When Kelly Ayotte lost her 2016 bid to keep her N.H. Senate seat, it was by 1017 votes. In a $100+ million race, the margin was vanishingly small, and Ayotte was within her rights to demand a full recount. Instead, she conceded.
New Hampshire's peculiar honor code doesn't look kindly upon claims of stolen elections. A year later, however, up to 5313 illegal votes from non-residents who may have voted in other states (primarily Democrat-dominated Massachusetts), showed that Ayotte very well could have prevailed had she pursued the 2018 Florida or Georgia route.
In 2016, the media was quick to call the race for Hassan, comparatively. But the AP still hasn't called the Georgia governor's race, despite the fact that Brian Kemp has a recount-proof, runoff-proof margin of victory that cannot be overcome by the remaining uncounted votes registered with the Georgia secretary of state's office.
But that doesn't stop Democrats from claiming there are thousands of "surprise" uncounted ballots in Stacey Abrams favor. All along, Democrats have built the false narrative of GOP, and Kemp's, "voter suppression" efforts. Nothing of the kind has really happened, and the Georgia media knows it. (See here, here, here, here and here.)
All along, the national media has been complicit, and in fact superintending, in Democratic efforts to subvert the election and to keep open legal options to overturn what should be a settled result.
In Florida, Andrew Gillum retracted his concession (at least Stacey Abrams has not yet taken that step, though she remains "open" to all options) because of Florida's mandatory automatic recount law. A "machine recount" is now underway, though Palm Beach County has admitted "it's impossible" for them to finish before the Thursday deadline.
> Sarah Revell, the communications director for the Florida Department of State, told CNN's Ana Cabrera that if a county does not submit its results by deadline, "then the results on file at that time take their place," she said.
> Revell added that Florida law does not give the secretary of state the authority to grant extensions.
This is a terrible situation that will leave the entire race in doubt and subject to an unending stream of lawsuits. Granted, it's bad law on the books if a deadline that cannot be met has no remedy outside the courts. But Florida has never been a paragon of election efficiency or certainty.
The media is contributing the Florida's uncertainty by hyping the possibility of the governor's race and the Senate race, both respectively led by small margins by Republicans Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott, being overturned. They have been partisans on these races for months. (Here, here, here, and here.)
The Washington Post has been particularly friendly to Democrat incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, acting as his mouthpiece in the post-election recount mess, marked by defiant left-leaning election officials in Broward County ignoring state laws and court orders.
> “If Rick Scott wanted to make sure every legal ballot is counted, he would not be suing to try and stop voters from having their legal ballot counted as intended,” the senator said in a statement. “He’s doing this for the same reason he’s been making false and panicked claims about voter fraud — he’s worried that when all the votes are counted he’ll lose this election.
Nelson was talking about illegal immigrant and non-citizen ballots here, by the way. So "all the votes" means votes from people who shouldn't be counted in the first place, n'est ce pas? But that doesn't stop Democrats either, and neither does it stop their media sidekicks.
In fact, the media is so invested in the narrative that Donald Trump and the Russians stole the 2016 election that they feel justified in giving Democrats a pass in actually trying to steal elections in 2018. The "blue wave" wasn't blue enough or wavy enough for liberals in the press, so they are just fine encouraging every close election to become "controversial."
In 2000, just 930 votes decided the election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Palm Beach County missed their November 26 deadline in a machine recount, with Bush ahead by 537 votes. The U.S. Supreme Court, on December 9, suspended a hand recount of all "undervotes" (meaning ballots where no candidate received a vote) in four counties.
On December 13, Gore conceded to Bush.
Nothing in 2018 is much different than in 2000. It's sad that Florida hasn't progressed in 18 years, and that babies born during the 2000 election cycle are actually voting this year.
But the media has made a commitment to promote Democrats in a blue wave against Trump, and they will not allow history to get in their way. The media is eroding trust in our elections, and they are doing a far more effective job at it than the Russians have ever done.