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Steve Schale: Florida early vote, a retrospective

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It is time for one last big data piece on Florida 2016. For about 18 hours a day over 2+ weeks, I found myself living and breathing early voting data. So now that all the data have been reported from counties, I wanted to look back at some assumptions, and compare them to the actual voting data. Before I begin, there are five things to keep in mind: 1. Every time I talk in percentages, those percentages are relative to…

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Americans thinking nation is divided hits all-time high, new polling shows

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The number of Americans who think the nation is divided has reached an all-time high according to a new Gallup poll. The poll found 77 percent of Americans see the country as divided, while 21 percent said the country was united. In 2012, the last time Gallup measured perceptions of unity, 69 percent of respondents said the country was divided, with 29 percent saying American was united. The lack of optimism is nothing new. Outside of a pair of polls…

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Steve Schale: Notes on Election Day in Florida

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To: Anyone who has been reading my memos, Putin included. From: Steve Schale Re: We survived, and genuine thanks from me. First, thank you all for following along for the last two weeks. This memo isn’t going to be a big data dump. For those, you can go back and read the other 12 versions of this thing. But I want to start with a couple of numbers. First: 67. That is the percentage of the electorate that was white…

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Steve Schale: Final notes on early voting in Florida

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To: The tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free of 2016 From: Steve Schale, Florida Sherpa Re: It is almost drinkin’ time I usually do a timeline here, but since I can’t even imagine life in a post-2016 election cycle world, I am simply going to say, Thank God America, we have damn near made it. Like the weed that I can’t get to stop growing up the side of my backyard fence, admit it, you thought this would…

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Democrats take the lead in pre-Election Day votes

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Florida Democrats have surpassed Republicans in pre-election totals, aided in large part by turnout during the early voting period. Data compiled by the Florida Chamber of Commerce show nearly 2.1 million Democrats and nearly 2.1 million Republicans have already voted this election cycle. According to the Chamber data, Democrats now lead Republicans by a margin of about 2,600 votes. Democrats still trail Republicans in the vote-by-mail race, returning 919,091 ballots. Registered Republicans have returned 988,579 ballots, giving them a vote-by-mail…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the 11th day of early voting in Florida

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To: A tired, weary nation, and the Trump tech guys in Macedonia From: Steve Schale, Florida Man Re: Why in the world did I start doing these? *1 day since the leader of the free world did the #swoop at UNF. *4 days until the election. *6 days until I am home for a nice long time. *8 days until FSU basketball tips off. *106 days until pitchers and catchers. *131 days to get your NCAA basketball bracket complete —…

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Steve Schale: Notes on the tenth day of early voting in Florida

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To: Curious Americans and President Vladimir Putin From: Steve Schale, Proud FloridaMan Re: 5 Days out — and eight years later, POTUS returns to Duval *5 days until the election. *7 days until the first Thursday after the election. *9 days until FSU basketball tips off. *23 days until the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K. *113 days until Daytona 500. Welcome to the last Thursday, and before I begin, a note to Democrats: REALLY? What are you waiting for? Return those ballots! So, beginning today with a point of…

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