Wisconsin recall open thread
~9:00PM Sorry I'm late to this; I was getting my eyes checked, and I'm not going blind, hurrah! So, Jeebus, I check in at the Guardian live blog, and the first thing I find is this:
Ballot shortages in Milwaukee. "Alarming," says the Guardian's live blog; Brad Blog as usual has great detail on voting issues.
9:16PM Not just ballots, same day registration forms:
"The issue is there are a lot of people waiting in line to register to vote but there are no forms," said Veum. "We know that hundreds of people have not voted because there were no forms available."
Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, said his office had heard of polling stations in Milwaukee running out of registration forms for new voters.
According to state law, if a person is waiting in line to register and vote and it's after 8 p.m., that person can still legally fill out the form and vote, Magney said.
And see Pierce at the polling place.
9:29PM First WI Exit poll: Dead even.
I think recount, immediately. I hope Barrett (and the Ds) don't wuss out, as Kerry did in OH 2004.
9:51PM Latest exit poll adjustment: Walker 52 / Barrett 48.
Not within recount distance. Guardian calls it for Walker -- though that's a tweet.
9:57PM Guardian: NBC News has now called the recall election for Scott Walker – so he's survived.
Nice work, Dems. Weakening the unions and diverting the Capitol Occupation energy into the D roach motel, and holding WI for Obama in the general: It's a three-fer!
10:06PM Guardian: "It sounds like Tom Barrett actually did worse than in 2010. The big difference seems to have been in absentee ballots."
So Obama was smart to let the guy drown, because otherwise he might have been dragged under himself. Politics ain't beanbag.
10:36PM WI Senate races, Wapo:
Results from four state Senate recalls are still outstanding. Democrats, who defeated two Republican state senators in recalls last summer, need one victory to win control of the state legislature's upper chamber.
11:56PM Not a loss. A blowout: Guardian:
1.09pm: With nearly 80% of the Wisconsin recall vote in, Scott Walker has an 11 point lead over Tom Barrett. So it wasn't just the exit polling that was wrong, it was every single poll that showed this to be a close race