President of the United States to be Elected Today
Today the presidential electors will meet in their respective state capitals and
cast their electoral votes
for President and Vice President.
Most of the time they vote the way their state voted, but so-called "faithless electors," who do their own thing
are not unheard of. In 1948, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2004 electoral votes were cast for someone
other than the winner of the state election (see electoral votes in
For the first time in over a century, the electors in one state are not even supposed to cast their electoral
votes the same way. Barack Obama got 1 electoral vote in Nebraska, which will be cast by Obama supporter William
Forsee, a high school biology teacher who lives in Omaha. The electoral votes will be counted by a joint session
of Congress on January 6, 2009.
Other Elections Still Recounting
There is no news on the VA-05 recount in which Tom Perriello (D) went in leading Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) by
745 votes. Likewise, no news on the Minnesota Senate recount, in which the challenged ballots and especially the
absentee ballots will play the determining role.
How Much Should Blagojevich Have Charged?
Like every other valuable commodity, a Senate seat has a market price.
What is the market price of Obama's seat? Well, here is an
of what it might have brought had the seller gotten away with it.
White to Run for Hutchison's Senate Seat
The DSCC has cajoled Houston mayor Bill White (D) to run for the Texas Senate seat Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is
expected to vacate
when she runs for governor of Texas in 2010. White has proved a powerful vote getter in the past, getting 86% of the
vote for mayor in 2007. With such a popular figure running for an open seat, the Democrats have a shot at picking
up this seat. As an aside, the list of 2010 Senate races is given on the Data galore page listed on the menu.
The Texas race is not there yet because Hutchison has not formally announced her intention of resigning yet.
The next regular election for the seat is in 2012, so if White runs, it will be for a 2-year term.
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