It’s 2:30 pm, the day after Election Day, and I realize a lot of people who read Bray New World aren’t total news junkies like me, so I thought I’d boil stuff down:
The major networks are unwilling yet to call Missouri or North Carolina. McCain seems to have a slight lead in the former, Obama in the latter.
The AP has also “un-called” Georgia, because while McCain leads by 200K votes, there are apparently 600k or so absentee and uncounted votes. The networks, however, have not followed the AP’s lead.
The Dems have 56, when you include Sanders and Lieberman. State-by-state:
Convicted felon Ted Stevens has a tiny lead, but there are scads and scads of absentee votes, so nobody’s been willing to call it for Stevens.
The count’s done, and Al Franken is down by a mere 600 votes. Minnesota law says there has to be a recount if the margin is less than a half of a percent. Half of a percent would be 15,000 votes. So we won’t know until the recount finishes, which could be a month from now.
GA law says that if no candidate gets 50%, there has to be a runoff of the top two candidates. Right now, the incumbent Republican appears to be at 49.9%, but the count’s not yet final. Lots of the Democratic machine are gearing up to decamp for Georgia if there’s a runoff.
Nobody’s been willing to call this one, either, although Smith (GOP) appears to have a slight edge so far.
…appears to have won in California. Much of the media is calling Prop 8 as having passed.
I’d like to point out to California readers of Bray that housing prices have largely leveled off here in the
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