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Offline Rapunzel

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Republicans usually LOSE recounts in big elections
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:37:22 PM »

Republicans usually LOSE recounts in big elections
11:09 PM 12/19/2013

When Mark Obenshain conceded the Virginia’s attorney general race to his Democratic opponent this week, it fit nicely with a recent trend about recounts of major statewide elections since the Bush-Gore recount of Florida in 2000.

Republicans tend to lose the big fights.

Across the country, there have been about 20 statewide recounts between the years of 2000 and 2012, according to

If one looks at the recounts of major statewide races since 2000 — U.S. Senate, gubernatorial, lieutenant governor and attorney general — Republicans have lost four and won just one.

That might come as a surprise to those for whom the Bush v. Gore recount is the most memorable contest.

Here are recent recounts lost by Republicans:

Washington Senate race, 2000: Democrat Maria Cantwell defeated Republican Slade Gorton. Cantwell initially won with 1,953 votes; a recount indicated she won by 2,229 votes.

Washington governor’s race, 2004: Republican Dino Rossi was initially thought to have won by 261 votes. But Democrat Christine Gregoire was later deemed the victor after a hand recount showed her up by 129 votes.

Minnesota Senate race, 2008: Republican Norm Coleman was beating Democrat Al Franken by 215 votes in the initial count. But a recount led to Franken being named the winner by 225 votes.

Virginia attorney general’s race, 2013: Obenshain trailed Democratic opponent Mark Herring by 165 votes. After the recount, Herring said his lead had increased to 800.

But here’s one recent recounts won by Republicans:

Alaska Senate race, 2004: Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski defeated her Democratic opponent, former Gov. Tony Knowles, by about 10,000 votes. While Democrats requested a recount, Murkowski held her lead.
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Re: Republicans usually LOSE recounts in big elections
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 07:53:54 AM »
The recount always favors the Democrat or, at worst, doesn't hurt enough to lose. Murkowski showed in 2010 she isn't much of a Republican, either.

The problem also rears its head in Congressional elections.
Scott Murphy won NY20 on a recount.
Eric Massa won NY29 on a major irregularity that showed him winning solid red Cattaraugus County. It was upheld on recount. He resigned in disgrace a year later.
Bill Owens won NY23 narrowly over Doug Hoffman.The recount showed thousands of missed Hoffman votes but not enough for Owens to lose.
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Re: Republicans usually LOSE recounts in big elections
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2013, 08:29:35 AM »
Something always happens to the absentee military votes too.
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Re: Republicans usually LOSE recounts in big elections
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2013, 12:20:55 PM »
If you control the system sufficiently to get away with election fraud the first time around, then you control the system sufficiently to engage in fraud in recounts.

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