Counting Every Ballot
The one straw at which Democrats and progressives could grasp after the election was the 23rd Congressional district in New York. And grasp it, they did. “Tea Party Over?” asked a Village Voice blogger. Matt Jerzyk declared it a “HUGE” victory for the Democrats that third-party, last-minute candidate Doug Hoffman had only come within a few percentage points of winning. Even in our own comment section, Rhody called the loss a “slap” against the tea party movement corresponding to one against the president.
Which all makes this development rather interesting:
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. …
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.
Sure Owens was quickly sworn in and helped to move the healthcare atrocity through the House, but if he turns out to have lost, he’ll be removed. At any rate, even if Hoffman doesn’t receive the two-thirds of the remaining votes that he’ll need to actually win the race, it’s ludicrous to describe his near victory as a rebuke to his supporters.