On CNN, the correspondent with the Obama campaign reported that Team Obama is telling her that they see nothing in the Ohio turnout that looks any different from what they expected — in other words, the polls were correct.
Take that for what it’s worth.
Below is some information from a GOP source; actual data. It doesn’t tell us everything but it does tell us something.
I am watching the Twitternets where I follow even more left-wing media types than my fellow Righties. If there’s actual data showing Obama counties experience some kind of turnout surge, I haven’t seen it, but I will report it if I do.
Quick update – turnout is up in GOP Geauga County, Ohio where McCain won with 57% of the vote and down in Athens County, the home of Ohio University and where Obama won with 67% in 2008. Early vote in Geauga? 125% of 2008. Athens? Down 10% from 2008.
SHOT: GOP county turnout up
- Plain Dealer: Geauga election chief predicts 80 percent voter turnout today
- Geauga County early vote was 125% more than 2008 early vote
- McCain won Geauga County with 57% and Bush got 60% in ’04
- CHASER: Dem county turnout down
- WOUB: Athens County Election Officials: Morning Voter Turn Out Low
- Athens County early vote was 10% less than 2008 early vote
- Obama won Athens County with 67%
ADDED from a GOP source:
Butler County (outside Cincinnati) where McCain won with 61% and Bush with 66%. Early voting was also good for Romney at 121% of 2008.
· Early voting was 121% of 2008
· McCain got 61 percent, Bush 66%
That’s the data to wrap some context around this news report:
In Butler County, voters were out at polling spots before the doors opened, said Jocelyn Bucaro, deputy director of the Butler County Board of Elections.
Bucaro said there was a 30-minute line at the board of elections office, located at 1802 Princeton Road.
“We had lines at most polling locations at 6:30 a.m.,” she said. “Lines have quieted down and there’s a steady stream.”
Bucaro said she anticipates a total of 175,000 voters in Butler County casting a ballot this presidential election through absentee and in-person voting. She said a total of 46,387 absentee ballots have been cast in the county.