Wonder what you would find if you frisked the election results in New York’s 23rd congressional district?
Answer: It might not be over yet people!
This is some exciting news if you are a conservative and in the mood to be a little optimistic. It appears there might still be a chance that Doug Hoffman (C) can pull of the win in New York’s 23rd congressional district. Now all we need to do is sprinkle a little bit of that ‘hope’ Obama was dishing out during the campaign on the side of conservatives:
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.
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.
Sneaky move by the Democrats, but I’m curious… If Doug Hoffman ends up to be the winner, would Bill Owens (D) vote end up actually counting if he is removed from office? Hmm…Very interesting, but we’ll proceed:
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.
Hmm… That’s a pretty big difference. Wouldn’t you say? So why did Doug Hoffman concede election night while votes were still left to be counted? Well, here is your answer:
[Rob] Ryan said an important factor in the decision to concede was the unexpected — and erroneous — close vote in Oswego County, where polls had Hoffman with a double digit percentage point lead heading into Election Day.
“That’s the thing that threw us off,” Ryan said.
Oswego County elections officials blame the mistakes on “chaos” in their call-in center that included a phone system foul-up and inspectors who read numbers incorrectly when phoning in results. Of 245 races in the county — not including the congressional and court races — 84 had incorrect totals reported election night.
The district’s second biggest voter turnout was in Jefferson County, where Hoffman also has benefited from a turnaround since election night, gaining about 700 votes. Owens led Hoffman by 300 votes on the final election night tally. But after recanvassing, Hoffman now leads by 424 votes, 10,884 to 10,460.
Jerry Eaton, the Republican elections commissioner for Jefferson County, said inspectors found a problem in four districts where Hoffman’s vote total was mistakenly entered as zero.
“Hoffman definitely gained votes where he didn’t have them,” Eaton said.
Hmm… Very interesting, but here is some more good news to end this on:
Ryan said the absentee ballots are likely to favor Hoffman because most were likely mailed before Republican Dede Scozzafava suspended her campaign three days before the election.
“For Doug to win, we needed a three-way race,” Ryan said, adding that the campaign’s internal polls showed Hoffman would win with all three candidates.
“Given the majority of these ballots are from a three-way race, we think the ballots are going to break Doug’s way,” Ryan said.
Side-Note: I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to stay optimistic and keep my fingers crossed. Hopefully we can pull off a miracle and shove this back into the face of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Go Doug Hoffman!