Of all the surprising and revealing results from Tuesday night, there is one relatively small bit of exit polling data that I think is the key to understanding the entire evening.
You've probably heard by now that Mitt Romney won white voters by a sizable margin, while Barack Obama ran up huge margins among African-Americans and Latinos.
In fact, he won Latinos by 71% to 27%, an even wider margin than in 2008 when he won them 67% to 31%. But almost no one has noticed what to me is the most shocking result, and that's how the two candidates did with Asian-American voters. read more
The president of a Florida-based warehousing and logistics company that employs more than 3,000 people across the country sent an e-mail to his employees earlier this week implying that their jobs may depend in part on Mitt Romney winning the election on Tuesday. In the e-mail, obtained by Up w/ Chris Hayes, Cliff Otto, the president of Saddle Creek Corporation, wrote to his employees: read more
On our last show before the presidential election, Up w/ Chris Hayes will be examining the campaigns' all-important get-out-the-vote strategies, and the cutting-edge campaign science that has given the Obama campaign an edge when it comes to persuading voters and getting them out to the polls. We'll also look at what the record levels of spending in this, the first national campaign of the post-Citizens United era, tell us about the impact that ruling has had on our politics. read more
At about 8 p.m. on Monday night the east facing windows in my Brooklyn apartment started to bubble and buckle inward in a deeply unsettling way. The wind howled and we thought it prudent to move ourselves away from the wall exposed to the elements. But that one moment of sharp anxiety was as bad as things got. We were lucky: Our power never went out, and my neighborhood is on high enough ground that it wasn't flooded by the storm surge. There were a few downed trees that took out parked cars, but that was about it. read more
In our last weekend before Election Day, Up w/ Chris Hayes will be discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, including the recovery effort and the storm's political implications, with a focus on climate change, disaster preparedness and infrastructure. We'll examine the Romney campaign’s recent Jeep ads and their false outsourcing claims. We'll also take a look at the conservative backlash against New York Times number-cruncher Nate Silver.
Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on msnbc will be: read more
A CNN/ORC poll of Ohio likely voters taken from Tuesday through Thursday gave President Obama a four-point lead over Mitt Romney. And that was just one of several Ohio polls last week.
And the reason pollsters are obsessively polling Ohio, the reason that political reporters have flooded the state and that both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have practically been living there the last few weeks is that it is most likely to be the state that decides the election. read more
Tomorrow on Up w/ Chris Hayes we'll be discussing the merits of the electoral college system, and we'll examine how it has skewed presidential elections. We'll look forward to what a second term for President Obama might look like if he's re-elected. And we'll discuss the conservative myth of voter fraud, focusing in particular on one of the central figures behind the conservative misinformation campaign.
Joining Chris at 8am ET tomorrow will be:
Heather McGhee (@hcmcghee), vice president of the progressive think tank Demos. read more
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s economic policy director played a role in Wall Street’s efforts to block new regulations intended to lower gas prices, according to federal forms.
The website Think Progress reported earlier this month that Pierce Scranton, the Romney campaign's economic policy director, worked as a top lobbyist for JPMorgan Chase through August of this year, fighting a wide array of provisions in the Dodd-Frank law aimed at reforming Wall Street. read more
An employee at an Illinois manufacturing plant whose job is being transferred to China by a Bain Capital-owned auto parts company called Saturday on Mitt Romney, Bain Capital's founder and former CEO, to intervene to save his job, and said the "hypocrisy" of Romney's promise to safeguard American jobs and crack down on unfair trade practices by China was "mind-boggling." read more
Four years ago, when Barack Obama and John McCain met for a town hall debate, they met as two men who each accepted the scientific consensus that fossil fuels were warming our planet. They met as two candidates with competing plans to deal with this challenge, though their plans differed on the details. And over the course of the evening, they were even asked a direct question about the issue.
Questioner: I want to know what you would do within the first two years to make sure that Congress moves fast as far as environmental issues, like climate change and green jobs? read more
The CEO of a Florida-based software firm has repeatedly solicited his more than 1,300 employees not only to support Mitt Romney, but to donate up to the maximum $2,500 to Romney's presidential campaign, suggesting that their jobs may be at stake if Romney doesn't win, according to emails obtained exclusively by Up w/ Chris Hayes. read more
Tuesday night's presidential debate was full of flash points and tense exchanges, but an especially revealing moment came during the back-and-forth over energy policy, when Mitt Romney repeatedly interrupted President Obama to press him on the question of whether oil production on public lands had gone down during his administration. read more
Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel came under fire this week for sending an email to his employees demanding that they vote for Mitt Romney and threatening to downsize the company if they don't. But Siegel's email isn't an outlier. It fits a pattern of imperious CEOs attempting to marshal the support of their employees in pursuit of their own political interests. read more
Koch Industries, the multibillion-dollar company owned by conservative brothers Charles and David Koch, sent a mailing to its 50,000 employees earlier this month offering guidance on how to vote in this year's presidential election. It also listed the Kochs' favorite candidate for president: Mitt Romney.
The documents were obtained by In These Times magazine and provided to Up w/ Chris before publishing their report.
The packet sent to employees includes a letter, dated October 1, from Koch Industries president and Chief Operating Officer David Robertson. Robertson writes:
Dear co-worker, read more