The Washington Times - January 29, 2008, 04:10PM
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\ Voters report smooth trips to the booth and few lines. Let’s hope it stays that way. After 2000, they need to get it right in the Sunshine State. Fear not, tho. The state will move from touch-screen voting to paper optical scan ballots for the general election in November. Several voters expressed skepticism about that transition. Others said a paper ballot is always a good thing.\

\ Once again, we register serious backlash against the Rudy strategy. It’s not that folks don’t like the mayor, it’s just they think he waited too long. Not a new story, but we continue to hear it over and over, including this morning as we chatted with voters in the small town of Safety Harbor. We feel bad for Rudy, who most certainly didn’t think this would turn out this way. He seems a practical man, so we could see him saying “screw it” and getting out now so there will be a clearer front-runner for the GOP.\

\ We still think he’ll do better than predicted and we do think John McCain will eke out a small victory when the polls close at 7 p.m. Just a gut.\

\ — Andrea Billups, The Washington Times