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November 3, 2004
No Concession

John Edwards just told Kerry supporters that the campaign would not issue any statements on the race until at least tomorrow night, and plan on vigorously pursuing the provisional ballots cast in Ohio. Right now the estimates on the number of such ballots range from 170,000 to 250,000. Even on the outside edge, that would require Kerry to win 187,501 ballots, opposed to 62,499 for Bush, to edge Bush by one. It's unlikely in the extreme that he will beat Bush 3-1 in the provos. It's just another way for the Kerry/Edwards campaign to demonstrate their classlessness.

UPDATE: BamaBear makes a great point in the comments on an earlier point. The media won't call Ohio when Bush has a 125,000-vote lead with 97% of the precincts reporting -- but they just gave Michigan to Kerry, when he has an 89,000-vote lead with 78% of the precincts reporting? Can someone explain that one to me?

UPDATE II: New Mexico -- 30,000-vote gap, 5% lead, 95% of precincts reporting ... and CNN won't call it for Bush?

UPDATE III: 2:06 AM CT ... Bush leads Kerry in Ohio by 136,000 votes with 98% of the precincts reporting. Bush continues to widen the gap in the Buckeye State and putting an exclamation point on his victory there. Too bad Kerry is too self-obsessed to recognize defeat.

UPDATE IV: 2:28 AM CT -- Bush now has a 144,000-vote lead in Ohio with 99% of the precincts reporting. It's over, folks! Call your local Democrat party to stress that to them.

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