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Subject: Re: Congratulations to Dems! Date: 11/14/2012 10:39 AM
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Quiet on this board. Too quiet. Let's see if we can stir it up.

Actually, I was thinking that it had been pleasantly on topic for a change and I'm sorry to see this stuff coming up here again. Not that some of it isn't potentially interesting; it just belongs somewhere else.

Slice the data another way and a somewhat different picture emerges.
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/turnout-...
The pattern, admittedly still a bit preliminary, is that voting was down in general ... perhaps not surprising considering the alienation which all the negative campaigning is likely to produce ... except that it remained at prior levels in most battleground states where the GOTV campaigns were focused. With these being more effective among growing minorities ... both because absolute numbers are growing and because some segments, notably Latino, have not had historically high voting rates, but this seems to be changing.

However, I don't think that this shift begins to account for the long lines in non-white districts. Rather, the level of minority voting is a testimony to people determined to vote despite the long lines and other obstacles.
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