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January 11, 2008
The 'UFO Candidate" wants a New Hampshire Recount
Dennis Kucinich, a candidate for president who claims to have seen a UFO when at Shirely McLain's house, is demanding that there be a recount of votes in New Hampshire:
Democrat Dennis Kucinich, who won less than 2 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, said Thursday he wants a recount to ensure that all ballots in his party's contest were counted. Kucinich is seeing things again:
The Ohio congressman cited "serious and credible reports, allegations and rumors" about the integrity of Tuesday results. Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said Kucinich is entitled to a statewide recount. But, under New Hampshire law, Kucinich will have to pay for it. Scanlan said he had "every confidence" the results are accurate.
In a letter dated Thursday, Kucinich said he does not expect significant changes in his vote total, but wants assurance that "100 percent of the voters had 100 percent of their votes counted."
Kucinich alluded to online reports alleging disparities around the state between hand-counted ballots, which tended to favor Sen. Barack Obama, and machine-counted ones that tended to favor Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. He also noted the difference between pre-election polls, which indicated Obama would win, and Clinton's triumph by a 39 percent to 37 percent margin.
Scanlon said his office had received several phone calls since Tuesday, mostly from outside the state, questioning the results. New Hampshire's voting machines are not linked in any way, which Scanlon says reduce the likelihood of tampering with results on a statewide level. Also, the results can be checked against paper ballots.Much of the paranoia coming from the left is out of sheer ignorance. Polls, of course, are not predictive. Polls are snapshots of a given moment in time. In the case of the polls before New Hampshire, the last one was completed on Monday afternoon - before the impact of Hillary Clinton's emotional moment had time to become the factor that it eventually became. That moment galvanized the women's vote as fully 57% of all Democratic primary voters ended up being women - a spectacular and unprecedented number.
The fact that a hacker would have to get in to several hundred individual machines to change the vote makes the conspiracy theories surrounding the count absurd on their face. But don't tell the Paulbots or the far left fringe of the Democratic party. They are both much more comfortable living in their own little paranoid fantasy where the world is against them and evil stalks the land.