Tue, Nov 6, 2012
We took a look into the “13 Counties That May Decide The Presidential Election” to show who these voters are, demographically. Follow here all day long for live coverage and aggregation on the ground in these 13 counties.
Obama has won. The final election results for eight of the 13 swing counties we’ve been following have come out, and only one of the counties, Tuscarawas County, OH, swung away from the 2008 election. Here is a final look at this year’s election compared with the three previous.
LIVE CHARTING: Current Election Results for three swing counties in Florida, via Politico’s Election Result numbers.
LIVE CHARTING: Current Election Results for Hillsborough County, FL, via Politico’s Election Result numbers.
LIVE CHARTING: Current Election Results for Pinellas County, FL, via Politico’s Election Result numbers.
LIVE CHARTING: Current Election Results for Cumberland County, NC, via Politico’s Election Result numbers.
LIVE CHARTING: Current Election Results for Wake County, NC, via Politico’s Election Result numbers.
LIVE CHARTING: Current Election Results for Osceola County, FL, via Politico’s Election Result numbers.
LIVE CHARTING: Current Election Results for Jefferson County, CO, via Politico’s Election Result numbers.
LIVE CHARTING: Current Election Results for Hamilton County, OH, via Politico’s Election Result numbers.
For more of The Brooklyn Ink’s live coverage and aggregation, follow “Live Blog: Praying for Victory” on our site.
Earlier today in Jefferson County, CO. fights over candidates and traffic concerns, the Denver Post reports:
In Colorado, Jefferson County cops broke up a fight between brother-in-laws, brawling over candidates this morning. denverpost.com/politics/ci_21…
— Dan Frosch (@djfrosch1) November 6, 2012
Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party in Ohio, says that the race is going “to be very close in this county.”
President Obama won Hamilton County in 2008, so the Republican Party has “a lot of ground to make up in a county that is demographically trending for the Democrats,” says Triantafilou. But there has been “heavy turnout, especially in Republican neighborhoods,” he says, adding that there are still long lines all over the county.
Updates on the power outage in Hillsborough County, FL Supervisor of Election Office:
Power is back on at the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Election office, just in time for folks getting out of work. #TampaBayVotes
— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) November 6, 2012
Waits are very long at voting location in Arapahoe County, CO, according to Amanda Kost for 7News:
— Amanda Kost, 7NEWS (@AmandaKost) November 6, 2012
Letitia E. Gaillard is still hard at work in Jefferson County, CO.
“It’s a tough time for both parties, really close race for us here, but we are doing our best to get the volunteers out,” says Gaillard, adding that the volunteers are working to get as much done as possible before polls close at 7 p.m. tonight.
Gaillard says that some people in Jefferson County received postcards that listed the wrong locations for their polling stations. “People were getting really confused, but we were able to sort it out. No one knows who sent them at all.”
A power outage in Hillsborough County, FL, according to Bay News 9:
Hillsborough Suoervisor of elections says “operations are continuing”- voters being allowed inside
— Bay News 9 (@BN9) November 6, 2012
Power is partially out at Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Office twitter.com/BN9/status/265…
— Bay News 9 (@BN9) November 6, 2012
Some voting numbers out of Arapahoe County, CO:
New numbers from Arapahoe County83,143 Democrats-83,368 Republicans turnout by noon. That’s a swing county. # copolitics #decision2012
— lindak9news (@lindak9news) November 6, 2012
Eve Munro is a volunteer with the Hamilton County, OH Democratic Party. There were 31 people in line at the Norwood voting location at 3:30 p.m., “which is very, very good for us to have something like that at 3:30,” says Munro.
Munro says that turnout has been high all day. “We are going to have our victory party tonight. We are looking forward to that,” she says.
African American voter turnout very important in Hamilton County, OH. Business Insider reports:
Here’s How To Know Who Is Winning Ohio Tonight read.bi/VR9VTB
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) November 6, 2012
Chester County, PA resident Kenneth Collins, who is Chief Executive Officer of Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc., voted around noon today, when there was no line, he says, but there was a long line when he drove past in the morning.
“The volunteers were friendly and efficient. This particular voting place is mostly republican base,” says Collins.
Valerie Jester from Chester County, PA voted around 9 a.m. this morning. She says “the voter turnout was strong” and that “everyone at my polling place was smiling and the mood seemed to be very upbeat,” more upbeat than she has every seen before.
“When everyone feels that their vote may truly make a difference, the importance of the act becomes much greater and significant for the voter,” says Jester.
Even though the day has been high in spirits, Jester is glad it is coming to a close. “This has been a very long campaign, one that I am happy to have behind us,” she said.
Wake County, NC voters show off their post-voting stickers:
— Brent & Anna (@liveviewstudios) November 6, 2012
I made a difference today… What did you do? @ Wake County Southern Regional Center instagr.am/p/RsuxthSpFQ/
— Matt Huffman (@c0zy_mittenz) November 6, 2012
Tori Goodrich from Chester County, PA voted early this morning. There were only about 30 people in front of her, but by the time she left at 7:20 a.m. there were almost 100 people lined up. “People in line were excited that we had three brand new voters in our line,” says Goodrich.
Even though it is such an important swing county, Goodrich says she saw very little campaigning in Chester County recently. “I really didn’t see that many people campaigning in this area, at the schools, or out shaking hands, or being that accessible, which was frustrating for me.” Despite that, she is “thrilled” to have a say as a voter in such an important swing county.
After misinformation about how much time voters would have to place ballots, some more concerns out of Pinellas County, FL. There have been some power outages from a storm in the county, but no impediment on the voting process: Tampa Bay Times reports:
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) November 6, 2012
William Gillis, chairman of the Cumberland County, NC Republican Party said that voter turnout at the local precincts is “very charged” and there are “energetic groups of supporters.”
Gillis says that the Cumberland County Republican Party has greeters at all 77 of the county’s precincts. The county is mostly blue and though Gillis expects it to go to President Obama, he says that there “won’t be nearly as many votes toward Obama as there was last time” in 2008.
In the office there are are a dozen volunteers making calls to registered Republicans who haven’t yet voted.
Photos from voting spots in Osceola County, FL from @anedka:
— Aned(@anedka) November 6, 2012
— Aned(@anedka) November 6, 2012
Big mistake in one of the 13: Pinellas County, FL. Some voters told they had until 7 p.m. on Wednesday to place ballots.
Naked Politics, a blog by the Miami Herald, reports:
Not a good start in Pinellas County on Election Day: ST. PETERSBURG – An hour after polls opened today, the Pine… bit.ly/RRc1kI
— Mary Ellen Klas (@MaryEllenKlas) November 6, 2012
Letitia E. Gaillard, who works at Organizing for America, says that turnout in Arvada, CO in Jefferson County, one of the 13 swing counties, is seeing some “very busy” voter attendance. “Coloradans stick together. Democrats and Republicans have a lot of turnout for volunteers.” Gaillard thinks the vote will go to Obama. She is offering her help to voters who don’t know where to head today.
@sierra_club Colorado if you need help with finding your polling place and getting there Call me my office will help you (702) 443-1726
— Letitia E. Gaillard (@Yellowstone32) November 6, 2012
Arapahoe County, CO is waiting patiently to vote:
— Ashley Wheeland (@amwheeland) November 6, 2012
Cup of coffee while waiting to vote. Since I procrastinated on sending i @ Arapahoe County Election Facility instagr.am/p/RsbE_gkKov/
— Lara (@eljaybay) November 6, 2012
— Mary Jo Brooks (@MaryJoBrooks) November 6, 2012
Brian Gracely voted in Wake County, NC during a calm hour at the polls. After all the controversy about IDs on election day, he didn’t even have to show any, he says. “Seemed like quite a bit of buzz about nothing. We didn’t have to show any ID; just validate a name and address.”
Nobody asked for ID in Wake County, just name + address verification. Suppose I could have voted for my neighbors too.
— Brian Gracely (@bgracely) November 6, 2012
Voter knows how much his vote counts in Prince William County, VA.
Prince William County & Loudon County will determine the battleground state of Virginia…PW is where I vote instagr.am/p/RsK4sZiHxx/
— TYSON (@SiCeN_TYSoN) November 6, 2012
Romney volunteers are at work on Election Day in Prince William County, VA.
Volunteers at the Romney field office in Prince William County, Va. twitter.com/SteveKornacki/…
— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) November 6, 2012
How’s the voting going in Wake County, NC?
I was voter number 100 at my precinct! & the Wake County Board of Elections ran the polling place spectacularly. Thank you! #ivoted
— JP Sherman (@jpsherman) November 6, 2012
Two of our 13 featured swing counties are in Colorado–Jefferson and Arapahoe.
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) November 6, 2012
Short lines in the Democratic leaning Chester County, PA, says Tom Sunnergren with Patch.com in Phoenixville.
“Everyone is feeling more or less satisfied with the turnout,” says Sunnergren, who hasn’t seen any long lines at any of the four voting locations he’s visited. About 30 to 40 people waiting to vote. The turnout is better than previously expected.
Looks like there’s some rainy weather in two of the swing counties, Pinellas County and Hillsborough County in FL.
— The Oracle (@USFOracle) November 6, 2012
Long lines already in Prince William County, VA.
— Matt Jorgenson (@Jorgy42) November 6, 2012
What’s happening in Hillsborough County, FL?
The only poll that matters set to open at 7am. In Hillsborough County, FL on I-4 corridor no one knows who’ll win twitter.com/senijr_ABC/sta…
— Seni Tienabeso Jr (@senijr_ABC) November 6, 2012
Early morning voting booths are open, but aren’t crowded yet in Cumberland County, NC, says Kelly Twedell, a local editor at Patch.com in Fort Bragg.
There was a large turnout for early voting on Saturday, “much higher than in previous years,” Twedell says. How is Cumberland County going to vote? Only time will tell, but Twedell says “I think we’ll vote more conservatively this time around than in the past.”