Fauxmentum Update: Early Voting is Bad or Something

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Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Oct. 31 2012 11:16 AM

Fauxmentum Update: Early Voting is Bad or Something

It's time for another round of Thinly Sourced Romney Fauxmentum! The first example comes from the close of a suitably skeptial Jonathan Martin piece on the tedious Map Wars. What do you say, Anonymous Romney Official?

A senior Romney official said they’re also eyeing New Mexico, a state Republicans had previously pulled staff from and in which neither campaign has aired ads. "The Albuquerque [market] covers 86 percent of the state and the race is less than 5 percent there right now," the official said.
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Example two comes from this instantly Drudged story, by Paul Bedard, on how Barack Obama is "cannibalizing" his voters by having them vote early. What a sucker!

According to a GOP analysis of early voting and absentee ballot requests provided to Secrets, the Democrats are turning out their most reliable, or so-called "high propensity voters" than Republicans, leaving fewer for Election Day. The GOP is pushing weaker supporters to vote early, expecting high enthusiasm to drive their regular supporters to the polls next week. "Democrats are cannibalizing their high-propensity voters in advance of election day to get stories that they are winning," said a GOP analyst. "But in effect they are stealing from Peter, or Election Day, to pay Paul, or early voting."

Okay, second story first -- what the hell does this even mean? A vote for Obama-Biden on October 26 counts just as much as a vote for Obama-Biden on November 6. The voter who cast it is freed to do whatever he likes, perhaps even campaign work. More importantly, he has evaded the fate of the 2004 voter in a solid Democratic Ohio county, and avoided an hours-long line on election day.

And on to New Mexico. The most recent public polls of the state give Barack Obama a stronger lead there than he has in Oregon or Maine's first district. I wrote about the state earlier this month, describing the policy-based weaknesses that have made it difficult for Republicans to win there.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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