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The race for Virginia's Attorney General got even closer today as the lead for repuglican Robert McDonnell has been reduced to 357 today. McDonnell had lead democrat, Creigh Deeds by 446 just yesterday.
Office: Governor

Office: Attorney General

Precincts Reporting: 2582 of 2582 (100.00%)
Registered Voters: 4,449,015   Total Voting: 1,943,214   Voter Turnout: 43.68 %  
 Candidates  Party Vote Totals Percentage
  R F McDonnell  Republican 970,889 49.96%
  R C Deeds  Democratic 970,532 49.94%
  Write Ins    1,793 0.09%
 View Results by  District   Locality  Total:    1,943,214  


This race is beginning to look like the Washington state governors race all over again.

There is still some question whether enough votes can be found to reverse the standings, but as the count goes on, the democratic camp has to be heartened.

Originally posted to pollbuster on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 12:05 PM PST.

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  •  Please explain (none)
    what is going on.  100% of precincts have reported but ballots are still being counted?  I cannot believe how close this is.  Why people stopped voting as they got down the ticket is somewhat puzzling.  I mean if you are a Democrat, vote for the guy.  If you're a disgruntled independent, vote for the guy.  
    •  downticket voting (none)
      The most voting "attrition" actually took place in southwest Virginia, where Kilgore was strong. It appears as if a lot of Kilgore voters decided not to vote for McDonnell. In any case, though, it is disheartening to find that if only more Democrats had continued to vote past Kaine, we might have won this thing outright.
    •  changes in vote totals (none)
      ...are coming from canvasses at local Boards of Election (2 Dems, 1 R), which involve a thorough look at all the results from all the precincts in the locality.  The numbers on election night are preliminary results that don't give details on spoiled ballots, provisional ballots, etc.   Most of the local canvasses took place the day after the election, and I thought all were completed by last Friday, so I'm surprised still to see changes.  

      It's agonizing to see Deeds so close, but gives me some hope for the result of the recount (which won't begin until after Nov. 28, when the state Board of Elections certifies the election).  If the recount stretches on into January, we'll also know the funders of the McDonnell TV ads that smeared Deeds; the 527 that did the ad has to report its donors to the IRS by December 31.

  •  My prediction is that the Democrat will win it all (none)
    in a statewide recount because it seems that the more the votes are counted the more votes he gains. So it is trending his way. Just like Gore in Florida, the more the votes were counted; Gore gained more votes and eventually won the election until it was stolen from him. This time the eventual winner will be the Democrat just like in the Washington State's Governor's race turned out.
  •  down to 347 (none)
    McDonnell loses 32 votes; Deeds loses 22.

    970,857 for McDonnell
    970,510 for Deeds

  •  Now 347 (none)
    Note McDonnell lost 32 votes and Deeds lost 22.  These aren't gained votes, just Deeds lost less.

    Office: Attorney General

    Precincts Reporting: 2582 of 2582 (100.00%)
    Registered Voters: 4,449,015   Total Voting: 1,943,162   Voter Turnout: 43.68 %  
     Candidates  Party Vote Totals Percentage
      R F McDonnell  Republican 970,857 49.96%
      R C Deeds  Democratic 970,510 49.94%
      Write Ins    1,795 0.09%
     View Results by  District   Locality  Total:    1,943,162  

    Democrats *do* have a plan for Social Security - it's called Social Security. -- Ed Schultz

    by FredFred on Tue Nov 15, 2005 at 03:03:31 PM PST

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