Karoli Kuns at Crooks and Liars was bothered yesterday when she heard the results of the Kentucky elections.
Kentucky has me stumped. Honestly, it does. I’ve been talking about it with various people and it just makes no damn sense.
Look at these races. Compare the number of votes cast for Democrats.
Jack Conway: 426,964
Alison Lundergan Grimes 493,600
Andy Beshear 479,929
Adam Edelen (who still lost) 450,316
Some of the arguments I’ve heard are that Conway ran away from the Affordable Care Act. Okay, but so did Alison Lundergan Grimes in her Senate race against McConnell.
There was an independent candidate who got 35,629 votes. Even if those had all gone to Conway, it still would have been less than the number of votes Grimes and Beshear received.
Karoli noticed that Conway got even less votes than the other Democrats down ballot which is very strange.
The Bradblog also questions how the pre-elections polls got it so wrong.
That’s exactly what happened in Kentucky on Tuesday, where Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway was leading by a fair margin (about 3 to 5 points) in almost every pre-election poll in his race for Governor, but then ended up being announcedas the loser to ‘Tea Party’ Republican candidate Matt Bevin by a landslide (almost 9 points) — according to the state’s 100% unverified computer tabulation systems…
Bev Harris, of BlackBoxVoting.org, who I spoke with earlier today, described the higher vote totals in the down ballot races as a “significant anomaly”. She tells me that, at least until more records are requested and examined, the KY-Gov’s race “has to be looked at as a questionable outcome, particularly because of the discrepancies in the down ballot races. More votes in those races and not at the top…that just doesn’t happen.”
…There are many other reasons for supporters to question the reported results in the KY-Gov’s race, as I detail during the show. Of course, the reported results could also be completely accurate. But, without public, human examination of the hand-marked paper ballots (which, thankfully, now actually exist across most of the state!) and other related records, we have yet another unverified, 100% faith-based election to leave supporters wondering if they really won or lost.
Karoli and Brad discussed the results on The Bradcast and it is really worth listening to. Karoli has more on her discussion with Brad today and it seems as if she is interested in a public records request to get the hand ballots counted. I don’t think she is too hopeful but it is worth a try.