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:

The Board of Elections mess

What is it about the business-friendly McCrory administration that they can't figure out how to manage complex computer systems?

Epic fail.

The outcome of some races may be in doubt, but there’s no doubt about the outcome of this test for the state board. It’s an “F,” which was echoed by Catawba College professor Michael Bitzer, who in a television interview proclaimed the problems an “epic failure.”

Now the board owes the people of North Carolina an explanation of what happened and how it happened, and it must fix the problems immediately, period. If the board and its staff cannot accomplish this, a house must be cleaned. This was an inexcusable problem and rattles the public’s confidence in the system.

Job well done, Mecklenburg Co. Democratic Party

With all of the missteps of NCDP Chair Randy Voller and the attention on infighting within the North Carolina Democratic Party, it should not go unnoticed when a county party does something well. On Saturday voting members of Senate District 37 met to select Senator Dan Clodfelter's replacement in the NC Senate and voting members of the SEC and CEC from the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party met to select a new third vice chair of the party. I kept waiting for typical Democratic Party nastiness to rear its ugly head, but party chair Robin Bradford and the rest of the leadership team did a very good job of running an orderly meeting and a transparent selection process.

NC charter schools highlighted in report on fraud and waste

Via Salon, we have a link to a new report co-authored by the Center for Popular Democracy and Integrity in Education that examines the lack of oversight of charter schools. The report looked at just 15 states, pulling news stories, criminal complaints, audits, and other sources.

The report "found fraud, waste and abuse cases totaling over $100 million in losses to taxpayers" and noted that, due to lack of oversight, “the fraud and mismanagement that has been uncovered thus far might be just the tip of the iceberg.”

Three NC charter schools are highlighted in the report:

NC Board of Elections website showing incorrect info on election night; news outlets contacting counties

A hat tip to Wautauga Watch for linking to this story from WSPA in Spartanburg, SC. On election night the NC State Board of Elections site was showing incorrect information on the races - news outlets wound up calling local county offices to get results.

Henderson told WSPA that the system they were using "was only three days old".

After the problems at the NC DMV and the Department of Health and Human Services, Teddy has to ask if the McCrory administration has spent the past few months hiring contractors to break the state's IT systems.


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