” As Republicans try to explain their Election Day losses in terms of policy, tactics, and strategy, one factor is emerging as the essential difference between the Obama and Romney campaigns on November 6: the absolute failure of Romney’s get-out-the-vote effort, which underperformed even John McCain’s lackluster 2008 turnout. One culprit appears to be “Orca,” the Romney’s massive technology effort, which failed completely.
A source within the Romney campaign agreed to share his reflections on Project Orca with Breitbart News:
It’s easy to point fingers after a loss and I wouldn’t normally do it, but consider what happened.
Project Orca was supposed to enable poll watchers to record voter names on their smartphones, by listening for names as voters checked in. This would give the campaign real-time turnout data, so they could redirect GOTV resources throughout the day where it was most needed. They recruited 37,000 swing state volunteers for this.”
- Romney Camp Pushes Back on Orca Claims (nationalreview.com)
- FUBAR Republicans: How Mitt Romney’s campaign accidentally suppressed his own vote! (dangerousminds.net)
- Fail Whale Leaps From Twitter, Lands On Mitt Romney (wired.com)
- Inside Project ORCA (powerlineblog.com)