So far, my swing state sign reports have been primarily from Colorado and Ohio. Now, a reader from Reno (on special assignment) wrote in earlier this week:
Driving from the Romney office to downtown, I decided to keep an eye out for signs and bumper stickers. I counted one large Romney sign mixed in with several other candidate signs on a vacant lot along the road (but no Obama signs there). Driving home, I took a different route, and one truck passed me that was hauling a large Romney and Ryan sign. I went through a neighborhood and saw mostly signs for various local races, but only one Romney and Ryan sign in the mix. Still, that made three Romney signs, no Obama signs, and no bumper stickers of either sort. I also heard them say that they were out of bumper stickers at the moment in the Romney office.
In a second report, en route to a Hallowe’en Party, he found more Romney than Obama signs:
After turning off on the street to drive to the neighborhood where the party was, I started counting signs. I counted 5 or 6 signs, all for Romney and Ryan. I was uncertain about the number because three of the signs were on adjoining lots, and I couldn’t tell if two were up in one yard or not. I didn’t count any Obama signs.
UPDATE: This morning, he e-mailed me to report that “someone has started vandalizing (spray painting on) a few of the signs around here. I’ve seen several spray-painted Dean Hellers signs, and at least one of the Romney signs was also spray-painted.”
UP=UPDATE: Another report:
I was just driving through town running some errands and went through some different neighborhoods. This time I counted: one Romney-Ryan bumper sticker, six Romney-Ryan yard signs, one “Defeat Obama” yard sign (though I didn’t notice any specific candidate signs in that yard), and one “Obama-Biden 2012” sign. (Actually, there were more signs than that, but I only counted it as one sign for the yards with two or three signs in them.)
He’s not the only reader to report Romney signs vandalized. Commenting on my post about a vandal keying Obama into a car parked in front of a house with a Romney sign, Carl Burton writes from northern California:
Today when I went outside to get my copy of the Sacramento Bee newspaper I discovered my . . . Romney sign was gone.
I live in area of upscale homes where Gov. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis used to live. Never before have I had so many signs destroyed or stolen.