70% Turnout in Connecticut

I was out poll standing at a school in Meriden for a few hours, and the turnout was steady.  I spent some time talking to a nice Joe Lieberman volunteer.  I offered her some banana nut bread, and she said "No, I'm diabetic.  And besides, I have donuts in the car."

Also she was very antiwar.  Go figure.

The Secretary of State's office is projecting 70% turnout, and in such a case it's impossible to know what's going on.  Doug Schwartz at Quinnipiac should put out a lot of statements about how this race would shape up, and his credibility and that of his university are on the line.  

I expect the Democrats to take the House and the Senate.  This race is shaping up to be really interesting.  If you haven't voted yet, get to the polls.

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Thoughts on High CT Turnout

Colin McEnroe has the line of the election:

Also,  people report it is even harder than they thought to find Joe Lieberman on the ballot. One correspondent:  "You'd have to be stupid to vote for Lieberman. And then they make it hard for stupid people to find him. It's not fair!"

Kos has pointed you to this article in the Hartford Courant about extremely high turnout in Connecticut.  

High turnout is probably good for us, and it looks like the Secretary of State is projecting a midterm record 66% of registered voters will show up to the polls today.  Seniors are Lieberman voters, and they are going to vote no matter what, so having others come out and vote is a good thing.  I know that turnout is very high in the urban areas, and that's good for us.  I don't want to say throw out the polls, but it is clear that the likely voter screens are probably in error.  This is also probably very good for the three Democrats running in hot Congressional races.

On the other hand, such high turnout suggests that voters aren't going to go straight party line Republican.  The only reason turnout is so high is because of the Lamont-Lieberman race; if they are going to the polls they aren't going to waste their vote on Schlesinger, though I suppose it's possible for some voters to go straight ticket Jodi Rell since the real low information voters are obviously coming out.

This has been a tortuous thought experiment brought to you by Matt Stoller.  Consider this a new voting open thread.

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Connecticut-specific Voting Thread

If you're in Connecticut, here's a thread for your voting experience.  Were there lines?  Problems voting?  No lines?
If you are a poll-watcher or doing GOTV, email me at matt at mydd.com with observations, etc.

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What Kind of Person Are You?

This is the final dispatch from Ned Lamont's Stand Up for Change Bus Tour. If you can get to Connecticut or are willing to volunteer on election day, please go here right now. If you are in the New York City area and can help, please go here - there's a specific need.

I'm just getting back to the Lamont campaign's Meriden headquarters from the final day of Ned's Stand Up for Change Bus Tour. The last time I was here, I was running out the door to catch the bus, and caught a few seconds of Tom Swan's Knute Rockne speech to our army of volunteers. Now, the headquarters looks transformed - it doesn't look like an office anymore - it looks like a command center preparing for an onslaught. Flashlights are piled on the floor, poll watching packages are being assembled, people are buzzing in and out. There's not much talking. It's like in the 1980s B-movie "Over the Top" when Sylvester Stallone turns his cap around and goes silent right before he's going into a championship arm wrestling match. The Lamont Team's hat is turned around - it's all quiet and time for the match.

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NARAL and the Big Hustle

Jane has shown very clearly that NARAL needs to be defunded. The leadership is corrupt and dishonest, and is simply no longer protecting women's rights.  Every NARAL member I have spoken with is either outraged or unaware that they have endorsed Lieberman.  If they knew that NARAL is also lying about Lamont, I think they would be more than outraged.

This isn't just sour grapes, it actually is important to the story of what's going on here.  Lieberman is only doing as well as he is because he can lie about who he is.  Third party validators like NARAL let him continue the charade.  If this race is close, as the new Polimetrix poll shows it to be (it's within four, which jibes with rumors of internal polls I've been hearing), we'll know that the people who put Joe Lieberman back in office are Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and national NARAL.

There are now rumors that there's a phone bank calling Democratic voters in Meriden telling them that their polling location has changed.  Very classy, Joe.  Volunteers are feeling good here, and most people in the Lamont campaign think that the polls aren't accurate.  But then that's what we want to think.  Kool-aid is delicious.  

Ned is happy, relaxed, and doing really well at his recent events.  I have to say, Ned is a good and decent man.  His rhetoric is beginning to take on a more populist tone, as he criticizes both the Democrats and Republicans who have made bad decisions over the last six years.  I mean going to war in Iraq did require reaching across the aisle, and I know I've become even more skeptical over the motivations of people in power as I've gone through this campaign.

I hope you have too.

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