Romney up 92K in OH early voting? Update: Gannett pulls link; Update: EV up 14% in 2008 McCain counties, down in Obama counties; Update: Gannett “regrets the error”

posted at 9:21 am on November 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Update: The data is still up at the Gannett site, but they’ve pulled the link from the front page.  Justin Higgins says that OH won’t release EV data separately:

Original post follows, but if this turns out to be wrong, Gannett may have some explaining to do about why they put it up on their website’s front page.

Update II: Via MKH, Cook Report’s Dave Wasserman crunched the numbers and figures the GOP has achieved parity in Ohio early voting:

Update III: Since I owe you some good news on this topic, here’s Josh Kraushaar, via John Nolte:

That’s a huge enthusiasm advantage.

Update IV: Gannett finally issued a retraction and an apology:

A Cincinnati.com front-page link to a chart with dummy data, created as a design template for election results, was inadvertently posted early Tuesday morning.

It purported to show early voting totals in Ohio counties. However, no votes have been counted yet – by law counting doesn’t start until the polls close.

Cincinnati.com regrets the error.

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So says Gannett’s Cincinnati.com, which has the data from the state government posted at its site this morning. I put the question mark on the data because I don’t see anything up yet at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, but occasionally the media will get updates prior to the website. According to the data, Mitt Romney already has 697,143 votes before the polls opened a couple of hours ago, while Barack Obama only has 605,546, a difference of almost 92,000 votes.  The data is time-stamped at 2:03 ET this morning, and the link on the front page of the site reads, “Early voters: How Ohio has voted.”

A few counties have not yet reported any early-voting results, but one county in particular looks huge.  Cuyahoga, which includes Cleveland, should be a Democratic stronghold, and perhaps the one area where Democratic early-voting efforts should have produced their biggest lead.  Instead, Romney has a lead of about 14,000 votes already, 127,570 to 113,373.  In Hamilton County, where Cincinnati itself is located, Romney leads by over 5,000, 29,969 to 24,808.  A quick scan of the data shows Romney leading in every county with more than 25,000 EVs.

This may be a very big deal, if these numbers are correct.  Obama had a big lead in EVs before Election Day in 2008, which allowed him to withstand the GOP’s better turnout on the day itself.  Frankly, Team Romney might have been thrilled to be trailing by 92K at this juncture.  To be ahead in early voting portends a big Republican turnout in the Buckeye State, and perhaps an early night for all of us.  We’ll see, but this is the first indication of unforeseen Romney strength in this election.


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Gird yer loins !

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/06/Obama-supporter-punches-voter-in-face?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

pambi on November 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM

That probably inspired everyone in line to vote for Romney :)

neuquenguy on November 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM

No Cozmo, tomorrow you will be partying and happy happy joy joy, because of the bright red sweep announced late tonight! ;)

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Tomorrow I will most likely be at the shop loaded for bear the zombie apocalypse.

The southern section of Dallas.

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

She will absolutely hate us………again……as usual.

VegasRick on November 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

She and he never stopped.

derft on November 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I say it’s a great omen.

Right Mover on November 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Glad to hear you are finally recovering there… and yes, may this be the day the country can begin to look forward to recovering as well.

lynncgb on November 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I also overheard in line this morning some obvious Obama supporters talking about how Romney wanted to (paraphrasing) “cut Big Bird and Elmo, what are the kids gonna watch?”, and “he wants to cut food stamps and social security, goodness, what are folks gonna do?”.

cep on November 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Judge is issuing order to reinstate GOP inspectors in PA.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/06/judge-issuing-order-to-reinstate-booted-philadelphia-election-officials/

pambi on November 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Maybe legit? Confirms 92k lead for RR and is on Drudge.

Final Word on November 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Not legit. I think this was done on purpose to try and trick the folks of Ohio that Romney had it in the bag….stiffy cutter’s fingerprints.

Update IV: Gannett finally issued a retraction and an apology:

A Cincinnati.com front-page link to a chart with dummy data, created as a design template for election results, was inadvertently posted early Tuesday morning.

It purported to show early voting totals in Ohio counties. However, no votes have been counted yet – by law counting doesn’t start until the polls close.

Cincinnati.com regrets the error.

VegasRick on November 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

A deliberate leak to let the fraudsters know what they need to overcome?

michaelo on November 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

No lineup in Georgia this morning. Cold and wet too.

slickwillie2001 on November 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM

My polling location is mostly Dem, our congressman is John Lewis, and he will probably get about 90% of the vote (yes there is a Republican challenger). 4 years ago, I waited in line 2 hours. Today, the whole process took about 15 minutes. Granted, early voting increased for Georgia and it was raining this morning. Still, I think Dem enthusiasm is down.

cep on November 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Ah yes, John ‘feel sorry for me because I got beat upside the head so make me a congressman’ Lewis.

The pride of Georgia.

slickwillie2001 on November 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

She and he never stopped.

derft on November 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

That’s right.

VegasRick on November 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

ShadowsPawn on November 6, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Never underestimate the power of ignorance on social networking sites biting them in the ass and doing the exact opposite.

I have noticed most liberal dopes are still pasting memes that did not go well from the Admin itself…

The assault on Romney’s Mormonism pissed off religious Dems (I know, an oxymoron) and more importantly was ended due to Obama’s daddy being married to multiple women.

“war on Women” failed miserably, yet liberal dopes are still screaming on FB/twitter, etc about ” a womans body”

Gay marriage is on 4 state ballots… we will see if it goes the way of the other 12 state ballots defeating it.

Odie1941 on November 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Tomorrow I will most likely be at the shop loaded for bear the zombie apocalypse.

The southern section of Dallas.

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Be prepared but, most likely they will be in a closet somewhere, sucking their thumbs and bawling uncontrollably! ;)

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

A deliberate leak to let the fraudsters know what they need to overcome?

michaelo on November 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Like every year, the big Dem counties will not report until they know how many votes they need.

neuquenguy on November 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Flora Duh on November 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Wow, am I ever proud to be from Detroit. /s

totherightofthem on November 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

cep on November 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

The Million Muppet Marcg came in at 999,999,400 SHORT !!

Who da H are those 600 idjits, anyway ?? LOL

pambi on November 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

but this is the first indication of unforeseen Romney strength in this election.

Bend over liberals. It’s your turn.

ted c on November 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Right Mover on November 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM
RM, any feel for how the other folks in your area feel about zero? Just wondering if their is any anger in the Dim ranks about the epic failer of zeros handling of Sandy.

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Live in central ohio. Will be a landslide for Romney. And Sen. Brown will be voted out.

joshlbetts on November 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Will the MSM ever utter the words, “Romney Democrats”, Or will they have a new name for them?

Norky on November 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Per Sean Davis:

Early voting in OH suggests Rommey just needs to win 52% of Election Day vote to win OH.

That’s less than Bush did in 2000 & 2004, similar to McCain in 2008.

Norwegian on November 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Classy.

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Yeah, they are. And smart too.

My Twitter homepage

I just got this tweet from a lib.

@MAKEITPOPGO

@FloraDuh1 I can’t believe you tattooed little american flags on these eagles on your homepage – that’s animal abuse

Flora Duh on November 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Gird yer loins !

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/06/Obama-supporter-punches-voter-in-face?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

pambi on November 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM

While being arrested, she probably demanded to be allowed to make a call on her “‘bama phone”.

bofh on November 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Tea Party influence will be self-evident.

joshlbetts on November 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

kcd on November 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

There was a dry run a few months ago when the cops shot a drug dealer down the street. The threatened riot never materialized.

I figure the same with a Romney win. Which could be worse. They will seethe with anger, but not be able to show it in a large group. They will resort to gang attacks on individuals. That will go on for months.

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

The Million Muppet Marcg came in at 999,999,400 SHORT !!

Who da H are those 600 idjits, anyway ?? LOL

pambi on November 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Nine hundred ninety-nine million, nine hundred ninety-nine thousand, four hundred short? Out of a million?

Wow… :-)

Kraken on November 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Judge is issuing order to reinstate GOP inspectors in PA.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/06/judge-issuing-order-to-reinstate-booted-philadelphia-election-officials/

pambi on November 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM

..maybe there’ll be a rumble between them and the New and Improved Black Panthers or something?

Boy, if Obama loses PA these dudes (the BPs) will be p-i-s-s-e-d!

The War Planner on November 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Kraken on November 6, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Someone confused the million muppet march with the billion muppet march.

Dextrous on November 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I’m looking forward to seeing Michelle Obama’s talk show soon.

CrustyB on November 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM

That would probably be about as successful as Chelsea Clinton’s stint on NBC News.

UltimateBob on November 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Someone confused the million muppet march with the billion muppet march.

Dextrous on November 6, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Who cares, right? Muppets don’t count, anyway…

Kraken on November 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Kraken on November 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Muppet emancipation?

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Flora Duh on November 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I’m almost speechless at the mere thought that makeitpopgo (?) was serious with that tweet. I thought I’d seen the depth of stupidity with some of HA’s trolls, but this one has them beat by a wide margin.

totherightofthem on November 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Flora Duh on November 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

LOL! Some Democrats showed up at my precinct to vote this morning with our their Voter Registration cards. That was OK, because there is a roll. However, they came to the wrong precinct. LOL.

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Getting ready to go over to my polling place to hand out slate cards for R/R and our state and local GOP candidates.

This thing about the New Black Panthers and the GOP election inspectors being ejected really, really, REALLY infuriates me.

It seems to have been resolved for now, but you better believe this needs to be watched all day and night.

PatriotGal2257 on November 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Will the MSM ever utter the words, “Romney Democrats”, Or will they have a new name for them?

Norky on November 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

racists.

Animal60 on November 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Like every year, the big Dem counties will not report until they know how many votes they need.

neuquenguy on November 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

They have problems with numbers over 20. Math is hard

Animal60 on November 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Ed: are these the “exit poll” numbers we should be ignoring?

I am so-o-o-o-o-o-o confused.

The War Planner on November 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

LOL! Some Democrats showed up at my precinct to vote this morning with our their Voter Registration cards. That was OK, because there is a roll. However, they came to the wrong precinct. LOL.

kingsjester on November 6, 2012 at 11:19 AM

..are you sure this was the first time they attempted to vote, K.J.? Maybe they had already done so at their precinct.

The War Planner on November 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Giant Obama mural inside Philly polling station. No wonder they are kicking GOP monitors out.

https://twitter.com/Timodc/status/265845658798419969/photo/1

tommyboy on November 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I just sent Martha McCallum a nasty email. She said Fredericksburg was in Northern Virginia. I don’t think she knows what that means.

Oldnuke on November 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

..hate to break it to you, ‘nuke, but Martha is a ditz! She barely knows what state New Yawk City is in.

The War Planner on November 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

It is good to keep the enthusiasm up by reading this post; however, to really check out how things might be going I went to Huffington to check their comments. Although the libs are obviously in the tank for the dems, I am happy to report that for the most part there is not a lot of anecdotal evidence of long lines, enthusiasm, etc…So, now I am ENTHUSED.

jstanley54 on November 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Giant Obama mural inside Philly polling station. No wonder they are kicking GOP monitors out.

https://twitter.com/Timodc/status/265845658798419969/photo/1

tommyboy on November 6, 2012 at 11:31 AM

There was a giant picture of Jesus in mine! Told the Muslim behind me he was being watched…he kinda giggled funny….

gracie on November 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So, now I am ENTHUSED.

jstanley54 on November 6, 2012 at 11:39 AM

..good stuff, Stanley! For those feeling Eeyorish, here’s Paul Mirengoff’s reasons for calling it for Romney:

1. When both Rasmussen and Gallup say +1 [for Romney], it’s +1.

2. That would mean Romney by about 1,200,000 votes. No candidate has ever finished that far in front and lost the Electoral College.

3. Back to basics: The conventional wisdom all year was that the party to win the independents wins the White House. As usual, the conventional wisdom is right.

4. Back to basics again: When the polling is a tie, the side with greater intensity wins. That’s us.

5. Sandy did hurt Romeny, but the hurt stopped yesterday, when graphic pictures showed that what was thought to be Dear Leader’s relief effort was leaving thousands in awful shape. If anything, I suspect there’s been a slight Thermidor over the last 48 hours.

6. Take a look at the right track/wrong track number.

7. Almost no poll has Obama at 50%. What is the history of incumbents who are not at 50% the day before the election?

8. Obama squandered his best asset, his “favorability.” Romney now outdoes him there on the RCP Index. Behavior does matter.

9. The economy stinks, and the press can’t hide it. True, it doesn’t stink around here, because Washington is absorbing tax dollars from everywhere else. But it’s extremely hard to get a job. People feel anxious, and they’ve felt that way ever since Dear Leader has been in office. There is a pent-up longing to be able to feel better, more relaxed.

10. We’ve got Obamafatigue. He’s the most overexposed man in history. He wears well for a while, but it’s been too long. What used to sound like soaring phrases now sounds like what it actually is, to wit, blather.

11. All during the Republican primary season, for months, the polling showed a genaric Republican winning over Obama. Romney has succeeded in turning himself into the genaric Republican.

12. The expiation-driven urge to elect a black President has been sated. Been there, done that.

13. Where will the decisive electoral votes come from? I suspect from Wisconsin (just last year the Dems and unions threw in everything they had and lost the recall by 7%; plus there’s favorite son Paul Ryan); Iowa (all four major papers endorsed the Republican candidate — a first, I believe); Colorado (a marijuana initiative will draw some of the college vote to Gary Johnson). We appear to have some chance at Pennsylvania, although we always seem to think that and always seem to lose. Ohio — who knows? But if I’m right, we can win without it.

The War Planner on November 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

While being arrested, she probably demanded to be allowed to make a call on her “‘bama phone”.

bofh on November 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I wanted to start a rumor that if you ‘git bam pho’ you don’t need to go and vote, you can do it all on your ‘bam pho’.

slickwillie2001 on November 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I wanted to start a rumor that if you ‘git bam pho’ you don’t need to go and vote, you can do it all on your ‘bam pho’.

slickwillie2001 on November 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

..oh you’re good! I mean really. really good!

The War Planner on November 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Snowing in Madison, WI, changing to rain midday, ending late afternoon.

A real pity /s

matthew8787 on November 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

We’ve got Obamafatigue. He’s the most overexposed man in history. He wears well for a while, but it’s been too long.

This! The LSM actually helped bring him down by this emphasis on everything he said or did as significant and impressive. Not many if any people can live up to the hype the media created. Unfortunately Obama was the leat likely candidate to live up to any hpye. He has been revealed for the mediocre low achieving garden variety politician that he is. He really is an empty suit/chair. Everything he has done was either someone else’s idea and/or a disaster.

Deanna on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

matthew8787 on November 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I would prefer for the weather to be nice. That way there is no excuse when Romney wins.

cozmo on November 6, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I live in the northernmost part of Hamilton County. I was passing out GOP Voter Guides at a nearby precinct. Pretty busy for the first hour, then steady traffic for the next three hours. Just from personal observation, I’m guessing it was a 70-30 R2-Obama turnout, so encouraging. Someone said that they’d heard on the radio that the morning turnout in Warren County, one of the two counties immediately north of Hamilton County was seeing a huge turnout. Warren County doesn’t have the population that Hamilton County has, but it’s blood red GOP.

BuckeyeSam on November 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Oh my. Barry’s early voting machine misfiring?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fwy7v7BK2Q

FINISH HIM!

RedNewEnglander on November 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

So, this is a bit confusing. Was it just a test page, or was it a test page with real early data accidently released to the public?

BTW, count three for R2 from the hawkdriver family. Just back.

hawkdriver on November 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Will the MSM ever utter the words, “Romney Democrats”, Or will they have a new name for them?

Norky on November 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Yeah, “racists”.

eyedoc on November 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Rush mentioning Ed and this story just now. Love it!

unmeritedfavor on November 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Will the MSM ever utter the words, “Romney Democrats”, Or will they have a new name for them?

Norky on November 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Hopefully they will be called Republicans…

mpthompson on November 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Rush is talking about this now.

Deets on November 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Rush all over this…

… Nice shout out to Ed!

Seven Percent Solution on November 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

The Moment

Seven Percent Solution on November 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

GMU prof monitoring SoS early voting stats by state:
http://elections.gmu.edu/early_vote_2012.html

FerdtheMoonCat on November 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I can’t make heads nor tails of this post.

VorDaj on November 6, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I don’t have a calender handy. Is this November 6 or April 1?

VorDaj on November 6, 2012 at 1:09 PM

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