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No Presidential Exit Polling in TN, 18 Other States

Breaking from two decades of tradition, this year’s election exit poll is set to include surveys of voters in 31 states, not all 50 as it has for the past five presidential elections, according to The Fix, a Washington Post blog.
Dan Merkle, director of elections for ABC News, and a member of the consortium that runs the exit poll, confirmed the shift Thursday. The aim, he said, “is to still deliver a quality product in the most important states,” in the face of mounting survey costs.
The decision by the National Election Pool — a joint venture of the major television networks and The Associated Press — is sure to cause some pain to election watchers across the country
Voters in the excluded states will still be interviewed as part of a national exit poll, but state-level estimates of the partisan, age or racial makeups of electorates won’t be available as they have been since 1992. The lack of data may hamper election night analyses in some states, and it will almost certainly limit post-election research for years to come.
…Here is a list of the states that will be excluded from coverage: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Mike Williams: ‘I Never Left the Republican Party’

Union County Mayor Mike Williams says he was wrongly excluded from running as a Republican for the state Senate and will not be backing any of the four candidates still seeking the GOP nomination in state Senate District 8.
State Republican Chairman Chris Devaney told the state election officials in an April letter that Williams is not considered a “bonafide Republican” and is thus ineligible under state law to run for office under the party banner. The letter said Williams “renounced his affiliation with the Republican party in March 2007.”
In an interview, Williams said that is not correct.
“I never left the Republican party. I never said that. I did say that I was not going to meet with the Senate Republican Caucus. I think I did say that the Republican party had left me,” Williams said.
Williams was elected as a Republican to the Senate seat, which covers six counties of Northeast Tennessee, but ran for reelection in 2008 as an independent. He lost by by about 200 votes to Sen. Mike Faulk, R-Church Hill, who is now retiring. Williams had filed a qualifying petition for the Republican primary to succeed him but his petition was rejected after Devaney’s letter.
Williams emailed a copy of his 2007 speech text to a reporter. He said that it was “carefully worded” to leave open a possible return to the party fold.

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