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Potential shocker brewing in CA-44, but we need your help

by: Dante Atkins

Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 10:17:04 AM PST

It just may well be the case this cycle that one of our greatest regrets was not paying enough attention to CA-44.  Then again, we may not regret it at all, because Bill Hedrick may yet defeat Ken Calvert.

According to Lori Vendermeir, Hedrick's communications director, the OC Register and the Press Enterprise called the race for Calvert, but then rescinded their call.  There are, simply put, tens of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots left to count, and Bill apparently keeps on inching closer.

HOWEVER: In typical Republican fashion, Ken Calvert's lawyers are trying to shut down the counting process in both Riverside and Orange County.

If you live in these counties--especially if you're a CA-44 voter--we need your help.

Call the office of the registrars, and tell them to count every vote.  Bill is not going to concede until every vote his counted, and he stands a reasonable chance at pulling out a shocker in SoCal.

Orange County Registrar: (714) 567-7600
Riverside County Registrar:  (951) 486-7200

... Dave here.  Just to put some hard numbers to this, right now, the results are here:

Bill Hedrick (Dem)  85,039  48.6%
Ken Calvert (Rep)  89,679  51.4%

That is not yet in the universe of what the Secretary of State calls a close race, one that has a spread of less than 2% between the winner and loser.  But clearly, with so many ballots left to be counted, CA-44 must be put into the realm of possibility.

By the way, if you're wondering what is a "close race" right now, that would be AD-10, SD-19, CA-04, and Prop. 11.  None of those should be called right now based on current information.  So as I said yesterday, this election is not over.  Frank Russo also has a good report on this.

...Dave again.  Just to piggyback on this, Charlie Brown's campaign has sent an email to their list (on the flip):

Dante Atkins :: Potential shocker brewing in CA-44, but we need your help
A record number of voters turned out for Tuesday's election.  

And, after more than 300,000 ballots were cast in CA-04, the race is tied.   The current difference stands at less than half of 1% (less than 500 votes).

The race is way too close to call. And there are more than 40,000 vote-by-mail and provisional ballots still to be counted.

Once all the votes are tallied, we are confident that Charlie Brown will be the 4 th District's next Congressman, but we need your help to make sure every vote is counted.

Please Contribute to our Election Protection Fund.

Yesterday, Tom McClintock hired an election attorney and brought in a team of lawyers to "watch" the locations where absentee and provisional ballots are being counted.    

With McClintock's massive fundraising list, he has the financial ability to hire as many lawyers as he needs to challenge the votes of thousands of people who faithfully cast their ballots.

We need to combat this, but that takes resources.

Please click here to make a donation to help us fight for every last vote.

McClintock has history with recounts, and was on the short end of a fight with Steve Westly in 2002 after a similar situation, so we know he's going fight.

But rest assured that we will not give up - we will not surrender - we will not rest until we make sure that every single vote is counted.

Please donate right now to ensure a fair process to count the remaining votes.

Many of us have looked forward to this post-election day for such a long time - as a country we are headed in a new direction, with so many new and excited voters participating in the process, we cannot afford to allow new voters to become disenchanted with the system already.

We all remember what happened the last time a right-wing politician started challenging election results.   Your additional contribution of $25, $50 or whatever you can afford will go a long way to helping prevent a repeat of history.

Thank you,
Todd Stenhouse
Campaign Manager

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Attention Riverside Dems! (0.00 / 0)
We particularly need Riverside Dems to be on the alert.

This is because in Riverside County, Bill beat Calvert 52.5% to 47.46%.

There are about 66,000 votes uncounted in Riverside. About 1/3 of Riverside county is in the 44th, so there are probably about 22,000 uncounted ballots for the 44th.

Bill lost in OC, so in the district as a whole he trails Calvert by about 4,600 votes. But if he were to get a little better than the percentage he's already gotten of the remaining 22,000 votes, the race could go his way.

The Riverside ROV is not believed to be Dem-friendly.  

Riverside Mail-In Ballot Lookup (0.00 / 0)
If you are a Riverside County voter who mailed or handed in an absentee ballot, please go to this link to check on your ballot status:


Also, kick a few dollars Bill's way to pay for the lawyers. They're expensive, you know.


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