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Buchanan still ahead after second recount (but Democrat still refuses to concede)
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Posted on 11/17/2006 9:11:53 PM PST by Omega Man II

11/18/06

Buchanan still ahead after second recount

SARASOTA -- Republican Vernon Buchanan's lead stood at 400 votes as the race's second recount ended Friday at a secure warehouse just outside of town.

Buchanan's battle with Democrat Christine Jennings for the 13th District Congressional seat next moved to the Supervisor of Elections office at 2001 Adams Lane for a count of overseas military ballots. The count was to be completed by 5 p.m. Saturday.

Veterans Lee Kichen and Rich Swier were on hand to observe the count. Swier represented the Sarasota County Veterans Commission, which comprises "over 50 military, veterans and patriotic organizations," he said. "We're here to make sure the military ballots get counted and if something comes up that needs a judgment, that we err on the side of counting the ballot, versus not counting it."

Swier explained there was concern in his ranks about an "effort to get some ballots disqualified. We haven't seen that, but we wanted to make sure that (Supervisor of Elections) Kathy Dent and all the good people certifying the count are erring on the side of counting the vote."

Kichen said, "We want to protect the vote, the franchise of those men and women that are in harm's way today. It's never been more critical, because these kids are voting under some very arduous circumstances. Literally under fire. We also have hospitalized service members that have suffered traumatic wounds where their signature will not be the same (now) on their application as it was before they were wounded."

In the meantime, the Buchanan campaign continued to proclaim victory.

"The votes have been counted, recounted and counted again and each time, I have received a majority of the votes," said Buchanan through a press release handed out at the military count. "It is time now for Christine Jennings to put the best interests of this district first and send home all the liberal special interest groups who hope to use this election to advance their own agenda."

Buchanan's people hope to have his election certified by the state on Monday.

The Jennings camp, however, has other ideas.

In a press release of their own, they called on Buchanan "to help restore voter confidence by participating in the state-ordered audit of Sarasota County's voting system. The Buchanan campaign has delayed hiring experts in a deliberate effort to slow down the process, forcing Circuit Judge Deno Economou to order the Buchanan campaign to retain an expert by Monday in order to participate in negotiations over a fair and transparent process for the audit."

According to David Kochman, Jennings' communications director, "We're hopeful Buchanan's people share the concerns of voters and will aid in seeking answers to what went wrong in causing over 18,000 votes to go uncounted. We're looking for a fair independent audit of the voting system to see what went wrong to cause that system to fail the people of Sarasota."

Jeff Sadosky, communications director for the Republican Party of Florida, said the second recount offered further proof that Buchanan had enough votes to win.

"State law is in place for this very option," Sadosky said. "To go through and make sure nothing was missed. It's been proven again. The results have still borne the fact that Vern was victorious."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2006election; florida; recount

1 posted on 11/17/2006 9:11:54 PM PST by Omega Man II
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To: Omega Man II

Don't worry. The Dems will declare their candidate the winner.


2 posted on 11/17/2006 9:25:47 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Omega Man II

The Dem doesn't have to concede. Concession is NOT a binding rule. What the Secretary of State decides is the end game. The loser is just showing what a bad sportsman he is.


3 posted on 11/17/2006 9:34:10 PM PST by madison10 (If my people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray...I will heal their land.)
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To: madison10

SHE would be a bad sport.


4 posted on 11/17/2006 9:52:00 PM PST by madison10 (If my people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray...I will heal their land.)
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To: Omega Man II

Its amazing that there are at least four House races still undecided (and if I'm correct, we are ahead in all of them) and the MSM doesn't give a flying rats @ss about them because they aren't leaning against the MSM. Not a single race getting covered on Cable News and other than local coverage no national news about the diminishing of the 'tsunami'.


5 posted on 11/17/2006 9:53:42 PM PST by bpjam (Don't Blame Me. I Voted GOP.)
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To: Omega Man II

And Republicans concede even at a hint of defeat....even in the cases of evident vote fraud!


6 posted on 11/17/2006 10:20:41 PM PST by TheLion
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To: Omega Man II

The strategy is just like the Washington governor's race two years ago. Dino Rossi, Republican, won the election, won the first recount, and won the second recount. But each time the dems simply "discovered" more "lost" votes which, gosh and golly, all happened to be for the dem candidate, Christine Gregoire. On the next recount, they again miraculously "found" another 500 votes - all dem of course - which got them a slim lead, whereupon they immediately ran off to the nearest judge - dem appointed of course - who quickly certified the elction as she immediately declared herself governor. Why concede when you can recount until the fraud ...er...I mean vote... tally gives the result you want?


7 posted on 11/17/2006 11:58:57 PM PST by knightshadow
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To: TheLion

"And Republicans concede even at a hint of defeat....even in the cases of evident vote fraud!"

Yup. See my post, #7.


8 posted on 11/18/2006 12:01:41 AM PST by knightshadow
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To: Omega Man II
"We also have hospitalized service members that have suffered traumatic wounds where their signature will not be the same (now) on their application as it was before they were wounded."

Only a lowdown, rotten a-hole (in other words, a Democrat) would try to disallow a soldier's vote based on this discrepancy.

9 posted on 11/18/2006 12:22:07 AM PST by Clink ("Government is not the solution, government is the problem".--Ronald Reagan)
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To: knightshadow

"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

Joseph Stalin


10 posted on 11/18/2006 12:22:59 AM PST by TheLion
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To: knightshadow
that won't happen here. its a repub county with repub control .the dems spent millions to take k harris old seat just out of spite .alot of nyc crowd has migrated here from broward jewish dems screwing up the old voting patterns aka voting twice once in nyc and once here.
11 posted on 11/18/2006 4:07:07 AM PST by BurtSB (the price of freedom is eternal vigilance)
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To: bpjam

You are right about the lack of interest in these races by the MSM. I remember after the last election, there was one undecided race in Louisiana, and the MSM focused on it like it could sway the balance of power in the House.


12 posted on 11/18/2006 4:45:09 AM PST by sportutegrl (This thread is useless without pix.)
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To: Omega Man II

when the lib/dem lose...there is disenfranchisment and illegalities...when they win...not a word.....

the vote counting will go on just like in Washington State...when the lib/dems count and win...they will declare victory even if they lose...the lib/dem/american way!!!


13 posted on 11/18/2006 4:56:20 AM PST by hnj_00
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To: knightshadow

During the Allen/Webb recanvas, I must have heard a dozen times on the MSM about how statewide recounts have never changed the result, and that Webb was surely the winner. Rossi/Gregoire was only a couple of years ago, and it's already down the Memory Hole.


14 posted on 11/18/2006 5:58:00 AM PST by gridlock (We just got dumped. We don't want to marry Rebound Guy. Let's date around a bit before 2008.)
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To: TheLion
And Republicans concede even at a hint of defeat....even in the cases of evident vote fraud!

Republicans are not willing to destroy the country in order to win. Democrats are.

Destroying the public's confidence in the voting process in order to win a Congressional seat is like burning down your house because you weren't allowed to pick the TV channel.

15 posted on 11/18/2006 6:00:23 AM PST by gridlock (We just got dumped. We don't want to marry Rebound Guy. Let's date around a bit before 2008.)
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To: Clink

Those soldiers have miltary records with their signatures on them. If that isn't good enough for them, to hell with them all.


16 posted on 11/18/2006 6:00:48 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear... on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: mware
Jennings brought in the very person who tried to suppress the military vote to help her do the same here...Military organizations protested here yesterday that he was brought in....She will lose the military vote but Monday this is all going to be in court....Do not be surprised if they do not steal the election or it will be done in the house...Jennings want a re vote and will settle for nothing else...It is not the first time that a high under vote has taken place here.....
17 posted on 11/18/2006 6:11:18 AM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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Vern wins the final recount...It is a slim margin but the third time it has been counted and it is a win for him...Yet Jennins is going to contest it in court.....What a witch....It is Gore all over again here....
18 posted on 11/18/2006 1:56:12 PM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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To: madison10

"Concession is not a binding rule" Where is lil chuckie shoooomer whining about being a good sport when a democrat should concede? I don't hear him now?


19 posted on 11/18/2006 2:05:19 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: BurtSB

Good to know, but I think you were replying to TheLion in post number six, as was I.


20 posted on 11/18/2006 4:37:32 PM PST by knightshadow
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To: gridlock

Dem and MSM S.O.P. - if the lib won the first go round.


21 posted on 11/18/2006 4:38:59 PM PST by knightshadow
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To: TheLion

Exact description of the dem election philosophy of the last several years, openly starting with Florida in 2000 - and all under the phony 'we're preserving our democracy' camouflage that "every vote must be counted." Destroying freedom while professing to preserve it. Hitlerian.


22 posted on 11/18/2006 4:42:26 PM PST by knightshadow
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To: madison10
Here's the LOSER...
23 posted on 11/20/2006 11:50:54 AM PST by redstates4ever
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