The Note: "Nancy, It's George Bush."

Susan Davis and Jennifer Yachnin of Roll Call look at the impending leadership battles if the Democrats take the House -- and even if they don't. LINK

Democratic agenda:

Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun writes that immigration reform and a minimum wage increase are more likely to pass and get presidential approval than a change of strategy in Iraq, should the Democrats take control of the House in the next Congress. LINK

Note, too, that Leon Panetta says the new Congress will have just six months to achieve legislative goals before the 2008 presidential race is upon us. Wethinks he is being generous with that timeframe. And we are impressed that Gerstein was able to reach Panetta between the latter's calls with David Broder.

The Washington Post's Michael Kinsley, who recently read the Democrats' 31-page "New Direction for America" manifesto, writes: "By all means read it. But do me a favor and vote first." LINK

"For national security in general, the Democrats' plan is so according-to-type that you cringe with embarrassment."


The Washington Post's Charles Babington and Alex MacGills report that Republicans deny subterfuge as phone barrages anger voters. LINK

The New York Times has the story too. LINK

Exit polls:

One of Marc Ambinder's National Journal "On Call" items scores a third paragraph mention in a story by the Wall Street Journal's Amy Schatz on exit-poll secrecy measures which aim to plug leaks to blogs. LINK

Casting and counting:

"Democratic leaders say they fear some registered voters may be improperly turned away, while Republican officials say they're concerned about possible voter fraud," reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. LINK

"Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, raised concerns Monday after she was asked to produce a photo ID when she went to the city Election Board to cast an absentee ballot. A photo ID is not required."

"Scott Leiendecker, the city's Republican elections director, blamed the incident on a temporary worker who made a mistake. He accused Carnahan of inflaming the situation."

The Washington Post's Dan Eggen reports that the Justice Department is "dispatching more than 850 people to watch the polls in 69 jurisdictions across the country today, focusing primarily on areas with closely contested races or a high number of minority voters." LINK

The Houston Chronicle's Michelle Mittelstadt Notes that a combination of machine glitches, voter eligibility, and absentee votes may delay tight Senate race results, citing one electronic voting expert who anticipates the "most litigious post-election period ever." LINK


A GOP strategist tells the Los Angeles Times that the "starting gun" of the 2008 presidential race begins tonight when people like Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Barack Obama (D-IL), and others take to the airwaves offering their assessments of their parties midterm performance. Mark Z. Barabak explores which pupils are at the head of the class and which need improvement. LINK

Peter Canellos of the Boston Globe writes in his op-ed that Sen. Kerry's future hangs on Democratic wins tonight. LINK

"In a few months, if not weeks, the senator will consult with his supporters to decide whether to launch another presidential campaign," writes Canellos.

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