Imagine if it were the GOP that stood to lose a seat!
From Cindy Asner:
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE MADRID RACE? CANNOT SOMEONE PAY FOR HER RECOUNT? SURELY THERE IS MONEY LEFT OVER. WHY LOSE A SEAT OVER THIS SMALL AMOUNT? IT SETS A BAD PRECEDENT FOR OTHER RACES. OR IS THERE A LAW THAT THE DNC OR THE DCCC CANNOT COME OUT OF POCKET FOR HER? IN THIS DAY OF SO MANY PROVABLE VIOLATIONS, SURELY THERE IS A FUND SET ASIDE FOR SUCH CASES….
N.M. House challenger concedes
By TIM KORTE, Associated Press Writer
Wed Nov 22, 3:49 AM ET
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than a week after Republican Rep. Heather Wilson (news, bio, voting record) claimed a razor-thin election victory, her Democratic challenger conceded Tuesday, saying a recount would cost too much and there was no guarantee it would reverse the result.
In Ohio’s 2nd District, Rep. Jean Schmidt, a Republican, clinched re-election Tuesday. Additional ballot counts gave her an insurmountable edge of about 3,200 votes over Democratic challenger Victoria Wulsin.
New Mexico’s Wilson won by 875 votes – the final tally showed the five-term congresswoman with 105,921 votes to 105,046 votes for Democrat Patricia Madrid, the state attorney general.
The difference was less than one-half of 1 percent, which in some states would have triggered an automatic recount, but New Mexico does not have an automatic recount law.
Madrid could have requested a recount, but she would have had to pay for it, and she estimated a districtwide recount could reach $300,000.
State Democratic Party Chairman John Wertheim has accused Republicans of “systematic vote suppression” in the New Mexico, a reference to accusations that Republicans called Democratic voters and gave them erroneous polling information. Although Madrid lost, her party succeeded in taking control of the U.S. House.
A handful of other House races remained unresolved:
* North Carolina, 8th District: Rep. Robin Hayes (news, bio, voting record), a Republican, led Democrat Larry Kissell by 329 votes after a machine recount was completed Tuesday. Kissell has asked for a manual recount, which will begin next week.
* Ohio, 15th District: Rep. Deborah Pryce (news, bio, voting record), a member of the House Republican leadership, led Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy by 3,717 votes Tuesday amid a count of provisional ballots.
* In Florida, state officials certified Republican Vern Buchanan the winner over Democrat Christine Jennings by 369 votes, or less than 0.02 percent. Jennings contested the election Monday, arguing touch-screen voting machines had malfunctioned and asking a judge to order a new election.