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E-mail from Roy Cooper:
I just received a call from Governor McCrory conceding the race and congratulating me on becoming the 75th governor of North Carolina.
I’m proud to have received the support of so many who believe that we can come together to make a North Carolina that works for everyone. It will be the honor of my life to serve this great state.
December 5 is a day to remember for Polk County Democrats: the official entrance of Roy Cooper, and the official exit of Owens, Gage, and Holbert. Let the holidays begin...
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
-Richard Bach, writer (b. 1936)
To the surprise of exactly nobody, Pat McCrory has formally demanded a recount in the race for governor, even though the canvassing has only put him farther behind, and that process isn't even over yet.
There is now also a lawsuit, filed by the uber-right Civitas Insitutute, harrumphing about the same-day registration and voting being evil in some way. Civitas is obviously assuming (or maybe knows, the registration of voters is public information) that throwing all those out would disproportionately hurt the Democrats, so around and around we go. There were 90,000 North Carolinians who took advantage of this route, we now find out, which, if they actually broke strongly our way -- big "if" -- could in fact change the election if the lawsuit were to succeed -- another big "if".
So we wait. Junkies like polkdemocrats.com remember Minnesota in one recent cycle, where Al Franken's election as Senator was tied up for four months before being cleared, and of course there was 2000...
The Women's Club meetings, scheduled always on the last Monday of each Month, inevitably end up conflicting with holidays, either directly as with Memorial Day, or as near-misses as with both Thanksgiving and Christmas. We always roll the dice on Memorial Day, holding our meeting anyway, and attendance has never been affected.
But we take no chances with Thanksgiving and Christmas, where virtually everybody has other, more important things on their mind. We have always canceled the November and December meetings, and are doing so again this year. Enjoy the holidays, everyone, and recharge your batteries after a long, long election. See you in January...
We haven't dealt specifically with the legislative results in the state, because they haven't gotten much play in relation to the more-glamorous races, but the probability that Roy Cooper will be the next governor brings the new NC House and Senate results front and center: did the Republicans retain a veto-proof majority in both houses?
Unfortunately, yes. Democrats needed to pick up four seats in the House or five in the Senate to sustain a governor's veto, and we gained only one in the House and actually lost one in the Senate. The Republicans will still have the power to override any veto the Governor makes if they all vote together, which they genetically do.
Having Roy Cooper in the Governor's chair in Raleigh is a very good thing in a lot of ways, but blocking new voter suppression bills will not be one of them.
The election-day results for several of the races for the Council of State -- meaning the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State etc. -- were close enough that uncounted votes or demands for a recount are in play. By far the most important of those races is Governor, where our Roy Cooper currently leads McCrory by about 5,000 votes, out of millions cast. The races for Attorney General and Auditor were also close, and Democrats are leading in those too.
The votes yet to be counted are late-arriving absentee ballots, especially from the military overseas, and all the provisional ballots cast for various reasons on election day. It's not likely that those ballots could swing a difference of as many as 5,000 votes, but nothing that happened this election was likely either, so we actually have to wait for some time before we uncork the champaign for Cooper.
The process is, first, to count all the uncounted ballots, and then see if those additional votes change the election-day totals in any material way. That means not only changing the winner, but, more likely, getting the loser to within 10,000 votes, which is the threshhold for demanding a recount. McCrory is already comfortably below that, so he will almost certainly be eligible to demand a recount if he decides to. The good thing is that, historically, recounts never change anything: they're just primal screams to soothe the wounded ego.
But for the moment, we wait...
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a considerable margin, but lost the election because of the completely-bogus electoral college, where she lost by 51 votes. That's the fifth time this has happened in this supposedly-democratic republic of ours, the last one just 16 years ago when Al Gore "lost" to you-know-who. Now it's Hillary who "lost" to the latest you-know-who, and who knows where that's going to lead.
Nobody says a word about it, maybe one news story in 10,000 focuses on it, if the popular vote is mentioned at all it's in small type below the electoral vote. polkdemocrats.com brings this up because we've warned you about this completely-avoidable problem for years, and now it's happened again. We've updated our issue page on National Popular Vote (here), and maybe now, when you're still mad, is a good time to get the whole story...