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Texas US Rep. picks up 7 new votes; still trails
Victoria Advocate ^ | 4 Nov 2010 | WILL WEISSERT

Posted on 11/04/2010 7:09:40 PM PDT by smokingfrog

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz picked up seven votes after a bag of previously uncounted ballots was discovered in his South Texas district. But the Corpus Christi Democrat still trails Republican ex-small business-owner Blake Farenthold by seven votes.

Ortiz has refused to concede a House seat he's held for nearly three decades and is mulling whether to seek a formal recount.

Seven ballots, all marked for the Democrat, where discovered in Nueces County and certified at the courthouse in Corpus Christi - evidence, Ortiz says, that the race remains too close to call. The seven votes leaves Ortiz behind Farenthold, 799 to 792.

Ortiz also says military absentee ballots and provisional ballots have yet to be tabulated. He's complained of "other discrepancies and voting irregularities from election day."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: farenthold; ortiz
A "bag of ballots" was just found in Connecticut too.

Mmmm?

1 posted on 11/04/2010 7:09:47 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Amazing how there are always “missed” votes that favor democrats in EVERY recount. You would think those democrats would be more careful about leaving bags of ballots favoring their candidate just laying around uncounted...yeah right...


2 posted on 11/04/2010 7:12:50 PM PDT by apillar
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To: smokingfrog

‘RATS pick up “found” votes by the thousands. GOPers get 7. What a joke. Pass me a banana.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 7:13:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Just another white boy riding in the back of the bus next to the Emergency Exit.)
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To: smokingfrog

The military ballots should be a net gain for Farenthold.


4 posted on 11/04/2010 7:17:16 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: smokingfrog
From the Comments section, This article is poorly written. Ortiz trails Farenthold by 792 after the 7 found votes. The way the article reads is he leads 799 to 792 which is obviously wrong in a US Rep race.

Anyway. The only time a democrat ever wants to see the military ballots counted is when they are behind. lol

That's the impression I got and am thankful for the clarification as I had visions of another Franken recount-until-I-will routine.

5 posted on 11/04/2010 7:19:47 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: smokingfrog

Something wrong with those vote numbers - each got over 50,000 votes...


6 posted on 11/04/2010 7:20:39 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: smokingfrog

South Texas, go figure. Bags of ballots are falling from the trees down there. The ghost of LBJ is still at work.


7 posted on 11/04/2010 7:22:08 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: Oatka

OK, that makes sense. It didn’t before. Thanks.


8 posted on 11/04/2010 7:22:21 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
The 'Rep.' in the headline stands for Representative, not Republican. The 7 votes "found" went to the 'Rat Rep incumbent.

So your point actually becomes "thousands + 7"!

9 posted on 11/04/2010 7:23:18 PM PDT by mellow velo
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To: piytar

How in this day and age do you just happen to “discover” uncounted ballots?


10 posted on 11/04/2010 7:24:53 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I'd open it myself but I don't have any thumbs.)
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To: piytar

Election returns show Ortiz losing to Republican challenger Blake Farenthold by 799 votes. Ortiz has been in office for about 27 years.

Farenthold received 50,954 votes to Ortiz’s 50,155, according to election returns provided by the Office of the Texas Secretary of State.

Contacted by The Brownsville Herald for comment, Farenthold said, “really?” unaware that a bag of uncounted ballots had been found.

Libertarian Ed Mishou also had not been advised by Nueces County election officials that a bag had been found, but he said he could understand why, in his case, because this would not have made an impact insofar as his showing.

Asked if he was surprised that a bag was found, Mishou said: “That’s a tough question to answer on the record.”


11 posted on 11/04/2010 7:25:47 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Easy. You run another set off the printer, fill them out, and then “find” them...


12 posted on 11/04/2010 7:32:39 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I think they hold back some legit ballots, in various places ‘just in case’ they need them and let the ACORN types go through first. IMO


13 posted on 11/04/2010 7:39:52 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: smokingfrog

Okay, this goes for all these races, Texas, Wash, Ct. This is 2010 in the United States of America. We went to the moon 40 years ago. Why are we still voting likes it’s the election of 1828 with paper ballots??? Brazil counted an entire nation in 10 hours.


14 posted on 11/04/2010 7:59:27 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: smokingfrog

Landslide Lyndon, part deux ?


15 posted on 11/04/2010 8:04:13 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: davetex
The ghost of LBJ is still at work.

Yep, LBJ and George Pharr in Duval County. Hense the name "Landslide Lyndon". They voted the graveyard and stole the election from Coke Stevenson. Many many years ago.

16 posted on 11/04/2010 8:07:51 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil

Yes, the 1948 primary race for US Senate. I think the 200 additional voters found had voted in alphabetical order. An investigation was stymied because the maid accidentally threw away the evidence.


17 posted on 11/04/2010 8:21:01 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: xkaydet65

xjatdet65: “Why are we still voting likes it’s the election of 1828 with paper ballots???”

You asked the right question. The most obvious answer is because people in power want them. The more important question is why do people in power want an archaic, chaotic voting system? Answer that and then consider this. Why are these problems commonly found in Democrat districts?


18 posted on 11/04/2010 8:21:27 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Bring on 2012!)
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To: Verginius Rufus

J.C. Davis who was the assistant to the Attorney General in several administrations, often visited my grandfather. As a young man I heard the stories about Lyndon and others. Those were days when there were NO Republicans in TX, they were all Democrats. But many many officials hated Lyndon and his crowd.

Dem Politics has always been nasty. I have been a Republican all my life. Cast my first ballot for Pres. for Richard Nixon. (would again knowing the outcome)

Most of my ancestors were literally burned out of AL during Reconstruction, so I know why there were no Republicans until the left took over the Dem party in the 1960’s.


19 posted on 11/04/2010 8:30:16 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: davetex
The ghost of LBJ is still at work.

Yeah, and he's dragging around on a leash the ghost of that federal grain inspector he had killed.

20 posted on 11/05/2010 9:51:01 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: smokingfrog; DrewsDad; txhurl; basil; SwinneySwitch; lormand; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; Xenalyte; ...

Found TX ballots ping.


21 posted on 11/05/2010 10:15:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Work harder than ever for 2012.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Whoa, never heard about that. Tell me more.


22 posted on 11/05/2010 10:16:26 AM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: Arrowhead1952; DrewsDad; txhurl; basil; SwinneySwitch; lormand; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; Xenalyte
Provisional and overseas ballots not enough for Ortiz to win
23 posted on 11/05/2010 10:22:11 AM PDT by smokingfrog (Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.)
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks.

Here is another thread on this same election.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2621859/posts


24 posted on 11/05/2010 10:28:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Work harder than ever for 2012.)
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To: davetex
Google up "Billie Sol Estes" and "Bobby Baker".

Estes was a con man who passed money to LBJ via Baker, LBJ's version of Thurlow Weed and Paul Begala.

Estes was running a con using stored grain, and a federal inspector came sniffing -- and was never seen again.

LBJ had a lot to answer for. Living on either a schoolteacher's or a congressman's salary, by 1964 he and Lady Bird were worth $9 million in cash, stock, and property (including an Austin TV station Lady Bird owned -- or rather held in Lyndon's name).

Crooked as a dog's hind leg.

25 posted on 11/05/2010 11:27:01 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Past Your Eyes
How in this day and age do you just happen to “discover” uncounted ballots?

I don't know, but I think you have to be a Democrat to know all the tricks on how to do that.

26 posted on 11/05/2010 12:20:03 PM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: lentulusgracchus; davetex
What? You don't believe someone can commit suicide by shooting themselves 5 times with a bolt action rifle?

#1

27 posted on 11/05/2010 12:51:05 PM PDT by smokingfrog (Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

I vaguely remember the Billie Sol Estes name as a young kid. Didn’t he also have something to do with some land scam outside of Houston? Can’t remember the name of the place now.


28 posted on 11/05/2010 3:17:29 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: davetex
The land scandal may be the Sharpstown scandal of the early 1970's that brought down a group of state politicians around the then-speaker of the Texas house, Gus Mutscher. I think that was the time that Sissy Farenthold became semi-famous in Texas politics, along with the Daniel family, for standing up to the "players".

Estes was from south Texas and played down there. As I recall, grain was his medium of play.

29 posted on 11/05/2010 8:16:11 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

Oh that’s it, Sharpstown. I’m sure I’m confusing things. You should write a book about Texas politics. It seems to me you know and remember all these things from 40-50 years ago. That’s very impressive to me, as my memory goes all the way back to day before yesterday.


30 posted on 11/05/2010 9:08:59 PM PDT by davetex (All my weapons got melted by a meteor!! No Sh*t)
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To: Texas Fossil

“Yep, LBJ and George Pharr in Duval County.”

Infamous Box 13 was in Jim Wells County, not Duval.

BTW We now have new Conservative Republican House Rep, Jose Aliseda, in District 35, that includes Jim Wells County!

PTL and pass the ammunition.


31 posted on 11/07/2010 7:46:23 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (I get nervous and worried when I see NPR employees boarding my plane.)
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