Conservative bloggers have arrived at the “anger” stage of grieving, going so far as to accuse contract developers of sabotaging the Mitt Romney campaign’s “get out the vote” efforts. But Romney campaign Digital Director Zac Moffatt told Ars that Project Orca was relatively successful—and that it was not a determining factor in Romney’s election-night loss.

Project Orca was a Web-based app developed to help the Romney campaign track which supporters had voted and to help poll watchers report any potential voter suppression, fraud, or other irregularities back to the campaign for follow-up by its legal team. Volunteers at polls across the country were to access Orca from their smartphones and feed all data back to the main Romney campaign site inside the Boston Garden. But, as we reported, Orca caused widespread frustration after user credentials were issued improperly. At one point during election day, Comcast cut off inbound traffic to Orca’s servers because it was mistaken for a denial of service attack. And even while the system was working, the high volume of data being sent to the server caused such slow response that it appeared to some users that the system had crashed.

Here’s how Moffatt described the problems a few days ago to CNET: “The primary issue was we beta-tested in a different environment than the Garden [Boston Garden, where the 800 campaign staffers were working]. There was so much data coming in—1200 records or more per minute—it shut down the system for a time. Users were frustrated by lag, and some people dropped off and we experienced attrition as a result.”

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