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December 01, 2004

Funding the Recount for Washington State Governor

Currently, Dino Rossi has a 42-vote lead over Christine Gregoire, and he was certified as governor elect today. With such a tiny margin, I think the state should automatically do another count, but for another to occur, the Washington State Democrats need to pay 25¢ per ballot for a manual recount. This could wind up costing $1 million, and the party needs to put up $750,000 by tomorrow, 2 December, to make the state get started.

I'd hate to see the party spend that kind of money only to have Rossi still win, and if Gregoire came out ahead, the Republicans would surely challenge that, so the final outcome is quite unknown. I'm in no hurry, though, to have Rossi as our governor. Hmm.

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Posted by Gary at December 1, 2004 09:45 PM | TrackBack
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You know what I love about this whole thing? I love the way Christine Gregoire has not conceded the race. A disappointed Democrat's mind gets to wondering what would have happened if Kerry had not conceded. Or Gore. Still, that is some serious chutzpah and I tip my hat to Ms. Gregoire. I might have to change my opinion about her after all this.

Posted by: pam on December 2, 2004 06:39 AM

Yeah, I'm hoping that the memory of Gore's graceful exit continues to grate on the nerves of Democrats for many years to come.

I received some mail this morning from MoveOn.org regarding the race for governor in Washington. The mail states: "recounts typically favor the candidate who is behind". It seems like this could only be objectively true if there is also typically something accidental or intentional that favors the candidate with the greater number of votes in earlier counts. Perhaps a win for the one with fewer votes in earlier counts is the typical outcome historically? I think of the stock market now and "past performance is no guarantee of future performance".

I also received mail from Wesley Clark's PAC asking for donations for Charlie Melancon, who won a place on this Saturday's Louisiana run-off ballot for a seat in Congress. I thought run-off balloting had the same number of polls as a regular ballot system, but voters ranked candidates by preference rather than picking only one. However it works in Louisiana, campaigning continues...

Posted by: Gary on December 2, 2004 10:57 AM
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