It’s raining in Florida, which usually means a low voter turnout. It’s also the first day of school in some areas. Which means voter turnout: worse! In Hillsborough County, as of 10:00 a.m., only 2.7% of voters had cast their ballot.
By the same time in Pinellas County, only 1.7% had cast theirs, but 14.7% of Pinellas voted early.
As I said earlier via Twitter:
Bill McCollum (R-Tea Bagger-FOX-GOPTV) has already pronounced himself a winner, declaring “we’ve overcome” Republican opponent Rick Scott. No word on whether his entourage broke out in a chorus of “We shall overcome….”
Meanwhile Rick Scott sent out videos of himself voting. How very “regular guy” and so original. One could simply forget he’s just another millionaire who escaped Medicare fraud charges, am I right?
Maybe McCollum has “overcome” Scott, or maybe he hasn’t, depending on which poll you look at:
The latest polls show McCollum leading Scott, but the margin is slender – a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday had him up by just 4 percentage points, after a Mason-Dixon poll released Saturday had him up by 9 points. And a telephone “robo-poll” by Public Policy Polling had Scott up by 7 points, though that was within the poll’s margin of error.
In the U.S. Senate race, millionaire Jeff Greene (D?-Sure Whatever) continued to campaign “Giuliani style” on election day as he’s been doing, except for all the TV ads, free food-school supply block parties, photo ops with the family, and one proving that his Mom voted for him early over the weekend. As of this morning his schedule was thus:
9:00 a.m.: Vote
7:00 p.m.: Watch returns.
Good luck with that. At the rate he’s going, he’ll likely lose “Giuliani style” as well.
Update I: as I was writing this: Greene has now added a couple of campaign stops to his previously empty schedule.
Update II: I still say he pulls out a “Giuliani” ending.
Democrat Kendrick Meek has a full schedule as always today, with stops throughout Miami, Delray Beach, Plantation, and Hollywood so far.
From the Florida Independent:
This pattern was repeated throughout the campaign, as Meek ran an 11-day bus tour throughout the state, qualified for the ballot by getting 145,000 signatures on a petition and ran much longer hours than Greene, who began his days at 11 a.m. Despite never having run in a competitive race, Meek was simply a more hard-working campaigner, shaking hands with the Democratic party base and unions, and exciting supporters at rallies with his longtime ally, Bill Clinton.
A “hard-working candidate.” Quite a refreshing change for that seat, don’t you think? Start packing, Sen. Stand-In LeMieux.
As for the other candidates who will be competing with Meek come November? Word on the street is that both Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R-Tea Bagger-FOX-GOPTV) are both struggling to remain relevant. Whatever. Knock yourselves out.
And while we’re on the subject of Tea Baggers, if you got a robo-call on behalf of Attorney General candidate Pam Bondi (R-Tea Bagger-FOX-GOPTV) that gave you flashbacks from 2008, along with newly recurring nightmares, then yes. That was indeed Screech Palin on the phone. Don’t worry though, it will probably be the last. The candidates she endorses don’t fare well. Bye-bye Bondi! (Insert “Law and Order” theme here.)
To be continued….