Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Walberg Concedes (Almost), Schauer Declares Victory
UPDATE: For final results, click here.
From the Battle Creek Enquirer:
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, all but conceded Michigan’s 7th Congressional District race to Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, who declared victory about 2 a.m. today.That's good enough for me. I'm done for the night.
The Enquirer has slightly different numbers than I do via the MLive site. Here's where they've got the results as of right now:
324 of 356 Precincts Reporting - 91%
That's a margin of 4,365 votes. It's close, but it should hold. By county:
Branch (100% reporting)
Walberg - 9,865 - 56%
Schauer - 6,879 - 39%
Calhoun (100% reporting)
Walberg - 23,920 - 40%
Schauer - 33,649 - 56%
Eaton (70% reporting)
Walberg - 21,571 - 45%
Schauer - 23,209 - 49%
Hillsdale (100% reporting)
Walberg - 12,015 - 60%
Schauer - 6,981 - 35%
Jackson (100% reporting)
Walberg - 34,231 - 47%
Schauer - 34,977 - 48%
Lenawee (83% reporting)
Walberg - 19,361 - 52%
Schauer - 16,627 - 45%
Washtenaw (90% reporting)
Walberg - 20,060 - 44%
Schauer - 23,066 - 51%
The winner or current leader in each county is italicized. We're still waiting on results from three Windsor precincts in Eaton County, the seven precincts covering the entire city of Adrian in Lenawee County (.pdf), and four precincts in Webster Township in Washtenaw County. If they have any meaningful impact, I think it will be Adrian adding to Schauer's margin and making Lenawee County a little bit closer. I don't know enough about the voting patterns of the others to speak intelligently.
(Fun fact for the night: Even without Adrian, Senator Barack Obama actually leads in Lenawee County right now, 49.10 percent to 48.81 percent. Wow!)
Personally, I'm not comfortable calling this, and I'm nervous that I'll wake up tomorrow morning and be disappointed. Maybe that's why I'm just a blogger and not a professional political operative. I'll have a longer write-up sometime when all the results are in.
Until then, congratulations to all of the candidates. It's finally over.
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