Election Results, Exit Polls, News and More [Live Blog]

ELECTION DAY IS HERE!

We will be posting results and updates all night long. Keep checking back!


Updates: (Newest to oldest, ALL times Eastern)

11:15 PM – Networks projects Obama wins re-election

11:15 PM – NBC News calling Ohio for Obama technically giving him 270 needed to win.

11:15 PM – Networks calling Iowa for Obama

11:00 PM – AP calls NC for Romney

10:30 PM – Romney gaining ground in OH, barely trailing in FL. Legal battles could be imminent.

9:45 PM – Electoral forecast update: Romney MUST win OH, VA, FL, and CO or IA in order to reach 270

9:40 PM – CBS calls New Hampshire for Obama

9:30 PM – FOX calls WI for Obama

9:25 PM – Current Intrade: Obama 89%, Romney 11%

9:20 PM – NBC and FOX call Pennsylvania for Obama

9:15 PM – Florida: 78% reporting: Obama 3,393,471 ; Romney 3,393,664

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8:55 PM@VicLundquist: Governor of Pennsylvania just gave an update here at HQ. Said based on turnout, Governor Romney will win PA later. pic.twitter.com/LW2ZNGmO

8:50 PM – No definitive information from any of the swing states yet. Fl, NC, VA, all too close to call. OH and NH with only small numbers reporting. Romney must take FL, NC and VA PLUS one of OH, PA or WI+IA or WI+NH. Looks like a long night ahead.

8:30 PM – (R) McCrory wins Gov in NC, a pick-up for the RGA

8:20 PM – 57% reporting in Florida; Romney +3

7:25 PM – Per CBS – popular vote so far: Romney 1,781,731 ; Obama 1,655,082

7:25 PM – Florida returns: 5% in, 50-50.

7:15 PM – Exit polls show Romney winning Indiana by 12. Obama won by 1 in 2008.

7:05 PM – CNN Virginia Exit Polls: 49-49

7:00 PM – WaPo reports that Romney has not even written a concession speech (click here)

6:55 PM – Via RCP: Battleground Pollster Projects 1.5 Point Romney Win (click here)

6:50 PM – This is the crowd waiting to greet Romney in Pittsburgh a few hours ago (click here)

6:35 PMDrudge on early exit polls: Romney winning NC, FL; Obama winning NH, PA, MI, NV; Toss up: OH, VA, CO, IA

6:25 PM – Here’s a preview shot of where Romney will be giving his victory speech tonight (click here)

6:05 PM – Judge orders poll workers in Philly to cover mural of Obama at polling location (story here)

6:00 PM – Check out Mitt and Ann voting this morning:

My Closing Argument, and This Ain’t Just Rhetoric

Overview: My Main Philosophical Reason I’m Voting For Mitt.

I feel so strongly that Mitt Romney is the right choice for president that I wanted to make one last post, my closing argument as it were, in hopes of convincing that one last undecided voter out there somewhere to vote for Mitt. I wanted to explain why I, and the other authors here at Mitt Romney Central, have devoted such time, effort, emotion, and yes, money, to the cause of electing Mitt. My list of specific reasons why I like Mitt, and my counterarguments to President Obama’s case, are below. But I can sum up why I feel so strongly with this: Barack Obama’s vision for America is inconsistent with that of our founding fathers and our Constitution.

A Limited Government Preserves Freedom

Our government was founded on the principles of self-determination and freedom. Americans were not content to be told by the British government how much they should pay in taxes or what freedoms they were entitled to. So they fought a war to gain their independence. When the founding fathers then set up their own government, at the forefront of their minds was the concern for how to preserve their hard-won freedoms. So they came up with three fundamental ideas about the new federal government: (i) it should be small, split into different branches with checks and balances over each other’s power, (ii) it should share power with, and in fact have less power over citizens’ day-to-day lives than, the states, where the citizens were better represented, and (iii) our most basic freedoms should be enshrined in a Bill of Rights to make absolutely sure the federal government did not violate them. This combination of ideas, they thought, would assure, over time, that the God-given rights they had won back from their government at great cost would be preserved against tyranny.

Obama’s Vision of a Larger Government is Antithetical to Freedom.

In 2008 when Senator Obama talked of “transforming” America and saying “we can do better,” it was clear to me he was talking about fundamentally changing these key principles. He stood for a larger federal government; one that would try and take responsibility for the poor and do more for its citizens. While that may sound nice, having a government undertake that responsibility also means it must become larger, tax more (a government that undertakes to define what’s fair for all its citizens will also try and make everyone pay their “fair share”) and become more involved in our lives, much more involved than the founding fathers intended. A larger government necessarily becomes more difficult to manage, begins to take on a life of its own, and becomes very difficult to control. A larger federal government also means a shift in power from the states, where citizens can more easily control their own destiny. And once people begin to rely on government largesse, cutting the size of that government and its programs, even if the government cannot afford them (witness our overwhelming deficits and the troubles in Europe as it tries to cut back), becomes very, very difficult. People become less willing to give up that security, even if it means a loss of liberty. And they can become accustomed to the idea that the government represents someone else, not them, and that they are owed something by that government (witness appeals from the left that sound like class warfare). As a result, I believe the policies of President Obama reflect a threat to our liberty. Perhaps not immediate. Perhaps only a little. But what he wants to do, at its core, is inconsistent with the intended size and role of our government, which means we will inevitably lose a little, or a lot, of liberty. How much really depends on how much further down Obama’s road we go. And in my view, we’ve already lost too much.

Example: Obamacare.

As an illustration of what I mean, I’ll use Obamacare. It sounds nice to make sure everyone has health insurance. And there are lots of stories of people who can’t afford insurance, and how having it would benefit them greatly. I get that, and I feel for their situation. This is what Obama meant by “we can do better.” He’d like to use government resources to fix these problems. But, just like when you get your first credit card, you need to look beyond the nice things you can buy and decide whether you can really afford it, because that bill will come due at some time. As for the cost in dollars and cents, it’s clear we can’t afford Obamacare. We just can’t. It adds trillions of unfunded government outlays over the next two decades. And once these benefits are offered to citizens it’s very difficult to take them away. In addition, Obamacare has already begun to infringe on our freedoms. At its core it’s the federal government (not the state, which is the principal difference between Obamacare and Romneycare), forcing us to buy a product. Then, because it forces us to buy this product, it must go further and legislate the minimum requirements of this product (or everyone would buy the cheapest version available). That legislation now includes elements some religions find offensive. How’d we get here? By involving the federal government in something it really was never intended by the founding fathers to be involved in: providing health insurance. Further, because the IRS will be in charge of enforcing compliance with the mandate, it will need to know our personal health information. The founders’ vision of limited federal power, with express limits on what the federal government can and can’t do, has been violated by Obamacare. And having the federal government in this position simply poses a threat to our freedom. The founders knew power corrupts, and while we think we can trust the government now, we don’t always know we will be able to. When will it be your religious belief that’s infringed? Or your freedom of speech? This is why the Republicans resist President Obama so much. This is why Obamacare did not get one single Republican vote. This is why Obama’s own budget was rejected by not only Republicans but his own party. And finally this is why Mitch McConnell said it was his goal to make sure Obama only had one term: to try and make sure the damage President Obama does is not long-lasting. Obamacare is a threat to our freedom, and it’s just one example.

This Ain’t Just Rhetoric.

Let me say that this is not just rhetoric. I’m not just making an argument because I want you to vote for Mitt for some other hidden reason. This is why I’m voting for Mitt, and why I honestly believe everyone should. This is what worries me about the prospect of Obama serving another term. He has already made some strides toward “transforming” America into something I believe it was never intended to be. Obamacare was one very large step in that direction. As Vice President Biden said, it was a “[blanking] big deal.” I know the further we go down this road the more difficult it is to go back. I also know the GOP will fight Obama to preserve that liberty, which is likely to result in more gridlock at a time when our government needs to work together. Unfortunately, though, cooperating with the president can mean, and has meant, the loss of some of these liberties, which makes compromise difficult.
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Mitt Romney’s Vision & Plan Will Lift All Americans


In the 2008 election, Barack Obama received 95 percent of the black vote. 95 percent! That is astonishing! Many experts believe he will receive that same level of support this year. I don’t think so at all. Barack Obama’s pro-abortion stance along with his reversal against traditional marriage was too much for many in the black community. For many, their values trumped race.

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Last night a great American gave me a ride in his taxi. He was born in Haiti and came to America for a better life. I asked him if he was going to vote Tuesday and for whom and he told me he was voting for Obama. I asked why and he replied, “Because all my friends are voting for him.” After a three minute discussion about the facts listed below along with my explanation that the economy would improve drastically under a Mitt Romney presidency, he told me he would cast his vote for Romney. I asked him to visit this site with his friends and help them to understand as he now does.

The WSJ’s editorial board member Jason Riley published an op-ed yesterday entitled, For Blacks, the Pyrrhic Victory of the Obama Era:

Four years ago, 95% of black voters went for Mr. Obama, and he is likely to win something approaching that percentage in his re-election bid, notwithstanding economic data showing that blacks have lost ground on his watch. When the president assumed office, unemployment was 12.7% for blacks and 7.1% for whites. Today it is 14.3% for blacks and 7% for whites, which means that the black-white employment gap has not merely persisted under Mr. Obama but widened.

No matter. The president’s approval rating among African-Americans is pushing 90%, and a Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll last week found that 97% of blacks plan to double down on him in this election. Racial pride surely plays some part in these attitudes, as does traditional black support of Democratic presidential candidates over the past four decades. But another factor is the abiding belief among civil-rights leaders that political activity is essential for black upward mobility.

Long after the passage of landmark civil-rights legislation, black leaders have continued to focus on integrating political institutions to redress social and economic problems. Demands for black access to the ballot have morphed into demands for “safe” black seats in Congress and “proportionate” representation among elected officials. Mr. Obama’s victory in 2008 was the ultimate realization of this thinking. The Rev. C.T. Vivian, a close associate of Martin Luther King Jr., told Obama biographer David Remnick that King was a “prophet,” and the “politician of our age, who comes along to follow that prophet, is Barack Obama. Martin laid the moral and spiritual base for the political reality to follow.”

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Riley goes on to illustrate how political involvement in America by German and Irish immigrants had little effect on their economic prosperity.

Today, Asian-Americans are the nation’s best-educated and highest-earning racial group. According to a Pew study released earlier this year, 49% of Asians age 25 and older hold bachelor’s degrees, compared with 31% of whites and 18% of blacks. The median household income for Asians is $66,000, which is $12,000 more than white households and double that of black households. As with other groups, political clout has not been a precondition of Asian socioeconomic advancement.

There are a handful of prominent Asian-American politicians today, including Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Nikki Haley of South Carolina, but Asians have tended to avoid politics compared with other groups. Between 1990 and 2000, for example, the number of elected officials grew by 23% for blacks but only by 4% for Asians. In 2008, Asians were significantly less likely than both blacks and whites to have voted.

The election of Barack Obama four years ago gave blacks bragging rights, but bragging rights can’t close the black-white achievement gap in education or increase black labor-force participation or reduce black incarceration rates. A civil-rights leadership that encourages blacks to look to politicians to solve these problems is doing a disservice to the people they claim to represent.

Asians, for their part, can point to an out-of-wedlock birthrate of just 16%, the lowest of any major group and a significant factor in Asian success. The black illegitimacy rate last year was 72%. Might it be that having a black man in the Oval Office is less important for black advancement than having one in the home?

The political scientists tell us that Mr. Obama will almost certainly need every black vote he can muster on Election Day. Less certain is whether blacks need him.

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I believe today, far more African American voters will join women voters in their support of Mitt Romney than the politicos expect. Democrats love to divide and separate Americans into groups and classes, patronize them, and assume they will not think for themselves. Not this time.

Mitt Romney’s vision and plan will lift all Americans. African Americans and women will benefit far more extensively under President Romney by comparison to the failed policies of President Obama. It is a travesty that unemployment among women and blacks is at some of the highest levels in American history. Mitt Romney will begin to change that trend in January.


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Election Day “To Do” List


1- Vote for Romney-Ryan. Find your polling place here.

2- Make calls for Mitt. It’s super easy and effective. Get started here.

3- Check back at MRC for updates all day long.

4- Celebrate a hard-fought and well earned victory!

I’m betting there are many like me who’ve made plans to miss work tomorrow. Is your throat getting sore? I think mine is too. :)

GO ROMNEY-RYAN!

Will Mitt Romney Win? Take the Pulse of the Campaign (#Video)

Do you feel at all nervous? I do. What is the best way to work off the nervous energy? We cannot afford to be complacent or to take anything for granted right now. Convert that energy to action here.

Want to take the pulse from inside the Romney camp? This is a good one from Rich Beeson, Governor Romney’s political director. Check it:

“Significant Gap”

“There is going to be a widespread repudiation of the Obama administration.”

Let’s do all we can for Governor Romney today, tomorrow, and Tuesday! Are you seeing how hard Governor Romney is working out there? It is hard to keep up with him, but we can. You can. Let’s do it.

[THANK YOU to Annette Scafati for getting this video to MRC.]


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Final Call For Prayer: Election Day

Many Americans will be headed to some form of worship service in this final weekend before the election. In the United States, the freedom to worship is a fundamental right, enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution. Obviously not all of us agree on who should win on Tuesday. But, as we head to church, synagogue, temple or mosque, and as we reflect on the historical importance of what’s happening in our country next week, we here at MittRomneyCentral invite you to make the outcome of the election the subject of prayer and, if it’s part of your religious tradition, fasting.

With Article VI blog and Evangelicals for Mitt, we’ve asked before for your prayerful support of Governor and Mrs. Romney. Those past calls for prayer were made on behalf of Evangelicals, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, Presbyterians and members of many other religions. Today the call for prayer comes from a friend of MittRomneyCentral who is a devout Catholic, Art Grant (who, notably, has a member of his faith on both major tickets).

Our past calls for prayer were on the eve of the convention and the debates. At those times we took pains to make clear we were not praying for a victory, but that Mitt and Ann be favored as they carried incredible burdens. We called for prayers that they be able to communicate effectively and with extraordinary capacity. We called for prayers that the American people would be open to their message and have clear minds to make an informed decision when election day came. We believe those prayers were answered. Ann shone in her convention speech and Mitt’s debate performances were spectacular. Days of obfuscation on the part of Mitt’s opponents followed, but in those moments, Americans saw who Mitt Romney is, and what Mitt and Ann Romney stand for.

Today Art goes beyond what we’ve asked before and asks that we pray that Mitt win. With election day upon us, the time for the American people to decide is now, and we join with him. The authors of this website believe it is appropriate to work toward, and even pray for, causes we feel are worthy. Not all agree. While we will strenuously defend the rights of all people, even those who disagree with us, to do vote their conscience and solicit the help of the deity they choose, we obviously believe it would be best for Mitt to emerge victor on Tuesday, and that the country will be better off under his leadership, and so we claim this privilege for ourselves as well. If you don’t agree, everyone can join us in praying that Americans making up their minds will be influenced by the truth of the arguments made and not be swayed by falsehoods; that voters will be inspired; that voters will feel the weight of their responsibility and seek to understand the issues at stake; and that people will understand both major candidates, what they stand for, and where they would lead this country. And if you agree with us Mitt Romney is the right choice, we invite you to exercise your First Amendment rights and fast and pray for him, that God attend his and our efforts, and that, in the best interest of the country, he be elected as the 45th President of the United States this coming Tuesday.

From Art Grant:

If ever there was a time for prayer it is now. No matter your faith, the future of this great nation is at stake and it is time to take a collective moment, close our eyes, get down on our knees, and pray to God that Governor Romney wins this election on Tuesday. This is a call to every citizen who has even a glimmer of understanding of what this unprecedented, unique idea of a country called America is all about, who understands the founding principles that have guided us to this point in our history. For in our own Pledge of Allegiance we proclaim:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

A belief in God has been a part of this country since the beginning, and people from all walks of life, all nations, and all faiths have proven through our relatively short history that if you have faith, work hard, and lead an honest life, you will have the opportunity to be a success in America. Governor Romney not only understands this, he has lived it himself! It is this OPPORTUNITY that is the most unique and precious thing about living in this country, and must be preserved. We succeed as a nation because we can succeed as individuals, as families, as communities, cities, and states. And so we pray, as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, that Governor Romney can prevail on Tuesday.

Your One Vote Can be Leveraged Big for Mitt Romney!

PLEASE PROMOTE, DISTRIBUTE, TWEET, & EMAIL THIS TO THE BATTLEGROUND STATES

Since the 1770s, Americans have given the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I will have the freedom to vote. Having the liberty to vote is a sacred privilege — one that none of us should ever take for granted. This knowledge has caused me to never miss voting in any American election.

Have you voted yet? If not, please vote this Tuesday. Please, don’t follow any of the polls, up or down, or listen to the mainstream media spin intended to discourage your voting. Don’t let any noise distract or dissuade you. Your one vote matters. Your one vote is extremely valuable to Governor Romney. You can and will make a difference with your vote. And that difference you make could be big.

  • Do you know a young man or young woman for whom this is their first presidential voting privilege? Please ask them to accompany you to the voting booth Tuesday to cast their ballots for Romney/Ryan.
  • Do you know any shut-ins that have voted their entire lives but for whatever reason have been unable to get around much, who may have determined this year that getting to the voting booth is “just too much hassle?” Please graciously ask that person to go with you Tuesday and tell them how grateful you are and Governor Romney is for their effort to make a big difference.
  • Do you have a brother, sister, cousin, uncle, friend, neighbor, or associate that is registered to vote but thinks their one vote makes no difference? Please speak with that person (or two) and ask them to go with you to the voting booth and maybe buy them lunch. They will never miss another election.
  • Do you know anybody in a nursing home that has considered voting to be a sacred privilege their entire life but who is no longer ambulatory? Why not visit that person today or tomorrow and invite them to accompany you to the voting booth after you take them out for a meal or a movie? Do you have any idea how much you will make their day, week, or year? They are from The Greatest Generation and love America beyond understanding.

We are at a crossroads in our nation, right now. This is not hyperbole. This is real. We cannot afford to let up or allow ourselves to be complacent in the least. We can begin to rest on Wednesday. Please do everything you can to find every registered voter you know that supports the Romney/Ryan vision and help motivate them to pull the lever.


Right now, at this very moment, we need to kick into after-burner mode!


Yesterday, Governor Romney said this in his speech in Wisconsin:

“I will bring real change. I know the economy and American job market will still be stagnant, but I won’t waste any time complaining about my predecessor!”




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A Day with the Next President — By Kinsey

A good friend Kevin Anderson has a neighbor whose third grade daughter was given the assignment to write a story “about a day with your favorite president or future president.” Kevin asked her parents if he could submit it to MRC for a possible post, and they agreed. Remember, this is creative writing and every member of her class wrote their own story. Her name is “Kinsey.”

Elementary School in Daytona Beach, FL (not Kinsey’s class) — Photo: Pool Photo of Daytona Beach News-Sentinel

By Kinsey, Grade 3, Social Studies, Government Unit

One day I was at JambaJuice doing my school report on Mitt Romney. We were studying government in my social studies class. Mitt Romney was there getting a Razzamatazz! Of course everyone was asking for autographs. He was so cool, but I had to stay in my seat and finish my report on him. I wanted to ask him what he thought about my report.

When he went by my table, I felt the breeze coming up from all the people rushing to meet him. I felt sort of bad for him because he could not get a simple drink all by himself. Then he sat close by me and began to work on a speech. He finished his Razzamataz, but when he walked by his drink spilled on my report! It was ruined.

“HA! NO!” I said.

He felt really bad and said, “I’M SO SORRY!”

I told him it was a report about him running for President. Mr. Romney said he felt so bad that he offered to take me in a limousine back to my school! Once we were in the car, one of the people who works for him asked us what we wanted to drink and I said Gatorade and he said water. Mr. Romney wanted to know what kids think about him and I said, “Most of my classmates like you and want you to win the election.” I thought he felt good inside.

Then the lady gave us our drinks right when the car hit a bump. Mr. Romney spilled his drink, but this time the drink spilled on his speech. He tried to read me the speech, but it was all scrambled up, and then the car stopped at my school.

We went to our computer lab to fix my report and his speech. He gave me notes to put in my report, and I offered to give him kid friendly advice. I also promised to introduce him at our assembly. Our school started and I went up to say my report on Mitt Romney. Then I introduced him,

“I would like you to meet, Mr. Mitt Romney, future President!”

And that was my great day with Mitt Romney!

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100 Reasons to Vote for Romney (against Obama) — by Hugh Hewitt

Recently, Hugh Hewitt dedicated his entire three hour radio program to a monologue (first time in his 12 years of radio) listing 100 reasons to vote for Mitt Romney for president and to reject Barack Obama. These 100 reasons begin here:

1. Mitt Romney believes in a second American century. He believes in American exceptionalism and that the 21st century should be the second American century.

2. Mitt Romney is a very good man with a great heart and a big vision for the country. He has character, which matters most in the office of the President.

3. Romney is a turnaround specialist. He knows how to prioritize tasks. This contrasts with President Obama’s disinterested approach to the failing economy.

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4. President Obama is the least generous political person in recent memory at the national level. Never have we had a president who is so ungenerous to his opposition.

5. President Obama is the most partisan president we’ve ever had. We have always passed big laws in this nation with bipartisan support. On Obama’s biggest initiatives, he has had no Republican support.

6. Obama’s attack on Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan put together a comprehensive budget and invited the opposition to sit down and talk. The President proceeded to summon the republicans to the oval office, put Paul Ryan in the front row and taunted him, challenged him, and behaved in an unpresidential way. He is not presidential when it comes to his opponents. He is a street fighter, bitterly partisan.

7. Remember the statement, “I won”; when, after the President’s inauguration, the republicans in the house met with him and offered ideas how to proceed in a bipartisan fashion and he replied to them, “I won.

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Standing Their Posts — The Tomb of the Unknowns

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Photographer: Karin Markert)

The following statement is from the Facebook page of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) [please LIKE their Facebook page]:

“The Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier maintain their vigil even as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Eastern Seaboard. The Old Guard has guarded the tomb every minute of every day since April 6, 1948. Today will be no exception.”

In the past, the soldiers whose duty it is to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were granted a pass to stand down in severe storms. To my knowledge, they have never left their post. Hurricane Sandy is expected to be the worst storm to hit this area in our lifetimes. Thank you to Dan Marshall and Dave Anderson for this photograph posted to their Facebook pages.

Note: “Rachelle” left a comment on this post indicating the above photograph was not made during Hurricane Sandy. Based on research she sent, the photograph was made September 2012. I placed a call to Arlington Cemetery the afternoon of 10/29 and spoke to the media relations officer whom I asked whether the guards would remain at their duty stations during Hurricane Sandy. She replied by saying, “Yes sir, they stand guard now and they will remain at their posts the duration of the storm. They stand guard always, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in all weather conditions.” Thank you to Rachelle for her clarification. While the photograph was not taken during the current storm, it is representative of current conditions under which these men are presently serving at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Update 1: Please see discussion with Karin Markert in the Facebook and general comments section of this article. Karin is the photographer of this beautiful photograph above. I was informed she is also the wife of the Brigade Commander of The Old Guard.

Update 2: To view photographs of The Old Guard taken Monday, October 29 during Hurricane Sandy, see their Facebook album here.

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