Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Some thoughts about Election Day ...

Polling today in New Hampshire will probably break records, if Ward 5 in Concord is any indicator. The line was around three blocks before opening at 8 a.m. Voters quickly moved through the process though. By 9:15 a.m., more than 700 people had voted, or about 20 percent of the Ward. Other precincts across the state have been reporting massive voter turnout with lines at polling locations.

U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, center, along with his wife, Peggo, talk with a voter from Bristol at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Where's the Republican infrastructure?
According to many sources, there was virtually no McCain/Palin presence at Concord polling locations. There were a handful of McCain people on Main Street with signs around 10 a.m. but nothing at the polls.
Sen. Sununu had signs at Ward 5. Other lower tier Republican candidates had signs and sign holders. But nothing for McCain. As a matter of fact, there were no Jennifer Horn signs either. Did they all give up and go home or did they decide not to get up early? And where was the teamwork? This would have never happened in the old days.

Massive Dem outreach
Democrats worked long into the night getting ready for Election Day.
In the early morning hours, scads of volunteers hung door hangers around the city. Signs for the Democratic candidates were everywhere showing that they had done their homework and were getting out the vote.

Rep. candidates out in force
Ward 5, 6, and 7 state rep. candidates were out in force this morning.
Democratic incumbents Jessie Osborne and Mary Jane Wallner joined fellow slate candidates Rick Watrous and Chip Rice at the three polling locations.
Republican challenger John Kalb was also at the Ward 5 location, joined by Free Stater Denis Goddard, making the pitch to voters that his team deserves a shot.
Republican Liz Hager, who lost her seat in the primary but has had friends attempting a write-in effort, was also seen outside Ward 5 handing out "NH Votes" lapel stickers.
In the final days of the race, things have gotten a little testy between all involved.
A new good government committee sent out a district wide mailer attacking the Democratic slate for not taking the "The Pledge" against new, broad-based taxes. Osborne and Wallner have been supportive of an income tax; Watrous seems open to exploring the idea of a broad based tax. We're told that emotions have also been running high in the ragtag write-in Hager movement with angry phone calls being made and emails going back and forth between Liz fans and Democratic powerbrokers. However, Liz was all smiles at the polls.

The scene outside Ward 5 around 10 a.m. on Election Day.

1 comment:

Trish said...

As much as I am excited to see which candidates won their election, I cannot wait to see how many people voted today.