In many rural precincts, poor cellphone coverage made it difficult or impossible for Romney forces to transmit information.
And while dug in, ticks can transmit whatever disease(s) they are carrying.
Up until that point you could only transmit dots and dashes, Morse Code, through radio.
transmit trans·mit (trāns-mĭt', trānz-)
v. trans·mit·ted, trans·mit·ting, trans·mits
To send from one person, thing, or place to another; convey.
To cause to spread; pass on.
To impart or convey to others by heredity or inheritance; hand down.