(This post will be updated throughout the night)
“Republicans are playing dirty.”
“Democrats are trying to steal the election.”
“Exit polls show virtual tie.”
“Exit polls show more union households turning out.”
“Exit polls show more older voters.”
Quote after quote, line after line – it is what makes up modern day reporting of politics.
I’m not a fan of exit polls – in part, because they are usually wrong – but also because when exit polls are reported hours before the polls close, I think it could have an impact on turnout, and that just seems wrong.
There is a LOT riding on the results tonight, and based on what Democrats are saying, there is an expectation that Scott Walker will remain as Governor. Even the White House is downplaying the importance of the election.
More to come…
[UPDATE – 8:00 p.m. EDT]
One hour to go and more news out of Wisconsin that does nothing to add clarity to the election picture. Places like liberal Madison could have more than 100% turnout, because of same-day registration. Exit poll analysis remains a completely mixed bag, but there are nuggets which both sides cling to.
Most are predicting a close election and a long night. I still think it’s going to be a wider than expected, but I’m in the distinct minority with that opinion.
Time will tell.
[UPDATED – 8:12 p.m. EDT]
This live stream from Huffington Post is epic: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/05/wisconsin-recall-election-2012_n_1569607.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
[UPDATED – 9:40 p.m. EDT]
With 12% reporting, Walker leads by nearly 20 points. It will certainly tighten, but this looks to be a double digit Walker win.
[UPDATED – 10:00 p.m. EDT]
Walker has won the Wisconsin recall. With 25% reporting, Walker leads by 20 points…
In a word… wow!