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The western states are still counting. They're a bit slower than the rest. For various reasons (they say it's because of the mail-in ballots but it could be sloth if you ask me). You'll note that these are all western states.

The Begich campaign told Kos that there were 60-75 thousand votes left to be counted. That's in a state with 663 thousand residents.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Nov 6th, 2008 at 07:06:14 PM EST
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I'm still quaint and old fasioned and like it so you dont declare the results till the votes have all been counted....

plus like my results declaring by an official counter rather than a partisan TV station.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Nov 7th, 2008 at 03:03:40 AM EST
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I'm even more old fashioned and don't like any results being declared (however provisional) until polls have closed in every state.  I would even ban opinion polls in the last 48hours.  There is far too much perceptions management going on under the guise of free information.

Vote McCain for war without gain
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Nov 7th, 2008 at 04:28:25 AM EST
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The western states do not exactly have much value in terms of perceptions management. The management of perceptions can otherwise swing both ways. The perception of a democratic victory may well have depressed Republican turnout in states like New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, while depressing Democratic turnout in Alaska.

I agree on banning polls, preferably in the entire last week before the election.

In the end, Americans have a more radical conception of freedom of speech than we do. So they arrange their democracy accordingly. It's not a topic I feel very deeply about, as long as it's going on over there and not here in Europe.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Nov 7th, 2008 at 05:43:04 AM EST
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