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November 13, 2000
Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican living in the West, one thing has become crystal clear in this election: Exit polls should be banned forever! GENE POLITO Irvine
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NEWS
November 6, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
The two biggest elections Tuesday provided an imperfect template for predicting the future. In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie so thoroughly blew away his Democratic opponent that conclusions are skewed. It would be a miracle, for instance, if Christie duplicated his showing and won close to a quarter of black voters in a 2016 run for president. In Virginia, the main candidates were so flawed you could almost hear voters begging for a “none of the above” option before they grudgingly gave the governor's office to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
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NEWS
June 5, 2012 | By David Lauter and Bob Secter
As Wisconsin voting places were closing, exit polls showed the recall race in a dead heat between Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Tom Barrett. Turnout in the state had been extremely heavy all day, appearing to match the predictions of state officials that 60%-65% of voting-age adults would turn out. The state allows same-day voter registration - a practice that encourages high turnout.  Although polls officially close at 8 p.m. local time (6 p.m. Pacific), Wisconsin allows voters in line by poll-closing time to vote.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- To the cheers of hundreds of supporters, New York's next mayor, Bill de Blasio, promised Tuesday to lead the city down a path that would tackle racial inequality and undo income gaps that he said were “decades in the making.” “Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city, united by a belief that our city should leave no New Yorker behind,” De Blasio, the city's liberal Democratic public advocate, told...
NEWS
March 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The good news for Rick Santorum is that he scored as well if not better among the same voting groups in Illinois that carried him to victory in Alabama a week ago. The bad news for Santorum is that Illinois is not Alabama. In both Alabama and Mississippi, about 4 of 5 Republican primary voters described themselves as "very conservative," and Santorum won that group in both states. In Illinois, fewer than a third of the voters placed themselves in that category, among the lowest of the states that have held primaries or caucuses thus far. In Alabama, 75% of voters were white evangelical or born-again Christians, a group among which Santorum edged Newt Gingrich by 3 percentage points.
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
Evangelical voters who have carried Rick Santorum to victory in key Midwestern and Southern contests were less of a force in primaries in Wisconsin and Maryland Tuesday, a reality reflected in the early returns that favor Mitt Romney. In tonight's key vote in Wisconsin, only 37% of voters identified themselves as white evangelical or born-again Christian, and the group only narrowly favored the former Pennsylvania senator, exit polls show. In Maryland, Romney actually scored a narrow win among evangelicals, who represented a similar share of the vote.
WORLD
February 8, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
Viktor Yanukovich, the former mechanic who just six years ago was shunned as a pro-Moscow stooge, declared victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday after early exit polls showed him leading by a slim margin. Three exit polls showed Yanukovich leading by 4 to 5 percentage points in a runoff election that threatens to deepen political instability in the contentious former Soviet state. His opponent, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, refused to concede, and the numbers were being bitterly argued into the early hours Monday.
NEWS
November 6, 1988 | Zan Thompson
Monday night while we are sleeping in California, the good folk of Dixville Notch, N.H., will cast their votes. Seven hours after that, we will troop to a neighbor's garage, or a school auditorium and cast ours. Somewhere in California, it will be raining, probably in Redding because it usually is, and the electorate will shrug into their raincoats and splash to the polls.
WORLD
January 22, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- With one of the highest voter turnouts since 1999, Israelis once again threw their support behind the nation's conservative and religious political parties, probably ensuring the reelection of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to exit polls Tuesday night by Israeli television channels. Official results are expected early Wednesday. According to the exit polls, the right-wing bloc squeaked to a narrow victory, winning 62 seats in Israel's 120-member Knesset.
NEWS
November 19, 1989 | ROGER SIMON
In the old days, television brought us news soon after it happened. The event would be captured on film and that film would be rushed to the studio where it would be developed and edited and broadcast. But "soon after it happened" was not fast enough. Not by a long shot. Tape replaced film and that helped. Developing was no longer necessary and editing was faster. And then came satellites. You could broadcast live from anywhere on earth. Television could bring us news as it happened.
WORLD
October 27, 2013 | By Alexandra Jinjikhashvili and Sergei L. Loiko
TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgi Margvelashvili, a onetime mountain guide who forged a reputation in politics as a moderate voice of reason, won the presidential election in Georgia on Sunday with backing from the prime minister's ruling coalition. By late Sunday local time, Margvelashvili was leading with 66.7% of the vote, according to exit polls conducted by the German polling agency GFK, prompting his main opponent to concede. The 44-year-old Margvelashvili had the backing of powerful Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and his Georgian Dream ruling coalition.
WORLD
September 22, 2013 | By Jeevan Vasagar
BERLIN - Angela Merkel appeared to have won a third term as chancellor in Germany's elections Sunday, according to the first exit poll, but she faces tricky negotiations to form a coalition with the left-wing opposition after a surge in support for a new party opposed to Europe's single currency. The exit poll results, released by state broadcaster ARD after voting ended at 6 p.m., showed Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, or CDU, at 42%, leading the main opposition Social Democrats by 16 percentage points.
WORLD
September 22, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Germans began heading to the polls Sunday morning in an election that will probably see their popular chancellor, Angela Merkel, voted in for a third term but forced to share power in government with one of the runner-up parties. The balloting caps a race in which Merkel and her rivals traded barbs over a possible national minimum wage, higher taxes for the rich and Germany's role in bailing out debt-ridden European countries. But discussion of those issues was often drowned out by minor campaign controversies and ignored by residents generally satisfied with the status quo. Germany's economy, Europe's largest, continues to outperform almost all its neighbors' despite the region's debt crisis, and unemployment in Germany is low. Merkel, 59, Germany's first female leader, has governed the country since 2005 and enjoys extremely high approval ratings.
WORLD
September 8, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - A candidate favored by the Kremlin, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, held a narrow lead Sunday in his bid for a full term at the helm of Russia's capital, exit polls showed. The tense and dramatic race drew international attention because Sobyanin's main challenger was President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic, Alexei Navalny. Most exit polls showed Sobyanin leading with about 53% of the vote, trailed by Navalny at about 32%. Sobyanin needs more than 50% to avoid a runoff, which would be held in two weeks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2013 | Michael Finnegan
City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel are locked in a tie for the lead in the Los Angeles mayoral primary, but their chances of clinching spots in the May runoff rest with a huge swath of likely voters open to switching candidates before Tuesday's vote, according to a new USC Price / Los Angeles Times poll. The survey, taken last Sunday through Wednesday, found Garcetti at 27% and Greuel at a statistically even 25%. Bunched behind the two Democrats were Republican lawyer Kevin James at 15% and Democratic Councilwoman Jan Perry at 14%. Former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez trailed at 5%. The survey showed that none of the major candidates has cultivated deep support among any of the big voter groups that can swing Los Angeles elections.
WORLD
February 17, 2013 | By Pablo Jaramillo Viteri and Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's incumbent president, Rafael Correa, swept to an easy reelection victory Sunday, winning 58% of the vote according to a preliminary official sampling - an overwhelming margin that entitles him to a third term without having a runoff. The 49-year-old leftist economist easily outdistanced his closest finishers, banker Guillermo Lasso with 24%, former President Lucio Gutierrez with 6%, and banana exporter Alvaro Noboa with 4%, according to a snap count released by the national electoral commission.
OPINION
September 15, 1985
Historically, states have banned electioneering in areas immediately adjacent to voting places to prevent voters from being harassed--perhaps even bribed--by zealous candidates, campaign workers and others. This no man's land normally runs from just outside the building containing the voting booths to as far as 600 feet away in Louisiana and 1,000 feet in Hawaii. But the ban on electioneering in most states is a reasonable 100 feet or less from the polling place.
NEWS
April 8, 1990
Volunteers for UCLA's Monterey Park project, a two-year study of social and political changes in the city, plan to conduct voter exit polls during Tuesday's city election. The research project, supervised by UCLA sociologist John Horton, began in February, 1988, and is funded in part by the university's Institute of American Cultures. The group assisted with a similar exit poll during the 1988 municipal election.
WORLD
January 22, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- With one of the highest voter turnouts since 1999, Israelis once again threw their support behind the nation's conservative and religious political parties, probably ensuring the reelection of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to exit polls Tuesday night by Israeli television channels. Official results are expected early Wednesday. According to the exit polls, the right-wing bloc squeaked to a narrow victory, winning 62 seats in Israel's 120-member Knesset.
OPINION
November 15, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
It's a small matter, I know, compared with the historic issues now obsessing the commentariat, such as the fiscal cliff and how many mistresses and admirers David H. Petraeus could keep in the air simultaneously. But before we say goodbye to Campaign 2012, I would just like to point out that the entire drama of a close election, as played out in the media on election night, is basically fake. Like broadcasters presenting baseball games in the early days of radio, the television networks know who's going to win the game and more or less how it's going to play out, inning by inning.
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