It’s based on a novel by a man named Nir:
Happy birthday, DavidNYC!
I’d like to use this thread to give folks who read the Swing State Project but haven’t yet opened an account a chance to “de-lurk” and say hi in comments. Creating a new account is free & easy – just click here – and you can start commenting right away. We’re a very friendly and welcoming bunch here, so whether you’ve been reading SSP for three weeks or three years, if you’ve been lurking this whole time, why not stop in and say hello? We look forward to meeting you!
UPDATE: Welcome to all the new users! And I can even offer an inducement to sign up that I hadn’t thought about before, but which brand-new user TMBJon just pointed out. When you sign up for an account and are logged in, the system will keep track of which comments you’ve alread read, and which comments are new, flagging the new ones with a very visible red “*[new]” flag. That makes it much easier to follow conversations, even if you aren’t participating yourself.
UPDATE 2: What a great thread! Welcome again to everyone! So far we’ve had over 30 new signups since this thread went up, as well as several de-lurks from folks we haven’t heard from in a long time. How awesome! I’m eager to give a personal welcome to each of you, but the thread’s grown quite enormous, so forgive me if I inadvertently skip your maiden comment. The First Lady and I are headed out to dinner, but I’ll be back later to chat some more.
UPDATE 3: If you want to edit your sig line or just provide general personal information, here’s how you do it: First, click on your username, or on the “[Username]’s Page” link in the menu on the right-hand sidebar. Then, click on the “Profile” tab. There, you can edit to your heart’s content. You can even put your email address in there, which is a great way to let other people contact you offline. (Note that you can use limited HTML in the sig line, but not in the other boxes.)
There are several elections around the country tonight. The main event, of course, is the Supreme Court race in Wisconsin, pitting incumbent David Prosser against JoAnne Kloppenburg. Also in the Badger State, Democrat Chris Abele faces off against Republican Jeff Stone for Milwaukee County Executive. Polls close at 9pm Eastern / 8pm Central. AP results will be here.
Elsewhere, there’s the first round of the Las Vegas mayoral election tonight, and there are a bunch of city council runoffs in Chicago (the first real test of Rahm Emanuel’s power). And there’s also a special election for South Carolina’s vacant 64th state House district.
So, toss in your predictions in comments. Also, if you know of any good local websites reporting results for these races, please share those as well.
UPDATE: I also added a poll on the Supreme Court race.
(Bumped – promoted by DavidNYC)
Do you write about politics (or any other topics) at a blog of your own? Do you jabber about elections on Twitter? Take the chance to pimp either or both in this thread – let fellow Swing Staters know all about your other digital homes!
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