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Get Ready for Ragin’ Recount 2006!

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Posted on Nov 8, 2006
Ragin' Recount

James Webb (left) and George Allen

The balance of power in the Senate is hinging on one undecided race: the Virginia Webb-Allen contest. If Webb prevails, Dems will control both houses of Congress. If Allen wins, the GOP will retain power in the Senate.

Webb has a 7,000-vote lead, but we won’t know the final tally until Nov. 27, when the Va. secretary of state certifies the recount.

So prepare yourself for a recount battle second in ferocity only to the 2000 Bush-Gore saga—one replete with legal maneuvering, public posturing and, of course, dirty tricks.

  • Update: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin said that Va. only has electronic voting machines; and as such, there will be no paper trails, and thus no “hanging chad” drama. Toobin also said that he had never heard of a re-count overturning a 7,000 vote margin.

  • Washington Post:

    Democratic challenger James Webb held a slim lead over Republican Sen. George Allen today in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, a dramatic and nasty battle that almost certainly will be decided by a recount next month.

    With 99.8 percent of the votes tallied by 11:30 a.m. today, Webb claimed victory with a lead of about 7,000 votes among the more than 2.3 million cast—a difference of three-tenths of a percent. Some absentee ballots in James City County, Isle of Wight County and Fairfax City were still being counted today.

    But an adviser for Allen said the senator will wait for the results to become official on Nov. 27—just shy of three weeks away—before accepting the tally.

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    By John, November 11, 2006 at 9:17 am Link to this comment
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    You dems might learn some grace and decorum from Allen where recounts are concerned.  You cannot name ONE democract who would have refused to demand a recount in the same situation.  You guys are more “I will hold my breath until you give me what I want” type of people.
    BTW Allen beat Allen.  He completely blew this election without any help from anyone.  With that he also blew his chances to ever run for President.  Hell even Kerry could have been Allen if he had been running against(unless he tried to be him before he ran against him)

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    By mill, November 8, 2006 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment
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    So ...  I saw the Commonwealth of Virginia result for Senate, as reported in this article .... then early this evening CST about 6 pm .... I go to that page, and they report that

    Precincts Reporting: 2464 of 2599 (94.81%)

    precincts have UNREPORTED SINCE THIS AM????@??

    i checked this at 7:52 pm CST again ....  fewer precincts???!?!?!  maybe i’m making a dumb error in reading the morning results compared to now ...

    http://sbe.virginiainteractive.org/

    note .... these are unofficial results and were this am too .... but what’s up?

    they supposedly have a bi-partisan board of elections .. but someone running that web site has some ‘splainin’ to do, as Ricky Ricardo might have said to Lucy

    what IS going on .. did i read it wrong?  or what?

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    By harald hardrada, November 8, 2006 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment
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    besides thanking allen for saying ‘macaca’ & thus energizing progressives, webb ought to thank drudge for saying that heterosexual activity is filthy & he ought to thank mrs dick cheney for saying that it’s all right for her to write about lesbianism but not for webb to write about the kind of sex that rednecks think is all right

    mark foley & ted haggard also show how republicans have no self awareness when it comes to the sexuality they project, but whether they helped webb much is doubtful

    had webb been running for office in nyc, for instance, questions of sexuality wouldn’t matter because rednecks aren’t thick on the ground

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    By Frank, November 8, 2006 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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    Never in Virginia history has an election night result for a Senate seat been overturned by a recount. Virginia knows how to get it right the first time.

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    By EJ Preston, November 8, 2006 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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    If indeed it is true that Virgina votes 100% electronically with no paper trail then the recount will be over after the mere click of a switch, cruntch of a processor, and will be identical to the original.

    This, of course, is the problem (I do not care who wins this election, as the candidates are nearly twins).  Any election that cannot be audited on paper might as well be considered “stolen”. 

    Until we correct this VERY basic facet of our election process, we will never know the true results of any election.  And, the two wings of our one-party-system will continue to dominate our nation’s political agenda.

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    By John, November 8, 2006 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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    To correct something you wrote: November 27 is the date that Virginia’s INITIAL vote count will be certified, not the recount. In fact, there cannot be a recount until after that date, and then only if one is requested.

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