Monday, November 13, 2006

Is it a Democrat Sweep

Has anybody noticed the Democrats win was not a "sweep" as the media portrays. In Virginia, for instance, the unofficial election results still don't include "provisional" ballots, and though it's been reported absentee ballots have been counted, do those include military absentee ballots from overseas? Thus, the numbers separating James Webb and George Allen, a mere 7,000 plus, may narrow further in that race when the final official results are in.

See WSJ's report (via post-Gazette In Virginia race, 'Gail for Rail' may be a spoiler
Thursday, November 09, 2006 By June Kronholz and Amy Schatz, The Wall Street Journal
) that includes the statement,
it didn't seem likely that the totals could change significantly. Absentee ballots have already been counted. That leaves in doubt only the provisional ballots -- that is, those cast by voters who, for one reason or another, may not be eligible to vote.

Such votes are collected locally, so there was no way to know Wednesday how many are outstanding. In the 2004 presidential election, the Virginia state elections board says, 4,000 provisional ballots were cast, and only 700 accepted -- not enough to overcome Mr. Webb's lead

It's actually more likely provisional ballots will be accepted in greater numbers than previously since electors were more aware of the stipulations for using them - at least be a registered elector in the state and registered in the county!

Candidates Party Vote Totals Percentage
J H Webb Jr Democratic 1,175,578 49.58%
G F Allen Republican 1,166,792 49.21%
G G Parker Independent Green 26,092 1.10%
Write Ins 2,438 0.10%

The wins are not a sweep in the case of Connecticut, either. Slip me something other than the kool-aid if I'm just dreaming, but Democrats rejected Lieberman in the Democrat Primary. Ok no need for that drink: Say Goodnight, Joe
Bruce Shapiro posted August 9, 2006 (web only)
and The Connecticut Senate race Stuck with Joe Nov 9th 2006 | HARTFORD From The Economist print edition Suddenly the most influential man in the Senate. No dreamin here.

Now then, in the General election, Republicans also rejected their own Republican candidate by some 70 percent to swing to Lieberman.

so what we have is this: only 30 percent of Democrats voted for Lieberman, that means some 70 percent voted for the Democrat nominee the Democrats themselves chose in the Primary.

Actually, the Senate is split 49 to 49 between registered and Party nominated Democrats and Republicans.

Of the two winning candidates who ran as Independents, Senator Joe Lieberman was rejected by Democrats in the Primary, yet now Democrat leaders accept him with open arms only because he gives them a "majority" in the Senate. Vermont's Independent leans left, left, left (Bernie Sanders).

In reality, the Senate is split on the question of Iraq - 50-50. And remember, Senator-elect James Webb has ties to the Project for a New American Century.

Fox 'n Friends is noting just what we're posting... Maybe they've seen this as they have a connection to the White House and that spy network... they are noting Republicans supported Lieberman some 70 percent, and Democrats, some 30 percent.

They are asking is Lieberman beholdin to the Dems or Reps

Lieberman in all due respect, nobody ever said we want you to do this to get elected...

Will Henry Waxman push for impeachment of President Bush? Fox 'n Friends are questioning with Bill Sammon as guest this morning. Sammon doesn't think to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will - she'll be reasonable...


USA TODAY election line
The Senate math: 49 Democrats; two others elected as independents -- Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Rep. Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- who will caucus with the Democrats and have generally voted with them; 49 Republicans. Bottom line: 51 Democratic votes; 49 Republican.

Citizen Journalist too follows late-night election results in Webb/allen contest

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