While we're all watching the numbers on Election Night, 2010...keep 2000 in the back of your mind.
I don't think I have to remind you, that was the year of the disputed Presidential election...the one which
gave us phrases like "hanging chad" and "butterfly ballot".
There may not be problems like those this year, but, considering how close so many races across the
country are this year, there may be bigger headaches than the ones people had a decade ago. Consider
Florida in 2000 multiplied by at least 20. (If Tim Russert were still alive, he might be saying "Florida...Ohio...
Nevada...etc., etc. etc.)
Just West Virginia and Ohio might make it interesting.
Governor Joe Manchin has had some momentum lately (and repeat after me..."IF THE POLLS ARE TO BE
BELIEVED") in his race with John Raese for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by the late Robert Byrd. But
in terms of the poll numbers which are still being reported, it's still close.
In Ohio, the gubernatorial race between incumbent Ted Strickland and John Kasich is as close as any in the
nation right now. After Kasich seemingly had a solid lead around Labor Day, Strickland closed the gap in most
polls. (Keep this in mind, all these polls which have had different margins also have different methodologies.)
Although the Associated Press said this past week the margin is above what's necessary for a recount, that was
with four days before Election Day.
And I haven't mentioned all the races nationwide for Congress, which Republicans want to win back, and which
President Obama and the Democrats despearately want to keep. This has been one of the nuttiest election
battles ever, with issues ranging from hiring illegal aliens to game show questions about the Constitution and
witchcraft (if only the late Elizabeth Montgomery were still around...). There are a lot of battles that could go
One thing likely to disappear (speaking of black magic) November 3rd are the campaign commercials. The other
day, I told our Program Director, Dirk Kreiss (who also handles our political advertising), that, if our ads were still
on tapes (they, like music, are on digital files), we could hold a bonfire to rid ourselves of them for good.
I'm sure we'd have a lot of people who would want to watch.