March 4, 2008

Precinct Report (and More): Turnout So Far Is Heavy

Filed under: OH-02 US House,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:32 am

Special Note: I will begin covering tonight’s results at about 10:00 9:40 p.m.

Ohio’s Secretary of State (link is to a “current election” page) will have an accessible results page beginning at 5 p.m. Polls close in Ohio at 7:30 p.m.

I would not be surprised based on the overnight flooding in some parts of the state if vote counts aren’t delayed a bit.


I was voter number 35 in my precinct at 8:20 this morning.

By contrast, looking at this 2005 post, there were 81 votes in my precinct as of 40 minutes before the polls closed in that August’s nationally-watched Jean Schmidt-Paul Hackett race (*), and “in the low 40s” at about the same time on OH-02 Primary day in June of that year (&).

UPDATE: As of about 1:45 p.m., the precinct’s vote count was up to 100. That’s with 5-plus hours and the evening rush remaining.

It seems (emphasis “seems”) that a lot of Rs are voting as Ds for HR4C (Hillary Rodham Cackling Crying Complaining Clinton). If she wins Ohio tonight, will Mrs. Clinton thank her Republican supporters for her victory margin?

UPDATE 2: Although I didn’t have a precinct vote count on Primary day in May 2006, the post I put up that day clearly indicates that today’s precinct turnout will far exceed that one.


& – Shameless Blogospheric Plug/History Lesson 1: Current congresswoman Jean Schmidt’s June 2005 special GOP primary victory over a field of ten others was partially (and somewhat inadvertently) brought to you by various members of the then-nascent center-right blogosphere (founding members Weapons of Mass Discussion, BizzyBlog, NixGuy, Porkopolis, Viking Spirit, and Project LOGIC) in Southern Ohio, who formed the founding core of what is now the State of Ohio Blog Alliance.

* – Shameless Blogospheric Plug/History Lesson 2: Current congresswoman Jean Schmidt’s August 2005 special election victory over “The Ohio Insurgency” of Paul Hackett was partially (and quite intentionally) brought to you by by Ohio’s center-right blogosphere in cooperation with Hackett pretend-Republican video poster Trey Jackson, with an “assist” (heh) from Rush Limbaugh.



  1. Thanks for helping to elect an eternally vulnerable Congresswoman in Ohio’s most Republican district.

    Comment by Brian — March 4, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  2. #1, I missed where I told you who I voted for.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 4, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

  3. Fair enough. I was always with McEwen. He’s definitely not perfect or ideal. Someone with time on wikipedia certainly has it out for him but I think he would have won there comfortably. If the GOP can gain control of redistricting without the need of Dem compromise, we need to shave off some of OH-02′s most GOP areas.

    Comment by Brian — March 4, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  4. #3, at the risk of starting a P’ing contest, you might want to get your arms around the idea that if it weren’t for the efforts of some of us in SOBland, right now we’d be talking about who is fighting for the chance to defeat incumbent congressman Paul Hackett.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 4, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

  5. Hackett’s performance was a testament to Schmidt, not the dedication of certain bloggers.

    Comment by Brian — March 4, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

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