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#1 Posted on 23.12.04 0123.23
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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/G/GOVERNOR_RECOUNT?SITE=ORALB&SECTION=HOME


    Wash. Recount Favors Democratic Challenger

    By REBECCA COOK
    Associated Press Writer

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- More than seven weeks after the election, Democrat Christine Gregoire took the lead in Washington's governor's race for the first time Wednesday, gaining a 10-vote advantage over Republican Dino Rossi after King County officials announced results of a hand recount.

    Gregoire, the loser by increasingly slim margins in the first two counts, could claim an even wider margin of victory thanks to a state Supreme Court decision Wednesday that requires more than 700 belatedly discovered King County ballots to be counted.

    At a news conference in Seattle, Gregoire said she wouldn't declare victory yet.

    "Keep the faith," she told cheering supporters. "The election process is working exactly as it should."

    ...

    But out of 2.9 million ballots cast on Election Day, Rossi won by 261 votes over Gregoire. His lead was whittled to 42 votes in a subsequent machine recount. Democrats paid $730,000 for the hand recount, though by law the state has to repay the party if the recount reverses the results.

    (MORE) (hosted.ap.org)


10 votes?! That's almost unreal.

Anybody here in Washington and noticing anyone caring about this either way?
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#2 Posted on 23.12.04 0210.17
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Are you kidding? This is huge right now. There were protestors at the Supreme Court hearing who were purportedly among the 700 votes that have not been counted.

This was the lead on all of the news tonight. My in-laws seem to care at least mildly.
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#3 Posted on 23.12.04 0605.33
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The real fun will be seeing how this all turns out. The election was already certified, and only now are they adding all of these votes from King County. What that probably means is that other counties will do another recount in counties where Rossi was stronger. So this thing is a long way from being over.
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#4 Posted on 23.12.04 0841.48
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Hopefully all the absentee ballots by military members deployed out of the area are already counted! Hate to see THAT fiasco again!
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#5 Posted on 23.12.04 1026.33
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It totally sucks, but only because I was somewhat stoked at the prospect of having a Republican governor for the first time since I moved here. It's fairly sad that this is IT, supposedly, but I can't imagine they won't do ANOTHER recount, given that the winner switched.
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#6 Posted on 23.12.04 1051.00
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Since it is so contested, is there any chance of another whole special election? Maybe that would be too close again and we'd be right back in the same place?
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#7 Posted on 23.12.04 1410.03
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Well I wanted Rossi to win but maybe he should just concede. Let the DNC be the whinny ones who just can't do the right thing.
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#8 Posted on 23.12.04 1542.56
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    The real fun will be seeing how this all turns out. The election was already certified, and only now are they adding all of these votes from King County.
Gregoire's ahead right now -- by eight votes -- and that's without those absentee King County ballots. If her lead holds, maybe they should drop the court thing to avoid triggering the recounts in other counties, as predicted by Grimis.

***EDIT: Scratch that, they already counted 'em -- they were further along than I thought. As it stands right now, Gregoire has won by 130 votes.

    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Hopefully all the absentee ballots by military members deployed out of the area are already counted! Hate to see THAT fiasco again!
My wife heard something on NPR about Republicans wanting military absentee ballots that had been previously rejected to be included in the recount. They were rejected for not arriving in time, or not being mailed on time, or something -- obviously which one it is makes a difference in whether or not they should be counted -- I'll post a link if I find one.

***EDIT: Okay, the problem was the Republicans claimed that absentee ballot for military voters were sent out to those voters late. My mistake.

    Originally posted by Dahak
    Well I wanted Rossi to win but maybe he should just concede. Let the DNC be the whinny ones who just can't do the right thing.
I dunno, I think both of them should exploit all of their resources and drag this out to the bitter end. Let's try and get a final answer once and for all. I'm not sure how trying to get an accurate count of the votes is "not doing the right thing" -- and, yeah, this goes for any future Rossi-triggered recounts as well.

    Originally posted by pieman
    Since it is so contested, is there any chance of another whole special election? Maybe that would be too close again and we'd be right back in the same place?
It's possible. I think that's kind of a crappy solution all around, though. We voted already!

I wonder whose decision it would be to hold another election. Governor Locke's? The courts? Anyone know?

--K



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#9 Posted on 23.12.04 2006.43
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    Originally posted by Grimis
    The real fun will be seeing how this all turns out. The election was already certified, and only now are they adding all of these votes from King County. What that probably means is that other counties will do another recount in counties where Rossi was stronger. So this thing is a long way from being over.


The election wasn't certified. Where did you get that from? I was under the impression that the individual counties had certified their votes (and King apparently certified three times) but that the election had not been certified.

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#10 Posted on 24.12.04 0755.38
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    The election wasn't certified. Where did you get that from? I was under the impression that the individual counties had certified their votes (and King apparently certified three times) but that the election had not been certified.
Technially, the election is certified by each county even before it is certified by the state because the county is certifying that their vote totals are accurate. It's all a matter of semantics.
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