“Democrats whomped Republicans in last month’s midterms, but oddly enough they’re still calling in the legal cavalry to contest one of the few races they narrowly lost,” the Wall Street Journal says in an editorial.
“ThatwouldbeFlorida’s13thCongressionalDistrict,whichrunsalong the Gulf Coast from just south of Tampa to just north of Fort Myers. The certified winner is Republican VernBuchanan,whobeatDemocrat ChristineJenningsbyfewerthan400 votes out of more than 237,000 cast. Tworecounts,whichweredemanded by Democrats and required by law, have reconfirmed Mr. Buchanan’s victory and slightly increased the margin,” the newspaper said.
“Unbowed,theDemsarenowsuggesting that defective voting machinescostthemtherace.Theypoint to Sarasota County’s 18,000 ‘undervotes,’ or incidences where voters cast ballots in other races but not the Buchanan-Jenningscontest.Ms.Jennings — along with such liberal partisans as People for the American WayandtheAmericanCivilLiberties Union — has filed a lawsuit contesting the results based on ‘statistical and eyewitness evidence of significant machine malfunctions’ in Sarasota’siVotronictouch-screensystem.
“TheywantacourttodeclareMs. Jenningsthewinnerby—getthis— usingstatisticalmodelstoextrapolate thatshewouldhavereceivedmostof the undervotes. Short of that, they’ll settlefornullifyingtheNovemberresults and holding a new election. But among the many things that are strange here is that if anyone ought tobecomplainingaboutundervotes, it’s the GOP. Sarasota is the largest and most Republican county in the district, yet the Democrat, Ms. Jennings, carried it handily. In fact, it’s theonlycountyinthedistrictthatshe didcarry,whichmakesitmorelikely thatitwasRepublicanswhodeclined tovoteintheCongressionalrace,not Democrats.”