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Wednesday, May 3

Ohio House 14th: Ritter (D) Defies Ire of Bloggers [UPDATED]

This really stinks. Despite the recent furor over his gay-baiting attack on worthy, SEIU-backed opponent Mike Foley (D-Cleveland), it looks like Bill Ritter (D-Cleveland) has won in the 14th Ohio House District Democratic primary (80.57% of precincts reporting):

Bill Ritter
2,931 37.17%

Mike Foley
2,638 33.46%

Erin Sullivan Lally
1,643 20.84%

Susan Mahon
673 8.54%

Well, I guess that shows how much influence we bloggers really have over elections.

UPDATE: New data from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections shows Foley closing the gap to only 84 votes (97 of 105 precincts reporting):

BILL RITTER 3254
MIKE FOLEY 3170
ERIN SULLIVAN LALLY 2006
SUSAN MAHON 821

2nd UPDATE: Cool! With 101 of 105 precincts counted, Foley has closed the gap to just 29 votes:

BILL RITTER 3314
MIKE FOLEY 3285
ERIN SULLIVAN LALLY 2047
SUSAN MAHON 845

3rd UPDATE: Per the Secretary of State, it's now down to a margin of 15 votes, with 98.69 of precincts reporting:

Bill Ritter
3,560 - 34.55%
Mike Foley
3,545 - 34.40%
Erin Sullivan Lally
2,287 - 22.20%
Susan Mahon
912 - 8.85%

4th UPDATE: The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is now reporting that with all precincts counted, but no absentee ballots counted yet, Foley leads by ten votes:

MIKE FOLEY 3583
BILL RITTER 3573
SUSAN MAHON 929
ERIN SULLIVAN LALLY 2303

3 Comments:

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Jeff, Jeff, Jeff -

We gotta stop saying that the blogs have no affect. We know better than that - it's over whom.

Where's the 14th district versus where are the blog readers? I'm telling you, we have to sit down and think and put some work into this to figure out what, if any influence, there's been.

The only thing we know is that not a lot of people read blogs - anywhere from 2-30% of people with Internet access are said to read blogs. So really, please, I say we put off judging the effect until we can look at it more.

We may STILL find out there's been no effect. So be it. But seriously, this issue deserves some thought as to how to capture it in numbers and then interpret.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Um, that was supposed to be "have no EFFECT."

 
At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad yet glad to see ERIN SULLIVAN LALLY go down in flames. I voted for her before and liked her, but the campaign literature she sent out was the worst sort of negative campaigning.

 

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