Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard: Recanvassing shows NY-23 race tightens even as Rep. Bill Owens is sworn into House seat
Washington -- Conservative Doug Hoffman conceded the race in the 23rd Congressional District last week after receiving two pieces of grim news for his campaign: He was down 5,335 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted on election night, and he had barely won his stronghold in Oswego County.
As it turns out, neither was true.
But Hoffman’s concession -- based on snafus in Oswego County and elsewhere that left his vote undercounted -- set off a chain of events that echoed all the way to Washington, D.C., and helped secure passage of a historic health care reform bill. [...]
OOPS! Did he concede too soon? I do believe so. What's next?
[...] It would be interesting as hell to see what would happen if Hoffman is able to pull this off. Owens has already been seated in the House. Presumably he'd have to be removed by a vote of the full House. Would the Democrats delay that long enough under the pretense of 'investigating' what happened? Would they order a new election? The Constitution grants each house of Congress exclusive power over who they will and won't sit as well as they will remove them, so their options are almost limitless and nearly unchallengeable.
Mostly this is just a curiosity because there's really no way Hoffman can pull this off. [...]
You’ll remember on election night a few weeks ago, upstate New York was reporting all sorts of ballot-counting glitches even as NY-23 conservative candidate Doug Hoffman conceded the race.
Now, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports that the race has tightened considerably — with thousands of military and overseas ballots still to be counted: [...]
I sure hope Hoffman pulls up and wins this thing. This will be a grave concern for the turtle turds in the Defeatocrat Party...if he wins, the PelosiCare passage last Saturday will die a sudden death of dumbass.
[...] In the meantime, let it be a lesson to conservative challengers not to concede until the last ballot is counted.
The nation’s health may depend on it. [...]
And let that be a lesson to all of you Tea Partiers! Never give up!
The Snooper Report. Join us as we Take Our Country Back.
Sic vis pacem para bellum