I am unsure whether this is the proper course of action (posting a diary entry); however, I must disassociate myself from another on this site that is “reporting” on a Congressional race wherein a definite winner has still not been called. Despite dire statements to the contrary, the presumed Republican winner, Blake Farenthold, has not been overturned.
Apparently, yesterday a bag containing SEVEN forgotten emergency ballots, or paper ballots were “remembered” by an election supervisor. These were votes that were cast during a brief power outage at a voting location in the Democrat’s hometown town during the first day of early voting Oct. 18. The properly sealed bag contained seven ballots, all for Ortiz. This is not too suspicious given where they were found and the fact that there were only seven. The story can be found here: http://www.caller.com/news/2010/nov/04/ortiz-officials-nueces-county-finds-more-votes/?partner=popular
Today, the local paper has the headline ” Provisional and Oversea Ballots not Enough for Ortiz to win” http://www.caller.com/news/2010/nov/05/provisional-and-overseas-ballots-not-enough-for/the article states “As many as 736 ballots remain uncounted, based on estimates…”
Keep in mind that the original margin of victory was 799 votes, minus the seven found yesterday; thus leaving the margin at 792. Even if all 736 votes suspiciously were in Ortiz’s favor, he would be unable to win. I am still not without doubt that there are shenanigans in play; however, I am very confident that we will be able to chalk this race up to a Republican victory.