Election Day Backchannel

Election Day Backchannel

Jason Russell
on Nov 05, 2012

Months of campaigning and millions of dollars all come down to Election night. Join fellow Civic Commoners and Jill Miller Zimon live from NPR's DC Headquarters for up to the minute updates on the election tallies.

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012
"All, be sure to join us tomorrow for a Day of Conversation, a chance to discuss what these..."
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012
"thank you, Ben!  "
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"now that is not the point, Dan! /lol"
Bobbi Miller
on Nov 06, 2012
"Absolutely!  It's always worth it and always an honor to vote.  Every vote counts."
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"Fox has Obama at 275"
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"How about that Connecticut Senate race, Mom? Aren't you glad you flew back to vote today?"
Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012
"It is over. Thanks Civic Commons. "
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"NBC CALLING IT FOR OBAMA"
Bobbi Miller
on Nov 06, 2012
"Ohio for the President it seems - a win for everyone!"
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012
"not really a big surprise there, Jill. Were those in much doubt?"
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"Fox is showing Romney leading in popular vote"
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012
"Yes, the last precincts to report in Florida seem to be largely Democratic. Not too likely for..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"California, Washington and Hawaii for Obama - we learn it before it becomes public :)"
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"We're hearing that ABC is reporting that Jeb Bush called Romney to say he's lost Florida!"
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012
"out with it. "
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012
"Spill, Jill."
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"Okay - so this is fun and frustrating! I know something you don't know - but I'm not allowed to..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"I'm following the ladies, no surprise, and they are doing WELL! Tammy Baldwin, Claire McCaskill,..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"So what's happening on the phone front, colleagues? We're on information overload here!"
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012
"They've lost Roger. (Ailes) Not a good sign for Romney victory."
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"So we're hearing that Scott Brown's concession speech is being piped into the Romney victory area..."
Jason Russell
on Nov 06, 2012
"It seems like the ways of Romney winning are getting slim. Although Florida is really close "
Jason Russell
on Nov 06, 2012
"Yea. It's the 2008 electoral map. "
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012
"welcome back. Let them know we're eager to partner with them :-)  "
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012
"Fox News is now using language like "Can Romney pull this off? Can he pull the inside straight?"..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"Some awesome photos of NPR Studio 4A today and tonight! ..."
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012
"What did you say?"
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012
"yeah, not looking good. "
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"have been chatting with digital director at NPR - very interested in Civic Commons work around..."
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012
"Wow Port Levy is behind?"
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012 - 11:28 pm

All, be sure to join us tomorrow for a Day of Conversation, a chance to discuss what these results mean, what it means to move forward, to bring people together, to make wise use of tax dollars where levies were approved (and find new paths where levies were rejected), and to support and stay connected to our elected officials. 

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Fox has Obama at 275

 
Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012 - 11:16 pm

It is over. Thanks Civic Commons. 

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

thank you, Ben!

 

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 11:03 pm

We're hearing that ABC is reporting that Jeb Bush called Romney to say he's lost Florida!

 

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Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012

Yes, the last precincts to report in Florida seem to be largely Democratic. Not too likely for Mitt at this point.

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

Fox is showing Romney leading in popular vote

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

NBC CALLING IT FOR OBAMA

 
Bobbi Miller
on Nov 06, 2012

Ohio for the President it seems - a win for everyone!

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

How about that Connecticut Senate race, Mom? Aren't you glad you flew back to vote today?

 
Bobbi Miller
on Nov 06, 2012

Absolutely!  It's always worth it and always an honor to vote.  Every vote counts.

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 10:54 pm

Okay - so this is fun and frustrating! I know something you don't know - but I'm not allowed to tell you for another five minutes! ;)

 

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Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012

Spill, Jill.

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

out with it. 

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

California, Washington and Hawaii for Obama - we learn it before it becomes public :)

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

not really a big surprise there, Jill. Were those in much doubt?

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

now that is not the point, Dan! /lol

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 10:52 pm

I'm following the ladies, no surprise, and they are doing WELL! Tammy Baldwin, Claire McCaskill, Elizabeth Warren, Maggie Hassan - here's another place to see them all:

http://emilyslist.org

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 10:47 pm

So what's happening on the phone front, colleagues? We're on information overload here!

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012 - 10:07 pm

Fox News is now using language like "Can Romney pull this off? Can he pull the inside straight?" Does that mean that Obama has won?

 

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Jason Russell
on Nov 06, 2012

It seems like the ways of Romney winning are getting slim. Although Florida is really close 

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

So we're hearing that Scott Brown's concession speech is being piped into the Romney victory area - by mistake we assume

 
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012

They've lost Roger. (Ailes) Not a good sign for Romney victory.

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 10:04 pm

have been chatting with digital director at NPR - very interested in Civic Commons work around issues like Fracking - sorry to have been absent from the chat for bit - I'm back now :)

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

welcome back. Let them know we're eager to partner with them :-)

 

 
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Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012 - 10:00 pm

My wife went to bed. 9-year-old went to bed.  My 12-year-old is hanging, though. She just asked if she can  skip school tomorrow 

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

What did you say?

 
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Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012 - 9:52 pm

We need a post button at the bottom of this thread! Agree?

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

noted. changes a comin.

 
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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012 - 9:45 pm

NBC projects Elizabeth Warren takes MA Senate seat, Joe Donnelly taking Indiana: Does this portend an anti-Tea Party backlash or a return to what you'd expect from Mass and the fans of moderate Dick Lugar?

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

Brown is also projected to be winner in OH. another Tea Party rejection? 

 
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Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Wolf Blitzer seems thrilled about a possible Florida recount again.

 

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Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012

Yeah. Good for Wolf, bad for America. Let's hope not.

 
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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Some local #CLE stuff: a little more than 10 percent of precincts reporting, CMSD levy is up by 8 or 9 points. The port levy is behind 15 points.

 

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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

Wow Port Levy is behind?

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

yeah, not looking good. 

 
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Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Twitter is far ahead of C NN with predictions.  CNN won't call PA but I see it called on Twitter 

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012 - 9:09 pm

CNN just made a very big deal about projecting the GOP will keep control of the House. Ummm, was that ever in doubt?

 

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Peter Comings
on Nov 06, 2012

Maybe not, but ABC national just made the point after all the money spent, what if it ends up looking the same in D.C.?

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

i don't know. That's funny to think about. The reality is that it's going to be a lot more like it's been than different, I believe.  

 
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012

Renacci Sutton race seems to be tied, according to Ohio.com

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

they're sepaarated by less than 5,000 votes, Renacci ahead, with 164,000 votes counted.

 
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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Jill--what are you hearing about #stayinline? Van Jones on CNN was just talking about the polls staying open in FL and VA until midnight or something...

 

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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

Yes - we are hearing that they must stay open as long as there are lines - also, you've probably heard about voting by email and fax in New Jersey will last through Friday

 
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012

It's remarkable that this is still a problem in 2012 -- in a nation that can vote for their favorite singer in a matter of minutes on TV.

 
Nancy Reeves
on Nov 06, 2012

We still have voters in line in Summit.

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

really, Nancy? That's a bit worrying. Keep us posted, please.

 
Nancy Reeves
on Nov 06, 2012

There were a couple of trouble spots all day long - one was the one where I was supposed to have been placed except for the credentialing problem.  Same ones that started out with hour+ waits ended the day the same way.

 
Nancy Reeves
on Nov 06, 2012

All done now - just waiting for numbers from the last few precincts.

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Hey! Someone needs to let Mark Naymik know that his tweet made the NPR Backchannel Tumblr - you can see it all here - it's being done by Kate Myers who's in the warroom with us

http://nprbackchannel.tumblr.com/

 

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Bobbi Miller
on Nov 06, 2012

yeah - Brown in Ohio!!!!!!

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 8:35 pm

So we have an illustrator in our midst here in the NPR social media room - this is one of her pieces and you can follow her on Twitter @wendymac She'll be illustrating throughout the night and you can check them out at her Tumblr: http://wendymacnaughton.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Just got the report from my college freshman son - he went, he voted, he returned back to the dorm - no drama

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

you must be proud.

I've gotta say, CNN just did the most absurd rundown of all these states where the polls just closed, many had fewer than 2,000 votes counted and Wolf was reporting the numbers as if they mattered. Grrrr. I expect better. I can't channel hop right now, as I don't want to annoy my family.

 
Peter Comings
on Nov 06, 2012

Just imagine how much more relevant that conversation would be on CNN if we ditched the electoral college.

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

Here in the NPR room, they're switching stations from time to time so right now we have an NPR affiliate on from California and we're hearing about ballot issues there - before that, we were listening to Angus King

 
Daryl Rowland
on Nov 06, 2012

Jill, was that KCRW in California?

 

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

Not sure, Daryl

 
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Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012 - 8:23 pm

My daughters are expecting to hear an announcement right now. I am trying to tell them that it's going to take a long time. 

 

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

I'm sure. 

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 8:17 pm

Races to watch? New Hampshire might have the first all-female congressional delegation depending on how things end up tonight http://reason.com/24-7/2012/11/05/possible-democratic-sweep-could-give-nh

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

All female congressional delegation? Sweet. Imagine what that could mean in a bigger state...

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

I've been thinking a lot about the OH Senate race. I know Mandel is a long shot, but it still seems like he might surprise the state. A win by him would be a huge shift for this state, which has had moderate Republicans representing us in the Senate for awhile.

 
Nancy Reeves
on Nov 06, 2012

It would be a change.  Don't think it is likely - Brown was widening the lead in the last week.

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

So far the results in that are quite lopsided but have you seen that Ben Nelson won in FL and Chris Murphy in CT (against Linda McMahon - the WWE CEO)?

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

Saw that, Jill. I'm sure many Ds are breathing small, tentative sighs of relief.

 
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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012 - 8:17 pm

Hey all! I'm here with my son on one side and my wife on the other. This looks like a long long night ahead!

 

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Nancy Reeves
on Nov 06, 2012

My spouse and child are nowhere near me...and I'm still on duty collecting information.  Voters still in line in some Summit County precincts - probably an hour more for a few precincts.

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 7:17 pm

One of the tools we'll be reviewing repeatedly in the NPR social media warroom you can access at http://election2012.npr.org - many tools from there can be accessed by site visitors

 

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Peter Comings
on Nov 06, 2012

I just switched to that page from the CNN elections page I had up. Looks useful.

 
Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

Here's another great resource list we're building in the NPR social media room:

https://hackpad.com/HC6W4cDfnMm#Election-Night-At-NPR

 
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Jason Russell
on Nov 06, 2012 - 7:15 pm

Before the polls close, I want to go on record saying that this election was the GOP's to lose. 

 

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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012

you really think so?

 
Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012

i don't expect results til midnight. 

 
Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

J--where did you get that electoral map up above? Was that 2008?

 
Jason Russell
on Nov 06, 2012

Yea. It's the 2008 electoral map. 

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 06, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Wake up Wake up Wake up!! ;) Exit polls showing it could be a long night - and Ken Rudin said it will be a long night, so you know, it will be a long night. Or not. What's up out there in Cleveland, fellas?

 
Nancy Reeves
on Nov 06, 2012 - 5:06 pm

First time I've been this much in the middle of an election - it has been quite an experience the past month!  If I get a chance, I'll drop in later.

 
Jonathan Murray
on Nov 06, 2012 - 1:00 pm

I just hope that when Romney wins the left is a good sport, instead of sending armies of lawyers around the country to tie up the results in endless lawsuits, the way they did in 2000.

 

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Dan Moulthrop
on Nov 06, 2012

I hope so, too, Jonathan. I think both sides sent forth respective phalanxes of lawyers back in 2000. I imagine if it's very close, we can expect the same thing.  

 
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Jill Miller Zimon
on Nov 05, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Thanks, Jason! If anyone has any questions for any of the other folks who'll be there, or for Andy Carvin, the senior social media strategist for NPR (@acarvin) or the NPR Political Junkie himself, Ken Rudin, who we'll be meeting early on in the evening, please ask away. Folks can see a list of who's who here. Very eclectic.

 
Jason Russell
on Nov 05, 2012 - 2:43 pm

The barrage of commercials will finally come to an end tomorrow night as the nation awaits the outcome of the Presidential election. Join your fellow Civic Commoners as the results come in. What are your predictions for the election? As an added bonus, Jill Miller Zimon (Civic Commons, Director of Partnerships) will be at NPR's Washington DC office providing us with information hot off the wire. She will also be with other bloggers from around the country, so we can gain understanding of election outcomes in other swing states. So grab some cocoa, turn on your favorite news network and share your thoughts with others on the Civic Commons!

 

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Andrew Samtoy
on Nov 06, 2012

Cocoa?  We're all going to need something stronger than that, my friend.

 
Jason Russell
on Nov 06, 2012

I assure you I will have something stronger than Cocoa, but then again that's a daily occurence.

 
Ben Schmitt
on Nov 06, 2012

I respect that Jason!

 
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