Well, today's the big day!
It's election day in NY, NJ and VA. The VA gubenatorial race is pretty well tied up for the Republican, who is polling up by double digits over his Democrat opponent. The races in NY and NJ, though, are going to be squeakers. According to some polls, Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate for NY-23 is ahead, but not by too much, so this election is definitely one to watch.
But the one we all need to keep our eyes on is the NJ gubernatorial race. Democrat Jon Corzine is the incumbent, and he is neck and neck in the polls with Chris Christie, the republican candidate. The spoiler might be the independent candidate, Chris Daggett, who may draw enough votes away from the republican to allow Corzine a victory. To help this scenario on, Corzine and the DNC has spent a large chunk of money on robocalls for the independent candidate. Apparently Corzine's campaign, even though it has been heavily backed by Barack Obama who has made numerous trips to the state in recent months to promote Corzine, is really, really desperate. The robocalling incident is incredibly underhanded and dirty, and hopefully word of this trick will reach the voting public and backlash on the democrats by ginning up sympathy for Christie.
But it gets worse.
The ACLU, in a state supreme court ruling that came out Oct. 17th, has successfully blocked exit polling by all the major news networks - ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox and the Associated Press - a very important move that could have a major impact on Corzine's election. Why is this so important? I'll give you a one-word answer:
Yup, every body's favorite corrupt community organization is neck deep in the Corzine campaign. Corzine has told them to keep a low profile, though, so not much has been mentioned about their involvement. But make no mistake, they are involved.
As a matter of fact, it turns out the election is already under a cloud of suspicion due to the fact that over 3,000 absentee ballots signatures don't match up to the signatures on file. According to the Wall Street Journal:
"The state has received a flood of 180,000 absentee ballot requests. On some 3,000 forms the signature doesn't match the one on file with county clerks. Yet citing concerns that voters would be disenfranchised, Democratic Party lawyer Paul Josephson wrote New Jersey's secretary of state asking her "to instruct County Clerks not to deny applications on the basis of signature comparison alone." Mr. Josephson maintained that county clerks "may be overworked and are likely not trained in handwriting analysis" and insisted that voters with suspect applications should be allowed to cast provisional ballots. Those ballots, of course, would then provide a pool of votes that would be subject to litigation in any recount, with the occupant of New Jersey's highest office determined by Florida 2000-style scrutiny of ballot applications."
No exit polling + absentee ballots + ACORN = a seriously questionable election.
Things like this make it hard to believe we still live in America.
BTW, the independent candidate is quite liberal, so it would be an interesting little twist if it turns out he was backed or encouraged to run by Corzine's campaign or the DNC in a desperate effort to siphon off votes from Christie.
By hook or by crook, eh?