November 2, 2010

BEFORE ME WAS A PALE HORSE:

Obama rallies Cuyahoga County Democrats (Mark Naymik, 10/31/10, The Plain Dealer )

The country's top two Democrats came with a specific purpose: Keeping voter turnout up in Cuyahoga County, a key to any Democratic statewide victory. Presidential candidates count on a large buildup of Democratic votes to counter conservative leaning Southwest Ohio. And no recent Democratic governor has won without at least a 100,000-vote margin here.

In 2006, Strickland took 74 percent of the vote in Cuyahoga County, or 228,000 more votes than his Republican challenger Ken Blackwell. Obama won nearly 69 percent of the vote, in 2008 or about 258,000 more than Republican John McCain. [...]

"We've got to get Cleveland out to vote," he said. "We've got to get everybody in Ohio out to vote. If everyone who fought for change in 2008 shows up to vote in 2010, we will win this election. I am confident of that."


Voting slowing down in Cuyahoga County; 410,000 ballots expected (Michael Sangiacomo, 11/02/10, The Plain Dealer )
The director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has lowered her expectations for voter turnout in the county for this midterm election.

Director Jane Platten said that based on the number of votes cast by 2 p.m., she only expects closer to 410,000 ballots by the time the polls close at 7:30 p.m. Earlier, she predicted more than 430,000 of the county's 978,268 registered voters would turn out. [...]

Even the 430,000 votes Platten expected to have been cast would have represented a light turnout, considering the hotly contested county government race and the neck-and-neck governor's race. The revised number is even lower.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2010 4:08 PM
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