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Fri Nov 19, 2010 at 05:28 AM PST

MN-Gov: Odds and Ends

by Vote For America

Cross posted at

Each of Minnesota's 87 Counties were required by law to certify their general election results by last Friday, the 12th of November.   These results were then, presumably, unofficially reported to the Secretary of State's Website:

CandidateVotesPercent %
Mark Dayton (D)919,21443.63
Tom Emmer (R)910,45943.21
Tom Horner (MNIP)251,48511.94

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State Unofficial Election Results at 12:00:00 AM on 11/13/2010

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Thu Nov 11, 2010 at 06:43 PM PST

MN-Gov: The Republican Dream

by Vote For America

Cross posted at

Most Minnesota counties have by now finished their review and certification of all ballots cast in the 2010 General Election.  The vote totals remain unchanged from yesterday with Dayton (D) still leading Emmer (R) by 8,755 votes.  County Canvassing Boards are required by MN Statute 204C.33 to meet between the third and tenth days following a general election. The tenth and final day of alloted County Canvassing time would be tomorrow, Friday the 12th.  After this point, the results will essentially be frozen until the State Canvassing Board reviews each County's tally at their mandated meeting on November 23, 2010. At this State Canvassing Board Meeting, they will vote to certify the statewide election results as reported by each of Minnesota's 87 County Canvassing Boards.  Once the aggregate total is certified, the margin is determined and a statutory recount is triggered if the percent difference between the two leading candidates is less than one half of one percent.

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Before I talk in more detail about the potential for a recount, I want to give a quick update on the currect tally. The Minnesota Secretary of State's website states that all 4136 of the state's precincts have reported. Having said that, the current count indicates the possibility of a recount:

Candidate		 Votes	 Percent % 
Mark Dayton (D)   919,234    43.63 
Tom Emmer (R)	910,380    43.21 
Tom Horner (MNIP) 251,503    11.94 

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State Unofficial Election Results at 3:11:28 PM on 11/3/2010

The above tally is unofficial, but the current margin, of less than half a percent, would trigger an automatic recount. I discussed, in greater detail, the contingencies required for a recount earlier this morning. I have several thoughts on the interim results as they relate to a potential recount.

I would encourage everybody to read this article, I just can't do all the neat table stuff here:


I quick made this:

It has a 3x3 grid of BP spill cam video with 24 selectable videos.  It may take a while to initially load, but it should work once the videos have buffered.  Its all through your web browser.

I just wanted to post this to ensure that people were aware about it.  I don't know how much exposure my comment in the nightly liveblog will recieve, so I'm talking matters into my own hands with a diary that basically provides a link.


NEW ORLEANS (AFP) -- BP won't make a final decision until later Wednesday on whether to proceed with an ambitious "top kill" plan to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, its chief executive said.

"Later on today, I will sit with my team and review the analysis and determine whether or not we should proceed," CEO Tony Hayward told CNN television.

"In the course of today, we will be determining whether or not we should proceed with the top kill operation," he said.

It had been hoped BP would begin the procedure early Wednesday. It involves smothering the leak with heavy drilling fluid then sealing it with concrete, a technique never before tried at such depth.

The top kill has been seen by some experts as the best short term hope of ending the crisis, since most other options for shutting down the oil leak would take weeks or even months to realize.

Disclaimer: I really have no idea what is going on, but this headline and article just hit the wire.  I can provide a link, but I don't think I'm allowed to based upon my subscription.

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The Senate voted by 60 - 39 to limit debate on the health care bill, setting up a vote for final passage tomorrow at 7am ET. Debate continues on the bill this evening.


As part of this continuing debate, the minority (the Republican caucus) was allotted one hour for remarks.  As part of these remarks, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) asked that the bloc be divided evenly among several members of the Republican caucus.  John Thune (R-SD) received the third segment which can be viewed in its entirety below.

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Precincts Reporting:
1,745 of 2,516 (69.35%)

McDonnell: 2,821,743 84.91%
Deeds: 500,157 15.05%

Write-In:1,250 0.03%

Voter Turnout:
   3,323,150 of 4,713,061 active voters (70.50%)
   3,323,150 of 4,955,755 total voters (67.05%)

Source: https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.g...

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Nine new polls as the elections loom a week away:

2009 New Jersey GovernorSuffolk University10/25/2009423325
2009 New Jersey GovernorSurveyUSA10/21/2009394120

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Senator Charles Grassley (Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, was nice enough to sit down with C-SPAN's Washington Journal show yesterday morning [9/8/09].   Sen. Grassley answered phone calls and questions pertaining to the health care debate.  The full length video is presented below, and I would encourage you to watch it in its entirety. I have however excerpted crucial exchanges which I believe to be representative of Sen. Grassley's position as the main antagonist to health care reform.

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Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 11:57 AM PDT

NJ-Gov: Corzine Winning?

by Vote For America

Corzine (D) has apparently retaken the lead in the only new poll released in the last week; the poll is of questionable origins however:

2009 New Jersey GovernorNeighborhood Research (R)8/21/2009373528

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Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 05:51 PM PDT

Amy Klobuchar's Tele-Townhall

by Vote For America

Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar (D) was supposed to have a tele-townhall today, at 7 PM according to her website:

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be hosting a live statewide tele-town hall meeting to discuss making health care more affordable and answer questions from her constituents. Joining her will be Dr. Denis Cortese, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Mary Wakefield, the highest ranking nurse in the federal government.

The tele-town hall will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.

If you have registered and have not recieved [sic] a call by 7:10 pm or have questions, please call our office at 1-888-224-9043.

Source: Senator Amy Klobuchar's Townhall Registration Website

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The Afghan presidential elections are tomorrow and I would like to archive some data associated with the live returns.  I've looked through the Afghan Election Commission website for a live results page, but found nothing.

Does anybody know of any website that will be reporting the results LIVE as the votes are counted?

I want to do some research associated with the Iran elections and this Afghanistan data would be helpful.

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