Tuesday, November 5, 2013
As with all election days, I'm pumped. Election days are the Super Bowls of the news business. I'll do my standard thing-- preview some big races, check turnout, file a report for the noon broadcast, and hand things off to the rest of the staff to do the really hard work-- get the numbers, and tell you what they mean.
Time permitting, check this space for an update or two or three during the day. I'll try to tweet once in a while @andypalumbo1228.
Also, look for a little analysis here tomorrow morning.
>>> 3:00 AM UPDATE: For some reason, a Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich breakfast at a truck stop has become an election morning tradition, and today was no different. It's usually busy at 2:00 AM. Today, I had the place to myself. When I hit the office, I tweaked a script due to some late developments. My task now is to check logistics-- ways to get video of the most candidates and the most voters in the most efficient amount of time. It can be done.
>>>8:00 AM UPDATE: Temporarily back in the office after a cold morning at Scranton polling place at Robert Morris Elementary. Interesting times-- Chris Doherty and James Mulligan voted minutes apart. It was a case of the soon to be past meeting the possible future.
>>>10:45 AM UPDATE: Hanging out at a polling place on North Keyser Avenue in Scranton for a while-- beautiful day for early November. Turnout here ins't great. It's easy to get a spot in the parking lot, and that's rare. As I tweeted a short time ago, there are more people handing out cards and stickers than voters. Mayoral candidate Courtright says he's heard this is among the busier polling places in the city.
>>>1:45 PM UPDATE: The noon live shot went off smoothly. I actually liked the piece-- one current mayor and the two who want to replace him. After that, it was back to the office to tie up a few loose ends, and then, home, with a stop at my polling place on the way. I was voter # 100, and the poll workers say that's on the low side. They expected more because it's a local election with plenty of dissension I just get the feeling people are fed up and staying home. The nonsense in Washington has to be playing a role.
>>>7:30 PM UPDATE: Really not much to say... snoozed the afternoon away, got up, checked some Tweets. Most say turnout today was disappointing. I'm going through some photos I took today for tomorrow's blog while waiting for the polls to close. It really shouldn't take long for trends to develop.
>>>8:00 PM UPDATE: Polls closed. Let's count!
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