Thursday, September 11, 2008

Koster, Wright-Jones, Trout still win in recounts


Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced the certified results from the recounts of the Attorney General Democratic primary election and two State Senate Democratic primaries.
The final results of the Democratic Attorney General primary recount confirmed the victory of State Senator Chris Koster over State Representative Margaret Donnelly. The difference between the two candidates after the recount is 829 votes, and the difference before the recount was 780 votes.
Final results of the recount are as follows: Sen. Chris Koster, 118,934 votes; Rep. Margaret Donnelly, 118,105 votes; Rep. Jeff Harris 86,550 votes; and Molly Williams, 23,140 votes.
[Those who think Molly Williams was nothing but a nicely named spoiler placed to deflect some female votes from Donnelly will see her as having been a thoroughly successful spoiler. And now the fun begins, as we get to see whether the Missouri Democratic Party can unite behind a former Republican, Koster, after a nasty primary fight where two true-blue Democrats were vanquished in Donnelly and Harris. Michael Gibbons is still a Republican and is the guy Koster and his "fellow Democrats" now have to beat.]

The final results of the recount for the Democratic primary in State Senate District 5 confirmed the victory of Representative Robin Wright-Jones over Representative Rodney Hubbard. The difference between the two candidates after the recount is 96 votes, and the difference before the recount was 101 votes.
Final results of the recount are as follows: Rep. Robin Wright-Jones, 6,238 votes; and Rep. Rodney Hubbard, 6,142 votes.
[I am waiting for someone with much more patience with campaign finance reports than I have at the moment to calculate the relative cost-per-vote spent by these two campaigns!]

The final results of the recount for the Democratic primary in State Senate District 15 confirmed the victory of James Trout over Steve Eagleton. The difference between the two candidates after the recount is 37 votes, and the difference before the recount was 36 votes.
Final results of the recount are as follows: James Trout, 5,161 votes; and Steve Eagleton, 5,124 votes.
[I don't know either of these men, but I know something about name magic, I am left wondering how a man with the name of a fish beat someone named Eagleton in Missouri!]

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Image from a blog post about the HBO film Recount.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The reason someone named for fish could beat an Eagleton is that James Trout is a much stronger candidate with a record of working for the community and making things happen. His experience as a "green" builder, plus his ability to bring people together makes him a great candidate for the 15th. The state of Missouri needs James Trout!

Confluence City said...

I will look the man up and make his acquaintance. Thanks, anonymous. And if you are anonymously Mr Trout or someone close to him, please get in touch or ask him to do so.