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The Morning Roundup: One. More. Day.

Posted by on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 8:30 AM

click to enlarge There's a light at the end of the tunnel, hopefully it isn't orange.
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Good morning. Here's what you missed over the weekend.

1. Early voting ends, election day tomorrow.

It's hard to believe the campaign began just seventy million years ago at the tail end of the Cretaceous Period, but alas, here we are: early voting ended on Saturday with over 3.1 million votes cast, but not without controversy, as a North Carolina Democratic Party request to extend early voting hours to 5 PM that day wasn't granted.

The last voter at the North Carolina State polling location, which was almost eliminated back in August, waited around four hours to vote, while the last voter at Chavis Community Center in Southeast Raleigh waited around three hours.

Statewide, 45 percent of the state's nearly 6.9 million voters have already voted. Locally, 46 percent of registered voters in Wake County have already voted, 53 percent of registered Durham voters voted early, and just under sixty percent of all registered voters in Orange County voted early.

A lot of those voters are unaffiliated. From the N&O:

The high early turnout is driven by a 40.3 percent surge of unaffiliated voters, many of them millennials, whose candidate selections can’t be deduced from political affiliation because they have disassociated themselves from the two traditional political parties. In more than half the state’s 100 counties, unaffiliated voters accounted for the second highest vote total, State Board of Election numbers show. And in at least two counties the unaffiliated voting bloc is the highest early vote generator in that county, casting more early votes than either of the two establishment parties.

The high numbers of unaffiliated voters have surprised election analysts and have become the election’s “great wild card,” said J. Michael Bitzer, professor of political science at Catawba College.

As a reminder, voter turnout was 68 percent in 2012, so it's probable that somewhere around two-thirds of N.C. voters who will cast a ballot in this election have already done so. Not bad, North Carolina. Not bad.

2. FBI Director James Comey: Uhhhh, nevermind.

Remember that letter FBI Director James Comey sent members of Congress indicating "that the F.B.I. would review the emails," found on a computer belonging to disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner (husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin) to determine if they improperly contained classified information?

Well, Comey cleared Clinton again on Sunday. Via the NYT:
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” Mr. Comey wrote in a letter to the leaders of several congressional committees. He said agents had reviewed all communications to and from Mrs. Clinton in the new trove from when she was secretary of state.

The letter was a dramatic final twist in a tumultuous nine days for both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Comey, who drew widespread criticism for announcing that the F.B.I. had discovered new emails that might be relevant to its investigation of Mrs. Clinton, which ended in July with no charges. That criticism of Mr. Comey from both parties is likely to persist after the election.
Great.

3. Clinton and Trump spend Monday in Raleigh.

Both candidates are holding events in Raleigh on the final day of the campaign, with Trump heading to Dorton Arena (at the N.C. State Fairground, where there were plenty of 'Hillary for Prison' shirts to be found this year) at 3 p.m., and Clinton jetting to Reynolds Coliseum for a last minute midnight rally, one that Roy Cooper's campaign has said he will be at. Tim Kaine will also be here on Monday.

4. Hey, the Panthers won

The Carolina Panthers eked out a 13-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams in L.A. on Sunday, meaning  that's right they're on a two-game winning streak. In college football news, UNC whooped some ass on Saturday and N.C. State lost again.

5. The sharks have two heads now, time to pack it in everyone.

National Geographic has the details:
A few years ago off Florida, fishermen hauled in a bull shark whose uterus contained a two-headed fetus. In 2008, another fisherman discovered a two-headed blue shark embryo in the Indian Ocean.

And a 2011 study described conjoined twins discovered in blue sharks caught in the Gulf of California and northwestern Mexico. Blue sharks have produced the most recorded two-headed embryos because they carry so many babies—up to 50 at at time, says study leader Felipe Galván-Magaña, of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico.

Now, Spanish researchers have identified an embryo of an Atlantic sawtail catshark with two heads, according to a new study in the Journal of Fish Biology. While raising sharks for human-health research in the laboratory, a team noticed the unusual embryo in a see-through shark egg.

I, for one, welcome our new mutant shark overlords. God knows they're way smarter than Donald Trump.

That's all for today, folks. If you haven't already, go out and vote tomorrow.

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