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Sitting here approaching 1 AM on the East Coast, and as he gives his speech Rick Santorum is ahead of Mitt Romney by 5 votes with 99% of precincts reporting. Subject to change, but thats where we are right now.

5 votes.  

Thats one minivan of voters driven to the polls by a volunteer.  

Thats 5 96-year olds turned away at the polls for not having the arbitrary GOP-defined standard of proof they are who they proclaimed themselves to be during their previous eight decades of voting.

Thats five people who believe the myth that nothing separates Barack Obama from Rick Santorum or Al Gore from George W. Bush.

That can be the difference.

Short and sweet. Thats the only thing worth remembering about tonight.

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  •  If That Happened PLEASE Post a Link. (0+ / 0-)

    Last I heard, Repubs were not requiring voter ID and were using paper ballots, the opposite of what they demand for elections.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 10:03:06 PM PST

  •  Actually, none of the (1+ / 0-)
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    votes count tonight. The delegates to the state convention aren't bound by the results -- it's just a glorified straw poll.

    Your broader point is well-taken to some extent. I like to tell my students that the 2000 presidential election was decided by a single dorm at Florida State University -- so they'd better get off their asses and vote. Unfortunately, I don't actually believe it. The problem is, we have never designed a method of voting that can count votes precisely enough to devine the true winner of a super-close race. Thus, any race close enough to be swayed by your friends or your dorm will be a technical tie, to be decided by either a recount (which, at margins such as tonight's, is essentially arbitrary with respect to the true winner) or the courts.

    With every goddess a let down, every idol a bring down, it gets you down / but the search for perfection, your own predilection, goes on and on and on. . .

    by cardinal on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 10:11:02 PM PST

    •  Sorry, wrong (0+ / 0-)

      You're exactly right when you say the votes aren't binding... but the psychological victory or defeat is profound.

      As of right now, Romney beat Santorum by a mere 8 votes.

      Or, Santorum came from basically the lower middle of the pack to within 8 votes of an Iowa win.

      Or, Ron Paul kept up with Romney and Santorum, his 21% (against their 25% each) falling just outside the margin of error.

      Or, Newt Gingrich fell from front-runner status to fourth place in only a couple of weeks.

      Or, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman have been shown the door.

      Or, twice as many people can't decide on any of these losers (No Preference, 135) than would actually pick Herman Cain (58).

      Any of these could be the lead story, although obviously the current narrative is Romney's victory.  We'll see what New Hampshire does to either "cement his lead" or break this clown car wide open.

      Tom Smith Online
      Music In Every Style... Except Dull
      I want a leader who shoots for the moon. The last time we had one, we got to the moon.

      by filkertom on Wed Jan 04, 2012 at 02:51:51 AM PST

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  •  I was in the 8th grade when Kennedy was elected (6+ / 0-)
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    exterris, JeffW, gramofsam1, ORDem, dsb, RhodaA

    and I can remember a newscaster saying he won by an average of 1 vote per precinct across the nation.  Made a big impression on me.  I love to vote and have voted in every election.

    And in my small town in the primary last time, a very popular man lost the primary by 8 votes.  Everyone just assumed that somebody else would go vote him in.  The idiot that won that primary and then became mayor was a tea partier.  [I'm in a VERY red district.  There weren't even any Democratic candidates for mayor.]  

    Every vote definitely counts.

    “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction … everything else requires time.” ~ First Lady, Michelle Obama

    by ParkRanger on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 10:17:47 PM PST

  •  Voters in Wisconsin, please take note... (0+ / 0-)

    in regard to the recall petitions and elections.  It can come down to the extra effort to go out of one's way to sign a recall petition or that inconvenience to vote in the recall election.  You will never know until it comes down to what happened in Iowa tonight.


  •  Except that mine doesn't, not really (0+ / 0-)

    I'm in California, Obama's going to win.  My rep is Barbara Lee, most definitely not going to lose.  So, yes, sometimes your vote matters, most of the time it doesn't

    There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

    by AoT on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 10:50:16 PM PST

  •  My precinct results. (0+ / 0-)

    Obama: 6 delegates (85.7%)
    Uncommitted: 1 delegate (14.3%)

    Actually, I was delayed tonight, and almost missed the caucus. Had I missed it, the resuts would have been as follows.

    Obama: 7 delegates (100%)
    Uncommitted: 0 delegates (0%)

    "If I can't dance, then I don't want to be in your revolution"--Emma Goldman

    by ehrenfeucht games on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 11:04:23 PM PST

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