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Burns refuses to concede, wants more ballots counted
Missoulian State Bureau ^ | November 08 2006 | CHARLES S. JOHNSON and JENNIFER McKEE,

Posted on 11/08/2006 3:01:35 PM PST by george76

Defeated U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., refused to concede Wednesday saying there remain votes yet to be counted in his tight race against the declared winner, Democrat Jon Tester.

Burns, who has not commented to reporters on the race since the votes were counted Tuesday night, released a statement at 1:47 p.m.

“Jon Tester ran a good race and has the lead right now, but it is extremely close,” Burns said. “The state of Montana has a process in place, and it is our obligation to see it through. There are still votes out there that deserve to be counted.

“I believe we need to continue to let that process play itself out, and there is no need to rush to a conclusion when votes are this close.”

As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, the unofficial vote count showed Tester with a 2,847-vote lead, with all 867 precincts reporting. Here were the totals:

- Tester, 198,302 votes, for 49.1 percent.

- Burns, 195,455 votes for 48.4 percent.

- Stan Jones, Libertarian, 10,324 votes for 2.6 percent.

Only two kinds of ballots had yet to be counted Wednesday afternoon, said Bowen Greenwood, a spokesman for Secretary of State Brad Johnson.

People who went to the polls Tuesday, but forgot to bring some kind of identification, were able to cast provisional ballots.

Those ballots will only be counted if the voter returns today with proper identification by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Greenwood estimated that about 1,000 provisional ballots were cast Tuesday.

Also, the office will continue to count ballots coming in from Montanans serving in the military overseas for a few days after the election.

Greenwood said it was impossible to know how many of those may come in.

(Excerpt) Read more at missoulian.com ...


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1 posted on 11/08/2006 3:01:36 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

Military ballots not counted.


2 posted on 11/08/2006 3:03:01 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Burns should follow the Dems' playbook: keep counting the ballots until you win!


3 posted on 11/08/2006 3:03:31 PM PST by Elpasser
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To: MeanWestTexan

Special thanks to the Libertarians there - dyfunctional and destructive as ever.


4 posted on 11/08/2006 3:04:02 PM PST by mbraynard
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To: MeanWestTexan

" Military ballots not counted."



Oh those !


The DUmmies do not want these counted.


5 posted on 11/08/2006 3:04:28 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

How special....actually counting the military ballots.


6 posted on 11/08/2006 3:04:30 PM PST by Jrabbit (Scuse me??)
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To: george76
wants more ballots counted ??? "Uh, I'd like them all counted, please."
7 posted on 11/08/2006 3:05:51 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Have the other 20,000+ absentee ballots been counted yet? If not, it ain't over.


8 posted on 11/08/2006 3:07:18 PM PST by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: NonValueAdded

She must be a democrat...



wants more ballots counted ???

"Uh, I'd like them all counted, please."


9 posted on 11/08/2006 3:08:15 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Where are the dhimmicrats' cries of "Count All the Votes"?


10 posted on 11/08/2006 3:08:32 PM PST by twntaipan (Mad about new taxes coming your way from the dhimmicrats in Congress? Thank your local libertarian.)
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To: george76

How many Montanans are in the military? More than 3000?


11 posted on 11/08/2006 3:10:48 PM PST by RonF
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To: george76

Good for him. They should all hold off and insist the ballots be checked IMO. The Dems can scream sore loser to the hills, all they want. I"m not saying republicans didn"t lose but something smells.


12 posted on 11/08/2006 3:11:23 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: Jrabbit

In theory most military ballots should have been counted, they're just accepting later ones.


13 posted on 11/08/2006 3:12:02 PM PST by AmishDude (Libertarians didn't lose it for us. They're losers who work against what they claim to want.)
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To: twntaipan

Brad Johnson, Montana's secretary of state, which oversees elections in Montana...

Those figures show Tester with a slim 2,848 vote lead over Burns...

Montana law allows for voter re-counts in certain situations.

In this case, the state itself would have launched and paid for a re-count if the margin between Tester and Burns fell below about 1,000 votes.

Burns could have petitioned for a recount and potentially paid the cost of it if the margin between the two fell below about 2,000 votes, Johnson said.

http://www.helenair.com/articles/2006/11/08/helena/000aamargine.txt


14 posted on 11/08/2006 3:12:26 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: RonF; Bear_Slayer; BigSkyDream

" How many Montanans are in the military? More than 3000?"



I do not know. ( not from Montana )


15 posted on 11/08/2006 3:14:24 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
- Stan Jones, Libertarian, 10,324 votes for 2.6 percent.

Great example of retardation where throwing away the vote to a third party gets you the fire breathing communist Democrat.

16 posted on 11/08/2006 3:17:02 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: george76

Once upon a time you knew by daybreak who won. I'm so tired of this. Election day/April 15. 2 days in a year I dread.


17 posted on 11/08/2006 3:17:27 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: A CA Guy

Like voting for Perot to punish Bush 41..then we got Clinton.

.


18 posted on 11/08/2006 3:19:16 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Like voting for Perot to punish Bush 41..then we got Clinton.

Which was mentioned by me for months here to all the third party types.

19 posted on 11/08/2006 3:22:54 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: RonF

How many Montanans are in the military? More than 3000?

From the linked article; "As of September, state records showed just 14 members of the Montana Air and Army National Guard deployed overseas.

It was unclear at press time how many Montanans who enlisted in the regular armed services might have cast ballots and if they would cast their ballots in Montana or another state."

Montana's population is relatively small.

20 posted on 11/08/2006 3:23:06 PM PST by retMD
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To: george76

If the article is correct, Burns is toast. There is no way to sugar coat it. 1000 provisional ballots and an unknown number of late-arriving military ballots simply isn't enough.


21 posted on 11/08/2006 3:30:27 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: mbraynard

"Special thanks to the Libertarians there - dyfunctional and destructive as ever."

I've noticed the (L) candidates in several close races around the nation that went to the Democrats.

Reminds me of Perot giving the election to Bill Clinton.


22 posted on 11/08/2006 3:31:12 PM PST by Cedar
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To: A CA Guy

" Which was mentioned by me for months here to all the third party types."

Me too.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1735088/posts?page=77#77

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1735088/posts?page=82#82


23 posted on 11/08/2006 3:34:12 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Greenwood estimated that about 1,000 provisional ballots were cast Tuesday.

Also, the office will continue to count ballots coming in from Montanans serving in the military overseas for a few days after the election.

According to The Boston Globe, there were 1539 Montana National Guard in Iraq in 2005.

According to About.com, courtesy of American Forces News Service , there are 3,663 Active Duty Military personnel from Montana in the ranks.

24 posted on 11/08/2006 3:34:16 PM PST by Tamar1973 (I find your lack of faith disturbing--Darth Vader, Ep. IV)
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To: george76

The libertarian candidate polled 10,000 votes. Great stuff. Conservatives invent new ways to lose. We must file for a patent so that we can collect royalty from future losers.


25 posted on 11/08/2006 3:34:58 PM PST by raj bhatia
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To: Cedar

I will vote Libertarian until they get the message.


26 posted on 11/08/2006 3:35:03 PM PST by RKM
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To: Cedar
Reminds me of Perot giving the election to Bill Clinton.

I remember when Republicans stood for smaller budgets, cutting the size of government. Gosh, here we are, more than 14 years later, and we still have bloated budgets and the government is incredibly huge.

Got a better thing for you to blame - Democrats who seemed to be the only ones who claimed to be out to cut the budget. Do not blame a third party for losses that should never have happened in the first place. If you want their votes, campaign for them, rather than expecting them. Take up their issues, or shut up when you lose.

27 posted on 11/08/2006 3:36:52 PM PST by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: george76

Umm, then why did you answer?


28 posted on 11/08/2006 3:37:55 PM PST by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: dpa5923

That was suppose to be a joke. After reading it, I figure some won't get it.


29 posted on 11/08/2006 3:39:26 PM PST by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: dpa5923

That was suppose to be a joke. After reading it, I figure some won't get it.


30 posted on 11/08/2006 3:39:26 PM PST by dpa5923 (Small minds talk about people, normal minds talk about events, great minds talk about ideas.)
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To: RKM

"I will vote Libertarian until they get the message."

I will too if the GOP keeps moving to the left.

...(though I'll never vote for a pro-choice candidate-- "L" or otherwise)...


31 posted on 11/08/2006 3:40:22 PM PST by Cedar
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To: A CA Guy

REPUBLICANS simply failed to sell their product.

Do you think having more than TWO choices of house,future spouse,job,newspaper,tv program,radio station,automobile is somehow wrong and evil?


32 posted on 11/08/2006 3:43:20 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a creditcard?)
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To: A CA Guy
Great example of retardation where throwing away the vote to a third party gets you the fire breathing communist Democrat.

What the excuse for the other 49% voting for the commie ?
33 posted on 11/08/2006 3:45:14 PM PST by uncbob
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To: mbraynard
Yup:

"- Tester, 198,302 votes...
- Burns, 195,455 votes...
- Stan Jones, Libertarian, 10,324 votes.."

For the libertarians among us: 195,455 plus 10,324 equals a 7,477 margin (one percent) over the democrat who has already announced victory.

Must be some kind of celebration at libertarian central knowing they've created a socialist landslide in the middle of a war.

34 posted on 11/08/2006 3:47:52 PM PST by norton
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To: kingu

I've never gone along with the GOP's spending, lack of border control, and other issues. Have been one here on FR who spoke out against it.

If a third party had a chance right now, I might have voted that way (if I agreed on their moral issues stance).

Thanks for the invitation to "shut up," but I think I'll keep posting.


35 posted on 11/08/2006 3:47:54 PM PST by Cedar
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To: george76

Look. I'm not happy about this either but yall don't own the Independents. If Republicans want their vote , stop threatening and campaign for them. I looked at the "others" that were running around here. Most stood on issues that Democrats did. No conservative , that knows, would vote for them.


36 posted on 11/08/2006 3:49:03 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: A CA Guy

Yeah, it's a shame that Burns didn't run a competent campaign and attract some of those votes.


37 posted on 11/08/2006 3:49:05 PM PST by steve-b (It's hard to be religious when certain people don't get struck by lightning.)
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To: raj bhatia
The libertarian candidate polled 10,000 votes. Great stuff. Conservatives invent new ways to lose. We must file for a patent so that we can collect royalty from future losers.

I have no problem with people voting their principles and not compromising as long as they take what ever comes from doing such without bitching
38 posted on 11/08/2006 3:49:26 PM PST by uncbob
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To: RKM
I will vote Libertarian until they get the message.

Who the GOP or marxist democrats
39 posted on 11/08/2006 3:52:26 PM PST by uncbob
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To: george76

Count every Damn vote in both undecided senate races. If we lose so be it. But please not that hanging chad fiasco. Let us be gracious in Defeat because with their victory comes great responsibility. Did they perform will be a big factor in two years.

Someone recently posted Conservatism is not about religon its about common sense. Lets use it and put our country first.

We live in a great country lets not make our elections a joke to the rest of the world.


40 posted on 11/08/2006 3:52:48 PM PST by Bailee
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To: MeanWestTexan
"Military ballots not counted."

They never are. It's stupid for Republicans in close races to concede until EVERY vote is counted, especially military ballots.

41 posted on 11/08/2006 3:54:47 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: george76

Wonder how the Dems will toss out the military ballots?


42 posted on 11/08/2006 3:57:23 PM PST by art_rocks
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To: A CA Guy

I also mentioned, and it was not just 1 clinton we got, we got 2 of them and now we have to suffer thru the other one.


43 posted on 11/08/2006 4:00:35 PM PST by psjones (u)
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To: A CA Guy
"- Stan Jones, Libertarian, 10,324 votes for 2.6 percent.

Great example of retardation where throwing away the vote to a third party gets you the fire breathing communist Democrat

Needs repeating. Idiotic libertarians. They deserve what they get now.

44 posted on 11/08/2006 4:03:54 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: RKM
"I will vote Libertarian until they get the message."

Who's They? Democrats who win as a result? Good message.

45 posted on 11/08/2006 4:09:05 PM PST by Nathan Zachary
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To: uncbob

GOP


46 posted on 11/08/2006 4:09:39 PM PST by RKM
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To: dpa5923

The other FReepers are from Montana.

So it was a request from them to help.

Thanks for the joke.


47 posted on 11/08/2006 4:43:54 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Cedar

Losertarians as Medved rightly calls them.


48 posted on 11/08/2006 4:48:07 PM PST by willk
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To: art_rocks
The Dems bring in the clever lawyers who find a problem.

Last time (as I remember ?) they said that the military envelopes did not have a proper stamp and cancellation mark...like the soldier or marine was to find a proper post office in Iraq .
49 posted on 11/08/2006 4:51:12 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
a request from...for them to help
50 posted on 11/08/2006 4:54:28 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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