In almost every election you see isolated reports of voting machines 'changing' people's votes. In virtually every case, as Texas election authorities are explaining now, it's human error. In exceedingly rare cases, it's a mechanical malfunction. It's never a conspiracy. Except this time, the candidate is Donald Trump so he's tweeting about the 'conspiracy' to flip votes to Hillary.
TPM reporter Lauren Fox is taking a break from her busy coverage schedule on the ground in Nevada to visit the Hive on Thursday afternoon. She'll be taking questions on the Senate race, her sit-down with outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and of course the presidential election, which is very close in Nevada.
Lauren will be taking questions today, on Thursday, October 27th — drop them in now or between 1 and 2 p.m. EST.
It's October 27 and the PollTracker Average stands at Clinton 46.8 percent, Trump 40.7 percent, a 6.1percentage-point spread.
The TPM Electoral Scoreboard stands at Clinton 294, Trump 182. Evan McMullin is leading in Utah, worth six electoral votes. Arizona, Georgia, and Florida are in the Toss Up category.
The DNC cites last week's story by Tierney Sneed in its legal filing today seeking to have the RNC held in contempt by a federal court for violating that decades-old consent decree that bars it from engaging in euphemistic "ballot security" measures. I mention that not to brag on Tierney (though it is a good story) as much as direct you to some of the key backstory on how Donald Trump dragged the RNC into this mess.