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    Wednesday
    Sep222004

    The Horse Race

    DATA: The horse race numbers in Electoral Votes as reported by Zogby (reported in BOLD ITALICS, I might add.)



    Sep 21

    Sep 07

    Aug 23

    Aug 03

    Jul 26

    Jul 10

    Jun 20

    Jun 06

    May 23

    Bush

    241

    222

    214

    215

    220

    205

    285

    242

    218

    Kerry

    264

    273

    286

    291

    275

    322

    253

    296

    320



    That's funny, it seems I recently read, "Bush clear leader in poll" on the cover of USA Today. (I don't actually buy the USA Today, but do catch the headlines in their newspaper boxes occasionally.) Of course, you and I and USA Today all realize that national polls mean squat in American politics. It's all about the states, not the nation. Texas and Alabama could go 100% red tomorrow and shift the shit out of national polls, but it wouldn't change the election one bit. Meanwhile, ElectoralVote.com notes that



    The big news today is that Kerry is once again ahead in the electoral college by dint of his edging ahead in Florida (49% to 48%) and New Jersey (47% to 43% among RVs).



    Hrmn, maybe USA Today was just getting its news straight from the DrudgeReport again.



    One should note that according to the Zogby table above, neither president is a winner. This is because a candidate needs 270 votes to win. And, yes, it is possible for both candidates to get 269 votes and tie. If that happens, Joe Grossberg's blog lets us know what would happen:



    Short answer: the Representatives from each state vote, and whoever gets a majority wins.



    What happens if the states are a 50-50 tie? No fucking clue.



    The scary part is that, with the exception of Kerry's small lead in Florida, this is exactly what current projections show.



    I have a feeling I know what would happen... The courts would decide (again). Wouldn't that be funny if the courts picked a president twice in a row? Well, not "ha ha" funny. Well, not funny at all.

    Reader Comments (1)

    As you may already be aware, http://www.blogger.com/r?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.electoral-vote.com%2F">electoral-vote.com tallies all of the new state polls every day and calculates an "if-the-election-were-held-tomorrow" winner. Today there's a good post about some possible end-game scenarios, and in the http://www.blogger.com/r?http%3A%2F%2Fwww.electoral-vote.com%2Finfo%2Ffaq.html">FAQ it describes what happens if there's a tie. It's the House of Representatives which chooses the new President in case of a tie, and unless the Dems can get a majority in the House on November 2 (which is very, very unlikely), that means Bush is the new President. And if the vote in the House is tied, who gets to pick? That's right, everybody's favorite Dick -- Cheney.

    The site has a ton of great resources and some pretty graphs to look at. Definitely worth checking out.

    September 23, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

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