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Not so fast! Recanvass gives Hoffman hope in NY-23

DUCK! Incoming smcd and mhaverty glee!

A re-canvassing of votes cast in the highly-contested NY-23 race shows that the 5,335-vote lead once enjoyed by Rep-for-now Bill Owens, the Democrat, has narrowed to about 3,000 with another 10,000 absentee ballot uncounted.

Owens, who was sworn in last week, was one of 220 Dems to vote give the majority a narrow victory on health care reform.

The Syracuse Post-Standard:

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.

Democratic Rep. Bill Owens was quickly sworn into office on Friday, a day before the rare weekend vote in the House of Representatives. His support sealed his party’s narrow victory on the health care legislation.

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.

The new vote totals mean the race will be decided by absentee ballots, of which about 10,200 were distributed, said John Conklin, communications director for the state Board of Elections.

How convenient.....
This will go a long way to making up for Al Franken! laughing.gif
BIG Fail

Hoffman eliminated from contention
It’s now mathematically impossible for Doug Hoffman to take the lead in the New York special election, with his deficit now larger than the number of outstanding ballots left to be counted.

Hoffman trails Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) by 3,105 votes – with only 3,072 left to be counted, according to the Watertown Daily Times’ updated re-canvassing count. Hoffman has only netted a total of 71 votes so far in the tally of absentee and military ballots.

Despite his now insurmountable odds, Hoffman announced Wednesday night that he was revoking his concession, and preparing to contest the election results – a stance that’s received no support from leading Republican party officials within the 23rd Congressional District.

The Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel suggests that his allegations of dirty tricks as a post-election fundraising tool could be intended to recoup some of the personal money he spent on the campaign.

(Hoffman took out an $100,000 loan for the race from a Plattsburgh bank as the race started heating up in October, which is in addition to the $102,000 he personally loaned the campaign when he began running in August.)

Whether that’s true or not, Hoffman isn’t helping his prospects of winning another election by refusing to concede the obvious – that he lost the special election and by a healthy margin.

Another note to self- Not So Fast about the Not So Fast, Faggot posts, Faggot
QUOTE(benhamean @ Nov 20 2009, 11:50 AM) *

thank god, bra. This means the great conservative victory in NY23 is secure! That was close!
tom from out of town
I blame ACORN and PITA
QUOTE(tom from out of town @ Nov 20 2009, 10:52 AM) *

I blame ACORN and PITA

Hoffman does too, bra!!!

(Apparently he missed mhaverty's post stating that a poll showing that a lot of GOP voters fear ACORN was bullshit).
Johnny Angel
Best part of article was that the accusations of cheating are raised so he can recoup some of his own lost monies.

Translation? "I scream ACORN and Soros and SEIU loud enough and long enough, Fox/talk radio/Drudge picks it up and I'm a cause celebre for long enough to fleece the mouth breathers".

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