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David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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Is George Allen in trouble? No one in DC would know, says Karl Rove, because everyone there relies on the "elitist" Washington Post for news. That and other new Rove-isms here.

How the other half votes, from TPM Reader DP:

I was directly behind RNC Chair Ken Mehlman this morning when I came out to vote. He lives up my street on Capitol Hill. When a poll worker asked whether he wanted to vote on an electronic machine or use a traditional pencil and paper ballot, he chose the latter.


So Mehlman won't drink from the poison cup? Actually, DP says the line for paper ballots was much shorter than for the electronic machines.

The Free Enterprise Fund is at it again. The Republican 527 group is running TV ads against Tammy Duckworth in the Illinois 6th urging viewers to call her home phone number. As we reported here a few days ago, the group was doing the same thing to Jon Tester in Montana.

MSNBC is using GOP superlawyer Ben Ginsberg--of Florida recount and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth fame (among others)--as its resident lawyer for its Election Day coverage.



The liberal media indeed.

So many phone calls about voting questions/problems in Columbus, Ohio, that the county's phone system crashed:

Franklin County's phone system was returned to service about 90 minutes after it collapsed today under a crush of calls from voters and poll workers.

The volume of calls “overwhelmed the system,” Franklin County Elections Director Matthew Damschroder said.

Phones returned to normal about 9:30 a.m. The system also went down during the May 2 primary, delaying final returns until 2 a.m.

Damschroder said the system could not handle the quantity of calls from voters needing help to figure out where to vote and from poll workers needing help figuring out how to set up new electronic machines.

Polls opened at 6:30 today with relatively short lines but glitches at several polling places.

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