Battlepanda: Get your tinfoil hat out of the basement...


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Get your tinfoil hat out of the basement...

I'm not saying that you should put them on yet. But keep the hat in hand and the facts in mind:

At about 9:00 PM ET last night, however, things didn't look nearly as good for Ms. Schmidt. In fact, her name looked more like Schmud. With 88% of the district's precincts reporting, including more than half of Clermont's, the count was almost evenly split -- with Schmidt holding a lead of less than 900 votes.

At that point, though, the Clermont election bureau experienced a "technical malfunction" with its optical scan readers:
The Board of Elections in Clermont County, east of Cincinnati, says it's optical scanners haven't counted all the ballots yet because it was so hot -- and humid -- Tuesday.

Board member Tim Rudd says the ballots pick up moisture when it gets hot, making it tougher for the optical scan machines to sort and count.
According to some reports I've seen -- but haven't been able to confirm -- at least part of the count in Clermont's final 91 precincts ended up being done by hand.

In any case, when the humidity had cleared, so to speak, Schmidt had picked up another 9,451 votes, compared to just 6,300 or so for Hackett -- an edge which, interestingly enough, almost equaled her winning margin for the district as a whole.
Interesting, indeed. I'm happy that Paul Hackett got so close, but in the words of Billmon, "Beating expectations is great. But expectations don't get to vote in Congress." Keep your eyes open for 2006.