This post will be a hodgepodge of happenings around the country (and locally) as Election Day goes forward. I won’t be monitoring the results in real time as I have things going on this evening, but I may update late tonight. We’ll see.
Early voting is high, surpassing the last midterm election in 2014 in most states. Indications this morning also indicate high turnout.
Let me start off with something local.
Good to know. There doesn’t appear to be serious shenanigans anywhere so far although Facebook caught the Russians at it again last night:
Acting on a tip from law enforcement, Facebook has removed more than 100 accounts – 30 on Facebook, 85 on Instagram – engaging in coordinated activity in French, English and Russian, raising the possibility that foreign actors are attempting to meddle on the eve of the U.S. midterm elections.
Facebook said it was alerted Sunday night to the suspicious activity that law enforcement believe may be linked to foreign entities and blocked the accounts in question. Almost all the Facebook pages appear to be in French or Russian while the Instagram accounts were mostly in English. Some were focused on celebrities, others on political debate, Facebook said.
“Typically, we would be further along with our analysis before announcing anything publicly. But given that we are only one day away from important elections in the U.S., we wanted to let people know about the action we’ve taken and the facts as we know them today,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said in a blog post. “Once we know more – including whether these accounts are linked to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency or other foreign entities – we will update this post.”
Oh, and Fox News completed its merger with the White House last night. Here is Sean Monday afternoon versus Monday evening.
Thought experiment: What would the comments on Fox News have been like if a bunch of CNN hosts had paraded across a rally stage with Hillary Clinton?— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 6, 2018
He even had the gall to point to the media in the convention center (including Fox News) and call them “fake news”
Moving on…. good things abound locally
Republican and Democratic strategists tell me trends point to Democrats breaking super-majorities in both chambers of @NCLeg today with outside chance of Democrats gaining majority in House (that would be a stunner). Republicans have had majority in both chambers since 2011— Erik Spanberg (@CBJspanberg) November 6, 2018
GOTV is big everywhere today on social media
VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! pic.twitter.com/QnvGSTJzfn— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 6, 2018
DEVELOPING: Voters are seeing long lines at multiple polling places across Houston, Texas due to technical difficulties – Houston Chronicle— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 6, 2018
#BREAKING: Richland County officials say they are working to recalibrate voting machines after reports that votes were changing to the opposite party https://t.co/M6g4qb7MVt @WLTX pic.twitter.com/jAymgjpjIS— Shelby Heary (@shelby_heary) November 6, 2018
By the way, there is no doubt that this election is a referendum on Trump, if for no other reason than he MADE it that way by doing extremely heavy campaigning. Rather than campaigning on the economy, Trump chose to focus on immigration (the migrant caravan, birthright citizenship) and Dem-bashing, rather than his accomplishments. Did it help? We’ll find out. It was red meat to his base, but his base may not be what it was two years ago. Also, it energized Democrats too.
More Hannity fallout….
Hannity said "ALL those people in the back are fake news." So… https://t.co/5iUtwT4ZKd— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 6, 2018
Fox's response to the Hannity debacle was to try to calm down the news side by praising them and getting Hannity to tweet that he doesn't consider them part of the "fake news." https://t.co/uHFBS1KqDp— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) November 6, 2018
This was the press release sent by the Trump campaign, from which Hannity seems to be backing away. pic.twitter.com/1QjsC9bKt4— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) November 5, 2018
Long lines and interesting solutions….
We had long voter lines this morning at @BKLYNlibrary this morning but luckily, you know, we're a LIBRARY (oh look, here I am pushing around a book truck like a Real Librarian™, best part of my day so far) pic.twitter.com/WGPkJLZKgC— Krissa ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@petithiboux) November 6, 2018
SCOOP: A new website aimed at sowing doubt on today's midterms traces directly back to a company cited by Mueller as part of Russia's interference operations. https://t.co/906rkIU54q pic.twitter.com/oq9RHB7j24— Casey Michel 🇰🇿 (@cjcmichel) November 6, 2018