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CNN sources say that Allen is going to concede the VA Senate race today, giving control of the Senate to the Democrats. All evidence makes it look like this would be the end result of a recount anyway, so it's no big surprise. Here's what does interest me though...

With all precincts reporting, Allen seems to have lost VA by less than 9,000 votes (about a third of 1% of the total VA votes). In previous years, this would have been an easy and obvious target of a recount and according to VA law, the loser of an election has the automatic right to a recount if the difference is less than 1% of the vote. Allen isn't planning on requesting one.

I'm wondering if, in the wake of the disputed races in 2000 & 2004, the group-mind has attached a stigma to politicians who ask for recounts. Have recounts changed the originally stated results of any major elections in recent years. If not, then I could see politicians as being loath to request one as the odds are that it would just artificially drag things out and make them look worse and worse in the public's eye for doing so, thereby making it even harder for them to stage a comeback later.

At this point, even the term 'recount' has negative associations attached to it, so who wants to be seen as the guy demanding one (and then getting all of the hanging chad jokes aimed at you even if the recount comes out in your favor).
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When looking at the results tonight, remember this if the Republicans just barely manage to hold onto power: CNN's map of which counties are using touch-screen voting equipment.

Also, if you haven't seen it yet, you should check out Chrisy Mihos' animated ad explaining the Big Dig cost overruns, "Head's Up". It's the funniest (and most brutally honest) political commercial I can recall any candidate running. M & I laughed so hard at it, that we considered voting for Mihos just because of it. Sadly, it seems that he caught enough flak over it that he's pulled it from the airwaves and replaced it with a sanitized (and not funny) version, which has cost him my vote.
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I was donating blood at a Red Cross blood drive yesterday* and was thinking about the litany of questions that you're required to answer for them to determine if you're eligible to donate. Among the items they ask are a couple of questions about whether you've received a transfusion or come into contact with someone else's blood. The random thought that occurred to me was that we'll know that Vampire LARPs (or the fear thereof) have hit the big time, when the Red Cross has to add a specific question or two along the lines of "Have you drank blood in the last 12 months" or "have you drawn blood while biting someone in the last 12 months."

* Yes, I know... Yea me! But really, the only reason that people say yea to blood donors is that so few people do it. If more people would donate regularly then it would just be something that we do once in a while, like changing the oil in our cars, not something that's considered an accomplishment. Yes, the "yea you" is pleasing, but it just makes me think that more people should donate.


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