Now, it's going to take until November 13th to even start counting the provisional ballots, we're in for a long haul again. As it stands now, Bush leads Kerry by two electoral votes, 254-252. There are three states left to be tallied - New Mexico (5 votes), Iowa (7 votes), and Ohio (20 votes). 270 electoral votes gets you into the White House, so, basically, whoever carried Ohio wins.
New Hampshire is also the only state this year to switch allegiances, as its four electoral votes went Kerry's way this time, after going to Bush in 2000. And still, somehow, Bush is ahead.
And there is your election wrap-up.
Now, the Kerry campaign was feeling very positive going into election day because of the millions of new voters who had registered, because all those new voters were expected to vote Democrat. They looked in every nook and cranny and turned over every rock. It would appear though that they should have left some of those rocks unturned, since apparently that's where people have been living for the last four years!
Bush leads the popular vote by a margin of about 3.5 million votes. He lost the popular vote in 2000 by about 500,000. So, let me get this straight:
- He's not as popular as the other guy, but manages to steal the victory in Florida.
- He attacks Afghanistan after 9/11 to get Osama bin Laden, who ultimately escapes.
- He then attacks Iraq. For fun.
- The deficit is at a record high.
- Unemployment is up.
- His approval rating is barely 50%.
- The literacy must be terrible if that many people mistook "Bush, George W." for "Kerry, John"
And all of this equals his support being increased to a 3.5 million vote win? You've got to be kidding me. Maybe when they're recounting the votes, they should check how many times Mary Poppins and Peter Pan voted. Or, for that matter, how many George Bushes voted.
But don't worry, it'll all be over in a week and a half if there's any justice in the world. Which apparently there isn't. Crap. This is going to take forever.