Democrats showed the most first-day enthusiasm. Of the nearly 114,000 first-day voters, 64 percent were Democrats, 21 percent Republicans and 15 percent unaffiliateds.

African American turnout was up significantly. Black voters, who make up about 22 percent of registered voters, were 36 percent of Thursday’s early voters.

In 2004, blacks made up 18.6 percent of voters.

Details on where and how to early vote in Durham here.

UPDATE: More at WRAL.

The number shattered the previous record by about 40 percent, said Gary Bartlett, executive director of the State Board of Elections.

“We were expecting long lines from the beginning,” Bartlett said. “I do not think it will thin out. I think it will increase, especially during the last week and a half. I believe that there will be continuous lines.”

In Wake County, 7,917 people cast ballots Thursday, including 2,088 at Cary Town Center and 1,975 at Triangle Town Center. Lines snaked around both malls, as people waited for up to 30 minutes to vote, officials said.

Durham County elections officials said 6,264 votes were cast Thursday, up 40 percent from the highest daily total in 2004.

Better still are these numbers from a Daily Kos diary:

2008
Unaffiliated 15.50%
Republican 20.26%
Libertarian 0.05%
Democratic 64.41%

2004
Unaffiliated 12.23%
Republican 38.35%
Libertarian 0.15%
Democratic 49.21%

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October 18, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Early Voting Begins Today in North Carolina

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Early Voting begins today in North Carolina, so beat the rush and get yourself down to a voting place. Things are remarkably busy down at the Durham County Board of Elections—when Jaimee and I voted about half an hour ago we were already voters #485 and #486. I could be wrong, but those seem like pretty big numbers for the first day of early voting in the middle of October.

Here’s a list of the early voting locations statewide, and here are directions to the site closest to Duke. New this year, there’s also an early voting location on Duke’s campus, which should boost student voting considerably—things kick off today with a big get-out-the-early-vote rally at Griffith Theater at 1 PM with Kay Hagan, Jim Hunt, and Bev Purdue.

You do not need to have registered in advance to vote during the early voting periods. Here are some details on the rules and the documents you’ll need.

Don’t let Barack down, NC!

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October 16, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Early Voting News

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The debate begins in just a few minutes, but there’s time to appreciate some good early voting news: ‘Obama Dominating Among Early Voters in Five Swing States.’

There’s also time to worry a bit about some bad early voting news: Republicans in Ohio have won a court case requiring Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to create computer programs to cross check all new voter registrations so that county boards of elections can doublecheck new registrants. Voter suppression there just got a whole lot easier.

It may not matter: no matter what McCain says or does, it looks like people are voting for Obama anyway.

54 year-old white male, voted Kerry ’04, Bush ’00, Dole ’96, hunter, NASCAR fan…hard for Obama said: “I’m gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He’s gonna be a bad president. But I won’t ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President.”

The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. “Well, I don’t know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I’m sick of paying for health insurance at work and that’s why I’m supporting Barack.”

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October 16, 2008 at 12:42 am