Only two states — Kentucky and South Carolina — still bar the sale of alcohol on Election Day.
— Howard Fendrich — Twitter http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich
This just in from AP’s Steve Peoples, in the air with Mitt Romney headed from Pittsburgh to Boston:
Speaking to reporters aboard his campaign plane on his last flight on the campaign, Romney said he just finished writing his victory speech on the flight from Pittsburgh to Boston.
‘‘It’s about 1,118 words. I'm sure it'll change before I'm finished because I haven’t passed it around to my family and friends and advisors to get their reaction. But I've only written one speech at this point.’’
He said he had no regrets: ‘‘I feel like we put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room. We fought to the very end and I think that’s why we'll be successful.’’
He also talked about his parents. ‘‘I think about my dad from time to time. And my mom. I sure wish they were around to be part of this,’’ he said. ‘‘I hope they’re able to watch in their own way.’’
— Steve Peoples — Twitter http://twitter.com/sppeoples
Actress Kate Walsh is a self-described ‘‘one-percenter’’ now, but in a personal video posted on her website, she says she grew up with government assistance.
Walsh speaks directly to the camera in the 6 1/2 -minute video she calls ‘‘My Story: Why I'm voting for Barack Obama.’’ The 45-year-old actress explains that her father was an Irish immigrant and her family relied on food stamps when she was growing up. As a young woman, she amassed more than $30,000 in student-loan debt before quitting college to pursue acting. With no health insurance, Planned Parenthood provided her annual check-ups.
‘‘It wasn’t until I was 36 years old and I got on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ that I could finally pay back my student loans once and for all,’’ she says. ‘‘And now, today, having been on television for a number of years, I am one of those one-percenters. And I'm not looking for a tax break or a tax cut. I just want to know how my taxes are going to be spent. And I want them to go back into the programs that will help the rest of America, the 47 percent, that, for me, are the foundation and the bedrock of this country. Because that’s where I came from. That’s who my people are.’’
She says she made the video ‘‘to explain a little bit about where I came from and why I'm doing what I'm doing’’ to support Obama and encourage people to vote.
— Sandy Cohen — Twitter http://twitter.com/APSandy
READY FOR THE CLOSE-UP
To prepare for Election Night, Romney staffers are walking across the stage at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, holding hands and waving to the cameras. At one point, a male and a female staffer held hands and hugged briefly. Then the man strode to the podium and waved to the bank of cameras.
The checks show staffers and TV crews how the shot will look when Romney strides in to make his speech late on Tuesday evening.
See the photo here:
— Kasie Hunt — Twitter http://twitter.com/kasie
BROADCASTING YOUR VOTE
Tweet the Vote! According to a study published by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 22 percent of registered voters have told others which candidates they support on a social networking site like Twitter or Facebook.
Those broadcasting their political views and votes are from both parties — 25 percent of President Barack Obama’s supporters have posted their preferences and 20 percent of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s supporters have done the same.
Forty-five percent of registered voters ages 18-29 say they have been encouraged to vote for another candidate via social media, the Pew study says.
— Mary Clare Jalonick — Twitter http://twitter.com/MCJalonick
Stop us if anything in here sounds familiar.
Election. Burglary. Political party office.
Police detectives are investigating an overnight burglary at the Seattle headquarters of the Washington state Democratic Party. Someone arriving for work found a broken window and open door and got police involved at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
It’s not yet known what might have been taken — and police spokesman Mark Jamieson says there’s no immediate indication of a political motivation.
He calls it a burglary in a building that happens to house campaign folks.
— Doug Esser — Twitter http://twitter.com/apseattle
One more thing to add to the list of potential nightmare scenarios if the presidential election is extremely close: Provisional ballots that aren’t counted for days or weeks.Continued...