Monday, November 27, 2006
Perhaps "can't" was the best word for Deb's peeps to use in this situation, especially since the Dispatch - despite it's own silly reporting on the vote count - never was stupid enough to say it can't happen.
Now let's recall that the Dispatch's pseudo-analysis in fact did everything but guarantee that its endorsed candidate would be the winner:
If yet-to-be-counted votes follow patterns of those already tallied in the 15 th Congressional District, Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy would gain almost 1,800 votes districtwide on incumbent Deborah Pryce but still fall short.In fact, as insiders can attest, the phrase, "There’s no reason to think that uncounted absentee ballots would favor either candidate in numbers greater than those already included in unofficial totals," was being thrown about verbatim by the Pryce camp before the Dispatch story was printed, and Nash, Haddix and Vitale should be embarassed for having been rope-a-doped on this matter.
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There’s no reason to think that uncounted absentee ballots would favor either candidate in numbers greater than those already included in unofficial totals.
Scott Kozar, Kilroy’s campaign manager, said yesterday that provisional ballots will provide the Democrat’s hoped-for victory.
"When all those votes are counted, we’re going to swing it to victory," Kozar said.
DeStefano dismissed that as wishful thinking.
"Kilroy continues to play fast and loose with the facts, still claiming there is this gold mine of provisional (ballots) on campus when in fact there is not," he said.
Now, a Kilroy victory is clearly still a long shot. We think there is a lot of potential for a few more twists and turns in the vote count. Hope springs eternal, and all that . . .
But it's nice to know that several dozen sphincters at Pryce's HQ did the ole' squeesh-squish big time this morning.