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  •  More "heads up" on the Virginia AG race possibly (2+ / 0-)
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    having a new result is in today's story "Nearly 2,000 votes in Fairfax possibly uncounted" with another block of votes in NOVA possibly at issue.

    The machine, known as an optical scanner, recorded 723 votes on election night before it broke down, election officials said. Its memory card was then placed in a working machine, which recorded 2,688 votes.

    But that tally was not included in the statement of election results delivered by the Mason voting center to the county election board. Instead, officials received a statement that reported the 723 votes from the broken machine.

    and this is in addition to the problem mentioned yesterday in which
    In the 10th District, 88 percent of voters who requested a ballot also voted, and 86 percent did so in the 11th District. But in the 8th District, only 50 percent of those who requested ballots — 4,168 out of 8,363 — appeared to have cast ballots, a response rate not only lower than in other parts of Fairfax County but also lower than in any other congressional district in the state, according to the Connolly team.
    As for why that race is so close in the first place? I did a quick spreadsheet subtracting the votes for governor from the votes for AG (Anyone wanting to check can get the base sheets from the SBE's excellent site by clicking the export buttons here for governor and here for AG) that show 89,767 more votes were cast for the Republican candidate for AG than for Cuccinelli and only 33,734 more votes were cast for Herring than for McAuliffe.

    A look down within the deep red counties shows major differences indicating Cuccinelli turned off even Republican voters. Only three very deep red counties gave Cuccinelli more votes than they gave Obenshain: Buchanan (67.54% red), Patrick (69.34% red)  and Tazwell (a mad hatter's 73.91% red).

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 08:27:00 AM PST

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