Alan West and Michele Bachmann May Be Out!

  • creature

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    Nov 07, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    Tea Party darlings Alan West and Michele Bachmann may soon be relieved of their congressional duties.

    With 97% reporting, Republican Alan West has 154,392 votes, trailing closely behind his Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy who has 155,366 votes.

    Although Michele Bachmann is in the lead with 98,604 votes, her opponent Jim Graves is less than 200 votes behind, and only 58% of the voting has been counted.
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    Pleasepleasepleaseplease. Am I being too greedy?
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    Get me the popcorn!
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:10 AM GMT
    creature said
    Although Michele Bachmann is in the lead with 98,604 votes, her opponent Jim Graves is less than 200 votes behind, and only 58% of the voting has been counted.


    UPDATE: 70% reporting -- Bachmann leading by 1,044 votes.
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:14 AM GMT
    Yeah, it looks like Bachmann will still be in, but West will be out.

    It's nice to see that it was so close for Bachmann. The Democrats just need to step up the effort and I'm sure she will be out next election cycle.
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    ahem:

    http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/ENR/Results/CongressionalResults/1?id=561

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    Nov 07, 2012 11:30 AM GMT
    dayumm saidahem:

    http://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/ENR/Results/CongressionalResults/1?id=561

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    Um. not a great base to build a future presidential run from
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    Nov 07, 2012 12:26 PM GMT
    Ugh ... looks like Bachmann probably has won but West looks like republican toast icon_cool.gif
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    Nov 07, 2012 12:28 PM GMT
    I look forwards to another fruitful "bipartisan" term from Bachmann. rotflmao.gif
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    Nov 07, 2012 12:40 PM GMT
    Oh so close! Great run by Mr. Graves in what was supposed to be a gimme for Crazy Eyes. I imagine the convo in her campaign HQ to have gone like:

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    Staffers: "That won't be necessary, you're always colored surprised!" icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 07, 2012 12:41 PM GMT
    Shout it with me, Michele! "Barack Obama will be a TWO! TERM! PRESIDENT!!!" icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 08, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    I think someone's a tad bitter.

    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Congressman-Allen-West-Refuses-To-Concede-Citing-Irregularities-177723561.html
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    Nov 08, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    dayumm saidI think someone's a tad bitter.

    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Congressman-Allen-West-Refuses-To-Concede-Citing-Irregularities-177723561.html


    Wait.....a Republican is bitter? Here's my shock face -----> icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 08, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    dayumm saidShout it with me, Michele! "Barack Obama will be a TWO! TERM! PRESIDENT!!!" icon_razz.gif
    TWO TERM President OBAMA
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    Nov 08, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    GQjock saidUgh ... looks like Bachmann probably has won but West looks like republican toast icon_cool.gif
    In more ways that just one!icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 08, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    GQjock said...but West (FL) looks like republican toast icon_cool.gif

    Umm.. maybe not. Remember, recounts in Republican-controlled Florida don't follow the usual rules. And once again, we are the last State where the Presidential outcome has not yet been decided.

    Republican Governor Rick Scott did his best to restrict voting, reducing the days for early voting. Especially eliminating the Sunday before the Tuesday election day, which previous years had shown was used mainly by minority voters, presumed favorable to Democrats.

    You could vote Saturday this year, but not Sunday, as in other elections? And could vote on the previous weekdays, but when people work, and when they aren't usually given time off like for the traditional Tuesday? Huh? Fortunately other voter ID restrictions Scott tried to impose were resisted by county election officials, who in Florida have a great deal of autonomy.

    So I would take a challenge by Allen West seriously. In Florida he might pull it off. Or at least delay the seating of a Democrat in the US House for months.

    As was done for 6 months in 2008 with Sen. Al Franken (D) of Minnesota, denying Senate Democrats a filibuster-proof supermajority until June, 2009. And a month later Sen. Ted Kennedy died, dropping the Dems back below a supermajority, which the Republicans used to block Obama legislation.

    West has likely lost. But this tactic can deny a House seat to Democrats for months. And so I wouldn't be surprised if the Republican Party pursues it, despite the monetary cost to Florida taxpayers, and the loss of a voice in Congress for that district.