Skip to comments.BREAKING: Reichert (R-WA) has won
Posted on 11/13/2006 7:37:33 PM PST by Norman Bates
Breaking from Fox News: Congressman Dave Reichert (R) defeats Darcy Burner (D).
He won two years ago and the dems poured bucku bucks into trying to defeat him. Then bags and bags of ballots were found to be unsecured (not closed, that sort of thing) in heavily dem counties. ... Last I heard they hadn't decided if they would be counted, and the race at that point (last night) was Reichert 50.something and the dem competition 49.1 or something like that.
That sure is the truth! He's my congresscritter, so I'm saying prayers and keeping everything crossed!
FNC just announced it again, but said Burner is not conceding saying there are still absentee ballots left to count. Here's the latest off the SOS site.
U. S. Representative District #8
Candidate Party Vote Vote %
Democrat 101,749 48.8649%
Republican 106,476 51.1351%
Vote Totals 208,225 100%
According to the web site, there are still 50k votes to count in Pierce and 57k left to count in King
next update tomorrow at 6 p.m.
No wonder. But,
How the heck did she even have a chance?
The special interests have too much power, and it's time
to take our country in a different direction.
Nuff said. And this is from her website.
Here's the AP story:
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Republican Rep. Dave Reichert survived a strong challenge from Democratic newcomer Darcy Burner, winning a second term in this historically slow-counting suburban Seattle district.
Reichert, best known as the sheriff who nabbed the Green River Killer, retained his seat after new returns were posted Monday night from King County. His lead stood at 4,727 votes, or 51.1 percent to Burner's 48.9 percent. Overall, 208,225 votes had been counted in the race.
The vast majority of voters cast ballots by mail, and they count as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 7.
Reichert was in Washington, D.C., for the new term of Congress on Monday and did not immediately return a phone message.
Burner's campaign refused to concede, saying the Democrat's chances could improve after about 20,000 absentee ballots dropped off at polling sites are counted.
As of noon today still 185000 votes still to be counted, he is down 5500 votes.
(cr)AP is confirming a Reichert win.
Was it just too hard to post WHERE this happened?
Wow! Now, that would be a kick in the pants to see CT go red! Hope they find 67+!
66 votes? I'd challenge the provisional ballots, that's where the Dem fraud is.
He got my vote, gald to see he is winning. Also, you're right, I have lived south of Puyallup for over 16 years now (used to live in North Bend/Snoqualmie), and this place is REALLY growing. We're even getting a Wal-Mart! Progress is good, I suppose, but the traffic on Meridian sure SUCKS!
Has anyone else heard about all the bags of absentee ballots (in King County) that have broken zippers and compromised seals (over 20,000 absentee ballots). Last I heard, they were contemplating whether or not to even COUNT them! Wonder if Darcy will demand they be counted? Could be interesting.
Wonder what would happen if the cowardly Republicans had spine enough to look into vote fraud in all the close elections?
RINO, but it's all we got
"...So is Reichert a conservative Republican or another RINO?..."
That's my question, too. Some of these so-called Republicans leave one shaking their head in disbelief!
~ Blue Jays ~
He's an amalgam......he's a very conservative Christian (I've gone to his church)....but, he votes liberal on many things......I live in his district....actually I sat behind him in High School classes.....LOL....BUT....most would probably call him a RINO if you look at his voting record.
"Hayworth got crushed."
In whose universe? All he needs is 5818 to take it. I wouldn't consider that "crushed". But then I'm not a Democrat.
Sorry I won't believe it until all the overstuffed bags of ballots are all counted and Burner does not ask for a recount. Sorry been burned too many times. I hope Reichert will prevail.
interesting Hildy -- doesn't jive with what CH5 news in Phoenix said at noon, they had the uncounted for Maricopa County at 185,000. I saw an election blog today I can only assume is out of ASU that is calling him all sorts of names for not conceeding the election.... they are gleeful that he 'lost.' I really, really hope he pulls it out... especially with Mitchell went to DC to have his picture taken with the incoming Freshman class of '06.
"Of course, that should have happened in 04!"
I agree with that and add that it should have happened in 2000 as well. Slade should have won that race over Maria, and, I heard there were shennanigans going on then, too. Wouldn't surprise me given the cr*pola that happened in the '04 election!
It is in the headline. Sorry for not being more specific.
That "Hayworth election update" is almost 4 days old.
Once again, if JD loses we can thank all the Arizonan's who voted Libertarian in his district. Looks like just about the right amount to put him over the top.
Of course, she has of yet to follow his advice.
Impossible. Why, the man has to be 40 if he's a day... ;-)
That is exactly what I was thinking. It's all of those ASu grads who are living out there.
...Excepting those dumped into the Willamette River by the postman.
I hate gerrymandering regardless of the party. They should throw a grid onto a map and be done with it. Some of the districts here are so large that the official can't really take care of the entire area.
Reichert declared winner, Burner refuses to concede
State Congressional Delegation News
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:52 PM Nov 13, 2006
The Seattle Times "Developing News" box on the home page at this writing says that Reichert has "declared victory". The Associated Press now reports that Dave Reichert has been re-elected, but
Burner's campaign refused to concede the race, saying it believed the Democrat could stay alive after some 20,000 absentee ballots dropped off at polling sites are counted.
It was unclear how many of the ballots were from the state's 8th District, but the Burner campaign said heavy turnout from strongly Democratic areas could boost her fortunes.
Far be it from me to call a race conclusively over before either all the votes are counted or one of the candidates concedes, but Burner doesn't have much basis to remain hopeful.
King and Pierce Counties just reported their Monday numbers (see Sec. of State's site)
Reichert's overall lead has increased to 4,727 votes, or 2.27% (51.14% - 48.86%)
Reichert expanded his lead in Pierce by 560 votes out of 3,344 new ballots, a margin of 16.75%, his strongest daily margin yet. His overall margin in Pierce County is now 13.79%. He also gained a net 653 votes in King County, a daily margin of nearly 6% for Reichert. He's now ahead in King County by 9 votes.
How could Darcy Burner win at this point? King County has tabulated about 34,000 ballots since Burner's campaign estimated Thursday that there were 70,000 ballots left there. Even if Pierce County doesn't add another vote to Reichert's lead, Burner would need to win the remaining King County ballots by a 13.2% margin, 56.6% - 43.4%.
If we picked our battles, we'd probably win a few key races.
Didn't his district get changed when they switched around our districts a couple of years ago?
Those are actually being shipped up here to Washington State to be used in our elections. It's just dems helping dems across state lines.
The Demoncraps will not be pleased.
HEY, Bill how's Idawhooooooo? Got snow? My husband and I still will leave this God Forsaken state.....someday....not known if we'll find a better place, though!
It's my pet election peeve. Some absentees are counted same night, some days later, some not at all if the live vote is decisive, depending on where you are. None of the networks have the beginning of a handle on all of this.
P.S.....I AM younger than him.....and prolly smarter! (Well...I think so :>)
I'd like to smack her smug, prissy, lying face clear into yesterday.
I'd really like to know the secrets behind the eagerness of the DNC to pour the money into our state to back a nobody whose "great qualifications for US senator" was managing 5 people at Microsoft and being president of her HOA! Huh?!?!?
There's something about her whole campaign that doesn't remotely add up.
Please explain something: If in a single Congressional distircit there are 185,000 votes uncounted, by extrapolation, there ought to be, in the state as a whole, a million votes outstanding in the Senate race, no???
And a little more congresscritter news from WA state. Why does this not surprise me about Bagdad Jim McDermott - -Stretch Pelosi will not be pleased w Inslee and Smith:
November 13, 2006
State delegation divided in race for majority leader
Posted by David Postman at 10:02 AM
Washington Democrats are split on who should be Nancy Pelosi's No. 2 when Democrats take charge and she becomes speaker in January.
In the race for House majority leader, Norm Dicks and Jim McDermott tell me they're backing Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania and Jay Inslee and Adam Smith say they're backing Pelosi's current No. 2, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer. I'm waiting to talk to Rick Larsen and Brian Baird.
Democrats will meet Thursday to elect their leaders. It's an active campaign, Dicks said, and "both sides are going all out."
The race seems like inside baseball to many. But it will help decide an important committee assignment for Dicks, Washington's senior member, and has laid bare some frustration about all the attention given Murtha when he came out in opposition to the war last year.
It's not about ideology. McDermott, the delegation's most liberal member, is part of the whip team for Murtha. Said McDermott:
"He's a centrist, at best. I'd say he's a little more further to the right than I'd like."
"Murtha is a real centrist. He is not a big liberal -- only on the war. And he is doing that as a matter of conscious."
The war, though, is how most people came to know about Murtha. He's a former Marine and supported the invasion of Iraq. In November of last year he came out against the war and emerged as the spokesperson for the anti-war wing of House Democrats. McDermott said:
"A guy like Jack Murtha has been here for 30 years and outside whatever district he's from in Pennsylvania, I'm sure he's an absolute unknown. His one time putting his head up in public really high made him look like he was with me. When he made his announcement Jay Inslee stopped me in the hall and said, 'The apocalypse has happened. Jack Murtha's with you.
"Jack came to it from a totally different position. He started out as a supporter of the war and very big supporter of the military and wanted to be supportive of his president, and all the rest. So he was not coming from the political position I was coming from. It took him a long time, but once it was done, that was the end of it for Jack."
Murtha's standing with liberal Democrats was boosted when he was attacked by Republicans. And that's led some to the mistaken impression that Murtha leans to the left. Said Inslee:
"As far as the ideological part of this, it is kind of an interesting race because the progressive wing of the party is much more aligned with Steny on a whole host of issues -- choice, the environment, energy - then the other fellow.
"It's an interesting dynamic. I would encourage those who are on the progressive side of our party to hitch their star to Steny because he has been a very, very vocal voice on a whole bunch of progressive issues."
Maybe. But there is a lot of progressive support behind Murtha. Arianna Huffington is urging people to lobby their Democratic representatives to vote for Murtha. And she wants to see Murtha win another honor, too:
When Rick Stengel, TIME's new editor, asked me to take part in a panel in New York this Tuesday to discuss who should be the "Person of the Year", my mind immediately turned to Murtha. Why? Because, contrary to what Karl Rove would like you to believe, this election wasn't about corruption, it wasn't about a few formerly closeted homophobes, and it wasn't about spending. As I've said before, it was about three things: Iraq, Iraq, and Iraq (Click here for backup). And Murtha was a key reason the election was a referendum on Iraq.
I strongly urge House Dems to remember why they're even picking a Majority Leader in the first place. If it weren't for Jack Murtha, they'd be voting for Minority Leader.
"There probably won't be a whole lot of difference between a Majority Leader Murtha and a Majority Leader Hoyer," says Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics.
The Nation, in a June blog post praising Murtha and criticizing votes by Hoyer, said:
The point here is not to suggest that Murtha's a perfect progressive -- in fact, he's really an old-school New Dealer who breaks with liberals on some social issues -- or that Hoyer is Tom DeLay in Democrat drag. For instance, while Murtha's been a more consistent critic of corporate-sponsored free-trade pacts than Hoyer, both men have lifetime records of voting with the AFL-CIO around 90 percent of the time.
But the Nation makes clear it's more than just the war that attracts progressives to Murtha.
No member of the House leadership has more consistently echoed the talking points of the corporate-sponsored Democratic Leadership Council than Hoyer, who once told a DLC event that Democrats lost control of the House in 1994 because "too many Americans believed that our party had become weak on crime and national defense, incapable of making hard decisions on welfare reform and fiscal policy, and irrevocably wedded to the idea that all of our problems could be solved by government and more spending."
Inslee says he has a lot of respect for Murtha, who he says is a "dear person, has a big heart and has been a very strong leader." One reason he's backing Hoyer is the work he did to help get Democrats elected this year. Inslee said that through Hoyer's campaign work this year "he has done as much or more to get us out of Iraq as anyone in our caucus" because he was instrumental in making sure enough Democrats won to take control of the House and put the party in a position to do something about Iraq.
Hoyer campaigned in more than 80 districts. Murtha was planning on campaigning in 41.
Inslee doesn't think Murtha's or Hoyer's positions on the war should sway votes in the majority leader's race.
"They both started the war. They both voted for the war and frankly that's when the chips were down. In my opinion that was a misjudgment for both of them and I don't think either one has a leg up on that front."
In talking to Inslee about the majority leader race it seems that the Murtha-Hoyer contest has poked at sore spots about Democratic opposition to the war. He said of Murtha's high profile:
"His voice on this Iraq issue has been very important to us. It's good that the media finally gave a voice to us against the war. It has been extremely frustrating to some of us who have been fighting against the war. There were 156 Democrats against the war, but we were never given any voice.
"But when Jack surfaced, all of a sudden the media said 'There is a debate.' There's been a debate for three years. But it's been ignored. ... All of us who have been against the war since day one were treated like potted plants. I always found that kind of curious."
Dicks said he's served with Murtha for 28 years on the Defense Appropriations Subcomittee. If Murtha moves up to majority leader Dicks said he'd be in line to be chairman of the subcommittee.
The race appears to be close. Pelosi this weekend publicly backed Murtha. According to the Washington Post:
The unexpected move signaled the sizable value Pelosi gives to personal loyalty and personality preferences. Hoyer competed with her in 2001 for the post of House minority whip, while Murtha managed her winning campaign. Pelosi has also all but decided she will not name the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) to chair that panel next year, a decision pregnant with personal animus
I wouldn't take that bet!
Hey this is in King County. They are never done counting ballots there until the demorat has more votes.
I have been thinking the same thing for days.
I'd take what Fox reports over CNN (Communist News Network)or MSNBC (Main Stream Nationally Biased Communications). Fox wasn't around to reverse the colors back in the '70s. Anyone remember when the Republicans were blue, and the Dems were red?
Good ! Meanwhile, when the Dem in CT is losing ground in a recount, he heads to Wahington anyway. I believe it is Chris Shays seat, but could be Simmins.
This cheers me up a bit. All we've been getting is bad news lately even from the Repubs.
List of Bad News
Rummy Resignation/Gates-Baker nomination
Bi-partisanship for illegal aliens
Murtha nomination from Pelosi for leadership position
Way too many Guilliani/McCain annointings from MSM who wants to divide and conquer us.
Possible under-qualified nomination of Martinez for RNC Chairman. Fundraising/Organizational skills???
This and Pence's bid for Congressional leadership and Vision statement have been the only bright spots for a week.
Oops didn't mean to forget the good news of troops doing night raids on Al Sadr folks. ^_^
An additional 34,500 votes have been counted in the Hayworth-Mitchell race since Tuesday. Hayworth has gained 138 votes on Mitchell since then. At that pace, there would have to be 1.45 million additional ballots for J.D. to win.