So, as we’ve already had to admit, North Carolina is a battleground state. The polls are volatile and much closer than most people would have expected at this point.
Of course, this means we will be subjected to relentless campaign ads.
John Hinderaker at Powerline says that Obama may be outspending McCain 7 to 1 in North Carolina. We believe it. Just last night we had the tv on in the background when an Obama ad came on. No big deal, really, campaign ads are so ubiquitous that they rarely pierce our consciousness. Except this time, the ad kept going, and going, and going. So we went back and checked by rewinding the DVR.
Obama made a 2 minute ad purchase at 8pm. Egads. We know he knows that he can’t reach us whether it is 30 seconds or two minutes or four score and twenty years. But there are voters he can reach with that kind of air time, we suppose.
But there is something else that comes with the status of battleground state. As Hinderaker points out his post, battleground states attract the efforts of ACORN, the notorious organization who puts great efforts into voter registration, not infrequently running afoul of the law in those efforts.
Hinderaker points out current investigations of fraud by ACORN in states such as Missouri, Nevada, Connecticut (not a battleground state, but the ramped up efforts there probably reflect fears that Joe Lieberman might have been named McCain's VP, putting the state in play), Ohio, and Wisconsin. Michelle Malkin also points out Indiana. And don’t forget about New Mexico.
And with North Carolina's induction into the club of battleground states, you know what that means.
Republican National Committee officials on Friday blasted a group that's registering voters in Durham, calling it "a quasi-criminal, Democratic-affiliated organization" that represents a danger to the electoral process.
The move by RNC Chief Counsel Sean Cairncross and Communications Director Danny Diaz followed a Herald-Sun report that Durham County Board of Elections Director Mike Ashe wants state officials to check about 80 voter registration forms for possible fraud.
The forms came from a group called the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The group is more commonly known by its acronym, ACORN.
Cairncross said RNC officials "commend the vigilance" Ashe showed, and will continue to monitor the situation. He added that ACORN is "a malignant organization" with a long track record of vote-fraud transgressions. …
Ashe's move this week came after elections officials discovered that ACORN workers had registered a 14-year-old, claiming the youth was born in 1989. The minimum voting age is 18.
They also knew of "less than half a dozen" people who, after receiving a formal notice from the board telling them they'd registered, got in touch with officials to say they'd never filled out a registration form, Ashe said.
In addition, election workers also noticed that ACORN-submitted registration forms so far have included up to 125 duplicate names. It appeared that ACORN registrars -- who are paid and subject to a per-shift quota -- were using the same names repeatedly, Ashe said.
"I got like 15 Brenda Greens," Ashe said. "We're starting to get enough now that the names are looking familiar." ...
Cairncross said ACORN has figured in vote-fraud allegations in past elections in Washington, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Registrars from the group have faced criminal charges in all of those states.
The group's misconduct is "widescale [and] nationwide," he added.