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Post - Election Day Open Thread - Obama Wins; The Ron Paul Factor; Nullification in WA + CO;

Please contribute your news, observations and insights below:

Well everyone, this is IT! Election day. Did you vote? Was it crowded? What did you see / hear / observe? Please post your news, updates and insights below. If there is a specific issue you'd like to address, please feel free to start a new thread, but first check to see that it hasn't been posted already.

Thank you everyone, for everything.


Poll: Romney 49, Obama 48
Rasmussen has Romney at 49%, Obama trailing by 1, and 2% for everybody else (Libertarian, Green, etc.)

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obam... h/t Drudge

Poll: Dead heat in battleground states
Politico/GW University poll shows 47% apiece for Romney and Obama in the battleground states. Interestingly, Romney grabs independents at 47 percent to 32 percent, a change from 2008 when Obama was strong with independents.

A failure to break 50% usually means trouble for the incumbent, but this race could go any which way.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83380.html h/t Drudge

First Results from NH: Tie
Continuing with the tie theme, the first results from the first town to vote in NH, Dixville-Notch: President Obama 5, Gov. Romney, Virgil Goode 0, Gary Johnson 0.

This is the first time that Dixville-Notch has voted a tie; is this a harbinger of things to come?


Third Parties: A Waste of Time?
Libertarian professor Randy Barnett says in the WSJ that third parties are a waste in the first-past-the-post system. Rather, libertarians should work to move the two existing parties toward liberty views.

Meanwhile, the Libertarian and Constitution parties have earned enough votes in past elections in Missouri to register candidates on par with the GOP and the Democrats. Third-party votes could reach 6% in Missouri this year.

What effect do you think third-party votes have on the election(s) this year?

Ron Paul: Best-Of Compilation
Here's best-of compilation of Ron Paul videos as we face this election that doesn't feature him on even a Congressional ballot for the first time in a long time: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL712F9B27550BCB07

Obama Predicted to Win Ohio
CBS News is predicting Obama will win Ohio. Without Ohio, it makes it very difficult for Romney to win.

Obama Wins Battleground States
NBC News reports Obama winning in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The GOP failed to take over the Senate, with a 50-50 tie being broken by Vice President Joe Biden.

Third Parties Poll 1.5%, Could Decide Election
Third parties are polling 1.5% in Ohio, and could decide the election. Caveat: Johnson is polling 0.9%. Added to Romney's 48.6%, it still doesn't match Obama's 49.8%.

Liberty Candidate Kerry Bentivolio Wins in Michigan
Preliminary results put Bentivolio (R, MI) US House candidate over the top.

Ron Paul Republican Justin Amash Stays
Liberty Republican Justin Amash keeps his US house seat in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Anti-Obamacare Propositions Mostly Pass
Thinkprogress whines about anti-Obamacare propositions on the ballot on Election Day: "Wyoming’s Amendment A, Florida’s Amendment 1, Alabama’s Amendment 6, and Montana’s Measure LR-122 would all prohibit state residents and employers from being forced to purchase insurance or participate in any externally-imposed health care system.

In Missouri, Proposition E seeks to prevent the state from instituting its own health insurance exchange."

Wyoming Amendment A passes
Ballotopedia link

Florida Amendment 1 fails to get 60%, getting only 48%
Ballotopeida link

Alabama Amendment 6 passes
Ballotopedia link

Montana Measure LR-122 passes 176,456 for and 92,020 against
Ballotopedia link

Missouri Proposition E passes with 62%
Ballotopedia link

Ron Paul NH Chairman Andy Sanburn Wins
Andy Sanburn (R) wins another term to the NH Senate. He scraped past Lee Nyquist with 15,435 votes to Nyquist's 15,225, requiring a recount. Sanburn has been a key liberty ally in the first primary state.

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The contract will settle at

The contract will settle at 10.00 for the winner so you would make 7.32.

Couldn't write-in RP in TX-There were LOTS of Libertarians on my

ballot. I voted for GJ for prez. There were so many Libertarians, I could have voted straight ticket, but didn't because there were so many city props on ballot I wasn't sure if they would count. There was a Libertarian on just about everything except all of the judges. They were all Dems and not running against anyone.

A lot of voters today in my

A lot of voters today in my little township. Looks like a Romney win here. I really wanted to write in Ron Paul but he was not a certified write in candidate so I chose to vote for Gary Johnson only because I would like to see the Libertarian party get their 5% of the vote. Guess that is all my vote will amount to this time around.

I love and respect all Ron Paul supporters, regardless of

how they vote in this election.

Ron Paul says it is up to each of us to decide what we think is best. I agree with this. It's a personal decision based on our individual situation, beliefs, and values.

This important thing is to stay together after this and keep fighting for liberty.

Ann in Florida

Just got done running errands

Just got done running errands in Keene NH. There are sign wavers on the corner for Ron Paul write in votes! Yay! One sign said, "I love Ron Paul voters." It made my day. The polls are very busy in my little town of 4000 ppl.

Blessings )o(


My wife just called me after voting, and she said some guy was looking at his ballot in confusion, saying, "I thought there were only two people running for President. Who are all these other candidates?"

We've got a lot of work to do.


Happy Libertarian

California voter. Voted by

California voter. Voted by mail for Gary Johnson last week. Unfortunately there were no liberty candidates on the ballot, since California now has the "top two" primary system. Only R and D on the ballot for everything other than the office of the presidency.


John Dennis, Dan Roberts, Ton McClintock.. there are plenty of Liberty Candidates in CA. Wake tf UP.

I just went over my official California ballot

and I can assure you that NONE of those names are on it.
This for the SD Area and I'm looking through my official sample ballot right now and do not see any of the names you listed.

Unless we need to write them in, which I will do. If this is true you could clarify that instead of insulting posters.

Bill Brady


Negative on Bill Brady

as well. He's not in here. There's a "Dave Roberts" but that's for our local board of supervisors.

I'm just sayin - if we need to write them in then I need to know which positions they are going for.

Forgive me for bringing this up but.....

your comment is not a good witness!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

And yours is because

after the election you will have opinions while you wait for something to do?

I am referring to those

those 4 letters you used!
This has nothing to do with politics!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~


Wake tf UP?

Granger....You bring that before the Lord!

See what He tells you!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

What he tells me


He tells all

to have a clean heart and a clean mouth!

Your response saddens me!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~


Who voted for Johnson as well.


Voted!, +1 vote Gary Johnson Alachua County!

Napolitano 2016???



I'm a Poll Watcher today in Alachua County

Cheers..shoot me a line.

cool! gotta get to work early

gotta get to work early so i can get off and watch the results tonight

My boss...

He has always voted Republican. I have been updating him about the crooked things that the GOP has done against Ron Paul. Still he used to say he was voting for Romney, I think it clicked when I told him that he may be voting for a war in Syria or Iran.
A few days ago I was pleasantly surprised when he told me that he is just going to write-in Ron Paul! (unfortunately we are in a state where it won't count)

A good way to defend your freedoms: www.libertymagazine.org

And what state is that pray tell?

Few states exclude Ron Paul on write-in. Washington State as an example, excluded Paul in 2008 due to McCain winning the presidential primary. However, they had no presidential primary in Washington in 2012, which allows a Ron Paul write-in this year, notwithstanding they will lump all write-ins' together until they become significant.

Aren't this the write-in friendly states?

Write-in Friendly States and their electoral college count:

New Hampshire=4
New Jersey=15
New York=29
North Dakota=3
North Carolina=15
Rhode Island=4
Washington DC=3

Unknown potentials:


A good way to defend your freedoms: www.libertymagazine.org

writing in and being counted are two different things

In Oregon all write-ins are grouped together into one total so you will never see how many were for Ron Paul.

Most of those staes are

Most of those staes are friendly but the candidate has to register as a write in candidate. Ron Paul did not do so. I think there are only a handful of states that don't require the candidate to be certified. That is why I voted GJ today. I wanted to write in my hero but found out that my vote would not be counted so I decided to help out the Libertarian party get their 5%...hoping they can become a major party for next time. That is the best I could contribute this election cycle.

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GJ Wont Get 5%

He's not even worthy of it.
If you don't have the choice to be born, you have no choice at all

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

I did not vote for the person

I did not vote for the person as much as I voted for the party and the cause. I didn't know what else to do. I was hell bent on voting for my guy but found out it would not be counted. But I did vote for the republican liberty candidates in the local election. Lots to chose from this election cycle. Felt good.

Maybe he won't get 5% but at least I did what I thought best given the options I had.

Screw it!

I'm hoping it's a tie! That will produce some of the best comedy on TV?

"The only thing we die with is our own personal integrity!" LRH
Vail, CO
Freedom and Liberty for Eagle County, Colorado. www.flecc.org