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Tuesday afternoon I received an alert from Black Box Voting, the election watchdog group founded by Bev Harris, reporting that the New Hampshire Republican Party already listed “8pm: McCain Victory Party” on it’s website before the polls even opened Tuesday:

McCain Victory Party called early.
(Click to enlarge. Clock on lower right.)

By the time I received the email and visited the website, a few hours had passed. But there it was, more than two hours before the polls had closed without a single precinct reporting: the NH/GOP website’s “Calendar” page reporting “8:00pm **McCain Victory Party**” Confidence is one thing, but if I were Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee, I might be a little pissed. I suspect it was at least another hour before anyone at BBV even knew of the web oddity, assuring that the page had to of been posted sometime early that same morning, if not before.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, for days since the Ohio Caucus last Thursday, every  single  poll  that  I could find taken before Tuesday showed Obama leading Hillary… several by  double  digits. I did not find one poll suggesting a surprise Hillary Victory in New Hampshire.

On Monday, the same Black Box Voting revealed that “81% of NH voters will cast their ballots on Optical Scan voting machines from Diebold using an outdated and known hackable version of the ballot reading software”, and that a single company, LHS, has full chain of custody over each and every one of these machines, including the AccuVote Memory Cards.” BBV then performed a demonstration of a hacked vote using one of the same Optical Scanners, purchased by them from Diebold running the identical software:

The pre-vote test: 0 Yes, 0 No.
The actual vote: 2 Yes, 6 No.
Final result: 7 Yes, 1 No.

At least one study shows that Republicans have a better chance of winning in November if their opponent is Hillary Clinton rather than John Edwards or Barrack Obama, which has to make one wonder, was the fix in even before New Hampshirites went to the polls Tuesday morning?

UPDATE: From the Ron Paul website message board:

“My mom, aunt, and dad all voted for RP today in my hometown, My mom
and aunt both work passing out ballots, and checking them off. I just
looked at the politico map and it says their town has ZERO votes for
Ron.”

UPDATE2: From another Ron Paul supporters website, the vote totals in towns that “hand counted” ballots vs the vote totals in towns that used Diebold Optical Scanners is in: http://ronrox.com/paulstats.php.

The “Official” result is that Giuliani beat Ron Paul 8% to 7%. In towns where ballots were hand counted, Paul beat Rudy 9% to 8%.

The same site tracked Democratic votes as well. Over all, Hillary beat Obama 39% to 36%. In “hand count” towns, Obama beat Hilary 38% to 34.9%.

This just gets more and more interesting. Updates as they happen. Stay tuned.

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