Intermarkets' Privacy Policy
Support


Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!





Recent Entries
« Chris Dodd Is Getting His Butt Kicked In Latest Poll | Main | Visual Metaphor for America's Image Abroad Under Obama »
November 12, 2009

Could Doug Hoffman Still Win NY-23?

concession.jpg
A Premature Concession?

Very unlikely. Extremely unlikely. It's virtually impossible...but, uh, yeah, it technically seems like he could.

Conservative Doug Hoffman conceded the race in the 23rd Congressional District last week after receiving two pieces of grim news for his campaign: He was down 5,335 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted on election night, and he had barely won his stronghold in Oswego County.

As it turns out, neither was true.

But Hoffman’s concession -- based on snafus in Oswego County and elsewhere that left his vote undercounted -- set off a chain of events that echoed all the way to Washington, D.C., and helped secure passage of a historic health care reform bill.

...Now a recanvassing in the 11-county district shows that Owens’ lead has narrowed to 3,026 votes over Hoffman, 66,698 to 63,672, according to the latest unofficial results from the state Board of Elections.

In Oswego County, where Hoffman was reported to lead by only 500 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted election night, inspectors found Hoffman actually won by 1,748 votes -- 12,748 to 11,000.

Read the whole story to see how mistakes on election night have upped Hoffman's totals.

There were about 10,000 absentee ballots requested but the story only notes that 1,303 were returned to the county that is home to the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum. There's also still time for military ballots to be returned and counting won't begin until next week.

Even if all the 10,000 ballots were sent back (and it won't be anywhere near that number) they'd have to break overwhelmingly for Hoffman to have a chance of overcoming the current deficit. The one upside is that most of those ballots were presumably cast before Scozzafava quit the race and endorsed Owens.

It would be interesting as hell to see what would happen if Hoffman is able to pull this off. Owens has already been seated in the House. Presumably he'd have to be removed by a vote of the full House. Would the Democrats delay that long enough under the pretense of 'investigating' what happened? Would they order a new election? The Constitution grants each house of Congress exclusive power over who they will and won't sit as well as they will remove them, so their options are almost limitless and nearly unchallengeable.

Mostly this is just a curiosity because there's really no way Hoffman can pull this off.

Thanks to IreneFingIrene for the heads up.

More: Politico says about 5,400 absentee ballots have been returned, so no way he gets near enough.


digg this
posted by DrewM. at 11:17 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
ConservativeMonster: "[i] Posted by: Weirddave at April 19, 2014 11:25 ..."

baldilocks: "They weren't all innocent, someone was firing back ..."

KT: "NativeNH, if you're still in the North, pick an ok ..."

sven10077: "73  Nevergiveup at April 19, 2014 11:24 AM (t ..."

Vic[/i]: "56  WeirdDave, if you know anyone who has a e ..."

Angel with a sword: "The warm up has arrived in NE IA. We've been busy ..."

sven10077: " 70 baldilocks at April 19, 2014 11:22 AM (36 ..."

Michael the Hobbit: "I was on the phone phone with a client in Oklahoma ..."

Hrothgar: "Posted by: phoenixgirl @phxazgrl at April 19, 2014 ..."

Kreplach: "My main problem is that McVeighs actions were a on ..."

Weirddave: "[i]Go fuck yourself. Posted by: Insomniac at Ap ..."

Vic[/i]: "On a much lighter note, for those of you who like ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64