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Romney Camp Pushes Back on Orca Claims

Commentary, Ace of Spades, and Breitbart have all reported on alleged malfunctions of Orca, the computer program designed by the Romney campaign to help with get out the vote efforts. In a nutshell, Orca was supposed to provide, updating throughout the day, lists of which likely Romney voters had already voted, and which hadn’t, with the idea being that those who hadn’t could be visited or called.

But the Romney campaign is denying that there was any “massive failure” of Orca, although the campaign acknowledges the system was down for up to 90 minutes in the morning. Other than that one long outage, they say the system worked, albeit with minor glitches. Ultimately, the campaign had voting data from 91 percent of counties, said Romney digital director Zac Moffat.

Orca “has no relation to the outcome,” a Romney aide says. “We achieved in a large part what we set out to do in the swing states in terms of our electorate. The reality is the President did what he said he was going to do. The Obama campaign said that they were going to increase turnout from 2008, and they were able to do that. And that had nothing to do with a reporting system on Election Day.” 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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