Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Election eve news from campuses on the campaign trail

I told my readers to "stay tuned for more elections coverage" at the end of Examiner.com article on Michigan Daily endorsements.  The implied promise was for more about Michigan elections, especially those from Washtenaw County and Detroit, which I've been covering here and at Examiner.com.  I'll get to those tomorrow night, but first allow me this follow-up to Election news from Rutgers and Election news for Food Day--the election news from Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Eclipse, Sandy Anniversary, and Fall Back) on Daily Kos.

First up, Rutgers University on New Jersey Minimum Wage Up for a Vote.

As New Jersey residents prepare to vote on increasing the minimum wage, Rutgers students remain divided over the issue. Some students say extra cash would help families pay bills and college students pay off debts, but others fear a boost could hurt the economy.
Next up, the University of Massachusetts has New UMass Poll Shows Walsh Taking Lead Over Connolly in Boston Mayoral Race.
State rep. comes from behind to lead city councilor 47-40 among registered voters
October 30, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. – The results of a new UMass Poll released today by the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows state Rep. Martin J. Walsh with a seven-point lead over Boston City Councilor at Large John R. Connolly among registered Boston voters in advance of the Boston mayoral election on Nov. 5. The UMass Poll confirms that voter support has swung from Connolly to Walsh in the final days of the campaign.

With leaners included, likely voters prefer Walsh over Connolly 47 percent to 40 percent, a lead that is outside the 5.9 percent margin of error for the poll. With less than a week to go in the campaign, 13 percent of likely voters remain undecided.

“No matter how you define ‘likely voters,’ our poll shows that Walsh has capitalized on a couple of strong weeks of campaigning to vault out in front as the clear leader in this race,” said Brian Schaffner, chair of the political science department at UMass Amherst and director of the UMass Poll.

The telephone poll conducted Oct. 22-26 included interviews with 600 registered voters sampled from a list of registered voters in the city of Boston. The sample included both landline and cell phones.
Finally, here's a bonus from Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (NASA back from shutdown), the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato making a prediction about the contest for Virginia's Governor in The Kennedy Half Century by Professor Larry Sabato.  Look for it.

Again, stay tuned for more election coverage.  Also, if you are in a jurisdiction that is holding elections, vote.  I will, even if you don't.

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