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A lot of folks will be tuned to the national networks tonight, but when you’re looking for a dose of thoughtful analysis on the situation here in North Carolina, check in with News 14 Carolina at least occasionally as its coverage will be featuring Chris Fitzsimon (along with the head of one of the Art Pope groups) throughout the evening.

You can also follow our tweets throughout the evening at:

https://twitter.com/ncpolicywatch,
https://twitter.com/fitzsimon and
https://twitter.com/rob_schofield

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NBC-17 news here in Raleigh is taking an interesting approach to Election Day. The station is webcasting a continuous stream of politicians, commentators and interested citizens in 15 minute bites all day on its website. You can check out the schedule here.

I get to go on right after House Speaker Thom Tillis tonight at 7:15 — which means, I’m sure that there will be plenty of erroneous statements and claims still hovering in the air. Should be fun. 

Click here to check out the stream.

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The final pre-election poll from Public Policy Polling (which has a remarkably accurate record in predicting outcomes)suggests that it could be Wednesday at least before we know who will claim North Carolina’s electoral votes in the presidential election:

“the candidates are tied at 49 there based on rounded numbers, but if you break it out to decimal points Romney’s up 49.4% to 49.2% with 457 respondents having chosen him to 455 for Obama….

Our last three polls in North Carolina have all come out as ties. Barack Obama has built up a 54/45 lead during the early voting period, but Mitt Romney’s ahead 57/41 with those planning to vote on election day. Romney is making up for the registration advantage Democrats in the state have with a 55/40 lead among independent voters. Beyond that the race pretty much breaks down as you would expect. Obama is up with women (54/46), African Americans (87/12), and young voters (55/42). Romney is winning with men (54/44), whites (62/37), and seniors (58/41).”

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As the following press release explains, the good government people at Democracy NC are asking folks to spread the word about an outstanding nonpartisan organization that can help with voter problems and querstions.  

For Release Thursday, October 18, 2012                                           
Contact: Bob Hall, 919-489-1931

Confusion Over ID Rules, New Districts & Possible Challenges: Fuels Need for “Election Protection” Hotline and Special Website

 As North Carolinabegins its early voting period today, Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, has launched a toll-free hotline to help voters address problems and answer questions: 866-OUR-VOTE.  Read More

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As people here in North Carolina are scrambling getting ready for the DNC in Charlotte, down in Florida the GOP are starting their convention, already delayed by Isaac.

For those interested, here is a round-up of what all you can find on TV coverage.

YouTube has also put together this really cool page for politics that presumably will cover both conventions and the rest of the election season this year: YouTube Politics.