Now, let’s be clear: those nice old people running the polling stations? They’re not actively involved in a secret conspiracy to defraud the voting public. They’re instead volunteers who are not only not obligated to require photo ID from voters; they’re actively forbidden from asking for any. And they’re using printouts, not computers, which means by definition that the records are going to be out of date. And that means that if you want to double-vote in New Hampshire, all you need to know is the name and address of somebody still on the voting rolls who you know isn’t going to vote.
It isn’t the election volunteers, it is the law and those who proactively exploit them.
The very core of what this country stands for is on the line — the basic promise that no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, this is a place where you could make it if you try. The notion that we’re all in this together, that we look out for one another — that’s at stake in this election. Don’t take my word for it. Watch some of these debates that have been going on up in New Hampshire.
Must be that new kind of politics. Wonder if his poll numbers would be any better if he spent more time attempting his uplift Americans and less time seeking to malign Republicans.
The uncontested primary of an unchallenged incumbent doesn’t mean much, but it can perhaps be taken as some kind of measure of intensity, partisan loyalty, or simple willingness to show up to and be counted.
And by those measures, George W. Bush handily defeated Barack Obama in New Hampshire last night.
Bush’s uncontested 2004 re-election bid received 53,962 votes in the state.
Obama has, with 94% in, received just under 47,000, and is on pace to pick up 49,983 in last night’s uncontested primary, if the pattern holds.
Republican turnout last night, meanwhile, broke records.
Seems Ron Paul got the results in New Hampshire this week he had hoped to find last week in Iowa. Coming in a strong second, doing particularly well among young voters (capturing 47% of the vote of those aged 18-24) he showed that, just as in the 1980s a septuagenarian promoting liberty can find a following about twentysomethings.
Mitt Romney had a solid victory. As I write this, he has 95,669 votes (with 95% reporting) and could boost his total into six digits, besting John McCain’s 2008 tally by 10,000 votes; that year, the Arizona Senator won 88,713 votes. Right now, Romney has won just shy of 40%. In 2008, McCain won with 37%. And Romney’s already 20,000 votes ahead of his own 2008 haul.
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are duking it out for fourth place, with each just a tad fewer than 23,000 votes and neither breaking into the double-digits (percentage-wise). The former Speaker’s scorched-earth strategy wasn’t very effective. Romney outpolled him by a margin of greater than 4 to 1. Newt won’t come close to Mike Huckabee’s 2008 haul of 26,916 votes.
Bottom line: very good night for Mitt Romney. Good night for Ron Paul. Small possibility for Huntsman to emerge as non-Romney if he can change the nature of his appeal from a perception of liberalism to the conservatism of his platform.