Crisco refuses to concede to Aiken, recount likely

So much for rallying behind the winner:

At the end of Tuesday’s voting, Aiken had received 369 votes more than Crisco in the 2nd Congressional District primary. With 276 outstanding ballots – 190 absentee and 86 provisional – that won’t change Aiken’s position. But it could be enough to trigger a recount. As a result, even though he is trailing, Crisco says he isn’t giving up.

Crisco spent more than three times what Aiken did, more than $750,000 – most of which he loaned to his own campaign. The money bought TV ads, mailers and yard signs – far more than what Aiken employed. Aiken’s strategists said they were banking on the former “American Idol” runner-up’s name recognition, and Aiken has said he intended to save his money for the general election.

369 may not be a lot of votes, but it's more than enough to survive a recount. But Crisco may not be necessarily hoping for more votes for himself, he may be angling for a runoff if Toni Morris' percentage improves:

Morris, who also ran for the seat in 2010 when there was a lot less interest in the race, was more of a factor than anticipated. She almost drew enough votes to keep Aiken below the 40 percent threshold, which would have forced a runoff in July. If the final count ends up giving Morris many more votes, it’s possible, but not likely, that could force a runoff between Aiken and Crisco.

It's a good thing candidates aren't allowed to "gift" votes to an opponent, or it would be even more of a circus than it is. Keith needs to pick up a phone and do the right thing.

Comments

If the criteria are met

It's Crisco's right to ask for a recount.

But it would not be the right thing to do.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Exactly.

There are many instances in politics when you can do a thing but you shouldn't, like closely skirting ethics laws or using majority-created rules to stifle the voices of dissent. I wouldn't put forcing a recount into the same category of those things, but the thinking behind it is not radically different.

+1

That's all, +1

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Especially

When it's a PRIMARY election. Not sure Crisco's realizes that he and Clay are, purportedly, on the same side.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis