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Aug 302012

ABC News(NEW YORK) — On a conference call this morning, two consecutive reporters pressed senior Mitt Romney adviser Russ Schriefer on why the campaign won’t reveal its so-called mystery speaker in Thursday night’s convention lineup. Fox has reported that according to a GOP source, it will be Clint Eastwood.

Schriefer’s response: “Because if it was a mystery speaker, it wouldn’t be a mystery anymore.”

That’s all Schriefer would say, declining to even confirm whether or not any “mystery speaker” would indeed speak.

Speculation has swirled around the appearance of a mystery speaker at the GOP convention late in the program tonight. The lineup is slated to include speeches from Newt and Callista Gingrich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Romney.

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Aug 052012

(WASHINGTON) — A new flap in the ongoing battle on voting equality began this week when Mitt Romney accused President Obama’s re-election committee of suing to restrict military voting rights in Ohio. And while Romney did not address the issue campaigning in Indiana Saturday, he called the lawsuit “an outrage” in a written statement

“The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote,” it reads. “I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters.”

Republicans say a lawsuit brought by Obama for America in July seeks to eliminate additional time for in-person early voting allotted to service members in the battleground state. Democrats, on the other hand, contend the presumptive GOP nominee is deliberately trying to distort the facts.

“Mitt Romney is falsely accusing the Obama campaign of trying to restrict military voting in Ohio,” a Friday statement said. “In fact, the opposite is true: The Obama campaign filed a lawsuit to make sure every Ohioan has early voting rights, including military members and their families.”

A series of laws passed in the past year by Ohio’s Republican state legislature and Gov. John Kasich have waived the last three days of in-person early voting before Election Day for all but members of the military. Civilians now have until Friday, Nov. 2, to cast those ballots and must arrive at the booth before 6 p.m.

Republicans faulted the extra time for civilians as too costly for local governments and prone to fraud and abuse. Meanwhile, service members were exempt from the restrictions, allowing them to vote at any time before polls close, an extra three days without restrictions.

As previously reported by ABC News, the Obama campaign sued the Buckeye State last month to block those laws from taking effect, restoring weekend voting as it was in 2008. Democrats say those last days before Nov. 6 give a crucial extra cushion for Americans who might not have had the opportunity to enter the voting booth in the days prior.  If the challenge is successful, they say, military voters would not see any difference in their rights.

The Obama campaign maintains the two-tiered privilege system violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. In most states, men and women in uniform are given extra time to mail in absentee ballots, given that they might be serving in posts far from their homes.

The stakes of Obama for America v. Husted are clear. Obama narrowly won Ohio with 51.4 percent of its electorate and its 18 electoral votes remain hotly contested this year. Additionally, 30 percent of Ohio’s turnout cast their ballots early in 2008, according to a non-partisan voter advocacy group. This includes 93,000 votes in those last three days before the election.

Neither campaign had responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Apr 032012

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A broad sense of inevitability carried Mitt Romney into the Republican presidential primary in Wisconsin Tuesday, with preliminary exit poll results indicating that, whatever their preference, eight in 10 voters expect him to become their party’s eventual nominee.

Romney’s hopes in Wisconsin also are being boosted by less of a strong emphasis by voters on selecting a candidate who shares their religious beliefs. And a majority picks either electability in November or “the right experience” as the candidate attribute of chief concern, both winning qualities for Romney to date.

Still, nearly half the state’s voters describe Romney as “not conservative enough,” a possible opening for Santorum as he seeks a Northern win after thumping Romney in Louisiana on March 24.

But it’s a very different electorate from the Southern states in which Santorum’s done well. Fewer than four in 10 voters either in Maryland or Wisconsin Tuesday describe themselves as evangelicals, compared with 61 percent in Louisiana and an average of 53 percent in all GOP primaries to date. Three in 10 in Wisconsin and Maryland alike say they’re very conservative; in Louisiana, that was 49 percent.

At the same time, preliminary results indicate an influx of independent voters in Wisconsin — three in 10 call themselves independents, compared with 23 percent in the state’s primary in 2008. That’s a group that may be less impressed by Romney’s position as the party’s establishment candidate. Additionally, one in 10 in the state’s open primary say they’re Democrats.

In one question not asked previously, Romney and Santorum run about evenly in trust among Wisconsin voters to handle health care policy — another opportunity for Santorum, yet also a competitive showing for Romney given his vulnerability on the issue among voters critical of the mandatory coverage law he signed as governor of Massachusetts.

Voters in Maryland, meanwhile, are marked by their education and incomes. A quarter report having done post-graduate study, second only to Virginia this year. And nearly half report household incomes of $100,000 or more, the most in any state to date in which exit polls have been conducted, and in the past an especially strong group for Romney. And about half of voters in Maryland call Romney neither too liberal nor too conservative but “about right” ideologically, his best showing to date in states in which this question’s been asked.

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