Friday, 17 April 2009

File under: "You couldn't make it up"

Came across this on Daily Kos. The Republican congressional candidate in a special election caused by Kirsten Gillibrand being elevated to the Senate in place of Hillary Clinton is suing to be declared the winner, even though he's currently 178 votes BEHIND.

I know Republicans have a history of being declared the winners of elections when their guy got fewer votes, but someone really ought to tell them that the basic principle of a first past the post electoral system is that the person with the MOST votes wins.

2 comments:

David said...

It's not quite as simple as that in the US, particularly with absentee ballots - remember GW Bush v Gore


See here for more detail;s on this particular shindig.

http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2009/Senate/Maps/Apr16-s.html#2

Bernard Salmon said...

The thing is, not all counties in NY-20 have yet finished counting their absentee ballots. So Tedisco's move is both premature and absurd.

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