Edwards Slightly Ahead
by Matt Stoller, Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 03:38:38 AM EDT
I took the redeye yesterday, so I collapsed into bed at about 9pm. And then I woke up and looked at the latest numbers in the Wynn-Edwards race, with 75% of precincts reporting.
Donna EDWARDS 25694 48%
Al *WYNN 25478 48%
George McDERMOTT 2202 4%
There were massive voter problems yesterday. Voting hours were actually extended, and people had to vote with provisional ballots. Apparently more ballots will be counted today.
I'm still trying to find out what's going on. I don't trust these numbers.
UPDATE: Ok, here's what I understand is going on right now. Basically the provisional ballots, all of which are from Montgomery County, will not be counted until next week. Montgomery County is where Donna Edwards has her base, so that's a very good thing. Voting problems, mostly due to the poor quality of the Diebold systems, were extensive. I'm trying to get information from the legal team of the Edwards campaign to lock this down.
I did not expect Donna to come this close, but it looks like she might have pulled this one out. Wow.
UPDATE AGAIN: DON'T USE DIEBOLD. Their equipment sucks. Read this first-hand account of how much they suck.
From CQ Politics:
A CQPolitics.com analysis of votes at 5:15 a.m. Eastern time showed Edwards leading Wynn by 49 percent to 47 percent, following a complete but unofficial count of votes in Montgomery County, where Edwards ran strongly. But Wynn is expected to take the lead after a counting of the votes in 40 outstanding precincts in Prince Georges County.
It doesn't say whether this count includes provisional ballots, which is the key.